It's time for On-Point, where we speak to experts to delve deeper into some of the key issues in the spotlight right now. Health authorities here in the nation have decided to extend self-quarantine measures for COVID-19 patients for another 4 weeks, further delaying the country's plans to fully return to pre-pandemic normalcy.
What are some of the concerns that prevented authorities from lifting the mandate, and what should we still watch out for at this phase of the pandemic?
For this we turn to Dr. David Kwak, Assistant Professor at the International Clinic at Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital. Good morning.
First off, what's your assessment as a doctor, on the health authorities extending the self-quarantine mandate for another four weeks?
Daily infections are going down, virus-related deaths are down, and the number of critically ill patients are down, as well. So what exactly remains to be concerned about at this stage?
Over in the U.S., vaccinations for children 6 months and older have been recommended by the FDA. What's your assessment on this? Is it really safe to vaccinate such young children?
Many are now comparing the Omicron variant to a common cold, or a light flu. Do you have actual figures as to how many people get the flu each year, and succumb to the flu, so we can make some kind of comparison?
Thank you for your insights. Looking forward to speaking with you again.