Can You Drink Alcohol After Getting The COVID Vaccine?

Can You Drink Alcohol After Getting The COVID Vaccine?

  • April 9, 2021

Let’s say you’ve done everything that’s been asked of you. You paid attention to the information regarding availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, made your appointment, and got the shots. Can you celebrate with a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine?

Looking through the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, they’ve got recommendations for painkillers, in which they say you should avoid taking OTC pain meds, like ibuprofen and Tylenol if you’re hoping that they’ll somehow blunt the potential side-effects of the vaccine. The CDC does say that it’s perfectly fine to take those pain meds post-vaccination, though.

When it comes to beer, wine, and hard liquor, there’s not a lot to find at the CDC website about how it will affect the COVID-19 vaccine’s overall effectiveness. However, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website says that your immune system can be negatively effected by excessive alcohol consumption, but the study was not done with the COVID-19 vaccine in mind. The NIH study points out that excessive consumption of alcohol can cause multiple problems like:

“acute respiratory stress syndromes (ARDS), sepsis, alcoholic liver disease (ALD), and certain cancers; a higher incidence of postoperative complications; and slower and less complete recovery from infection and physical trauma, including poor wound healing.”

Okay, excessive drinking isn’t good for you at all, we get it. But will having a drink or two after being vaccinated cause you big problems? It turns out the answer is actually no. Health.com says it’s not going to help you feel any better, either.

They put the alcohol-after-vaccination question to some infectious disease experts, and while the experts wouldn’t recommend having cocktail hour right after you get your final shot, it’s not something they’re particularly worried about. The biggest objections to you having that celebratory libation breaks down to how it will make you feel.

Health.com:

“Vaccine side effects include muscle aches and pains and feeling under the weather. Compounding that with the side effects of alcohol runs the risk of making you feel worse,” Tania Elliott, MD, clinical instructor of medicine at NYU Langone Health.

Another doctor speculated that someone could confuse a hangover with side-effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, potentially frightening off others who had planned on receiving the shots.

 

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Why Won't Kennewick Apartment 'Crasher' Face Felony Charges?

Why Won’t Kennewick Apartment ‘Crasher’ Face Felony Charges?

  • April 9, 2021

Many in the Tri-Cities are wondering why the woman who slammed her Dodge Durango in a Kennewick apartment-duplex will not be going back to prison or facing a felony charge.

In a case that’s grabbing a lot of state and even national headlines now, Lori A. Christensen crashed her vehicle into the Central Park apartments Friday April 2nd, following a called off chase by Kennewick Police.  Officers attempted to pull her over, reportedly believing she was under the influence based upon her driving.

However, she sped away, and the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns. A short time later, it was learned she had blown a stop sign, and blasted into the unit on South Olympia St. No one was in the Central Park units, but her vehicle had to be pulled out with a winch so the injured Christensen could be extricated.

According to a Tri City Herald report, her drug problems stem back 35 years.  Court documents and public records show upwards of double digit brushes with the law over drugs, espcially for possession.

She also served time for killing a Pasco man in a DUI head on crash on Oregon Ave. in September 2010. So why isn’t she facing a felony charge this time?

First, according to Police and court reports, because the Police terminated their pursuit (for safety reasons) her actions afterwards cannot be charged with felony eluding.

Christensen had been out on community supervision after serving about a year and half for multiple local drug possession charges, two months later, she crashed into the apartment.

Previously she’d been sent back to prison for violations to serve the full term of her DUI killing of the man in Pasco; for that crime she was released in September 2018. Then came more multiple possession-drug charges leading up to the crash April 2nd, 2021.

Normally, according to court reports and the Herald, she would face a revocation hearing for violating terms of release, and she would go back to prison to finish her sentence. Her violations related to the possession charges would have put her back behind bars.

