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Dr. Stuart Weiss: COVID-19 Update Wed 11-November-2020

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By Dr. Stuart Weiss

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

Nov 11, 2020

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

Topics: Rough times ahead

Rough Times Ahead

NBC News tonight reported that the US reported 144,249 new cornora cases today. That is by far, the highest number of new cases we have had in one day. 47 States are showing uncontrolled spread of coronavirus. The COVID Tracking Project reports that 61,964 Americans were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Nov 10. That’s the most hospitalizations recorded since the beginning of the pandemic in March. As you may remember, hospitalizations lag behind new cases by a few weeks so we should expect that hospitalizations will continue to rise and 3-4 weeks after that, deaths will increase. Hospitals in the middle of our country are struggling to keep up and already many are reporting that they lack sufficient beds or staff to care for the enormous number of patients they are seeing.

This is going to be a rough next two-three months. With a complete vacuum of national strategy for dealing with the pandemic and the current administration focused on negating the election, Governors are left on their own and some act wisely and other act stupidly. The Strategic National Stockpile has less than half of the N-95 masks they had hoped they would have heading into the winter months, Hospitals and nursing homes are again competing for scarce medical supplies and equipment, This is April and May all over again

As the weather get colder and we spend more time indoors, as expected, covid numbers will go up. I know we are all suffering from pandemic fatigue, I know I am tired of all of this, but now is NOT the time to become lax with basic public health practices. Remember, face coverings, hand washing and social distancing work and are the mainstay of stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2. In fact, the CDC just came out with new guidance stating that cloth masks protect both the wearer and the people around them (it used to say that masks only protect people around the wearer).

We got good news about the Pfizer vaccine earlier this week. That is great but we still have major issues with supply chain of the vaccine. It requires extremely cold temperatures to store it, around minus 80. Normal freezers can’t get to anywhere near minus 80. It still looks like late spring is the earliest that we will have widespread vaccination programs up and running across the US.

Contact tracing question

I have gotten several similar questions from clients about contact tracing recently. When you are doing contact tracing, the CDC recommends that you go back 48 hours from the positive test or diagnosis to find close contacts. Some people were going back a week or two but that is not necessary.

Lingering Fatigue

Another reason to avoid getting CoVid was reported in a new study. Researchers in Ireland looked at people who had recovered from a CoViD-19 infection and found that 52% has persistent fatigue up to 10 weeks after catching coronavirus.

Stay safe and try to remember to protect yourself and your families, especially as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Do not gather in large groups for the holiday. Its only one year and how terrible would it be if vulnerable members of your family got sick and ended up alone in an understaffed hospital.

Be well,
Dr. Stu Weiss
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Coronavirus update for November 11, 2020

World Wide Updates

UK passes 50,000 Covid-19 deaths as England completes first week of month-long lockdown
Overcrowded Italian hospital treats patients in their cars
EU signs contract for up to 300 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Spain to demand negative COVID-19 tests from all travelers arriving from ‘high risk’ countries
Three Siberian medics test positive for coronavirus after receiving Russia’s Sputnik vaccine
The UK, Italy and Portugal mark grim milestones
Brazil set to resume trials of China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine following brief suspension
Pfizer’s CEO sold US $5.6 million in stock the day he announced promising vaccine news
EU following mink farm Covid-19 outbreak reports “extremely closely”
Flights for the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble will begin November 22
Vanuatu reports first Covid-19 case since outbreak began
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh tests positive for Covid-19 after prison release
UK standards won’t be lowered in race for vaccine, says England’s deputy chief medical officer
Russia says early data shows its Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine 92% effective
Australia says it’s on track to deliver Covid-19 vaccines in March
Havana to reopen its international airport to all commercial flights
Cyprus announces local lockdown to curb virus spread
Lockdown tightened in Greece
Italy passes 1 million cases
Visitors to Spain will have to test negative on arrival
Indian court slams Delhi government for allowing surge in Covid-19 cases
UK to introduce “student travel corridor” for Christmas
Total Cases Worldwide: 52,355,536
Total Deaths Worldwide: 1,287,858
Total Recovered: 36,628,201

US Updates

White House political director tests positive for coronavirus
Nearly a dozen counties in California tighten Covid restrictions amid surge in new cases
West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Illinois report record numbers of Covid-19 cases in single day
“Vaccination is not going to be a fairytale ending,” says former CDC director
New ‘Bachelorette’ suitor crashes car after receiving positive coronavirus diagnosis
Gov. Cuomo orders 10 p.m. curfew on New York restaurants and gyms, private parties capped at 10 people as Covid-19 cases climb
More than 136,000 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the US on Tuesday — another single-day record
COVID-19 hospitalizations in U.S. hit all-time high
College budgets take another hit with dining halls sitting empty
Texas is first state to reach 1 million coronavirus cases
The CDC says masks protect both the wearers and those around them
28 election workers in Missouri county contract coronavirus
US nursing homes still have dangerously long waits for virus test results
More US state leaders are urging residents to stay home as Covid-19 infections skyrocket
Colorado saw a record number of Covid-19 cases identified on Tuesday
More people hospitalized in US with Covid-19 than ever before
California surpasses 18,000 coronavirus deaths, nears 1 million cases
Texas set a new record for Covid-19 cases identified in a day
Total US cases: 10,679,864
Total US deaths: 247,157
Total Recovered: 6,634,145
Total Tested in US: 155,271,200
Total cases in TX: 1,042,439
Total deaths in TX: 19,453
Total cases in CA: 991,810
Total deaths in CA: 18,070
Total cases in FL: 858,012
Total deaths in FL: 17,301
Total cases in NY: 577,419
Total deaths in NY: 33,898
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