Neil Armstrong on the moon, July 20, 1969

COVID-19 Update

One Small Step For Man

Neil Armstrong on the moon, July 20, 1969

For those of us old enough to remember July 20, 1969, 52 years ago this week, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon! Dr. Bunkis was riding a motorcycle from Toronto to his home town of Manitouwadge, Ontario on his 1967 BSA Lightening motorcycle, and he stopped in a small bar in Iron Bridge, Ontario to watch Neil Armstrong land on the moon, take those first steps, and give us the famous line, “That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind”! All of us old enough to remember sat there mesmerized! After a few hours, Dr. Bunkis got back on his bike and finished his journey home – dreaming the whole way about space travel and flying. Dr. Ekstrom was an exchange student in Germany that summer and experienced the same fascination with this historical event. Within the last two weeks, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos realized their dreams and were launched into space in aircrafts their companies made for them. Such advances in science! Such exciting times! Drs Bunkis and Ekstrom did not realize their dreams about space travel, but Dr. Bunkis did manage to get a pilot’s license in 1977 and has owned four different aircrafts, including an Eclipse jet which he still currently owns.

Dr. Bunkis had something happen to him this past week which made him think of the “one small step for man” line. We have both been championing everything practicable, including the vaccines, to avoid getting sick from the COVID virus. With every blog, we hear from some of the “resisters” who fear the vaccine, don’t believe published statistics and think this pandemic is a government conspiracy – you name it, the reasons are beyond comprehension and without scientific reason. A long term patient of Orange County Plastic Surgery, nicest gentleman you could imagine, came in this past week and told us that our blogs have been pretty persuasive and caused him to leave the resister ranks – he thanked us for writing the blogs and told us he got vaccinated! I must confess, those words made us feel very good!

There is a lot to talk about COVID wise this week and little of it is positive. California is seeing a surge of coronavirus cases – a doubling in the case load in just the last ten days! Hospitalizations are also on the rise. And what is sad to hear is that 20% of the cases are occurring in people who have been vaccinated – the so called “breakthrough” infections. Of those hospitalized and in ICU’s, the vast majority are those who chose not to accept the vaccine – the vaccinated are getting a milder version of the illness. We knew from the beginning that the two jab vaccines were somewhere between 96 and 98 percent effective, meaning that some 2-4% of vaccinated people would still get ill. The danger is that these infected vaccinated patients, some with very mild symptoms, can spread the disease to others, especially the unvaccinated, to younger children at home, and so forth. Our suspicion is that we have ditched those masks too soon! Let us take precautions and stay safe. If you have been vaccinated and do not feel well, please get a COVID rapid test before returning to contact with your families, friends or co-workers. The pandemic is not over!

And if you have not been vaccinated yet, PLEASE DO SO!

Had a blast with the staff at the Coach House Friday night – Stones vs Beatles.

Had a blast with the staff at the Coach House Friday night – Stones vs Beatles.

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.

If you need Dr. Ekstrom or Dr. Bunkis, please call 949-888-9700 or visit our websites at:

Or for MA location, call 508-755-4825 or visit

You can respond in the comment section below or write to me at or Dr. Ekstrom at

Thanks for staying in touch and for your feedback!