Dr. Ekstrom with grandson, Luke, on Santa Barbara Pier

COVID-19 Update

An Almost Normal Independence Day!

Dr. Ekstrom with grandson, Luke, on Santa Barbara Pier

Drs. Ekstrom and Bunkis are working in California this week and just returned from a wonderful visit, by train, to Santa Barbara to visit kids and grandkids! The 4th of July is a very meaningful holiday. It makes us think about the meaning of our freedom and of the events on the East Coast 245 years ago which led to our independence! Yes, there are picnics, barbeques, parades and fireworks - some even look forward to the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest on Coney Island! However, nothing is more precious than getting together with family and friends. After the limited July 4th celebrations last year, it felt awesome to share this holiday with families and friends, without masks or social distancing, on beaches and restaurants………life is returning to normal.

Amidst all the fun, we cannot ignore the that we are hearing more and more about the more contagious COVID Delta variant that is spreading around the country. More than a quarter of all COVID cases in the US now are of the Delta variant. What does that mean to us? Vaccinated people are protected against this fast growing, more contagious version of the coronavirus. For those of us who are vaccinated, we should respect but not fear this new variant. Vaccination provides good protection against this variant just like it does for the original COVID strain.

The worry is for those people who are partially, or not at all vaccinated. Unfortunately, the number of people being infected and hospitalized have shown an increase after months of decline as more and more of us got vaccinated, and those unvaccinated are now the ones severely affected, being hospitalized and dying of their infections. What we find amazing is that a full 15 million Americans have failed to show up for their second vaccination – nearly 11% of the people vaccinated have failed to complete their vaccination series of two shots! This has happened for a variety of reasons. It has been well publicized that some nations are attempting to partially vaccinate as many people as possible by holding off on the second shots. Yes, those with one jab (aside from the Johnson and Johnson – those folks only need one!) of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine have some protection, but the degree of protection is minor compared to that obtained after the second jab! So, if you are in that large group of partially vaccinated citizens, please do not delay and arrange for your second injection to be fully vaccinated.

Finally, we saw some very good news regarding the two-injection series with Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Researchers now believe that these vaccines set off a long-lasting immune reaction that may protect us from COVID infections for years to come. Final results are pending, but as of now, it does not appear that we will have to follow the flu model and have a booster vaccination every year!

Deb’s son Tom and daughter-in-law Sydney experiencing love first-hand with daughter, Isla.

Deb’s son Tom and daughter-in-law Sydney experiencing love first-hand with daughter, Isla.

Stay healthy! Stay happy and persevere! Feed the Courage Wolf and starve the Fear Wolf!

The end of the pandemic is almost here! Go conquer another mountain!

Get vaccinated! Enjoy the world - travel!

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

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