Lexington doctors talk about what people need to do to get back to a sense of normalcy

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 4:02 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - With 2020 in our rearview, health experts say we’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to COVID-19.

They explain COVID-19 numbers must go down and we must achieve herd immunity before things can return to normal.

“The goal is to push down is to push down to that number that it isn’t a significant impact or threat,” said Dr. Ryan Stanton, emergency room physician.

They say much of that depends on how many people get the vaccine.

“We can expect an attempt towards normalcy if approximately 70 percent of the general public becomes vaccinated,” said Dr. James Borders, chief medical officer at Baptist Health Lexington and president of the Lexington Medical Society.

This presents a challenge.

Recent polls show only 40 percent of Americans want to get vaccinated. Experts hope that, as time goes on, positive results will help dispel fears.

“I’m personally quite satisfied that the research behind the vaccine that’s adequate to ensure safety and effectiveness,” Borders said.

Experts say it could take months to achieve herd immunity, which means people must still follow CDC guidelines. But, they explain, as more people get vaccinated, life will return as we know it, spending time with family and friends in-person.

“My goal is that once we get into the holidays of 2021, we’re going to be able to get together again because I think at that point, most people, especially those at bight risk, will have had the vaccine,” Stanton said.

Experts believe the COVID-19 vaccine will be effective for at least a year.

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