NEWS: Corona Boosters 2.0

Sub-Variants BA.4 and BA.5

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READ: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/u-s-rules-out-summer-covid-boosters-to-focus-on-fall-campaign/ar-AA107aqr?cvid=9178f595fefa4fd98b7ec56ac5f90e2e

Re-formulated virus booster shots from Pfizer and Moderna should be on pharmacy shelves by September, a Biden administration official told NBC News.

This means a campaign to release second boosters to a broader swath of the population this summer is being scrapped. These re-tooled shots are intended to provide better protection against the Omicron BA.5 and BA.4 sub-variants, which accounted for more than 90% of new cases in the USA last week.

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What is the plan for a future with COVID?

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Q: What is the plan for a future with COVID?
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A new 136-page report written by dozens of experts provides a comprehensive roadmap to the next normal both to address the pandemic and protect against future biosecurity threats. The group identified 12 key areas of focus, including long COVID, equity, and vaccines. The report also addressed concerns about how the end of the pandemic will disrupt the U.S. health care system when policies introduced during the public health emergency come to an end. 

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UPDATE: Holiday Weekend Investing?

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Investors are about to embark on a three-day (or three-and-a-half-day) holiday weekend.

The stock market is closed on Friday, April 15, 2022 – Good Friday, as well as the start of Passover this year – ahead of the Easter Sunday holiday, which falls on April 17th. As a result, no major earnings are scheduled for Good Friday.

However, bond traders will enjoy not just a full Friday off, but also had a partial trading day Thursday. The bond markets shut down early, at 2 p.m., for Maundy Thursday. Stock and bond trading resume at their normal hours on Monday, the day after Easter Sunday.

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Update on COVID-19 Booster Shots

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Update on COVID-19 booster shots
In case you missed it: If you or a loved one are 50 or older, or are moderately or severely immunocompromised, you can get an additional Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 booster shot at no cost to you.

The CDC recommends an additional booster shot for certain individuals to increase protection from severe disease from COVID-19. People over the age of 50, or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, can get an additional booster of Pfizer or Moderna 4 months after their last dose.

This is especially important for those 65 and older who are at higher risk from severe disease and most likely to benefit from getting an additional booster.

Learn More: Remember: Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, including booster shots, at no cost to you. Find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you.

Sincerely
The Medicare Team

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MORE: https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus?utm_campaign=20220406_cvd_prv_gal&utm_content=english&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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The Millennial Spend on COVID-19 Tests?

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA CMP®

SPONSOR: http://www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org

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Millennials Spent the most on COVID-19 tests ($142)

A recent ValuePenguin survey found out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 tests on average varied by age groups as follows:

 •  Gen Zers (ages 18-25): $125
 •  Millennials (ages 26-41): $142
 •  Gen Xers (ages 42-56): $101
 •  Baby boomers (ages 57-76): $59

Source: ValuePenguin, “COVID-19 Testing Survey: Americans Talk Out-of-Pocket Charges, Bill Negotiations, Barriers,” February 14, 2022

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COVID INFECTIONS: The Un-Vaccinated

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33.6% of COVID Infections Were in Unvaccinated Persons

According to a recent CDC study. Among 422,966 reported SARS-CoV-2 infections in LAC residents aged ≥18 years during November 7, 2021–January 8, 2022:

 •  33.6% were in unvaccinated persons
 •  13.3% were in fully vaccinated persons with a booster
 •  53.2% were in fully vaccinated persons without a booster
 •  Unvaccinated persons were most likely to be hospitalized, representing 2.8% of COVID infections
 •  Unvaccinated persons were most likely to be admitted to an ICU, or 0.5% of COVID infections
 •  Unvaccinated persons were most likely to be require intubation for mechanical ventilation, or 0.2% of COVID infections.

Source: CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, February 1, 2022

Lost Vaccine Card: https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal/Vaccine-Knowledge-Base/Articles/Lost-Vaccine-Card?language=en_US

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ENDEMIC: Definitions for Related Terms

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Endemic: A constant presence and/or usual prevalence of a disease or infection, such as the Corona virus, within a geographic area. (Hyperendemic is a situation in which there are persistent high levels of disease occurrence.)

MORE: https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/what-is-an-endemic-virus

As opposed to the terms epidemic, pandemic and sporadic.