But with the State Supreme Court ruling in February that drug possession is un-Constitutional, it basically wipes out her previous incidents. According to multiiple sources, many prosecutors are preparing to ‘reverse’ or nullify the prosecutions of people who are in jail for possession across Washington state.

Her previous convictions cannot be held against her, and a court request could, in layman’s terms, vacate those possession issues.

It is still a very grey area, but it appears this Court ruling will allow a LOT of criminals back on the streets as it will do away with their possession charges.

Currently Christensen is facing a DUI gross misdemeanor charge stemming from the crash, as well as failure to stop at a stop sign and driving without insurance. However, none of these are felonies.

She could have faced a DUI felony stemming from a 2007 law that says if a driver has a previous vehicular homicide conviction and they are charged with intoxicated driving, the serious charge can be made.

However, the Herald reports that won’t stick because the 2010 fatal Pasco crash was plead down to lesser charges.

She remains in a Seattle hospital where she was taken after the crash. It appears this incident may become a ‘test’ case for this Supreme Court ruling; especially given her backround. This case may end up being used by opponents of the Court’s ruling.

 

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5 Essential Tips For Proper Nutrition During COVID-19 Pandemic

5 Essential Tips For Proper Nutrition During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • April 8, 2021

The current covid-19 pandemic has affected and changed lifestyles a lot. There is a big difference in prioritizing things now as it was before. There is a new normal lifestyle. With the COVID-19 pandemic, eating, living, working, and socializing patterns have completely changed. Even socio-economic stability has suffered a lot.

Food is an important aspect of life and a means of living. During the current situation, diet planning is an important question to most people about the suitable options to add to a routine diet and what foods should be given up. While planning a diet for yourself and your family, there are many things to keep in mind. Some aspects are elaborated for a more concise understanding.

Avoid Eating Outside

It is safe to eat at home and prepare meals by yourself. Going outside in public places increases the risk of getting in contact with the virus’s carriers and the virus itself. Restaurants and food places are among the most crowded places, and it is more likely for viruses to spread quickly in such places.

It is advisable to avoid visiting such public places and make sure to stay at home. Eat and drink with your family and prepare meals at home. Also, avoiding unhealthy food such as processed food is very important. Processed foods have less nutritional value and are made from synthetic ingredients.

Giving Up Alcohol

It is important to give up certain foods and beverages which are injurious to overall health and increases the risk of getting into serious disease and illnesses. Alcohol is one such beverage that negatively affects each organ of the body, especially during the current pandemic when there is no much physical exercise.

Alcohol abuse increases the risk factors and severity of disease and infection. It negatively influences immunity and the defense system of the body. It is important to look for ways to limit and abandon the use of alcohol. It might become troublesome for many people. People can get professional guidance to cope with addiction from numerous rehab centers.

Drink Enough Water Everyday

Drinking plenty of water is essential in keeping the body hydrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Water is essential to many processes and functions in the body. It is recommended to take 8-10 glasses of water a day. It is especially important during the current pandemic as water is an essential way to keep air passages moist and secure with sufficient amounts of mucus, which protects the membrane and lining of air passages.

It makes it difficult for viruses and germs to get access to the body through air passages in the nose and throat. Also, it is very helpful in regulating body temperature. Maintaining good hydration is essential for overall health and wellbeing. It is as important as taking a healthy and nutritious diet.

Antioxidants To Strengthen Immune System

Foods rich in antioxidants help the body against free radicals and reduce inflammation. Different nutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and B carotene help the body’s immune system in different ways and protect the body against infections and viruses. They also may help in building up your bodies natural immune system against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eat Nutritious And Well Balanced Diet

Nutrition and hydration are essential for a healthier body, and it boosts immunity. It also reduces the risk of getting serious and chronic diseases and infections. There are a number of healthy food options to add to a routine diet.

It is important to consider what food and food groups to add to diet on a routine basis as it has a lot to do with overall health, building immunity, and dealing with stress and anxiety of pandemic.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are rich sources of Vitamin C, and they play an important role in the body as an immunity booster. Incorporating Vitamin C-rich citrus fruits in a routine diet can have numerous benefits.

