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#pandemic #COVID #flu #vaccines #boosters #footballinjuries

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> State of the Pandemic

>> Your Autumn Immunization schedule

>> Were your home team players injured this weekend?

The Med & Mic™ 09.19.22

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President’s Pandemic Point of View

In a 60 Minutes interview that aired 9/18, President Biden said, “The pandemic is over.”

Here’s a look at some numbers:

  • Across the world, new daily cases peaked in January, with 806,987 for the U.S.

  • Now there are 493,000 cases worldwide, though many cases go unreported.

  • From August 16 to September 17, the U.S. had a 3% increase (2.5 million) in cases.

The CDC has issued the same guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals and shortened the quarantine period from 10 days to five. The CDC has not publicly declared the end of the pandemic. (Source: NPR, A. Archie, 9.19.22)

Flu shots, COVID boosters: How to Time Them

Expert advice on when to get your flu shot and your COVID booster varies.

  • Dr. Ashish Jha, the government’s COVID-19 response coordinator: Get your COVID booster by Halloween, and get your flu shot at the same time in the other arm.

  • Dr. Alicia Fry, chief of epidemiology and prevention at the CDC: It’s safe and efficient to get both shots at the same time.

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House medical advisor: Get your COVID booster as soon as you’re eligible, which is two months after your last vaccine dose or three months after COVID infection.

  • Dr. Richard Zimmerman, director of the Pittsburgh Vaccination Research Group: Get a COVID booster now, since case counts remain high, but get your flu shot in October and November for protection into the spring and the tail end of flu season.

  • Dr. Brandon Webb, infectious diseases specialist in Utah: Get your flu shot in early autumn because Australia had an unusually early flu season.

Flu trackers look to Australia to predict what will happen in the U.S. with circulating strains and severity. (Source: TIME, J. Ducharme, 9.16.22)

NFL Injuries

Knee and ankle injuries predominated this past weekend, among professional football players.

  • Knee injuries: Drew Sample (Bengals), Kyle Dugger (Patriots), Leonard Williams (Giants).

  • Ankle injuries: James Conner (Cardinals), Steven Means (Ravens), Jadeveon Clowney (Browns).

(Source:, 9.18.22)

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