CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/23/2021

HELLO

MISD sees decline in COVID-19 cases

From the MNM with my thanks. 

EMAIL ADDRESS FOR MARSHALL-HARRISON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT: At times they have vaccine shipments. Get on their waiting list. Email better than telephone. 

https://mhchd.org/ and click on the sign up for a COVID 19 Vaccine link

FROM THE LONGVIEW PAPER WHICH IS INCLUDED WITH MNM SUBSCRIPTION:

Gregg County applies to become COVID-19 vaccine hub

TWO ARTICLES ON MUTATIONS:

1. Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 Lineage — United States, December 29, 2020–January 12, 2021 (MMWR) Modeling data indicate that B.1.1.7 has the potential to increase the U.S. pandemic trajectory in the coming months. CDC’s system for genomic surveillance and the effort to expand sequencing will increase the availability of timely U.S. genomic surveillance data. The increased transmissibility of the B.1.1.7 variant warrants universal and increased compliance with mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking. Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public. Genomic sequence analysis through the National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance program will enable a targeted approach to identifying variants of concern in the United States. 

(J. Harris:  “Genomic sequence analysis” means that we have the ability to analyze the genetic material, including genes and DNA to determine the composition and identify the structure of the various mutations of the Covid-19 viruses as they mutate and spread. Then we can track the types of nuisances that they make of themselves and figure out how to kill or control them.)

2. Emerging Coronavirus Variants May Pose Challenges to Vaccines (New York Times) The steady drumbeat of reports about new variants of the coronavirus — first in Britain, then in South Africa, Brazil and the United States — have brought a new worry: Will vaccines protect against these altered versions of the virus? The answer so far is yes, several experts said in interviews. But two small new studies, posted online Tuesday night, suggest that some variants may pose unexpected challenges to the immune system, even in those who have been vaccinated — a development that most scientists had not anticipated seeing for months, even years.

(J. Harris: We need to get as many people vaccinated as we can as soon as we can. If the mutants become less susceptible to the vaccines, we’ll worry about it then. Antibiotics and antibodies will be found that will control and kill the pests, and watchful governmental/medical agencies will be “toned up” to prevent future pandemics.)

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