Yes, sort of. It is very gradual. I would say we are on a slowly decreasing plateau. 4220 today and the 8 day average is 4700-4900 in GA. We are seeing similar numbers across the south. I do not want to declare a "mission complete" moment, but I think this spike is trending down.
We have several trials proceeding in a few our facilities. It really depends on the drug and the facility. Some are testing outpatients to prevent admission and others are using them on admitted patients to prevent deaths.How is monoclonal antibody treatment used at your facility? Who gets it? When? What are the current indications for its use? Has it had any effect on hospitalizations and/or deaths?
Masks are "recommended" in my school district. School buses are packed, running double routes, because of a driver shortage.Just saw today that 30% of all Covid cases in the US right now are kids. Too many schools/states not taking appropriate steps to protect kids going back to school. Too many people are not thinking about the children.
Chuck, two questions:This thread is for COVID question. Does anyone have a question? Reply to this post with our question.
Chuck, two questions:
1. do you have much experience with the ECMO treatment described in this article? Thoughts on it as applies to Covid?
After 169 hospitals, a dad finally got the Covid-19 care he needed -- and changed dozens of skeptics' mindsJust a few weeks ago, an unvaccinated father of six was on a ventilator with Covid-19 pneumonia in both lungs. What happened afterward stunned his family -- and may have spared countless other families from suffering.www.cnn.com
2. The article makes an unfortunate mathematical error in the graph comparing hospitalization percentages:
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It adds up to 102.5%
My question on this is: while the exact numbers above may be a bit off, the trend is pretty clear... But have you seen any trend data to suggest significant changes due to waning vaccination protection?
I think India's next wave is inevitable. I think we see a spike every 4-8 months. I am not sure why, but I suspect that people tend to become arrogant between spikes and start venturing out again. Also, the rise of mutations could play a part in the time line because it is variable. Since, the delta variant, we have not seen a new variant that become significant regionally to date. There are a couple possibilities but not significant yet.What are your thoughts on India's predicted third wave not occurring, at least not yet?
They continue vaccination efforts but as of today only report 15% fully vaccinated (202 million of a population of 1,353 million). Their Ministry of Health actively discourages masking ("Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19."), though it's likely this is to preserve mask availability for healthcare workers.
This graph is from the WHO's India Situation Report #85, released Sept 15. Whoever made this graph for WHO and typed the official numbers at the Ministry of Health website apparently have difficulty with comma placement in large numbers...
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Two possibilities:Concur with the math error. My OCD will not let me look past it.
Good points.Two possibilities:
1) there was a math error that allows the options to add to greater than 100 percent,
2) the questions were structured in such a way that a small amount of overlap was allowed to exist between to categories (such as "vaccinated less than 14 days before positive test" and one of the two vaccinated statuses.
I would get Pfizer. Although we assume a Moderna booster will work in those immunized with Pfizer, it has not been tested.I am eligible for a booster shot. Original vax was Pfizer. Assuming both Pfizer and Moderna shots are available locally, which would be better?
Pfizer to stay with the same?
Or since Moderna appears to more effective should I consider that?
Chuck,I would get Pfizer. Although we assume a Moderna booster will work in those immunized with Pfizer, it has not been tested.
This is a tough question. In theory, it with increase the immune response. The question would be when is this going to be too much of a response. I cannot answer that question. I am not saying that you are going to get a cytokines storm from the vaccine but it could be deleterious. There is just no research to back doing this. A booster shot is helpful but not needed at this stage, 2 shots?Chuck,
Is there any possible down side to "jumping the wagon" on vaccines, or double-vaccinating?
In other words, for someone who had been filly vaccinated with J&J or Pfizer, any reason not to re-start the process and go for 2 Moderna shots, now that Moderna has turned out to be providing a more enduring protection?
P.S.: Yes, I do realize that these are 1st world problems.
You might be able to request data from VAERS.Hi Chuck, a relative of mine is claiming her husband died recently of myocarditis because of the vaccine. Can you comment on how likely this is? I can't find numbers, I can only find that this happened to one person in New Zealand a few weeks ago.
There is linkage to immune response, but you can also get it from your body's natural response to fighting COVID. My wife knows of a young boy who got COVD and then myocarditis. So, there is a likelihood that if you got myo from the vaccine, you would also have gotten it from COVID if you didn't vaccinate.It's also important to know that myocarditis is not unusual in men so it's not something that can be pinned on the vaccine. I have a good friend who had a bad case years ago, not associated with vaccinations. Hospitalized for days; recovered ok.
It is actually more common with the virus than the vaccine.It's also important to know that myocarditis is not unusual in men so it's not something that can be pinned on the vaccine. I have a good friend who had a bad case years ago, not associated with vaccinations. Hospitalized for days; recovered ok.
That is the million dollar question. I think there will be smaller spikes as long as people avoid vaccination. We are on a 1-2 week decline. The deaths are up 40% in 2 weeks. The relative infection rate is still high. We are not out of this yet. The R.1 variant in Japan and KY is very concerning.Will there be another spike?
I turned down going to a rocket launch in part because of hospital census numbers in the area. We had a lot going on, but the final nail was that there weren't hospital beds available within 50 miles of the launch site. I know that serious injuries in rocketry are rare, but I've seen one happen (person didn't look up when LCO called a heads up on a ballistic rocket) and if it happens to me, I want to be able to get seen.Hospitals here (Northeast Ohio) are officially reporting that they are "slightly reducing" elective surgeries, but we have a local man, a brother of a church member, who came down with pneumonia (not COVID related as far as we know) and the only hospital with an available bed was/is over a hundred miles away. There is an anecdotal story circulating of a young man who died from a burst appendix while he was waiting for an available hospital bed. This is not a good situation. I am urging everyone I know to drive carefully, care of themselves and those around you, and try not to get sick because all of our hospitals are understaffed and overworked even if "officially" they are only "slightly" changing their regular procedures.