Maintaining Health Protocols to Help End the COVID-19 Pandemic

A long-time private medical practitioner in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, previously served as medical director of the Department of Occupational Medicine, Norman Regional Hospital, in Norman, OK. He and his colleagues are frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. William D. Jones earned his MD at Brown University.

In an April 21, 2020, article on, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha, stated that the United States had nearly turned the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Jha noted that around 50 percent of the US population have some virus immunity, and that this number may be higher in the coming months. This factor will help in curbing surges, which most of the country has been experiencing.

Key factors in our ongoing efforts to mitigate the pandemic include sustained vaccination efforts and maintaining social distancing and other health protocols. While it is reasonable for vaccinated people to engage in essential travel, all non-essential travel, such as taking vacations, should be put off until a later date. This will help reduce infection rates in the coming months and eventually end the pandemic.