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COVID-19 Briefing for 12-01-2020

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Here is an update on how humanity is dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic that is caused by SARS CoV-2. The story is told through links to news outlets, research papers, and videos. They are presented without comment.

COVID-19 Numbers from Macon County Public Health

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to Macon Media.


942 Detected
(+15 from Wednesday and +33 from last Monday and +166 in four weeks)

(+15 from Wednesday and +12 from last Monday and +34 in four weeks)

867 Recovered
(unchanged from Wednesday and +20 from last Monday and +130 in four weeks)

9 Deaths
(unchanged from Wednesday and unchanged from last Monday and +2 in four weeks)


6883 by MCPH
(unchanged from Wednesday and unchanged from last Monday and +395 in four weeks)

3976 by Others
(+211 from Wednesday and +311 from last Monday and +890 in four weeks)

10859 total
(+211 from Wednesday and +311 from last Monday and +1285 in four weeks)

108 tests pending results
(+64 from Wednesday and +18 from last Monday and +22 in four weeks)


(Sorry, No Videos today)

Stories About Vaccines

How COVID vaccines are being divvied up around the world [LINK]

‘Absolutely remarkable’: No one who got Moderna’s vaccine in trial developed severe COVID-19 [LINK]

SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines foster potent antigen-specific germinal center responses associated with neutralizing antibody generation [LINK]

Novavax Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Development Progress (Press Release) [LINK]

Covid-19 vaccines: where are the data? [LINK]

Fauci says the average American could get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as April: ‘I would take the vaccine’ [LINK]

California to receive 327,000 doses of Coronavirus vaccine in December, Gov. Newsom announces [LINK]

“100% of Americans that want the vaccine will have had the vaccine” by June, says Operation Warp Speed Supply, Production & Distribution Director [LINK]

Research Papers, Clinical Trials, Vaccines, and News About Testing

The COVID Science Wars – Scientific American [LINK]

AI Recognizes COVID-19 in the Sound of a Cough [Recorded on a Cellphone with Very High Accuracy, Even in People with No Symptoms] [ABSTRACT] [PDF]

SARS-CoV-2 Testing: Sensitivity Is Not the Whole Story [LINK]

Vitamin D Insufficiency May Account for Almost Nine of Ten COVID-19 Deaths: Time to Act. Comment on: “Vitamin D Deficiency and Outcome of COVID-19 Patients”. Nutrients 2020, 12, 2757 [LINK]

Even Mild Covid-19 Can Sometimes Cause Hallucinations and Other Brain Problems [LINK]

Serologic testing of U.S. blood donations to identify SARS-CoV-2-reactive antibodies: December 2019-January 2020 [LINK]

Pandemic infection rates are deterministic but cannot be modeled [LINK]

What settings have been linked to SARS-CoV-2 transmission clusters? [LINK]

Body mass index and risk of COVID-19 diagnosis, hospitalisation, and death: a population-based multi-state cohort analysis including 2,524,926 people in Catalonia, Spain [LINK]

The possible beneficial role of the regular use of potent mouthwash solutions in the treatment of COVID-19 [LINK]

Evaluation of four commercial, fully automated SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests suggests a revision of the Siemens SARS-CoV-2 IgG assay [LINK]

Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in household members and other close contacts of COVID-19 cases: a serologic study in canton of Vaud, Switzerland [LINK]

Dietary supplements during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights from 1.4M users of the COVID Symptom Study app – a longitudinal app-based community survey [LINK]

Toward superhuman SARS-CoV-2 immunity? [LINK]

Olfactory transmucosal SARS-CoV-2 invasion as a port of central nervous system entry in individuals with COVID-19 [LINK]

T cell and antibody functional correlates of severe COVID-19 [LINK]

Altered Smell and Taste: anosmia, parosmia and the long impact of Covid-19 [LINK]

Low-dose ruxolitinib plus steroid in severe SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia [LINK]

The anti-inflammatory cytokine response characterized by elevated interleukin-10 is a stronger predictor of severe disease and poor outcomes than the pro-inflammatory cytokine response in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) [LINK]

Clinical and immunological benefits of convalescent plasma therapy in severe COVID-19: insights from a single center open label randomised control trial [LINK]

Airway antibodies wane rapidly after COVID-19 but B cell memory is generated across disease severity [LINK]

A Review of Piezoelectric and Magnetostrictive Biosensor Materials for Detection of COVID‐19 and Other Viruses [LINK]

Efficacy of Remdesivir in Covid-19 Patients; Multicenter Study in Lahore [LINK]

“Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR)” Status Determines Mortality in Patients with COVID-19 [LINK]

Carrageenan nasal spray may double the rate of recovery from coronavirus and influenza virus infections: re-analysis of randomized trial data [LINK]

A COVID-19 Prophylaxis? Lower incidence associated with prophylactic administration of Ivermectin [LINK]

Deciphering underlying mechanism of Sars-CoV-2 infection in humans and revealing the therapeutic potential of bioactive constituents from Nigella sativa to combat COVID19: in-silico study [LINK]

Deciphering the ins and outs of SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells [LINK]

REGN-COV2 antibodies prevent and treat SARS-CoV-2 infection in rhesus macaques and hamsters [LINK]

Viral epitope profiling of COVID-19 patients reveals cross-reactivity and correlates of severity [LINK]

More Than One-third of Children With Covid-19 Show No Symptoms: Study [LINK]

