Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
We continually strive to provide you with most up to date information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for more on the COVID-19 vaccines, the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy, and more!
- Newsweek reports that “the chief adviser of the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine program has said people who have already been infected with the novel coronavirus should still get the shot…’I think as a clear precaution it is appropriate to be vaccinated because it’s safe, it will induce a much higher immune response and will ensure, in case natural infection doesn’t induce long-lasting protection, better protection. I think people should be vaccinated, indeed.’”
- In recent weeks, England has reported an increase of infections caused by a strain of the Coronavirus that is more easily passed from person to person. Significantly, this new strain does not appear to cause more severe disease and the vaccines should be effective against this new strain. “We have every reason to believe that the vaccine will be effective against any variant that we’ve seen, including the new variant in the U.K.,” said the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health.
- The NY Times reports that polls indicate more people are planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available. “The portion of people saying they are now likely or certain to take the vaccine has grown from about 50 percent this summer to more than 60 percent, and in one poll 73 percent…There remain notable discrepancies among demographic groups. The divide between women and men has become pronounced, with women being more hesitant. Black people remain the most skeptical racial group, although their acceptance is inching up: In September, a Pew Research poll said that only 32 percent of Black people were willing to get the vaccine, while the latest poll shows a rise to 42 percent.”
- USA Today reports that “The federal government is close to delivering 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine during the month of December, as promised, but states are taking longer than expected to get those doses into people’s arms. About 15.5 million doses will be delivered by the end of the year, with the remaining 5 million arriving between Jan. 4-6, said General Gus Perna, who co-leads Operation Warp Speed, the federal effort to develop and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests. But only about 1 million of the 9 million doses distributed so far have been reported administered. The lag is likely caused by a variety of factors, including the logistical challenge of starting a new program, the difficulties of administering these vaccines, and the fact that many hospitals are nearly overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients right now.”
- PPP has signed up with Fulton County to have our doctors and staff vaccinated. We may be able to offer the vaccine in the office for patients 16-18 and older once there is enough vaccine to offer it to the general population.
Studies Show COVID-19 Illness May Protect Against Future Infection
An important question during the pandemic has been whether illness with COVID-19 will protect against reinfection. The AP reports that “two new studies give encouraging evidence that having COVID-19 may offer some protection against future infections. Researchers found that people who made antibodies to the coronavirus were much less likely to test positive again for up to six months and maybe longer.”
“People with antibodies from natural infections were ‘at much lower risk … on the order of the same kind of protection you’d get from an effective vaccine,’ of getting the virus again” reported the lead researcher.
Low Risk of Pregnant Women Passing COVID to Newborns
HealthDay reports on a recent study showing that “Pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19 during their third trimester appear unlikely to pass the infection to their fetuses.”
Face Masks on Adults Have Limited Impact on Kids’ Socialization
UPI reports on a recent study showing “Schoolteachers and daycare center staff members who wear face masks to prevent COVID-19 spread have a ‘minimal’ effect on children’s social interactions. Although youngsters in the study experienced some difficulty interpreting the emotions of adults based on facial expressions because a portion of their faces were covered, these challenges were surmountable and did not adversely affect interactions with them, the researchers said.”
Looking Forward to a New Year
As this is the last update of 2020, we want to wish a Happy New Year to you and your family. We hope, as illustrated below, that 2021 will be a better year for all.
We encourage everyone to continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please contact our office with any further questions or concerns.
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Peachtree Park Pediatrics strives to deliver up-to-date primary care to our infant, child, and young adult patients in a welcoming and family-friendly environment. The practice has deep roots in the Atlanta community, and it is our continued honor to be entrusted with the health care of our next generation.