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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Be aware.

‘The war has changed’: Internal CDC document urges new messaging, warns delta infections likely more severe
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/29/cdc-mask-guidance/

The delta variant of the coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants and spreads as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal federal health document that argues officials must “acknowledge the war has changed.”

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It cites a combination of recently obtained, still-unpublished data from outbreak investigations and outside studies showing that vaccinated individuals infected with delta may be able to transmit the virus as easily as those who are unvaccinated. Vaccinated people infected with delta have measurable viral loads similar to those who are unvaccinated and infected with the variant.



There are questions about that unpublished data. Too much to copy and paste:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/heal...a5fe48582d_story.html?itid=lk_inline_manual_9
“I think the implications [of the data] are that people who are vaccinated, even when they’re asymptomatic, can transmit the virus, which is the scientific foundation of why this recommendation is being made,” Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, said in an interview with The Washington Post.

But Fauci noted there is not yet clinical data on what the high viral loads mean in terms of disease transmission. “You can make a reasonable assumption that vaccinated people can transmit the virus just like unvaccinated people can,” Fauci said.
 

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More on that new CDC concern about the Delta variant:


CDC shares 'pivotal discovery' on Covid-19 breakthrough infections that led to new mask guidance
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/30/health/breakthrough-infection-masks-cdc-provincetown-study/index.html

Experts say that vaccination makes it less likely that you'll catch Covid-19 in the first place -- but for those who do, this data suggests they could have a similar tendency to spread it as unvaccinated folks.

This appears to be what un-nerved the CDC and brought about the new mask recommendations for vaccinated people:

The researchers found evidence that viral loads were similar among 127 fully vaccinated people and 84 others who were unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or whose vaccination status was unknown. Viral load is a proxy for how likely someone might be to transmit the virus to others.
It's not just about vaccinated people getting infected. It's an intense concern about transmission of Covid-19 from vaccinated people which hasn't been observed in the past.
Thus the sudden recommendation that the vaccinated should wear masks.

The Delta mutation acquired a new shocking ability and the CDC responded.
Now it's the public's turn. Wear a mask, it's the smart thing to do.
 

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Delta Tops 70% of All NYC COVID Strains as New Case Average Keeps Surging

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/cor...ns-as-new-case-average-keeps-surging/3186986/

Points:
  • The delta variant has been found in 72% of positive NYC samples studied, up from 57% in the health department's last report
  • That strain is now the dominant one in New Jersey as well
  • Existing vaccines have proven effective protection against the variant; virtually all new COVID deaths and hospitalizations are among unvaccinated people, officials at all levels of government say
IMO, this is the 4th wave in the US.
And has the potential to be a worse case scenario especially if the general public doesn't take the situation seriously.

A world view of stats, look to the sharp increase in daily cases, the graph in red.

World view.jpg


Now a view of US stats:
Again, the daily case graph in red

US view.jpg


Notice the daily cases for the US.
It's at 200,000 a day.
There was concern the Delta infection rate could reach a 200,000+ level by October.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health...rive-a-steep-rise-in-covid-deaths-model-shows
Each scenario also includes a range of how bad things could get — the very worst end of the range for the most likely scenario shows about 240,000 people getting infected and 4,000 people dying each day at the October peak, which would be almost as bad as last winter.
It's the end of July/beginning of August and the US is already experiencing 200,000 cases daily.

Please think positively. Get the vaccine if you haven't already, wear a mask, consider social distancing and simply use common sense.



edit: for those that want to check out the Johns Hopkins Covid Map daily:
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
 

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COVID-19 surge hits Asia; Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia post record infections
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-...ysia-post-record-covid-infections-2021-07-31/

Too much to copy and paste, but this stands out:

The surge in Delta variant cases is rattling parts of Asia previously relatively successful in containing COVID-19.......................

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COVID-19 infections have increased by 80% over the past four weeks in most regions of the world, WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.
 

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A positive observation.

I had to go to Walmart just before noon today and noticed more people are now wearing masks.

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Noticed same here at Wally and grocery store - mask wearing seemed back in vogue. Easy to pick out the enemy - depending on your perspective ! :LOL:

Picked this up off another forum - "COVID started out as a virus. But it has mutated into an IQ Test." :ROFLMAO:
 
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I suspect the drive to mask up in Ohio is helping to drive the current decline from high rates of Delta infection seen recently.

https://www.daytondailynews.com/loc...re-than-1000-cases/LXPJNXBHBRCSPIM5LC5H6XES7M

The more we know, the more it's addressed, the greater the positive outcome. Common sense.

Vaccines are of the greatest importance.
But it takes a period of time for the shots to build up the necessary immunity.
In the meantime, masks and social distancing are a logical response in that open short term period of exposure.

In the future, plan ahead, don't wait for the 'panic'. It's a lot safer that way. For everyone. :cool:
 

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