March 16, 2021
How did they do it?
Since the start of the pandemic last March, you may have heard about New Zealand and their efforts to combat COVID-19 periodically in the news cycle. Early on in the pandemic, they were actually headlining a lot for their harsh lockdowns and border closings. Looking back now, it seems that those efforts were worth it as the majority of the country has been COVID-free since early fall. In fact, it has been so COVID-free that people are attending live concerts, sporting... Read More
March 9, 2021
An update on the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Every day worldwide, thousands of people are getting their COVID-19 vaccines. Let’s just stop and think about how hopeful that sounds…
The two vaccines that have been distributed in the US since early December have been manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. These companies both produced vaccines require two doses approximately 4 weeks apart to reach full effectiveness. Both have an efficacy rate of about 95% at preventing severe COVID-... Read More
January 5, 2021
What it Means for Disease
Since the start of the pandemic, we have all heard the term “herd immunity” more times than we can count. But some are not exactly sure what it means. Does it mean the disease goes away forever? Are we all safe? The list of questions goes on and on.
There are many answers to those questions, but starting with the basics; Photoherd immunity simply means that the majority of the population is immune to a disease. So no, this does not mean that the disease is going... Read More
December 26, 2020
What We Know and What to Consider
Something that has been on all of our minds for the past few days (besides finals) is probably the newly approved COVID-19 from Pfizer-BioNTech. Understandably so, this has been arguably one of the biggest medical breakthroughs in the past 100 years for the United States. It is truly amazing. So as we are now officially in the beginning of the end of this pandemic, and odds are someone is getting vaccinated as you read this; it is time to consider some of the ... Read More
December 1, 2020
How Safe is it?
As the major holiday seasons are among us and COVID-19 outbreaks run rampant through communities across the country; many people find themselves rethinking their travel plans for the upcoming holidays. Rightfully so, I mean, we are hearing from the health experts that we shouldn’t be traveling, yet the major airlines are touting their hospital-grade air filtration systems and robust cleaning policies. So who should we listen to? And how safe is it to travel on airplanes?
To... Read More
November 27, 2020
An Opportunity for New Traditions
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, we have seen two major waves in different parts of the country. The first hitting the northeast in late spring, and the second hitting the south mid-summer. There is now a lot of speculation that we are approaching a third wave. Unfortunately, there is no specific region that is particularly hit the hardest in this wave; all of the regions are impacted. Cases are rising in almost every single state. Even worse... Read More
November 23, 2020
Things to Look for Before Signing Up
It wasn’t until recently that most gyms across the United States were allowed to re-open to some capacity. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many health experts have spent the last eight months questioning and researching the safety of gyms and how their operations impact the transmission of COVID-19. Now although there are some gyms that have disregarded safety protocols and have been the culprit of small outbreaks here and there; but since the re-openings, the... Read More
November 12, 2020
An Update from Pfizer Inc.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, pharmaceutical companies all around the world have answered the call to action for creating a vaccine for the virus (Sars-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19. As of Monday, November 9th, Pfizer Inc. released results from their latest COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. Pfizer Inc. is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and is based out of New York City, Ny. In the third phase of testing,... Read More
October 28, 2020
Staying Healthy at the Polls
There is no disagreeing that this year’s presidential election will be absolutely historic. Between the pandemic, the current direction of our healthcare system, raging wildfires on the west coast; there is a lot at stake. Even though I will not be commenting on any candidate today, or advocating for different voting methods, I will be providing some safety tips to stay healthy at the polls this year if you have decided that you will be voting in-person at the polls... Read More
October 6, 2020
HOW CAN I…
Welcome back! This week’s blog is about voting.
It’s your right to vote as an American. Since you were a child, you’ve likely been voting on things like whether your elementary school class wants a pizza party or an ice cream party. In middle school and high school you probably voted for class officers, team captains, and prom king and queen. And when you turned 18 you became legally allowed to vote in government elections. The right to vote is a big deal and you have been... Read More