COVID-19 Update

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI

The Washington Post reports the Omicron sub-variant BA.5 ‘has quickly become dominant in the United States, and thanks to its elusiveness when encountering the human immune system, is driving a wave of cases across the country.” Now, “the risk of reinfections has increased because newly emergent sub-variants are better able to evade the front line defense of the immune system, and there is essentially no effort at the community level to limit transmission.”

If you have been following my posts, you probably realize that I received the initial two Pfizer vaccinations back in December of 2020 and January of 2021.  I followed with a Moderna booster later that year in August. Because I am over fifty, the next booster has been recommended for me and I was receptive until the BA.5 became the dominant sub-variant. Drug companies have stated that vaccines being developed now will accommodate for this sub-variant so my guess is that I will get vaccinated later this fall, before the winter sets in.

We have seen that Dr. Fauci has become Covid-19 positive and I suspect that this news event has caused some consternation among many of you. Viruses mutate and adapt very rapidly and science works hard to study them and determine where they are going. But notice that Dr. Fauci did not require hospitalization, ventilation or suffer death because of his infection. His age obviously puts him in a high risk group.

The line in the Washington Post that most concerns me is the comment about no effort at the community level to limit transmission. Pandemic weariness is a real phenomenon. We, at Spring Lake Dental Group, are still practicing diligent efforts to protect ourselves and our patients. While we have made some concession to “pandemic weariness”, we encourage our patients and staff to positively consider getting future recommended vaccinations, both for ourselves and our children age five and older. Practice social distancing as much as practicable and wear a mask in public.

Will we get through this?  Yes, we will.