CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/9/2021

GOOD NEWS:

EXCELLENT CALIFORNIA COVID SUMMARY: READABLE AND SURPRISING

(J. Harris: Interesting comparisons of the Covid situation in the various geographic areas of CA including the northernmost portions which are “the East Texas of California.”)

Scientists Find Genetic Link to Loss of Smell Among COVID-19 Patients

FROM HOPKINS SELECTIONS:

1. Characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Israeli Children During the Circulation of Different SARS-CoV-2 Variants (JAMA Network Open) Since December 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant has been spreading in Israel, and by January or February 2021 it quickly became the predominant circulating strain; concomitantly, a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign was launched. We compared the characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 spread in children in 2 periods when different variants were circulating. 

‘…These results demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 spread more effectively and more rapidly among young children during the time of B.1.1.7 [DELTA] variant circulation in Israel. Transmission rates from children aged 0 to 9 years to other contacts were doubled during the time of B.1.1.7 circulation in Israel. However, hospitalization rates among children decreased. The latter finding is supported by studies in adults reporting increased contagiousness of the B.1.1.7 strain but not necessarily with increased severity.”

2. Pediatric Cases Surge in U.S. as Students Head Back to School (Washington Post) It’s back-to-school week for many families in the United States — just as coronavirus cases surge among children and teens. Weekly pediatric coronavirus cases surpassed 250,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to the most recent data published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Its data shows that more than a quarter of weekly reported coronavirus cases in the United States were among children for the week ending Sept. 2. And while most pediatric cases are not severe, nearly 2,400 children were hospitalized nationwide with covid-19 in the seven days ending Tuesday — more than ever before, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.

 The pandemic’s toll on educators has made Texas’ teacher shortage worse

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

CAN’T GET UP TO VOTE?
YOU MAY HAVE ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION

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