Pfizer says its antiviral pill can vastly reduce hospitalizations and death.

”…The antiviral pill is the second of its kind to demonstrate efficacy against Covid. It appears to be more effective than a similar offering from Merck, which is awaiting federal authorization….Pfizer’s pill, which will be sold under the brand name Paxlovid, cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 89 percent when given within three days of the start of symptoms…Pfizer said an independent board of experts monitoring its clinical trial had recommended that the study be stopped early because the drug’s benefit to patients had proved so convincing. The company said that it planned to submit the data as soon as possible to the Food and Drug Administration to seek authorization for the pill to be used in the United States.

Jennifer Hancock, RN, BSN  

Executive Director – Marshall-Harrison County Health District

Marshall Harrison County Health District(MHCHD) has confirmed that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will have the Pfizer pediatric COVID 19 vaccine available at our community COVID 19 vaccine clinic from 9 am – 2 pm, Tuesday Nov. 9.  

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. 

Parents of pediatric patients (ages 5-11) wanting to get the COVID 19 vaccine for their child should call the MHCHD at (903)938-8338 to schedule an appointment for the clinic on Nov. 9.

Europe is the epicenter again

The W.H.O. said that Europe could experience half a million Covid-related deaths in the next three months…

The region is reporting near-record levels of infections, and the rate of new daily cases has almost doubled since September…“Europe is back at the epicenter of the pandemic — where we were one year ago…New reported cases reached a record high in Germany on Wednesday, when the nation recorded 33,949 new infections in a 24-hour period. Only 67 percent of the country is fully vaccinated, and the health minister warned of a massive “pandemic mainly among the unvaccinated…And in Trieste, Italy, protests against the country’s health pass — the toughest and most expansive in Europe — spawned a worrying outbreak. The city’s struggle shows how an unvaccinated minority can still threaten the greater public health — and also how difficult it can be to change their minds.

Immune Response of Neonates Born to Mothers Infected With SARS-CoV-2

”Our study results cannot explain why neonates are protected from SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, by studying the mother-infant dyad in the unique “immunologic” condition of pregnancy, we offer a new strategy used by the mother’s immune system to help transition the newborn from a state of immunologic dependence to a state of immunologic self-sufficiency. Although the maternal immune system provides protection to the newborn through the transfer of maternal antibodies, there is also evidence that the fetus may already be exposed to antigenic stimuli during pregnancy34 and through exposure in utero to maternal antigens (active immune protection).35 Here, we showed that this process of priming the developing immune system continues after birth via breastmilk through the transmission of immunogenic immune complexes. It was previously known that breastfeeding protects infants against infections via the transfer of maternal sIgA, anti-inflammatory factors, and immunologically active cells. Our results now suggest that breastmilk may also contribute by triggering the function and development of the neonatal immune system by active immunization.”


”…The results of this study highlight several societal and medical issues. First, pulse oximeters are inadequately tested or calibrated in hospitalized patients, despite often being the intended population. Second, a 2% accuracy range (4% total) is too wide at low blood oxygenation levels, and third, pulse oximeters are insufficiently tested across different racial and ethnic groups prior to approval by the FDA. As the results of this study demonstrate, this combination has unintended negative health outcomes. By providing a data-driven approach to identify hidden hypoxemia using pulse oximetry, this study is a step toward greater health care equity…”

COVID-19 vaccination rates up in 45 states, down in 5

(J. Harris: Texas is up 51 %.)

People Who Believe in COVID-19 Conspiracies More Likely to Catch Virus: Study

”…“One basic property of conspiracy theories is that they are consequential: Even if a conspiracy theory is extremely implausible according to logic or scientific evidence, if it seems real to a perceiver, it has a genuine impact on attitudes, emotions, and behavior,” the study authors wrote…They found that conspiracy beliefs predicted an increased likelihood of violating coronavirus regulations, experiencing social rejection, having economic problems such as job loss or reduced income, and having lower overall well-being. Most of the effects generalized to a broader susceptibility to conspiracy theories or a conspiracy mentality overall…’

(J. Harris: Especially true in smart-alecky Tomatoes named Milton.) 


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