CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 7/26/2020

July 26, 2020

Free drive-thru testing in Longview for Harrison County citizens: 
Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing will continue Monday in Longview. It is scheduled 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and will take place for several weeks.

A person does not need to have symptoms to be tested, but they should bring a form of identification and have a phone number or email address for their results to be delivered.

To participate, go to the Longview Convention Complex at 100 Grand Blvd., off Cotton Street, and follow the signs to the testing area.

A private vendor, Honu, will conduct the testing on behalf of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, city of Longview and Gregg County Emergency Management.

Registration will be available online or in person. To register online, go to tinyurl.com/LvwTesting .

Test results should be available 24 to 48 hours after testing, the city of Longview said. 

(J. Harris: The case counts are steady in our area. Anotherweek or two with MASKS and spacing should bring usdown. Chart is allso attached)

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(J. Harris: ICU beds are short in our area but not because on COVID) also attached

Presence of Genetic Variants Among Young Men With Severe COVID-19
Key Points
Question  Are genetic variants associated with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in young male patients?
Findings  In a case series that included 4 young male patients with severe COVID-19 from 2 families, rare loss-of-function variants of the X-chromosomal TLR7 were identified, with immunological defects in type I and II interferon production.

Meaning  These findings provide insights into the pathogenesis of COVID-19.
(J. Harris: Two pairs of brothers had two different genetic abnormalities that seem to have reduced their ability to overcome COVID. One of the young men died. So, some genetic deficiencies reduce resistance to COVID)

JOHNS HOPKINS PROVIDED REFERENCES (SOME GOOD ONES)1. Neonatal Management and Outcomes During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Observation Cohort Study (Lancet Child and Adolescent Health) Data suggest that perinatal transmission of COVID-19 is unlikely to occur if correct hygiene precautions are undertaken and that allowing neonates to room in with their mothers and direct breastfeeding are safe procedures when paired with effective parental education of infant protective strategies.

2. The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools this Fall (CDC) The best available evidence from countries that have opened schools indicates that COVID-19 poses low risks to school-aged children, at least in areas with low community transmission, and suggests that children are unlikely to be major drivers of the spread of the virus. Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets—our children—while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff and all their families.The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools this Fall (CDC) The best available evidence from countries that have opened schools indicates that COVID-19 poses low risks to school-aged children, at least in areas with low community transmission, and suggests that children are unlikely to be major drivers of the spread of the virus. Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets—our children—while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff and all their families.

3. Celltrion Launches Human Clinical Trials of Potential COVID-19 Antibody Treatment (The Investor) South Korean biopharma giant Celltrion said on July 24 it has launched phase 1 clinical trials of a potential antiviral antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients. The clinical study follows promising preclinical results for the virus treatment candidate and has received approval from the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

Mask mandate appears to be helping in Texas, but experts ask Gov. Greg Abbott not to rule out a shutdown (from the TEXAS TRIBUNE which is FREE and an excellent publication especially about COVID and schools).

Our backs are to the wall’: Texas hospital to turn away COVID-19 patients with poor survival chances (July 22 article from the Valley)

That baseball player was such a bad sport. He stole third base and then just went home!

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