CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 8/24/2020

August 24, 2020

NEW COVID CASES: 

Harrison County had 4 on Friday and none on Sunday.

Gregg County had 15 on Fri. and 19 on Sat.

Both counties had 2 new cases each on Sunday.

Tomorrow we’ll have Vaccine 101 

How a cardiologist may have saved the college football season
The study, conducted in Germany and composed of middle-aged adults, found that 78 percent of the 100 participants had some cardiac abnormality. Ackerman said it’d be a “scientific foul” to infer that those findings are relevant for 18 to 24-year old athletes.

Most importantly, though, he said they shouldn’t use myocarditis as the reason to cancel college football now.

The Mayo Clinic cardiologist didn’t sugarcoat that myocarditis can be a serious issue. The inflammation of the heart, caused by viral infections, can ultimately be deadly in rare cases. Former Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis, who collapsed during basketball practice, died at the age of 27 from myocarditis. Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer, said last week he was aware of 12 athletes suffering from myocarditis after COVID-19. It remains an issue that bears close watching within college athletics going forward.

(J. Harris: Although I haven’t seen any articles about cardiac involvement in very young athletes, any athlete who has had Covid should have a detailed cardiac evaluation before resuming sports or significant physical exercise programs, in my opinion).
SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in COVID-19 hotspots (From Lancet)
In light of these findings, any proposed approach to achieve herd immunity through natural infection is not only highly unethical, but also unachievable. With a large majority of the population being infection naive, virus circulation can quickly return to early pandemic dimensions in a second wave once measures are lifted. In addition, the geographical variability and the dynamic of weekly increasing seroprevalence rates during the early phase of the pandemic highlight that these studies are only snapshots in time and space, and reflect the circumstances of the period in which they were done. As we are still in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis, such seroprevalence data will continue to be necessary for public health authorities to estimate exposure rates, especially in areas with little testing capacity for acute cases. If and when a vaccine is widely available, ongoing seroprevalence studies will be able to provide information about the extent and duration of vaccine-induced herd immunity.

Are New Yorkers Wearing Masks? Here’s What We Found in Each Borough
But in almost every place, more men than women were walking around unmasked — usually a lot more: At some corners, the gender gap approached 25 percentage points…Men were also considerably more likely than women to be wearing their masks in a kinda-sorta way — nostrils peeking over, mask under chin, mask dangling from one ear strap…the numbers boiled down to this: Nearly one in three men were walking around unmasked, while only about one in six women were.(J. Harris: Masks are worn more in ethnic neighborhoods, especially Asian it appears to me)

     FYI – From St John’s Hopkins Hospital….via Dallas and other editing including a couple of new ideas:  

 This virus is not a living organism.  It is a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the eyes or nose.(It’s your body’s reaction to invasion by this strange virus that makes you sick) 

* Since the virus is not a living organism, but is a protein molecule, it cannot be killed.  It has to decay on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies. The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat and that is the reason why soap or detergent is the best weapon.  The foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to scrub for 20 seconds or more, to create lots of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down. 

 * HEAT melts fat; this is why it is necessary to use water above 77 degrees for hand washing, laundry and cleaning surfaces. In addition, hot water makes more foam, making it more effective. 

 * Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ALL FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

 * Any solution with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside.(J. Harris: I don’t know about this, except don’t drink bleach, of course). 

* The virus molecules remain very stable at colder temperatures, including air conditioning in houses and cars. They also need moisture and darkness to stay stable. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm, and bright environments will degrade the virus faster.

 * UV LIGHT on any object that may contain the virus breaks down the protein.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin. 

 * The virus CANNOT penetrate healthy skin. 

 * Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat. 

 * NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is only 40% alcohol, and you need a minimum of 65%. 

 * LISTERINE  is 65% alcohol. 

 * The more confined the space, the higher the concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the more the virus concentration is diluted and somewhat less dangerous. 

 * You have to wash your hands before and after touching any commonly used surfaces such as : mucosa (mouth area), food, locks, knobs, switches, remotes, cell phones, watches, computers, desks, etc. and don’t forget when you use the bathroom. 

* You have to MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS due to frequent washing.  Dry hands have cracks and the molecules can hide in the micro-cracks The thicker the moisturizer, the better. 

 * Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

  I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down!

The best cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.
~ Spike Milligan

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