CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 03/16/2021
(J. Harris: In Texas, ETBU is as safe a university as there is — USA too.)
HOW IS EAST TEXAS LOOKING RIGHT NOW WITH COVID (NYT):
WHEN ARE WE ‘GONNA GET AHEAD OF THE COVID WITH VACCINATIONS (NYT):
1. COVID Antibody Treatments Show Promise for Preventing Severe Disease (Nature) Two clinical trials suggest that specific antibody treatments can prevent deaths and hospitalizations among people with mild or moderate COVID-19 — particularly those who are at high risk of developing severe disease. One study found that an antibody against the coronavirus developed by Vir Biotechnology in San Francisco, California, and GSK, headquartered in London, reduced the chances of hospitalization or death among participants by 85%. In another trial, a cocktail of two antibodies — bamlanivimab and etesevimab, both made by Eli Lilly of Indianapolis, Indiana — cut the risk of hospitalization and death by 87%.
2. Association of Acute Symptoms of COVID-19 and Symptoms of Depression in Adults (JAMA Network Open) Among more than 3900 individuals with prior COVID-19 illness surveyed between May 2020 and January 2021, 52.4% met criteria for moderate or greater symptoms of major depression. In regression models, these symptoms were more likely among younger respondents compared with older respondents and among men compared with women as well as among those with greater self-reported overall COVID-19 severity compared with those with lower severity.
(J. Harris: As we have previously seen, immunocompromised folks as well as those on certain medications to reduce immune response are hard to vaccinate and need to be VERY careful.)
JAMA Livestream (Monday, March 15) Coronavirus Update Coronavirus trends, variants, vaccines, treatment, and more. Michigan Medicine’s Preeti Malani, MD and Emory Healthcare’s Carlos del Rio, MD return to JAMA’s Q&A series to discuss the latest in COVID-19 medicine and public health.
(J. Harris: A 40 minute, understandable tape about vaccines for those who might have vaccine questions or hesitancy. Send it to doubters.)
LAST BUT NOT LEASED: How about a poem by Mr. Moore, from Ft. Worth, Texas. He passed away a couple of years ago. I love his poem.
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