Florida now has the 3rd highest COVID-19 death rate in the US. Many are due to the horrible Delta variant.

But the good news is that the number of new cases are falling.  Lee County case rates have fallen below the July level.

But ongoing vaccinations and booster shots are needed.  Another seasonal spike could soon occur.

“Compared with unvaccinated persons, vaccinated persons had reduced risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection and symptomatic COVID-19,” the CDC said.

Note that there are many cases of long term symptoms after the acute phase of COVID including lung problems, skin, heart, brain, fatigue, chest pains,loss of taste/smell and others. This concern is currently being studied. It seems that the virus can damage organs throughout the body.  Each case requires individual evaluation.

There is no mention in the reports that such “long haul” issues might be due to active infection.  Obviously the best approach is preventive: get vaccinated and get boosters, especially if you received the Pfizer vaccine.

From the Mayo Clinic:

“Most people who have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recover completely within a few weeks. But some people — even those who had mild versions of the disease — continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery.

“These people sometimes describe themselves as “long haulers” and the conditions have been called post-COVID-19 syndrome or “long COVID-19.” These health issues are sometimes called post-COVID-19 conditions. They’re generally considered to be effects of COVID-19 that persist for more than four weeks after you’ve been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.”

Moderna is proving to be the best vaccine.

Over-the-counter rapid tests have problems. They are not very accurate and have a high rate of false negative tests where a diagnosis of COVID might be missed.


Paul Goldfinger MD