CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 02/24/2021

What are our local and county wide plans to help people get vaccinated? Who has the plan? When does it start. Only 2.2% of county people are vaccinated. The state average is 4.9% vaccinated. (Gregg 4.1%, Smith 6.0%).The vaccines are safe and work very well. The few people who sick despite having been vaccinated are rarely sick enough to require hospitalization! We are making progress, but locally, we are falling behind the rest of the area counties and the state. Encouragine and implementing vaccinations is now a LOCAL PROBLEM. Let’s get rolling. 

Good News from the CDC, cited by Hopkins:

“The US CDC reported 27.94 million total cases and 497,415 deaths. Daily incidence continues to fall sharply in the US, now down to fewer than 65,000 new cases per day—the lowest average since October 23, 2020…As daily COVID-19 incidence and mortality continue to decrease in the US, so do hospitalizations. According to data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project, current hospitalizations nationwide are down to 55,403, a decrease of 58% from the peak on January 6…The official CDC data track the number of new hospitalizations per day (ie, as opposed to current hospitalizations). New hospitalizations peaked on January 6, with an average of 16,536 per day. Since then, new daily hospitalizations have declined steadily, down to 6,417—a decrease of more than 60% from the peak. The current average is more than 20% less than the previous week.”

Experimental infection of domestic dogs and cats with SARS-CoV-2: Pathogenesis, transmission, and response to reexposure in cats

“…This manuscript describes a pilot study in which domestic cats and dogs were assessed for their susceptibility to infection. While neither species developed clinical disease in this study, cats shed infectious virus for up to 5 d and infected naive cats via direct contact, while dogs do not appear to shed virus. Cats that were reinfected with SARS-CoV-2 mounted an effective immune response and did not become reinfected. These studies have important implications for animal health and suggest that cats may be a good model for vaccine development.”

(J. Harris: Other studies mentioned in this article show dogs can also become infected and shed viruses.)

Cited by Becker’s:

1. Americans may still need to wear face masks in 2022, Anthony Fauci, MD, said during a Feb. 21 interview on CNN’s State of the Union. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the U.S. may reach “a significant degree of normality” by the end of 2021, but did not rule out the possibility of masks being needed next year.

2. The FDA issued an alert about the accuracy of pulse oximeters Feb. 19. The agency said pulse oximeter readings can be affected by multiple factors, including skin pigmentation, skin thickness, poor circulation, skin temperature, tobacco use and fingernail polish. 

HOPKINS SUGGESTS:

Smiths Detection’s BioFlesh system capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2 in the air

Prospective mapping of viral mutations that escape antibodies used to treat COVID-19 (J. Harris: Unfortunately some of the mutants are already circulating.)

VISUALIZING CASKETS FROM NEW YORK TO INDIANAPOLIS

By Debra Adams Simmons, HISTORY Executive Editor, (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

“How do you process a number as staggering as 500,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States…The number is 25 percent more than the U.S. military death toll in World War II. It would be like imagining every person in a city the size of Atlanta had been lost. Or every postal service worker. This unimaginable number, 500,000, translates into 645 miles of caskets spread end to end…”

A Vaccination against the Pandemic of Misinformation

“Has our nation’s suboptimal education weakened the prefrontal cortex of our American brain, thus leaving us susceptible to false beliefs? Low educational attainment is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, suggesting that high educational attainment is associated with fostering neuroanatomical conditions that protect our brain from the pathophysiologic changes of Alzheimer’s disease. This remarkable scientific finding supports the idea that high-quality education and science literacy physiologically and functionally strengthen the brain, protecting us from the threat of false beliefs during times of uncertainty and crisis.”

(J. Harris: This is a provocative Scientific American article of interest to educational advocates as well as to those who just can’t believe the number of modern Americans whose thoughtlessness, unmasked by the pandemic, might provoke Shakespear’s lament: “Lord what fools these mortals be…”)

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