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COVID-19 Update

SECOND COVID EASTER/PASSOVER

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Hello from all of us at Orange County Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA and Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA. Both of us are in Massachusetts this week, celebrating a second COVID Easter together. The airports sure are jammed again. Some passengers are wearing new protective suits – a vaccine would probably be more effective against COVID! The CDC came out with new guidelines stating that fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S., without getting tested for the coronavirus or quarantining.

Vaccine campaigns are accelerating. The numbers have improved so much that California will allow indoor live events and performances to resume this month. Most of the COVID news has been positive in the last few weeks. The vaccines are highly effective and millions of people are receiving the vaccine every day. Lives are being saved, but with each of these blogs, we still get negative reactions from uninformed people, questioning why anyone would get an “unapproved” vaccine, “gene therapy” and telling us about the number of “people who have died from the vaccine”. We are certain that many lives have been saved by the vaccines! Current evidence clearly shows that all three vaccines available in the US protect against serious symptoms and death from COVID. Yes, the number of cases is rising again, we have to remain vigilant, but hospitalizations and deaths have fallen sharply from their January peaks. Within two weeks, pretty well across the nation, everyone above 16 years of age will be eligible for a vaccine! Experts say about 85% of Americans will need to be vaccinated to achieve “herd immunity” and bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. One half of the people in Massachusetts have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and a third of Californians have received the same. But we have a long way to go before 85% of the population will be vaccinated (and with 30 to 40% of people saying they will refuse the vaccine, who knows if we will ever reach that number!). Studies released this past week have confirmed that the vaccine is effective in preventing disease in the 12-16 year age group – so look for mandatory vaccination of children over the age of 12 before being allowed to return to school in the fall!

By now, all of us know someone who has been infected with the corona virus. Fortunately, most patients and friends we know who have had a COVID infection seem to be doing well but informal estimates suggest that 10-30% of patients will have long term symptoms after being infected with the corona virus. COVID-19 was thought to be a two-week respiratory illness. Emerging evidence has found many patients with mental and physical sequelae of the infections, including significant multiple organ dysfunction. Among the long lasting symptoms have been severe cardiac impairment including myocarditis, arrhythmias, heart failure and blood clots, even leading to death, long after the infection has cleared. The mental toll of COVID-19 is far reaching and includes anxiety, insomnia and accelerated dementia (there is a 2-3 times higher rate of dementia following COVID infections compared to influenza). Many prior patients are experiencing fatigue and brain fog. If you have had a COVID-19 infection and are experiencing any long term symptoms, it is key that you discuss them with a physician and get help!

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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.

If you need Dr. Ekstrom or Dr. Bunkis, please call 949-888-9700 or visit our websites at:

www.orangecountyplasticsurgery.com

Or for MA location, call 508-755-4911 or visit
www.salisburyps.com

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