CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/27/2021

“CURRENT” SCHOOL DATA: LOOKS GOOD

MISD COVID COUNTS:

HOPKINS CITED:

1. Mental Health and Social Support for Healthcare and Hospital Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Healthcare and hospital workers providing care and support to infected patients during a pandemic are at increased risk for mental distress. Factors impacting their mental health include high risk of exposure and infection, financial insecurity due to furloughs, separation from and worries about loved ones, a stressful work environment due to surge conditions with scarce supplies, traumatic experiences due to witnessing the deaths of patients and colleagues, and other acute stressors. Finding ways for institutions to support the mental wellbeing of healthcare and hospital workers in an acute pandemic-related crisis situation is of critical importance.

2. Clinical Practice

Remdesivir Reduces Covid Hospitalizations When Given Early, Study Shows (STAT News) Gilead’s Covid-19 drug remdesivir appeared to reduce hospitalizations by 87% in high-risk patients diagnosed early in the disease in a new study, the company said Wednesday. The new results, which were issued in a press release, could help shore up the perception that the medicine is effective. They also could boost hopes for the use of oral antiviral drugs being developed by drug companies including Pfizer and Merck to treat people in the early stages of Covid-19.

What is the R.1 variant? Here’s what you need to know about the mutated COVID strain

(J. Harris: The R.1 has been in the US but is not expected to be a significant Covid problem.)

Safety and Efficacy of NVX-CoV2373 Covid-19 Vaccine

‘…Early clinical data from studies of the NVX-CoV2373 vaccine (Novavax), a recombinant nanoparticle vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that contains the full-length spike glycoprotein of the prototype strain plus Matrix-M adjuvant, showed that the vaccine was safe and associated with a robust immune response in healthy adult participants. Additional data were needed regarding the efficacy, immunogenicity, and safety of this vaccine in a larger population… A post hoc analysis showed an efficacy of 86.3% (95% CI, 71.3 to 93.5) against the B.1.1.7 (or alpha) variant and 96.4% (95% CI, 73.8 to 99.5) against non-B.1.1.7 variants. Reactogenicity was generally mild and transient. The incidence of serious adverse events was low and similar in the two groups. 

CONCLUSIONS

A two-dose regimen of the NVX-CoV2373 vaccine administered to adult participants conferred 89.7% protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection and showed high efficacy against the B.1.1.7 variant.

(J. Harris: So NVX has developed a safe, effective vaccine to add to our other excellent vaccines.)

Public & Global Health

Assessment of a Program for SARS-CoV-2 Screening and Environmental Monitoring in an Urban Public School District (JAMA Network Open) In this quality improvement study, weekly school-based saliva polymerase chain reaction testing at 3 urban public schools was associated with increased case detection among staff and students compared with symptom-based strategies, exceeding county-level case rates. SARS-CoV-2 was detected in school wastewater samples each week as well as air and surface samples from choir classrooms.  This study suggests that routine SARS-CoV-2 testing may identify infected staff and students who are not identified through conventional case detection and may provide insight into disease burdens of undertested communities.

DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE!

”…Taken together, the analysis presented here, made possible by broad participation of a few hundred therapeutic candidates in a global study, offers a detailed structural and competitive landscape of key antibody binding sites on Spike. The results of this effort can be used to predict and interpret effects of VOCs, and for strategic selection of durable therapeutics and cocktails against emerging variants…”

(J. Harris: Just thumb through this article and look at the pictures, none of which you will understand and thank God we haved brilliant scientists and physicians and great institutions — all over the world — working together to control Covid and similiar maladies.You will definitely feel encouraged.)

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/24/2021

FDA decision means Pfizer boosters for healthcare workers: 5 things to know

(J. Harris: A sixth thing to know would be what to do if your prior vaccinations are JNJ or Moderna. Wait?  How long?)

From THE ATLANTIC:(a short very readable explanation of the value of vaccination that even your hard-headed quasi-intellectual daughter might understand is she would just read it. Read it and then send it to her. J. Harris)

No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People

”…To spread the coronavirus, you have to have the coronavirus. And vaccinated people are far less likely to have the coronavirus—period. …Among the unvaccinated, the virus travels unhindered on a highway with multiple off-ramps and refueling stations. In the vaccinated, it gets lost in a maze of dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs. Every so often, it pieces together an escape route, but in most scenarios, it finds itself cut off, and its journey ends. It can go no further.

