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Friday, November 20, 2020

COVID-19 Briefing for 11-20-2020

Here is an update for this afternoon 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.

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.


887 Detected
(+15 from Wednesday and +50 from last Thursday and +157 in four weeks)

54 Active
(+2 from Wednesday and -8 from last Thursday and +25 in four weeks)

825 Recovered
(+13 from Wednesday and +58 from last Thursday and +131 in four weeks)

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


6883 by MCPH
(unchanged from Wednesday and +216 from last Thursday and +695 in four weeks)

3580 by Others
(unchanged from Wednesday and +180 from last Thursday and +849 in four weeks)

10463 total
(unchanged from Wednesday and +396 from last Thursday and +1544 in four weeks)

123 tests pending results
(-32 from Wednesday and +69 from last Thursday and +10 in four weeks)


Covid-19: Public Health And Scientific Challenges with Anthony Fauci MD (Nov. 18, 2020)

COVID-19 patient thanks medical staff by playing violin

Covid-19: why vaccine mistrust is growing | The Economist

Interview, vaccines and acceptance

Ep 32 Osterholm Update COVID-19: Stop Swapping Air

Visit the Osterholm Update podcast website: [LINK]

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

Stories About Vaccines

Fauci: Vaccinating people who think COVID-19 is ‘fake news’ will be ‘real problem’ [LINK]

Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 are associated with protection against reinfection [LINK]

Sorrento Announces IND Filing for COVI-DROPS, an Intranasal Formulation of a High Potency Neutralizing Antibody Against SARS-CoV-2 (Press Release) [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]

Serum Institute of India CEO, Adar Poonawala says Oxford vaccine available to Indian general public by April 2021. Will cost maximum of 1000 rupees ($13)for 2 doses. [LINK]

Vaccine Possibilities [LINK]

Distributing the COVID Vaccine: The Greatest Logistics Challenge Ever

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

Pfizer boss says company aims to send out vaccine within hours of approval [LINK]

SARS-CoV-2 infection suppresses ACE2 function and antiviral immune response in the upper respiratory tract of infected patients [LINK]

An ancient coronavirus-like epidemic drove adaptation in East Asians from 25,000 to 5,000 years ago [LINK]

Tocilizumab effective in treating sickest COVID-19 patients (Press Release) [LINK]

Baricitinib Receives Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for the Treatment of Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 (Press Release [LINK]

Early chains of transmission of COVID-19 in France [LINK]

Quercetin and Its Metabolites Inhibit Recombinant Human Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE2) Activity [LINK]

Ascorbate as Prophylaxis and Therapy for COVID-19—Update From Shanghai and U.S. Medical Institutions [LINK]

Covid-19 Mortality: A Matter of Vulnerability Among Nations Facing Limited Margins of Adaptation [LINK]

Dog Walkers Have Increased Risk of Contracting COVID-19, According to Study [LINK]

Medical Professionals Speak Out

These frontline health workers could have retired – instead they died helping others [LINK]

Missouri health director quits over harassment for telling the truth about pandemic [LINK]

Utah hospital workers rushed to NYC to help with covid in the spring. NYC workers just returned the favor. [LINK]

The CDC is recommending people do not travel for Thanksgiving this year. Wear masks inside house if you do. [LINK]

With hospitals full and a 45% Covid-19 positivity rate in Iowa, health officials beg for stronger steps [LINK]

Article claiming that “masks don’t work” misleads readers by inaccurately interpreting a withdrawn study and a published study conducted on U.S. Marine Corps recruits [LINK]

‘People are going to die’: Hospitals in half the states are facing a massive staffing shortage as Covid-19 surges [LINK]

Birx says COVID-19 cases spread during cold snap as more people moved inside [LINK]

CDC Says Maine Wedding Outbreak Shows Need to Avoid Gatherings [LINK]

COVID-19 in the USA

Hudson Valley Residents Are Getting ‘Reinfected’ With COVID-19 [LINK]

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

States That Imposed Few Restrictions Now Have the Worst Outbreaks [LINK]

US jobless claims increase to 742,000 as pandemic worsens [LINK]

More than 119,000 Americans have died since last White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing 4 months ago [LINK]

Leaked White House report warns current Covid-19 mitigation efforts 'inadequate' [LINK]

Boise to begin enforcing mask orders (Idaho) [LINK]

Oklahoma Megachurch Organizes Mass Thanksgiving Meal, Asks Followers to 'Bring a Neighbor' [LINK]

COVID-19 Transmission Surges at Dangerous Pace, L.A. County Sees Highest Number of New COVID-19 Cases as Hospitalizations Climb - Public Health Reports 29 New Deaths and 5,031 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County [LINK]

Ohio House passes bill preventing governor, health director from shutting down businesses [LINK]

Texas couple loses six loved ones to Covid, urges families not to travel for holidays [LINK]

Minnesota to Close Bars, Restaurants, Gyms, for 4 Weeks [LINK]

20 die in record one-day coronavirus death toll for Oregon; new cases come in at highest ever: 1,225 [LINK]

Tests Ahead Of Holidays May Give People A False Sense Of Security [LINK]

Bill Gates calls U.S.’s failure to contain the coronavirus ‘mind blowing,’ warns that colder months will be ‘very tough’ [LINK]

COVID-19 Around the World

COVID toll turns spotlight on Europe's taboo of data by race [LINK]

Vaccines that can help India in its fight against Covid-19 [LINK]

Singapore reports no local COVID-19 infections for the 10th day [LINK]

Pizza worker's 'lie' forced South Australia lockdown [LINK]

Serbian Orthodox Church leader dies from COVID-19 after funeral for virus victim [LINK]


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Published at 4:00am on Friday, November 20, 2020