CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –10/30/2021

If you want a massive infusion of optimism, drive out to ETBU just after sunset and have a look at the stunning campus and entire neighborhood. Anytime. If you go tonight, Saturday, there is an outdoor children’s play on the north side. Bring a chair and a sweater and a little dog food if you can manage it for your entrance ticket to the play. The campus looks better than the SMU campus. (And I know.) The lighting of the entire campus is both functional and esthetically pleasing. The landscaping is immaculate. The multiple buildings including student and faculty housing are elegant, appropriate, and well maintained. Incidentally, the view of the Hilltop Campus from the 8th floor of The Marshall Grand and its nursing school clearly demonstrates just how near and dear ETBU is to downtown Marshall. 

Evaluation of a COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign and SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Mortality Among Adults Aged 60 Years And Older in a Middle-Income Country

”…The present analysis shows that the pragmatic implementation of a vaccination plan including 3 different vaccine options in older adults in the City of Buenos Aires was associated with a significant reduction in documented COVID-19 infection and death from any cause as well as death presumably associated with COVID-19. These results suggest the need to implement mass vaccination strategies with the vaccines that each country has available in the shortest possible time….

TESTING NOTE: “People tested and reported to the national data system overwhelmingly do so because of suspected disease based on symptoms and not on population-based screening.’

(J. Harris: In a lower income population in Argentina, “Brand X” vaccines, especially when given in more that one dose, WORKED WELL.)

Contact and SARS-CoV-2 Infections Among College Football Athletes in the Southeastern Conference During the COVID-19 Pandemic

”…We report low SARS-CoV-2 interteam transmission risk in college football when rigorous and multipronged protection strategies were implemented, suggesting game play during a pandemic did not seed outbreaks across jurisdictions. Despite 12% of athletes testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, only 18 had competed during the preceding 48 hours, and no downstream infections to members of the opposing team were apparent. Actual contacts were exceedingly brief, even when accumulated over an entire game. In-game close contact was rare, not associated with SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and no CDC defined close contact exposures were observed….”

F.D.A. Clears First Coronavirus Vaccine for Young Children

(J. Harris: Vaccine should be available in doctors offices by week of 8 Nov.

SEVERAL TIMELY HOPKINS ARTICLES:

1. Children Drive Britain’s Longest-Running Covid Surge (New York Times) Britain is once again at the peak of a coronavirus surge, just over three months after all coronavirus restrictions were lifted on what Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed as “Freedom Day.” Cases have stayed at high levels since then, with more than 20,000 new cases recorded each day. There are almost 9,000 Britons hospitalized with Covid-19 — the highest level since March, when the United Kingdom was in the midst of a long national lockdown. Unlike the rises and falls of previous periods of infection, the most recent wave shows the positive impact of Britain’s vaccination rollout: Far fewer Covid hospital admissions and deaths have followed the rise in cases than in previous waves. Still, health experts contend that the ongoing hospitalizations and deaths are burdening overstretched hospitals and could be reduced with basic measures.

2. Community Transmission And Viral Load Kinetics Of The SARS-CoV-2 Delta (B.1.617.2) Variant In Vaccinated And Unvaccinated Individuals In The UK: A Prospective, Longitudinal, Cohort Study (The Lancet) The SARS-CoV-2 delta (B.1.617.2) variant is highly transmissible and spreading globally, including in populations with high vaccination rates. We aimed to investigate transmission and viral load kinetics in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals with mild delta variant infection in the community. Between Sept 13, 2020, and Sept 15, 2021, 602 community contacts (identified via the UK contract-tracing system) of 471 UK COVID-19 index cases were recruited to the Assessment of Transmission and Contagiousness of COVID-19 in Contacts cohort study and contributed 8145 upper respiratory tract samples from daily sampling for up to 20 days. Household and non-household exposed contacts aged 5 years or older were eligible for recruitment if they could provide informed consent and agree to self-swabbing of the upper respiratory tract.

3. What Is The Vaccine Effect On Reducing Transmission In The Context Of The SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant? (The Lancet) COVID-19 vaccines that have obtained WHO emergency use listing appear to have high efficacy against severe disease and death, but lower efficacy against non-severe infections, and emerging evidence suggests that protection against non-severe disease declines faster following vaccination than that against severe disease and death. What is less clear is whether vaccination not only directly protects individuals but reduces the risk of infection among the contacts of vaccinated people, particularly with respect to the now dominant delta variant. Before the emergence of the delta variant, it was reported that after at least one dose of the mRNA vaccine by Pfizer or the adenoviral vector vaccine by Astra Zeneca, the risk of symptomatic cases in household contacts of vaccinated cases was about 50% lower than that among household contacts of unvaccinated cases.

From Becker:

Coronavirus can infect inner ear, study finds

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

MORE MAN V WOMAN:

     You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache… You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier!

     Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck. You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.

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