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COV19 - What to do by Dr. Blitshteyn


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Dr. Blitshteyn, one of the leading specialists in dysautonomia disorders and one of DINET's medical advisors wrote two articles specific for dysautonomia patients and those with chronic illness.  Part 1 - What we should know and Part 2 - What to do now.   These are anxious times and certainly even more stressful for those of us living  with chronic illness, but being prepared, taking precautions and encouraging our close family members to do the same is the best we can do.

We will continue to post information as we receive it.

Many thanks to Dr. Blitshteyn.

-- DINET Board of Directors

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Thank you! I've been wondering about this and just got my first vaccine shot Saturday!

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Looks like the article is a little old.  The article is saying that masks don't help when in fact, the thinking has changed since Feb 2020.  Having a physical barrier between yourself and the outside world offers some protection from COVID.  I ALWAYS double mask.  Just want people out there to know that masking does help.  I am fully vaccinated, but I double mask because I am concerned about variants.  I don't want to be one of those "first cases" that show that the vaccine is not effective against variants.  Wearing a masks helps protect you.

 

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On 6/24/2021 at 12:15 AM, tandori said:

Looks like the article is a little old.  The article is saying that masks don't help when in fact, the thinking has changed since Feb 2020.  Having a physical barrier between yourself and the outside world offers some protection from COVID.  I ALWAYS double mask.  Just want people out there to know that masking does help.  I am fully vaccinated, but I double mask because I am concerned about variants.  I don't want to be one of those "first cases" that show that the vaccine is not effective against variants.  Wearing a masks helps protect you.

 

@tandori you are absolutely right about newer data showing that masks help. I spent my career in an academic medical center nicu where we told staff and visitors that if they were sick enough to ask for a mask then they shouldn’t be there. That is still true. We 100% wore/wear masks to protect patients in sterile/surgical settings. And we do wear them when we know the patient has a documented infection. We believed that mask wearing in general can give a false sense of security. Masks get damp/wet with normal breathing and we always touch the masks to adjust them then go touch something else potential spreading bacteria/viruses. Hello hand washing! There really weren’t any studies on global pandemics but now we have data on millions of people and we know that masks and social distancing work. Look at the low number of colds and flu last season. I’m with you, I will still wear masks especially during cold and flu season and to protect myself and my family from variants. POTS and illness is a bad combo.

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