CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 7/23/2020

July 23, 2020

NEW COVID CASES ADDED WEDNESDAY
Harrison 4
Gregg 23—with 85 Covid cases in Hospitals
Smith 45–with 151 Covid cases in Hospitals

Wanted: Recovered COVID-19 patients to help those sick now
Thousands of East Texans might be walking around with the key to helping people who are fighting for their lives against COVID-19.

Cases per 1,000 residents
GREAT COVID site for TEXAS stats from Texas Tribune

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ANOTHER GREAT TEXAS SITE
Texas COVID-19 Data

National Nurses United has more than 150,000 members nationwide.
National Nurses United has more than 150,000 members nationwide.

Universal masking at MGB(Mass General)  was associated with a significantly lower rate of SARS-CoV-2 positivity among HCWs (Health Care Workers). This association may be related to a decrease in transmission between patients and HCWs and among HCWs.

Research in the Context of a Pandemic
H. Clifford Lane, M.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
(DR. FAUCI IS THE LITTLE FELLOW WHO KNOWS A LOT ABOUT INFECTIOUS DISEASE AS WELL AS FINESSE). In the RECOVERY trial, the benefit of the glucocorticoid dexamethasone for patients with Covid-19 who were receiving mechanical ventilation at the time of randomization was clearly shown. A 28-day mortality of 29.3% was reported for patients in the dexamethasone group as compared with 41.4% in the usual care group. In contrast, no benefit for dexamethasone was seen in patients not requiring oxygen at the time of randomization, with 28-day mortality of 17.8% and 14.0% for the dexamethasone group and the usual care group, respectively. For the heterogeneous group of patients receiving oxygen without invasive mechanical ventilation, mortality was 23.3% in the dexamethasone group and 26.2% in the usual care group. These findings, while limited to patients with Covid-19, provides clarity to an area of therapeutic controversy and probably will result in many lives saved. The use of dexamethasone already has been endorsed by several treatment-guideline panels, including that convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.2 (J. Harris: Improved survival in the intensively ventilated patients, but not in the less intensively treated patients. Perhaps patient selection made for differences in the groups?)

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Texas coronavirus hospitalizations climb to a new record high after two days of declining numbers
(GREAT DIGITAL PUBLICATION WITH  EASY TO UNDERSTAND STATS–FREE!)

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THERE IS A LONG WAITING LIST FOR CREMATION. WEAR YOUR MASK.

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

 

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