Our very own, Dr. Andy Fine talks about the recommendations regarding Covid, the mask mandate, treatment, testing, and an update on the upcoming flu season. To learn more about what Fine has to say about these recommendations and guidelines, continue reading below!
The data we are seeing is 25% of people that have covid infections, whether they have symptoms or not, are carriers or have an acute covid infection, 25% of those people are getting long covid meaning at least two months to a lifetime of brain frog, cognitive problems, memory problems, sometimes heart problems, so you don’t want to get if you can avoid it. This means even though it is a rare thing, you do not want to get it.
So the recommendations are if you are in large crowds and you can avoid it like a concert, and airport, or a baseball stadium and you’re outdoors you’re probably okay, but you never know. You’re close to people, you’re a lot closer than the 6 feet, if someone sneezes on you, you are going to get those germs. It has been proven if you’re sitting next to someone for more than it seems like 10 minutes with this Delta thing, which is basically what’s going around right now, you’re going to get whatever they have.
That is for indoors, we do not know what it means for outdoor areas, less likely but still a possibility. So if you do not have to be going to concerts or airports and standing in the various places where airports are high risk for transmission, don’t. The airplane is not at high risk for transmission because of the filtration systems. High-risk areas are going to be where people gather for a long period of time such as the security line, baggage claim, where you check your bag or the gate where people standing on top of each other.
Now probably, you are not standing in front of the same people for ten minutes and the ceilings are higher so it is probably less likely also. If you need to fly you do not need to be scared you are going to get covid. It is rare but there is a chance. So any elective vacations or business trips or congregations in churches for sporting events or things like that I still do not think it is worth the risk because even if you’re likely to get an asymptomatic covid infection and not die, one you can pass it on to a child or unvaccinated people and now they got a problem. You could have never had a symptom and still being in the 25% of people that get some kind of long, good thing they’re kicking last your lifetime. If that is avoidable, I would try to avoid it.
As far as masks, the recommendation currently depending on the area as if you’re not in an area where cases are significantly increasing, if you are vaccinated you can wear a mask and keep your distance. Indoors you are probably okay not wearing a mask indoors, going to a restaurant indoors, if you’re vaccinated. And not vaccinated you’re at high risk indoors and outdoors in large crowds and so if you are having an environment with increased caseloads and they’re changing because this is not a national thing, it is going from state to state and.
Let’s talk about treatment. Everyone is talking about antibodies and steroids and the things that have been reported in the media. There is little to no evidence that outpatient people need any type of treatment for covid. If you are bad enough where you need to be in the hospital is breathing trouble or heart trouble or pain or mental status changes then yeah you could benefit from antiviral treatment for covid-19. But these things are ridiculously expensive and hard to get, there is no way to get everybody who has acute covid to get this stuff. It really is not going to change your outcome. I wish everybody would stop freaking out insisting to get tested with any and every symptom they get. Nobody needs treatment of any kind there is no need for treatment. Treatment for impatient is helpful but nobody should be taking based on a risk profile or benefit of these drugs like hydroxychloroquine.
If you have symptoms that don’t seem to get better, you can go to a testing site to get tested, many of them are sponsored by the government and are free. A lot of people are confused about whether you can get those for free but if they are government-sponsored you should not get a bill, and if you do give them a call because they cannot do that. But again, there is no need to panic and go get tested over every symptom, especially with fall allergies starting up again.
2021 Flu Season
You should get a flu shot, there was no flu last year because everyone was inside and they were staying away from each other and being overprotective but the flu will come back. There will be 30 to 60,000 people in the United States that will die of flu this year and that will happen every year indefinitely as far as we can tell and maybe the same will happen with time once everybody gets vaccinated. The flu needs to be transmitted by hand touching your mouth and you want to avoid it if you can.