US likely to miss big winter COVID-19 surge, analyst models predict

Public Health Law after Covid-19

”…Courts have historically been deferential to health orders, especially during disease outbreaks…”

Mask Wars

(J. Harris: Historical graphic)

QUACK QUACK QUACK: America’s Frontline Doctors Face Long Overdue Medical and Legal Censure

(J. Harris: This is a well-written and referenced expose of fraud as well as the  murder of many gullible patients.)

COVID-19 Testing Moves Out of the Clinic and Into the Home

”…Testing, 1, 2, 3, Repeat

When a test is about as good as a coin toss, it’s not useful as a one-off, such as testing people before allowing them to enter a theater or a restaurant,…

But although rapid antigen tests aren’t as sensitive as PCR, their speed and lower cost make it easier to conduct serial testing, which improves the chance of detecting infection as viral loads increase. Using the tests in “closed environments” where people are tested regularly, such as in schools, would likely be a better application…They’re not as accurate as the lab-based PCRs, but if you do serial testing, they’re pretty accurate…you will eventually catch [positive] people…”

(J. Harris: I had trouble following this article — off day?)

HOPKINS SITUATIONAL REPORT REGARDING PEDIATRIC VACCINATIONS: 

PEDIATRIC VACCINATION DATA Pfizer and BioNTech on September 20 announced positive results from a Phase 2/3 trial of their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 years. The researchers found that a 2-dose regimen of 10µg doses administered 21 days apart demonstrated a favorable safety profile and robust neutralizing antibody response. The findings—which are neither published nor peer-reviewed—are a crucial step toward a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine becoming available for younger children, and the companies expect to submit an application to the US FDA for the vaccine’s authorization for that age group by the end of September. US regulators have issued warnings to the general public to wait for authorization before seeking vaccination for younger children, as the full adult dose of 30µg may put children at a higher risk for adverse side effects, including myocarditis.

The trial included nearly 2,300 children, and two-thirds of them in the vaccine group. The vaccinated children also were compared with a separate cohort of 16-25-year-old individuals who received the full adult course of the vaccine (2 doses of 30µg). The trial found that the neutralizing antibody response was similar between both vaccinated groups, with the neutralizing antibody levels within 5% of each other. Both groups also experienced similar post-vaccination adverse events.

Results from another study evaluating the Sinopharm SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in children were published on September 15 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The Phase 1/2 trial examined the safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine in a cohort of children aged 3-17 years, with participants broken into several age groups (3-5, 6-12, and 13-17 years) and dosing groups (0 [control], 2µg, 4µg, and 8µg). Three (3) doses of each vaccine dosage or placebo were administered 28 days apart. All adverse events were categorized as mild or moderate severity, but the article does not report on serious adverse events. The study concluded that children who received the vaccine had robust immune responses and similar levels of neutralizing antibodies to those observed in older vaccine recipients. The study recommended a 2-shot 4µg dose regimen for future Phase 3 trials. Additional data are being collected through a Phase 3 trial currently taking place in the UAE. 

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/23/2021

UPDATE FROM MARSHALL HARRISON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT (KEEP?)

Good Morning, 

As you are aware we are still in the trenches of battling COVID 19 in our area, case counts, hospital data, county trends, vaccine data and more can be found at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/default.aspx . Here is our latest vaccine coverage data: 

County: Harrison

Public Health Region:         4/5N

Percentage of Population 12+ Vaccinated with At Least One Dose: 45.76%

Percentage of Population 12+ Fully Vaccinated: 38.55%

Percentage of Population 65+ Vaccinated with At Least One Dose: 67.48%

Percentage of Population 65+ Fully Vaccinated: 61.41%

Our office is available to go out to local businesses to conduct COVID 19 vaccine clinics, please contact us at 903-938-8338. I have put together the information below about COVID 19 testing and COVID 19 vaccines, please share. 

