Just because you’re vaccinated doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get tested regularly. Especially if your job requires you to be around a lot of people . Especially if you’re planning on traveling. ESPECIALLY if you’ve been working, traveling AND live in a high risk household. Those two shots don’t mean shit. Be responsible and continue getting tested. And please continue being safe.
Vaccines for COVID-19 are being administered to thousands in the U.S. daily but cases are still spiking across the country and our health care workers are feeling the impact. Although we’re starting to see light at the end of this prolonged-pandemic tunnel, it is far from over. But there’s still a lot that we can do individually to keep ourselves and our health care workers safe: stay home as much as possible, wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands.
Remember, we are all in this together.
Illustration courtesy of @docscribbles, a.k.a. Cathy Cichon, MD, MPH
The evil spirit I summoned into my living room for tea and a blood ritual refuses to wear a mask or respect social distancing protocols. Any advice?
Kick ‘em to the metaphysical curb.
Quick Reminder... (Updated!)
The COVID-19 virus has not changed
Your immune system has not changed
There is no vaccine
There is no cure
What’s Different Now? (August 2021)
Fewer government-directed restrictions
New COVID variants are developing
On the other hand:
There IS a vaccine!
So that’s the news: there are now fewer lockdowns, closures, and mask orders. But the COVID-19 virus has new variants, some of which may be more contagious than earlier variants.
So COVID-19 is still here. It’s still contagious. People are still getting it. People are still dying from it. This 2020 story arc has not concluded!
Wear a face mask!
Get the vaccine!
Wash your hands
Continue social distancing
Protect high-risk and vulnerable people
Self-isolate if sick, quarantine if exposed
Help contain the outbreaks
Source: I was a contact tracer all last summer and I heard more stories about people who were sick to the point of death. So now my sources are CDC reports and fucking actual science. Science is true whether you want it to be or not.
Please continue to stay safe.
"There is a lot of emotion right now - tears of joy and happiness. It's been a long year, and in the emergency room, we see so many people who are sick. This vaccination makes me feel a lot of relief." Brianna Salas, nurse in the Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health, was the first team member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine — at 8:38 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Ending the Pandemic Begins Now
A Statement by Patty Maysent, CEO, UC San Diego Health
December 17, 2020 — These are momentous days, though too often darkened by rising rates of COVID-19 transmission, reports of overstressed hospitals, increasing sickness and mortality. But now, we are in a moment, one infused with hope. We are turning a corner: the beginning of the end of the pandemic.
This week, the first allocation of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived at UC San Diego Health, just as similar shipments are appearing across the country. The first inoculations at UC San Diego Health are slated to begin this week as well.
Per guidance for the Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration and public health experts, these first doses will go to health care workers at UC San Diego Health who are deemed at greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19, such as emergency department staff, critical care staff, trauma staff, respiratory therapists and personnel with face-to-face patient care in urgent care clinics.
Our goal is to vaccinate as many employees as quickly as possible, depending upon supplies and evolving circumstances. With subsequent vaccine shipments from Pfizer and as other vaccines, such as Moderna, come online, we will expand the opportunity to vaccinate to all health system employees, our patients and communities beyond. We are determined to do this as safely and effectively, as rapidly and methodically, as we can.
But even with actual vaccinations starting, we must continue to follow all current measures designed to slow viral spread and infection, from masking and distancing to hand washing and signing up for CA NOTIFY.
Some may ask why rush to vaccinate if these other measures are working. The simple answer is that they are only partial measures; the only way to completely end this pandemic is to widely distribute safe, effective vaccines, minimizing the costs to society, already so dear.
To that end, we have begun.