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May Accelerate Pandemic Update

Drs. Batson, Farrell and Rouhbakhsh discuss Covid-19 vaccines, the future of masks and what to expect in post-pandemic world

On Friday, May 7, Bryan Batson, MD; Steven Farrell, MD; and Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, participated in the Area Development Partnership (ADP) May Accelerate Pandemic Update Panel Discussion. The panel, moderated by Millie Swan, Forrest General Hospital’s chief of marketing and medical staff services, reviewed the latest pandemic updates and answered frequently asked questions regarding the Covid-19 vaccines, mask mandates, returning to in-person events and the consensus of whether or not Covid-19 is here to stay. 

Dr. Farrell kicked off the panel discussion and addressed the challenges health care officials have faced throughout the pandemic. He noted the biggest challenge for health care officials was the ever-changing information that occurred almost daily. But, on the flip side, the rapid changes in medicine allowed scientists and medical experts the opportunity to make new scientific discoveries. 

Dr. Batson then discussed one of the most significant scientific achievements of the last year with the development of the Covid-19 vaccines. Batson broke down how each of the three vaccines available in the U.S. trains the human body to fight the SARS COV-2 infection. Pfizer and Moderna both utilize mRNA technology, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is more a traditional fashion of vaccine. All three are genetic vaccines and are proven to be exceptionally effective.

Dr. Rouhbakhsh followed up by addressing the misconceptions surrounding the mRNA vaccine, disclosing that while the scientific technology has just been recently put to use on a national scale, mRNA vaccines have been studied for decades. Rouhbakhsh encouraged people to get whatever vaccine is available and to trust in the science of these vaccines. He reiterated that Hattiesburg is incredibly fortunate to have an uber-sophisticated medical system, especially for the size of the community. 

The panelists discussed the future of masks, what to expect in a post-pandemic world and whether or not Covid-19 is here to stay. 

To watch the full discussion, follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHQLHP0Mr9o

Tate Rutland


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