CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/15/2021

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/15/2021

DAILY CASES/100,000 POPULATION. EAST TEXAS LOOKS SICKLY(NYT)

(J. Harris: As the counts creep up in SD, I hope all those nice bikers who went to Sturgis in mid Aug. got home alright. )

HARRISON COUNTY VACCINATIONS REMAIN INFREQUENT (NYT):

FROM HOPKINS CITED ARTICLES:

1. Investigation of an Outbreak of COVID-19 in a French Nursing Home With Most Residents Vaccinated (JAMA Network Open) We report an outbreak of COVID-19 in a French nursing home where most residents had been fully vaccinated with the BNT162b2 vaccine. This cohort study’s findings suggest that an outbreak of COVID-19 can occur among fully vaccinated NH residents. The study found evidence of transmission among vaccinated residents, but few individuals who were infected developed severe disease and 1 patient, who was unvaccinated, died. Moreover, these outcomes occurred in a setting in which approximately 30% of staff members were vaccinated.

2. ENGLAND VACCINE PASSPORTS England has abandoned its previously announced plan to implement a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine passport program by the end of this month that would have required people to show proof of vaccination to enter the country’s nightclubs and certain other crowded venues, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC on September 12. The announcement was made following opposition from some members of Parliament as well as representatives of the hospitality industry, who said such a program would create a burden for businesses and infringe on residents’ rights. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Secretary Javid said the government decided against the passports after “properly” looking at the issue and determining other factors could help keep COVID-19 incidence down, including high vaccine uptake, testing, surveillance, and treatments…

3. COVID-19 IN GORILLAS Several western lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta have tested positive for the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 after employees of the zoo noticed some members of the gorilla population exhibiting symptoms such as coughing, nasal discharge, decreased appetite, and decreased activity. A total of 20 gorillas live in 4 troops at the zoo, and officials said that 18 of them were experiencing varying degrees of symptoms. Sam Rivera, Senior Director of Animal Health for Zoo Atlanta, said the gorillas are receiving the best care possible and that at-risk members of the population are being treated with monoclonal antibodies. The gorillas will be provided with the Zoetis SARS-CoV-2 vaccine specifically designed for animals when they recover. Zoo Atlanta also announced plans to vaccinate their Bornean orangutan, Sumatran orangutan, African lion, and clouded leopard populations. 

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.

A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

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