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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 INFECTIONS - "Just Like Dandelions"

Dandelions in Clinton, MA this weekend.

Hello from all of us at Orange County Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA and Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA. Drs. Ekstrom and Bunkis are both working and enjoying spring in New England this week in Massachusetts. Both were discussing the current pandemic, the improving news in the US, the horrifying news in the rest of the world and it got us to thinking of what the world will be like after this current pandemic. Many of us are dreaming of barbeques with friends and family Memorial Day, of attending concerts this summer, of traveling abroad, or going to Angels or Red Sox games without masks on. But is this likely to happen? The current COVID-19 pandemic will be brought under control with continued vaccinations, but don’t expect a complete return to normal any time soon. COVID-19 will be with us in some form or another for the rest of our lives – and, like dandelions, when you pull one up, more sprout right next to it and everywhere the seeds blow. More variants will appear. And we will be faced with a future filled with vaccinations and booster vaccinations. We will be able to wipe out one hot spot or variant, but like dandelions, more will sprout up, more variants will appear and more hotspots will develop! Dandelions and COVID-19 infections both will continue to appear in clusters.

While our numbers in the US are improving daily as more and more people get vaccinated (the New York Times reports a 27% decrease in the number of people infected with COVID over the last two weeks in the entire nation), the situation in India and Brazil, and to a lesser extent in Canada and other parts of the world where vaccines aren’t as readily available, are worsening. India is reporting, and most fear that the official tolls are drastically underreported, 400,000 new cases each day with thousands of deaths! We are doing so much better than many other nations because our country devoted the resources to developing, distributing and injecting the vaccines.

More than a half of all adults in America have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. But some troubling signs are on the horizon. 18% of LA County residents eligible for their second jab failed to show up at vaccination centers. Appointments for first COVID-19 vaccination are down in both MA and CA. Officials are working diligently to convince the undecided to come in for their vaccines. Nationwide, reportedly, 26% of adults say that they are not going to get the vaccine. California’s and Massachusetts’ secret weapon is a relatively low vaccination hesitancy rate (10 to 11% versus 26% nationwide). For us this has translated into our Governors announcing easing of restrictions on businesses and mass gatherings. The CDC has said that masks are not necessary for vaccinated people outdoors. There is hope that all COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted for vaccinated people in our states by this summer.

church in MA Hopeful atmosphere, but still in masks, in St. John’s Church in Clinton, MA this past Sunday. This truly is an amazing church with wonderful priests and parishioners--- and is more than a hundred years old. It reminds us of many cathedrals we have seen in Europe – a tribute to the Industrial Age in MA.

Stay healthy! Stay happy and persevere! Feed the Courage Wolf and starve the Fear Wolf!

The end of the pandemic is almost here! Go conquer another mountain!

Get vaccinated!

Be grateful for what you have now and for what is on the horizon - vaccines for everyone.

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