C-19 Chat Post – 5-26-2022
While cases are dropping in Massachusetts, they’re rising nationwide. Word of caution: It’s a good sign that cases are dropping in Massachusetts, but the fact that we’re past peak doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods. Still reporting many cases, hospitalizations, and deaths every day. Furthermore, test positivity of 8.33% is certainly better than 9.2% (last week), but is still way too high.
On a personal note, my stomach is about as calm as it’s been in a while. Yay. No rhyme or reason. Not taking medications. PPIs are a total joke. They don’t work, other than to get rid of heartburn. Heartburn is the least of my concerns, quite frankly. It’s the chronic nausea that’s the problem. There’s nothing for that. Why? Because GI science is rather primitive. The understanding of the gut is quite rudimentary. When I tell my GI docs I believe there’s a pH imbalance and gut dysbiosis going on – for decades in my case – they ignore it completely. They don’t want to hear it. They want to do mainstream testing that’s very expensive and not very insightful (I’ve done it and paid for it with massive co-payments) and provide prescriptions for lousy medications that haven’t improved in decades and were never good to begin with (other than relieving heartburn, which was never a major issue with me). As you can tell, I’m not a big fan of established/mainstream medicine. Perhaps it’s because I come from a family of doctors – all 4 siblings are docs and my father was a doc – and I’m so sick and tired of doctor talk that is dismissive of `alternative’ explanations.
Glad that you are better Joshua.
Massachusetts confirmed coronavirus cases today – 3,485, which is a drop of 30% compared to last week. Good news. Wastewater signals are also decreasing steadily. But, there was no change in hospitalizations today (or ICU and intubations for that matter), and 17 deaths were reported. Test positivity also remained the same. Please still be vigilant if you’re around those who are vulnerable. The numbers above are quite elevated.
As far as monkeypox is concerned, this evening it was confirmed that a pupil in a Quebec school has contracted monkeypox. The young person has no travel or sexual history. The UK now has 80 confirmed cases, with many more suspected cases. There is plenty of community transmission there; most of which is close or sexual contact, but some is not close or sexual contact (this baffles me a bit and bears watching, as it could suggest other means of transmission, including aerosol and by way of things like bedding and sheets, at least in very close proximity). Note, despite being a very stable virus able to live outside the body for long periods of time on surfaces and even in the air, monkeypox is NOT nearly as transmissible as many other viruses, including influenza and Covid. Still, I think there’s community transmission, as we speak, also here in the U.S. With a lengthy incubation period of 14 to 21 days (during which no-one is sure about transmissibility) there are many uncertainties. https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1529821793904492544
School numbers are down some also
9,803 students and 2,926 staff in past five in school days.
Just under 2,000 per day students. And just under 600 per day for staff.
I never thought I’d think of that as a noteworthy improvement
It’s good news. We won’t be where we were last June, but at least we’re headed in the right direction.
That is true. Sadly, it didn’t have to be this high.
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