CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –11/17/2021
FROM HOPKINS SELECTIONS:
(J. Harris: More extensive review of the European situation that we had a few days back)
AUSTRIA LOCKDOWN On November 15, Austria implemented increased COVID-19 restrictions on unvaccinated individuals that resemble “lockdown” measures implemented early in the pandemic. Last week, Austria announced that negative tests would no longer be permitted as a substitute for vaccination or proof of prior infection required for individuals to enter many public spaces, including restaurants and Christmas markets, or for gatherings of more than 25 people. But the new measures take the protective measures a step further by restricting unvaccinated individuals to their homes except for essential activities such as grocery shopping and going to work. Reportedly, police can perform “spot checks” to verify individuals’ documentation of vaccination or prior infection, and individuals who violate the restrictions could be fined up to €1,450 (US$1,660). The new policies essentially implement restrictions similar to the “lockdowns” previously implemented across Europe, but they will apply only to individuals aged 12 years and older who are not fully vaccinated or recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection. The affected population constitutes approximately 2 million individuals nationwide.
Austria’s full vaccination coverage is approximately 65%. This is currently lower than many central and western European countries but higher than both the European average and the US. Like multiple other European countries, Austria is in the midst of its largest surge to date. At more than 11,000 new cases per day, the daily incidence is already 50% higher than Austria’s previous record and increasing rapidly. The daily incidence has increased by a factor of 6 since mid-October and a factor of 170 since early July. On a per capita basis, Austria’s daily incidence ranks #3 globally. Austria’s daily mortality is also accelerating on a concerning trajectory. Austria is currently averaging 33 deaths per day, which is essentially equal to its second highest peak (April 2021).
In addition to Austria, several other countries in Europe are strengthening COVID-19 restrictions in response to the current surge. Multiple European countries, particularly across the central portion of the continent, are facing their most severe surges to date. Like Austria, several German states are eliminating negative tests as an option to eat indoors at restaurants or bars, which limits those spaces to individuals who are fully vaccinated or recovered from prior infection. The Netherlands is reportedly reinstating a nationwide “partial lockdown” for 3 weeks, which will mandate that nonessential businesses close at 6pm and essential businesses (eg, supermarkets) and restaurants close at 8pm. Additionally, the restrictions limit large indoor gatherings, such as at sporting events and museums. The Netherlands also reinstated a mask mandate on November 6 for public spaces where individuals are not required to show their COVID-19 entry pass, including public transit, retail shops, and colleges and universities.
2. HEART INFLAMMATION France and Germany joined Finland, Norway, and Sweden in recommending that the Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccine not be used for individuals under the age of 30 due to increased risk of myocarditis in that age group. Denmark has similarly recommended against offering the vaccine to individuals under the age of 18. French authorities recently emphasized, however, that vaccine effectiveness was slightly higher for the Moderna vaccine than for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and the Moderna product should be preferentially utilized for individuals aged 30 years or older. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has authorized the Moderna vaccine for use in individuals aged 12 years and older.
From The New York Times:
How Will We Live if Covid Is Here to Stay?
Rather than debate how to end the pandemic, we need to debate how to live with it.
TOMORROW: GET $50.00 TO TAKE A COVID VACCINE IF YOU QUALIFY
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