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Thursday, November 19, 2020

COVID-19 Briefing for 11-19-2020

Here is an update for this morning on how humanity is dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic that is caused by SARS CoV-2. The story is told through links to news outlets, research papers, and videos. They are presented without comment.


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COVID-19 Numbers from Macon County Public Health

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to Macon Media.


782 Detected
(+6 from Tunesday and +61 from last Wednesday and +145 in four weeks)

52 Active
(-7 from Tunesday and +12 from last Wednesday and +22 in four weeks)

812 Recovered
(+13 from Tunesday and +49 from last Wednesday and +120 in four weeks)

8 Deaths
(unchanged from Tunesday and unchanged from last Wednesday and +1 in four weeks)


6883 by MCPH
(+62 from Tunesday and +236 from last Wednesday and +849 in four weeks)

3580 by Others
(+113 from Tunesday and +273 from last Wednesday and +1276 in four weeks)

10463 total
(+175 from Tunesday and +509 from last Wednesday and +1554 in four weeks)

155 tests pending results
(+26 from Tunesday and +68 from last Wednesday and +52 in four weeks)

America's Agenda: COVID-19 & A Responsive Rx Supply Chain
Over the past six months, the coronavirus pandemic has forced people all over the world to abide by a new way of life. Nothing is the same and while accommodations can be made for our lifestyle choices, there is little flexibility when it comes to healthcare needs. Ahead of the general election The Hill gathers policymakers, health officials and healthcare stakeholders for a conversation about ensuring resilience in the pharmaceutical supply chain whether in the face of the current pandemic or future health crises.


The mental health toll of COVID-19

Slow Motion Sneeze in 4K - The Slow Mo Guys with Dr Anthony Fauci

The Costs of Coronavirus - JAMA NETWORK

How Doctors Can Predict Who Dies From COVID-19

TWiV 683: Two COVID-19 mRNA vaccines

On this episode of TWiV, mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer show over 90% efficacy, prothrombotic auto-antibodies in serum of COVID-19 patients, and the whereabouts of SARS-CoV-2 in the human body. Show notes at [LINK]

Artist performs “Quarantine Concerts” for doctors and nurses in a hospital Parking Lot

Stories About Vaccines

Vaccine Possibilities [LINK]

Distributing the COVID Vaccine: The Greatest Logistics Challenge Ever

Pfizer and BioNTech Conclude Phase 3 Study of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate, Meeting All Primary Efficacy Endpoints (Press Release) [LINK]

Pfizer Covid vaccine 95% effective and passes all safety checks, final analysis shows [LINK]

Vaccine, looking very good

The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight [LINK]

Pfizer To Seek FDA OK For COVID-19 Vaccine 'Within Days' [LINK]

Exclusive: Canada in talks to donate extra COVID-19 vaccine shots to poorer countries - sources [LINK]

Now that two highly effective Covid vaccines are within reach, we just have to get them to 7.8 billion people [LINK]

Health officials say every state will have COVID vaccine doses within 24 hours after FDA green light [LINK]

Dolly Parton learned she funded the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine when the rest of us did [LINK]

AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot candidate shows promise among elderly in trials [LINK]

Safety and immunogenicity of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine administered in a prime-boost regimen in young and old adults (COV002): a single-blind, randomised, controlled, phase 2/3 trial [LINK]

Research Papers, Clinical Trials, Vaccines, and News About Testing

COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdown: response time is more important than its strictness [LINK]

A rapid at-home covid-19 test — for under $50 — just got FDA approval [LINK]

No, soaring COVID-19 cases are not due to more testing – they show a surging pandemic [LINK]

COVID-19 can have a major impact on sperm quality: "Men who were ill are better off waiting with children" [LINK]

CDC removes guidance pushing for school reopenings amid COVID pandemic saying ’new scientific information has emerged’ [LINK]

Belief in conspiracy theories is a barrier to controlling spread of COVID-19 [LINK]

The Coronavirus Is Airborne Indoors. But We’re Still Scrubbing Surfaces. [LINK]

Why a Negative COVID Test Doesn't Mean a Safe Thanksgiving [LINK]

Long covid: Damage to multiple organs presents in young, low risk patients [LINK]

Stanford "lab on a chip" can detect Covid-19 in half an hour [LINK]

Number of COVID-19 'long haulers,' survivors experiencing lasting virus symptoms, is growing [LINK]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home [LINK]

A continuously self-sterilizing form of copper capable of 99% SARS-CoV-2 deactivation in 30 seconds [LINK]