Common examples of citrus fruits are lemon, orange, mandarin, and grapefruit.

Research shows that Vitamin C helps with shrinking the duration and severity of a cold. So it is beneficial to incorporate a Vitamin C-rich diet and food sources.

Spices

If you are looking into what to add to a routine diet during the current pandemic, then these spices are a must for a healthy diet. Ginger, Garlic, and turmeric are extremely beneficial for health and can easily be incorporated into the diet.

These spices are part of many food recipes. These spices have antiviral and antiseptic properties, which are extremely useful in boosting immunity against cold viruses and other viruses.

Zinc Rich Food

Zinc is an important mineral found in food and is required by the body for many functions. Foods rich in Zinc, such as seafood including shellfish, oysters and mussels, seeds, nuts, red meat, and egg yolk, must also be added to a routine diet.

Zinc is found in many medicines used to treat cold thus has properties to fight viruses. A zinc-rich diet must be added to the diet as it boosts immunity against viruses and reduces inflammation.

Magnesium Rich Food

Magnesium is an important mineral found in many foods such as green vegetables, dark chocolate, Tofu, bananas, legumes, seeds, and nuts. Foods rich in magnesium are very helpful in reducing stress and anxiety.

With sufficient magnesium intake, a person may feel calmer, and it also supports immunity. Recent research supports the role of magnesium in reducing the severity of the COVID-19 virus.

Fatty Fish

Fatty fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 reduces stress and anxiety. Also, it has countless health benefits; it is also effective against the common cold and flu. It also boosts immunity against viruses and should be incorporated into routine diets.

Take Away

COVID-19 pandemic has brought in an elevated concern about diet and healthy diet options. It is important to avoid eating outside and making sure to prepare and take meals at home. Incorporating foods rich in various nutrients can help to boost immunity. Many foods with anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antiseptic properties are available. These foods also reduce the risk factor of diseases and infections. A body with stronger immunity can cope with viruses better.

 

SMART researchers develop 15-minute immune-profiling assay | MIT News

SMART researchers develop 15-minute immune-profiling assay | MIT News

  • April 8, 2021

Researchers from Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalized-Medicine (CAMP), an interdisciplinary research group at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, have developed a new label-free immune profiling assay that profiles the rapidly changing host immune response in case of infection, in a departure from existing methods that focus on detecting the pathogens themselves, which can often be at low levels within a host. This novel technology presents a host of advantages over current methods, being much faster, more sensitive, and more accurate.

The new assay is described in a paper titled, “Label-free biophysical markers from whole blood microfluidic immune profiling reveals severe immune response signatures”, published recently in Small, a weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering nanotechnology, and included a pilot study of 85 donors recruited from the National University Hospital (NUH) emergency department. The paper was led by Kerwin Kwek Zeming, senior postdoc at SMART CAMP, and co-authored by Professor Jongyoon Han, principal investigator at SMART CAMP and professor of biological engineering and electrical engineering at MIT, and Win Sen Kuan, research director, Emergency Medicine Department, NUH.

In many cases, the main culprit behind disease manifestation, severity of infection, and patient mortality is an overly aggressive host immune response. For instance, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 resulted in a disproportionately high number of deaths among otherwise-healthy young adults. This has been attributed to the now well-studied phenomenon of cytokine storms, which precipitate the rapid release of immune cells and inflammatory molecules and are brought on by a hyper-aggressive host immune response. In a more recent example, cases of severe Covid-19 infection often result in death via sepsis and a dysregulated immune response, while current risk stratification methods based on age and comorbidity remain a significant challenge and can be inaccurate. Moreover, current Covid-19 testing does not prognose the severity of the immune response, and can thus lead to inefficient deployment of resources in health-care settings.

