September 4, 2020

Thursday, Harrison County had 7 new COVID cases whild Gregg had 16 and Smith 30.

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I’m a contact tracer in San Francisco. You won’t believe the stories I hear.

Association Between Administration of Systemic Corticosteroids and Mortality Among Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19
SUMMARY: “In this prospective meta-analysis of clinical trials of critically ill patients with COVID-19, administration of systemic corticosteroids, compared with usual care or placebo, was associated with lower 28-day all-cause mortality.”(J. Harris: Dexamethasone is a concentrated, inexpensive type of ‘cortisone’ which has for many years been used widely via injection into the patient’s veins in respiratory distress situations of many types. This complicated article with statistics and results from many countries, centers, and hospitals  makes some sense out of many different studies, doses, degrees of illness, and other variables. Yes, Dexamethasone helps survival. How much? I’m not sure, but I’d definitely want to take it were I  very ill with COVID. After this report, it will be unethical to withhold the drug inthe future experinmental purposes, so better data, doses, and indications will be forthcoming soon. 
With cold weather, schools, and closed windows coming, a review is in order. 
Five Military Sites Chosen for Phase III Trial of COVID Vaccine Candidate

A common North American mouse can catch and spread the coronavirus in labs, studies show(J. Harris: This is a potential but not a current problem at this time.)

COVID-19 and mRNA Vaccines—First Large Test for a New ApproachCurrent antiviral vaccine designs can be described as falling into 2 camps: protein based or gene based. 
1. Protein-based vaccines deliver the immune system–stimulating antigen to the body. This category includes whole-inactivated (killed) vaccines, as in the polio and flu shots, and subunit vaccines and virus-like particles, like in the hepatitis B and human papillomavirus vaccines.

2. Gene-based vaccines take a different tack. They carry the genetic instructions for the host’s cells to make the antigen, which more closely mimics a natural infection. In the case of coronaviruses, the antigen of interest is the surface spike protein the virus uses to bind and fuse with human cells. “You’re not giving them the protein—you’re giving them the genetic material that then instructs them how to make that spike protein, to which they make an antibody response that hopefully is protective,…Unlike conventional vaccines, mRNA vaccines aren’t grown in eggs or cells, a time-consuming and costly process. At their essence, these vaccines are simply chemicals catalyzed in test tube or a tank. This makes them easier to develop quickly and—at least theoretically—at scale, although they’ve never been mass-produced before.Even among the gene-based platforms, distinct advantages exist. In cutting out the viral vector, both DNA and mRNA vaccines eliminate the risk of preexisting immunity against it, which can limit effectiveness.’… mRNA vaccines also have a leg up on DNA vaccines. In a DNA vaccine, the genetic material must first enter the host cell’s nucleus. From there, messenger RNA is created, which travels out of the nucleus into the cytoplasm, where protein is formed from it. However, genetic information can only enter the nucleus when the cell is dividing, making the process inefficient…Researchers are trying to solve this problem using electric pulses to increase DNA uptake into cells at the time of vaccination. But the mRNA platform simply bypasses that step. “Ninety-five percent of cells that meet the RNA take it up and make protein, so it’s an incredibly efficient process,” …So far, in early COVID-19 trials, mRNA platforms have turned up encouraging results. “Certainly, these vaccines look like they’re generating the immune response that we need, and the reaction profiles have not been associated with severe reactions…But,  “the real proof of the pudding will be the phase 3 trials where we see if the vaccine actually prevents disease.” The US Food and Drug Administration has said that a COVID-19 vaccine will need at least 50% efficacy to be approved.

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(J. Harris: Note our local numbers are up a little. Opening school and the impending holiday may exacerbate our vulnerable situation. National experts are making dire predictions. Space out and wear your masks. Get your flu shots. Please.)


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September 3, 2020

The MNM reports zero new cases in Harrison County, 10 in Gregg,  and 20 in Smith County. 

