Today, the numbers from the state are not functional. So, I have used Harrison County numbers from the NYT. What is apparent is that things are WORSE in East Texas. The Gregg and Smith County numbers are released every three or four days.
1. WHO Recommends Two New Drugs to Treat Patients with COVID-19 (WHO) The drug baricitinib (a type of drug known as a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis) is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical covid-19 in combination with corticosteroids, says a WHO Guideline Development Group of international experts in The BMJ today. Their strong recommendation is based on moderate certainty evidence that it improves survival and reduces the need for ventilation, with no observed increase in adverse effects.
2. COVID-19 Therapeutics for Nonhospitalized Patients (JAMA) Substantial progress has been made in therapeutics for nonhospitalized patients with COVID-19, but supply of and access to treatment remain limited. This Viewpoint summarizes currently available therapeutics for nonhospitalized patients in the setting of the Omicron variant including principles for equitable allocation. Patients with mild or moderate COVID-19 are those who have respiratory and systemic symptoms but not hypoxia, tachypnea, or other complications that necessitate hospitalization.1 During this early phase of illness, viral replication is occurring and antiviral therapies are used to prevent disease progression, hospitalization, and death.
3/ Even Poorly Matched Flu Vaccines Protect Children from Serious Illness, Study Shows (Healio) A new study reinforced that influenza vaccination protects children from serious illness even when vaccines are a poor match for circulating viruses. The study’s authors found that vaccination during the 2019-2020 season was 63% effective overall against critical influenza among children. Vaccination reduced the risk for severe influenza among children by 78% against influenza A viruses that matched the vaccine viruses, by 47% against mismatched influenza A viruses, and by 75% against mismatched influenza B-Victoria viruses, they reported.
The study comprised 291 patients in 17 U.S. hospitals — 159 children who were critically ill with influenza and 132 controls.
Some experts call for a switch from nasal swabs to saliva-based tests, to better detect Omicron (some of which are manufactured in Marshall.)
AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:
I don’t mean to interrupt people. I just randomly remember things and get really excited.
Prison is just one word to you, but for some people, it’s a whole sentence.
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