The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created in 1984, based in the south bay area of Los Angeles, California.
The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation was formed from a passion to change the poor outlook for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), through research into pulmonary rehabilitation. Over time, this purpose has adapted to include other diseases where shortness-of-breath and exercise intolerance are hallmark symptoms.
Where do I start? When 2020 arrived, we were all looking forward to another fabulous year. In late January we started to hear reports from around the world about a dangerous virus, but we were fortunate that it had not yet found its way to our shores. Like everyone else, I filed this information a rarely visited corner of my brain for safekeeping. Life went on.
The 2020-21 flu vaccines are now available. Each year, the flu season varies in duration and severity, starting anytime in late fall, peaking in winter, to continue usually through the spring. Because of expected increases in respiratory infections this year, the CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older obtain an annual flu shot by the end of October. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, a flu shot can be given even as late as early spring, at the end of the influenza season.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic disease. Soon after, most states issued stay-at-home orders, doctor and dental offices were closed except for emergencies. Now, six months later, scientists have made remarkable progress on understanding how the virus spreads when virus particles exhaled by a symptomatic or asymptomatic person find their way into another person’s nose, mouth, or eyes, conveyed there either by inhaling droplet-filled air or by second-hand contact with a surface.