September 19, 2022- On a recent Friday night, Dr. Tom Russo and his wife, Johanna, were heading to the home of another physician, John Sellick, and his wife, Colleen. They were gathering for dinner with a third couple: Dr. Alan Lesse, who, like Russo and Sellick, is an infectious disease doctor, and his wife, Debbi. But breaking bread this evening was preceded by breaking open something else: Boxes of test kits.
You know them as the Covid doctors. But they haven't actually caught it.
“For a lot of people like myself, who are vaxxed the max, you never know if you had an asymptomatic infection,” said Russo, who is 67 and received all his primary shots and boosters as they became available to him. “Or one of those days that you felt slightly off for a few hours, and then were fine.”
Russo maintains control by carrying a South Korean-made KF-94 high-filtration mask and donning it in any place he considers “a high-risk venue.”
“It doesn’t bother me at all,” he said. “I can wear it for long periods of time because I’m used to wearing masks from the hospital.”
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