You can go to https://meds.tdem.texas.gov/ to find Vaccine availability and testing sites.

Find Vaccine by Phone

Get answers to questions or help finding a vaccine near you by phone:

Text your ZIP code to find vaccine, childcare, and free rides to clinics to

GETVAX (438829) for English

VACUNA (822862) for Spanish

Call 1-833-832-7067 (toll free) for referral to a local vaccine provider

Call center is open Monday–Friday 8:00am⁠–⁠6:00pm, and Saturday 8:00am–5:00pm.

Spanish language and other translators are available to help callers.

Call the national vaccine finder hotline toll free at 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489)

Vaccination Services for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities needing assistance getting vaccinated can contact the Disability Rights Texas Hotline (DRTx Vaccine Hotline) by phone or email, at 1-800-880-8401 or vaccine@DRTx.org.

You can also contact the national Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) at 888-677-1199 or DIAL@n4a.org for vaccine help.

Local Information:

Marshall Harrison County Health District (Vaccine available)

Pfizer 19 Vaccine available – call for more information 903-938-8338.

Mlife DX (Testing available)

Contact via email covid19@mlifedx.com or phone 833-654-3339

https://www.mlifedx.com/

Healthcare Express (Testing available)

https://www.gohce.com/

CVS (Vaccine & Testing available)

https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic

Wal Greens (Vaccine & Testing available)

https://www.walgreens.com/

Genesis PrimeCare (Vaccine & Testing available)

https://www.genesisprimecare.org/

Wal Mart (Vaccine available)

https://www.walmart.com/pharmacy/clinical-services/immunization/scheduled?imzType=covid

Jennifer Hancock, RN, BSN  

Executive Director – Marshall-Harrison County Health District

805 Lindsey Drive  |  Marshall |  TX 75670

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F.D.A. Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots for Older and At-Risk Americans

FROM HOPKINS SELECTIONS:

1. Single-dose Intranasal Vaccination Elicits Systemic and Mucosal Immunity Against SARS-CoV-2 (iScience) The current intramuscular vaccines are designed to elicit systemic immunity without conferring mucosal immunity in the nasal compartment, which is the first barrier that SARS-CoV-2 virus breaches before dissemination to the lung. We report the development of an intranasal subunit vaccine that uses lyophilized spike protein and liposomal STING agonist as an adjuvant.

2. TWO J & J ARTICLE DEMONSTRATING WONDERFUL RESULTS:

    A. Second Dose of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Increases Protection Against Covid-19, Vaccine Maker Says (Washington Post) A second shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine boosts protection against symptomatic and severe covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the drug company announced early Tuesday. Those booster shots also generated additional antibodies, molecules churned out by the immune system to help fight off infections. Under the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency-use authorization, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is given as a single dose, unlike the two shots required for full immunization with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines. Results published this summer indicate that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine generates lasting amounts of antibodies able to target delta and other variants of concern. In June and July, when delta was ascendant, the effectiveness of the one-shot vaccine was 78 percent against observed covid-19, according to a report published Thursday that has not yet gone through peer review.

   B. Johnson & Johnson Announces Real-World Evidence and Phase 3 Data Confirming Strong and Long-Lasting Protection of Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. (Johnson and Johnson)

3. Where Are the Tests? (New York Times) Your daughter wakes up with a scratchy throat, and you can’t decide whether she should go to school. You can’t shake a runny nose and start wondering whether it’s really because of allergies. You’re planning a family gathering, but you are nervous about your aging parents being there. Millions of Americans are grappling with situations like these, and there is a straightforward solution to all of them. But that solution is not widely available in the United States, even though the technology exists and is being used in much of Western Europe. The solution is rapid testing.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/22/2021

I hope I restored my mailing list correctly. I sadly deleted a subscriber who decided against getting a vaccination. He was young; he died — horribly. 

FROM HOPKINS:

1. Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years — Long Beach, California, April 1–December 10, 2020 (CDC MMWR) Post-acute sequelae of COVID-19, also known as “long COVID,” is used to describe the long-term symptoms that might be experienced weeks to months after primary infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Among persons with a previous COVID-19 diagnosis, estimates of the prevalence of sequelae range from 5% among non hospitalized persons to 80% among hospitalized persons. In a random sample of recovered COVID-19 patients in Long Beach, California, one-third of participants reported post-acute sequelae 2 months after their positive test result, with higher rates reported among persons aged ≥40 years, females, persons with preexisting conditions, and Black persons.

