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Omicron: What’s In A Name?

Omicron: What’s In A Name?

Because it’s so new, we don’t know very much at this point. · Is it more infectious/transmissible? · Does it cause less severe disease? · Can you be asymptomatic like the other variants? · Will the vaccines be effective against Omicron? Since we don’t know very much, I thought we should look at where the … Continue reading "Omicron: What’s In A Name?" ...
Home COVID Tests FAQ

Home COVID Tests FAQ

I frequently get questions about the home COVID tests that are now available at local pharmacies. I’ll answer the most common questions below. PCR tests are the “gold standard” for COVID testing, typically are run through a lab, and produce results in 1-3 days. One is now available for home testing!! Lucira Check It COVID-19 … Continue reading "Home COVID Tests FAQ" ...
Influenza is here – will it be more severe?

Influenza is here – will it be more severe?

The first flu cases are arriving, and Influenza A (H3N2) is the dominant strain so far. Although flu symptoms are similar no matter the strain, Influenza A (H3N2) seasons tend to be more severe. See What You Should Know About H3N2 Flu – https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-you-should-know-about-h3n2-flu-770301 The early flu activity is currently most common in young adults … Continue reading "Influenza is here – will it be more severe?" ...
Healthcare Worker Burnout from COVID-19

Healthcare Worker Burnout from COVID-19

Healthcare workers on the front lines have had a front row seat for the worst pandemic in 100 years.  Although I’m not on the front lines in the hospital anymore, I can tell you it’s taking its toll.  Healthcare workers are compassionate and empathetic people by nature.  Each death hits us hard, regardless of the … Continue reading "Healthcare Worker Burnout from COVID-19" ...
COVID-19 Not “Just The Flu”

COVID-19 Not “Just The Flu”

A common misconception is that COVID-19 is mild, its “just a flu”.  Although many cases of COVID are mild or asymptomatic, serious disease and death do happen in higher numbers than many realize. First of all, Influenza is actually quite serious and can be deadly.  Anyone who has had it will tell you they feel … Continue reading "COVID-19 Not “Just The Flu”" ...
Do I need a COVID Vaccine Booster?

Do I need a COVID Vaccine Booster?

With the rise of the Delta variant, there is renewed interest in COVID vaccine efficacy and whether boosters are needed.  First, let’s clarify what is meant by “booster”.  A booster could be another shot of the existing vaccines – for example, if you got 2 shots of Pfizer vaccine, a booster might be a 3rd shot.  So … Continue reading "Do I need a COVID Vaccine Booster?" ...
The Current State of COVID-19 in San Diego County

The Current State of COVID-19 in San Diego County

The Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is causing cases to surge across the nation and in San Diego County, although thankfully nowhere near the peak levels in January 2021.  As you can see in the graph below, the case counts are rising and similar to rates seen Summer 2020. CLICK HERE to explore more data for San … Continue reading "The Current State of COVID-19 in San Diego County" ...
What is the Delta Variant?

What is the Delta Variant?

SARS-CoV-2 is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic that started late in 2019 and quickly spread worldwide.  All viruses mutate over time, and this Coronavirus is no exception.  Many viral mutations are not a problem, but some make the virus more powerful.  That’s the situation with the new Delta Variant of SARS-CoV-2 that was first identified … Continue reading "What is the Delta Variant?" ...
Improve Your Sleep Schedule? Go Camping

Improve Your Sleep Schedule? Go Camping

I read a great article in Popular Science (Feb 2017) about how going camping can improve your sleep. Yes, camping!  We know that modern environments with all their electronic gadgets (and bright screens) hurt sleep patterns. When we look at bright lights, our bodies stay in “daytime” mode, so we stay up later and wake up groggier.   If we … Continue reading "Improve Your Sleep Schedule? Go Camping" ...