At the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor Oct 2019

COVID-19 Update


Hello from all of us at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA and Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA. I am publishing this blog a day earlier than usual this week because I will be on the road tomorrow, on my way to Boston and to our Worcester office – doing a facelift at the Shrewsbury Surgery Center Wednesday and will be seeing patients there the rest of the week.

79 years ago today, the United States of America was brutally attacked by the Japanese in Pearl Harbor. The following day, President Roosevelt gave his famous “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress and the United States entered World War II, altering our history forever! This is a recording of President Roosevelt’s speech: Watch President Roosevelt's Speech Here. Today both Germany and Japan are model democracies and some of our closest and strongest allies. There were many political differences between the political parties in 1941, but what strikes me about this long gone era, was how all Americans were able to come together for the common good! Such a spirit of unified patriotism sure seems lacking today and this divisiveness is even evident when dealing with health issues! How silly is that – surely a healthy, pandemic free America is something we should all be in agreement with!

How are we doing with COVID this week? Not well! COVID-19 new cases and hospitalizations continue to break records. If you're not taking this pandemic seriously, now would be a good time to start! The numbers in most parts of our country continue to spike to all-time highs. The number of infected family members, friends, and fellow citizens, real people, is staggering! 14,300,000 Americans have contracted COVID-19! In the last 24 hours, 205,000 Americans have contracted the disease, a few friends of mine in that group! The COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed nearly 11,000 in Massachusetts and 20,000 in California, has crippled our economies. A total of 278,000 Americans have died from COVID-19! Do you realize that, including 68 civilians, a total of 2,403 people died during the attacks on Pearl Harbor? Or another way to put this into perspective, on 9/11, including the 19 terrorists, a total of 2,996 people died, our economy ground to a standstill and we entered wars from which we still have not completely extricated ourselves. Now, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a once-booming economy to its knees. Business restrictions exist across the country, some in States like Rhode Island and California more stringent than in Massachusetts and others, as we enter a new stay-at-home phase here in California. We are seeing a post-Thanksgiving spike occurring and I encourage everyone to limit indoor gatherings over the upcoming Holidays to people you live with on a daily basis or we will see an even greater spike in early January, just as millions will be beginning to receive the vaccine. Help is on the way!

Where do we stand on the status of a viable vaccine in the United States? The Brits are already vaccinating their population. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has received criticism for its rapid approval of the Pfizer vaccine. We will learn more about this vaccine as time goes by but the scrutiny given by the MHRA surely made certain that there were no major flaws with this vaccine. As I mentioned last week, the FDA plans on reviewing the vaccine data on Dec 8th and 9th. I have the greatest respect for the head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Prof Anthony Fauci, but his decision to delay approval of the new vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will cost Americans lives – and how sadly, so close to the finish line! The FDA has decided to meet to decide on approving the vaccine on 10 December and will not consider expediting their schedule.

On a personal note, in loving memory, my brother, Imants Pauls Bunkis, bless his soul, was born on this day in 1952 and returned to our Lord on this day in 2018!

This is the first jet I piloted – a Czech made, L-39 Abatros on Oct 17, 2007. If only we had had a few of these in 1941 in Pearl Harbor!

This is the first jet I piloted – a Czech made, L-39 Abatros on Oct 17, 2007. If only we had had a few of these in 1941 in Pearl Harbor!

To your health and well-being. Stay healthy! Stay happy and persevere!

Keep wearing your masks in public, social distancing, continue to wash your hands frequently, get vaccinated when you get the opportunity, be safe, be happy, be healthy and prosper!

Enjoy your families!

Be grateful for what you have now and for what is on the horizon.

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