In cases of acute infection, the status of a patient’s immune response can often be volatile and may change within minutes. Hence, there exists a pressing need for assays that are able to rapidly and accurately inform on the state of the immune system. This is particularly vital in early triage among patients with acute infection, and for predicting subsequent deterioration of disease. In turn, this will better empower medical personnel to make more accurate initial assessments and deliver the appropriate medical response. This can ensure timely intervention in the emergency department and prevent admission to the intensive care unit (ICU).

The new assay developed by SMART researchers focuses on profiling the rapidly changing host inflammatory response, which, in a hyper-aggressive state, can lead to sepsis and death. A 15-minute label-free immune profiling assay from 20 microliters (µL) of unprocessed blood using unconventional L and inverse-L shaped pillars of DLD microfluidic technology was developed, functioning as a sensitive and quantitative assay of immune cell biophysical signatures in relation to real-time activation levels of white blood cells (WBCs). As WBCs are activated by various internal or external triggers, the assay can sensitively measure both the extent and direction of these changes, which in turn reflect a patient’s current immune response state. As such, the new assay developed by SMART researchers is able to accurately and quickly assess patients’ immune response states by profiling immune cell size, deformability, distribution, and cell counts.

Significantly, the new assay provides considerable advantages over existing methods of profiling the immune system and its activity. These include measuring leukocyte gene expression, cell-surface biochemical markers, and blood serum cytokine profile. Notably, these current methods require sample dilution or pre-processing steps, as well as labor-intensive, expensive equipment and antibody labeling procedures. As a result, these methods generally require a few hours, at minimum, to return results. This is a key pain point and drawback in triage and the emergency department, where clinicians need to make accurate clinical assessments as early as possible. The labor- and time-intensive nature of these current methods significantly limits their clinical utility for rapid triage and prevents their wider implementation within the emergency room (ER) or ICU.

In contrast, as this new SMART assay takes only 15 minutes, uses only 20 µL of whole blood, and only requires video capture frame rates of up to 150 frames per second, there is considerable potential for the technology to be developed into a portable unit that can perform point-of-care blood-sparing assays that could significantly improve the diagnosis and differentiation of patients in the ER and other primary or critical-care settings. This application will enable clinicians to be able to quickly identify at-risk patients and take immediate action to mitigate or prevent organ dysfunction and other adverse effects of a hyper-aggressive immune response.

Lead author Kerwin Kwek says, “Our new DLD assay will help address an unmet need in the ER and ICU by significantly reducing waiting time for accurate patient assay results. This could lead to more effective triage decision-making and more appropriate and timely treatment, which are critical to saving lives. More generally, this groundbreaking technology provides new insights into both the engineering of precision microfluidics and clinical research.”

Jongyoon Han adds, “In the wake of lessons learnt in emergency rooms in hospitals across the world, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, where medical professionals have been faced with making difficult and at times life-or-death decisions in triage, this new technology represents a hugely exciting and significant breakthrough. By reducing the time taken for assay results from hours to a matter of minutes, SMART CAMP’s new assay could help save lives as we continue to combat the scourge of pathogens and infectious diseases. The assay will also have wider applications, giving clinicians a new and more effective tool in the ER and ICU.”

The research is carried out by SMART and supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore under its Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE) program.

CAMP is a SMART interdisciplinary research group launched in June 2019. It focuses on better ways to produce living cells as medicine, or cellular therapies, to provide more patients access to promising and approved therapies. The investigators at CAMP address two key bottlenecks facing the production of a range of potential cell therapies: critical quality attributes (CQA) and process analytic technologies (PAT). Leveraging deep collaborations within Singapore and MIT in the United States, CAMP invents and demonstrates CQA/PAT capabilities from stem to immune cells. Its work addresses ailments ranging from cancer to tissue degeneration, targeting adherent and suspended cells, with and without genetic engineering.

CAMP is the R&D core of a comprehensive national effort on cell therapy manufacturing in Singapore.

