CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –2/16/2022
My son called last night to tell me that there was a rumor in town that I was dead. Wow. No. It wasn’t me. It was Mark Twain.
But like Lewis Grizzard said” Elvis is dead and I’m not feeling so good myself.”
OMICRON COVID CASES UP IN S. KOREA
Record high of 90,443 new Covid cases in South Korea Wednesday
The country has administered Covid vaccines to 44,757,215 people, or 87.2 per cent of the total population, and the number of fully vaccinated people stands at 44,249,882, or 86.2 per cent.
Coronavirus: from South Korea to Singapore, Omicron-fuelled wave pushes cases to record highs
”…South Korea has largely been a Covid-19 mitigation success story, thanks mainly to widespread wearing of masks, social distancing and aggressive testing and tracing….The country reported 57,049 new infections on Tuesday, with 134 people dying from the disease. Fatalities are lower than during the peak of the Delta wave, when more than 2,000 people died in a day, leading the government to ease some restrictions in cities while still warning people against gathering.
In Malaysia, 22,133 new cases were recorded on Tuesday, the fifth consecutive day with more than 20,000 daily infections.
Health director general Noor Hisham Abdullah said more than 99 per cent of the new cases were asymptomatic or with mild symptoms.
(J. Harris: These cases are said to be “Omicron.” I have not yet see sub variant studies.)
4 possible scenarios for the pandemic’s next act
(J. Harris: SHORT, READABLE, TO THE POINT, LIKELY)
FROM ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE
The Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection in Persons With Naturally Acquired Immunity With and Without Subsequent Receipt of a Single Dose of BNT162b2 [PFIZER] Vaccine
”A statistically significant decreased risk … for reinfection was found among persons who were previously infected and then vaccinated versus those who were previously infected but remained unvaccinated. In addition, there was a decreased risk for symptomatic disease … among previously infected and vaccinated persons compared with those who were not vaccinated after infection. No COVID-19–related mortality cases were found……….This analysis showed that persons who were previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 gain additional protection from a subsequent single-dose vaccine regimen. Nonetheless, even without a subsequent vaccination, it seems that reinfection is relatively rare, at least in the first year after infection (13, 44), although the study was done before the emergence of the Omicron variant. The long-term effects of reinfection are still unknown. Therefore, policies regarding vaccination of convalescent persons of different age and risk groups will also depend on prioritization of resources in terms of global vaccination deployment.”
FROM JOHNS HOPKINS SELECTIONS:
1. Heart-disease Risk Soars After COVID — Even With a Mild Case (Nature) Even a mild case of COVID-19 can increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular problems for at least a year after diagnosis, a new study shows. Researchers found that rates of many conditions, such as heart failure and stroke, were substantially higher in people who had recovered from COVID-19 than in similar people who hadn’t had the disease. What’s more, the risk was elevated even for those who were under 65 years of age and lacked risk factors, such as obesity or diabetes. Al-Aly and his colleagues based their research on an extensive health-record database curated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The researchers compared more than 150,000 veterans who survived for at least 30 days after contracting COVID-19 with two groups of uninfected people: a group of more than five million people who used the VA medical system during the pandemic, and a similarly sized group that used the system in 2017, before SARS-CoV-2 was circulating.
2. HHS Awards Nearly $55 Million to Increase Virtual Health Care Access and Quality Through Community Health Centers (HHS) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $55 million to 29 HRSA-funded health centers to increase health care access and quality for underserved populations through virtual care such as telehealth, remote patient monitoring, digital patient tools, and health information technology platforms. This funding builds on over $7.3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding invested in community health centers over the past year to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
(J. Harris: Surely Harrison County should be eligible for some of these type fund? We are definitely a medically underserved area.)
More from Lewis Grizzard: I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence.
We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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