July 14, 2020



Monday Marshall had 4 new cases and 2 deaths. Longview was about the same. Smith County had 142 new cases!

HOPKINS:1. SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Rates of Children in Louisiana During the State Stay at Home Order.(MedRxiv) In a large retrospective study, the seropositivity prevalence for SARS-CoV-2 in children in Louisiana during the mandated Stay At Home Order was 7.6%. Residence location, race, and lower socioeconomic factors were linked to more frequent seropositivity in children and correlated to regional COVID-19 case rates. Thus, a significant number of children in Louisiana had SARS-CoV-2 infections that went undetected and unreported and may have contributed to virus transmission.

2. Reopened Schools in Europe and Asia Have Largely Avoided Coronavirus Outbreaks. They Have Lessons for the U.S.(Washington Post) Many countries around the world are pushing ahead with plans for full-time, full-capacity, in-person classes, after having largely avoided coronavirus outbreaks linked to schools during more tentative reopenings in the spring. From Belgium to Japan, schools are abandoning certain social distancing measures, such as alternate-day schedules or extra space between desks.

3…. nine centers offering free, rapid COVID-19 tests in low-income neighborhoods with high proportions of racial and ethnic minorities. Roughly 35% of tests performed at a center in Phoenix and 30% in Atlanta had come back positive as of 23 June, he said. Nationwide, only 8.8% of tests were positive last week, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although last week Arizona reported a 21% positive rate.

4. NIAID Merges Four Clinical Trials Networks into COVPN, Focusing on COVID-19 Vaccine and Antibody Testing (Homeland Preparedness News) Streamlining processes this week, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) created a new clinical trials network to gather thousands of volunteers together for testing of various investigational vaccines and monoclonal antibodies for use against COVID-19. NIAID developed the COVID-19 Prevention Trials Network (COVPN) from four existing clinical trials networks: the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, the HIV Prevention Trials Network, the Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. 

5. Immunity to COVID-19 Could Disappear in Months, a New Study Suggests (MIT Technology Review) Immunity to covid-19 may be short-lived, according to a new longitudinal study of people who have caught the disease and recovered.

6.Immunity to covid-19 could disappear in months, a new study suggestsThe study: Researchers at King’s College London repeatedly tested 96 patients and health-care workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for antibodies between March and June. All the participants were confirmed to have had covid-19, either via a PCR test or a positive antibody test. The researchers found that levels of virus-fighting antibodies peaked about three weeks after symptoms started and then rapidly fell away. Although 60% of participants produced a “potent” antibody response while they had covid-19, only 17% had the same level of potency at the end of the three-month testing period. Antibody levels were higher and longer-lasting in people who had had more severe cases of covid-19. For some milder cases, it was impossible to detect any antibodies at all at the end of the three months. The research is published in a preprint paper in medRxiv, which means the findings have yet to be subjected to peer review.

What it means: The study raises the prospect that, like other coronaviruses, covid-19 could reinfect people repeatedly. If that’s the case, “herd immunity” may never arrive, either through a one-shot vaccine or through community spread of the virus, as any protective antibodies would wane with time. However, antibodies are not the only way people can fight off covid-19. T cells, which seek and destroy cells infected with SARS-CoV-2, could also provide some protection. In short, we have not yet generated enough data from patients to be able to draw conclusions on immunity with a high degree of certainty. There have been anecdotal reports of people catching covid-19 for a second time, but none have been confirmed.

At least 132,000 people have died from coronavirus in the U.S.
Good interactive chart whereby you can look up any state in a quick and simple manner and follow what’s happening. In the US,  Texas is second only to Arizona (and perhaps Hell) in disease and death at the present time. Florida is coming on. 

The guy who invented the door knocker got a no-bell prize.

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President Donald Trump Attacks Dr. Anthony Fauci

By George Smith

For President Donald Trump and his hinny-snugglers to attack Dr.. Anthony Fauci is as dumb as…well, ingesting Lysol to combat COVID 19.

Fauci, an American physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, should have a “hand’s-off”  policy from all-things-Trump.

To two-thirds of American voters:

— If Fauci was a television  journalist, he would be Walter Cronkite; if plying his trade on the print side, Bob Woodward.
— If he were an historian, he’d be A-listed with Jon Meacham and Doris Kerns Goodwin.
— Fauci is the Tiger Woods, the Serena Williams and the Lionel Messi of infectious diseases

When attacking a credible icon who is painfully truthful and whose intentions are above reproach, you better have proof of his shortcomings.

