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COVID-19 Update


Hello from all of us at Orange County Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA and Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA! What a week it has been COVID news wise!

COVID numbers are rising at an alarming rate in the United States – across the globe, really! California has surpassed the 1,000,000 mark of proven COVID cases. Yesterday California broke its single day record for the number of new Corona virus cases, 13,280 new cases in a single day - a clear indication of how rapidly infections are spreading in California. Massachusetts showed 2,164 new cases, down from the peaks of early May, but still rising. The Governors of many states, including California, have again instituted draconian lock downs that will keep people out of restaurants, nail salons, hair salons, gyms and churches. But of course, our governor left liquor and cannabis stores open! This is horrible news to these shuttered businesses and faith institutions – will they or their employees weather another government imposed shut down? With the precautions instituted by all of these businesses and churches, I doubt that many people were catching COVID in churches or while getting haircuts. With the Thanksgiving holiday looming and certainly many families getting together to pray and count their blessings, common sense would tell us to expect an even larger spike in the number of reported cases two weeks after the Holiday. And the Christmas holiday follows Thanksgiving right on its heels. This certainly portends to a bleak winter ahead for us.

Yet there is hope! There is a race to the finish line with a number of companies hoping to produce viable COVID vaccines. Last week, Pfizer announced that its vaccine induced immunity in over 90% of the people who received the vaccine. And this week, a company I have been watching and telling you about for many months, the tiny David amongst giants like Pfizer, Cambridge MA based Moderna, announced that its vaccine has been shown to be 95% effective in preventing COVID infections in humans. Both companies are stockpiling their vaccines looking for final FDA clearance in December, and expect to have about 20 million doses manufactured and ready to distribute by the end of next month. Moderna announced that it has an agreement with the United Kingdom to send them 5,000,000 vials of the vaccine. That sounds like a lot of vaccine but when you consider that we 328 million residents in the United States, 37 million in Canada, and 7.8 billion people in the world altogether, most of which will be clamoring to get the vaccine, it will take a colossal effort to manufacture enough vaccine for all and a major task to distribute it all and fairly. My expectation is that we will have to live with this pandemic, numbers slowly declining as more and more people get immunized, for a good 6-9 months. I just hope that the pandemic will be under control by Labor Day, when my dear daughter, Jessica and Brendan Browne are planning on getting married in Laguna Beach! The race against time!

jessica and brendan camping earlier this year in 2020

Jessica and Brendan camping earlier this year.

To your health and well-being. Stay happy and persevere!

Drive safely, always wear a mask in public, social distance, continue to wash your hands frequently, and be safe!



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