2. PRESS RELEASE

Executive Order on Adding Measles to the List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases President Biden made an amendment to Executive Order 13295 to add measles to the list of quarantinable communicable diseases. The addition was made based on recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Surgeon General. (White House, 9/17/2021)

(J. Harris: Yes, he can do that and could do it with Covid “if ever necessary.”

3. In 13 U.S. jurisdictions, rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths were substantially higher in persons not fully vaccinated compared with those in fully vaccinated persons, similar to findings in other reports (2,3). After the week of June 20, 2021, when the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant became predominant, the percentage of fully vaccinated persons among cases increased more than expected for the given vaccination coverage and a constant VE [VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS]. The IRR [INCIDENCE RATE RATIOS] for cases among persons not fully vaccinated versus fully vaccinated decreased substantially; IRRs for hospitalizations and deaths changed less overall, but moderately among adults aged ≥65 years. Findings from this crude analysis of surveillance data are consistent with recent studies reporting decreased VE against confirmed infection but not hospitalization or death, during a period of Delta variant predominance and potential waning of vaccine-induced population immunity.

(J. Harris: Because of Delta and other potential variants, I suspect that third jabs and later mix and match vaccinations will become useful as will immunized children and youths).

FROM THE LA TIMES: HIGHEST DEATH RATES ARE IN STATES WITH THE LOWEST VACCINATION RATE:

FROM NPR RADIO TODAY:

Is The Worst Over? Modelers Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March

”…We have to be cautious because the virus has shown us time and time again that new variants or people loosening up on how careful they’re being can lead things to come roaring back,…there is a fair amount of .. concerned about interpreting these in an overly optimistic fashion for the country as a whole… overall the pandemic will be “comparatively under control by March, but… there could be a number of bumps in the road.”

Ivermectin is Dead and Buried. Will We Learn the Lessons it Has To Teach?

(J. Harris: We’ve buried some Ivermectin users locally. This is a good readable article about quacks and grifters and mentally derranged proponents of unproven and dangerous therapies.)

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1.    365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it’s less filling:    1 lite year

2.   10 cards: 1 decacards

3.   1 million bicycles: 2 megacycles

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/21/2021

Harrison County marks highest fatality rate from COVID-19 last week

I Ran the C.D.C. Here’s How to Prove That Americans Are Vaccinated.

We need a system that works. Here are five requirements for such a system.

1. First, it needs to be accurate.

2. Second, it needs to be secure and maintain privacy.

3. Third, there must be multiple options for people to retrieve and voluntarily present their vaccination status.

4. Fourth, the system needs to be accessible in real time, such as when people are going through airport security.

5. Fifth, the system should be used to verify Covid vaccination alone.

Fauci says data on Moderna, Johnson & Johnson boosters ‘a few weeks away’ from FDA review

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST REGARDING DENMARK”

Denmark appears to have beaten covid-19 — for now. Here’s how it did it.

Danes trusted government and health authorities to make responsible and competent decisions to fight the pandemic, which for the most part they did. The Danish government and authorities in turn trusted the people of Denmark to behave responsibly and follow the guidelines.…Vaccination rates are high — 86 percent of all eligible citizens 12 and older have received at least one shot, and 95 percent of people 50 and older are fully vaccinated…Denmark’s death toll during the pandemic was only 450 people per million citizens, compared to 1,982 per million in the United States…Denmark initially paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine and later removed both the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the public vaccine program, donating 3 million spare vaccines to developing countries…In the meantime, a core part of the solution to keep the virus under control was mass testing. At the peak, in the spring of 2021, Denmark performed 4 million tests (75 per 100 citizens) a week. And Danish authorities promoted compliance with testing and other covid-19 guidelines as a moral obligation — to put it simply, as the right thing to do for each other, building upon the collective approach to beating the pandemic…Danes did not appear to resort to blaming and shaming to keep each other in line. In other words, most people followed the advice of the authorities and didn’t take it upon themselves to police others…Denmark was in a favorable position to deal with a pandemic, as Danish political parties have a rich history of working together… initially 80 percent of Danes felt their leaders were united against the coronavirus…In part, this common understanding was facilitated by a general commitment among political elites to follow the science, including medical research, epidemic modeling, economics and behavioral science …”

