Educational articles on a variety of topics pertaining to the COVID pandemic.
Articles are published weekly in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
The word “rescue” means being saved from a dangerous situation, and rescue is what we hope can happen when we get seriously ill. We know that vaccines are our best tool to avoid severe disease from COVID, but they are not perfect, and some fully vaccinated and even boosted individuals get sick The immunocompromised and unvaccinated people who are at much greater risk.More
These are the words my husband spoke to comfort me through the years, whether it was to calm my worries about one of our kids missing curfew, the health of a family member or whether the rising creek would flood our property. He took things in stride and kept a level head. A year ago, the memory of these words changed. They were the last words my husband spoke to me from his hospital bed as he lay dying from COVID.More
When the WHO declared a pandemic on March 11, nearly 120,000 people in 114 countries had become infected and 4,000 had died. In just two years we have learned how the virus spreads and infects people. We know that wearing high-quality, close-fitting masks, social distancing, and avoiding crowded indoor spaces help to reduce the spread. Thanks to expedited but thorough clinical trials the FDA was able to grant emergency authorizations for vaccines just a year after the virus first appeared. These vaccines have proven highly effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalizations, and death.More
e this time of year. We see lights coming on throughout our neighborhoods as people gather in their homes around tables, in their kitchen and family areas. I imagine the smells of the food being cooked, chuckle at the stories being shared, and smile at the memories being made.
The lights remind us that people are gathering and life and love are happening all around us. Whether you are a family of one, two, three, or more, you have a web of connections.
Are we tired of COVID? Yes, indeed, we are. But, the worldwide pandemic continues. There is hardly any part of our current lives that is not affected by this health issue. My life as a doctor has certainly taken on a wholly different scope. We strongly advocate getting folks vaccinated. Our local experience is the same as reported internationally. Vaccines do work, not perfectly, and vaccines do sharply reduce the number of folks who have a severe case of COVID.More
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