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Monday, June 29, 2020

COVID-19 AM Briefing for Monday, June 29, 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. First Section is a repeat of the local and state numbers that were in this morning, briefing in the news and weather report on Macon Media.



Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 58,816 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,303 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 60,537 confirmed cases from 855,151 targeted tests, and 888 hospitalized and 1,318 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 60,812 people infected and 1,812 deaths.


Data from Macon County Public Health as of June 27th [LINK]


Detected 274 (+2 in one day) (+21 in 7 days) (+52 in 14 days)
Actives 164 (+2 in one day) (-49 in 7 days) (-39 in 14 days)
Recovered 109 (0 in one day) (+70 in 7 days) (+91 in 14 days)
Deceased 1 (0 in one day) (0 in 7 days) (0 in 14 days)


Testing Data

MCPH Tests 2,762 (0 in one day) (+334 in 7 days) (+728 in 14 days)
Other Tests 684 (0 in one day) (+52 in 7 days) (+252 in 14 days)
Total Tests 3,446 (0 in one day) (+386 in 7 days) (+980 in 14 days)
Pending 202 (-38 in one day) (+21 in 7 days) (+97 in 14 days)





Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]


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Research Papers, Clinical Trials and News About Such

SARS-CoV-2 has been circulating in northern Italy since December 2019: evidence from environmental monitoring [LINK]

Weekly COVID-19 testing with household quarantine and contact tracing is feasible and would probably end the epidemic [LINK]

The Use of Povidone Iodine Nasal Spray and Mouthwash During the Current COVID-19 Pandemic May Reduce Cross Infection and Protect Healthcare Workers [LINK]

Predicting the Trajectory of Any COVID19 Epidemic From the Best Straight Line [LINK]

A plea for avoiding systematic intubation in severely hypoxemic patients with COVID-19-associated respiratory failure [LINK]

The BCG vaccine does not protect against COVID-19: Applying an economist’s toolkit to a medical question [LINK]

Modeling herd immunity [LINK]

Modified Vaccinia Ankara Based SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Expressing Full-Length Spike Induces Strong Neutralizing Antibody Response [LINK]

Deep phenotyping of 34,128 patients hospitalised with COVID-19 and a comparison with 81,596 influenza patients in America, Europe and Asia: an international network study [LINK]

A universal design of betacoronavirus vaccines against COVID-19, MERS and SARS [LINK]

Safety Update: COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma in 20,000 Hospitalized Patients [LINK]

Africa, African-Americans, and the Coronavirus Vaccines [LINK]

Can tocilizumab calm the cytokine storm of COVID-19? [LINK]

Sensitivity analysis of the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in Europe [LINK]

Sex, age, and hospitalization drive antibody responses in a COVID-19 convalescent plasma donor population [LINK]





Mental Health and COVID-19

Warning signs: more Canadians thinking about suicide during pandemic [LINK]


News from News Outlets and Medical Professions

Dr John Campbell

Global Update and US Focus


Global Update, Australia, UK



A volunteer 'sewing squad' distributed more than 55,000 masks to vulnerable communities in 3 months. They're not slowing down [LINK]

ER doctor’s plea: ‘Stop going to politicians for news about science' [VIDEO


How the Coronavirus Short-Circuits the Immune System
In a disturbing parallel to H.I.V., the coronavirus can cause a depletion of important immune cells, recent studies found. [LINK]

We are in ‘much more dire situation than we were back in March’ says global health policy expert [LINK]

Coronavirus hospitalizations once again at all-time low in NY state [LINK]

Houston hospitals hit 100% base ICU capacity. Then they stopped reporting data. [LINK


It’s Official—Americans Won’t Be Allowed Into Europe When It Reopens [LINK]

Florida Governor on rising coronavirus cases: you ‘can’t control’ what young people do [LINK]

VP Mike Pence: "Wear a mask."

Speaking at a news conference with TX Gov. Greg Abbott, Vice President Mike Pence said Americans should practice good hygiene, wear masks, and socially distance whenever possible.



China locks down 400,000 people after virus spike near Beijing [LINK]

The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking the coronavirus threat seriously [LINK]

80% of US adults report wearing a mask all, most, or some of the time when in stores or other businesses. Only 7% say they never do. [LINK]

California Orders All Bars Closed in Los Angeles County(10 million people)and 6 other Other Counties to Combat Virus Spread [LINK]

Gov. McMaster declares new state of emergency, S.C. surpasses 30,000 COVID-19 cases [LINK]

U.S. virus surge likely to continue for weeks, experts say [LINK]

Teachers in Fairfax revolt against fall plans, refusing to teach in-person [LINK]

Coronavirus vaccine may not be enough to achieve herd immunity in U.S. [LINK]

Texas couple married for 53 years dies from coronavirus while holding hands [LINK]





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Published at 9:00am on Monday, June 29,2020


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