CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 12/22/2020

12/22/2020

Message from FB Judge Sims:

December 21, 2020 – Weekly report for the past 7 days: 182 new cases (that’s an average of 26 new cases per day) and 3 additional fatalities. The state has consolidated some of the numbers so the format below isn’t exactly like what we’ve seen in the past. It does appear that we will exceed 15% hospitalizations for the past 7 days. That will mean that businesses will have to reduce capacity from 75% to 50%. There will be more details about that probably tomorrow. Please continue to be cautious. Wear a mask, avoid crowds and wash your hands. The vaccine is coming but it will take some time to slow down the spread. In the mean-time, it’s up to us. Join me in continuing to pray for those who have the virus and those who have lost friends and family members.

Confirmed Cases – 1,362

Probable Cases – 903

Total New Cases – 182

New Fatalities – 3

Total Fatalities – 58

Recoveries – 1,927

J. Harris: Get the Kiddies off the streets! Our new case counts locally are the highest that they have been — ever. This comes at a time when the general beds in East Texas are mostly full. No count of staffed, non ICU  beds available to Covid patients is known to me. We have plenty of empty hospital beds, but WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF STAFF. Waits in the ER for an available bed are running over 24 hours, and if things continue to deteriorate, the bed wait will soon take place  in the parking lot or the morgue. Lately, in Trauma agea G, we have had about 25 ICU beds available most of the time. Since there is now effective therapies, and since Oxygen but rarely respirators are necessary for life support, general hospital beds for Covid patients are at a premium and will remain so. I am frightened; most of my readers likely are frightened. People who have tried to be vigilant are sometimes getting sick. The folks in the big cities are no better off. The death rates will take about 3 more weeks to boom. 

Our heroic health care workers can save more patients than ever before. However, success ties up hospital beds longer now. Please try to stay well; prevention is no longer a local problem. It’s a family and PERSONAL problem. Young working families with children will have to take chances. 

It doesn’t take much imagination to guess what I’d do if I had any stroke, but a significant Texas  shut down including the schools won’t happen until things get even worse, which they are likely to do.  Good luck. 

CDC issues guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination after allergic reactions

J. Harris: Short quick read concerning allergies with some disagreement. I will probably recommend to to my Norwegian housekeeper that she get the vaccination despite a history of two anaphylactic reactions to oysters. I’ll probably take along an Epi injection. 

“…The CDC said people with severe allergies to food, pets, latex or environmental conditions as well as people with allergies to oral medication or a family history of severe allergic reactions could still get vaccinated.

“On Friday, the FDA said that the Moderna Inc vaccine, which received emergency use authorization, should not be given to individuals with a known history of a severe allergic reaction to any components of the shot…

“Britain’s medical regulator has said that anyone with a history of anaphylaxis, or severe allergic reactions to a medicine or food, should not be given the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.”

A girl said she recognized me from her vegetarian club but I’d never met herbivore.

Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson.

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