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To: Brumar89 who wrote (9919)10/26/2020 2:58:06 PM
From: Brumar89
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NEW from @cassi_pollock @nachoaguilar: As #coronavirus hospitalizations surge, El Paso officials ask residents to stay at home for two weeks t.co #txlege



El Paso officials ask residents to stay home for two weeks as COVID-1…

“Of course, we encourage everybody to go and vote,” said Angela Mora, the director of the El Paso Public Health Department.
texastribune.org

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From: Julius Wong10/26/2020 4:27:42 PM
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Can Aspirin Reduce Risk Of Death From Covid-19 Coronavirus? What This Study Really Said




... [+]ASSOCIATED PRESS

Does 2020 make you want to take an aspirin? Well, a study just published the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia is suggesting that taking low-dose aspirin could potentially, possibly, maybe have a benefit when it comes to severe Covid-19 coronavirus infections. But before you begin popping aspirin to protect yourself, hold on, in the words of Wilson Phillips.

Led by Jonathan H. Chow, MD, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the study looked at 412 patients hospitalized with Covid-19. About a quarter (23.7%) of these patients had received aspirin in the seven-day time period before their admission to the hospital up to 24 hours after their admission. The research team found that those who had received aspirin during this time period ended up being 43% less likely to have been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), 44% less likely to have been placed on mechanical ventilation, and 47% less likely to have died in the hospital. That sounds good because getting admitted to the ICU and placed on a ventilator are not good things to have happen.

Keep in mind, though, the various limitations of this study. All such a study can do is show associations or correlations. It can’t determine cause-and effect relationships. Remember correlation does not mean causation. Repeat correlation does not mean causation. Take that phrase, insert it as lyrics into the Dua Lipa song “Don't Start Now” and keep singing it over and over again so that it becomes an earworm.

For example, the rise of the Kardashians during the 2010’s has correlated with a rise in the stock market. So has the rise in “ugly shoes.” Does this mean that either have been responsible for what’s happened with the stock market? Does this mean that Kim Kardashian in Crocs will be the key if you are an investor? Not necessarily, unless that happens to be your thing. Just because two things happened at once, doesn’t mean that one caused the other.

It could be that those who were taking aspirin were already taking better care of their health in other ways or regularly seeing doctors. Maybe they had more financial means or were less likely to have been exposed to large doses of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Or the results from the study could have been pure chance.

That being said, there are reasons why aspirin could be helpful when you have more severe Covid-19, as covered in a publication in the journal Drugs. Although the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV2) can initially infect your respiratory tract, it can trigger a cascade of different problems in your body. As far as SARS-CoV2 is concerned, your immune system is like the 40-year-old virgin or however old it may be. It’s never seen the virus before and therefore doesn’t know what to do. It can overreact, mobilizing cells and releasing chemicals that can lead to “premature inflammation.” These chemicals and cells can lead platelets sticking together and blood clots forming.

As the following CBS This Morning segment showed, studies have found that patients with severe Covid-19 may develop blood clots that can cause problems such as strokes:

Such findings have led to suggestions that blood thinners and anti-clotting agents can help prevent complications in those with severe Covid-19.

This is where aspirin, otherwise known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) if you want to use more syllables and vowels, could possibly help. ASA can decrease inflammation,. It can help clear your platelets, so to speak, and reduce their stickiness. Aspirin can reduce the risk of blood clotting. These are the reasons why doctors have recommended that heart attack survivors take aspirin every day to prevent another heart attack.

Additionally, laboratory studies have suggested that aspirin may actually have some anti-viral activity. ASA could damage DNA and RNA viruses, including different human coronaviruses. Of course, what happens in the lab may stay in the lab. Such laboratory studies have not proven that aspirin has antiviral activity in people. Don’t start taking aspirin just because you think it can kill the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Plus, aspirin is, in the words of Britney Spears, not that innocent. It’s not as risky to take as blood thinners like heparin. So routinely giving aspirin to patients admitted to the hospital for Covid-19 may not be as big a deal. Nevertheless, don’t treat aspirin as you would trail mix. There are real risks of taking too much aspirin, such as bleeding, stomach problems, and allergic reactions. Kids may be more susceptible to liver and brain damage when they get something called Reye’s syndrome. So before you start regularly taking aspirin for any reason, check with your doctor.

While the results from this study are encouraging, don’t go aspiring aspirin to be the magical miracle treatment for Covid-19. Sure aspiring could possibly help those hospitalized for Covid-19. However, taking aspirin won’t allow you to skip all those things that you should be doing to prevent the transmission and spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Yes, it is tough to alter your life in such manners. Yes, hugging a loaf of bread is not the same as hugging other people, even it is really good sourdough. Yes, all of this and 2020 are a headache. But aspirin won’t be enough to make it all go away.

forbes.com

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (9920)10/26/2020 5:03:49 PM
From: Moonray
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Lab tests suggest Israeli-made face mask
eliminates over 99% of coronavirus

Sonovia’s reusable anti-viral masks are coated
in zinc oxide nano-particles that destroy bacteria,
fungi and viruses, which it says can help stop the
spread of the coronavirus.

