CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –1/2/2022

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –1/2/2022

Editor’s Comment:
Please wish our aging Doctor a Happy Birthday!

OCTOGENARIAN ISSUE:

[Marshall News Messenger] Local Walmart pharmacies to dispense authorized COVID-19 antiviral medication

Prescription-only, drive in pick-up. I am unsure about which locations are stocked. J. Harris

NO ONE IS COUNTING COVID CASES DURING THE HOLIDAY. GOOD COUNTS WILL LIKELY BE OUT MONDAY AFTERNOON AND TUESDAY. I EXPECT THEM TO BE ELEVATED AS TO NUMBERS ILL, BUT I EXPECT THAT THE HOSPITAL COUNTS WON’T BE AS CROWDED AS LAST YEAR? THE NYT CHART BELOW HASN’T CHANGED MUCH IN 3 DAYS. 

The Doctor’s Oldest Tool by Elvin H. Geng, M.D., M.P.H.

(J. Harris: A nice article written by a working doctor regarding Trust. I took the liberty of slight rearrangement.)

“…I can independently evaluate and confirm the science. I am part of a “chain of trust” in a social system that has treated me fairly and generously…I believe what my [research] colleagues say because of my proximity to their experience: I work with people like the scientists who conducted the earliest studies, and I know them to be generally honorable and credible…public health and medicine have struggled with public dissent over social distancing, masking, and now vaccination. Covid denialism, like AIDS denialism, reveals that many of doctors’ assumptions are incorrect. We overestimate the value of reasoning and facts. We believe in our clinical authority. We expect patients to behave rationally. But we all develop our beliefs through interactions with other people — what you believe depends on whom you trust…But if acceptance of Covid vaccines and other evidence-based interventions depends on trust, then doctors have one important card to play. Primary care doctors in particular can know our patients as people, their needs and wants, their preferences and idiosyncrasies, sometimes their fears and hopes. But even hospitalists who round on a patient for several days form a bond. No disembodied message (even if crafted by marketing experts) can compete with someone you know who will pull up a chair. Even though the pandemic has pushed those in our profession to our emotional and professional limits, one of our oldest tools may turn out to be one of our best: talking with patients. By getting to know patients’ stories, and perhaps letting them know ours, we might be able to add a link to the chain of trust, even if it is a single one, and collectively these conversations may be one potential remedy for the afflicted social fabric of our times…”

Effect of Colchicine vs Usual Care Alone on Intubation and 28-Day Mortality in Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19

This randomized clinical trial found that colchicine did not significantly reduce the need for mechanical ventilation or 28-day mortality in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia.This randomized clinical trial found that colchicine did not significantly reduce the need for mechanical ventilation or 28-day mortality in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia.

Questions Remain About Who Will Get Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID-19 Preexposure Prophylaxis

”…The FDA authorized AZD7442, which is administered in 2 intramuscular injections, 1 of tixagevimab and 1 of cilgavimab, for 2 groups of people:

Those whose medical condition or immunosuppressive therapy has left them with a moderate to severely compromised immune system that might not adequately respond to COVID-19 vaccination. They might be receiving treatment for solid tumor or blood cancers, immunosuppressive therapy to prevent rejection of a solid organ transplant, or chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)–T cell therapy, according to the FDA’s AZD7442 fact sheet for clinicians….Individuals who’ve had severe reactions to a COVID-19 vaccine or its components and, therefore, can’t get fully vaccinated.

DAN REEVES DIES OF DEMENTIA

Lest anyone think I have lost interest in brain damage due to tackle football, I include an almost unbelievable list of former players, both living and dead, who had, probably had, or think they have dementia due to tackle football. Show it to your grandson when he’s trying to decide if he wants to play tackle. It is more likely than not that most of these players played tackle football when they were very young. 

List of NFL players with chronic traumatic encephalopathy

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