Meanwhile in Houston D614G Mutation – 10.31.20

During the initial wave of the pandemic, 71% of the novel coronaviruses identified in patients in Houston had this mutation. When the second wave of the outbreak hit Houston during the summer, this variant had leaped to 99.9% prevalence. This mirrors a trend observed around the world. A study published in July based on more than 28,000 genome sequences found that variants carrying the D614G mutation became the globally dominant form of SARS-CoV-2 in about a month. SARS-CoV-2 is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

University of Texas at Austin – information: Molecular Architecture of Early Dissemination and Massive Second Wave of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus in a Major Metropolitan Area, mBIO, DOI: 10.1128/mBio.02707-20 ,

Kind of spooky if you ask me.

Worried About Houston

Texas is heading down a dangerous path, local leaders warn as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, predicted over the weekend that Houston is on the brink of a disaster, based on the latest trends in increasing numbers.  “My observations if this trajectory persists: 1) Houston would become the worst affected city in the US, maybe rival what we’re seeing now in Brazil 2) The masks = good 1st step but simply won’t be enough 3) We would need to proceed to red alert,” Hotez tweeted.

Houston Yikes 062320

Do not wait for a politician to tell you to:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Avoid crowds (especially younger non-mask wearing crowds where infections are spiking upwards).
  • Pay attention to your local Covid-19 statistics and act accordingly.  Limit your excursions to trips for essentials or shelter in place.
  • Practice physical (social) distancing.
  • Stock your pantry.