CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 07/20/2021

As a Doctor, May I Refuse to See Unvaccinated Patients?

A federal judge upholds Indiana University’s vaccination requirement for students.

FROM HOPKINS:

1. Cats Are Better Than Dogs (at Catching the Coronavirus) (New York Time) Dr. Ly, a veterinary and biomedical researcher at the University of Minnesota, knew that humans were the primary driver of the pandemic. But he also knew that many people loved to kiss and cuddle their pets, in sickness and in health. He wondered: How transmissible was SARS-CoV-2 to humankind’s best friends? So he pitched an idea to his wife, Yuying Liang, a researcher in the same department who leads the lab with him, to test cats and dogs for antibodies, which would reveal past infection to the virus. The result of those antibody tests, published recently in the journal Virulence, suggest that household cats are more susceptible than dogs to a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The new study supports recent research that it may be “fairly common” in households where people test positive for SARS-CoV-2 for cats and dogs to become infected, too,

2. Assessment of COVID-19–Related Immigration Concerns Among Latinx Immigrants in the US (JAMA Network Open) In this survey study of 336 adult Latinx immigrants in the US, 89 participants (27%) believed that hospital emergency departments provided the only source for COVID-19–related testing or treatment for uninsured immigrants. A total of 106 participants (32%) agreed that using public COVID-19–related testing and treatment services could jeopardize an individual’s immigration prospects; 96 participants (29%) and 114 participants (34%), respectively, would not identify an undocumented household member or coworker during contact tracing. These results suggest that substantial proportions of Latinx immigrants have immigration concerns about engaging in COVID-19–related testing, treatment, and contact tracing.

3.Acceptability of Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination Among Adolescents and Parents of Adolescents — United States, April 15–23, 2021 In April 2021, 52% of unvaccinated adolescents aged 13–17 years and 56% of parents of unvaccinated adolescents aged 12–17 years reported intent for adolescent COVID-19 vaccination. The most common factors that would increase vaccination intent were receiving more information about adolescent COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy. Efforts focusing on effectively communicating the benefits and safety of COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents to the public could help increase adolescent COVID-19 vaccine confidence and vaccination coverage. (CDC MMWR, 7/16/2021)

FROM LANCET:

Impact of the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination on invasive pneumococcal disease and pneumonia in The Gambia: 10 years of population-based surveillance

(J. H. This article proves the efficiency of the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine (s) in preventing “the old man’s friend” — “lobar pneumonia.” This vaccine has been updated and most adult Americans who go to a personal doctor have probably had the new booster in the last two or three years. Have you? 

Efficacy, safety, and lot to lot immunogenicity of an inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (BBV152): a, double-blind, randomised, controlled phase 3 trial 

(J. Harris: This vaccine, aka COVAXIN worked on Delta Variants as we have seen before. )

From Houston Chronicle:

Houston Methodist records first lambda variant as COVID cases double since July 1

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