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Dr. Stuart Weiss: COVID-19 Update Wednesday 17-Feb-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

February 17, 2021

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

Topics: A Short Plug for Monoclonal antibodies

New Testing Centers coming Friday!We are opening testing centers in Chelsea in Manhattan and lower Westchester County. Beside rt-PCR with rapid results, we do antibody testing. We hope to give vaccinations as soon as the supply increases.

Monoclonal antibodies

This evening, Dr. David Kessler, the chief scientist for the Biden administration CoViD-19 response was on television talking about a CoViD-19 treatment that is going unused. So I want to repeat what he was talking about.

Monoclonal antibody infusion is an infusion of CoViD-19 specific antibodies to help jumpstart a person’s immune system. One of the issues with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes CoViD-19, is that in people with risk factors for severe disease, the virus overwhelms the immune system and causes significant damage while their body is trying to stop it. In addition, sometimes the actual immune response itself causes damage. But what if we could infuse premade antibodies into someone to help their body begin killing the virus. Well, we can.

FDA approved monoclonal antibodies are made by three different companies. The issue is that 70% of the stock of these life saving medications is apparently not being used and is just sitting on the shelf. You may have heard about monoclonal antibodies when former President Trump got them when he was extremely sick from CoViD-19. But you don’t have to be the President to get the infusion. The Federal government has provided the medication and covers its use. When used appropriately, it can prevent a high risk person from progressing to severe life threatening CoViD-19.

The key is early use. You must get diagnosed quickly and infused within 10 days to have the most effect. This is not for people already sick in the hospital. This is for people at home who come down with symptoms and are high risk due to things like old age, obesity, cancer, HIV, other things that suppress the immune system.

So, if you have risk factors and come down with CoViD-19, then ask you doctor about getting an infusion. It takes about an hour to be infused. Its not like a shot. There is also a special website set up by the government which can tell you places offering the infusion. The website is CombatCoViD.hhs.gov

If you are eligible, get vaccinated so we can all get through this together.

Dr. Stu Weiss
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Coronavirus update for February 17, 2021

World Wide Updates

Pfizer vaccine is about 95% effective against Covid-19, Israeli data shows
Belgium detects first cases of P.1 variant first linked to Brazil
UN secretary general calls on wealthy nations to ensure vaccines are distributed fairly across the globe
EU announces bio-defense plan against Covid-19 variants
South Africa begins Covid-19 vaccinations
British Covid-19 variant is worrying and doubling every week, German health minister says
World’s first Covid-19 human challenge study to begin within a month in the UK
Italy’s Lombardy region imposes ‘red zone’ on four towns due to spread of coronavirus variants
Germany reports a coronavirus outbreak in an ice cream factory
Churches in Ireland provide ‘takeaway’ ashes on Ash Wednesday
BioNTech to supply additional 200 million vaccine doses to the EU
New Zealand to roll back social distancing restrictions
El Salvador to start vaccinating citizens
Australian state of Victoria to end snap lockdown
South Africa receives first shipment of single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine
North Korea hacked Pfizer in bid to steal vaccine tech, South Korean lawmaker says
Thousands of Amazon workers in UK forced to isolate after they’re wrongfully diagnosed with COVID
Anthony Fauci awarded $1 million Israeli prize for ‘defending science’
Turkey to gradually loosen restrictions from March
Concern in Germany over public reluctance to have Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
Switzerland to start easing lockdown in March
Hospitals in Czech Republic could become overwhelmed in weeks
UK hospitality sector could partially reopen in May
UN chief urges global vaccination plan for Covid-19
Dominican Republic launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign
Total Cases Worldwide: 110,368,599
Total Deaths Worldwide: 2,437,958
Total Recovered: 85,260,300

US Updates

More than 56 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the US, according to CDC data
Biden administration announces more federal funding to expand Covid-19 testing, including at schools
Amusement parks and summer camps cleared to open as more mass vaccinations sites come to New York
Kroger Health announces new online Covid-19 vaccine scheduling tool
White House says Biden included minimum wage increase in relief bill because he “feels it’s important”
New York state to open up four additional mass vaccination sites, governor says
CDC’s ensemble forecast now projects up to 559,000 US Covid-19 deaths by March 13
White House says teacher vaccinations are “not a requirement to reopen”
National Guard members have helped administer more than 1.2 million vaccinations
The US has reported nearly 1,300 infections from Covid-19 variants
Massachusetts is expanding eligibility for vaccinations, governor says
New CDC reports warn that variants could lead to “rapid rise” in Covid-19 cases
At least 90 Covid-19 variant cases linked to Michigan prison, state official says 
Two DC airports to soon have onsite Covid-19 testing
White House outlines “bridge” funding to increase Covid-19 testing
New York City will “run out” of vaccine doses today or tomorrow, mayor says
Increased US vaccine supply will end state-to-state discrepancies in who can get a shot, Fauci says
Former Biden advisers push White House to more widely recommend use of N95 masks
US reports 59,598 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday
Fauci says a Covid-19 vaccine could be needed annually
United States could be back to normal by Christmas, Biden says
New York attorney general sues Amazon over “deficient” Covid-19 response
California DMV issues driver’s license to woman wearing face mask in photo
New cases and hospitalizations decline for fifth consecutive week in US
Michigan hospital system cancels nearly 2K vaccinations due to major shortage
Minnesota governor expects all schools to offer “some form” of in-person learning by March 8
Total US cases: 28,438,566
Total US deaths: 501,879
Total Recovered: 18,565,050
Total Tested in US: 333,661,620
Total cases in CA: 3,488,196
Total deaths in CA: 47,643
Total cases in TX: 2,582,082
Total deaths in TX: 41,727
Total cases in FL: 1,844,627
Total deaths in FL: 29,311
Total cases in NY: 1,596,258
Total deaths in NY: 46,440
Total cases in IL: 1,166,717
Total deaths in IL: 22,224
Total Vaccines Administered in US: 56,281,827
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