CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –1/8/2022

CASE COUNTS ARE UP,  BUT THE HOSPITALS IN AREA G ARE NOT FULL.

WHO SHALL WE BLAME IF THE HOSPITALS BECOME INUNDATED AGAIN?

A guide to COVID tests: When to test, what kind to use and what your results mean

(J. Harris: From NPR, this basic, simple, quick test article is very helpful.)

COVID TESTING NEAR HARRISON COUNTY

HOSPITAL OVERWHELMED (Washington Post)

The number of young children admitted to hospitals who test positive is rising fast, the C.D.C. reports.

”…More than four in 100,000 children aged 4 years or younger admitted to hospitals were infected with the coronavirus as of Jan. 1 — double the rate reported a month ago, and about three times the rate this time last year….By contrast, the rate of hospitalized children aged 5 through 11 years who were infected was 0.6 per 100,000, roughly the same rate seen over the past months…”

Coronavirus: Scientists Uncover Why Some People Lose Their Sense of Smell

J. Harris: This article is EXCELLENT and readable. 

West Virginia seeks permission to offer 4th vaccine dose

”…West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice sent a letter to the Biden administration requesting the FDA and CDC authorize the state to offer a second booster to people 50 and older and essential workers at least three months after receiving their first booster, according to Jan. 6 news release…right now, Israel is offering a fourth dose to an even bigger population — people who are four months out from their Pfizer or Moderna booster shots. became the first country to broadly roll out fourth doses for healthcare workers and people 60 and older Jan. 2.  Preliminary findings cited by Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during a Jan. 4 news conference indicate a fourth shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine sparked a fivefold increase in antibodies. 

FROM HOPKINS ON FRIDAY”

1. Doctors Have An Arsenal Of Covid-19 Treatments, But Setbacks And Shortages Are Undercutting Options (STAT News) On paper, the list of outpatient treatments for Covid-19 seems reassuring. Two oral antivirals have arrived, companies have churned out monoclonal antibody treatments, and all of them, to varying degrees, can help prevent patients from getting so sick they need to be hospitalized. But shortages and setbacks have undercut those options — at a time when more people than ever are getting sick. Supply of some of the treatments, particularly the prized new oral treatment Paxlovid, is extremely constrained. The ascendance of the Omicron variant has nullified the power of some of the monoclonal antibodies.

2. Doctors Have An Arsenal Of Covid-19 Treatments, But Setbacks And Shortages Are Undercutting Options (STAT News) On paper, the list of outpatient treatments for Covid-19 seems reassuring. Two oral antivirals have arrived, companies have churned out monoclonal antibody treatments, and all of them, to varying degrees, can help prevent patients from getting so sick they need to be hospitalized. But shortages and setbacks have undercut those options — at a time when more people than ever are getting sick. Supply of some of the treatments, particularly the prized new oral treatment Paxlovid, is extremely constrained. The ascendance of the Omicron variant has nullified the power of some of the monoclonal antibodies.

SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Rate and Estimated Effectiveness of the Inactivated Whole Virion Vaccine BBV152 Against Reinfection Among Health Care Workers in New Delhi, India

”This study found an incidence density of reinfection of 7.3 per 100 person-years among HCWs. These cases occurred after a long follow-up period, of 8 months to 1 year, most notably during the second surge of COVID-19 cases, which was linked to the Delta variant. The inactivated vaccine BBV152 appears to offer a high protective effect of 86% in fully vaccinated HCWs against reinfection. The study generates evidence to vaccinate fully with both the doses, even in HCWs who were previously infected to combat the continuous threat of future surges of SARS-CoV-2 and related variants of concern.”

(J. Harris: Another study proves that complete vaccinations with booster works. Interesting., in this study, older reinfected folks did better that the younger.)

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson.

 If you’re sitting in public and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, “Did you bring the money?”

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