CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 3/19/2022

I WISH YOU A WONDERFUL WEEKEND

FROM JAMA:

Myocarditis Following a Third BNT162b2 Vaccination Dose in Military Recruits in Israel

”…This study found a low risk of myocarditis after a third dose of BNT162b2 in Israeli military recruits. The incidence was lower than observed a week after a second dose of the vaccine in a similar Israeli military population (5.07 per 100 000 vaccines).4 However, the myocarditis incidence for 18- to 24-year-old men was higher than observed for a US male population (5.243 per 100 000 vaccines).3 

FROM BECKERS:

1. New York nixes booster mandate for healthcare workers 1

”…On Feb. 18, the New York State Department of Health announced it would not enforce the booster mandate for healthcare workers, citing concerns about potential staffing issues...

New York enforcement of the booster requirement was scheduled to take effect Feb. 21, but the state said Feb. 18 that it would reassess the mandate…

On March 17, the state reported that hospital workers and long-term staff have a completed vaccine series of 98 and 99 percent, respectively.

2. States ranked by omicron subvariant prevalence

3. Americans without internet more likely to die from COVID-19, study finds

”University of Chicago researchers analyzed data on social determinants of health and COVID-19 mortality across 3,142 counties in 50 states from Jan. 22, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. They found the lack of internet access was consistently linked to high COVID-19 mortality risk, regardless of other demographic factors such as age, education and insurance status.

”For every additional 1 percent of residents in a county who have internet access, it is estimated that between 2.4 and six COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people could be prevented, according to the study.

“We believe this finding suggests that more awareness is needed about the essential asset of technological access to reliable information, remote work, schooling opportunities, resource purchasing and/or social community,” the researchers wrote. “Populations with limited internet access remain understudied and are often excluded in pandemic research.”

4. Ivermectin didn’t curb COVID-19 hospitalizations in largest study to date

(J. Harris: Ivermectin DOES NOT HELP IN THE TREATMENT OF COVID–A good, large study.)

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST:

The omicron wave’s unequal toll

”…Covid-19 was a largely preventable disease when omicron arrived, health experts said. And yet in the past three months, more than 150,000 people in the United States have died of it, the vast majority of them from underserved pockets of society…”

FROM NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (NEJM)

1. Homologous and Heterologous Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations [MIX AND MATCH]

”…In this preliminary trial, we found that boosting with any of the three vaccines that are currently authorized for emergency use in the United States will stimulate an anamnestic response in persons who have previously received a primary series of any of these vaccines. Homologous boosting provided a wide range of immunogenicity responses, and heterologous boosting provided similar or higher levels. Reactogenicity and adverse events were similar across booster groups. These data suggest that an immune response will be generated for each of these vaccines used as a booster regardless of the primary Covid-19 vaccination regimen….”

SHORT VIDEO THAT SUMMARIZES THE STUDY IN AN UNDERSTANDABLE FASHION

(J. Harris: So in answer to the question about “mixing and matching” Covid boosters, this small Phase II study suggests that mixing vaccines might have some advantages, especially with Omicron Variants.)

2. NEJM LETTER TO THE EDITOR ”PUBLISHED” ON FACEBOOK!

(J. Harris: This is a first for me.)

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

‘Long Social Distancing.’

”… new research suggests, millions have no intention of ending some pandemic behaviors even if the threat from the coronavirus and its variants were to fully subside…Roughly 13 percent of people in the study reported that they did not intend to change their protective behaviors, like avoiding elevators, mass transit and eating indoors at restaurants…The research was conducted by economists from Stanford University, the University of Chicago and ITAM, a think tank in Mexico. They used survey data comparing attitudes over the course of the last two years from about 5,000 people monthly, sampled from the total of 75,000 respondents for broader research on working and living habits in light of Covid…”

(J. Harris: I avoid airless places especially when crowded with people I don’t know in a region with a low vaccination  rate and high new covid cases/100,000 population . When in doubt, wear a mask and keep some space — and don’t go if in doubt.)

AND LASTLY: 

MOST PEOPLE  DON’T REALIZE JUST HOW DIFFICULT IT CAN BE TO LOOK A NORWEGIAN WOMAN YEAR AFTER YEAR:

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO THIS — AGAIN:

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