CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 04/30/2021
HELLO: REMEMBER SATURDAY VOTE FOR MISD SCHOOL
“Conclusions and Relevance In a nationwide cohort of infants in Sweden, maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy was significantly associated with small increases in some neonatal morbidities. Given the small numbers of events for many of the outcomes and the large number of statistical comparisons, the findings should be interpreted as exploratory.”
FROM The Lancet:
“….The analysis includes 1 331 993 individuals vaccinated between Dec 8, 2020, and Feb 22, 2021. The authors constructed this comprehensive cohort by linking vaccination, primary care, laboratory testing, hospital admission, and mortality datasets covering 5·4 million people in Scotland…Focusing on 28–34 days after a single dose, the authors report an estimated vaccine effect of 91% (95% CI 85–94) for COVID-19 hospital admissions for BNT162b2 [Pfizer}, and an estimated 88% (75–94) vaccine effect during the same period for ChAdOx1[AstraZeneca].
J. Harris: This is reassuring information and other data showed pretty good prevention starting about a week after receiving the first injection. I must say I feel a little braver after having the second jab, too.
FASCINATING LETTER TO THE NYT EDITOR under “What You’re Doing”
“I’ve read this bit every day for the past year. Now I read about people happily resuming pre-Covid activities, like meeting up with friends and family, socializing, or getting excited to attend concerts and dine out. I can’t at all relate. Pandemic isolation and introspection have been my sanctuary and bliss. After 47 years of feeling uncomfortable in my own skin and making lame excuses for missing social and work networking events, 2020 permitted me to lean into my true introvert. I felt braver and more creative than ever in my remote work. I relished the relief of masks, of not being judged for my appearance, of getting a break from scrutiny about not smiling enough. I loved attending Zoom programs hosted by public libraries and nonprofits nationwide. I mourn the loss of all of this. I dread having to feign sociability again to be accepted in life and at work, acting my way through re-acclimating to the majority’s version of normal.”
— Tara Chhabra, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
(J. Harris: Unpleasant people in the grocery store might still think and say hateful things like “Old fat men shouldn’t wear shorts and T-shirts when out and about,” but masks do provide a comfortable “so what” anonymity.)
FROM HOPKINS CITATIONS:
Airport Traveler Testing Program for SARS-CoV-2 — Alaska, June–November 2020 SARS-CoV-2 testing on arrival in Alaska airports identified 951 SARS-CoV-2 infections, or one per 406 arriving travelers, and might have contributed to Alaska’s low incidence during the summer by reducing opportunities for community transmission at travelers’ destination locations. Posttravel self-quarantine and testing programs might reduce travel-associated SARS-CoV-2 transmission and importation, even without enforcement. Traveler education and community and industry partnerships might help ensure success. (CDC MMWR, 4/23/2021)
COVID-19 Outbreak Associated with a SARS-CoV-2 R.1 Lineage Variant in a Skilled Nursing Facility After Vaccination Program — Kentucky, March 2021 In a COVID-19 outbreak at a Kentucky SNF involving a newly introduced variant to the region, unvaccinated residents and health care personnel (HCP) had 3.0 and 4.1 times the risk of infection as did vaccinated residents and HCP. Vaccine was 86.5% protective against symptomatic illness among residents and 87.1% protective among HCP. (CDC MMWR, 4/21/2021)
J. Harris: It is dangerous and careless and illogical not to prevent Covid with the good vaccines that we have. Fortunately, scientists had been working on the various types of vaccines for similar viruses for many years before this Covid Pandemic, so the vaccine response was fairly quick — thank God.
AND FINALLY: HAVE A GOOD LAUGH AND A PLEASANT WEEKEND
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