COVID-19 Trends in Texas
Texas net new daily COVID-19 cases have remained consistent over the past two weeks. Net new daily COVID-19 cases have fluctuated between 4,000 and 6,000 new daily cases across the state of Texas (Google, n.d.). The forecasts of new weekly cases and deaths in Texas are mostly showing a downward trend across multiple model simulations; however, the models do not agree on new hospitalizations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated information regarding a COVID-19 vaccine. The eight points state that the vaccine must be safe as possible, many vaccines are in a development and testing phase, the first iteration of the vaccines may fall under the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and could be limited in supply, certain groups may get the vaccine first and may not include children, the federal government will subsidize the cost of the vaccine, and updates will be provided when new information arrives (CDC, 2020, 8 Things to Know about Vaccine Planning). In order to get an EUA, the FDA wants vaccine developers to provide two months of safety data (Reuters, 2020). Texas’ vaccine distribution priority includes healthcare workers, the elderly, and people with compromising health conditions (Jones, 2020).
COVID-19 Protection Guidelines
No major changes have been put out regarding protecting yourself and others. The guidance still states to routinely wash your hands, social distance at least six feet from others in public, isolate yourself from others who are sick in your home, use a face mask while in public and around those that may be sick in your home, and clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently (CDC, 2020, How to Protect Yourself & Others).
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CDC. (2020, October 14). 8 Things to Know about Vaccine Planning. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html
CDC. (2020, September 11). How to Protect Yourself & Others. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
Google. (n.d.). Google News: Covid-19. Google. https://www.google.com/search?q=covid-19&rlz=1C1CHWL_enUS909US909&sxsrf=ALeKk03084LN-GnFTb31rBT3CuGFXNCbOQ:1603199249966&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiXirHOnsPsAhVIIqwKHX_EBQ0Q_AUIDigA&biw=1920&bih=969&dpr=1
Jones, A. (2020, October 19). Health officials predict most Texans won’t have access to COVID-19 vaccine until July at the earliest. Texas Tribune. https://www.texastribune.org/2020/10/19/texas-coronavirus-vaccine/
Reuters. (2020, October 20). U.S. FDA meeting on COVID-19 vaccines to discuss criteria for emergency nod. Yahoo News. https://news.yahoo.com/u-fda-meeting-covid-19-150803611.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAF3OJhdH8-R-NDhrYRMPFL6s5v4A3oXjCPyqudgrmLDd8Kz9zfHIZghgPYqG_TMGK36Nh_Sv0eVvJC0yOfMfAUbM1ZAHQMUuMDgPxCfqqjo4oV_EP0edv1ctrqKJwLNGfX-mUufauOjUOlsPpBJLBGNW7yUYAlPp9Al38jbgeOcb