Dr. Anna Lim-Kates, MD | Photo via Lexington Medical Center
Q:Is a mask not enough to protect against COVID? What are your thoughts on including eye protection in the new PPE requirements? -Sarah B.
A: You are correct. A mask alone is not enough, which is why we also need to physically distance by at least six feet, avoid crowds, test frequently, quarantine when appropriate, and all the other measures the CDC recommends. I wear eye protection in the healthcare setting; it does add a layer of protection. I personally do not wear eye protection outside of work, but am quite careful outside of my pod. I have also been vaccinated, which I enthusiastically recommend!
Q: Is drinking a lot of Diet Soda bad for you? -Brenda T.
A: As with most things in life — everything inmoderation!
Q: What does it mean when the CDC says the COVID vaccine is 95% effective? Who are the 5% for whom it would not protect? -Ralph H.
A:This is an excellent question. A 95% efficacy rate means it reduces the risk of infection by 95%, which is not the same as saying 5% of vaccinated people are not protected. If you look at the Pfizer data of vaccinated subjects, for example, only 8 people out of 21,830 got infected with COVID, which calculates out to only 0.04%! We have to take these numbers with a grain of salt, however, because how the vaccine performs in the real world may be different. Ⓟ
ComingSoon ○ Beyond Words Dance Academyis moving to a 4,500 sqft space(493-3 Town Center Place) in the Village at Sandhill from its current location in Lake Carolina this April. The dance studio will offer classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and more for students ages 2-18. (Cola Daily) ○ RBK Styles + Fashionis moving from Columbia Place Mall to a new location at 494-2 Town Center Place. The 2,550 sqft store will offer fashion choices for men, women, and children and is expected to open in a couple of weeks. (Cola Daily)
Coronavirus ○ The City of Cayce Council will consider a resolution today to designate the first Monday in March as a COVID-19 Memorial Day — a day to recognize all those who have died and have been affected by the coronavirus. If passed, Cayce will be the first city in the state to do so.(Post and Courier) ○ DHEClaunched a new online resource this week to provide information about the demographics of those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The dashboard is updated daily and includes the age group, gender, race, and ethnicity based on the information that is recorded by the providers for the people they are vaccinating in South Carolina.
Announced ○ American Airlines’ nonstop flights to Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA are returning to Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) this March.View all the nonstop destinations here.
Edu ○ Keenan High School in Richland School District One offers the only agriculture-related program in the urban school district. The program has 25 animals that reside at the school, including baby Nigerian dwarf goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, turtles, and guinea pigs, in four classrooms and a fenced-in outdoor area. (Post and Courier)
Number ○ $17,371. The amount that students at Wilson Hall raised to support UofSC Dance Marathon — which supports the local children’s hospital.
WaterCooler ○ Have you heard? The Panthers might trade Christian McCaffrey and three first-round draft picks for former Clemson Tiger Deshaun Watson. Clickhere to learn more about this bold prediction from ESPN NFL Nation team reporter David Newton. (247 Sports)
Apply ○ Think you’re the next Don Draper? Flock and Rallyis accepting applications for a Director of Advertising for the local communications and marketing company. View all the details here.
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Have you been by the TAPPS building recently? There are big and bright things happening inside. Take a look at the new home of the Southeastern Esthetics Studio. If getting pampered doesn’t sound dreamy enough, the views in the modern space will bring you to cloud nine.
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Show ○ Marcus Gullen| Wed., Feb. 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Za’s on Devine | Free | Live music out on the patio. 🎵
PlanAhead ○ Stranger Things Brunch Trivia| Sat., Feb. 20 | 11 a.m. | The Grand | Free | Grab your walkie talkies and spend your morning in the upside down. Prizes for first, second, third + best costumes.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.