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Covid Numbers Decline, USA wins Ryder Cup, and National Daughter's Day - Tuesday's Blog

Wow! The weather this weekend was amazing! I hope everyone was able to get out an enjoy it and I hope it's here to stay for a bit. I certainly hope that hurricane Sam stays out at sea! Also a belated shout out to National Daughter's Day on Saturday.

I am so blessed to have my wonderful daughter, Sophie! Also wonderful was the US win in the Ryder Cup against Europe! And then there's the news that the Covid numbers in Charleston are declining rapidly.

It looks like there's a light at the end of the Delta variant tunnel. Phew! Unfortunately, more variants are likely to pop up, and Covid is something I believe we are going to have to learn to live with, but hopefully the extent of the impacts will lessen with expanded vaccination and natural immunity.

Analysis of the recent Delta variant experience reveals that the majority of those hospitalized and placed on ventilators were unvaccinated. It is hard for me to ascertain whether the unvaccinated group consists of those who had or had not not previously tested positive with Covid.

My assumption is that the majority of those who became gravely ill from Covid during this recent surgery had not been sick previously, as I do believe in the benefits of natural immunity. That being said, I fully acknowledge that those who are vaccinated and those who had Covid prior can still contract Covid again, but it is hoped that the prior exposures will lessen the likelihood of hospitalization.

This is true of the flu where we acknowledge that one can contract the flu after vaccination. This is true because of waning immunity as new flu strains emerge and mutate, combined with the fact that antibody levels naturally decline. There is a lot of controversy regarding boosters at this point, but for what it's worth, I am due to get my booster this week.

The impact of these peaks on the health care system cannot be overstated. Last week was National Surgical Tech Week, and I just want to thank all of the nurses and techs who have been working so hard lately. Thanks for all you do!

I hope everyone has a great final week of September. Shout out to all of our native North Carolinians! Happy National North Carolina Day!

Make it a September to Remember!

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