CV🦠News, Week of January 4, 2021 – The Village Doctor

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CV🦠News, Week of January 4, 2021

 

What a day for tears, for anger, and for celebration. January 6, 2021 will go down in the history books.

Let me start with a shout out to a #legend: Stacey Abrams. Ms. Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia state House, has spent a decade building a Democratic political infrastructure in the state, first with her New Georgia Project and now with Fair Fight, the voting rights organization she founded in the wake of her losing campaign for governor in 2018. Read more about her in today’s New York Times here.

Democrats owe so much to on-the-ground organizers and activists, the majority being black women…hope the country and party fully acknowledge our debt to these tireless fighters and lift them up with recognition and help in the state of Georgia. Here’s to Stacey Abrams, Nse Ufot, Fair Fight, New Georgia Project, GeorgiaShift, Mijente, Asian American Advocacy Fund and so many others.

And let me close with today’s note from my friend, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President of Stanford University:

“Dear members of our Stanford community,

I’m sure many of you watched today, as I did, the alarming scenes in Washington, D.C. as protestors seeking to disrupt the electoral vote certification violently breached the U.S. Capitol Building. For all who respect our country’s democratic governance and the peaceful transfer of power, today’s events are both shocking and deeply troubling.

As I wrote the day after the election, our country has a system of laws and democratic norms that guide us to an orderly election outcome. It’s essential that we reaffirm our commitment to our democratic traditions and to the peaceful transfer of power.

As someone who came to the United States as an immigrant and is now a citizen, I have always had deep faith in the American spirit, our rule of law, and our commitment to democratic governance. That faith persists: The actions of a few will not define the future of our country. As we look to tomorrow and the days to come, I have confidence that our democratic traditions will prevail, that reasoned discussion of ideas will win out, and that our country will move forward with confidence into the future.  

Best wishes,

Marc Tessier-Lavigne”

Eric Weiss, MD, January 6, 2021

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Covid-19 vaccine

The short answer, for almost everyone with allergies, is — you should still get the vaccine, but there are some precautions to take if you’ve ever had anaphylaxis before.

In the United Kingdom (UK), a new variant, known as B.1.1.7, has emerged with an unusually large number of mutations.  This variant was first detected in September 2020 and is now highly prevalent in London and southeast England. It has since been detected in numerous countries around the world, including the United States, and now here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We do not know, however, how prevalent the variant is here, because the U.S. has not broadly and consistently tracked genomic sequences of COVID-19 infections to know how widespread it isRead more

Jennifer Abrams, MD, January 6, 2021

 

New Variant of Covid-19

In the United Kingdom (UK), a new variant, known as B.1.1.7, has emerged with an unusually large number of mutations.  This variant was first detected in September 2020 and is now highly prevalent in London and southeast England. It has since been detected in numerous countries around the world, including the United States, and nowhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We do not know, however, how prevalent the variant is here, because the U.S. has not broadly and consistently tracked genomic sequences of COVID-19 infections to know how widespread it isRead more

Sky Pittson, MD,  January 7, 2021

 

HOPE AND GRACE

If you have made it this far, time for a reward, something to lighten your day, and acknowledge the human spirit. Find some escape, or perhaps even inspiration, in this ever-growing collection of works and perspectives gathered from around the world. Please contact me directly if you have come across something that has lifted your heart today.  Dr. Eric Weiss

 

Happy for you

An incredible gift

What an amazing invention. An embroidered version of a 12-week baby scan. Nathan Edge, a dad-to-be in the UK, went completely blind seven years ago and felt saddened when he couldn’t see his partner’s 12 weeks baby scan photo.

As a gift, he received this embroidered version so that through the power of touch he can build a picture of his baby.

Read more!

 

Donation

Science can be fun

High school student, Ahmed Muhammad, launched Kits Cubed, a non-profit that designs science kits to inspire kids through fun, affordable, and accessible means.

The inspiration for Kits Cubed came to Ahmed when his nephew told him that he hated science because he was bad at it.  He wanted to show him that he can be good at science and even be a scientist if he wanted to.

Kits Cubed has reached more than 2,000 young people in Oakland so far.

Read more!

 

Windows

“Nearer, My God, To Thee”

800 Musicians From 55 Countries have put together this inspirational music video. Together, they sing the hymn “Nearer, My God, To Thee”.

Listen here!

 

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Yours, in health and resilience,

Eric and the TVD MD team…