Two facelifts Monday this week in MA.
11
MAR

COVID-19 Update

WE ARE DONE WITH THE PANDEMIC BUT THE PANDEMIC IS NOT DONE WITH US!

Two facelifts Monday this week in MA.

Hello from both of us, this week at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA. Both of us are having a busy week at work, are freezing on our way to work in the morning and back home in the evenings…….difficult to get used to this, even though both of us grew up in the cold country, Dr. Ekstrom in Minnesota and Dr. Bunkis in northern Ontario. Somehow, California seems more user friendly...

Today marks the one year anniversary that the World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. 2.62 million people have died of this disease in this past year! Now 30 percent of Americans have been infected with the corona virus – and thus have temporary immunity to the disease. Now 18 % of the US population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. There is some overlap between these two groups but at least 40% of the US population now has immunity against COVID-19 infections, giving us the beginning of herd immunity. As more people gain immunity, it becomes less likely that the virus will spread. The pandemic is far from over – risky behavior and virus variants could set us back. But for now, the pandemic is coming under control – the number of cases and deaths have been declining weekly. President Biden has announced that by May, there will be enough vaccine for every adult in the US. Governments are easing restrictions on business closures – restaurants and other businesses are re-opening – and even Disneyland is scheduled to reopen in April! Interestingly, in both Massachusetts and California, Governors are under pressure to reopen and get the economies functioning more quickly – and at the same time, being criticized by some for lifting pandemic restrictions too soon! The cost of unending shutdowns includes lost businesses and jobs, lost learning for our children, and mental-health problems. People’s desire to return to a normal life in totally understandable – we are done with COVID, wish to visit our families, wish to see our friends, wish hear live music and attend sporting events. But we have to remember that COVID-19 spreads by inhaling droplets from mouths and noses of infected people. For a time to come, wearing masks and social distancing with strangers will be a fact of life for us.

The CDC announced this week that it was safe for vaccinated family and friends to get together without wearing masks. But what about mingling with strangers whose vaccination status we do not know. Now a pandemic flash point has become the concept of vaccine passports, the idea being that governments could issue a document proving that someone has been vaccinated – allowing those with passports access to flights, businesses and other areas of public life. Such passports have been initiated in Israel, but in the US there has been push-back about dividing the world into vaccinated and unvaccinated and the possibility of widening socioeconomic and racial gaps and disparity.

Dr Juris Bunkis freezing in MA

Freezing buns in MA.

Stay healthy! Stay happy and persevere!

The end of the pandemic is almost here!

Keep wearing your masks in public, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently.

Get vaccinated when you get the opportunity!

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

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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