Be Well Virginia: Mind Over Matter

Drs. Beauvais and Havert welcome back welcome back Robyn Brickel, MA, LMFT and discuss the CDC’s newest recommendations which lifted the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals. The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected us all in some way. Many of our lives were turned upside-down, cut off from friends and family, and forced to develop new and creative ways to work, learn, and connect in general. Our community now seems to be opening up, whether we are ready for it or not. The CDC recently came out with new recommendations about social engagements and masks. After so many months of being told to stay away from others and wear a mask, the pivot to return to “normal life” can be challenging. How can we support ourselves both physically and mentally during this time?

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Summary Highlights

2:33 The CDC has released its newest mask recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. There are safe activities for both categories. However, unvaccinated people are encouraged to wear masks during most activities.

6:26 Psychotherapist Robin Brickel explains why many people currently experience anxiety when not wearing a mask in public. The CDC says everything is safe for vaccinated people, but many don’t feel safe yet. Brickel explains, “Our experience with Covid is the truest definition of trauma, which is a perceived threat to our safety or stability.” Notice your comfort level and your anxiety level.

22:45 Herd immunity requires a 70% vaccination rate. After the initial rush to get the vaccine, the United States has experienced a decrease in the number of people who want the vaccination. Unvaccinated people express fears and concerns with vaccine effectiveness, trusting scientists and doctors, and lack of data.

36:25 What’s safe? Drs. Havert and Beauvais answer questions regarding guidelines for unvaccinated children at summer camp, safety in airports and airplanes, hugging friends and family, and travel outside your residence.

47:55 The data and research is insufficient for the vaccine efficacy for those who are immunocompromised. Ongoing studies continue to explore ways to improve effectiveness through boosters and other methods.

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