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch
(J. Harris: This vaccine summary from the Post is worth keeping and following; it features a simple vaccine classification and, hopefully, will be continually updated. World wide cooperation and unlimited budgets should speed up functional vaccine availability and use. Very encouraging)

Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Among Frontline Health Care Personnel in a Multistate Hospital Network — 13 Academic Medical Centers, April–June 2020

“Among a convenience sample of HCP (HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL) who routinely cared for COVID-19 patients in 13 U.S. academic medical centers from February 1, 2020, 6% had evidence of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, with considerable variation by location that generally correlated with community cumulative incidence. Among participants who had positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, approximately one third did not recall any symptoms consistent with an acute viral illness in the preceding months, nearly one half did not suspect that they previously had COVID-19, and approximately two thirds did not have a previous positive test result demonstrating an acute SARS-CoV-2 infection. These findings suggest that some SARS-CoV-2 infections among frontline HCP are undetected and unrecognized, possibly because of the minimally symptomatic or subclinical nature of some infections, underreporting of symptoms, or nonsystematic testing of some personnel with symptomatic infections.

MORE FOR JOHNS HOPKINS:1. Unexpected Health Insurance Profits and the COVID-19 Crisis(JAMA Health Forum) The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has placed unprecedented financial stress on most of the US health care system, including physician practices, emergency medical service systems, and hospitals. But there is one notable exception: health insurance companies. Sharp declines in elective care during the pandemic have reduced health care expenditures and contributed to earnings that are twice as large as those earned last year.Unexpected Health Insurance Profits and the COVID-19 Crisis(JAMA Health Forum) The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has placed unprecedented financial stress on most of the US health care system, including physician practices, emergency medical service systems, and hospitals. But there is one notable exception: health insurance companies. Sharp declines in elective care during the pandemic have reduced health care expenditures and contributed to earnings that are twice as large as those earned last year.

2. Association Between Administration of Systemic Corticosteroids and Mortality Among Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 A Meta-analysis (JAMA) In this prospective meta-analysis of clinical trials of critically ill patients with COVID-19, administration of systemic corticosteroids, compared with usual care or placebo, was associated with lower 28-day all-cause mortality. (MORE ON THIS TOMORROW)
See also:Steroids Can Be Lifesaving for Covid-19 Patients, Scientists Report (New York Times)

3. Humoral Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2 in Iceland (New England Journal of Medicine) Our results indicate that antiviral antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 did not decline within 4 months after diagnosis. We estimate that the risk of death from infection was 0.3% and that 44% of persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Iceland were not diagnosed by qPCR. (MORE LATER ABOUT ICELAND)
Can Europe tame the pandemic’s next wave? (Science) “We’re at risk of gambling away our success,” virologist Christian Drosten warned in the German newspaper Die Zeit last month. His message referred to Germany, but it could have been addressed to all of Europe. After beating back COVID-19 in the spring, most of Europe is seeing a resurgence.

5.COVID-19 case fatality in the US has been declining since its peak (approximately 6%) in mid-May, but it is beginning to level off…..States that were severely affected during the summer resurgence—including Arizona (2.5%), California (1.8%), Florida (1.8%), and Texas (2.1%)—have fared much better in terms of case fatality; however, they had the advantage of advanced warning that provided additional time to improve preparedness and acquire necessary resources (eg, PPE, ventilators) as well as increased testing capacity, which identified many more cases than early in the pandemic. Additionally, the summer resurgence was spread across a larger geographic area, which mitigated to some extent the patient surge on individual health systems. A number of states remain at or below 1% case fatality, including Alaska, Hawai’i, North Dakota, and Utah.The Importance of Reestablishing a Pandemic Preparedness Office at the White House

(J. Harris: A brief history of American attempts at pandemic vigilance. It seems that the “Pandemic Office” in the White House, was started by Clinton and then closed only to be reopened and closed and opened as needed for the various epidemic threats by George W Bush and Obama and finally closed by Trump. This article from JAMA suggests that the Office of Global Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the appropriate agency to maintain medical supplies and to oversee the CDC and FDA and to work closely with the military in the future. I don’t know what the function of the Surgeon General is to be, perhaps to look good in a uniform and pal around in the White House. There are so many agencies and Chiefs and causes and claims as well as so much confusion, but maybe that’s the price of living in a democracy with freedom of independent thought. It’s pretty easy to run a “tight ship” if it’s small and tidy and the weather is good….Nevertheless, when I am Czar, I plan to tighten things up a bit).

