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Covid -19, Vaccines in Kids, and Delta Variant Update 07.20.21:

When can we expect the Covid-19 vaccine to be available for kids under 12? Likely not until the fall. There are several reasons for this. One is that the dosage is different for kids due to the immaturity of their immune system. There is more study time needed because they had to start at Phase I. Phase II/III is now underway. Another is that in order to get statistically significant numbers, we need to have a certain number of the…

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COVID Vaccine and Variants Update

This update will be in the format of questions that addresses current vaccine options and trials and the mutations/variants that are being followed. Another post to address covid-19 in kids and current treatment options will be done soon. What are the vaccines currently available in the US? Pfizer vaccine which is 2 shots, 3 weeks apart, and Moderna vaccine which is 2 shots, 4 weeks, apart are the current options. What about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that is only…

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Covid-19 Update: Vaccination

First, I am so excited to have a safe vaccination against Covid-19! This vaccine has excellent efficacy against clinical disease and almost 100% efficacy against serious disease. It is an incredible achievement and will help us get to herd immunity and some semblance of normal. As with previous posts, to make it easiest to understand I’ll answer some common questions about the Pfizer vaccination that is now available. This vaccine was developed so fast, how do you know it is…

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Covid-19 Update #?

For this update, I’m going to bypass the long answers and try to explain things in a simple way. What’s the deal with testing? Are rapid tests not accurate? There are several rapid tests that test for antigen and antibody to Covid-19. They can be helpful when they are positive so people can know when to isolate/quarantine. The rapid tests are less accurate than the PCR tests. **It’s like a pregnancy test. If a pregnancy test is negative, you still…

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When Should you get a Flu Shot?

There is much abuzz about the influenza (flu) vaccine this year because of the possibility of getting Covid-19 and the flu together. Yes, it is possible to have both at once. There are some places like CVS already offering the flu shots. However, it is too early for the flu shot right now. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), “Getting vaccinated in July or August is too early, especially for older people, because of the likelihood of reduced…

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Update-11 The possibility of a Vaccine against COVID-19

For this update, I’d like to discuss the pending vaccination for COVID-19. Since January, when the genome for SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronoavirus 2–the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19) was released, there has been work by researchers to develop a vaccination that produces an immune response in humans that allows our bodies to fight the virus. Phases of making a Vaccine: Preclinical Testing: Researchers give the vaccine to animals to see if it produces an immune response. Phase…

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Coronavirus – Post 9: What You Need to Know Now – Top Tips for Reopening

It’s been awhile since my last update. It seems there is quite a bit of conflicting information circulating now. However, there is a need to keep you informed and there are some tidbits of advice that I’d like to offer in the ever-shifting landscape we are having to navigate. It’s been awhile since my last update. It seems there is quite a bit of conflicting information circulating now. However, there is a need to keep you informed and there are…

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Coronavirus – Post 8: Reopening North Carolina – What to Expect & When

I hope you are doing well during our continued social distancing. The good news is that North Carolina has done an excellent job of flattening the curve so that our hospital systems and healthcare infrastructure won’t be overwhelmed with treating COVID-19 patients. We’ve actually flattened the curve to the point where we probably won’t see a “peak” in cases. I hope you are doing well during our continued social distancing. The good news is that North Carolina has done an…

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Coronavirus – Post 7: Our New Normal – Today & Going Forward

It is time for another update. This past week has brought some new information, but there are still quite a few questions and unknowns. This update will have less of the science aspect and more of the public health aspect addressed as I want to give you a sense of what it looks like our new normal will be going forward. It is time for another update. This past week has brought some new information, but there are still quite a few…

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Coronavirus – Post 6: State of the Virus: NC, Testing & A New Normal

I wanted to give you an update as we head into the holiday weekend. First, some data: There are now ~1,701,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world. The total number of deceased people is ~102,800.  In the U.S., our total confirmed positive cases have soared to 502,049. New York is still bearing the brunt of this outbreak with 172,358 cases and a death rate of 7,844. We know the death rate is higher as there are many who are dying…

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