As we navigate through the uncharted waters of COVID-19, more and more information continues to pop up as we uncover more about COVID, the vaccine, and CDC guidelines. Perhaps the most interesting bit of new information to arise is that Johnson & Johnson has just released a COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by the U.S. FDA for Emergency Use. This is, perhaps, the most interesting piece of news, as it is the first single-shot vaccine to be released. This vaccination is good for those 18 and older, and it is rumored that this vaccine could produce less side effects than the two-shot vaccines already out there.
Johnson & Johnson claimed to be hopeful that they can release enough of the vaccine to vaccinate up to 20 million people by the end of March and 100 million in the first half of 2021. The Biden administration did quickly comment and warned officials that the number of incoming vaccines would be uneven, so it’s unsure how they will be distributed at this time.
In other exciting vaccination news, LA County opened up the vaccine to allow anyone over the age of 50 to get vaccinated as of April 1st. And as of April 15th, the vaccine becomes available to anyone 16 and older.
In other COVID news, the CDC is suggesting that people “double mask” if they are using cloth masks. Researchers found that wearing a cloth mask over top of a surgical mask can provide more protection. They also are urging citizens to choose masks with a “nose wire” (a wire that helps the mask fit more snugly on the nose) which will help prevent air from escaping out of the mask, to use a mask fitter over a disposable or cloth mask, and to make sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and chin both. They suggest more layers of material for better protection against the spread.
The CDC did announce that an N95 mask does not need to be layered.
This COVID pandemic is, obviously, still new to all of us. New developments, studies, vaccines, and information continue to emerge. Let’s all do our part by staying abreast of the latest news.
And if you need to visit a medical professional at this time, be sure to visit a doctor who is following the appropriate protocols, such as someone on our list of qualified medical professionals who work on a lien basis.