George Foreman Jr. teams up with lab to offer free COVID-19 testing in Marshall

Texans 50 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting March 15

CDC Interim Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

(J. Harris: A readable article that also briefly discusses immunity variations with mutants.)


1. Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine May Be Made in Italy as Europe Seeks to Expand Options (Washington Post) The backers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine signed a deal Tuesday that could pave the way for production in Italy, a potential major step in Moscow’s efforts to expand its vaccine reach in the West.

(J. Harris: Some sources that I trust has stated that the Russian vaccine appears to work in preventing Covid. I haven’t seen much about the few trials or treatment data, however.)

2. Pregnancy and COVID: What the Data Say (Nature) Now, more than a year into the pandemic, research from groups around the world has shown that pregnant women with COVID-19 are at higher risk of hospitalization and severe disease than are women of the same age who are not pregnant. The rates of severe illness and death are also higher in pregnant women from certain minority racial and ethnic groups than in those in non-minority groups, mirroring the situation in the wider population.

3. Convalescent Plasma Strikes Out As COVID-19 Treatment (NPR) More than half a million Americans have received an experimental treatment for COVID-19 called convalescent plasma. But a year into the pandemic, it’s not clear who, if anyone, benefits from it. That uncertainty highlights the challenges scientists have faced in their attempts to evaluate COVID-19 drugs. (J. Harris: We have seen other studies with the same result. Some wonder if there might be some use for this old, old form of therapy if given very early to outpatient Covid patients.)

FROM HOUSTON DEPT HEALTH: The test results suggest there is “ongoing and uncontrolled community spread” of the more contagious variant, the Houston Health Department said March 8. 

Researchers collected water samples from the city’s 39 wastewater treatment plants Feb. 22. Testing detected the B.1.1.7 variant at 31 treatment plants, up from 21 sites as of Feb. 8.   

In total, 19 percent of wastewater samples collected Feb. 22 detected the U.K. variant. 

“The prevalence of the U.K. variant in our wastewater shows it’s actively spreading in our city,” David Persse, MD, Houston’s CMO, said in a news release. “This is another clear indication that we must continue to mask up, practice social distancing, wash our hands, get tested and get vaccinated when possible.”

The city began testing its wastewater in May 2020 to quickly identify and contain emerging COVID-19 outbreaks.

Lease We Forg0t:

   Basic unit of laryngitis: 1 hoarsepower

   Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement: 1 bananosecond

    Weight an evangelist carries with God: 1 billigram


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