Support for government covid-19 policies, by country;

Safety and immunogenicity of an inactivated COVID-19 vaccine, BBIBP-CorV, in people younger than 18

(J. Harris: An inactivated vaccine widely used and effective in China and Asia is also safe for younger folks.)

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/20/2021

NYT This Morning

Covid Vaccine Prompts Strong Immune Response in Younger Children, Pfizer Says

They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

”…“It’s clogging up resources, it’s hard to give, and a vaccine is $20 and could prevent almost all of that,” said Dr. Christian Ramers…an infectious disease specialist . Pushing antibodies while playing down vaccines, he said, was “like investing in car insurance without investing in brakes.”

FROM HOPKINS:

1.  SARS-like Viruses May Jump From Animals to People Hundreds of Thousands of Times a Year (Science) Only two new coronaviruses have spread globally the past 2 decades: SARS-CoV, which caused an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But that may just be the tip of the iceberg of undetected infections with related viruses emerging from bats, a new paper claims. In a preprint published yesterday researchers estimate that an average of 400,000 people are likely infected with SARS-related coronaviruses every year, in spillovers that never grow into detectable outbreaks.

2.  The Fight to Manufacture COVID Vaccines in Lower-income Countries (Nature) Vaccines against COVID-19 are not reaching many people in the global south, despite donations from wealthy nations. Less than 1% of people in low-income countries are fully vaccinated, and just 10% are in lower-middle-income countries, compared with more than half in high-income countries. Many researchers say the best way to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines is to enable countries in the global south to make their own. “Charity is good, but we can’t rely on charity alone,” says Peter Singer, an adviser to the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).

NOTICE THAT HARRISON COUNTY HAS THE HIGHEST DEATH RATE CURRENTLY OF THE LISTED COUNTIES BELOW:

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Opinion: Dear Close Friend

 

By George Smith  — September 19, 2021

A close friend, one I’d trust with my life, is a Trump supporter. We pledged to not talk politics and he broke the pledge in a typical Trumpuppet fashion, lamenting our ”senile” president, the immigrant problem, the price of gas and how the country is doomed. Then he started in on

As an off-the-wall rant, it was a good one; this friend is an excellent writer.

I didn’t have to respond but did so after he foisted “.your liberal party” upon my head.

My screed at 5 a.m.:

Wow! You are worked up.

Please remember this: I am not a Democrat. I am an independent.

I vote for (but mainly against, since real change is impossible without true campaign finance reform and, in my opinion, term limits) a candidate on issues. I voted for Reagan and both Bushes…once. At the time, I liked them better than the Democratic candidates.

I’m concerned that Republicans care more about big business, tax breaks for the wealthy, high drug prices, the success of military equipment manufacturers, and throwing up scare tactics about antifa and BLM than they are about the ordinary citizen.

GOPers, like all militia groups, scream about personal freedom — “My body, my choice!” Is a popular theme right now — but demand that women and girls do not have that same right when it comes to personal health care in consultation with their doctor and their god.

Your comment about Democrats and education was, really, beneath you and I took it as a statement made out of exasperation and mental anguish.

Two areas — national security and education — should be the primary concerns of this country. As a teacher and a one-time history major, I rever the historical truisms of this world and our nation — ALL of the stories, not just those that are pleasant and sanitized.

Due to greed and a belief that the white race was superior to all others, early settlers and would-be land barons, with the help of the military (after “buying” Manhattan in the worst/best land deal in history) took the whole of the U.S. from Native Americans. Of course they paid Spain for the Louisiana Purchase and Alaska from Russia (both “dream” real estate deals), after those countries stole it from various tribes and indigenous folk.

Slavery, abhorrent treatment of Native Americans (who, themselves, were immigrants) and the history of immigrant-bashing are part of the nation’s historical fabric.

