How long will the COVID-19 vaccines protect us?

Dr. Jen Ashton answers viewers’ latest coronavirus questions.
2:19 | 04/12/21

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Dr. Jen Ashton here with several new answers to several new questions that you all have been asking on social media so we'll get right to the first one. When will we begin to see the effects of the covid-19 vaccination efforts take place? I actually asked Dr. Anthony Fauci this question a few months ago, in January, just as we were starting to see the initial phases of the rollout, and his answer to me was basically around this time, you know, early spring, April, may, June, we are starting to see some good indications from the nursing home population of how those vaccines have protected that group, but again, to see real world experience, you know, the everyday people, we're going to start seeing that hopefully soon. The next one is the million dollar question. Do we know how long the vaccines will protect us? Well, short answer, no. We're learning that in realtime. But remember, we have data based on two things. People who have been naturally infected, and then the clinical trials of the people who started to get dosed with the covid-19 vaccines as early as, you know, last August, September, and the durability, it's called, is looking pretty good, at least six months, at least seven months, and there is good data to suggest that people who are vaccinated get a stronger protection than people who have been naturally infected. So we are going to be following this literally every single month. All right, and now, to a noncovid question, any red flags about turmeric supplements, what about cautions for older people with atrial fibrillation? Always red flags when you talk about supplements, it's always preferable in the world of nutritional science to get your source from real foods. So if you're talking about turmeric, use the real spice because studies have been done where they have looked at these supplements, oftentimes they have fillers in them, they may have contaminants, their purity is hard to ascertain. In general, this is a well-tolerated, you know, spice or supplement, some people may get some G.I. Distress, it may, underscore may increase the risk of bleeding, so again, you want to proceed with caution and like I said, just use it out of the spice bottle. I like it in my eggs. Me, too. And tea, have you tried it in tea? Yes. Very good. Thank you. You bet. You can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her Instagram @drjashton.

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