July 27, 2020

Harrison County added 9 cases on Saturday and 5 on Sunday while Gregg County added 12 and 13 on the same dates. Remember Free Covid tests in Longview fail 8-2. 
TEXAS Rt on 26 July is  0.94—MASKS are working! 


Flu Shot And Pneumonia Vaccine Might Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, Research Shows

A test of a late-stage vaccine will enroll people at 89 sites around the United States.

“…The study, a Phase 3 clinical trial, is to enroll 30,000 healthy people at about 89 sites around the country. Half will receive two shots of the vaccine, 28 days apart, and half will receive two shots of a saltwater placebo. Neither the volunteers nor the medical staff giving the injections will know who is getting the real vaccine….at least three more Phase 3 trials would be starting soon, each needing 30,000 patients….Researchers will then monitor the subjects, looking for side effects and waiting to see if significantly fewer vaccinated people get Covid-19, indicating that the vaccine works. The main goal is to determine whether the vaccine can prevent the illness. The study will also try to find out if it can prevent severe Covid-19 and death; if it can prevent infection entirely, based on lab tests; and if just one shot can prevent the illness.

MORE ON VACCINES From recent Johns Hopkins Site:
“…The good news, because it is worth saying, is that experts think there will be a COVID-19 vaccine. The virus that causes COVID-19 does not seem to be an outlier like HIV. Scientists have gone from discovery of the virus to more than 165 candidate vaccines in record time, with 27 vaccines already in human trials. Human trials consist of at least three phases: Phase 1 for safety, Phase 2 for efficacy and dosing, and Phase 3 for efficacy in a huge group of tens of thousands of people. At least six COVID-19 vaccines are in or about to enter Phase 3 trials, which will take several more months.

“…Vaccines are, in essence, a way to activate the immune system without disease. They can be made with weakened viruses, inactivated viruses, the proteins from a virus, a viral protein grafted onto an innocuous virus, or even just the mRNA that encodes a viral protein. Getting exposed to a vaccine is a bit like having survived the disease once, without the drawbacks.

“…In fact, a COVID-19 vaccine is quite likely to require two doses; the first primes the immune system, allowing the second to induce a stronger immune response. Officials would have to balance giving one dose to as many people as possible with giving a second dose to those who already had one. “That was a complication we didn’t face in 2009, and we were so grateful,” says Moore.”

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Joe Biden’s Choice For Vice President

By George Smith

Joe Biden’s choice for vice president will, in my opinion, determine the 2020 presidential election.

According to writers and commentarors, there have been more than 12 women in the running, a majority of which are women of color.

From former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to Georgia Democratic Party heroine Stacey Abrams, and  from political warhorse and favorite target of President Trump Elizabeth to Florida Sen. Val Demimgs, a former Tampa police chief, the list is impressive.

My personal preference is Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth who brings a sterling array of untouchable attributes to the free-for-all.

Duckworth is a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who was profiled in Vogue Magazine this way:

“There are so many firsts attached to Tammy Duckworth—she’s the Senate’s first member to give birth while in office, its first member born in Thailand (to an American father and a Thai mother of Chinese descent), and, of course, its first female amputee. It’s that last distinction that tends to overwhelm all the others. As a wounded veteran with a Purple Heart, she has introduced or cosponsored bills protecting the rights of veterans—and she’s been fearless in confronting the president over military and foreign affairs.
“Last January, when President Trump accused the Democrats of holding the military hostage over immigration, it was Duckworth who took to the Senate floor, declaring in a now-historic speech, ‘I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger.’”

Duckworth gave birth to her daughter Maile at age 50; she also is mom to daughter Abigail, 3.

She cuts an impressive figure wherever she goes, striding forcefully around the Senate Office Building on her two titanium legs or in a souped-up scooter. Imagine, just imagine, her in a debate with Mike Pence, who preaches patriotism but never served in the military. (However, more thsn once he has praised his father’s Bronze star and noted his son was a Marine.)

Duckworth was deployed to serve in the Iraq War in 2004 and lost both of her legs when her helicopter was struck by hostile fire. Duckworth became director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 2006, and three years later President Barack Obama appointed her assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

In 2012, she was elected to Congress, representing Illinois’ 8th District. Four years later, she was elected U.S. senator, thereby becoming the first disabled woman and the second Asian-American woman in the Senate.

Every woman on Biden’s VP list brings impressive credentials. Duckworth, however, covers a larger demographic appeal — woman of color, military veteran, decorated war hero, working mother, fiercely astute political asset and someone who would be difficult to attack on so many fronts.

My whimsical self can see this tiny package of dynamite in her first debate with up-tight Mile Pence. She is smiling, waiting patiently like an on-alert cobra, ready to strike a cautious mouse.