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Q: I have heard some people suggest herd immunity can be achieved if we all get exposed to COVID-19. Is this something that can be helpful?

A: Herd immunity, or community immunity, is defined by the Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/terms/glossary.html) as, “A situation in which a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely. Even individuals not vaccinated (such as newborns and those […]

ND Physicians Offer Pandemic Health Advice

We, as North Dakota Physicians, remain committed to partnering with you, our patients, to work toward us all becoming the best version of ourselves.  As physicians, we recognize the importance of caring for the whole self to optimize health.  In times of crisis, like this pandemic, this is more important now than ever. We would […]

The Economic Benefits of a Flu Vaccination: Prevention is Wealth

This fall and winter, both COVID-19 and influenza will be circulating at the same time. Both are respiratory illnesses and have similar symptoms. Without testing, it will be difficult to tell the difference between the two. Luckily, we have a way to prevent the burden of having two deadly respiratory diseases circulating at the same […]

Q: I’ve been tested, now what?

This information is provided by the North Dakota Department of Health A: Following testing, you should monitor your health. Your next steps are dependent on your specific situation: If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, […]

State, hospital leaders committed to ensuring adequate bed capacity for COVID-19 patients

State officials met with leaders of Bismarck’s two largest hospital systems this weekend to discuss the availability of beds for COVID-19 patients as the state and Bismarck-Mandan area in particular continue to see a surge in coronavirus cases and an overall increase in COVID and non-COVID hospitalizations. Interim State Health Officer Dirk Wilke, Department of […]

Q: When Should I Get Tested? Should I wait until I’ve been exposed to the virus, have symptoms or ‘Just because’?

A: According to the North Dakota Department of Health the following individuals should be tested for COVID-19: Individuals with symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea). If you have […]

Letter: Work together to protect vulnerable

I am 82 years old and, in today’s scary world, I am a member of a population known as “vulnerable with underlying health conditions.” Although some people feel that we should “just stay home,” you will still see us in the aisles at the grocery stores, sitting in appropriately-spaced chairs in the doctor’s offices and […]