COVID 19 Update

I am using this week’s blog to write up a short update on COVID19 topics.  I hope you will find this helpful!

Current Numbers and Projections

As of Sunday December 6th, the US has had over 14.7 million cases and 282,000 deaths.  The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has projected 539,000 cumulative deaths by April 1, 2021. This represents 270,000 new deaths from November 30 to April 1; Daily deaths are expected to peak at 3,000 per day by mid-January. Especially important information you should be aware of is that 46 states are projected to have high or extreme stress on hospital beds at some point in December through February, and 48 states are projected to have high or extreme stress on ICU capacity in December through February.

How can you protect yourself from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water:
    • At least 20 seconds;
    • Especially after being in public, eating or preparing food, using the restroom, blowing your nose, or caring for someone sick;
    • If no soap is available, you can use hand sanitizer;
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick including household members.
  • Maintain a 6 foot distance between yourself and those outside of your household,
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others,
  • Monitor your health daily:
    • Watch for symptoms including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell. 
  • Get the flu vaccine,
  • Stay informed;
    • Your local and state health departments,

Vaccine Updates

There are currently two US Vaccines with very promising news for their Phase 3 results: Pfizer and Moderna. The FDA is meeting to determine if an emergency use authorization (EUA) should be approved for Pfizer on December 10th and Moderna on December 17th.  These vaccines are both mRNA vaccines and have many similarities:

Pfizer

  • mRNA vaccine,
  • 2 shots required,
  • 95% efficacy,
  • Infections counted after 7 days,
  • Must be stored at -94F.

Moderna

  • mRNA vaccine,
  • 2 shots required,
  • 94.5% effective,
  • Infections counted after 14 days,
  • Must be stored at 25F,
  • No cases of severe COVID-19 have been observed.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will learn if these vaccines receive EUA and then we will learn more about their distribution.  The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met last week to determine who will get the first “Phase 1a” vaccines as soon as the vaccines receive authorization from the FDA; this group includes health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.  These vaccines have not been studied in young children, so it is unlikely that there will be approval for children to get vaccinated in first half of 2021.

As always, ask your doctor if you have questions specific to your health about COVID-19 or if you feel that you might be sick. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones!

DISCLAIMER: Sarah Smith MD is a medical doctor, but she is not your doctor, and she is not offering medical advice on this website. If you are in need of professional advice or medical care, you must seek out the services of your own doctor or health care professional.

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