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Staying healthy during the pandemic

Posted at 2:32 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 14:32:31-04

Mel Camp visited Univera Healthcare in Williamsville and spoke with Dr. Richard Vienne to get an update on COVID to see what is going on and what you need to know.

Dr. Vienne says it’s important not to become complacent right now and don’t lose our vigilance because we’ve seen in other states the rise in cases. It is so important now, that we continue to maintain our vigilance.

He says he is excited about the development in the vaccine and hopes we have it developed by the end of the year. He say’s it’s probably going to be a two shot vaccine, so it is important for you to work with your doctor making sure you get the vaccines at the appropriate times to make sure you have the best protection.

Wearing your mask is an important step and studies have shown that masks are effective for the community but they are also effective for the person wearing it. He goes on to say the masks remind us to be vigilant, to make sure we social distance and make sure we sanitize and wash our hands. These are all important steps.

It is important to talk to your doctor to find out what’s the right symptoms profile and then getting the appropriate testing based off of those symptoms. Dr. Vienne says he thinks it is real important, with the flu season coming onboard, to be immunized too. Make sure you check with your doctor as far as your symptoms are concerned and making sure you are immunized appropriately.

Again, be vigilant and do everything in our power to protect ourselves. So as the vaccine develops make sure to check in with your doctor and make sure you get the appropriate doses of the vaccine when it becomes available. He goes on to say how important it is to build up our antibodies. Our antibodies are built up through the vaccines. There’s new treatments that are being analyzed but it is important to do the prevention and that we do the best job we can to prevent this through social distancing, washing our hands, sanitizing, wearing masks, getting the proper rest, exercise, by eating right, reducing stress and checking in with our doctor to protect ourselves.

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