CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/21/2020

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/21/2020

11/21/2020

J. Harris: I am trying to improve my ability to reproduce data. Please bear with me until I figure it out. 

From a local standpoint, Harrison County continues to have lower counts than some of our neighbors. Cases and death statistics  are based on the county where the patient lives or lived, not where they died, so our death counts are significantly lower in Harrison County.

Perhaps the most dangerous looming danger for Covid patients in East Texas is due to potential staffing problems. Covid is now so widespread that the daring health care workers who have moved from one crisis to another find themselves with more epidemic areas than they can service. Perhaps the military will be necessary for acute hospital staffing as well as for Covid Rehabilitation Facilities. Remember, the nursing homes are already full. Where will the Covid patients who need more rehabilitation go which will be an acute problem as the demand for hospital beds increases, and it will. 

I heard today on NPR a respected expert say that he felt like 6 foot spacing was even more important than masks to prevent Covid spread. He also said that “Herd Immunity” with virulent viruses does not occur. I should be able to supply more about him on Tuesday when the blog will be available. 

 A Living WHO Guideline on Drugs for Covid-19 (BMJ)

(A simplified teaching guide on how and when to treat Covid for universal application)

HOSPITAL DATA FOR TEXAS TSA AREAS UPDATED

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yKi2rancEQv0cZAJUygBrGaVkU0WzasPw5dz-8wb6WE/edit#gid=0

HOME TEST KIT EUA The US FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization to the first fully at-home SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test kit. The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit must be prescribed by a healthcare provider, but it can be performed by individuals at home. The manufacturer recommends that children under 14 years old should have the test performed by a healthcare provider in order to maximize the chances of obtaining a valid result. The kit comes with a nasal swab, a test tube with detection reagents, and a small test machine. Once the used nasal swab is swirled around the test tube for the requisite amount of time, the user inserts the tube into the machine, which will automatically process the sample and provide visual indication of the results. The test kit will light up as positive, negative, or inconclusive results in around 30 minutes. 

(J. Harris: The Whitehouse proved that you can’t  protect yourself  only with testing. However, a cheap, quick test can be helpful at home, especially with children involved. 

TEXAS SCHOOL COVID STATS–WEEKLY  

 J. Harris: I’ll work on this chart.

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