dr ekstrom getting first dose of covid vaccine

COVID-19 Update


Dr. Ekstrom vaccinated at UMass, February 4, 2021

Hello from all of us at Orange County Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA and Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA. Dr. Ekstrom and our Newport Beach staff are now fully vaccinated. Our Massachusetts PA, Makayla Porter, has received her first dose and the remainder of the MA staff is scheduled for the vaccine tomorrow at Gillette Stadium (that will be fun if it is snowing!). That means that within a month, all of us will have received our second dose of the vaccines.

Let us lead of with a quick note about our virtual, facial rejuvenation seminar tomorrow evening. It is free to attend but you have to register through Eventbrite to be able to participate. Please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/facial-rejuvenation-seminar-tickets-138466347573 Encourage your friends to sign up, and learn how facial rejuvenation has made people more successful! There will be a Question & Answer session after the 20 minute presentation, and participants will have an opportunity to sign up for a free IPL skin treatment. But best of all, in the comfort of your home or office, you will learn the latest about facial rejuvenation. So please join us tomorrow evening at 4:00 pm PST or 7:00 EST – just please sign up today!

Dr. Bunkis of OCPS Facial rejuvenation seminar

Since early March of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world and our everyday lives. Social distancing, masks and frequent hand washing have become fixtures in our lives. Traffic is better and the air is cleaner. Zoom meetings have allowed us to get more done in a shorter period of time. Alcohol abuse has risen during the pandemic - hospitals report a large influx of patients with deadly liver disease. And a British Columbia researcher has pointed out that divorces have spiked during the pandemic. We have personally been spared from illness or deaths in our families, but how so many Americans have suffered and died. It is difficult to even look at the numbers – so far, there have been more than 27.1 million Americans who have contracted COVID-19 and more than 133,000 Americans have died from the pandemic! Every day sees some progress as new vaccines are approved (this past week, Johnson and Johnson submitted its application to the FDA for Emergency Authorization to administer its vaccine in the US, a decision should be available next month) and more people are vaccinated. But new strains keep developing (a new LA strain has just been described) and questions are asked about the efficacy of existing vaccines against the new strains. We are certain that the vaccines will evolve along with the viruses and that more booster shots will become necessary as time goes by. Evidence available today shows that patients who contracted COVID-19 have built up immunity against a reinfection for at least six months. We suspect that getting a COVID-19 vaccination, like a flu shot, will also become an annual event for all of us going forward.

What will our world look like in six months, in a year, in six years? The uphill climb to defeat, or at least contain, COVID-19 will continue. As this pandemic continues, as more and more people build up immunity after vaccination or infection, the likeliest long-term outcome is that the virus SARS-CoV-2 will become endemic in unprotected parts of the world. Protection for us as a society will depend on vaccination efforts, how long infected people maintain immunity and viral mutations that are sure to follow. We predict that an annual COVID vaccine will be with us for the rest of our lives.

Our PA student from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Gabby Sayaf, is finishing her rotation with OCPS today.

Our PA student from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Gabby Sayaf, is finishing her rotation with OCPS today.

Stay healthy! Stay happy and persevere!

Enjoy your Valentine's Day!

The end of the pandemic is almost here!

Keep wearing your masks in public, social distancing, continue to wash your hands frequently, all of you get tested before getting together with friends and family, get vaccinated when you get the opportunity, be safe, be happy, be healthy and prosper!

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

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