TEANECK, N.J. - The stories from the beginning of the pandemic will stay with us forever...the shortage of hospital beds, the shortage of PPE for nurses and doctors, the frontline workers who didn't see their families for months at a time for safety and health reasons.
“It’s really the only thing out there right now that has the potential to prevent infection — because some of the other things that we had hoped for and a lot of the off-the-shelf medications have not really panned out,” Thomas Birch, MD said.
The looming possibility of a “twindemic” of the seasonal flu overlapping with a second wave of the coronavirus has galvanized New Jersey’s doctors and public health officials to push harder this year to boost the number of people getting flu shots.
Today, September 3, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) outlined challenges and critical steps we must take to help prevent and be prepared for a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases in the Fifth District this fall.
Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine before safety trials are completed? The FDA says they may fast track promising vaccines to make them available to the public. Medications have been authorized in this way by EUA, Emergency Use Authorization. Our chief of infectious diseases Dr. Saggar weighs in on this new development, plus why he thinks the antivax movement could negatively impact progress
This year has presented unique challenges to us all, but in the midst of a public health pandemic it’s hard not to focus on those working on the “front lines” of that fight, bringing an added sense of gravitas and appreciation to the 2020 NJBIZ Health Care Heroes Awards.
Can you catch COVID-19 twice in a short amount of time? Researchers in Hong Kong say they have identified someone who was infected twice within 5 months. The patient was found to have different genetic markers each time, proving this case was not a lingering illness but two separate incidents of infection. Dr. Suraj Saggar, chief of infectious disease, says this is not a surprise and to not be alarmed.