It may sound like a dream, but it’s possible that this “Omi-tsunami” wave, which has been surging in California and other parts of the US since early December 2021, will be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the optimistic view, and notwithstanding pandemic fatigue driving our strong desire for COVID to be over, I …
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This article includes: My perspective on Omicron. The reasons why now is the time to upgrade masks to N95s or the equivalent. Interim patient/staff safety protocols during this Omicron phase (please review specifics below if you expect to have an appointment in the next 3-4 weeks). We are doing rapid testing and swabbing for PCR send-outs and …
On October 26th an independent advisory panel to the FDA, comprised of the country’s top scientists, epidemiologists, immunologists and physicians, voted 17 to zero to recommend a smaller dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The FDA and CDC will undoubtedly accept and ratify the panel’s advice within days and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (aka Comirnaty) will soon be available to all but the youngest people in the United States.
Hold on tightly folks. Shelter-in-place and other restrictions imposed by state and local governments to slow COVID-19 are being loosened, and even lifted in some parts of California and the United States, without any comprehensive federal plan or testing strategy. At the federal level, chaos, lies, and gaslighting are preferred over planning, testing and leadership. Last week, Mr. Trump opined that COVID testing increases the number of novel coronavirus infections. This truly outrageous statement is beyond magical thinking. It is akin to suggesting there’s no need to use birth control to avoid pregnancy—instead, just skip the pregnancy test.
The pandemic has had a crushing effect on all of us and, like many of you, has caused me to take stock of my life and reflect deeply. Every day as I review medical reports, scientific data, studies and the real-world ramifications associated with COVID-19, I find myself asking: Can we ameliorate the many structural inequalities in our country that shouldn’t be ignored any longer while improving local and national health outcomes? How can we sharply reduce the likelihood of the next pandemic? And, do we as citizens have the political and cultural will to do something big with what seems like a once-in-a-century opportunity? My cautious answer to these questions is: with courage, we can!
I’m writing today about why wearing masks (almost any kind—even homemade) is an essential step in our war against COVID-19. Let me cut to the chase—MASKS MATTER: We all need to wear masks whenever we go out and we need to START NOW. What you have been hearing to the contrary is wrong. Here’s why mask wear can bring us back to some sense of normalcy sooner. Please help make this post go viral—we need to start a mass mask movement and demand that free masks be widely distributed ASAP.
First, I’d like to send all of you a giant virtual hug. We’re in this crisis together, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather do this with than all of you.
We’ve made it through our first full week of “shelter in place” here in San Francisco. More than that, the shelter in place order in San Francisco and other Bay Area counties, may have helped lead Governor Newsom to issue a similar statewide order last Thursday. These sweeping orders were designed to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) by forcing community-wide social distancing through April 7; however, our sourcs and recent comments by the Governor indicate that shelter in place is likely to be extended through most or all of April. It could be much worse: one family’s grandma grew up in Korea during the Korean War. When asked how she was coping with home quarantine here in the US, she said “Are you kidding” We were bombed everyday back hen, now I’m safe at home with wifi!”
Dear GetzWell Families and Friends,
I never thought I’d be drafting a message like this. GetzWell Pediatrics and your children have been my babies since we opened our doors in 2008 and we have every intention of being here long into the future. And, therein lies the challenge. Not only are we facing a pandemic globally, at GWP we are also managing a small business crisis. Since early March, our business and revenues have dropped precipitously. Just as we are here for our GetzWell community, we are asking for your immediate active support if you have any health care needs in the days ahead.
This is important new information about safety protocols and new services that we’re rolling out March 15, 2020 in response to the current pandemic. Please read this carefully and contact us if you have any questions.
The safety and wellness of our patients, parents, and staff are our #1 priority. Informatoin is evolving daily. For now, this is how we’ll be tackling care and safety in our San Francisco offices and in connection with newly expanded house calls and virtual visits.
It’s January 2020, and there are a lot of heavy things happening in the world. Meanwhile, at home, the transition back to “regular life” after the holidays may be proving to be messy. You might be at the point of telling yourself or your partner to “push through!” while telling your kids to stop arguing and put their socks on already. Why would anyone choose this month to focus on emotional intelligence while so many issues—global crises, daily demands, and the challenge of establishing new habits—are smacking us in the face?