More at: jpost.com

o~~~ O

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To: Moonray who wrote (9922)10/26/2020 5:20:47 PM
From: abuelita
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pretty expensive.

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From: Glenn Petersen10/26/2020 7:27:09 PM
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October 26 COVID-19 Test Results; New US Record 7-Day Average Cases

by Calculated Risk on 10/26/2020 07:03:00 PM

The US is now mostly reporting 700 thousand to 1 million tests per day. Based on the experience of other countries, the percent positive needs to be well under 5% to really push down new infections (probably close to 1%), so the US still needs to increase the number of tests per day significantly (or take actions to push down the number of new infections).

There were 1,043,423 test results reported over the last 24 hours.

There were 62,315 positive tests.

Almost 18,500 Americans deaths from COVID have been reported in October.
See the graph on US Daily Deaths here.



This data is from the COVID Tracking Project.

The percent positive over the last 24 hours was 6.0% (red line is 7 day average).

For the status of contact tracing by state, check out testandtrace.com.

And check out COVID Exit Strategy to see how each state is doing.



The second graph shows the 7 day average of positive tests reported.

The dashed line is the July high.

Note that there were very few tests available in March and April, and many cases were missed (the percent positive was very high - see first graph). By June, the percent positive had dropped below 5%.

This is a new record 7-day average for the USA.

Posted by Calculated Riskon 10/26/2020 07:03:00 PM

calculatedriskblog.com

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From: Wharf Rat10/26/2020 7:32:15 PM
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Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared




Newly confirmed infections per day are rising in 47 states, and deaths are up in 34. Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths ...
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To: Wharf Rat who wrote (9925)10/26/2020 8:57:15 PM
From: Moonray
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Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared

Yes, of course they are.
The virus has now invaded the nation's boondocks
and they can't handle it. But as I said: Message 33003855
that doesn't mean the death rate will be as great
as iit was last spring. From your story:

The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases
hit a record high on Sunday of 68,767, according
to Johns Hopkins, eclipsing the previous mark of
67,293, set in mid-July.

which is up from the low six weeks ago. But,
the deaths have not followed to that degree:

With Election Day just over a week away, average
deaths per day across the country are up 10% over
the past two weeks, from 721 to nearly 794 as of
Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins
University.

compared to last spring's death wave:

Deaths are still well below the U.S. peak of over
2,200 per day in late April.

This was a scare story to make money for
the author as I see it.

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To: abuelita who wrote (9923)10/26/2020 9:01:46 PM
From: Moonray
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pretty expensive.
I have seen one story that it is good for 50
washings and another for 100 washings.

o~~~ O

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From: Moonray10/26/2020 9:35:42 PM
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US to ship 36.7 million rapid Covid-19 tests
to states by end of the week, HHS says
From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

The United States is on track to ship 36.7 million BinaxNOW
rapid point-of-care Covid-19 tests to states by the end of this
week, the US Department of Health and Human Services
confirmed to CNN on Monday.

"To protect seniors and to facilitate the continued re-opening
of schools, businesses and the economy, the Trump administration
prioritized scaling-up our state and national point of care testing
capacity," Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, the department's assistant
secretary for health, said in a news release on Sunday.

The BinaxNOW antigen tests, developed by Abbott, are intended
to help governors with reopening their states, according to the
news release. The federal government previously announced it
wants to deploy 150 million BinaxNOW Covid-19 tests nationally;
HHS confirmed to CNN on Monday that the 36.7 million tests are
part of that total.

But Giroir added in the news release that testing does not replace
following the guidelines of avoiding crowds, washing hands and
wearing a mask.

"Combining personal responsibility with smart, targeted testing is a
proven formula to prevent outbreaks — but we cannot 'test our way'
out of this pandemic," Giroir said. "Public vigilance in adhering to
precautionary measures is required — especially as we clearly see
the onset of mitigation fatigue."

Giroir had said on Sept. 1 that the Trump administration would begin
to send the low-cost antigen tests to states starting in mid-September.
On Sept. 28, Giroir said the 6.5 million tests the government shipped
to governors across the country that week were a “real step forward
in our testing.” At that time, Giroir said that production and shipment
of the tests “didn’t happen overnight.”

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To: Moonray who wrote (9927)10/26/2020 9:37:31 PM
From: abuelita
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personally i think wearing a well made cloth mask
properly and it’s washed daily you will both protect
and be protected.

i have made several for each of my family members
and we have a box of disposable surgical masks on
hand as well for a lot less money. just sayin’

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