J. Harris: Harrison County numbers are improved.
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“… situations in which patients can’t clear a viral infection are “the worst possible scenario for developing mutations,” said Dr. Bruce …As weeks of illness turn into months, a virus copies itself millions of times. Each copy is an opportunity to make random mistakes. As it spins off new mutations, the virus may happen upon ones that help it resist medications, evade the immune system and come back stronger…[however] Scientists are still trying to understand how certain mutations like N501Y have cropped up in so many places at once. Has the mushrooming scale of the pandemic given the virus too many opportunities to alter itself? Or are these mutations arising in a small number of people, like the Boston patient, and then somehow hitching a ride around the world?
Tulio de Oliveira, an infectious-disease researcher at South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal, sees a pattern in which uncontrolled spread and long-haul infections work in tandem to fuel coronavirus mutations.
Daniel Durand, MD, chief innovation officer at LifeBridge Health (Baltimore): “…. The silver lining of the pandemic is that the ‘risk benefit’ equation of healthcare delivery and biomedical research has shifted significantly, and it has allowed innovation to flourish over the past 12 months. Many of these innovations, such as telehealth and mRNA vaccines to name a few, will be saving lives for centuries – long after COVID is simply a word in history books describing a few unfortunate years. Wars and plagues come and go, but the medical innovations they breed last forever. The real question we should be asking ourselves is how we can perpetuate these conditions so that healthcare innovation can continue at this pace during good times.
(J. Harris: …and be better prepared to prevent or to manage the next pandemic.)
J. Harris: This looks like a pretty good web site for civilians. It’s better organized that WebbMD and most others. Their Covid information and recommendations look good to me after a quick perusal. They have good discussions about Long Haul. IF ANY OF YOU OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WANT A COPY OF MY “LONG HAUL REFERENCES” LET ME KNOW. I REVIEWED THE SUBJECT SUNDAY.
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