Covid 19 Updates
Covid 19 updates
With this in mind we have decided on the following to be safe:
Extra safety precautions outlined below:
- social distancing of 6 feet will be recommended during periods of high virus transmission
- Surgical masks (or better) recommended. Cloth masks are largely ineffective.
- If more than 3 patients in the waiting room we will ask you to either wait in an exam room OR if we have met our capacity we will ask that patients wait in their car until a room is available.
- Common areas and patient rooms will be disinfected with disinfectant wipes and spray regularly and between patients.
- staff will be washing and utilizing hand sanitizer more frequently than before and certainly between patient encounters
While we don’t want to be cavalier about the Covid-19 pandemic we do want to give the facts regarding the pandemic and allow people to make informed decisions.
First and foremost, Revital Health Clinics recommends vaccination for most adults though we do not believe in forcing or government mandating of Covid-19 vaccination. (Decisions by private corporations or businesses to require vaccination in order to utilize their services is a separate issue and we support individuals and businesses private property rights.) The decision to vaccinate for Covid-19 should be consenting and made in collaboration with you and your personal medical provider.
Based upon the evidence available to date (as of 1/23/22), the risks of serious adverse reactions and/or death from the Covid vaccines appear to be much smaller than the risks of having a serious complication and/or death from contracting the Covid-19 virus. These risk calculations are not straightforward and are largely impacted when factoring in age and health status (obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc).
For instance, you can see here- (https://www.statista.com/statistics/1191568/reported-deaths-from-covid-by-age-us/) the number of Covid-19 deaths by age group. It is clear from looking at the graph that starting around age 50 the risk of death from Covid-19 begins to more than quadruple from the previous age range of 40-49 yrs old. These numbers show us that for 18-29 year olds in the United States there is a 0.0098% chance of dying from Covid-19. While it sounds like a very rare chance when you factor in there are an approximate 53 million 18-29 year olds in the United States we see that this means around 5200 deaths.
We can see from this table, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/investigations-discovery/hospitalization-death-by-age.html, that the risk of death from Covid-19 (or its complications) becomes 4x higher for those in the 30-39 year old age group and 10x higher for those in 40-49 year old age group, when compared to the control group of 18-29 year olds.
With this final graph, https://ourworldindata.org/mortality-risk-covid we can see that the CFR (case fatality rate- meaning of those persons who contract the Covid-19 virus how many of them will die because of it) has been less than 2% (near 1.3% of late) in the United States for the past year (Jan.2021 thru Jan.2022). This is not a trivial number as 2% of those infected are a lot of people. We are not meaning to downplay the severity of the pandemic in any way. We only want to give accurate information to help people make informed decisions. Towards the bottom of the above link you can see the differences in CFR for other deadly viruses. This virus is not the “seasonal flu” (Covid is more dangerous) but it’s also not ebola (far more dangerous). We do need to have a sense of proportion and understand the facts.