The viral pandemic is continuing through summer, as this coronavirus appears quite different from most respiratory viruses. It appears the virus is not seasonal and doesn’t seem to be affected by climate as most respiratory viruses are. For instance, influenza virus is predominate in the winter months, and becomes dormant in the summer. We are following all CDC recommendations including wearing masks and requiring patients to wear masks, social distancing, and limiting the number of patients our office at one time by having patients come in by appointment for their allergy injections.
ACTIV (Accelerating Covid – 19Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccine ) is a coordinated research response to the Covid – 19 pandemic. This is bringing together the National Institutes of Health, the Health and Human Services office of the government and private industry and is progressing at breakneck speed. We will have a vaccine by mid-fall.
The vaccine may initially be given to select groups such as nursing home residents and medical personnel. Hopefully persons will put aside superstitions and suspicions regarding vaccines, as we will need widespread application of this vaccine. The only other way to approach herd immunity is for virtually everyone to contract this disease, which is not acceptable.