J. Harris: A large number of people in area G have tested positive for Covid (Omicron mostly). Likely, even more are sick but untested — some completely without symptoms. However, our area hospitals are not overwhelmed. 

We can all help the situation by playing it safe. Don’t get sick. Don’t take chances. 

Some health advisers to Biden’s transition team call on the administration to change its Covid strategy.

(J. Harris: Important summary article which is easy to read. I agree with most of these proposals. )

Study raises doubts about rapid Covid tests’ reliability in early days after infection

(J. Harris: Short, readable article about false-negative Covid tests.)


”…Doctors are having a hard time getting their hands on the new antiviral pills for treating covid-19. Since their approval late last month, demand for Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics’s molnupiravir and Pfizer’s paxlovid has far outpaced supply. The drugs are a promising tool in the fight against omicron, reducing the risk of hospitalization and death in high-risk patients if given early. But until production ramps up they’re unlikely to alleviate strain on hospitals and their staff…”



Should I Just Get Omicron Over With?

”…Like any honeymoon, though, this one is necessarily transient. (And, to be clear, infections are still never something to be sought out.) No combinations of vaccines or viruses can confer invulnerability to future tussles with SARS-CoV-2. Whether acquired from an injection or an infection, immunity will always work in degrees, not absolutes…Immunity is, in many ways, a game of repetition. The more frequently, and more intensely, immune cells are exposed to a threat, the more resolutely they’ll commit to fighting it, and the longer they’ll store away any microbial information they glean. Time and viral mutations pare down those protections; vaccines and sickness build them back up. That’s part of why we almost always dose people with vaccines multiple times…”

Here’s When We Expect Omicron to Peak

(J. Harris: A good read.)

”…there are clear indications this wave will differ substantially from previous ones…The record number of cases in the United States and globally is largely because Omicron is more contagious than other variants and has a greater ability to evade immunity to infection. At the same time, early evidence indicates that it’s less common for people infected with Omicron to experience severe disease and end up in the hospital….Our models project that the United States is likely to document more Covid-19 cases in January than in any previous month of the pandemic, but a smaller fraction of those cases will require hospitalization. Whether hospitals experience more or less strain than they did in January 2021 will depend on case numbers and how severe they are. For example, if twice as many people become infected but these people are half as likely to be hospitalized, the demand for hospital beds would be the same. This calculus also applies to estimated deaths from the virus, as well as expected disruptions to the work force…”

When Do I Need to Go to the ER for COVID-19?

(J. Harris: A nice readable layman’s type article. Remember, you can check your temperature and oxygen saturation at home with a couple of inexpensive gadgets.)


When I say, “The other day,” I could be referring to any time between yesterday and 15 years ago.

Age 60 might be the new 40, but 9:00 pm is the new midnight.


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