CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –11/16/2021

I have had some technical problems for a couple of days, largely due to obsolescence (mine).

Navigating Thanksgiving Gatherings.

”…Going forward, part of living with Covid will mean doing these sorts of on-the-spot calculations to assess risk. It sounds difficult, but it’s the kind of mental calculus that comes naturally with more familiar dangers…

Think about winter driving. We know that thousands of people are injured or killed each year on icy roads, but we don’t stay home all winter. We check the forecast and whether the roads have been plowed. We make sure our cars and tires are in good condition, and then we buckle our seatbelts and hit the road to shop for groceries, go to school or see family for the holidays…Assessing risk for Covid will be similar and, eventually, just as natural…

It starts with staying aware of local Covid conditions, like hospitalizations and vaccination rates, and avoiding crowds and high-risk gatherings where we don’t know the vaccination status of others. We’ll wear masks when needed and use rapid home tests to keep gatherings Covid-free. And anyone who is sneezing or coughing should always stay home.

Comparative Effectiveness of an Automated Text Messaging Service for Monitoring COVID-19 at Home

”Enrollment of outpatients with COVID-19 in an automated remote monitoring service was associated with reduced mortality, potentially explained by more frequent telemedicine encounters and more frequent and earlier presentation to the ED.”

(J. Harris: I also suspect peace of mind also helped the patients? Being sick and alone in a world overcrowded with the sick and dying must be horrifying. Suddenly, family, friends, previous doctors and health care workers, and affluence mean nothing. ”Please take a number.”) 

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

THERE ARE DAYS WHEN YOU’RE THE STATUE…

AND THERE ARE DAYS WHEN YOU’RE THE PIGEON.

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