CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 12/8/2022

AREA COUNTS ARE UP AGAIN:(FROM THE NYT)

FROM THE CDE: DO I NEED ANOTHER BOOSTER:

DO I NEED A BOOSTER CLIC

Then Click the green tab asking “FIND OUT WHEN TO GET A BOOSTER.”

Then you can call your doctor, your pharmacist, or the health department:

MARSHALL/HARRISON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

903 938 8338

I just called them and plan to get my 5th Covid vaccination tomorrow from 8-11 or 1-4. They are doing something else today (Thursday). Wear your mask in the building). 

FROM THE NEJM:

Efficacy of Antiviral Agents against Omicron Subvariants BQ.1.1 and XBB

”…Our data suggest that the omicron sublineages BQ.1.1 and XBB have immune-evasion capabilities that are greater than those of earlier omicron variants, including BA.5 and BA.2. The continued evolution of omicron variants reinforces the need for new therapeutic monoclonal antibodies for Covid-19.”

FROM YOUR LOCAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST:

Fall bivalent boosters: Science update round 3

”…We have lab data for fall boosters. We have real world data. And what’s coming in looks good—not perfect, but good. We have lots of reason to believe they will work even better against severe disease, especially among those over 50 years old. Go get your fall booster. We are at the beginning of a wave.”

From last week:” ..There’s a lot we can do: mask, test before seeing loved ones, get that airflow moving, stay home when you’re sick. The least you can do for a healthy season is get a flu and fall COVID-19 booster. If you haven’t gotten one yet, it’s never too late…”

FROM THE NYT:

Reversing ‘zero Covid’

FROM HOPKINS SUGGESTIONS:

1. Models predict massive waves of disease and death if China lifts ‘zero COVID’ policy (Science) Surprised and stung by protests against draconian “zero-COVID” policies, Chinese authorities are gingerly moving to ease the burden of lockdowns, quarantines, and constant testing. But 3 years into the pandemic, China shows no sign of planning a major course change. Mathematical models suggest why: The country is still ill-prepared for living with SARS-CoV-2. Easing restrictions today would likely trigger a massive wave of infections, overwhelm health care facilities, and bring a high death toll.

2. For the uninsured, Covid care has entered a new stage of crisis (New York Times) Difficulty getting care for Covid-19 has become an increasingly common problem for poor, uninsured Americans. After paying about $25 billion to health care providers over the course of the pandemic to reimburse them for vaccinating, testing and treating people without insurance, the federal government is running low on funds for Covid care for the nearly 30 million Americans who are uninsured. The Biden administration is asking Congress to replenish its coffers, but its pleas to lawmakers this year have so far been unsuccessful.

3. A liver drug reduces SARS-CoV-2 entry into cells (Nature) A widely used drug called UDCA reduces SARS-CoV-2 infection in human organoid structures, animals and human organs maintained outside the body. Individuals using UDCA for liver conditions are less likely to develop severe COVID-19 than are people who did not use it. UDCA treatment could help to protect people with suppressed immune systems and offer protection against vaccine-resistant variants. However, this study is not a clinical trial, and our findings must be validated and confirmed in large groups of individuals who are studied over time.

4. Science & Technology

U.S. FDA accepts priority review the Biologics License Applications for Pfizer’s respiratory syncytial virus vaccine (RSV) candidate for the prevention of RSV disease in older adults (Pfizer) Pfizer Inc. announced today that the U.S. FDA accepted a Biologics License Application (BLA) for priority review of its RSV vaccine candidate for the prevention of lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV in individuals 60 years of age and older. Priority Review designation by the FDA reduces the standard BLA review period by four months. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act goal date for a decision by the FDA on the vaccine candidate application is in May 2023. 

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED: 

DO NOT READ THIS JOKE:

Steve lived all his life in the Florida Keys and is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and two sons are with him. He asks for two witnesses to be present, and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready, he begins to speak:

“My son, Doug, I want you to take the Ocean Reef houses”

“My daughter Kelly, you take the apartments between mile markers 100 and Tavernier.”

“My son, Kevin, I want you to take the offices over in the Marathon Government Center.”

“Cathy, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the bay side on Blackwater Sound.”

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Steve slips away, the nurse says, “Your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property.”

The wife replies, “No. He was a hardworking dreamer who had a paper route.”

Remember, next time you hate your life, it’s all about perspective. For, instance, I have a friend who reads 2-3 books a week, works out twice a day, and has people who want to have sex with him all the time, yet complains about how much he hates prison.

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

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