Coronavirus Tidbits #198 6/26/22

Announcements:

First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I'm getting.

Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don't be shy about that.

New post:

Life-Threatening Meningococcal Infections Strike Florida

https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2022/06/23/life-threatening-meningococcal-infections-strike-florida/?sh=273116daf4d0

News 

Covid:

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A third vaccine dose may increase protection from omicron

The mRNA vaccines used against COVID were never designed to battle the omicron variant, a now dominant strain of the coronavirus that recently claimed 18,000 lives in a single week. Yet individuals who receive their third dose appear to be protected from the worst of omicron, and a new study in Nature explains why. In analyzing blood samples from patients who received a booster, researchers showed that the third dose galvanizes memory B cells into producing potent and versatile antibodies that neutralize both the original virus and its many variants.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-06-vaccine-dose-omicron.html?

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https://twitter.com/MackayIM/status/1540089433785253888?s=20&t=tWKokrAy6iHGLWm8TwnmNQ

Monkeypox:

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Polio:

Poliovirus in London sewage: What you need to know

Just as we thought that monkeypox would be the new virus scare for 2022, the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) declared a national incident of repeated poliovirus detection in sewage in north and east London. Repeated positive readings for polio suggest that there is an ongoing infection and likely transmission in the area. This is unexpected since the U.K. had been declared polio-free since 2003. Here's what you need to know.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-06-poliovirus-london-sewage.html?

Diagnostics:

Lack of reporting on Covid is leading CDC, NYC, and others to make decisions based on falsely low estimates of cases, since most testing is now done at home.

Lack of monkeypox testing (among other) will likely lead to monkeypox becoming endemic in the US, as it becomes established in wild animal populations. We are botching this as we did Covid. When will we ever learn?...

Drugs and Vaccines:

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Maternal Vaccination and Risk of Hospitalization for Covid-19 among Infants

BACKGROUND

Infants younger than 6 months of age are at high risk for complications of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and are not eligible for vaccination. Transplacental transfer of antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) after maternal Covid-19 vaccination may confer protection against Covid-19 in infants.

CONCLUSIONS

Maternal vaccination with two doses of mRNA vaccine was associated with a reduced risk of hospitalization for Covid-19, including for critical illness, among infants younger than 6 months of age. (Funded by the CDC)

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2204399

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A third vaccine dose may increase protection from omicron

The mRNA vaccines used against COVID were never designed to battle the omicron variant, a now dominant strain of the coronavirus that recently claimed 18,000 lives in a single week. Yet individuals who receive their third dose appear to be protected from the worst of omicron, and a new study in Nature explains why. In analyzing blood samples from patients who received a booster, researchers showed that the third dose galvanizes memory B cells into producing potent and versatile antibodies that neutralize both the original virus and its many variants.

"With every exposure to antigen, we see an improvement in the memory B cell compartment, and the third dose is no exception," says Theodora Hatziioannou, who co-led the study with colleagues Michel C. Nussenzweig and Paul Bieniasz. And although one implication of this finding is that both infection and vaccination strengthen the memory B cell compartment, Hatziioannou stresses that this is no reason to skip your shots: "Vaccination is far safer."

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-06-vaccine-dose-omicron.html

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Devices and Masks:

Epidemiology/Infection control:

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Tips, general reading for public:

Ventilate.

Mask.

Vax.

Politics:

Covid:

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Doctor-Candidate Threatens Minnesota Medical Board

Scott Jensen, MD, Minnesota's Republican gubernatorial candidate, is threatening to retaliate against the state medical board after it opened an investigation into him for the fifth time, according to a report from the Associated Press.Jensen, a family practice physician and former state senator, said in a video he posted to Twitter last week that the Minnesota medical board is a "massive, inexorable force" that has been turned against him for political reasons. He added that "this juggernaut will be dealt with" if he's elected governor, previously noting his ability to appoint medical board members if elected.

Jensen is a COVID-19 vaccine skeptic, the AP previously reported. He has encouraged civil disobedience over mask mandates and promoted ivermectin as a COVID treatment, even though there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that it is not effective. The physician won the GOP endorsement to run against incumbent Gov. Tim Walz (D), and has criticized his opponent for his pandemic response.
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Abortion:

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...and when the penalty for abortion after rape is greater than for the penalty for rape...

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@amazon: $30,000 to the @NRSC in the 2022 cycle
@ATT:  $30,000       @Cigna: $30,000        @Citi: $15,000
@CVSHealth: $30,000     @Intel: $30,000       @TMobile: $30,000
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Otoh, more donations from their PACs/employees went to GOP
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I know y'all are discouraged/depressed as am I. The antidote to that is action. Work with groups like NOPE (https://www.nopeneighbors.org/) or Power the Vote https://www.powerthevote.org/

And don't forget the critical importance of down-ballot races, especially city council and Board of Ed.

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Racism:

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Other SCOTUS:

https://twitter.com/charles_gaba/status/1539985156081172480?s=20&t=tWKokrAy6iHGLWm8TwnmNQ

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Shame there is no penalty for lying under oath...

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On public funding of religious schools:

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https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1539577278782373890?s=20&t=M3SuIP1ooYvUYuSEpimIkQ

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Ginni and Clarence:

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Guns:

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GOP:

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Jan 6 coup:

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LGBTQ:

Fewer youth attempt suicide in states with hate crime laws

When states enact hate crime laws that protect LGBTQ populations, the rate of suicide attempts among high school students drops significantly, and not just among sexual and gender minority students, but among heterosexual students as well, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-06-youth-suicide-states-crime-laws.html?

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Economy/:

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Florida:

Israel: 

Ukraine/Russia:

Feel good du jour:

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https://twitter.com/buitengebieden/status/1540426318403276801?s=20&t=tWKokrAy6iHGLWm8TwnmNQ

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Perspective/Poem

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Bits of beauty:

 

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