THREAD: Survey of patients testing positive for Coronavirus, some important findings. Among them, about one-third of symptomatic outpatients reported they hadn’t returned to baseline health by 14–21 days after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6926e3.htm?s_cid=mm6926e3_w
THREAD: This is a hard moment - but it’s a brief moment in our long history. It’s six months until we get to a technology to end the Covid epidemic through vaccines or medicines. We need to act collectively to reduce our overall threat during this time of risk and uncertainty.
When we see data showing in hospital mortality for Covid patients aged 35-44 of almost 5% we should keep in mind — that’s exceptionally high; especially since criteria for admission is generally just an oxygen saturation below 93%. Many of these young people are otherwise healthy
Week over week, testing is up in states experiencing the largest epidemic spread of Covid; but new Covid cases are up to a greater degree. The exception is Florida, where Covid cases are up, but testing has declined week-over-week based on reported data.
Update on utilization of general medical beds and ICU beds from Texas Medical Center in Houston. They are projecting that they will access sustainable surge capacity starting this week, and if current Covid trends continue, exceed that capacity in about two weeks.
Florida doesn’t publish data on Covid hospitalizations statewide, but Miami area hospitals do. Miami is one epicenter of Florida’s epidemic. This data shows Covid hospitalizations in the area starting to rise. This reflects total hospital census (net of admissions and discharges)
THREAD: Covid deaths skew heavily toward older Americans, similar to flu deaths; but almost 20% of the Covid deaths occurred among 35-64 year-olds. 1/2
This data provides some potential insight into current Covid trends, where persistently high case counts are correlating with declining death rates. On relative basis, new cases are skewing younger over time, probably as older people protect themselves better. Graph h/t @trvrb
THREAD: This new Nature Medicine study which suggests some Covid antibodies may not last for long periods of time, doesn’t mean people wont have residual immunity after infection. Moreover, other studies suggest there’s a period of immunity for most people https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0965-6
THREAD: The professional staff of FDA’s device center advance an important new policy to facilitate pooled testing of Covid samples; which will help employers, colleges, schools and others enable more widespread asymptomatic screening to protect Americans https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-facilitating-diagnostic-test-availability-asymptomatic-testing-and