August 21, 2020


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(J. Harris: We are still spreading Covis more dangerously than most states)LOCALLY, HOWEVER, our current count of hospitalized patients on our EAST TEXAS trauma area is LESS THAN IT HAS BEEN IN OVER A MONTH.
Long-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19
(J. Harris: Ed Yong, the author of the article above, and “The Atlantic” are providing fabulous information about COVID as well as other subjects. During the pandemic, this magazine has provided as good or better information than any other that I’ve seen and is worth a subscription.  Yong’s body of work about COVID should earn him a Pulitzer Prize, in my opinion).

FROM JOHNS HOPKINS:1. Pediatric SARS-CoV-2: Clinical Presentation, Infectivity, and Immune Responses (Journal of Pediatrics) Researchers present findings from the largest pediatric COVID-19 biospecimen repository to date, describing viral load, ACE2 expression, and antibody responses as they relate to children with acute SARS-CoV-2 infection and MIS-C. Researchers found that children can carry high levels of virus in their upper airways, particularly early in an acute SARS-CoV-2 infection, yet they display relatively mild or no symptoms. However, there was no age correlation with viral load, indicating that infants through young adults can carry equally high levels of virus.
2. How To Tell A Real COVID-19 Contact Tracer’s Call From A Scammer’s (NPR) State officials and federal agencies warn there’s a new phone scam circulating: Callers posing as COVID-19 contact tracers are trying to pry credit card or bank account information from unsuspecting victims. The grifters apparently are taking advantage of a genuine public health intervention that is crucial to stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus: contact tracing.
Former Secretary of State James Baker III battling COVID-19 with wife at Houston home
Covid-19 Is Creating a Wave of Heart DiseaseAug. 17, 2020 (J. Harris: good quick summary with references to several heart studies. Anyone who wishes they could just go ahead and get COVID and get it over with needs to read this).

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.
~ Emo Philips.

+ Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?    

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