My ex-wife still misses me. (But her aim is starting to improve).

I just found out that I’m color blind. The news came completely out of the green!.

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Marshall Burglary Suspect in Custody

[Marshall, Texas, September 2, 2020]

At approximately 9:10 am on Monday, September 1, 2020, the Marshall Police Department Emergency Communications received a 911 call from the Fairfield Inn at 105 West Interstate 20 in Marshall. The caller alerted authorities that an individual had committed a theft from the hotel register and shoved the pregnant clerk while committing the theft.  The suspect’s use of force to commit the theft changed the charge from theft to robbery.

Detectives investigating this case had knowledge of a similar theft at the Holiday Inn & Express & Suites at 500 Interstate 20 East in Marshall which occurred on Friday, August 28, 2020. This theft resulted in a warrant being issued for the arrest of the identified suspect, Mr. Glenn Earl Johnson.

The suspect in the Fairfield Inn robbery fled from Marshall Police Patrol Officers and was apprehended after a brief pursuit. He was positively identified as Glenn Earl Johnson and is now custody for both crimes.

The Marshall Police Department mission is to preserve public safety and quality of life within the City of Marshall, to respond effectively to the changing needs of the community, and to promote mutual respect between the Police Department and the people we serve.

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September 2, 2020

From MNM: On Monday there were 5 new Covid

FROM MNM: Harrison County Judge Chad Sims reported six new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday….He noted that of the county’s cumulative total of 806 positive cases, 35 have been fatalities, 741 have been recoveries and 30 are considered active cases.


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1.FDA Broadens Emergency Use Authorization for Veklury (Remdesivir) to Include All Hospitalized Patients for Treatment of COVID-19 (FDA) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration broadened the scope of the existing emergency use authorization (EUA) for the drug Veklury (remdesivir) to include treatment of all hospitalized adult and pediatric patients with suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, irrespective of their severity of disease. Based on the Agency’s ongoing review of the EUA, including its review of the totality of scientific information now available, the FDA has determined that it is reasonable to believe Veklury may be effective for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in all hospitalized adult and pediatric patients. The Agency’s review has also concluded that the known and potential benefits of Veklury outweigh the known and potential risks for these uses.

2.Infectious Diseases Specialists to FDA: Don’t Cut Corners in COVID-19 Vaccine Approval (IDSA) The Infectious Diseases Society of America and its HIV Medicine Association are urging the Food and Drug Administration to ensure rigorous safety and efficacy data support the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine before its widespread use by the public. In an Aug. 26 letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., and Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Peter Marks, M.D., PhD, the groups strongly recommend that full licensure of a vaccine is preferable to an Emergency Use Authorization, particularly in light of public distrust of vaccines. If an EUA is the route to market for a vaccine, however, IDSA and HIVMA stress that supporting data must first be scrutinized by internal and independent experts. At a minimum, the groups urge, a Phase 3 trial should be completed before FDA approval.

3. New Trump Pandemic Adviser Pushes Controversial ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy, Worrying Public Health Officials (Washington Post) One of President Trump’s top medical advisers is urging the White House to embrace a controversial “herd immunity” strategy to combat the pandemic, which would entail allowing the coronavirus to spread through most of the population to quickly build resistance to the virus, while taking steps to protect those in nursing homes and other vulnerable populations, according to five people familiar with the discussions. The approach’s chief proponent is Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist from Stanford’s conservative Hoover Institution, who joined the White House earlier this month as a pandemic adviser. He has advocated that the United States adopt the model Sweden has used to respond to the virus outbreak, according to these officials, which relies on lifting restrictions so the healthy can build up immunity to the disease rather than limiting social and business interactions to prevent the virus from spreading.