Medical Professionals Speak Out

Health-care workers are desperate for Americans to listen: ‘We didn’t go to nursing school to be martyrs’ [LINK]

A Nurse's Plea: 'I Wish That I Could Get People To See COVID Through My Eyes' [LINK]

Bay Area doctor says this holiday season has to 'suck' so future ones don't [LINK]

U.S. is in an 'absolutely dangerous situation' as Covid outbreak worsens, top health official says [LINK]

Hospitals could soon be overwhelmed amid COVID-19 surge, L.A. County officials say [LINK]

COVID-19 in the USA

Dr. Fauci says US needs a national response to COVID-19 crisis, instead of ‘disjointed’ state-by-state approach [LINK]

Why the United States Can’t Defeat the Coronavirus [LINK]

'Tired to the bone': Hospitals overwhelmed with virus cases [LINK]

Hospitals across US cancel elective procedures — again [LINK]

More than 3 million people in U.S. estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus [LINK]

U.S. surpasses 250,000 Covid-19 deaths [LINK]

COVID-19 to Become Third-Leading Cause of Death in United States [LINK]

Lawsuit: Tyson managers bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19 - Iowa Capital Dispatch [LINK]

Texas County Sends Emergency Text Alert To 4.7M Residents Requesting They Cancel Holiday Gatherings During COVID-19 Surge [LINK]

Anthony Fauci Urges Caution Ahead Of Holiday Season, Says His Family Will Have Thanksgiving Dinner Over Zoom [LINK]

One in six Texans infected with COVID-19, study estimates [LINK]

Gov. DeSantis' office pledges no lockdown in Florida as COVID cases spike [LINK]

New York City to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise [LINK]

South Dakota gov. resists statewide mask mandate as weekly positivity rate remains second highest in the country [LINK]

Ohio’s coronavirus numbers late because of reduced local health department staffing, unprecedented case volume, system errors [LINK]

Some Tarrant County Residents With COVID-19 Tell Contact Tracers They Had Attended Cowboys Home Games (Texas) [LINK]

LA County Records Nearly 4,000 New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours, as Officials Warn of Stay at Home Order [LINK]

Florida Legislature: Not our role to contain the coronavirus [LINK]

Gavin Newsom Apologizes for Breaking His Own COVID Rules. Other Californians Went to Jail | Jon Miltimore [LINK]

How the Cherokee Nation is beating the coronavirus pandemic even as surrounding areas surge [LINK]

Gov. Andy Beshear unveils new coronavirus restrictions for Kentucky [LINK]

Wisconsin is running out of ICU beds amid COVID-19 surge, warns DHS Secretary-designee [LINK]

N.Y. Shuts Funeral Home Where Dozens of Bodies Were Found in Trucks [LINK]

Walz to temporarily close bars, restaurants and fitness centers as COVID-19 cases surge (Minnesota) [LINK]

News Stories and Research About Masks

Yes, Masks Work: Debunking the Pseudoscience [LINK]

Pandemic science, Wear a mask to protect yourself

A (Complete) Debunking of Denis Rancourt’s Argument That “Masks Don’t Work.” [LINK]

Wearing of Cloth or Disposable Surgical Face Masks has no Effect on Vigorous Exercise Performance in Healthy Individuals [LINK]

McKenzie County (North Dakota) sheriff will not enforce mask mandate. North Dakota has the highest infection rate in the world. [LINK]
Kansas Gov announces statewide face-covering protocol [LINK]

Gov. Tony Evers extends Wisconsin mask mandate into 2021 [LINK]

Effectiveness of Adding a Mask Recommendation to Other Public Health Measures to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Danish Mask Wearers: A Randomized Controlled Trial [LINK]

"When does the Narwhal bacon?" -- A 28-year-old ‘nerd’ in Baltimore invented a new type of mask, and tapped into the strangeness of this 2020 holiday season [LINK]

COVID-19 Around the World

Newfoundland and Labrador have now gone over 200 days without a single case of community transmission [LINK]

Controversy in the Netherlands after it was proposed to make the COVID-19 vaccine indirectly mandatory, which could ban non-vaccinated people from certain public places. PM Rutte says the government will think about it [LINK]

South Australia reveals reason for sudden 6 day lockdown, new Covid-19 Strain with ultra short 24 hr incubation period. [LINK]

Sweden’s pivot toward new virus restrictions may not 'shift mindsets,' says Swedish scientist [LINK]

The miracle of Schwyz: How the canton turned from the Corona hotspot back into a safe valley after the yodel musical [GERMAN]


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Published at 4:20am on Thursday, November 19, 2020