November 22, 2021
How Accurate Are They Really?
Even though we are a year and a half into living in this pandemic, there is still a lot of confusion over COVID testing. When should you get tested? Where should you get tested? How long until you know your results? The new phenomenon of at-home COVID testing is seen as a solution to these questions. At-home testing is supposed to be a safe and reliable way to know if you have the virus or not so you are able to determine your next steps.
First, you... Read More
July 14, 2021
Taking Care of Yourself and Others with A Cold During a Pandemic
Although there have been a number of awful things that have resulted in the pandemic, there have also been a few good things that have changed that we all hope stay permanent. These are things like working from home, employers giving ample sick time, people finally understanding the concept of personal space in public places…
The list goes on and on.
One of my favorite things though, is that I have not been sick since three... Read More
May 26, 2021
The Pandemic and Telehealth: One Year Later
Early on in the pandemic, we saw restaurants, malls, bars, parks, gyms, and basically everything in between shut down. Doctors offices and medical practices were unable to shut down as they were considered essential, but many people were hesitant about going out for their routine care. As providers started to adapt in order to encourage their patients to come in for their regular appointments, policy makers also mobilized to create legislation for... Read More
May 17, 2021
What exactly are the new guidelines?
This past week, the CDC released some new data and guidelines on mask wearing. Over the past few months, states around the country have made the change to drop the mask mandate in public spaces. This move was widely attributed to the mass vaccine distribution and mobilization which has left 96 million Americans fully vaccinated. Although controversial at first, the most recent CDC data supports the changes in the mask mandate, but there is a catch to it. ... Read More
May 17, 2021
Things to do before and after your COVID-19 vaccine
Is that “Here comes the sun” by The Beatles I hear playing in the background?
This past weekend I got my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and this song has been stuck in my head ever since. Now I am well aware that the pandemic is far from over and that we still have a very long road ahead of us; but wow, it sure does feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Not only am I one step closer to leaving the pandemic untouched... Read More
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