Dear Members of the Baylor College of Medicine Community,
The national and worldwide COVID-19 numbers are terrible and local stats are going up. This is before the expected Thanksgiving surge. The positive news is that vaccines are close, though it is important to remember that the vaccines will not be available to the general public for some time. Those most at risk will receive the vaccine first, as is appropriate.
In this week’s video, I spend some time explaining how a relatively small wedding in August turned into a super spreader event. One attendee who did not have any symptoms at the time of the wedding became ill the next day and eventually 177 people in various locations had COVID, and there were deaths as a result of the event. It is a cautionary tale and shows just how quickly this virus can spread.
I also address the increase in numbers that can be attributed to college campuses.
Bottom line, the best advice continues to be wear a mask, practice physical distancing and do not go anywhere if you are showing any symptoms.
Have a relaxing and safe weekend.
Paul Klotman, M.D.
President & CEO