April 19, 2020

Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?

The Epicenter A week inside New York’s public hospitals.

There are 11 municipal hospitals scattered across New York. They are unified by a single mission: to care for everyone who needs care, regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay. They are underfunded and scarce on beds, ventilators and protective equipment. But inside each of these overwhelmed hospitals, health care workers are doing things they’ve never done before to save the people fighting for their lives.

*J.Harris: Good pictorial history for recent hospital history in New York. See real HEROs at work.

Cases increasing in ages 40 and under, six under 21 have COVID-19 in Tyler

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The number of coronavirus cases in Louisiana showed modest growth on Sunday.

Caddo Parish has 1,261 positive cases of COVID-19 after having 1,244 on Saturday. The Caddo Parish coroner has reported 72 cases related to COVID-19.

Bossier Parish has 233 cases and 11 deaths related to COVID-19. That’s an increase of three cases.

Hope is on the Horizon, Harrison County

Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce

Local and School information

The Cororano Virus in America: The Year Ahead

J.Harris: Great Article

ExcerpTS: The scenario that … the lockdowns will end soon, that a protective pill is almost at hand, that football stadiums and restaurants will soon be full — is a fantasy, most experts said.

“If Americans pour back out in force, all will appear quiet for perhaps three weeks…

Then the emergency rooms will get busy again…

“There’s this magical thinking saying, ‘We’re all going to hunker down for a while and then the vaccine we need will be available,’” said Dr. Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

“The tighter the restrictions, experts say, the fewer the deaths and the longer the periods between lockdowns. Most models assume states will eventually do widespread temperature checks, rapid testing and contact tracing, as is routine in Asia.

“As Americans stuck in lockdown see their immune neighbors resuming their lives and perhaps even taking the jobs they lost, it is not hard to imagine the enormous temptation to join them through self-infection, experts predicted. Younger citizens in particular will calculate that risking a serious illness may still be better than impoverishment and isolation.

“Dr. Fauci has said “the virus will tell us” when it’s safe. He means that once a national baseline of hundreds of thousands of daily tests is established across the nation, any viral spread can be spotted when the percentage of positive results rises.

“Ultimately, suppressing a virus requires testing all the contacts of every known case. But the United States is far short of that goal.

“Someone working in a restaurant or factory may have dozens or even hundreds of contacts. In China’s Sichuan Province, for example, each known case had an average of 45 contacts.

“The C.D.C. has about 600 contact tracers and, until recently, state and local health departments employed about 1,600, mostly for tracing syphilis and tuberculosis cases.

“China hired and trained 9,000 in Wuhan alone. Dr. Frieden recently estimated that the United States will need at least 300,000.”


This excellent article continues with discussions regarding treatment and vaccines and scope of manufacturing that will be necessary. This might be a good article to keep for future review. For at least the immediate future, employment and training in “Contact Tracing” should be contemplated and implemented. JH

Africa in the Path of Covid-19

… the numbers from Africa are like the early drops of rain before the clouds open up. Despite the slow arrival of Covid-19, a storm is building, and the 1.2 billion people living in Africa are at tremendous risk.”

J.Harris: The list of what is needed in Africa is now well known to most people in the world; it’s the same as every hospital in the US, Europe, China, and the world. Hopefully, we can spare them some help as our situations improve, especially as enhanced manufacture and distribution progress.

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Experience in Spain

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