CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 02/22/2021

J. Harris: The numbers are still lagging due to the weather related reporting difficulties.

Nevertheless, most Covid news is GOOD. I plan to help promote vaccinations over the next few months, and continued preventive measures, such as MASKS. Harrison County has many people who don’t or won’t wear masks. Recent visitors from Austin were incredulous that  many people were not wearing masks when out and about downtown. Stores did not check temperatures or insist that customers be masked in order to shop in their stores. Naturally, cautious people avoid shopping in Marshall if they can. We must remain vigilant and carefully evaluate the illness that the “Mutants” might cause now and in the future. It will be difficult to reach “herd immunity” when only 2.2% of Harrison County citizens have been vaccinated? 

The Pandemic Is Receding in the Worst Hotspots. Will It Last?

(J. Harris: Good NYT general article with brief world wide review of diminished Covid cases and why.)

Early High-Titer Plasma Therapy to Prevent Severe Covid-19 in Older Adults

(J. Harris: We saw a brief summary of this a couple of days ago. We also have a chart which is a new way to present data to the public with a medical article.)

“RESULTS

A total of 160 patients underwent randomization. In the intention-to-treat population, severe respiratory disease developed in 13 of 80 patients (16%) who received convalescent plasma and 25 of 80 patients (31%) who received placebo (relative risk, 0.52; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.29 to 0.94; P=0.03), with a relative risk reduction of 48%. A modified intention-to-treat analysis that excluded 6 patients who had a primary end-point event before infusion of convalescent plasma or placebo showed a larger effect size (relative risk, 0.40; 95% CI, 0.20 to 0.81). No solicited adverse events were observed.

CONCLUSIONS

Early administration of high-titer convalescent plasma against SARS-CoV-2 to mildly ill infected older adults reduced the progression of Covid-19….”

Repurposed Antiviral Drugs for Covid-19 — Interim WHO Solidarity Trial Results

“CONCLUSIONS

These remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, and interferon regimens had little or no effect on hospitalized patients with Covid-19, as indicated by overall mortality, initiation of ventilation, and duration of hospital stay.

“Here Is What Happened To Me Six Months After Recovering From COVID-19

(J. Harris: Sequlae to a mild case of Covid in an understandably confused patient.)

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