From eNewsletter 3/10/2021
DID YOU KNOW that the American Heart Association came out with a statement that while not exactly groundbreaking, is notable because only one in 10 Americans do it? According to the AHA, five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, eaten as two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables, is enough to live a longer life. Starchy vegetables, such as peas and corn, fruit juices and potatoes were not associated with reduced risk of death. On the other hand, green leafy vegetables, including spinach, lettuce and kale, and fruit and vegetables rich in beta carotene and vitamin C, such as berries and carrots, showed benefits.
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CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Persons
Updated CDC guidelines for vaccinated persons were published on Monday. While we don't think they went far enough (such as not allowing travel), it is a welcome first step and instills confidence that normalcy will arrive sooner than later.
One client who is fully vaccinated asked if she could now hug her young grandchildren. The answer is a resounding yes, as long as the grandchildren are wearing masks of course ;)
If there is a silver lining from the pandemic, it would be that the flu has virtually disappeared. February is usually the peak of flu season, but reports show this is the lowest flu season on record. Mask wearing, social distancing and virtual schooling were a big factor, but even more so, SARS-CoV-2 has essentially muscled aside flu and other bugs that are more common in the fall and winter. This may not be the case for the next flu season, however, because they will not be able to make a guess which flu strains will be virulent next year.
Immunity Without Vaccine
People who have had COVID-19 are highly likely to have immunity for at least five to 10 months, but those with antibodies are still able to carry and spread the virus. You can be reassured it is highly unlikely you will develop severe infections. A study in Nature found neutralizing IgG antibody persistency in 63.3% of the subjects at ten months post-infection with zero re-infections.
People who have recovered from COVID-19 can likely mount a fast and effective response to the virus if they encounter it again because their B cells will remember how to make the antibodies needed to fight it. While levels of antibodies to the virus may decline over time, the number of memory B cells remains unchanged.
Furthermore, the antibodies produced by memory B cells are more potent than the patients' original antibodies and may be more resistant to mutations in the spike protein the virus uses to break into cells. So even if a new variant appears and evades some antibody responses, the chances of severe infection is minimal because of B cell memory.
Immunity With Vaccine
We explain this in detail on Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion article. With the new variants appearing from SARS-CoV-2 mutations, nobody really knows how much immunity there will be for the long-term. If we had to guess, this turns out to be a similar situation to the yearly flu shot.
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