Despite the decrease in numbers, people are still getting COVID-19.

Just a brief note tonight.

I spent some time today trying to help with health care for two friends who became infected with COVID-19 this past week. Both have been remarkably compulsive about trying to avoid infection but despite their caution became infected. They can’t even identify the source of their infection. 

One developed increased respiratory symptoms on the background of asthma while the other one has loss of sense of smell. I think both will do well, but obviously their medical condition is concerning and it is disconcerting that despite their best efforts they both became ill.

It’s important to remember that this virus is still out there, it is remarkably contagious and even in cases where people don’t develop life threatening disease they become ill and have bothersome and, in some cases, protracted symptoms.  

New cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Despite the precipitous drop in numbers, overall new infections remain over 50,000 a day.

Just consider this on the background of the markedly reduced number of infections currently observed in the US. Infections are substantially decreased in general, but that doesn’t matter if you’re the one that gets infected. 

So please continue to take caution, wear masks and avoid crowds until you get vaccinated. We are only a couple of months away from being able to vaccinate every adult in the United States.

When that happens, it will truly be a time to celebrate.   

Published by jbakerjrblog

Immunologist, former Army MD, former head of allergy and clinical immunology at University of Michigan, vaccine developer and opinionated guy.

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