July 9, 2020

July 8, 2020 – 5 new cases to report and 2 recoveries says Judge Sims. 

LONGVIEW AND TYLER HAVE HAD MASSIVE INCREASES OF COVID CASES. CHECK THE PAPERS FOR DETAILS. They must have been testing there recently. “”The free COVID testing sites organized by TDEM do not require the clients to have any symptoms of COVID 19,” George Roberts, NET Health CEO, said. “While we do not have precise data, it appears that many individuals who tested positive for COVID 19 were asymptomatic.”

Free COVID testing is scheduled for Harrison County TODAY, at the Civic Center, 9-4. First come, first tested. No appointment is necessary. This type of test is good if you feel sick, have been around someone with Covid, or need reassurance—like children who have fever and sore throats and runny noses. Could they have COVID? Yes, they could; it may come to pass that COVID will be more common than the “common cold”  for a while. Wear your masks. 

COVID daily census reports are not available for 8 July, nor are the hospital reports. 

JOHNS HOPKINS REPORTS1.  “…and there are reports that major health systems in some parts of Texas are quickly filling with COVID-19 patients. In fact, more than 20 states have reported increased COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past 2 weeks. There are concerns that existing supply of critical personal protective equipment (PPE)—including surgical masks, gowns, and gloves—could once again be in short supply as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase. 

2. Amid New Surge In Virus Cases, Israel’s Top Public Health Official Resigns (NPR) Israel’s top public health official resigned Tuesday, claiming leaders ignored her warnings and reopened the country too quickly, driving a new surge of COVID-19 cases that officials are scrambling to contain.

3. My Covid-19 Symptoms Have Lasted More than 100 Days, and I’m Not Alone. Will They Ever End? (STAT) I’ve now logged nearly four months of symptoms, with little sign of returning completely to my pre-Covid self. As a physician, I was aware of the concept of post-viral syndromes; as a patient, this concept brings a dismal new meaning, signaling the possibility of a new disease and everything is unknown — especially how long the symptoms will last, and which of them might be permanent. (written by a physician).

4. Some good news: Scientists Make Precise Edits to Mitochondrial DNA for First Time (Nature) A peculiar bacterial enzyme has allowed researchers to achieve what even the popular CRISPR–Cas9 genome-editing system couldn’t manage: targeted changes to the genomes of mitochondria, cells’ crucial energy-producing structures. The technique — which builds on a super-precise version of gene editing called base editing — could allow researchers to develop new ways to study, and perhaps even treat, diseases caused by mutations in the mitochondrial genome.

Call for Retired Licensees and Out-of-State Providers

J. Harris: The Texas Medical Association and state medical authorities are asking doctors who have been retired 4 years or less as well as out of state doctors to go back to work in Texas and expediting the credentialing necessary to practice medicine in the state. Obviously, the medical folks think we might run short of doctors in the near future in Texas. Better wear that Mask.

I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off!

 Waking up this morning was an eye-opening experience.

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