4. Studies Highlight Dynamic Impact of COVID-19 on Antibiotic Use (CIDRAP) Since the novel coronavirus pandemic began, limited data from small studies in several countries have indicated high rates of antibiotic prescribing in COVID-19 patients and low rates of bacterial co-infections, raising concerns about unnecessary antibiotic use and the pandemic’s potential impact on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In the study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers looked at data on more than 1,700 hospitalized COVID-19 patients treated at 38 Michigan hospitals from Mar 13 to Jun 18 and found that more than half received early antibiotic therapy, with antibiotic use as high as 84% in some hospitals. But only a small fraction of those patients had bacterial co-infections. Click to copy RELATED TOPICS Virus Outbreak Africa International News South Africa Lifestyle COVID-19 takes loved ones, then the rituals to mourn them

How a Bus Ride Turned Into a Coronavirus Superspreader Event
(from JAMA originally)
The Most American COVID-19 Failure Yet
“Less than 1 percent of sick people fail to respond to contact tracers in Iceland, Ævar Pálmi Pálmason, who leads the country’s tracing effort, told me. In New Zealand, 86 percent of people contacted by tracers respond within 48 hours. “The U.S. contact-tracing effort has been a dismal failure compared with many of its peer countries,” says Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global-health law at Georgetown University.
“It’s literally too late to do contact tracing in Texas,” … That month, Texas had 15,000 new cases on some days….How are you going to go back and find all those old contacts? You can’t really trace if everyone and their cousin has it.”


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By George Smith

This country must redefine a label, change it, label it for what it is and stop using it in a blurred sense.

The label? Pro-life.

Everybody is pro-life…me, you, them, us!

Those who support Donald Trump, the most corrupt president in this country’s history, are not pro-life…they are anti-abortion.

Trump is only anti-abortion now because of its basic appeal to his base. A life-long chameleon on the issue, he has donated multiple times to Planned Parenthood and donated to candidates who fervently believe that a woman, in cincert with her doctor and God, has singular control over her body. And, according to second-wife Marla Maples, when she informed her then-boyfriend she was pregnsnt, he said, “Well, what are you going to do about it?”

And, then, there’s the issue of the American community making a commitment to assist in taking care of children born in less than ideal conditions. What, then?

The president has demanded cuts to programs aimed at supporting low income families with children.

(From Chikdren’s Defense Fund —April 2020)
President Trump’s 2020 budget request landed with a thud this week, laden with deep cuts to programs that lift millions of children and their families out of poverty every year. In a moment of great prosperity, just more than a year after giving away $2 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy, the President has once again offered a draconian budget that would leave more children hungry, unhoused and uninsured.

“The President has proposed cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) by $220 billion over the next decade, even though SNAP helped 19.2 million children avoid hunger in 2016 and kept 1.5 million children out of poverty in 2017.”

Do not tell me this president cares about children, the embryo or newborn.

He cares about one thing — himself. It’s all about his fragile ego and how tough he can portray himself to be.

He’ll use anything — even the future and fate of children — to fulfill his fantasies of power and complete adulation.

He wants the best of all alt-right worlds: A strong, unwavering anti-abortion stance … AND a just-as-strong stance against so-called “gimme” programs that protect the health and well-being of children.

