FROM THE MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER:
TWO STATES WHERE CASES ARE RISING:
Seven-day change: 49.67 percent increase
Seven-day moving case average: 4,477
Seven-day change: 4.11 percent increase
Seven-day moving case average: 290
FROM HOPKINS SELECTIONS
1. A BIG LONG HAUL STUDY:
A Detailed Study of Patients with Long-Haul COVID (FAIR Health) Many patients recover from COVID-19 within a few weeks, but some exhibit persistent or new symptoms more than four weeks after first being diagnosed. Patients with such post-COVID conditions are variously referred to as having long-haul COVID, long COVID or post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). Using longitudinal data from a database of over 34 billion private healthcare claim records, FAIR Health studied a total of 1,959,982 COVID-19 patients for the prevalence of post-COVID conditions 30 days or more after their initial diagnosis with COVID-19. To FAIR Health’s knowledge, this is the largest population of COVID-19 patients so far studied for post-COVID conditions. The patients’ post-COVID conditions were analyzed, with the most common conditions identified. Particular attention was given to age and gender, mental health conditions and death.
2. The U.S. May be in a Silent Covid Surge (Washington Post) Coronavirus cases are on the rise again. Top Biden officials warned of the increase in cases yesterday, as the country surpasses an average of 100,000 new infections per day. But that number is a massive undercount and could be anywhere from five to 10 times higher, experts say, since home tests typically aren’t included in official case counts.
”… In this cohort study of 50 individuals, anti–SARS-CoV-2–specific antibody levels at 2, 4, and 6 months after COVID-19 vaccination were inversely correlated with body weight. Young and middle-aged healthy adults weighing less than 55 kg maintained a high antibody level 6 months after the second dose of BNT162b2 vaccination…”
”…More all-cause excess mortality occurred in Massachusetts during the first 8 weeks of the Omicron period than during the entire 23-week Delta period. Although numerically there were more excess deaths in older age groups, there was excess mortality in all adult age groups, as recorded in earlier waves, including in younger age groups.5,6 Moreover, the ratio of observed to expected all-cause deaths was similar in all age groups, and increased during the Omicron period compared with the Delta period….”
(J. Harris: Surprise!)
FROM THE NYT:
”…The data has been like a “canary in a coal mine”…Case counts are a “gross underrepresentation,” as many people are opting to take at-home tests instead of going to hospitals or doctors’ offices….“It looks like a surge in slow motion,”…Houston is another city where wastewater data has been showing ominous signs of increasing infections…”
”…This latest wave, which is New York City’s fifth, started in mid-March. At first it was driven by the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron, but now most cases are caused by newer versions — primarily BA.2.12.1, which is more transmissible than its predecessor and made up roughly 73 percent of new cases across New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico as of mid-May, according to the C.D.C…we’re seeing more than 4,000 confirmed cases a day, but those official numbers dramatically undercount how many people are sick because they don’t incorporate at-home tests….Here’s another metric: A company called Kinsa, which distributes internet-connected thermometers, said that just over 4 percent of its users in New York City reported fevers in recent days. That’s a very high number. In non-Covid years it might be below 1.5 percent...New Covid hospitalizations are at about 150 a day. For comparison, in early January, there were a couple of days when it was over a thousand….Mayor Eric Adams has been very clear that he’s not interested in introducing new restrictions unless the hospital system is in danger of being overwhelmed, and experts say that’s not likely here.
”…Experts believe the current monkeypox outbreak is being spread through close, intimate skin on skin contact with someone who has an active rash. That should make its spread easier to contain once infections are identified, experts said…..Many – but not all – of the people who have been diagnosed in the current monkeypox outbreak are men who have sex with men, including cases in Spain linked to a sauna in the Madrid region..”Viruses are nothing new and expected,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada… a number of factors including increased global travel as well as climate change have accelerated the emergence and spread of viruses. The world is also more on alert to new outbreaks of any kind in the wake of the COVID pandemic, she said.”
(J. Harris: Should you become infected, experts warn not to try and hang from limbs by your imaginary tail.)
FROM AUDREY KARIEL AND HER KIDS: Family Medicine featuring John Cheng, MD – YouTube
AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:
1. I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.
2. I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.
3. I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do, it’s because I missed my exit.
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