Dr. Mark Vaughan reviews COVID-19 (Coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2) pandemic news updates each weekday. Most of the information is gleaned from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security daily updates among other sources of health and medical news stories.
Dr. Vaughan is the Medical Director of the Auburn Medical Group. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Sutter Independent Physicians. Learn about the Auburn Medical Group atauburnmedicalgroup.com.
Nationally the numbers are getting worse than they have ever been in the United States. We can do something about it. Wear face coverings when you’re with non-household members, maintain a distance of 6 feet from non-household members. Try to not be indoors with non-household members as much as possible.
And an article published in Nature Medicine suggests that immunity declines rapidly in patients recovering from SARS-CoV-2 infections. Dr. Vaughan explains that this is not the whole story about immunity.
Evidence suggests that retesting coronavirus positive patients after symptoms resolve is not helpful. Patients should be considered to no longer be infectious if they have had at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and at least three days without symptoms.
Yale University researchers have found that SARS-CoV-2 can be found in wastewater in municipal sewage treatment facilities. Surveillance of viral concentration scan predict community COVID-19 cases by one week and hospitalizations by three days. There are a few states which are seeing a concerning increase in the number of coronavirus cases following re-opening.
Immunity Passports are considered a bad idea by the World Health Organization even as Estonia starts to roll then out, Columbia University researchers find that 45% of Coronavirus tweets are authored by robots.
Antibodies are immune system elements specific to a particular infecting agent. Some antibodies will confer immunity to that agent (virus). If we can accurately measure the right antibodies, we can tell who has had a particular infection and is (most likely) immune to getting it again.