(WJAR) — Dr. Megan Ranney, a regular contributor on network tv and an emergency department physician at Lifespan weighs in on the possibility of a second wave. "Historical data suggests that when the fall hits we are going to have a second wave unless we are exceedingly, exceedingly careful and the thing that will help protect us are the universal mask-wearing. The flu shot, she says, is paramount this year as COVID-19 and flu symptoms are virtually the same. As far as being prepared for a possible second wave? I feel we're much better prepared now, both in terms of having increased supplies of personal protection equipment,” said Ranney. As the race for a vaccine continues there are many contenders, Ranney says don't hold your breath on one being available in the next few months at least not one that's widely available.
"They started to release guidelines about how the vaccine or vaccines will be distributed and the current plan is to give it to health care workers and first responders first because we're most likely to be face-to-face with COVID-19 positive patients then to the elderly and people with multiple chronic illnesses and then after that, make it ready for the general population,” said Ranney.
We're seeing more young people testing positive for COVID-19. Not only that--she says we're already seeing some long term impacts across the board.
"As compared to when last time we talked, we have a little more evidence now that the significant portion of patients may be as much as three-quarters of patients who've had COVID-19 have some long term residual symptoms,” said Ranney. Those long term impacts might include mild symptoms such as being tired a lot or foggy thinking.
They can be severe enough to cause high blood pressure in otherwise healthy people and heart or lung damage. Important reasons to take every precaution possible, mask-wearing, social distancing, and washing or sanitizing your hands often.