RELATED: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2022/01/13/pandemic-versus-epidemic/

Seasonal Flu: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/smallbusiness/bill-gates-is-releasing-a-new-book-about-how-to-avoid-another-pandemic-heres-what-we-know/ar-AATFjcO?li=BBnbfcL

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How can the world adapt to Covid-19 in the long term? | News | Wellcome

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Round-Up on MARKETS and MEDICINE: 2022

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  • Stock Markets: The three major equity indexes begin 2022 near record highs after closing out their best 3-year performance since 1999. The top-performing S&P sectors: Energy, whose 48% annual gain was its best ever (thank you, soaring oil prices). Real estate was the second-best performing sector at 42%, while tech and financials both rose 33%. The biggest winner in the S&P was Devon Energy, which gained nearly 190%. Ford, Moderna, and nine others in the index more than doubled their stock price. Microsoft rose 51%, and Apple’s 34% gain has it sitting close to a $3 trillion market capitalization.
  • Covid Medicine: Omicron has caused a rapid explosion of Covid cases in the US—the 7-day rolling average of nearly 400,000 new cases on Saturday was more than double the number from one week before. With hospitalizations also ticking higher, officials are warning that health systems will be overloaded before the Omicron wave is expected to peak in mid-January. And, Dr. Anthony Fauci said yesterday that health officials are looking at adding a negative test requirement after five days of quarantine. Under existing guidance, you can emerge from isolation without showing a negative test.
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66% of Nurses Expressed Consideration to Leave The Profession

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66% of Nurses Expressed Consideration to Leave The Profession

A survey of 570 nurses between May and June 2021 found:

 •  66% of nurses expressed some level of consideration to leave the profession.
 •  97% of polled participants agree, that increases to pay rates and other incentives would attract and retain nurses.
 •  58% agree that tele-health should be a cornerstone of care delivery.
 •  85% believe that we must improve cross training to adapt to crisis events.
 •  85% strongly believe national licensure would have greatly benefited the country during the pandemic.

Source: Cross Country Healthcare via Businesswire, December 1, 2021

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COMMUNITY MASKING: The Impact on COVID-19

A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Bangladesh

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Freudenberg's surgical masks get FDA clearance

LINK: https://www.poverty-action.org/sites/default/files/publications/Mask_RCT____Symptomatic_Seropositivity_083121.pdf

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How vaccine-induced immunity stacks up against natural immunity after an infection?

By Ivan Gazit, Roei Shlezinger, Galit Perez, Roni Lotan, Asaf Peretz, Amir Ben-Tov, Dani Cohen, Khitam Muhsen, Gabriel Chodick, Tal Patalon

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Experts advise people who’ve had COVID-19 to get vaccinated. Still, natural immunity seems to provide stronger, more lasting protection than vaccines alone.

And, it’s a staggering number: Nearly 39 million Americans have had confirmed coronavirus infections – almost 12% of the population.

A spate of new research suggests that natural infection can offer powerful long-term protection against the coronavirus, but that immunity isn’t guaranteed. So researchers still recommend a full vaccine course to lower the risk of reinfection for people who’ve had COVID-19 before.

Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19 – NIH Director's Blog

Here’s how to understand your immunity if you’ve had COVID-19.

READ: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262415v1

RELATED: https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S1473-3099%2821%2900460-6

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PODCAST: Nursing Home Care

Residents disproportionately affected by COVID-19

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New Covid-19 death data reveals 'hidden' crisis in care ...

BY JAMES BLUMENSTOCK MA

Residents of nursing homes have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The nature of this coronavirus—which is particularly harmful to older adults and people with multiple chronic conditions—has left residents vulnerable.

Additionally, the pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges in our fragmented long-term care system, which is financed, regulated, and administered by states, the federal government, and private care facilities.

During this webinar, panelists discussed policy options to support high quality care for nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOTE: This webinar is a project of the Alliance for Health Policy and NIHCM Foundation, in collaboration with The Commonwealth Fund.

PODCAST: https://nihcm.org/publications/nursing-home-care

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EDITOR’S PRIVILEGE: The Pandemic and Going Mask-Less

EDITOR’S POINT OF PRIVILEGE

This week, for the first time in a year, I took a walk without wearing a mask. It was all going great until I saw a woman walking her dog approach me. She was wearing a mask, and my body instinctively moved to cross the street to give her space. It made me realize that we’ve been living in fear of other humans, which is pretty sad.

Pandemic-era habits die hard, but I’m confident we can once again re-wire our brains to view other people not as biological vectors for disease, but as … people, just with germs.

So, here’s to hoping this summer, we’ll learn to come together as quickly as we learned to distance.

DAVID EDWARD MARCINKO

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Long-Terms Effects of Covid-19

Long-Terms Effects of Covid-19

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The short-term, middle-term, and long-term future of the coronavirus

Cumulative Covid-19 Vaccination Doses Administered to-Date!

2021 Vaccine Equity

January 16, 2021

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The Pre-Vaccine Era

ESTIMATED ANNUAL MORBIDITY IN THE USA

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Covid-19 Test Accuracy?

