CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/28/2021

(J. Harris: Numbers not out for 1/27 yet.)

Marion County chosen as site of State Mobile Vaccine Pilot Program

LSU Health Shreveport announces additional COVID-19 vaccination dates

J. Harris: This morning, KSLA says they have 9,000 doses of Vaccine to use. Check the KSLA site. They apparently have two Hubs, for today at least. One is at a church, the other at the Fairgrounds, I believe. Christus-Shreveport is doing the work.

HOPKINS SUGGESTS:

1. COVID-19 Cases and Transmission in 17 K–12 Schools — Wood County, Wisconsin, August 31–November 29, 2020 (CDC MMWR) In a setting of widespread community SARS-CoV-2 transmission, few instances of in-school transmission were identified among students and staff members, with limited spread among children within their cohorts and no documented transmission to or from staff members. Only seven of 191 cases (3.7%) were linked to in-school transmission, and all seven were among children. Mask-wearing among students was reported by teachers as high, which likely contributed to low levels of observed disease transmission in these 17 K–12 schools.

2.Monoclonal Antibodies Protect Against COVID-19 in a Second Study (Science) A second company has provided preliminary evidence that proactively infusing healthy people with monoclonal antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 prevents them from developing noticeable symptoms of COVID-19 if they are exposed to the coronavirus. In a press release today, Regeneron revealed that when it gave a cocktail of two of those antibodies to 186 people living in a house with someone who had COVID-19, none developed symptomatic disease.

Covid is Never Going to Be Over. We Now Need to Plan Accordingly

J. Harris: I’ve been looking at this article for a few days. I don’t know the author and couldn’t find out much about him. Nevertheless, it is a historical/futuristic piece that considers Covid and Influenza to be very close kin, but it clearly points out the differences, especially where virulence is considered. Read this if you’re curious, but it may make you sad, and frightened. I agree that we will be forced to deal with Covid for some time to come. Fortunately, we can handle Covid — and will. Vaccines, upgraded vaccines if necessary, monoclonal antibodies, and antiviral drugs will continue to be developed and improved. In addition, our national health and delivery systems will become functional as our Federal, State, and County governments learn how and when to work together on health issues. 

SOME GOOD NEWS FROM HOPKINS, CURRENT:

“It is becoming more clear that the US has passed a peak in terms of daily incidence, and the current average is less than what it was prior to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In light of fluctuations in reporting over the winter holidays, it is difficult to determine when the daily incidence actually peaked; however, the peak in terms of reported incidence was 248,706 new cases per day on January 8. In addition to daily incidence, we are beginning to observe an associated decrease in hospitalizations at the national level.”

Sanofi to Help Produce 100 Million Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Doses (Reuters) Sanofi will fill and pack millions of doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from July in an effort to help meet the huge demand for the U.S. drugmaker’s shots. The French company will aim to help supply more than 100 million doses of the vaccine this year from its German plant in Frankfurt, CEO Paul Hudson told Le Figaro newspaper on Tuesday.

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