Fauci is the most vocal critic of the nation’s response to the coronavirus and no one —NO PERSON — has the credentials, the experience nor the passion to tackle this pandemic than

Trying to minimize his extreme words of caution about the pandemic’s trends is an act of abject stupidity. Dr. Fauci IS the expert on record about this pandemic killer; his words, his beliefs, his recommendations should be embraced, not diminished by hired, partisan tongue/waggers.

Instead Fsucimis sidelined and maligned and diminished in a coordinated effort to suppress his less-than-rosy prognosis for regional, national and global recovery from this highly contagious virus.

This is not only a abjectly asinine political move by Trump and Company but one which will cause unneeded suffering and death of U.S. residents.

Fauci wants to curb the pandemic as quickly as possible and save lives. The president snd his sycophants want business and schools open…economic concerns trump (pun intended, thank you) the health, the very lives of countless residents.

Trump is losing it…his status, his re-election chances, his following, and, it seems, any touch of reality he might have remaining.

Using Fauci as an economy vs. health of citizens punching bag is a no-win strategy.

Prediction: Trump gets knocked out in three (months).

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July 13, 2020

No matter what, wear your masks and keep lots of distance. 

At this point, our area including Tyler and Longview is accumulating more cases but has plenty of ICU beds available at this time. The Valley hospitals are in trouble as is Houston. Dallas is doing alright, probably, but the case numbers are climbing in what is a heavily populated area. I expect we will have to shut down many things for a while yet. Harrison County and Marshall are well led and are managing nicely at this point.

Attached is a chart showing ICU availability in various areas.

I’ve reattached the TMA Risk Chart in case you missed it yesterday. It is also attached.

I hate how funerals are always at 9 a.m. I’m not really a mourning person.

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Words and Phrases I Thought I Would Never Use

By George Smith

Words and phrases I thought I would never use to describe any person, much less the president of the United States.

1. Compulsive liar.

At some point in time, it is my belief, every politician bends the truth, omits information or downright lies to create a picture of competence and invincibility. Trump lies knowing he will be caught…and doesn’t care if he i. He simply lies to excuse the lies.

2. Feral pleasure. 

That’s what President Trump appears to feel when is on the attack. There is a lack of basic humanity, of empathy, of soulful emotion as the man attacks opponents or anyone, really, who challenges his errant thoughts and actions. Otherwise, how can his attack on women, minorities, the disabled snd even Gold Star families, his serial lustfulness deigning his marriages be tolerated by his supporters?

3. Greedy beyond redemption

In TrumpWorld, everything — EVERY SINGLE DECISION — boils down to money. Trump’s actions are all geared toward enriching himself, his family and his “friends” to the point that corrupt acts become a part of business-as-usual. His goal in every venture, from building resorts and casinos to setting up a charitable, non-profit foundation to starting  a “university” built on a platform of fraud, lies and deception, is to take money from anyone and put it in his pocket. To him that is his water, his air, his life,

4. Corrupt to his core

Every decision Trump has made as president has a bar code blaring “corruption”.  Two examples: Immigration — Private companies, many donors to his campaign, have made hundreds of millions from this self-declared “crisis”.

Trump’s “Wall” — Again, contracts awarded to private companies connected to donations, and corruption-squared in undermining environmental concerns for a birder barrier which has already been proven does not work.

5. Overt racist:

Donald Trump identifies with white privilege and does little to hide his disdain for minorities, the poor,’ and immigrants from “s***hole countries.” 

He identifies with “white” groups — White Power, White Nationalists — and has made public statement shoring up his unsavory views.

6. Ignorance is a virtue

Having an ego-centric personality is not an attribute. To Trump, it (along with power and money) is what drives him. He prefers ignorance over experience, subject matter experts and facts; he believes his “gut” decisions are better than any data, facts or historical reference. Trump utilizes the “Big I” philosophy: “I” know all and know best. It is hard to imagine him NOT kissing his image in the mirror the start of each day.

This is the man running our government. And, President Trump is being propped up and enabled by supporters that either believe his churlish spiel and juvenile behavior is appropriate for the nation’s highest office or they have a personal agenda that is benefitted by his being in office.

Either way, this president is a global embarrassment who has almost single-handedly undermined democracy, destroyed his political party and torn the always-fragile national social fabric asunder.

Hopefully, after November’s election, Donald Trump will be just a presidential footnote to history. May we learn from this busted experiment in political theater and never, ever feel a compulsion to repeat it.

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