CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/20/2021

The effect of early treatment with ivermectin on viral load, symptoms and humoral response in patients with non-severe COVID-19: A pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial

Among patients with non-severe COVID-19 and no risk factors for severe disease receiving a single 400 mcg/kg dose of Ivermectin within 72 h of fever or cough onset there was no difference in the proportion of PCR positives. There was, however, a marked reduction of self-reported anosmia/hyposmia, a reduction of cough and a tendency to lower viral loads and lower IgG titers which warrants assessment in larger trials.

(J. Harris: Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug not infrequently used in many third world countries for almost anything. The above study of young folks, sick for 3 days, showed only that the treated groups recovered their sense of smell faster in those patients who had lost it. More studies will be done, but Ivermectin is not a “cure all” and probably shouldn’t be used until additional better organized larger studies, are performed that include  lder and sicker patients. If I had some ivermectin, however, I wouldn’t throw it away, but I am told it is not available in the US at this time.)

Biden unveils $1.9 trillion relief package: 10 things to know

(J. Harris: Several of the items are concerned with Covid. Brief article and easily to read).

How effective is a single vaccine dose against Covid-19?

J. Harris: This is a long but excellent, readable article that reviews all the vaccines in use over the world and discusses the efficiency of one injection vs two and other factors involved in acquiring immunity. Perhaps, the best advice includes continued Covid Caution after receiving the vaccines. 

Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans

“We have to dig deep, go the old-fashioned way with flyers, with neighbors talking to neighbors, with pastors talking to their church members…“Those with time, computer systems and transportation are going to get vaccines more than other folks — that’s just the reality of it…”

J. Harris: A readable article about the current and historical need to encourage Black, Hispanic, and less well-educated folks of all races to sign up and obtain vaccinations. 

J. Harris: School data sometimes reported weekly. The above chart is made with  12 January data.

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