The Rotary Club of Westfield has continued their regular Tuesday meetings at 12:15 p.m. through Zoom with a variety of guest speakers. The speaker on Dec. 8 was Rotarian Julie Ann Juliano, M.D.

Dr. Juliano, a past District Governor and member of the Rotary Club of Branchburg, has been speaking to many Rotary Chapters about Rotary International's work to combat Polio around the globe. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, she has added to her talk in order to educate and inform Rotarians. “Polio and COVID are both invisible threats,” she told the Rotarians. She reminded the club that during the height of the Polio epidemic in the United States pools were drained and children were kept home in order to stop the spread.

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Rotary International started fighting polio in 1985 with a grant to immunize all of the children in the Philippines. In 1986, Rotary decided to make this our signature project and started working to vaccinate every child under 5 in the entire world. To date we have vaccinated 2 billion children, and eradicated polio from the continents of North and South America, Europe, Australia and recently Africa. We have eradicated polio from most of Asia, but still have some cases left in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Rotary International works with the CDC, WHO, UNICEF and local governments to set up labs for testing and vaccination. Many of the labs around the world were turned over to COVID-19 testing centers during the global pandemic.

When it comes to COVID-19, Dr. Juliano said that it is a vascular illness, and that the most common symptoms are fatigue, headache and upper respiratory. She recommended that people increase their Vitamin D, Vitamin C, B Complex and zinc regiment. In order to combat the spread of COVID-19 as the public awaits a vaccine, Dr. Juliano said to wear a mask, wash your hands and “stay home if you don't feel well.”

The Rotary Club of Westfield is a service organization of business men and women. Website www.westfieldrotary.com  It is part of an International Organization of 1.2 million people in 200 countries around the world. www.rotary.org Local projects include hunger insecurity, helping homeless veterans, planting trees, supporting youth service clubs in the schools, and scholarships. Guests are always welcome to attend the Zoom meetings. For information contact Club Secretary Dr. D. Michael Hart at drmhart@yahoo.com