It is impossible to unweave the cloth and create a new narrative without presenting a phony and superfluous picture of the past.

History is history. Trying to change it to fit a certain political philosophy, ease guilty consciences or just to assure that sensitive feelings are spared is NOT history.

If we do not actively and persistently acknowledge the mistakes of our ancestors, how on God’s green earth can we ever learn from them?

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/18/2021

BREAKING NEWS An F.D.A. panel recommended a Pfizer Covid booster for those 65 or older or at high risk, after earlier voting not to recommend it for younger people.

 Protection of BNT162b2 Vaccine Booster Against Covid-19 in Israel (NEJM) At least 12 days after the booster dose, the rate of confirmed infection was lower in the booster group than in the nonbooster group by a factor of 11.3 (95% confidence interval [CI], 10.4 to 12.3); the rate of severe illness was lower by a factor of 19.5 (95% CI, 12.9 to 29.5). In a secondary analysis, the rate of confirmed infection at least 12 days after vaccination was lower than the rate after 4 to 6 days by a factor of 5.4 (95% CI, 4.8 to 6.1).

(J. Harris: This is one of a series of reports from Israel regarding a 3rd. v

Pfizer vaccination shot. If you are >65 or are fragile, take a third shot. I did.)

CONGRATULATION MISD STAFF AND SCHOOL BOARD AND STUDENTS:

MISD SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO CONTROL COVID CASES

STATE CASES ARE ALSO DIMINISHING

HOPKINS CITATIONS:

1. Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Through 6 Months (NEJM) BNT162b2 continued to be safe and have an acceptable adverse-event profile. Few participants had adverse events leading to withdrawal from the trial. Vaccine efficacy against Covid-19 was 91.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 89.0 to 93.2) through 6 months of follow-up among the participants without evidence of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection who could be evaluated. There was a gradual decline in vaccine efficacy.

2. Parenting a Child Under 12 in the Age of Delta: ‘It’s Like a Fire Alarm Every Day’ (Washington Post) With a vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 unlikely to be approved for at least a few more months, parents of young children are weighing a dizzying array of variables every day as they try to navigate the risks of covid against the mental health and physical consequences of social isolation and their own livelihood.

FROM NEJM A HISTORICAL LOOK AT MASKS

Mask Wars

EAST TEXAS AREA COMPARISONS (NYT):

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Opinion: A Limited Rant

By George Smith  — September 18, 2021

This is not a rant against women. It is a rant against certain women, prominent GOP shrews, a gaggle of ill-tempered, nagging and argumentative politicians whose sole purpose seems to be to promote the Donald Trump Irrational Theory of MAGA.

(Note to readers: The adjectives used above are the clinical definition of a shrew. Blame Funk and Wagnall’s, not me.)

Shrew 1: Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and ambassador to the U.N. and, at one time, a possible future presidential contender.

Haley, before she opted to be a kiss-hiney suck-up to Trump, stood alone on the distaff side of rational Republican politicians. She was dynamic, engaging, charming, a politician/chameleon that fit the mold of one bound for future greatness within her party.

As an astute minority politician, Haley, whose full name is Nimrata “Nikki”  Randhawa Haley, the GOP offered her a place in history. That place is assured, now that her name will always be associated with the only president to be impeached twice.

Now, Haley’s stock has tumbled, as she has to hold the female-side of the GOP banner with two other Trumpettes.

Shrew 2: introducing the Queen of Snark; Majorie Taylor Green. Green, who represents Georgia’s 14th District, is a slash-and-burn politician, a born-again Trumpuppet who is interested in only two things, how many times can she be in the headlines or on TV and how much hell she has to raise to be interviewed on Fox News or  NewsMax.

Green is so annoying and disliked on The Hill that she was removed from committees by House leaders.

Greene has promoted numerous far-right, white supremacist, and antisemitic conspiracy theories including the white genocide conspiracy theory, anything in QAnon sites, and Pizzagate, as well as other disproven conspiracy theories such as false mass shootings, the Clinton body count, and those related to 9/11.

In other words, she’s a nut.

