monoclonal antibodies

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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twindemic

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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at home COVID tests

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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kids catch COVID

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 vaccine questions

Answers to Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

In recent weeks, Florida has become “ground zero” of this summer’s COVID-19 outbreak, currently making up a fifth of all infections and hospitalizations in the country. This is due to the highly contagious delta variant.

As more people contract the virus, many of them are reaching out from their hospital beds begging others to get the vaccine that they declined. But our concierge primary care doctors in Jupiter also know that many of you still have questions or concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

So we’d like to offer some answers to common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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COVID fertility

COVID-19’s Possible Impact on Men’s Fertility

As our primary care doctors in Jupiter have told you before, the COVID-19 vaccines don’t impact fertility. Yet this unfortunate and untrue rumor persists.

Ironically, however, infection with COVID-19 may eventually prove to cause a loss of fertility in men, according to a recent study. It’s still too early to tell whether the condition lasts beyond a few weeks. There appears to be, however, little doubt that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been detected in the testes of laboratory animals and humans who have contracted COVID-19.

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