On this special coronavirus/COVID-19 episode of The Nurse Keith Show, Keith reflects on the extremely worrisome summertime infection rates around the U.S., protests against mask-wearing, conspiracy theories, the D614G mutation, and more timely COVID news.
Resources mentioned during the episode:
- Article about protests against mask-wearing during the 1918 influenza pandemic
- Reporting from Houston on the now more highly transmissible mutation
- CNN article with global COVID update
- The aerosolization of this coronavirus
Some of the isues discussed:
- Puerto Rico reeling from massive unemployment, and citizens having running water rationed to every other day despite government pleas for people to wash their hands regularly.
- The lack of a summer panacea if lower infectiousness and spread that so many were hoping for.
- US coronavirus cases are increasing in at least 37 states, including Florida, Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, and California.
- In TX and FL, governors were slow to follow other states in terms of instituting policies to protect citizens, and then began opening back up before reaching strongly recommended benchmarks in terms of the # of infections and hospitalizations
- Houston hospitals and ICUs are near overflow capacity
- More than 650 coronavirus cases have been linked to nearly 40 churches and religious events across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic, with many of them erupting over the past month as Americans resumed their pre-pandemic activities.
- On July 9th, more than 59k new cases were announced across the US, a new single-day record
- On July 9th, Florida reported 40 ICUs at capacity, as well as its highest death toll in one day, 120
- In the US, we’ve had 6 days with new cases over 50k, and all six have been in July
- Florida’s daily cases has increased 10-fold; Arizona has jumped by 858%, and Texas has risen by 680% since reopening began in May. GA is up 245%.
- Average daily cases in NY are down 52% with a very slow reopening process
- The president has held rallies with thousands of people, and has actively downplayed or even outright discouraged the need to wear masks, undermining science and the obvious data that shows us that mask-wearing saves lives
- We have people protesting the wearing of masks
- Mixed messages abound, as do conspiracy theories about vaccine microchips, mind control, and a global elite conspiracy.
- The president is officially withdrawing the US from the W.H.O. at a time when we need to partner with the WHO more than ever. Why would we pull out of the WHO and hobble its funding when the world is in midst of the worst pandemic in 100 years?
- The antiviral drug remdesivir seems to be most helpful to severely ill patients. Some fear a shortage of the drug.
- The D614G mutation and its higher transmissibility.
- Social justice issues related to COVID-19.
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