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Dr. Stuart Weiss: COVID-19 Update Monday 29-Mar-2021

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By Dr. Stuart Weiss, Intelligent Crowd Solutions – Rapid Test Center of NY

Rapid Test Center of New York
Dr. Stuart Weiss, FACEP, FAAP, CBCP
March 29, 2021

CoViD-19 News and Information you can trust. 
Welcome new readers from the Rapid Test Center.

Topics: A couple of important points from today and some questions I was asked
A couple of important items from today and some questions I was asked

New cases are rising as is the death rate. The New York Times is reporting a 15% increase in the number of new CoViD-19 cases over the past two weeks. The Washington Post reported a 8.8% rise over the past week. It also reported a 10.5% increase in deaths.

Today, we saw a visibly emotional director of the CDC talk about the U.S. entering another wave. Dr. Walensky said that after weeks of decreases or remaining stable, new cases have jumped again. This happened twice before in the past year right before a major surge in virus activity. She went on to say that these jumps are fueled by states relaxing restrictions too soon and the heightened transmission of the variants especially the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant which now makes up around 26% of cases in the US and is modeled to be the dominant variant in the next few weeks.

The good news is that we are vaccinating more and more folks. We are averaging 2.7 million doses per day over the past week. 72% of Americans over 65 years have received at least one shot. In a study of healthcare workers, they had 80% protection after one shot. This protection drops off after a while which is why a second shot in the Pfizer or Moderna series is important.

Drs. Walensky and Fauci both said today that a next wave is not inevitable if we can just hold on a little longer. I am not as optimistic as I see Governors continue to relax restrictions even as new case numbers are rising. I think we are heading towards a next wave. What is not clear is how high this next wave will be. If we follow Europe and the UK, then as the B.1.1.7 becomes dominant and has a 30%-50% higher contagiousness, we will see a big surge in cases.

In news out of Brazil, where the P.1 variant is circulating widely and causing huge case numbers, they have seen big increases in severe illness and death in young and middle-aged adults since P.1 began widely circulating. It seems that their variant is attacking younger people.

In other news today, the long awaited WHO report on the origins of the virus was leaked today. They came to the same conclusion that they came to in the preliminary report released on Feb 9th. The virus jumped from bats or other animals to humans, possibly through an intermediary animal. They
said that leak from a lab was unlikely.

When the preliminary report came out in February, there was some concern that the Chinese might not have been as transparent with the WHO inspectors as we would have liked.

While I am not one to subscribe to conspiracy theories, I have some friends who used to work on viral containment for our government and they say that this virus has all of the hallmarks of an accidental release from a researcher working on the virus. So I’m not sure I buy the conclusion in the 123-page report that suggests further research into all of the possible causes should be done, except for the lab leak theory. Just saying…

Two questions I was asked today
1. If I catch CoViD-19 between my first shot and my second shot, what should I do? You are not fully protected until two weeks after your second shot in the Pfizer or Moderna series so there is a chance you could turn positive in between. If you do turn positive, you need to isolate for ten days. Once that is over and you feel well, without symptoms, you can schedule your second shot. It is okay if your second shot is delayed a few weeks. It won’t effect your protection.
2. I am afraid to get the vaccine because I heard that the vaccine may affect my fertility. According to STATNEWS.Com (a good site for medical news), this is a false rumor that was started by two European anti-vax’er propagandists. They erroneously claim that the “vaccine contains a spike protein called syncytin-1 that is vital for the human placenta in women”. They are correct that syncytin-1 is vital to the normal formation of a placenta in pregnancy and disruption of this would cause infertility or miscarriages but the claim that the vaccines contain it or transmit a message to make antibodies against it is just plain false. In fact, the risk to pregnant women from getting a CoViD-19 infection is much worse than the risk of the vaccine. The vaccines are very safe and there are ongoing studies right now of vaccination in pregnant women. Pregnant women were excluded from the initial studies out of an abundance of caution.

