CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –1/4/2022

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –1/4/2022

Notice the “COVID PERCENT OF HOSP CAPACITY ” above. Last year, Gov. Abbot ordered a shut down when it reached “15” %. We remain well below that number (which reached about 26%). Area G admissions are up, but not spectacularly so. Thus, I am reasonably sure that we are mostly seeing the Omicron variant rather than Delta. Last year we had a max of 266 patients in G on ventilators. Currently, we have 39. Additionally, in most areas, unvaccinated people, often younger folks, make up most of the hospitalized patients. For a lot of us “mature” folks, it’s time for a 4th jab. The Harrison Cty Health Clinic has Pfizer vaccine.  903 938-8338. Many locals have recently been exposed to Covid, including me and my family — so we are hiding out at present. 

Global Percentage of Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections Among the Tested Population and Individuals With Confirmed COVID-19 Diagnosis (FROM JAMA)

Key Points

Question  What is the percentage of asymptomatic individuals with positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 among tested individuals and those with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis?

Findings  In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 95 unique studies with 29 776 306 individuals undergoing testing, the pooled percentage of asymptomatic infections was 0.25% among the tested population and 40.50% among the population with confirmed COVID-19.

Meaning  The high percentage of asymptomatic infections from this study highlights the potential transmission risk of asymptomatic infections in communities.

”…In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we found that the pooled percentage of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections among the tested population was 0.25%. Among the confirmed population, 40.50% of individuals had asymptomatic infections. The high percentage of asymptomatic infections highlights the potential transmission risk of asymptomatic infections in communities. Screening for asymptomatic infection is required, especially for countries and regions that have successfully controlled SARS-CoV-2. Asymptomatic infections should be under management similar to that for confirmed infections, including isolating and contact tracing….”

ALSO FROM CURRENT JAMA:

Analysis of COVID-19 Vaccine Type and Adverse Effects Following Vaccination

Conclusions

In this real-world cohort, serious COVID-19 vaccine adverse effects were rare, and overall adverse effects were similar to industry and government reports. This independent evaluation enabled the comparison of adverse effects between vaccine manufacturers, noting that adverse effects were more common with mRNA-1273 compared with BNT162b2. Large digital cohort studies may provide a mechanism for independent postmarket surveillance of drugs and devices.

(J. Harris: Reassuring  article wih good graphics and readable conclusions.)

FROM BECKER:

19 healthcare organizations suspending COVID-19 vaccination mandates

2. Michael Dowling: A call for civility and decency

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