SMART is MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, established in partnership with the NRF in 2007. SMART is the first entity in CREATE developed by NRF. SMART serves as an intellectual and innovation hub for research interactions between MIT and Singapore, undertaking cutting-edge research projects in areas of interest to both Singapore and MIT. SMART currently comprises an Innovation Center and five interdisciplinary research groups: Antimicrobial Resistance, CAMP, Disruptive and Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision, Future Urban Mobility, and Low Energy Electronic Systems.

SMART research is funded by the NRF under the CREATE program.

Red Cross Hoping You'll Donate Blood Soon

Red Cross Hoping You’ll Donate Blood Soon

  • April 8, 2021

Have you given blood during the COVID-19 pandemic? The American Red Cross is hoping you’ll consider it soon. April is National Volunteer Month and the American Red Cross is celebrating the blood, platelet and plasma donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and urging healthy individuals to join them in giving blood.
Many people volunteer for the American Red Cross each year in a variety of ways. In fact Red Cross officials say 2.6 million Red Cross volunteer donors step up every year to ensure blood is on the shelves when patients need it. A press release from the American Red Cross says they’re looking for donors Today especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice.

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Testing may also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Yakima

4/7/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

4/9/2021: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

4/12/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Cheese Sandwich Day, 302 S 2nd Street

4/14/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

4/16/2021: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Eisenhower High School, 611 S. 44h Avenue

4/21/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

4/23/2021: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

4/26/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

4/27/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

4/28/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

4/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

4/30/2021: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

5/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

5/7/2021: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

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The benefits of green space: Nature reduces stress, enhances creativity and even improves heart health

The benefits of green space: Nature reduces stress, enhances creativity and even improves heart health

  • April 8, 2021

Spring always brings a fresh sense of well-being with the opportunity to get outdoors. This year, spring has a particularly strong appeal as we struggle to emerge from a year of COVID-induced isolation and stress in our lives.

Turns out, if you’re looking for the antidote to the physical and mental duress imposed by the pandemic, or just ready to jump-start a healthier lifestyle, the science suggests that increased access to nature can provide you the edge to become more active and trigger a broad range of physical and mental health benefits. This includes interactions with nature in urban areas.

Physical health benefits of nature

According to the U.S. National Park Service, exercising in nature leads to greater health benefits than performing the same activity indoors, and individuals are more likely to repeat being physically active when the exercise is performed in a natural environment. The NPS further indicates that a 30-minute visit to a park can improve heart health, circulation and lower cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure. The NPS reports that walking in nature reduces inflammation and boosts your immune system, which decreases the risk of certain diseases and cancers.

A report published by the Nature Conservatory cites a study that found residents living in areas with more green space were more than three times as likely to be physically active, and approximately 40% less likely to be overweight or obese, as those living in areas with low levels of green space. A striking statistic when you consider the level of obesity in America today.

Ecotherapy and ecopsychology

A Harvard Medical School publication offered a specific look at the risks of mood disorders in aging men resulting from sudden life changes such as the death of a loved one, unemployment or retirement. It paid particular attention to men who may not want to turn to medication and therapy for help. For these individuals, interacting with nature is one of the best self-improvement tools they can use; it’s what the experts call ecotherapy. Harvard says that the type of nature setting doesn’t matter and that, as an example, group nature walks are just as effective as solo treks.

Supporting this position is a Yale University publication that describes a study where people who spent two hours a week in green spaces — local parks or other natural environments, either all at once or spaced over several visits — were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who did not. Labeling its review of nature-based literature ecopsychology, the article presents a laundry-list of benefits associated with time in nature including lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduced nervous system arousal, enhanced immune system function, increased self-esteem, reduced anxiety and improved mood.

Consistent with the multi-faceted benefits of a healthy lifestyle, Colorado State University describes a number of benefits associated with interacting with nature. Among them: nature decreases stress, the outdoors makes you feel energized, being in nature can help “clear your head,” and interactions with nature can help you recover from mental fatigue.

