CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 8/16/2022

HELLO, AREA ICU CASES HAVE INCREASED. HARRISON COUNTY IN “MODERATE” DANGER ZONE. MASKS IN CROWDS RECOMMENDED.

A reaction to the CDC guidance [READ HOW AN EXPERT FAMILY PERSON PLANS TO HANDLE COVID NOW]

(J. Harris: In my medical opinion, this young Ph.D epidemiologist is wise beyond her years. She writes beautifully while clearly exploring and explaining pertinent and practical medical and public health issues. My highest compliment is “ELEGANT,” and she is.)

FROM HOPKINS SELECTIONS:

1. COVID Rebound is Surprisingly Common — Even without Paxlovid (Nature) After the game-changing COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid began to be used in late 2021, researchers noticed a perplexing trend. In some people taking the drug, symptoms and detectable virus vanish, only to mysteriously return days later. After months of grasping at straws, scientists are beginning to make some headway in understanding ‘Paxlovid rebound’. Two recent studies suggest that it is surprisingly common for SARS-CoV-2 to return in untreated cases of COVID-19, while hinting that the virus’s comeback is fiercer and more common in people who take Paxlovid.

2. Covid Vaccine Designed to Target Two Variants Approved for Use in UK (The Guardian) A vaccine designed to target two different forms of Covid has been approved by the UK regulator for use as booster jabs in people over the age of 18. Manufactured by the US firm Moderna, the vaccine targets not only the original coronavirus – as is the case for vaccines currently in use – but is designed specifically to target the Omicron variant BA.1, which fuelled a wave of Covid in the UK last winter. The UK is the first country to approve the bivalent vaccine, known as “Spikevax bivalent Original/Omicron”. It is now up to the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to decide whether it will, as expected, be used in the planned autumn booster programme, expected to begin in September.

FROM BECKERS:

1. Longer Paxlovid course needed to prevent rebounds, experts say

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