COVID-19 Update 1/12/2021

The vaccine is here!  Our providers and office staff are vaccinated or in that process!  The rollout in Illinois is health care providers first then nursing home patients.  CVS and Walgreens pharmacies plan to rollout to the public soon.  We have signed up to provide it but have no timetable as of yet.  We continue to offer antibody testing at any time, and controlled swab rapid plus lab testing after office hours.  Call us for consultation on COVID 19 – virtual appointments available.

If you have NOT had the disease, and do NOT have antibodies, get the vaccine.  We will say that there are side effects.  They are:

  • Arm pain-almost everyone
  • Fevers, fatigue, sinus, headache, muscle aches, nausea, and are worse with the second shot.  Some hospitals are advising their staff to reduce plans the following day in case of side effects.
  • Vaccine is of similar science as shingle vaccine, which does have more side effects than the flu shot.

Pregnant women are being advised by the American College of OBGYN to get the vaccine.  We, however, find that most of our patients are low risk for severe COVID-19 and choose not to.  The side effects could be more severe in pregnancy.  The vaccine has NOT been tested in pregnant women or children.  Remember risks for severe COVID-19 are: age, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.

Despite vaccination, we must continue to wear masks, social distance and quarantine 14 days with any travel outside the country.  Most cases occur due to direct exposure from someone, usually in a social situation with lots of unmasked talking and perhaps laughing/shouting.  Quarantine if you have symptoms or are awaiting a COVID test result.

Our Medspa is complying with the state's guidelines allowing only SERVICES WITH MASKS – that means no facials or fillers.  Be wary of providers who are offering these or are providing them at your home.  Call our Medspa for services, products, virtual or in-office consults, and stay tuned for release of some fantastic new products and services. Once the state reduces restrictions (hopefully soon) we look forward to seeing you!!

We are here for you and your health.  Call us with any questions and consider a virtual COVID consult.  Don't neglect your health care, come and see us – your preventive care is so important!

 

Jeanne Novas, MD