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Dr. Stuart Weiss: COVID-19 Update Monday 9-November-2020

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By Dr. Stuart Weisss

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

Nov 09, 2020

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

Topics: New Pfizer Vaccine news, Biden Advisory Board, CoViD spread

Pfizer Vaccine News

Today we got some VERY preliminary good news from Pfizer about their vaccine. In an update on their website, Pfizer said that preliminary data from its large Phase 3 trial showed that their vaccine prevented CoViD-19 disease in 90% of folks in the trial. The trial had 44,000 people in it and half received the two dose vaccine and half received placebo. A total of 94 people contracted CoViD-19 during the trial. Although there was much hoopla around this announcement and the stock market went on a steep climb upward, there was no data released. That analysis is still ongoing and may take several months to complete. We don’t know which 90% were protected. Was it mostly young people or mildly sick people or was it very sick people? We need more data to know if the vaccine will really help.

Once approved, it will take months to get the vaccine distributed widely to give to large segments of the population. So the pandemic is still not over and we have to get through a tough next few months but this was good news.

Biden Advisory panel

Today, the 13 member Biden CoVid Advisory Board was named and there are some great really smart folks on the team. I am very optimistic that science will guide us moving forward. Congratulations to my friend Mike Osterholm who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at University of Minnesota. He was named ot the board.

They have their work cut out for them as the number of coronavirus cases keeps climbing. The initial priorities seem right to me. They are:Increase testingUse the Defense Production Act to finally end the shortage of PPE in the USUniversal mask mandates to stop the spread of the virusScience based approach to combating the virusWow, what a breath of fresh air!!

Coronavirus rapidly spreading

For the sixth straight day, the US reported more than 100,000 new infections. We now have over 10 million cases in the US with 237,385 American deaths according to the Johns Hopkins dashboard.
Here in NYC, the case numbers are rising. We are seeing more positive cases in our testing center. NYC reported over 1,000 new cases for the past 4 days in a row. State in the middle of the country are especially hard hit.

Stay safe and try to remember to protect yourself and your families, especially as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

Be well,
Dr. Stu Weiss
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Coronavirus update for November 9, 2020

World Wide Updates

Italy declares five more “orange zones” as official says epidemic is worsening
French health agency director says second wave of coronavirus has yet to peak
Canada invests in high speed internet due to changes in work and schooling during pandemic
UK PM: Anti-vaccine argument “holds no water”
Netherlands’ daily Covid-19 cases drop below 5,000 for the first time in a month
Japan identified another 957 coronavirus cases on Sunday
Hundreds protest England’s new restrictions, but some say it “doesn’t feel like lockdown”
Iraq tops 500,000 coronavirus cases; Iran remains the Middle East’s worst-hit country
China’s Tianjin city reports two infections related to frozen food facility
Europe keeps close eye on mink outbreak
Welsh “firebreak” lockdown ends, but its success won’t be known for weeks
Shanghai reports one new locally transmitted case
European countries opt for stricter lockdown measures to halt rising cases
Another record day of Covid-19 cases in Iran
Italian doctors call for national lockdown amid surge of cases
Russia reports almost 22,000 new Covid-19 cases
South Korea reported another 126 Covid-19 cases yesterday
India’s capital reported a record number of coronavirus cases on Sunday
Melbourne lifts some travel restrictions after 10 days of no new Covid-19 cases
Mexico surpasses 95,000 Covid-19 deaths and nears 1 million cases
Belgium monitoring its mink farms after Danish virus outbreak
Ukrainian president tests positive for COVID-19 months after saying he ‘wanted to get’ virus
Total Cases Worldwide: 51,195,447
Total Deaths Worldwide: 1,269,314
Total Recovered: 36,017,898

US Updates

California hospitalizations rise by more than 25% as governor warns people are “letting their guard down”
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo tests positive for Covid-19
Pfizer vaccine “not a magic bullet,” emergency physician cautions
As hospital capacity shrinks, Utah Governor hopes increased testing will help with Covid-19 surge
Trump adviser tapped to oversee campaign’s legal challenges tests positive for coronavirus, sources say
New Jersey Governor announces highest number of hospitalizations since June
Illinois exceeds 10,000 new Covid-19 cases for four days straight 
Pfizer vaccine data submission and FDA review will take several weeks each, says HHS secretary Azar
Eight states have not yet begun distributing quick Covid-19 tests, says official
Nearly 10% of Covid-19 hospital patients have to be readmitted, report finds
Pennsylvania positivity rate stands at nearly 7% — with more than 10,000 cases recorded in three days
Biden hails “positive news” on vaccine but says process must “be grounded in science”
United States surpasses 10 million coronavirus cases
NY Governor says micro-clusters will be “the constant,” with coronavirus rates expected to go up in winter
Crowded nursing homes linked to larger and more deadly outbreaks of Covid-19, study says
Minnesota Governor announces “a pretty massive expansion of testing”
Ben Carson is latest Trump official to test positive for coronavirus
FDA calls on drugmakers to increase diversity of clinical trials to confront health disparities
Tens of millions at higher risk for Covid-19 were essential workers who couldn’t work from home — or lived with one
New study finds hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work for patients hospitalized with Covid-19
NYC could face partial shutdown if trends continue and it hits “full-blown second wave,” mayor warns
Biden gets ready to face “apex” of pandemic
Tackling coronavirus in the US is the first item on Biden and Harris’ agenda
Vaccine maker Novavax gets FDA fast-track for experimental coronavirus shot
Philadelphia officials tell election party-goers to get COVID-19, report says
UC San Diego erects outdoor tents for in-person teaching
Utah declares state of emergency and issues mask mandate over rising coronavirus cases
More than 33% of Wisconsin coronavirus tests are coming back positive
Total US cases: 10,396,480Total US deaths: 244,313Total Recovered: 6,537,524Total Tested in US: 156,673,639
Total cases in TX: 1,021,250
Total deaths in TX: 19,306
Total cases in CA: 980,168
Total deaths in CA: 17,996
Total cases in FL: 847,821
Total deaths in FL: 17,179
Total cases in NY: 569,176
Total deaths in NY: 33,851
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