The Latest in COVID-19 News: Week Ending 09.05.20 – NEJM Journal Watch

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Meanwhile in South Carolina…

Shortly after opening its doors to students, the University of South Carolina has recorded 1,026 positive coronavirus tests and in the past week saw a test positivity rate among students and faculty of 26.3 percent, according to its COVID information dashboard.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/university-south-carolina-records-1-026-covid-cases-n1239174

Clusterfuck!

The Latest in COVID-19 News: Week Ending 08.22.20 – NEJM Journal Watch

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https://www.jwatch.org/fw116961/2020/08/22/latest-covid-19-news-week-ending-aug-22

Meanwhile in Harrah, Oklahoma…

The corned beef became an unexpected, additional source of sadness: The flavors I love have become associated with the bitterness of closing down. I can only taste the sourness of worry. I can only smell the rottenness of having to furlough six people who depended on the pub for a paycheck. Years of enjoyment have boiled down to a few long months of anxiety, endless discussions about to close or stay open—and if we can reopen safely, how we will survive.

We own an Irish Pub in Harrah, Oklahoma. When Covid-19 hit, we had to eat our own corned beef and potatoes for weeks. https://thecounter.org/covid-19-essay-irish-pub-harrah-oklahoma-corned-beef-potatoes/

The Latest in COVID-19 News: Week Ending 07.25.20 – NEJM Journal Watch

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The Latest in COVID-19 News: Week Ending July 25

Meanwhile in Imperial County California…

For many decades, a relative few white farmers who tilled vast acreages of winter vegetables, cotton and alfalfa held that power. Ultimately, however, demography shifted power to Latinos, the sons and daughters of field workers from Mexico who are today 80% of Imperial County’s population.

Changing demography didn’t change Imperial County’s basic nature. It exists primarily to grow food and fiber with little economic diversity and always ranks high on California’s lists of unemployment and poverty.

Imperial has another distinction these days — the epicenter of California’s COVID-19 pandemic. Its infection rate is six times as high as California’s as a whole and victims are overwhelming its two hospitals.

Imperial County, the COVID-19 epicenter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEJM Journal Watch – 06.05.20

Prevalence of asymptomatic disease: An estimated 40–45% of people who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 do not have symptoms at the time of testing, according to a narrative review of 16 cohorts in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In four cohorts with longitudinal data, few of the asymptomatic patients (0–10%) went on to develop symptoms. But in one skilled nursing facility, 89% of initially asymptomatic patients became sick. The researchers say, “It is imperative that testing programs include those without symptoms.” They add, “The early data that we have assembled on the prevalence of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection suggest that this is a significant factor in the rapid progression of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

COVID-19: Asymptomatic Disease Prevalence / N95 Mask Reuse / Oxygen Management Strategies / Anti-Racism Demonstrations / Studies Retracted

Smoking cigarettes — even one or less per day — is associated with increased mortality risk, a JAMA Network Open study shows.  Researchers combined data from several federal smoking surveys performed between 1992 and 2011. In those surveys, some 500,000 adults reported their smoking histories. National mortality data showed that, compared with never-smokers, daily smokers (averaging 600 cigarettes per month) bore a 2.3-fold higher all-cause mortality risk, with non-daily smokers (averaging 40 per month) sustaining a 1.8-fold higher risk.  Heightened mortality risks became apparent even at levels of 6 to 10 cigarettes per month.  The researchers conclude: “Thus, all smokers should quit, regardless of how infrequently they smoke.”

Infrequent Smoking Carries Heightened Mortality Risk

The Latest in COVID-19 News: Week Ending 05.16.20 – NEJM Journal Watch

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The Latest in COVID-19 News: Week Ending May 16

Meanwhile in Oklahoma…

 

A Muskogee County man accused of coughing on police and claiming he had COVID-19 is now facing felony charges.

Muskogee man accused of coughing on officers, claiming to have COVID-19