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Why You Need to Know About Monoclonal Antibodies

In the fight against COVID-19, the top weapon in our arsenal is the vaccine, which has been proven safe and effective. But when people refuse vaccination, or experience a breakthrough infection despite having received the vaccine, one extremely effective treatment is the use of monoclonal antibodies to stave off serious disease.

Our primary care doctors at MD 2.0 in Jupiter are surprised, however, at how few people are aware of this potentially lifesaving treatment. Florida opened a number of clinics where those not sick enough for hospitalization can receive monoclonal antibodies. We want to let you know what this treatment is and what it can do.

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Health Officials Warn of Possible ‘Twindemic’

We’re proud of the Americans who followed health recommendations last year. We wore masks, practiced social distancing, and followed guidance on sanitary practices like frequent hand washing. These common sense measures helped keep down the number of people infected with the coronavirus. At the same time, they also helped keep the flu season in check with the U.S. seeing a record-low number of flu cases. And we warded off a possible “twindemic.”

And deaths for the 2019-2020 season were down an estimated 95 percent from a typical year. Last season, one child died from the flu. In comparison, 199 children died during the previous season and 144 died the season before that.

But our primary care doctors at MD 2.0 in Jupiter see a possible downside from what, at first glance, appears to be good news.

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Should You Rely on At-Home COVID-19 Tests?

There are several reasons our concierge primary care doctors at MD 2.0 in Jupiter are often asked whether rapid at-home COVID-19 tests are are good idea.

  • The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is so contagious.
  • Only about 54 percent of Americans have been vaccinated against it.
  • Many carriers have no symptoms.
  • You can infect others before you become symptomatic.
  • Even those vaccinated can become infected—although usually with milder cases.
  • Children can’t yet receive vaccinations.
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More Kids Catch COVID-19

Late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the story of a teacher in Marin County, California, who came to work one day in May feeling fatigued, with a little nasal congestion. She brushed it off as allergies.

The teacher, who was not vaccinated against COVID-19, took off her mask just long enough to read to the class during story time. Two days later, she tested positive for the virus. So did half her elementary school class of 24. And so did a total of 27 others in other classes, their parents, and siblings.

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COVID-19 Drop Causing Another Illness in Children

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach want to advise you of an unforeseen and unfortunate consequence of the drop in cases of COVID-19: an increase in another illness among children.

Those who are vaccinated—as well as those who aren’t—are mingling more in public without masks. Social distancing is now almost a thing of the past as many have come to believe the pandemic is over. (It isn’t, since just under half of Americans are fully vaccinated for the virus.) This change in behavior is leading to a rise in one particularly serious illness in children, RSV.

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Anti Inflammatory Diet

What Is An Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

Our primary care concierge doctors in Jupiter have told you many times about the dangers inflammation poses to your health. Often, the best way to reverse these dangers is by participating in an anti-inflammatory diet.

Inflammation is necessary to keeping the body healthy. But when your body is repeatedly assaulted by various harmful stimuli such as pathogens, injuries, or poor lifestyle habits, the inflammation never ends and can eventually cause long-term damage.

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Is it Asthma, Allergies, or COVID-19?

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month because this month is the peak season for allergy and asthma sufferers. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell the difference between the two. And these days we have to add COVID-19 to the mix. The symptoms for asthma, allergies and COVID-19 can be quite similar. So how can you tell the difference?

In addition, it’s important to know the difference, because asthma and allergies aren’t contagious. The coronavirus is. If you’re coughing and sneezing when you’re out in public (even with a mask), people are going to look askance at you, and maybe even move away.

So our concierge primary care doctors in Jupiter want to help you sort out the confusion that might arise if you begin experiencing any of these symptoms.

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