CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 05/5/2021

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 05/5/2021

WALMART TO OFFER VACCINE (from MNM)

GREAT! You can schedule or walk in. 

TOMORROW MODERNA VACCINE AT WILEY 10-4, PEMBERTON GYM WITH SECOND VACCINE JUNE 3:

SARS-CoV-2 elimination, not mitigation, creates best outcomes for health, the economy, and civil liberties

“…The trade-off between different objectives is at the heart of political decision making. Public health, economic growth, democratic solidarity, and civil liberties are important factors when evaluating pandemic responses. There is mounting evidence that these objectives do not need to be in conflict in the COVID-19 response. Countries that consistently aim for elimination—ie, maximum action to control SARS-CoV-2 and stop community transmission as quickly as possible—have generally fared better than countries that opt for mitigation—ie, action increased in a stepwise, targeted way to reduce cases so as not to overwhelm health-care systems…Evidence suggests that countries that opt for rapid action to eliminate SARS-CoV-2—with the strong support of their inhabitants—also better protect their economies and minimise restrictions on civil liberties compared with those that strive for mitigation. Looking ahead, mass COVID-19 vaccination is key to returning to usual life, but relying solely on COVID-19 vaccines to control the pandemic is risky due to their uneven roll-out and uptake, time-limited immunity, and the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants…With the proliferation of new SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, many scientists are calling for a coordinated international strategy to eliminate SARS-CoV-2….The uncertainty of lockdown timing, duration, and severity will stifle economic growth as businesses withhold investments and consumer confidence deteriorates. Global trade and travel will continue to be affected. Political indecisiveness and partisan policy decisions reduce trust in government. This does not bode well in those countries that have seen a retraction of democracy.17 Meanwhile, countries opting for elimination are likely to return to near normal: they can restart their economies, allow travel between green zones,18 and support other countries in their vaccination campaigns and beyond. The consequences of varying government COVID-19 responses will be long-lasting and extend beyond the end of the pandemic. Early economic and political gains made by countries aiming to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 will probably pay off in the long run…”

J. Harris: Good Lancet article that is worth keeping for future reassurance and support as we dig out of the trenches and fill them in. Let’s don’t ever let another Pandemic sneak upon us.

BIDDEN’S FIRST 100 DAYS COVID/MEDICAL/SCIENTIFIC CHANGES (AND OTHERS) 

Click here to read this report

FROM HOPKINS CITATIONS:

  1. The US CDC reported 32.2 million cumulative cases and 574,220 deaths. Both daily incidence and mortality continue to decrease. Daily incidence is down to 48,164 new cases per day, the lowest average since October 8, 2020. Daily mortality leveled off over the past several days, at approximately 625-650 deaths per day.

Biden announces a strategy change as the pace of vaccination slows

“…As the pace of U.S. vaccination slows, President Biden announced a shift in federal strategy on Tuesday afternoon away from mass vaccination sites to smaller, more local settings in an attempt to boost the campaign to get more shots in arms.

He said that he is directing tens of thousands of pharmacies to offer walk-in appointments for coronavirus vaccine shots, creating more pop-up and mobile clinics and shipping more doses to rural clinics, all aimed at vaccinating 70 percent of American adults at least partially by July 4.

Senior health officials have decided that herd immunity — the point at which the virus dies out for lack of hosts to transmit it — will likely remain elusive. But if 70 percent of the population is at least partially vaccinated, the nation can keep gradually removing restrictions that impede normal life, one senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity at a briefing for reporters.”

What researchers learned analyzing COVID-19 mortality rates at 107 hospitals

The death rate for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the U.S. fell 38 percent between March and May of 2020, but did not continue to significantly decrease through the fall, according to a study published May 3 in JAMA Network Open.

For the study, researchers analyzed data on 20,736 adults with COVID-19 admitted to 107 hospitals in 31 states between March and November of 2020. 

In March and April, the overall in-hospital mortality rate was 19.1 percent. This figure fell to 11.9 percent in May and June, before tapering off at 10.8 percent from September through November. 

While there were small changes in the patient population over the study period — including a slight decrease in age and a higher proportion of women — mortality rates decreased even after researchers adjusted for factors including age, sex, comorbodiidies and COVID-19 disease severity. 

“Our findings suggest that the decline in mortality could be due to overloaded hospitals and changes in treatment,” said lead author Gregory Roth, an associate professor of medicine at the  University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle.

“Further analysis is needed to understand the drivers more precisely, but it speaks to a crucial need for information-sharing and identifying hospital best practices that can prevent mortality rates from increasing again, particularly during possible future waves of COVID-19 infections,” he added.

(J. Harris: So this disease that could largely be prevented by vaccines, kills 10-20% of those hospitalized with the infection!)

Olympics in Japan Where only 2% of Population is Vaccinated

J. Harris: Good read. They have closed borders, wear masks, avoid crowds, and test often. I would be willing to bet the Olympics brings them increased Covid despite their cooperative and intelligent population and ability to test and track Covid. 

Japan should cut its losses and tell the IOC to take its Olympic pillage elsewhere (An opinion piece from the Washington Post)

An Last but not Leased:

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with!

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