October 22, 2020

DATE8/78/299/2810/1910/2010/2110/22COVID IN HOSP2632041742252339-Sep COVD IN ICU876556737474 ICU BEDS AVAIL383639222212         NEW HARRISON   14112015NEW GREGG   1351 56NEW SMITH   5870 80

Coronavirus survives on skin five times longer than flu, Japan study finds

Friday Night Lights and Covid
(J. Harris: Good Valley article that explains a great deal about Hispanics in that area and the devastation of Covid.
Dallas is on its way to a second, ‘worse’ spike in COVID-19 cases, says Parkland CEO
“While not at the same level as our peak in mid-July yet, we are well on our way,” Dr. Fred Cerise, Parkland’s CEO, said in a statement to The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday. “The number of COVID patients at Parkland has tripled in just over a month, and the cases we are seeing today reflect community activity from two weeks ago……“Unless we are willing to revisit some of the restrictions on gatherings and our commitment to masking, then there is reason to believe this current wave will be worse than the one we experienced in the summer,” Cerise said. “If we don’t take measures to avoid the spread of this disease seriously, we are heading into a difficult time for our community and our health care workforce, which has been overworked for the better part of a year now.”

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (click on it to read)(J. Harris: I didn’t edit and pick and choose and find the best articles on this one. This is the whole of a Hopkins mailout that I get about 20 of these in a weeks time and appreciate them. They are also now  getting more articles in each of their mail outs.  Their very professional  librarians and readers and fact checkers find pertinent articles, then bundle and send them out on the new — to all over the world including us.  They do a fabulous job. For the first few months of the Pandemic, I enjoyed beating them to good stuff from time to time by reading several medical journals,  but there are too many more folks at Hopkins than I can “out scoop” and my wife wants me to spend more time with my dog. Hopkins also has wonderful and uptodate stats and charts and graphs. Being somewhat frugal, I have resisted sending them any donations.)

MORE FROM JOHNS HOPKINS:1. Understanding Viral Shedding of SARS-CoV-2: Review of Current LiteratureConclusions:
SARS-COV-2 RNA shedding can be prolonged, yet high heterogeneity exists. Detection of viral RNA may not correlate with infectivity since available viral culture data suggests shorter durations of shedding of viable virus. Additional data is needed to determine the duration of shedding of viable virus and the implications for risk of transmission.
Viral RNA was detected up to 92 days after symptom onset. Viable virus was isolated by culture from -6 days to 20 days relative to symptom onset.
2. Do Masks On Plane Flights Really Cut Your Risk Of Catching COVID-19?So the big question is this: How well do the masks work? Do they make it safe to fly across the country for a family visit….Scientists are just beginning to answer that question. And their findings offer a glimmer of hope as well as fresh ideas about what’s most important for protecting yourself on a plane. IF YOU FLY OR PLAN TO FLY, AND ARE NOT A SUPERHERO, READ THIS ARTICLE. 

3. Experts: Don’t Count on Mild Flu Season Amid COVID-19 (CIDRAP) The Southern Hemisphere had a very light flu season in 2020, with Australia seeing only 315 cases over its winter, down 99.8% from the 130,000 cases seen in most years. But flu experts say that, while the low numbers could portend a similar scenario in the Northern Hemisphere, it would be a foolhardy not to prepare for high caseloads this winter.(J. Harris: If we were masks and Space Out, I personally believe that flu counts will be DOWN this winter)
4. Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues (New York Times) Researchers within and outside the industry are working on ways to reduce emissions from fermentation, through feed supplements or dietary changes. Other efforts aim to lower emissions from the animals’ waste — a source of methane as well as another powerful greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide — through improved manure storage and handling.”Estimates vary…but enteric fermentation by beef cattle accounts for nearly 2 percent of total emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.”(J. Harris: Poor babies get a little gas on their way to slaughter.  I’ll bet that cooking Chinese food accounts for more gas than that.)
FROM JAMA:The Challenges of Expanding Rapid Tests to Curb COVID-19
While PCR tests detect genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, antigen tests pick up molecules on the surface of the virus. “Antigen tests are very specific for the virus, but are not as sensitive as molecular PCR tests,” the FDA noted …. “This means that positive results from antigen tests are highly accurate, but there is a higher chance of false negatives….” Symptomatic people with a negative antigen test may need to have their results confirmed with a PCR test, according to the FDA.

Japan researchers show masks block coronavirus, but not perfectly

Hospitals fail to tell uninsured COVID-19 patients their bills are covered, NPR finds

AVERAGE COVID CASES HOSPITALIZED IN TEXAS MONTHLYMONTHAPR AVGMAY AVGJUNE AVGJULY AVGAUG 1-16AUG AVGSEPT AVGOCT TO 21Amarillo39752457666352138Lubbock32223013310310189186Wichita Falls2143745402848Abilene6344147422637Dallas/Ft. Worth4756079471783123411727821040Paris17172989107998087MARSHALL/LV/TY444760219235226179213Lufkin2213258777754849El Paso42102122271193185128310Midland/Odessa10203510772725992San Angelo0074351472321Belton/Killeen1412258366613835Waco31106861584659Bryan/College Station1614396441371731Austin456420947129326611295San Antonio58784291293794731306236Houston4814251131260115241400602537Galveston11293190400295268155140Victoria2416241551121126341Laredo25162816518717910768Corpus Christi894939132129812691Lower Rio Grande Valley47342501367986899363263TEXAS TOTAL15231669366999246913643134403819


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