When you are eligible, get your self vaccinated so we can get through this together.

Dr. Stu Weiss

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Coronavirus update for March 29, 2021

World Wide Updates

Covid-19 cases on the rise among Brazil’s younger age groups, report says
Johnson & Johnson will supply 200 million Covid-19 vaccines to Europe in April
Italian prime minister hopeful EU will achieve herd immunity by end of July 
Mexico reveals Covid-19 death toll nearly 60% higher than officially reported
Balkan countries flock to Serbia for Covid-19 vaccinations
WHO draft report on coronavirus origin sticks with theory it came from an animal
Cuba begins to mass vaccinate with its homegrown vaccines
GlaxoSmithKline will manufacture Novavax Covid-19 vaccines for use in UK
Germany urges countries to step up funding for global vaccination effort
Upcoming WHO report will deem Covid-19 lab leak extremely unlikely, source says
Moderna has shipped 100 million doses of vaccine to the US government
WHO plans to release report on Covid-19’s origins tomorrow 
Slovenia to go into another lockdown in April
Mexico receives first shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines from the US
England takes its first cautious step out of lockdown
Merkel says she is considering new restrictions to bring coronavirus under control
India sees 6th day of record-high case numbers since last year
Taiwan and Palau to launch “travel bubble” this week
30 million people across the UK have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine
Canadian panel is recommending a pause on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations for people under 55 for safety reasons
Facebook freezes page of Venezuela’s Maduro for 30 days over claims that ‘miracle drops’ could cure COVID
Turkey imposes tighter weekend lockdown during Ramadan
German lockdown row deepens as state leaders pushes back against Merkel
Number of patients in French ICU close to levels reached in last autumn’s second wave
Hong Kong to ease some restrictions, including international arrival quarantine
Philippines records over 10,000 new Covid cases in a day for first time
Total Cases Worldwide: 128,184,043
Total Deaths Worldwide: 2,802,872
Total Recovered: 103,336,361

US Updates

Biden announces funding to provide seniors and people with disabilities transport to get Covid-19 vaccine
MLB is strongly encouraging players to get vaccinated
Florida governor signs Covid-19 liability protection bill into law
Only 1 US state hasn’t shared when it plans to start vaccinating everyone 16 and older
Thousands more vaccination sites coming within 3 weeks, Biden says
Biden calls on state and local officials to “please” reinstate the mask mandate
“Private sector” will oversee Covid-19 vaccine passports in US, White House adviser says
More than 80% of Chicagoans now eligible for Covid-19 vaccine
More than one in five US adults are fully vaccinated, CDC data shows
CDC adds substance abuse disorders to list of conditions that may increase risk of severe Covid-19
American Airlines is preparing almost all the planes it put in storage in the pandemic
US will wait for government review of WHO Covid-19 report before taking next steps, White House says
Colorado will open vaccines to all adults on April 2
Biden will announce 90% of adults will be vaccine eligible in three weeks
New York state will open vaccine eligibility to people 16 and older on April 6
CDC director will speak to governors to “buckle down” on reopening too fast
Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions, CDC says
CDC extends US pandemic eviction moratorium through June 30
US airline travel just hit the highest point of the pandemic
About 143 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US, according to CDC data 
Covid-19 variants aren’t the only reason for a spike in US cases, expert says 
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis threatens to sue federal government over cruise ship ban
Total US cases: 31,021,897
Total US deaths: 563,000
Total Recovered: 23,496,609
Total Tested in US: 388,603,313
Total cases in CA: 3,662,659
Total deaths in CA: 58,661
Total cases in TX: 2,784,983
Total deaths in TX: 48,338
Total cases in FL: 2,047,379
Total deaths in FL: 33,270
Total cases in NY: 1,898,489
Total deaths in NY: 50,331
Total cases in IL: 1,239,589
Total deaths in IL: 23,527
Total cases in GA: 1,056,421
Total death in GA: 18,962
Total Vaccines Administered in US: 145,812,835

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