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Marshall Modernizes City Communication

September 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

As a component of our Mobilize Marshall plans to optimize communication with our citizens, the City of Marshall is delighted to unveil a new, interactive website today at

“In January, one staff member representing every city department met to evaluate multiple companies who specialize in developing new government websites. This group was tasked to find the right company to work with our city. After reviewing eight companies for their credentials, previous website designs, and interviews with previous clients, our design team recommended CivicPlus begin a new website for the City of Marshall in April. On August 17, 2020, the system user training was completed. Our team of Anna Lane, Rachel Chapman, Nikki Smith, Eric Powell, and Stormy Nickerson completed the necessary revisions. Jimmie Rambo of our IT Department launched the new website today. I am grateful to all city staff who participated in this process to bring convenient, simple, transparent solutions and information to Marshall. Special mention needs to be made of the leadership and oversight displayed by Stormy Nickerson throughout the process,” shared City Manager Mark Rohr.

Founded in 1998, CivicPlus has 4,000 government clients, and over 250,000 million citizens engage with their municipal websites daily. This current technology will enable the City of Marshall to create efficiencies in all areas of our local government by delivering the tools needed by our employees and our residents.

•             CivicReady – Mass notification system for residents to receive texts or emails during emergency events (weather, boil water notices), press releases, and newsletters. See News & Announcements for this feature.

•             CP Pay – A single payment gateway for your water utility bill.

•             CivicService – Residents may report city needs. See RequestTracker for this feature.

•             CivicHR – Employment listings for the City of Marshall. See Jobs for this feature.

•             CivicClerk – Agendas and minutes for City Commission and Board meetings. See Agendas for this feature.

As there are thousands of servers updating with our domain’s new DNS information, this process can take as little as an hour, 24 hours, or up to 72 hours for all City of Marshall residents to view the new website.

For more information, please contact:

Stormy Nickerson

City of Marshall Communications Coordinator

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Black Former N.F.L. Players Say Racial Bias Skews Concussion Payouts

The players say doctors use two scales — one for Black athletes, one for white — to determine eligibility for dementia claims.

  • Aug. 25, 2020
  • Note: Dr. Jim Harris provided this article. For several followed and contributed to the research related to head injuries resulting from football impact. The person that wrote3 the article is a friend of Jim.
  • Two retired players have accused the N.F.L. of “explicitly and deliberately” discriminating against hundreds if not thousands of Black players who filed dementia-related claims in the landmark concussion settlement reached in 2013, making it harder for them to qualify for payouts worth as much as $3 million.

In two legal actions filed Tuesday in United States District Court in Philadelphia, the players asked that the judge stop the league from insisting that race-based benchmarks be used to evaluate players’ claims. They also asked that the scores on Black players’ neurocognitive exams be recalculated using “race-neutral” scales that would put them on an even footing with white players.

“In effect, the settlement, as it has been administered, has a white door and a Black door,” said Cyril Smith, a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder and the lead counsel for two players who are Black, Najeh Davenport, a former running back, and Kevin Henry, a longtime defensive end. “Although the neurocognitive tests behind each door are the same, the raw scores for Black and white former players are interpreted differently when they are converted” to scores that are used to determine whether a player is eligible for a payment.

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September 1, 2020

FROM TODAY’S MNM: Harrison county officials reported five new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the county’s total number of active coronavirus cases to 24.

Harrison County Judge Chad Sims reported zero new cases on Sunday and five new cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the county since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to 800.

Of those 800 total cases this year, 741 have recovered, 35 have resulted in fatalities and 24 active cases remain.

Marion county officials did not report any additional cases throughout the weekend or on Monday.

Marshall ISD officials on Monday also reported one of its five cases since the start of the school year has now recovered, leaving four active cases across the district.

FROM JOHNS HOPKINS:1. Clinical Characteristics and Viral RNA Detection in Children With Coronavirus Disease 2019 in the Republic of Korea (JAMA) In this case series of 91 children with COVID-19 in Korea, 22.0% were asymptomatic. Only 8.5% of symptomatic cases were diagnosed at the time of symptom onset, while 66.2% had unrecognized symptoms before diagnosis and 25.4% developed symptoms after diagnosis; SARS-CoV-2 RNA was detected for a mean of 17.6 days overall and 14.1 days in asymptomatic cases. Inapparent infections in children may have been associated with silent COVID-19 transmission in the community. Heightened surveillance using laboratory screening will allow detection in children with unrecognized SARS-CoV-2 infection.

