Let Reluctant Patients Know: COVID-19 ‘Herd Immunity’ May Be a Pipe Dream in Some States

Let Reluctant Patients Know: COVID-19 ‘Herd Immunity’ May Be a Pipe Dream in Some States

Some individuals who are opting out of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine say they’re counting on yet-to-be-realized herd immunity to protect them from long-term risk of being infected with the virus. One of the emerging ironies of the pandemic is that so many of those people reside together in states with low rates that herd immunity is unlikely to occur. This may be especially concerning in light of data from the ZOE COVID Study in the …

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Day to Day, the COVID-19 News Gets Sunnier—but the Long-Term Forecast Is Concerning

Day to Day, the COVID-19 News Gets Sunnier—but the Long-Term Forecast Is Concerning

Masks are coming off, restaurants, stadiums, and theaters are welcoming patrons back, and summer vacation plans are coming to fruition. Claiming victory over the pandemic would be both premature and concerning, however, according to public health officials as quoted in an article just published by The Guardian. For one thing, the aforementioned relaxing of preventive measures will be a test of just how effective COVID-19 vaccines are in the real world as people dive back …

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It’s Not Too Early to Start Looking at the Next Flu Season—and It’s Not a Pretty Picture

It’s Not Too Early to Start Looking at the Next Flu Season—and It’s Not a Pretty Picture

As reported in JUCM News previously, mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing through much of the COVID-19 pandemic not only saved lives with regard to that virus, but had the side benefit of protecting the public against influenza. Rates of flu infection, hospitalization, and death were lower than they’ve been in years during the 2020-21 season. The fear among public health officials and experts now is that flu rates could come back with a vengeance once …

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Trust in the COVID-19 Vaccines Is Growing—Take Advantage for the Sake of Your Patients and Your Business

Trust in the COVID-19 Vaccines Is Growing—Take Advantage for the Sake of Your Patients and Your Business

As we’ve told you, the public’s enthusiasm for the COVID-19 vaccines was surprisingly muted once the initial excitement over their availability wore off. Doubt over their safety, especially regarding possible long-term effects, has kept too many people from getting the shot even though it’s the one definitive act that could help bring the pandemic to a close. An article just published by the Journal of the American Medical Association brings good news, however; as more …

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Lyme Disease May Be the Least of Our Concerns as Tick Season Approaches

Lyme Disease May Be the Least of Our Concerns as Tick Season Approaches

Every time this year, public health departments in areas where ticks flourish seasonally sound the alarm for residents to check themselves, their children, and their pets for ticks. Often, especially on the East Coast, concern centers on Lyme disease. According to an article published in The Washington Post, however, a seldom-discussed tick-borne illness called babesiosis that carries a death rate of up to 20% in immunocompromised patients could be of greater concern. The piece recounts …

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Mask Mandates Are Going Away—but Don’t Sound the All-Clear Just Yet

Mask Mandates Are Going Away—but Don’t Sound the All-Clear Just Yet

Amid the good news that the COVID-19 vaccines currently being administered in the U.S. cover known variants and that social distancing and mask mandates are being phased out, there’s potentially grim news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the problem is so rare that it’s unlikely to dissuade health officials and legislators, there were at least 10,262 confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 between January 1 and April 30 of this year according …

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Tell Vaccine-Hesitant Patients: U.S.-Approved COVID-19 Shots Protect Against Variants

Tell Vaccine-Hesitant Patients: U.S.-Approved COVID-19 Shots Protect Against Variants

It’s been more than 5 months since the first COVID-19 vaccine received an Emergency Use Authorization. Early supply chain challenges have been worked out, for the most part, so most adults have ready access to the vaccine, which costs nothing to receive. And yet, as of May 20, less than half the U.S. population ages 18 years and older is fully vaccinated. As you undoubtedly know, many of those who have declined so far either …

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National Vaccination Rates Can Be Misleading—Especially for Those Traveling Across the U.S.

National Vaccination Rates Can Be Misleading—Especially for Those Traveling Across the U.S.

As JUCM News readers know, national COVID-19 vaccination rates are hovering just below 50%—progress, to be sure, but a figure indicating that we have a long way to go. It’s essential to bear in mind, however, as we head toward summer vacation season, that a national “average” encompasses states with the highest vaccination rates and those where too many people remain unvaccinated. The Associated Press just published an article noting that the percentage of vaccinated …

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The COVID-19 Vaccine Trendline Isn’t Pretty and Herd Immunity Is Nowhere in Sight. Can Urgent Care Save the Day?

The COVID-19 Vaccine Trendline Isn’t Pretty and Herd Immunity Is Nowhere in Sight. Can Urgent Care Save the Day?

As states start softening or dropping restrictions on the number of people who can gather inside and out, and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking at where and when masks should be considered “essential,” a disturbing trend threatens to blow up all the progress that’s been made in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past month, there’s been a steady decline in the number of people making visits strictly to get …

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Too Many Healthcare Workers Are Saying ‘No’ to the COVID-19 Vaccine—and They’re Paying the Price

Too Many Healthcare Workers Are Saying ‘No’ to the COVID-19 Vaccine—and They’re Paying the Price

Urgent care professionals as a group are among the most trusted healthcare workers. How else can you explain the public’s willingness to trust their healthcare to a stranger in ever-growing numbers? It’s especially important, then, to ensure that your team is educating patients and making recommendations for vaccination against the COVID-19 vaccine from a place of experience and credibility. Unfortunately, that can’t be said in some quarters—and the consequences are starting to become evident. Cleveland …

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