Shrew 3: Lauren Opal Boebert is a businesswoman and gun-rights activist, now serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district.

When deciding to run for Congress, she thought it might be good if she had a high school diploma, so she got her GED.

Boebert owns Shooters Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, where staff members are encouraged to openly carry firearms.

If that does not tell you all you need to know, Boebert was a leader in trying to get Antifa, a non-organization railing against fascism, as a terrorist organization.

A QAnon advocate, Boebert, to quote an opinion piece in a national newspaper, is “caught in a cacophony of crazy.”

These are the leaders of the women’s’ movement in the Republican Party.

Too bad. So sad.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 09/17/2021

FROM NYT: (J. Harris: Here’s why to wear your mask in unavoidable crowds even if you are vaccinated):

From Hopkins:

1. SARS-CoV-2/INFLUENZA VACCINES With research ongoing into the necessity of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine booster doses, at least 2 pharmaceutical companies are banking on the need for annual shots, similar to influenza vaccinations, and working on combining the 2 vaccines. Moderna on September 9 said it is developing a single shot containing a booster dose for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and an experimental flu vaccine. The company said it eventually hopes to add vaccines for other respiratory diseases, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), into a single annual shot. On September 8, Novavax announced it has begun a Phase 1/2 clinical trial testing a combination vaccine using the company’s vaccine candidates for seasonal influenza and SARS-CoV-2. Both vaccines have been tested in Phase 3 trials, but neither has received regulatory authorization or approval. Combination vaccines have several potential benefits, including lowering the number of shots needed annually, improving vaccine coverage rates, and reducing costs for healthcare facilities and individuals.

 2. Study of Up to 40,000 People Will Probe Mysteries of Long Covid (Science) Weeks or months after their coronavirus infection clears, many people diagnosed with COVID-19 still have debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, foggy thinking, and headaches. Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a nearly $470 million grant to enroll up to 40,000 adults and children newly and previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 in a study that will probe the causes of these postinfection effects, dubbed Long Covid, and look for clues to treatments and prevention.

3. GOOD NEWS: Global COVID-19 Cases Show Substantial Drop (CIDRAP) For the first time in more than 2 months, weekly global COVID-19 cases dropped substantially, as cases decline in recent hot spots, including India and Japan, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in its latest update.

FROM LANCET

Uncoupling vaccination from politics: a call to action

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST:

Biden Meets With Business Leaders on Vaccine Mandates (Washington Post) President Biden met with business leaders from Disney, Microsoft, Walgreens and other large companies Wednesday to discuss coronavirus vaccine mandates as the private sector grapples with his administration’s efforts to compel medium and large companies to make the shots mandatory for their workers or require weekly testing.

PART  OF A NOTE FROM A READER WHOSE EXTENDED FAMILY HAS BEEN  INTERSPERSED WITH COVID HESITANCY WHILE  PLAGUED WITH  COVID INFECTIONS:

”…I do not like dictators and bullies, but if they put me in charge, I would make everybody get vaccinated, unless they had a doctor’s excuse that stated a medical reason for not taking it. . If they are going to act like children who can’t take care of themselves and in addition  put the whole family and larger  human population at danger, then they need to be treated like children and someone needs to make them behave before they kill themselves and take a lot of us with them. Of course no one wants to put me in charge, not even my own kids.  It is really unbelievable what is happening and the society as a whole will continue to suffer physically, emotionally, and economically. We really are messing with mother nature (God Creation) and we are not doing so well right now.  I think the virus is mutating faster than  we can beg, pay, or force folks to get vaccinated…”

AND HERE’S A WELL-WRITTEN REPLY FROM MY FAVORITE TWIT GOVERNOR THAT MAKES SOME GOOD POINTS THAT ARE NEVERTHELESS IMPOSSIBLE TO JUSTIFY IN A CROWD OF TODAY’S AMERICANS: (SEE ATTACHED BELOW). OF COURSE, SHE WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE US SOMEDAY.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

Why does golfer carry an extra pair of Sox?  In case he gets a hole in one…(from a former mayor who still loves Marshall)

from a former County Judge who still has a sense of humor.

SOUTH DEKODA WILL SUE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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