2. Colleges With Covid Outbreaks Advised to Keep Students on Campus(Bloomberg) A consensus is building among public health experts that it’s better to keep university students on campus after a Covid-19 outbreak rather than send them home as many are doing. It’s easier to isolate sick or exposed students and trace their contacts if they stay put, said Ravina Kullar, epidemiologist and spokesperson for Infectious Diseases Society of America. Sending students home risks exposing other people there as well as along the way, and makes contact tracing all but impossible.

3. Looking to Reopen, Colleges Become Labs for Coronavirus Tests and Tracking Apps(New York Times) The fall of 2020 will go down as a period of profound experimentation at colleges and universities transformed into hothouse laboratories. They are trying out wastewater tests, dozens of health-check apps and versions of homegrown contact technologies that log student movement and exposure risk. And they are experimenting with different testing methods that might yield faster results and be easier to administer, such as using saliva instead of nasal swabs. Like small island nations with discrete populations, many universities are using methods that cities, states and nations often cannot. The colleges have some authority over relatively captive communities, which are made up of students largely at ease with new technology. Plus, the schools have profound motivation: Their very economic survival depends on people coming to campus safely.

4.Vir and GlaxoSmithKline Begin Pivotal Study of Covid-19 Antibody Drug (STAT News) Vir Biotechnology, a San Francisco-based firm focused on infectious disease, and GlaxoSmithKline, the British drug giant, said Monday that they are beginning a study of an antibody drug aimed at treating Covid-19. The study will enroll 1,300 patients around the world who have early symptomatic infection, and will test whether the treatment, VIR-7831, can prevent those patients from being hospitalized. The companies said that they expect initial clinical results of the study by the end of 2020, meaning that the treatment, if effective, might be available for emergency use in early 2021.

5.REINFECTION After researchers in Hong Kong published details of a COVID-19 patient who appears to have been infected twice, with different strains of the virus, a team of US researchers report evidence that a COVID-19 patient in Nevada was also reinfected. The patient, a 25-year-old male, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in late April and was discharged following 2 negative diagnostic tests. He then tested positive again approximately 1 month later. The researchers indicate (preprint) that, like the patient in Hong Kong, genetic analysis of the specimens from the Nevada patient indicated that he was infected with 2 different strains of SARS-CoV-2. This is the first documented instance of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection in the US. One notable difference between the Hong Kong patient and Nevada patient is the severity of their second infection. The Hong Kong patient was asymptomatic when he was identified via screening upon arrival in Hong Kong, whereas the Nevada patient experienced much more severe disease during his second infection. While it still appears that reinfection is relatively rare, researchers will inevitably identify more cases. With tens of millions of cases, many of whom recovered from their initial infection months ago, we will certainly hear about more reinfections in the coming months. As more examples of reinfection are identified, researchers will aim to answer critical questions, some of which could provide critical insight into the efficacy of future vaccines. (J. Harris: Reinfection with COVID 19 is worrisome. Hopefully, it will remain uncommon).

MEDICAL NOTE: Physicians and Clinics seem to be doing a nice job of protecting patients from COVID during routine clinic visits and checkups. We talked about vaccinations (Tdap) and Flus shots recently. When have you had your blood pressure checked or had a virtual or face to face doctor’s appointment? Be careful not to let something sneak up on you. Keep your medicine refilled. Don’t ignore routine medical matters now that the crisis is under control. Keep your kids and grandkids vaccinated, even if you have to ignore your Norweigan housekeeper types.

“I’d rather have a free bottle in front of me, than a prefrontal lobotomy” (from Mark Lee, our Hawaiian reader).

Growing old should have taken longer.

