CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 03/26/2021

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 03/26/2021

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT FARM CITY WEEK IN MARSHALL, TEXAS?  

They didn’t have it last year!     

From the current photos in the MNM, the participants, families, and buyers were young, healthy-looking people elbow to elbow in the crowds.  Likely, most of them are not vaccinated — yet. Of course, few if any wore masks. No sweat. We’re bulletproof in East Texas. A little virus isn’t going to shut us down. Country folks aren’t SuperSpreaders. Besides, most of the sick old folks are already dead.)

Local rotary club signs up almost 200 community members for COVID-19 vaccine

Despite CDC changes, Longview-area schools keeping COVID-19 distancing guidelines

Pre-existing conditions are associated with COVID-19 patients’ hospitalization, despite confirmed clearance of SARS-CoV-2 virus

This study shows that hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were re-admitted to the hospital following confirmed viral clearance of SARS-CoV-2 had higher rates of pre-existing conditions including: acute kidney injury, anemia, and cardiac arrhythmias. This suggests that these pre-existing conditions may be risk factors for the post-clearance complications of COVID-19 which require hospitalization.

Hopkins Cited:

1. New SARS-CoV-2 Variants — Clinical, Public Health, and Vaccine Implications (New England Journal of Medicine) Three new variants that have rapidly become dominant within their countries have aroused concerns: B.1.1.7, 501Y.V2, and P.1. All three variants have the N501Y mutation, which changes the amino acid asparagine (N) to tyrosine (Y) at position 501 in the receptor-binding domain of the spike protein.Four key concerns stemming from the emergence of the new variants are their effects on viral transmissibility, disease severity, reinfection rates (i.e., escape from natural immunity), and vaccine effectiveness (i.e., escape from vaccine-induced immunity).

2. Few Facts, Millions Of Clicks: Fearmongering Vaccine Stories Go Viral Online

3. ‘Alarm Bells’: Brazil’s COVID-19 Chaos Sparks Fear, Countermeasures from Neighbors (Reuters) Brazil has been so ravaged by coronavirus, including a new and highly contagious home-grown variant known as P1, that Colombia would not permit Brazilian [basketball players] to land on their soil for the Copa America tournament last month. Sports are just the beginning. Brazil’s neighbors and trading partners are taking steps to limit contact with South America’s largest country – and contemplating more draconian ones.

4. The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air

(An air sampler that can diagnosis the presence of Covid in the room air)

Bias in National News Coverage of Covid?

(J. Harris: I read the NYT version of the story, which is a bit startling to those of us whose media reverence, particularly for the written media, goes all the way back to Clark Kent. Good read.)

“About 87 percent of Covid coverage in national U.S. media last year was negative. The share was 51 percent in international media, 53 percent in U.S. regional media and 64 percent in scientific journals…Notably, the coverage was negative in both U.S. media outlets with liberal audiences (like MSNBC) and those with conservative audiences (like Fox News)…[the author] is careful to emphasize that he does not think journalists usually report falsehoods. The issue is which facts they emphasize.

…If we’re constantly telling a negative story, we are not giving our audience the most accurate portrait of reality. We are shading it. We are doing a good job telling you why Covid cases are rising in some places and how the vaccines are imperfect — but not such a good job explaining why cases are falling elsewhere or how the vaccines save lives. Perhaps most important, we are not being clear about which Covid developments are truly alarming…The U.S. media is giving the audience what it wants…In the modern era of journalism — dating roughly to the Vietnam War and Watergate — we tend to equate impact with asking tough questions and exposing problems. There are some good reasons for that. We are inundated by politicians, business executives, movie stars and others trying to portray themselves in the best light. Our job is to cut through the self-promotion and find the truth. If we don’t tell you the bad news, you may never hear it.”

Pfizer begins early-stage study of oral COVID-19 drug 

(J. Harris: Brief mention of all the oral antiCovid medications currently being developed. I expect some of these medications will prove to be helpful — like Tamiflu for Influenza.)

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED: 

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