CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 02/18/2021

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 02/18/2021

HELLO:
It seems we got lucky with the ice. Good!

Christus postpones weekend COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Longview

“Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center is postponing its planned vaccine hub clinic in Longview, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, because of the winter storm….According to a statement Wednesday from Christus, those with Saturday appointments to receive their second dose of the vaccine will be rescheduled to the same time slot on March 5. Those with appointments Sunday to receive their first dose of the vaccine will be rescheduled to the same time slot March 7. Individuals do not need to take any action at this time.”

LONG HAUL CONSIDERATIONS:

1. Programs Help COVID Long Haulers Recover

(J. Harris: A general Webb, MD article easy to read, but with good references which includes #2 below which I believe we looked at in Jan. but which is extensive and worth a revisit) 

2. 6-month consequences of COVID-19 in patients discharged from hospital: a cohort study

“At 6 months after acute infection, COVID-19 survivors were mainly troubled with fatigue or muscle weakness, sleep difficulties, and anxiety or depression. Patients who were more severely ill during their hospital stay had more severe impaired pulmonary diffusion capacities and abnormal chest imaging manifestations, and are the main target population for intervention of long-term recovery.”

Effect of a Single High Dose of Vitamin D3 on Hospital Length of Stay in Patients With Moderate to Severe COVID-19

“Findings  In this randomized clinical trial that involved 240 hospitalized patients with moderate to severe COVID-19, a single dose of 200 000 IU of vitamin D3, compared with placebo, did not significantly reduce hospital length of stay (median of 7.0 vs 7.0 days; unadjusted hazard ratio for hospital discharge, 1.07).”

Air Cleaners, HVAC Filters, and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

HOPKINS SUGGESTS:

1. Convalescent Plasma Treatment is Associated with Lower Mortality and Better Outcomes in High Risk COVID-19 Patients – Propensity Score Matched Case-control Study (International Journal of Infectious Diseases) A significantly lower mortality rate was observed in the group of patients treated with CP. Age, presence of cardiac insufficiency, active cancer, requirement of ventilator, and length of hospitalization were significantly increasing the risk of death in both groups. Our study shows, that CP brings better outcomes when administered in the earlier stage of high-risk COVID-19 disease.

2. The Coronavirus is Here to Stay — Here’s What that Means (Nature) But failure to eradicate the virus does not mean that death, illness or social isolation will continue on the scales seen so far. The future will depend heavily on the type of immunity people acquire through infection or vaccination and how the virus evolves. Influenza and the four human coronaviruses that cause common colds are also endemic: but a combination of annual vaccines and acquired immunity means that societies tolerate the seasonal deaths and illnesses they bring without requiring lockdowns, masks and social distancing.

Millions of Jobs Probably Aren’t Coming Back, Even After the Pandemic Ends (Washington Post) Millions of jobs that have been shortchanged or wiped out entirely by the coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to come back, economists warn, setting up a massive need for career changes and retraining in the United States.

3. Millions of Jobs Probably Aren’t Coming Back, Even After the Pandemic Ends (Washington Post) Millions of jobs that have been shortchanged or wiped out entirely by the coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to come back, economists warn, setting up a massive need for career changes and retraining in the United States.

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