Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: Jul 28

A Pandemic declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).


FIRST: A special Thank you to Doctor Li Wenliang who saw something, and said something.


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SITUATION: (Last Update 7/28/2021)


Vaccines are both in use and being distributed world wide.


The Centers for Disease Control updated its official list of coronavirus symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. Even having been inoculated with a vaccine, you can still get the virus, it will just be a milder form than what you would have had without it, and hopefully with reduced or no lingering after effects, as have been reported by many that have been infected with the virus without vaccine.

COVID-19 Illness may be defined as any of the following:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html


Specific Data on those affected(per King County in WA State):

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/LTCF.aspx


The virus appears to slow the ability of your body to take in oxygen by directly attacking your lungs. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. It is vital to act quickly, as lingering after effects can take place and be with you for months after been released from a hospital stay.


Emergency warning signs include*: (Dial 9-1-1)

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to wake or to stay awake

  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


Please Note: From multiple sources, the virus has the ability to hang in the air for extended periods of time. From all accounts of its ability, the small droplets can persist as a threat for minutes in the air after being exhaled by an infected individual. Some reports indicate 30 minutes and go up to 3 hours under the right conditions. The recommendation is to wear a mask, wash hands, don't touch your face or soft tissues, and sanitize frequently. Please get vaccinated. There are also technical options that can help stop the spread indoors. Wear a mask when around people, or in environments where air is recirculated. HEPA Air Filters (with MERV 16 rating) and with UV Light is also recommended. Because the virus has and is mutating into variants, all precautions are still highly recommended even for those that have received a vaccine.



Situation

Because of low vaccination rates, and also because of variants , this pandemic is and will remain a global outbreak of disease for some time to come.

Pandemics in general happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and is spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no existing immunity against the virus or its mutations, it will continue spread and mutate worldwide.


This is still an evolving situation and information is updated as it becomes available.


Situation in Washington State specifically - Vaccines are being distributed. We as a state are doing fairly well with vaccinations, but not well enough to obtain herd immunity. There are too many people that have bought into conspiracy theory like scenarios and lies about what is and what is not a vaccine. Only time will tell how that plays out.


The CDC has a COVID Tracker website which can help you identify hotspots in your area.

See: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view



TRENDS / DATA:


Note: The Latest Washington figures can be found here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus

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Interactive Maps & Data on the Corona Virus outbreak:

(Map Tools for tracking the Virus)

CDC/John Hopkins (CDC): GIS Map DATA

World Health Organization (WHO): GIS Map DATA

Washington State EOC Dashboard: GIS MAP DATA

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For immediate release: July 27, 2021

Media contact: DOH Communications

Public inquiries: State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline, 1-800-525-0127

COVID-19 cases are increasing across the state

Vaccination rates not increasing fast enough to control the virus

OLYMPIA – The latest COVID-19 modeling and surveillance situation report from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) shows a new surge: cases are increasing in the state as the Delta variant becomes more widespread. As cases stemming from the Delta variant rise, anyone who has signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.

Report findings include:

  • The delta variant, a more transmissible strain of the virus, is now the dominant strain in circulation. The latest genetic sequencing data show delta variant cases made up almost 58% of sequences with specimens collected between June 20 and July 3. Model-based projections estimate that on July 19, 92% of cases may be attributable to the delta variant.

  • While overall population immunity continues to increase, the pace has slowed considerably and more vaccination is needed to keep cases from spiking higher. On July 8, the best model-based estimate of statewide population immunity (including from vaccination and from prior infection) was 51.9%. However, it is important to keep in mind that immunity levels vary widely across counties, communities and social groups.

  • Despite increasing transmission and a bigger presence from the delta variant, vaccination is still working to protect people from severe COVID-19 illness. As of July 4, estimated hospital admission rates among unvaccinated people ages 45-64 were about 20 times higher than rates among people of the same age who were fully protected by vaccination. For ages 65 and older, the estimated admission rate for unvaccinated people was about nine times higher than for those who were fully protected.

“I’m deeply concerned about areas of the state with lower vaccination rates now that a more infectious variant is likely to be the one that reaches those communities,” said Acting Chief Science Officer Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH. “If you’ve been waiting to get vaccinated for any reason, now is the time to protect yourself, your family and everyone around you. With transmission increasing and immunity levels dangerously low in many communities, every vaccine matters.”

More vaccination is needed to keep the virus in check. If you have been waiting to get vaccinated, now is the time. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and everyone around you. If you are already vaccinated, you can help by encouraging people you know to get their vaccine.

If you have questions, reach out to your healthcare provider or visit DOH’s Frequently Asked Questions page. To find vaccine near you, you can use the state’s Vaccine Locator website, text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) or VACUNA (822862) to receive addresses of nearby available vaccination sites, or call 833-VAX-HELP.

DOH has partnered with the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington and the Microsoft AI for Health program to develop these reports every other week since the early months of this pandemic. As our experts at IDM transition away from this project, we at DOH would like to extend our sincere gratitude for their dedicated partnership in the production of these reports. More COVID-19 data can be found on the DOH data dashboard.

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If you want to think of a single word to describe how easily this virus spreads, think "Glitter". And just like walking through a cloud of glitter, it gets on everything, and spreads just as easily.



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