CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 9/7/2022

FROM THE MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER:

LOCAL VACCINE INFORMATION from JENNIFER HANCOCK, RN, BSN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MARSHALL-HARRISON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT:

”The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommends the for use of updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for people ages 12 years and older and from Moderna for people ages 18 years and older.

Please call our office at 903-938-8338 to be placed on a list to get the Pfizer COVID 19 booster, we have placed an order and are awaiting shipment (we did pre book weeks ago). You can also go to https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find vaccines in our area.

More information about the new booster can be found at; https://www.cdc.gov/…/2022/s0901-covid-19-booster.html

(J. Harris: Call 903 938-8338 and press 9 when the recording starts and you can schedule a Pfizer vaccine.)

YOUR LOCAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST: 

ONE SHOT PER YEAR? (CLICK)

(J. Harris: Short readable, important, informative, understandable.)

FROM BECKERS:

Travel nurses aren’t returning to their old jobs

FROM HOPKINS:

1. ”For Some Patients, Long Covid Symptoms Mask Something Else (Wired) Long Covid is common—estimates of its prevalence vary widely, but even the most conservative studies imply that millions of people are dealing with long-lasting symptoms of their infections. Hodgkin’s lymphoma, on the other hand, is rare. But with dozens of possible symptoms, long Covid can be easily confused with countless other conditions, including cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, autoimmune diseases like lupus and multiple sclerosis, and cancer. Add the fact that Covid can make preexisting conditions worse, and determining whether or not someone has long Covid becomes a daunting task….”

2. ”How the Pandemic Shortened Life Expectancy in Indigenous Communities (New York Times) In 2020 and 2021, as the coronavirus swept across the United States, life expectancy for Native Americans and Alaska Natives fell by 6 1/2 years — a decline that left the researchers aghast. The comparable figure for all Americans was about 3 years, itself a terrible milestone not seen in nearly a century. What could have left Native Americans and Alaska Natives so vulnerable to the pandemic? There is no simple diagnosis, nor is there an easy fix, experts say. The suffering is inextricably bound to a long history of poverty, inadequate access to health care, poor infrastructure and crowded housing…”

(J. Harris: Genetic studies will be helpful.)

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