Improved creativity

Seems time in nature has additional benefits. Research conducted at the University of Kansas concluded that people from all walks of life showed startling cognitive improvement — for instance, a 50% boost in creativity — after living for a few days steeped in nature. Researcher Ruth Ann Atchley said that nature could stimulate the human mind without the often-menacing distractions of workday life in the 21st Century.

“Nature is a place where our mind can rest, relax and let down those threat responses,” Atchley said. “Therefore, we have resources left over — to be creative, to be imaginative, to problem solve — that allow us to be better, happier people who engage in a more productive way with others.”

As a practical matter, if you are like me, you may not be able to fully remove yourself from daily life and immerse yourself in nature, but, then again, spending time in a nearby park may just do the trick.

A wealth of options

Michigan State University reports that finding ways to stay active outdoors can be a great motivator, and that exercising in outdoor settings can be more relaxing than indoor exercise. Researchers recommend changing up your exercise routine to include activities like biking, walking, hiking or snowshoeing.

For me, my connection to nature is running along the Cooper River in New Jersey and on the promenade in Sea Isle City. Whether I’m looking at the river or the Atlantic Ocean, there’s that intangible benefit that just doesn’t compare to the treadmill at the gym.

Yes, the practical fact is that I rely on the treadmill to get through the winter and when time requires immediate access to the accoutrements of the gym. But when there’s time and the weather is good, there is nothing like looking over the water and soaking in all that nature has to offer as I run along my path. With Wi-Fi in the park and along the promenade, depending on the time and my mood, I really enjoy the music or news as a complement to the setting. The combination takes the workout to another level.

Mother Nature is looking out for us and helping in her own special way. Regardless of how you choose to interact and what activity works best for you, take advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer. The time is right.


Louis Bezich, senior vice president of strategic alliances at Cooper University Health Care, is author of “Crack The Code: 10 Proven Secrets that Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment in Men Over 50.” Read more from Louis on his website  

 

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Scot Scoop News | Three COVID-19 vaccines build immunity

  • April 7, 2021

Despite the vaccine developments, the pandemic is far from over, with coronavirus variants appearing in various countries. 

“The variants are to be expected because that’s what viruses do,” Brainard said. “Viruses survive by changing themselves, and they change themselves so that they can avoid the body’s immune system.”

To combat those mutations, companies are looking at various strategies. Especially with mRNA, it is easier to modify the vaccine to carry the new virus sequence, which would signal the immune system to produce a different antibody. 

“There’s active research into how effective the current vaccines are against the variants and whether or not a booster shot designed to target those variants and provide a broader protection would be necessary,” Brainard said.

The ongoing research will be crucial in determining future steps. 

“Because the COVID-19 infection outcome is much much worse, the worst-case scenario is if the SARS-CoV-2 continues and we need to get a vaccine every year,” Wang said. “Both Pfizer and Moderna are working on follow-up booster doses for vaccines against virus mutations. If the virus keeps on circulating, if we don’t have herd immunity, if people don’t get the vaccine, there might be even more mutations.”

Even so, herd immunity in one country will not help.

It’s a competition between human beings’ immunity and virus evolution.”

— Jing Jin

“Now it’s just a competition between human beings’ immunity and virus evolution. If you look at the data nationally, the cases are rising, and this is under the condition with parts of the population already fully vaccinated,” Jin said. “If other countries cannot control the variants, eventually the U.S. will also have new problems. With the new variants circulating, it’s very hard to predict what will happen, but it will not end very soon.”

However, the world is, undoubtedly, a step closer to returning to normal as companies and the government are doing their best to make the vaccines more available. 

Carly Ramirez, a senior who works in food service, has recently gotten her first Pfizer vaccine. She is hopeful that the vaccine will be vital in ending the pandemic by creating immunity. 

