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Difficult COVID month ahead

United States 100 million shots in 100 days Current supply issues Using the defence production act Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Guard to build sites Federal mask mandate https:/covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases https://covidtracking.com/data(The Atlantic) https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/coronavirus-us-cases-deaths/?itid=lk_inline_manual_5 Cases, + 215,449 = 23,715,000 Down 8.1% in past…

Convalescent plasma, no benefit

RECOVERY trial closes recruitment to convalescent plasma treatment for patients hospitalised with COVID-19 15 January 2021 https://www.recoverytrial.net/news/statement-from-the-recovery-trial-chief-investigators-15-january-2021-recovery-trial-closes-recruitment-to-convalescent-plasma-treatment-for-patients-hospitalised-with-covid-19 RECOVERY trial is being conducted by the registered clinical trials units with the Nuffield Department of Population Health in partnership with the Nuffield Department of…

Partner Call: Case Investigation and Contact Tracing

Dr. McDonald shared updates on CDC’s COVID-19 response, including the latest scientific information and what everyone should know about protecting themselves and others. In addition, Dr. Taylor provided an overview on contact tracing guidance and tools. Resource Document: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/partner-calls/docs/2021-01-11-ResourceLinks.pdf Comments on this…

Reinfection rate, very low

Past COVID-19 infection provides some immunity but people may still carry and transmit virus (14th Jan) PHE’s SIREN (SARS-CoV-2 Immunity and Reinfection EvaluatioN https://www.gov.uk/government/news/past-covid-19-infection-provides-some-immunity-but-people-may-still-carry-and-transmit-virus https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.12.15.20247981v1.full.pdf Since June, 102 NHS trusts Regular antibody and PCR testing on 20,787 healthcare workers Tested positive, 6,614…

Pandemic update, people and gorillas

China https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/13/china-covid-cases-jump-ahead-of-who-investigation-team-arrival National Health Commission, cases + 55 + 115 Local transmission, 107 of the new cases Hebei Heilongjiang, 16 new cases WHO expert panel, arrive tomorrow China Sinovac Biotech, Sinovac https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/13/brazil-trial-finds-efficacy-of-sinovac-vaccine-at-50-4-percent Brazil, Efficacy, 50.4 percent effective at preventing symptomatic infections, (many…

Pandemic, Global surge

Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html United States https:/covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases https://covidtracking.com https://covidtracking.com/data https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/coronavirus-us-cases-deaths/?itid=lk_inline_manual_5 Cases, + 193,857 + 22,324,541 Up 8.3% in past 7 days Testing, + 1,897,059 Up 5.1% in past 7 days National positivity, 13% Hospitalizations, 129,748 (23,494) (7,781) Deaths, 367,393 Vaccinations First does, 8,987,000 Second…

UK, Critical time

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Critical care units full

United States CDC trends https:/covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases https://covidtracking.com https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/coronavirus-us-cases-deaths/?itid=lk_inline_manual_5 Cases, + 243,346 + 266,197 + 310,080 = 21,654,108 Up 23.2% in 7 days Testing, + 1,914,839 + 2,137,494 Up 4.9% in past 7 days Positivity rate, 13.8% Hospitalizations, 131,889 (23,886) (7,909) Up 5.3% in…

What’s a Virus?

Dr. Abby breaks down the three main parts of a virus and why that information matters when it comes to infection control in this episode of Inside Infection Control. Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with our comment policy: http://www.cdc.gov/SocialMedia/Tools/CommentPolicy.html…

What’s the Goal of Infection Control?

In this episode of Inside Infection Control, you’ll meet CDC’s Dr. Abby Carlson, who will describe the goal of infection control. Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with our comment policy: http://www.cdc.gov/SocialMedia/Tools/CommentPolicy.html This video can also be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/wcms/video/low-res/infectioncontrol/2021/64086408EP1-Goal-HiRes.mp4…

Pandemic origin

Global situation https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/international/ Origins of the pandemic https://www.who.int/director-general/speeches/detail/opening-remarks-for-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19-5-january-2021 Over the past 24 hours, members of the international scientific team on COVID-19 virus origins began traveling from their home countries to China. Today we learned that Chinese officials have not yet finalised the…

Ireland and transatlantic differences

Ireland https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/# Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, Health Service Executive Treat others as if they had the virus Increasing exponentially We know the virus is out of control https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/02/ireland-covid-cases-surge-as-health-official-warns-virus-is-absolutely-rampant Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan Unfortunately, we expect this to get worse…