Doing a facelift with Dr. Deborah Ekstrom in Shrewsbury, MA this past week
15
DEC

COVID-19 Update

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CAN BE SAFE – GET TESTED FIRST!

Hello from all of us at Orange County Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA and Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA. I am back in California, making up for the week I spent in Massachusetts by working hard to catch up what has fallen behind here. Such is bicoastal living!

I am frequently asked how I stay safe while traveling so frequently. Getting sick on an airplane, where everyone wears a mask and the ultra-efficient HEPA filters clean the air, is unlikely. I stay safe by following the same rules I have been touting since this pandemic started. Wear your mask (I wear an N95 mask while traveling and do not remove it at any time in the terminal or airplane), wash your hands frequently and socially distance! And I throw frequent testing into the mix. The CDC has released some very interesting statistics this week. Three quarters of COVID transmission have been shown to occur within the family setting or during social gatherings such as friends getting together, weddings, dating, Holiday dinners and so forth. About 1% of the transmissions have occurred in restaurants, hair salons or gyms – yet, why are those businesses so unfairly and harshly punished? I do not think there is much point telling people not to get together for the Holidays, because they probably will anyway. But with the rapid testing so easy to obtain, there is no reason why all family members wishing to get together for a Holiday could not all stop by a rapid testing center and get a COVID-19 test to confirm that they are not carrying the virus before getting together! Dr. Ekstrom and I dropped by one when visiting Kiawah Island a few weeks ago. Both of us regularly stop by the Urgent Care 3D facility in Orange before traveling. There are facilities for rapid testing in Massachusetts as well, but the lines do appear to be longer there. In most rapid testing centers, you do not even have to leave your car! Within 15 minutes of stopping by, you will receive the results and are free to go! The downside of these rapid tests is the fact that they are not covered by most insurance policies (the ones covered by insurance are less expensive but take 3 days or so to produce results, making them useless in my view), but most people spend more money at Starbucks every month than what these rapid tests cost! Do it, be safe!

The post-Thanksgiving spike in corona virus cases continues, hospitals are getting overfilled and many are dying. The death toll in the United States has surpassed the 300,000 citizen mark (remember how shocked we all were when nearly 3,000 people died on 9.11?)! Yet help is on the way! A historic vaccine rollout has begun world wide. The first non-study related inoculations have begun throughout the United States. In California and Massachusetts, the first to receive the vaccine have been health care workers. Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech expect to deliver 6.4 million doses of their vaccine this week alone and enough for 20,000,000 Americans before the year is out. To add to this good news, the FDA panel announced yesterday that the Cambridge, MA based Moderna’s vaccine has also been shown to be safe and effective – I expect this vaccine to be approved this week and even more doses of a vaccine will become available for our citizens. But please do not expect a return to a semblance of normalcy until spring at the earliest because it will take that long to vaccinate enough Americans to break this cycle of transmission. Yes, I think you can safely plan a normal summer vacation for 2021! We are so close!

I spent an evening babysitting Deb’s grandkids last weekend. No better feeling in the world than to experience this miracle of life! Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas to all of you!

I spent an evening babysitting Deb’s grandkids last weekend. No better feeling in the world than to experience this miracle of life! Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas to all of you!

To your health and well-being. Stay healthy! Stay happy and persevere!

Keep wearing your masks in public, social distancing, continue to wash your hands frequently, all of you get tested before getting together with friends and family, get vaccinated when you get the opportunity, be safe, be happy, be healthy and prosper!

Enjoy your families!

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

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