CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 4/17/2020

April 17, 2020

Harrison County reports 36 COVID-19 cases 

COVID-19 cases increase slightly in Caddo, no new deaths reported

What’s Happening With Remdesivir?

(A CAUTION TO A HOT STORY AND RUN ON THE MARKET TODAY) 

Editorial: We know who really decides when Texas gets back to work. It’s not President Trump or Gov. Abbott.

CDC REPORT FOR 16 APRIl

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

PRO CYCLIST DELIVERS MEDICINE

MARSHALL WOMAN MAKES HUNDREDS OF FREE MASKS FOR THOSE IN NEED

AT WAR: NATIONAL GUARD CONSIDERATIONS

If you are having a bad day, don’t read the rest of this.

STATISTICAL MODELS AND CONSIDERATIONS:

Influential Covid-19 model uses flawed methods and shouldn’t guide U.S. policies, critics say

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Covid-19 model (IHME) is what the U.S is using to make many decisions. Many, many, (most?) statisticians consider the IHME model badly flawed and inaccurate and dangerous.

Caution Warranted: Using the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Model for Predicting the Course of the COVID-19 Pandemic (ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE) 

“Major policy decisions need model input, but models are valuable only to the extent that outputs are transparent, are valid, are based on accurately documented sources, are rigorously evaluated, and yield robust and reliable projections.”

“… but countries that have flattened death curves earliest may not provide a basis for extrapolating trends in areas where similar control could prove elusive.”

“… The model rests on the likely incorrect assumption that effects of social distancing policies are the same everywhere and that suppression policies will be implemented in all regions and will remain effective throughout.”

*J. Harris note: I never knew much about statistics, and I don’t expect politicians to know much about them either. Today, I include articles with criticisms of some U.S. efforts and statistical guesses. I’d like to see more open discussion about our statistical model (IHME) before we guess wrong and relax our vigilance too early or incautiously. I hope that medical and political leaders will be very, very, very cautious in their decisions making and not get in too big a hurry. I’d rather see the U.S. make people unhappy rather than dead.

In addition, the Chinese count of deaths is now known to be maliciously inaccurate and might further invalidate the IHME.

COVID-19 in the USA: a question of time

*J Harris:This is the British medical view of what has happened in the US and does not necessarily reflect my views. If you are feeling edgy, don’t read it. I am not interested in political squabbles.

COVID-19 exacerbating inequalities in the US

More British opinion. I have included it because of the mention that many of our rural hospitals closed or were acquired by large hospital corporations because some states refused to accept the Affordable Care Act Medicaid. Rural America is lucky that we aren’t too crowded but unfortunate that definitive medical care is lacking in many rural areas.


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