“I’ve always had trust in the vaccines. I know a lot of people are worried about how fast the vaccines were developed or if they got the right amount of testing or if side effects are fatal,” Ramirez said. “A lot of people say they want to wait for a better one, but I totally disagree with that. I’d rather risk getting the vaccine than getting the coronavirus itself.”

There is no telling how long the pandemic will last, but people can do their part to stay safe by taking any protection measures available. 

“Vaccines are the most powerful weapon humans have against infectious diseases. Unfortunately, nobody will 100% guarantee that you will be protected, even if you get the two doses for Pfizer or Moderna because the immune response is different for each individual,” Wang said. “Whether you have the vaccine or not, we are still recommended to take universal precautions to protect yourself and protect others.”

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Plant-Based Alternatives For Stronger Immunity – Press Release

  • April 6, 2021

Many Americans grow up being taught Western medicine beliefs. This means that oftentimes we miss out on valuable and simple knowledge about how plants and other organic compounds can help improve our overall health and wellbeing. PlantCurra was founded on the belief that plant-based formulas can help boost our immune systems and lead to an overall greater quality of life. By focusing on vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, Plant Curra utilizes plant-based formulas that are backed by science.

Plant-Based Immune Boosters

There are many effective plant-based ingredients that can help boost our immune system. Some of the top ingredients include but are not limited to Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Graviola Leaf, Raspberry Fruit, Turmeric Rhizome, and more. Many American diets lack whole foods which are rich in these ingredients. As such, diets can often lack in these natural immune boosters. When we do not eat enough of these, our immune system may not be functioning at optimal levels. We can change this by taking supplements and incorporating plant-based ingredients centered around our health.

We can give ourselves and our systems a boost by incorporating more whole foods or taking supplements of simple and natural ingredients where necessary. Plant Curra is proud to be FDA registered and offers free shipping within the US. Some of their most popular ingredients and their benefits include:

● Vitamin C: aids in growth, development and repair of body tissues and helps with the production of collagen, absorption of iron, bone health and immune function.

● Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant that works to protect cells against free radicals, heart disease, cancer, and more.

● Selenium: increases natural immune system function and helps to reduce inflammation in the body.

● Turmeric: proven health benefits such as the prevention of heart disease, Alzheimers and even cancer. It serves as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

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By extracting organic and simple ingredients, Plant Curra’s plant-based products are easy to digest, absorb, and reap the benefits of. Without the added complication of chemicals, these ingredients will help you get more of what you need, naturally. Plant Curra is happy to announce the release.

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Yakima Nursing Homes Seeing Rapid COVID-19 Decline

Yakima Nursing Homes Seeing Rapid COVID-19 Decline

  • April 2, 2021

More good news for nursing homes and long term care facilities in the Yakima Valley and throughout the state. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, which represent more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities in the Yakima Valley and around the country has released a report that shows a rapid decline in COVID-19 cases in nursing and long term care homes. The reason for the decline? The report says it was the initial vaccine allocations prioritized for nursing homes that saved thousands of lives. In fact the information shows “nursing homes have seen a 96 percent decline in new COVID cases among residents since the peak during the week of December 20 of last year when there were more than 30,000 new resident cases.
Along with the lowest number of new COVID cases, AHCA/NCAL’s new report shows COVID related deaths in nursing homes declined by 91 percent since December 20, 2020. Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL says “we are not out of the woods yet, but these numbers are incredibly encouraging and a major morale booster for frontline caregivers who have been working tirelessly for more than a year to protect our residents, this trend shows that when long term care is prioritized, as with the national vaccine rollout, we can protect our vulnerable elderly population. Now we need Congress to prioritize our nursing homes for the long-term by considering the initiatives in the Care For Our Seniors Act to improve the quality of care for our residents.”
Many of those in nursing homes were not allowed to visit with family members during the pandemic but just last month Washington State officials begin allowing visits to nursing homes and long term care homes as long as either the visitor of resident is vaccinated.

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