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August 31, 2020


For the first time in months, Harrison County’s active COVID-19 case count has dropped below the crucial 20 case marker, according to Harrison County Judge Chad Sims on Saturday…The new number is the lowest active case count in months, bringing Harrison County under the crucial 20 active case count number that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott outlined in his mask mandate earlier this summer…In order to opt out Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask mandate, Texas counties need to have 20 or fewer active COVID-19 cases for a specified time, depending on population, but Sims said he isn’t asking the state to drop the order for Harrison County yet.

(J. Harris: Thank you, Judge Sims, for your judgment, caution and good sense).
Two metres or one: what is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19?
Key messages
Current rules on safe physical distancing are based on outdated science

Distribution of viral particles is affected by numerous factors, including air flow

Evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 may travel more than 2 m through activities such as coughing and shouting

Rules on distancing should reflect the multiple factors that affect risk, including ventilation, occupancy, and exposure time

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What A Nasal Spray Vaccine Against COVID-19 Might Do Even Better Than A Shot
(J. Harris: It’s not ready yet, but it makes good sense. They need a little time to play with this vaccine).
The University of Arizona says it caught a dorm’s COVID-19 outbreak before it started. Its secret weapon: Poop.
(J. Harris: Poop the Magic Dragon diagnoses  COVID. Clever, unobtrusive investigation helps prevent college epidemic, I hope). 

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Why should you never trust a train? They have loco motives.

Why was the baby ant confused? Because all his uncles were ants!

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“Black Lives Matter” Is Handing the Election to Trump

By Ron Munden – August 29, 2020

A couple of months ago I was confident that Trump would be defeated by Biden in a close election.

Today I am confident that Trump will beat Biden in a close election.

In my opinion, post-election analysis will show what defeated Biden was “Black Lives Matter”.   Peaceful protests are effective; violent protests are counter-productive.  They work against the cause.  “Black Lives Matters” organizers have demonstrated they do not have the leadership skills needed to ensure the protests are peaceful.  Sadly, there is no Martin Luther Kings in their leadership.  I am beginning to think that there is no leadership in “Black Lives Matter” movement.  A group without a leader quickly becomes a mob.  That is what has happened to this movement.

Democrats are not doing themselves a favor by only giving lip service to the condemnation of the violence and particularly the looters.

No one wants Donald J. Trump defeated more than me.  I think he is destroying the country and he will lead the United States forward an autocratic government if he has four more years.

I also think that he is going to get those four years if the Democrats do not step up an address the “Black Lives Matters” PROBLEM.

In my opinion drastic actions is require NOW.  A recent poll shows that 60% of the people in the poll think that “COVID-19” will decide the election while 40% think “civil unrest”.  If things don’t change, I see that quickly moving in the direction of “civil unrest.”

Here is my advice to Democrats and anyone else what wants Trump defeated.  Raise you voice and condemn the “Black Lives Matters” protests in their current form.  Do not tolerate violence

If I were in change these are some of the things I would do.

I believe looters are hurting the Democratic ticket more than anything.  Each time the news media shows video of looters in stores taking merchandise, Biden loses thousands of votes.  Stopping looters is mandatory for Biden to have a chance of winning. 

So first, I would order the police to use rubber bullets on looters leaving buildings with merchandise. 

I realize to some mayors are whims and won’t take this action, so I have a less effective but more humane option.  I would use a technique that has proven effective in other countries.  I would spray indelible blue dye on anyone leaving a looted building.  I would use drones to video these lootings from multiple angles.  At the first daylight I would begin arresting the “blue people”.  Even better, use option 1 and 2 both.

People that want Biden to win the election should not give aid and comfort to looters.  They are not working with you; they are working against the Democratic Party.  Turn them into the police.

I will stop with item one on my list for now because I believe that unless looting is stopped before voting starts – the looters will be giving the election to Trump.

Everyday people daily accuse me of being a Democrat because I dislike Trump.  I have never been a Democrat because I believe the Democrats have a track record of not acting forcefully at critical times.  Now the time, perhaps the last time, they will have an opportunity to prove me wrong.

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