UPDATE

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Corona Virus [Pictorial] Update?

An Info-Graphic?

By Staff Reporters

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THE “Corona Class Room”

Safety Measures to Date?

By Anonymous

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Physician Practices Weathering the Storm of COVID-10?

Physician Practices Weathering the Storm of COVID-10?

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About Acute Pericarditis?

Diagnosis and Treatment

By staff reporters

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The Economic Impact of Lung Disease

Among U.S. Workers

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Take the “FACE MASK PLEDGE”

Pledge to Protect – One Another

By Dr. David E .Marcinko MBA

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Covid-19 Testing via NASAL SWAB

Just for Fun!

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ANOSMIA, HYPERSOMIA, AGEUSIA, HYPOGEUSIA, DYSGEUSIA and the CORONA VIRUS?

WHAT IS “ANOSMIA”

By Darrell Pruitt DDS and David E. Marcinko MBBS, MBA

Anosmia, also known as smell blindness, is the loss of the ability to detect one or more smells. Anosmia may be temporary or permanent. It differs from Hyposmia which is a decreased sensitivity to some or all smells.

According to Wikipedia, Anosmia can be due to a number of factors, including an inflammation of the nasal mucosa, blockage of nasal passages or a destruction of one temporal lobe. Inflammation is due to chronic mucosa changes in the lining of the paranasal sinus and in the middle and superior turbinates. When anosmia is caused by inflammatory changes in the nasal passageways, it is treated simply by reducing inflammation. It can be caused by chronic meningitis and neurosyphilis that would increase intracranial pressure over a long period of time, and in some cases by ciliopathy, including ciliopathy due to primary ciliary dyskinesia. The term derives from the New Latin anosmia, based on Ancient Greek ἀν- (an-) + ὀσμή (osmḗ, “smell”; another related term, hyperosmia, refers to an increased ability to smell). Some people may be anosmic for one particular odor, a condition known as “specific anosmia”. The absence of the sense of smell from birth is known as congenital anosmia.

Ageusia is the loss of taste functions of the tongue, particularly the inability to detect sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami. It is sometimes confused with anosmia – a loss of the sense of smell. Because the tongue can only indicate texture and differentiate between sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami, most of what is perceived as the sense of taste is actually derived from smell. True Ageusia is relatively rare compared to Hypogeusia – a partial loss of taste – and Dysgeusia – a distortion or alteration of taste.

ASSESSMENT:

If you should suddenly lose your sense of smell (anosmia), you might want to get tested for COVID-19 – even without the presence of other symptoms.

“A majority of COVID-19 patients experience some level of anosmia, most often temporary. Analyses of electronic health records indicate that COVID-19 patients are 27 times more likely to have smell loss but are only around 2.2 to 2.6 times more likely to have fever, cough or respiratory difficulty, compared to patients without COVID-19.”

See: “How COVID-19 Causes Loss of Smell – Olfactory support cells, not neurons, are vulnerable to novel coronavirus infection.” By Kevin Jiang for Harvard Medical School, July 24, 2020.

https://hms.harvard.edu/news/how-covid-19-causes-loss-smell

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Do Three Men Still Make a Tiger?

Moral Suasion, Investing and the Corona Pandemic

Courtesy: http://www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

People will believe anything if enough people tell them it’s true.

This thought comes from a Chinese proverb that if one person tells you there’s a tiger roaming around your neighborhood, you can assume they’re lying.

LINK: https://www.springerpub.com/dictionary-of-health-economics-and-finance-9780826102546.html

If two people tell you, you begin to wonder. If three say it’s true, you’re convinced there’s a tiger in your neighborhood and you panic.

MORE: https://www.omsj.org/science/three-men-make-a-tiger

INVESTING: https://www.caseyresearch.com/daily-dispatch/three-men-make-a-tiger/

MONEY PSYCHOLOGY: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2018/09/19/money-beliefs-and-luxury-lifestyle-tv/

INVESTING: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2013/04/24/more-on-money-psychology/

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Keeping the CORONA VIRUS Out of Dental Offices?

Opinion-Editorial

[By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS]

The ONLY way to protect dentists, staff, patients and their families from the risk of fatal COVID-19 infections is to keep the virus out of dental offices. (See graph from the New York Times).

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Prediction: If quick and reliable testing is not available soon, within weeks after dental offices re-open for routine dental care – creating aerosols with high speed hand pieces, air/water syringes and ultrasonic scalers – dental offices will justifiably become known as reliable sources of COVID-19 infections, before being closed down again by the state.

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COVID-19 and Pre-Existing Conditions

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Corona Virus “In Vitro” Life Span

SURFACE SURVIVAL

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