CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 05/21/2021

HELLO: I am happy to report that my Norwegian housekeeper is almost ready to pirouette on her new hip. I have also learned that nursing is more time-consuming as well as more physically and emotionally difficult than doctoring.

 The article below discusses current nursing needs:

Patient safety: the value of the nurse

“…The nursing profession has never been more visible, thrust into the spotlight of the COVID-19 pandemic. This focus has not only brought gratitude and fleeting displays of public support for so-called health-care heroes, but also vulnerability for patients and nurses alike. 1 The importance of a competent, confident, and credentialled nurse has never been more crucial, yet in many settings, a robust nursing workforce and a safe health system are elusive…The devastation witnessed in the elder care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic is a clear signal of the challenges of staffing and workforce composition.9 Further workforce studies in community and primary care settings are urgently needed….Building a robust nursing workforce is inextricably linked to patient outcomes and should be central to health services planning.

The above data reflects only a slight increase in area Covid cases. 

Consumer Views on Using Digital Data for COVID-19 Control in the United States

Conclusions and Relevance  In this survey study of US adults, many were averse to their information being used on digital platforms to mitigate transmission of COVID-19. These findings suggest that in current and future pandemics, public health departments should use multiple strategies to gain public trust and accelerate the adoption of tools such as digital contact tracing applications.

(J. Harris: We need to be able to test, track, trace and “tie up” (quarantine) to stop the next pandemic. Of interest, during the last Yello Fever epidemic, some citizens of Harrison County blocked the roads from Shreveport to keep those folks out since LA was where most of the cases were coming from.)

Incident SARS-CoV-2 Infection among mRNA-Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Nursing Home Residents

Across all the study groups, most infections were asymptomatic, and the incidence of both asymptomatic and symptomatic infections decreased. Nursing homes that were located in counties with the highest incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection had the most incident cases but still had large decreases (Table S2). We observed inconsistent patterns in the incidence of infection among residents relative to rates of vaccination among staff members (Table S3).

These findings show the real-world effectiveness of the mRNA vaccines in reducing the incidence of asymptomatic and symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections in a vulnerable nursing home population. Our observation of a reduced incidence of infection among unvaccinated residents suggests that robust vaccine coverage among residents and staff, together with the continued use of face masks and other infection-control measures, is likely to afford protection for small numbers of unvaccinated residents in congregate settings. Still, the continued observation of incident cases after vaccination highlights the critical need for ongoing vaccination programs and surveillance testing in nursing homes to mitigate future outbreaks.

Incident SARS-CoV-2 Infection among mRNA-Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Nursing Home Residents

Across all the study groups, most infections were asymptomatic, and the incidence of both asymptomatic and symptomatic infections decreased. Nursing homes that were located in counties with the highest incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection had the most incident cases but still had large decreases (Table S2). We observed inconsistent patterns in the incidence of infection among residents relative to rates of vaccination among staff members (Table S3).

These findings show the real-world effectiveness of the mRNA vaccines in reducing the incidence of asymptomatic and symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections in a vulnerable nursing home population. Our observation of a reduced incidence of infection among unvaccinated residents suggests that robust vaccine coverage among residents and staff, together with the continued use of face masks and other infection-control measures, is likely to afford protection for small numbers of unvaccinated residents in congregate settings. Still, the continued observation of incident cases after vaccination highlights the critical need for ongoing vaccination programs and surveillance testing in nursing homes to mitigate future outbreaks.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for Pennsylvania health system

“Philadelphia’s six-hospital University of Pennsylvania Health System will make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all employees and clinical staff, the health system said May 19. .. employees and clinical staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by no later than Sept. 1. New hires must provide proof of at least one dose two weeks before beginning work. There are exemptions for medical or religious reasons, similar to the health system’s long-standing flu vaccine policy…”As an institution grounded in the science and art of healthcare, we believe it is imperative for the University of Pennsylvania Health System to take the lead in requiring employee vaccinations to protect our patients and staff and to set an example to the broader community as we work together to end the COVID-19 pandemic,” the health system said…As of May 19, all University of Pennsylvania Health System employees and clinical staff have been offered the vaccine, and more than 33,000 of them (nearly 70 percent) are fully vaccinated…”Evidence is clear that COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be very safe and highly effective at preventing transmission, hospitalizations and death from the virus,” the health system said. “The transformational mRNA technology discoveries at Penn which laid a foundation for the first COVID-19 vaccines are a tremendous point of pride, which further buoys our confidence in the science that is now being deployed to save lives across the globe.”

And Last but not Leased:

The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.

IF BARBIE IS SO POPULAR, WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BUY HER FRIENDS?

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