CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 08/23/2021

MNM LOCAL MAN PRODUCES ADVANCED COVID TEST KITS:

mLife Diagnostics of Marshall offers non-invasive oral COVID-19 testing kit as school begins

Health officials warn people not to treat Covid with a drug meant for livestock.

(J. Harris: Ranchers have this stuff if large tubes to worm cattle. I have heard that some people are trying it on humans. Don’t do that if you value your liver. If you do, at least you won’t be wormy when you die.)

As Chinese Vaccines Stumble, U.S. Finds New Opening in Asia

”…In July, a virologist at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok said a study of people who had received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine showed that their level of antibodies, 70 percent, was “barely efficacious” against the Alpha variant of the coronavirus, first detected in Britain, or against the Delta variant, first detected in India….Few places benefited from China’s vaccine diplomacy as much as Southeast Asia, a region of more than 650 million that has struggled to secure doses from Western drugmakers. Several of these countries have recorded some of the fastest-growing number of cases in the world, underscoring the desperate need for inoculations….Half a year in, however, that campaign has lost some of its luster. Officials in several countries have raised doubts about the efficacy of Chinese vaccines, especially against the more transmissible Delta variant. Indonesia, which was early to accept Chinese shots, was recently the epicenter of the virus. Others have complained about the conditions that accompanied Chinese donations or sales…”

The F.D.A. is aiming to give full approval to Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine on

 Monday, according to people familiar with the agency’s planning.

FROM BECKER:

1. Daily COVID-19 cases up 1,042% from 2021 low: 11 CDC stats to know

(J. Harris: Good simple stats help figure out where we are with Delta.)

NEJM:

1. Confronting Our Next National Health Disaster — Long-Haul Covid

Can you mix and match vaccines? The Post answered your questions on coronavirus booster shots

(J. Harris: Washington Post Covid writers discuss this good question. Right now the answer is “no.”)

HOPKINS’ CITATIONS:

1. Early US Vaccine Efforts may have Prevented 140K COVID Deaths, 3 Million Cases (CIDRAP) The first push of the US COVID-19 vaccination campaign averted an estimated 140,000 deaths and more than 3 million infections by early May, saving $625 billion to $1.4 trillion, suggests an observational study yesterday in Health Affairs. In the first known study to evaluate the effects of state-level vaccination campaigns, a team led by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) researchers modeled the number of COVID-19 deaths that would have occurred from Dec 21, 2020, to May 9, 2021, had it not been for vaccines.

2. Kindergarten or ‘Russian Roulette’? To Some Parents, the Delta Variant and Lax Mask Rules Make Those One and the Same (STAT News) Just two weeks into the school year, 30 classrooms already had reports of exposure to Covid-positive students, district spokesperson Emily Shockley said. And three more classrooms were quarantined because they’d had at least three students in them test positive. Masks are still not required for all. Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends “universal indoor masking” in schools regardless of vaccination status, schools across the country are grappling with mask requirements, including for students under 12 who aren’t yet eligible to receive protective vaccines.

LASTLY:

A buxom man or an ugly woman with a MASK message. Note that he/she is wearing the mask incorrectly:

I picked up a hitchhiker. He asked if I wasn’t afraid, he might be a serial killer? I told him the odds of two serial killers being in the same car were extremely unlikely.

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