#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!
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.
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.
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.
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 GET VACCINATED.
NOW IS THE TIME.
To schedule a vaccine appt:
Vaccines.gov – Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you
Resources, Links, Recent News Articles:
COVID-19 Data in Motion – Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines against the B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant | NEJM
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”
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
What I Should Know About Myocarditis and Teens