Catawba infectious disease doctor: Young, healthy in hospital with COVID-19 | Local News

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Treatment options are limited. Some antibody treatments are available, but supply is low due to high demand. Other drugs are available, but there is no guarantee that they will work.

“I think it’s important for people to realize that we are in a much better position to prevent severe COVID-19 through vaccination than to treat severe COVID-19,” Williams said.

Catawba County currently has about 51% of its population vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The community should aim for 70%, Williams said.

There is no easy way to do this. Williams said he had been successful in speaking to patients who were hesitant about the vaccination one-on-one and addressing their concerns, answering their questions and dispelling misinformation they had heard. Otherwise, vaccination warrants, while controversial, could be an important tool in getting people vaccinated, he said.

“I think from a public health perspective you can argue (for a warrant),” Williams said. “There is always this struggle in society, a tension between (individual) rights and a responsibility towards fellow citizens, classmates, worshipers, colleagues and family.”

A warrant could save lives, because otherwise all those who are not vaccinated – including the young and healthy – are in danger, he said.


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