So far, we haven’t experienced much large-scale immunity from those who have had the virus and thus some antibody protection. Current estimates are that about 20% to 25% of the U.S. have had the virus (we still don’t know how long immunity lasts; most estimates right now assume it’s more than eight months). If it’s on the shorter end, we can’t rely on that being a considerable factor in adding to the greater population’s immunity. “That’s playing a role, but that’s a moving target,” says Keri Althoff, associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. … [Read more...] about How many people need to be vaccinated before COVID-19 transmission starts to drop?
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“The legacy historical health care model has been around general care,” he says. “You have a [primary care physician] who’s kind of doing oversight work for the patient, which is great. But the reality is, is that the patients are actually suffering from any of a host of 10 or 15 different specialty issues. I think the beauty of the platform like ours is it not only allows you to maintain that general oversight care with a PCP, if you’d like, but it allows you to actually have as a part of your medical team through specialists—right there on call, available to you as needed—for urology issues, dermatology issues, psychiatric issues, or whatever it might be.” … [Read more...] about Hims just went public. What does that mean for the future of healthcare?
While the current social distancing guidelines are not perfect—6 feet isn’t always enough—they do offer a useful starting point. Because aerosol concentration levels and infectivity are highest in the space immediately surrounding anyone with the virus, increasing physical distancing can help reduce risk. Remember that people are infectious before they start showing symptoms, and they may never show symptoms, so don’t count on seeing signs of illness. … [Read more...] about How to stay safe from the new, fast-spreading COVID-19 mutations
In order to overcome the fear, says the Immigration Coalition’s Hadler, local governments will also need to put into place “well-funded and well-thought-out public education and outreach campaigns” to counteract any negative concerns. And that messaging should be “culturally and linguistically competent,” Yu says, because language is often another barrier. Some states and cities have been better than others at addressing this: Washington State, which is also promising not to release identifiable data, has produced vaccine education materials in 37 languages. Philadelphia has been doing targeted outreach in ethnic media, including in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Korean outlets, according to James Garrow, a spokesperson from the city’s department of health. That sanctuary city is also working with its local FQHCs to spread the word. … [Read more...] about How will undocumented immigrants get the COVID-19 vaccine?