CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/23/2020

11/22/2020

On Sunday, Nov. 22, in TSA Areas G, there were 396 Covid patients hospitalized, 102 of them were in ICU, and there were 37 ICU beds available in the area. 

Stats for today will come in after 16oo. 

Family that got virus warns public to spend holidays at home

From Longview Paper and AP

ARLINGTON — Arlington is using one family’s brush with the coronavirus as a warning to others who might be considering big get- togethers this Thanksgiving.

Alexa Aragonez told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that her family weighed the risks of catching the virus but decided to get together for a birthday party on Nov. 1.

A couple of days after the party, her 57-year-old mother, Enriqueta Aragonez, and others who were at the party began to feel sick. They got tested, and all 12 who had attended were positive for COVID-19. Three other people with whom they had come in contact with also tested positive, said Alexa Aragonez, 26, who didn’t attend the party.

Arlington is using the family’s experience as part of a public awareness campaign to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus this holiday season by staying home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also warning people to not spend Thanksgiving with people from outside of their households and to not travel for the holiday.

Statewide, the Texas health department on Sunday reported 8,554 new virus cases, more than 4,000 less than the state’s one-day high of 12,597 new virus cases a day earlier. The state on Sunday also reported 8,174 virus hospitalizations and 89 new deaths.

In a video that’s part of the campaign in Arlington, Enriqueta Aragonez is in her hospital and says, “I went to my nephew’s house and love seeing my family. But now I’m ghting against COVID-19.”

She is now recovering at home, and although she doesn’t need supplemental oxygen, she still has pain in her lungs, Alexa Aragonez said. Most of the others who caught the virus at the party had milder symptoms, she said.

In the end, “not everyone is as lucky as my family has been,” Alexa told the Star-Telegram. She said she doesn’t want anyone to needlessly lose a family member.

“We were scared that my mother, the matriarch of the family, was going to pass,” she said. “So I think that fear in our hearts made us want to put an awareness in the hearts of others.” 

Texas Public Schools COVID-19 Data:

Public schools are required to report positive COVID-19 cases on school campuses. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this dashboard will not be updated again until the week of November 30, 2020.  Two weeks of data will be posted that week.

J. Harris: I wonder if anyone thought about shutting down the school house until January? 

The Coronavirus Is Airborne Indoors. Why Are We Still Scrubbing Surfaces? (New York Times) All over the world, workers are soaping, wiping and fumigating surfaces with an urgent sense of purpose: to fight the coronavirus. But scientists increasingly say that there is little to no evidence that contaminated surfaces can spread the virus. In crowded indoor spaces like airports, they say, the virus that is exhaled by infected people and that lingers in the air is a much greater threat. Hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds — or sanitizer in the absence of soap — is still encouraged to stop the virus’s spread. But scrubbing surfaces does little to mitigate the virus threat indoors, experts say, and health officials are being urged to focus instead on improving ventilation and filtration of indoor air.

Safety and Immunogenicity of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 Vaccine Administered in a Prime-boost Regimen in Young and Old Adults (COV002): A Single-blind, Randomised, Controlled, Phase 2/3 trial (The Lancet) In this report of the phase 2 component of a single-blind, randomised, controlled, phase 2/3 trial (COV002), healthy adults aged 18 years and older were enrolled at two UK clinical research facilities, in an age-escalation manner, into 18–55 years, 56–69 years, and 70 years and older immunogenicity subgroups. By 14 days after the boost dose, 208 (>99%) of 209 boosted participants had neutralising antibody responses. ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 appears to be better tolerated in older adults than in younger adults and has similar immunogenicity across all age groups after a boost dose.  (J. Harris: This British vaccine requires only one injection and does produce a good antibody response)

SWEDEN The Swedish government approved a measure to limit public gatherings and events to a maximum of 8 individuals and removed existing exemptions for restaurants or other settings. One notable exception remains in place for funerals, which are limited to 20 individuals. The restrictions will begin on November 24 and builds on a previous decision to prohibit alcohol sales after 10pm to reduce gatherings at bars and restaurants. The new limit on gatherings is a drastic shift from the previous limit on events of more than 300 people, signaling a change in how Swedish authorities are approaching the national COVID-19 response. Sweden was previously known for having a relatively lax set of social distancing recommendations and measures, compared to many other countries, but Prime Minister Stefan Lofven recently urged Swedes to avoid settings like gyms, libraries, and even hosting dinners.

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