The Coronavirus - What's Happening Around the World

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IMO, I think the Texas-DC infections should be a lesson that it takes combinations of specific efforts to promote safety within large bodies of people, politicians too.
Vaccinations are the greatest positive effort with wearing a mask, social distancing and awareness of personal health definitely helpful.
And especially so as a new variant initiates what is believed to be a 4th wave of Covid-19.

I would also think this critical among government officials and employees and the medical profession. A society tends to break down as their effectiveness diminishes.
 

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From the Wall Street Journal:
(there is a paywall for the complete article)

Covid-19 Pill Race Heats Up as Japanese Firm Vies With Pfizer, Merck
https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-...anese-firm-vies-with-pfizer-merck-11627205403

A Japanese company has started human trials of the first once-a-day pill for Covid-19 patients, joining Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. in the race to find treatments for the disease.


Osaka-based Shionogi & Co., which helped develop the blockbuster cholesterol drug Crestor, said it designed its pill to attack the Covid-19 virus. It said the once-a-day dosing would be more convenient. The company said it is testing the drug and any side effects in trials that began this month and are likely to continue until next year.
linkage from above article:

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04960202
A Study of PF-07321332/Ritonavir in Nonhospitalized High Risk Adult Participants With COVID-19

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is to determine whether PF-07321332/ritonavir is safe and effective for the treatment of adults who are ill with COVID-19 and do not need to be in the hospital, but are at an increased risk of developing severe illness. Throughout the study period, provision will be made to allow study visits to be conducted at a participant's home or another non-clinic location if available. The total study duration is up to 24 weeks.
 

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Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/28/her...t-spots-under-the-cdcs-new-mask-guidance.html


CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters Tuesday that masks should be worn in public, indoor settings by everyone, including fully vaccinated people, in areas “with substantial and high transmission.”

There is an interactive map that designates transmission rates on a county level.
My county is listed as 'substantial'.
 

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Pfizer data suggest third dose of Covid-19 vaccine 'strongly' boosts protection against Delta variant
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/28/health/pfizer-third-dose-data-bn/index.html

Some potentially good news:

Among people ages 65 to 85, the Pfizer data suggest that antibody levels against the Delta variant after receiving a third dose of vaccine are greater than 11-fold than following a second dose.
The data, which included 23 people, have not yet been peer-reviewed or published.
 

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Some potentially bad news:

Researchers are concerned about the possibility that COVID-19 might lead to dementia
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...n-infection-long-haulers-dementia/5405461001/

With many people complaining about brain fog, attention problems and confusion after COVID-19, researchers are exploring whether infections could have long-term consequences for the brain.

Early studies are not reassuring.

In several trials made public Thursday, scientists have found changes in brain biology after hospitalization with COVID-19, problems lingering months after infection, and a link between smell loss and mental sharpness in older adults.
Even getting a mild Covid-19 infection could have a devastating impact on job opportunities, health insurance, even political appointments.... for many victims no matter what their status was before being infected.

It's time the vaccine/mask/social distancing deniers and procrastinators faced reality.
They are the majority of the next victims.
 

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