NOW IS THE TIME. The Rise of Delta.

As of 7/30/21, from CDC internal data: https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/cdc-breakthrough-infections/94390e3a-5e45-44a5-ac40-2744e4e25f2e/

#DELTA IS BAD!

If you’ve yet to get vaccinated – NOW IS THE TIME!

Over the past week #COVID19 infection rates & hospitalizations are increasing, in fact they’re surging!

Yes. Surging!

It’s happening again.

This #Deltavariant is MORE INFECTIOUS than influenza, the common cold, than the initial strains of COVID-19, SARS, MERS, Ebola.

And DELTA is AS transmissible as the MOST CONTAGIOUS viruses that exist – chicken pox, measles…

For every ONE person infected…Delta infects 6, 7, 8 others.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/cumulative-cases

People are DYING.

The UNVACCINATED are DYING.

CHILDREN are DYING.

More terrifying is that #Vaccinated individuals – including multiple physicians that I know personally – are now contracting COVID19 from COMMUNITY SPREAD.

From their non-vaccine eligible children.

The #COVID19vaccine HELPS PREVENT severe illness, hospitalization, & death, but even if you’re vaccinated, you can still contract & SPREAD the virus.

8 months ago we physicians, & most healthcare workers, breathed a sigh of relief; we were finally able to be vaccinated & receive some protection against this deadly virus.

Delta is now causing infections in VACCINATED individuals – in US – from COMMUNITY SPREAD.

Despite taking all precautions, continuing to mask at work while caring for patients, staying home, & diligently trying our best to prevent contracting/spreading SARS-CoV-2 to our families over the past 16+ months, we are now contracting COVID19 from those unvaccinated/ineligible to receive vaccine – OUR CHILDREN.

Our children, whom for the past 16 months we kept home from school, their friends, their sports & other loved activities.

To keep them safe.

From disease.

From disability.

From hospitalization.

From death.

Our children who are finally set to go back to in person school, socialize, & rediscover friendships, activities, hobbies, team sports, community adventures.

Our CHILDREN who are now being HOSPITALIZED & are DYING because of the selfishness of others.

This is unacceptable.

Heartbreaking.

Inexcusable.

It’s understandable to have questions & concerns re: vaccines. I ask that you please discuss with trusted physicians & scientists. It is our job, our duty, & we took an oath to do no harm, to protect, to heal, & we want to KEEP YOU SAFE & END this pandemic.

There is still unknown, & we’re constantly learning.

What we do know:

💉 The COVID19 VACCINE REDUCES YOUR RISK of HOSPITALIZATION and DEATH.

😷 MASKS WORK. And it’s time for EVERYONE to #MaskUp to prevent spreading illness to others.

💪 The BENEFITS of getting vaccinated FAR OUTWEIGH the RISKS.

  • Over 4.1 Billion dosages of COVID19 Vaccine have been given worldwide. 🌍
  • 80% of currently circulating virus is Delta.
  • 99.5% deaths are UNVACCINATED.
  • 97% hospitalized are UNVACCINATED.
  • The long term effects of COVID19 DISEASE are real, serious, & can be debilitating.

We are learning every day and do not have all of the answers. We do know:

  • The SARs-CoV-2 spike protein does NOT cause issues with fertility.
  • The risk of myocarditis from the mRNA vaccine is 1 in 20,000, & illness is short-lived & without long term consequences.
  • Infection with SARS-CoV-2 more frequently causes myocarditis, either during primary infection (1 in 40) or later if individuals develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C or MIS-A): 50-70% develop myocarditis.

The vaccine is ALWAYS the safer choice.

I’m full of angst at these rising numbers of cases of infection, hospitalizations, & deaths.

We were supposed to be past these occurrences.

We developed & have a VACCINE that is SAFE and EFFECTIVE at preventing severe DISEASE & DEATH.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, if you’ve been waiting or have yet to be vaccinated, PLEASE do so ASAP.

NOW IS THE TIME.

Please get vaccinated, wear a mask, protect children, & those immunocompromised & medically unable to be vaccinated.

Please help us help you.

Please.

Please GET VACCINATED.

NOW.

NOW IS THE TIME.

To schedule a vaccine appt:

Vaccine Spotter

Vaccines.gov – Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you

Resources, Links, Recent News Articles:

https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-details/covid-19-vaccine

COVID-19 Data in Motion – Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines against the B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant | NEJM

How mRNA Vacvines Work

Vaccine Update & Q+A LIVE w/Dr. Paul Offit

Return to School During COVID-19

“We have two key weapons in fighting this virus,” One Medical Regional Medical Director Dr. @NatashaBhuyan says. “One is masks, the other is vaccines.” Full interview.

Dr. Mark Kline Physician-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital New Orleans: “This delta variant is every infectious disease specialist’s worst nightmare.. There was a myth.. that children were somehow immune… It has become very clear that children are heavily impacted”

https://twitter.com/heather_haq/status/1421287982414409730?s=21

https://twitter.com/ashishkjha/status/1422388463895187457?s=21

https://abc7.com/amp/delta-variant-cdc-rochelle-walensky-how-contagious-is/10918379/

Children’s Mercy reaches capacity due to increase in kids with COVID-19, infectious diseases | Coronavirus | kctv5.com

At Texas Children’s, Some Kids With COVID Need Ventilators | Houston Press

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/29/cdc-mask-guidance/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/cdc-breakthrough-infections/94390e3a-5e45-44a5-ac40-2744e4e25f2e/

https://context-cdn.washingtonpost.com/notes/prod/default/documents/8a726408-07bd-46bd-a945-3af0ae2f3c37/note/57c98604-3b54-44f0-8b44-b148d8f75165.#page=1

https://twitter.com/bob_wachter/status/1420974027112292354?s=21

https://twitter.com/datadrivenmd/status/1421647676370604034?s=21

What I Should Know About Myocarditis and Teens

VaccinesMakers.org

Published by Dr. Dewey

Passionate Pediatrician. Marvelous Mom. Children/Vaccine/Physician Advocate. RA Warrior. Believer in Science, Medicine, Physician Autonomy, & Putting Patients First, Always.

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