Even Mild Covid-19 Can Sometimes Cause Hallucinations and Other Brain Problems [LINK]

Medical Professions and the Medical System

Doctor photographed embracing “lonely” patient on Thanksgiving [LINK]

How to make this winter not totally suck, according to psychologists [LINK]

As thousands of athletes get coronavirus tests, nurses wonder: What about us? [LINK]

Alabama Hospitals lack nurses for COVID-19 surge [LINK]

Their Patients Have COVID-19 and Still Think It’s a Hoax
Nurses treating coronavirus skeptics are being spit on and harassed. Many want to quit. [LINK]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Enhance Hospital Capacity Amid COVID-19 Surge [LINK]

Rhode Island hospitals are full. Covid field-hospital opening today. [LINK]

Oregon nurse placed on leave after showing ‘cavalier disregard’ for COVID-19 protocols in TikTok video [LINK]

Thousands of Doctors’ Offices Buckle Under Financial Stress of COVID [LINK]

As Hospitals Fill With COVID-19 Patients, Medical Reinforcements Are Hard To Find [LINK]

COVID-19 in the USA

The Long Darkness Before Dawn [LINK]

Researchers at the University of Utah say mask mandates help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep businesses open [LINK]

‘Invisible pandemic’: Domestic violence worsens amid COVID-19 worldwide, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [LINK]

Teaching in the Pandemic: ‘This Is Not Sustainable’ [LINK]

U.S. reports over 10,000 coronavirus deaths last week [LINK]

Evictions Caused More Than 10,000 COVID Deaths [LINK]

U.S. reported more COVID-19 cases in November than most countries had all year [LINK]

Almost a third of the U.S. could be infected by the coronavirus within a month, former FDA chief warns [LINK]

California considers strict stay-at-home orders as COVID-19 cases projected to exceed ICU capacity [LINK]

Army ERDC researchers model COVID-19 for the Nation [LINK]

Dr. Scott Atlas resigns as special adviser to Trump on coronavirus [LINK]

COVID quarantine could force some Harnett schools to close (North Carolina) [LINK]

COVID Outbreak at North Carolina Church Linked to 12 Deaths and More Than 200 Cases [LINK]

LA County Supervisor dines at restaurant hours after voting to ban outdoor dining [LINK]

Fauci says Christmas and New Year’s restrictions will be necessary due to holiday coronavirus wave [LINK]

A major COVID-19 testing site in LA has shut down so they can film Addison Rae’s gender-swapped ‘She’s All That’ reboot [LINK]

Birx: Americans who gathered for Thanksgiving should ‘assume that you’re infected’ [LINK]

Alaska governor’s outreach director urges people to go out and “party like it’s New Year’s Eve” before Anchorage bars close on Tuesday [LINK]

Articles Of Impeachment Filed Against Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Over Pandemic Response [LINK]

Florida pandemic data trackers warn there was an increase of 30% in COVID-19 patients who required hospitalization in the past two weeks. [LINK]

Retired doctors being drafted as Covid surge pushes New York hospitals to capacity [LINK]

Governor Stitt declares Dec. 3 as statewide Day of Prayer and Fasting for all Oklahomans affected by COVID-19 [LINK]

COVID hospitalizations shut down bars in Texas county [LINK]

In new allegation, lawsuit says Tyson officials lied to interpreters about COVID-19 dangers in Waterloo plant [LINK]

Florida governor says closures don’t work, schools stay open [LINK]

U.S. Right to Know Sues State Department for Documents about Origins of SARS-CoV-2 [LINK]

El Paso Mayor Says Recent COVID-19 Spike Due To ‘Fatigue,’ Many Cases Coming From Shopping At Large Retailers [LINK]

‘It’s hard,’ Utah’s Lt. Gov.-elect says of post-COVID-19 effects [LINK]

Couple married for more than 47 years die from COVID-19 moments apart [LINK]

Idaho reaches grim milestone: More than 100,000 virus cases [LINK]

Officials shutter New York club for hosting nearly 400-person party during pandemic [LINK]

How a lockdown saved Hanauma Bay, one of Hawaii’s natural treasures [LINK]

Michigan football pausing team activities due to COVID-19 concerns [LINK]

Coronavirus outbreak reported after a California youth basketball tournament violated health orders [LINK]

Madison School district reports Wisconsin’s first teenage COVID-19-related death [LINK]

COVID-19 Around the World

WHO calls Mexico’s rising coronavirus trend ‘very worrisome’ [LINK]

Latin America’s embrace of an unproven COVID treatment is hindering drug trials [LINK]

Multiple Sri Lankan prisoners dead after protest over COVID-19 response [LINK]

The newly introduced SARS-CoV-2 variant A222V is rapidly spreading in Lazio region, Italy [ABSTRACT] [PDF]

Covid-19: Government ramps up “Moonshot” mass testing (United kingdom) [LINK]

Staff at Calgary hospitals told to ‘engage in oxygen conservation’ as cases rise (Canada) [LINK]

China’s authorities issue gag order about virus to doctors in Wuhan [LINK]

China gave Covid-19 vaccine candidate to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: US analyst [LINK]

Almost 700,000 driven into poverty by Covid crisis in UK, study finds [LINK]

Vaccine Will Not Be Given to The Entire Population, Says Brazilian Government [LINK]


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Published at 3:10am on Tuesday, December 01, 2020


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