Quote for Today – 09.03.20

“The lowest risk sexual activity during COVID-19 involves yourself alone.”

Cite this: Wear a Mask While Having Sex, Canada’s Top Doctor Suggests – Medscape – Sep 02, 2020 — https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/936773?src=rss

You can’t make this stuff up.

But I suppose if you were six feet apart…

The world has gone mad.

CDC Clusterf*ck!

At issue are a set of guidelines released on Monday that say that people without symptoms who have come into contact with someone with Covid-19 do not necessarily need to be tested. Earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had said that “testing was recommended” for the same group.

The modified guidelines sparked a significant backlash. The absence of evidence supporting the change puzzled public health experts. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that the guidelines would not be adopted in California; in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called them “indefensible.” And Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters that he was undergoing surgery when the guidelines were approved last week — contradicting Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health, who said Fauci and others on the task force had approved the final version.

CDC director attempts to clarify controversial Covid-19 testing guidelines https://www.statnews.com/2020/08/27/redfield-clarify-controversial-testing-guidelines/?utm_campaign=rss

CDC attempts to explain guidelines they never developed. Dr. Fauci didn’t sign off on the new guidelines. Hmm…

Why Do Some People Weather Coronavirus Infection Unscathed?

According to various estimates, between 20 and 45 percent of the people who get Covid-19 — and possibly more, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — sail through a coronavirus infection without realizing they ever had it. No fever or chills. No loss of smell or taste. No breathing difficulties. They don’t feel a thing.

Cite this: Emily Laber-Warren. Why Do Some People Weather Coronavirus Infection Unscathed? – Medscape – Aug 25, 2020. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/936288?src=rss#vp_1

How Some People Pass the Time While Waiting for Covid-19 Test Results

With long testing delays in other states, some learn they tested positive after starting vacations in Maine.

The proportion of COVID-19 tests from out-of-staters that are coming back positive in Maine has increased throughout July, with nonresidents now testing positive in Maine at a rate more than four times that of residents. Though the numbers are small – about 2.8 positive tests a day – they account for over 11 percent of recent new cases in the state.

Bar Harbor hospital sounds warning on undetected COVID-infected visitors

HT – https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/

We are doomed.

14 Guys Eat Pizza in the Name of Science

A pizza study.

You can’t make this stuff up.

…young, healthy men (aged 22 — 37) who volunteered for the trial consumed almost twice as much pizza when pushing beyond their usual limits, doubling their calorie intake, yet, remarkably, managed to keep the amount of nutrients in the bloodstream within normal range.

 Pizza study shows body copes surprisingly well with one-off calorie indulgence

Journal reference and link

Aaron Hengist, Robert M. Edinburgh, Russell G. Davies, Jean-Philippe Walhin, Jariya Buniam, Lewis J. James, Peter J. Rogers, Javier T. Gonzalez, James A. Betts. Physiological responses to maximal eating in men. British Journal of Nutrition, 2020; 124 (4): 407 DOI: 10.1017/S0007114520001270

Covid-19 Research 07.12.20

Although COVID-19 is most well known for causing substantial respiratory pathology, it can also result in several extrapulmonary manifestations. These conditions include thrombotic complications, myocardial dysfunction and arrhythmia, acute coronary syndromes, acute kidney injury, gastrointestinal symptoms, hepatocellular injury, hyperglycemia and ketosis, neurologic illnesses, ocular symptoms, and dermatologic complications.

Gupta, A., Madhavan, M.V., Sehgal, K. et al. Extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19. Nat Med (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0968-3

Extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19

I do a fair amount of reading and research on this virus.  This review article is highly scientific and clinical.  If you choose to read this article I am not to blame if you never leave your house again for the next few years.


New China COVID-19 outbreak…Salmon?

It is unknown how the virus made it onto the chopping board at Xinfadi market in Beijing’s Fentai district, but the discovery came in conjunction with a cluster of cases and has forced its closure.

Lin Li, chief scientist of a team that monitors aquatic disease and control in Guangdong Province, told the newspaper it’s not possible for live salmon to be contaminated with the virus given it lives in the ocean, neither can frozen salmon be a source of the novel coronavirus which can only exist in active cells.

New China COVID-19 outbreak to directly impact ‘salmon business around the world’

By now anyone who stops by this blog knows I’m obsessed with Covid-19 and try to learn as much as I can by reading widely.  When I heard about the potential salmon connection I had to find more to read.  And I did.

IntraFish Media is the world’s leading source of news, prices and analysis for the global seafood, commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries.

Source: Wikipedia

I like salmon and usually buy the farmed version over the wild version despite the nutritional differences.  When I was on the company’s website I found this link:

Screenshot_2020-06-24 New China COVID-19 outbreak to directly impact 'salmon business around the world' Intrafish

I clicked the link and got this:

Screenshot_2020-06-24 Error 503 intrafish com

Memo to Self:

File under Things That Make You Go Hmmm……


Worried About Arizona

Update 06.16.20



Charts above from Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding Twitter post 06.16.20.

Arizona hospitals bracing for crisis as COVID-19 cases surge — ICU units approaching full capacity in Phoenix, Tucson

New, confirmed cases in Arizona totaled 4,500 from May 24 to May 30, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, as of Saturday morning. That’s nearly a 50% increase from the week before.

The health department’s data show cases increasing at a faster rate than diagnostic testing. The week ending on May 30 saw tests increase by about 14% statewide, compared to the 50% increase in cases. The same week saw tests increase by about 34% in Pima County, compared to the 85% increase in cases.


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Chart tool by covidcharts.tech; data from the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, link to the full article — America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic

Americans may wish the virus to be gone, but it is not. While the outbreak has eased in the Northeast, driving down the overall national numbers, cases have only plateaued in the rest of the country, and they appear to be on the rise in recent days in COVID Tracking Project data. Twenty-two states reported 400 or more new cases Friday, and 14 other states and Puerto Rico reported cases in the triple digits. Several states—including Arizona, North Carolina, and California—are now seeing their highest numbers of known cases.

America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic

I’m having trouble understanding human behavior.  Way too many people are equating reopening with it’s OK to go back to life as it was pre-Covid-19.  I made some observations at the grocery store on my other blog.  I’m beginning to see more mask-less people disregarding simple physical distancing.  I’ve spent a lot of time researching and reading up on this virus to stay safe and to share what I’ve learned so others can keep themselves safe.  Despite the idiots that walk amongst us I’ll continue to keep doing what I do because it’s what I do.

This shit is real and it is scary. COVID is taking patients down, and we do not know how to stop it. The images of overflowing EDs, overworked providers, patients who cannot breathe—these are real and it is happening. Do not let anyone tell you its not.

Rebecca Karb MD

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  This shit is real.  Stay safe.

Update 06.10.20

Arizona Hospitals Told to Activate Emergency Plans