CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 04/01/2021

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MORE GREAT NEWS FOR PATIENTS ON ACE INHIBITOR DRUG FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Association Between Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Inhibitors and Clinical Outcomes in Patients With COVID-19

 The study’s findings suggest that ACEIs and ARBs may be associated with protective benefits for patients with COVID-19 and that patients may continue receiving ACEIs and ARBs for the treatment of any condition without an increased risk of worse outcomes unless specifically advised to avoid them by treating clinicians….Conclusions and Relevance  In this systematic review and meta-analysis, receipt of ACEIs or ARBs was not associated with a higher risk of multivariable-adjusted mortality and severe AEs among patients with COVID-19 who had either hypertension or multiple comorbidities, supporting the recommendations of medical societies. On the contrary, ACEIs and ARBs may be associated with protective benefits, particularly among patients with hypertension. Future randomized clinical trials are warranted to establish causality.

(J. Harris: A year ago we looked at some suggestions and undocumented theories that this common group of drugs might make infections with Covid more common or more serious. There were no studies proving this, and, since this group of drugs contains some of the very best and most commonly used and inexpensive drugs for BP control, several good doctors (and I ) recommended patients should continue their medications until scientific studies were reported in the medical literature regarding the drugs or until their personal MD (where they still exist) tell their patients to stop taking the drugs. WELL, THE DRUGS ARE NOT ONLY SAFE, THEY MAY BE PROTECTIVE! THIS IS WHY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IS DONE. KEEP TAKING THESE DRUGS UNLESS YOU DOCTOR TELLS YOU DIFFERENTLY:

From the NYT:

1. Getting One Vaccine Is Good. How About Mix-and-Match?

“…The researchers suspect that the first dose produces a broad range of antibodies that can stick to spots along the length of the spike protein, and that the second dose delivers a big supply of particularly potent antibodies to the tip of the spike. Together, the assortment of antibodies does a better job of stopping the coronavirus…As the number of authorized vaccines grows, the possible combinations in which they can be used will explode…As the number of authorized vaccines grows, the possible combinations in which they can be used will explode.”

(J. Harris: There has been some success with other infections doing this “mix and match.”)

Eastman Foundation awards $125,000 grant to Christus foundation for COVID-19 vaccine hub

FROM BECKER’S CITATIONS:

Why next flu season may be severe

Low levels of flu activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more challenging for experts developing next year’s flu shot to predict which strains will predominate next winter….Without a strong enough vaccine, the U.S. could experience a severe flu season.

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