CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 7/8/2020

July 8, 2020

SEE MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER FOR INFORMATION ABOUT BLOOD DRIVE WED AND THURSDAY AT ELKS HALL–BLOOD URGENTLY NEEDED. ALSO, INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL TESTING THURSDAY WILL BE IN THE PAPER. I AM HAVING TROUBLE SENDING OUT EMAILS OF ANY LENGTH ANYMORE. 

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OBSERVATIONS ON COVID IN SPAIN
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31483-5/fulltext

The majority of the Spanish population is seronegative to SARS-CoV-2 infection, even in hotspot areas. Most PCR-confirmed cases have detectable antibodies, but a substantial proportion of people with symptoms compatible with COVID-19 did not have a PCR test and at least a third of infections determined by serology were asymptomatic. These results emphasize the need for maintaining public health measures to avoid a new epidemic wave.

JOHNS HOPKINS INFORMATION:

1.As Coronavirus Slams Houston Hospitals, It’s Like New York ‘All Over Again’ (New York Times) The death toll is lower, but there are echoes of March as cases spike, doctors fall ill and supplies run short. Now, Texas is trying to adapt hard-won lessons while addressing a new set of challenges.

2. INCREASED EMPHASIS ON AIRBORNE TRANSMISSION OF COVID VIRUS WHICH WILL BE A HOT TOPIC FOR AWHILE:The authors argue that airborne transmission may be playing a larger role in the pandemic than previously believed, which would significantly impact future prevention strategies and the resources needed to fulfill them. While droplet transmission risk can be mitigated via physical distancing and barriers like face shields and face masks, airborne transmission would mean that virus particles could linger in the air for prolonged periods of time or travel longer distances, including via ventilation systems, instead of quickly settling on surfaces. If this is the case, mask usage could be necessary in many more environments, particularly indoors, even if the recommended physical distancing (e.g., 6-foot separation) is maintained. Additionally, individuals at elevated exposure risk, such as healthcare workers, could need N95 respirators instead of surgical or medical masks.

3.Serial Laboratory Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Incarcerated and Detained Persons in a Correctional and Detention Facility — Louisiana, April–May 2020 (J. Harris: Good article showing frequent and REPEAT testing is necessary in congregate settings like prisons, nursing homes, homeless shelters. Almost half of seropositive prisoners had no symptoms. It would follow that more than a few discharged prisoners may be bringing disease back into the community. 

FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT OF EARLY COVID IN S. KOREA BY AN AMERICANWhat I Saw in South Korea
Very good read. Thank you, Diane Jones.
HOUSTON EMAIL from an OLD TIMER

121 days so far of isolation so that my husband, age 99, can avoid the virus. And so that I, who have a chronic cough and breathing difficulties from every ordinary respiratory virus I contract, can stay upright to feed us. We have no help inside the house because we cannot be sure our loyal cleaning lady (whom we continue to pay) is not infected.

Because you all won’t wear masks when you go out, we cannot go out. We cannot visit our doctor, or see friends except via Zoom. We cannot see our grandchildren and children. That’s what your selfishness (if you are one of the maskless) means for vulnerable people.

We can’t protect ourselves without isolating. Isolating is hard, emotionally, as well as physically for older people. You could make it easier for us, and so many, many others, if you’d just wear the cloth mask, Bub.

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