COVID-19 may be mutating, become more contagious, and present serious health risks for pregnant women. A Houston, TX study with 5,000 novel coronavirus patients saw a genetic mutation in the virus that may make the virus more contagious (University of Texas at Austin, 2020). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that pregnant women are at a higher risk for serious illness and death (Mascarenhas, 2020). A mutation of the virus to become more contagious could be disastrous for high risk populations like pregnant women, immunocompromised individuals, and our elderly populations.
We could see an uptick in cases after the election. The CDC recently stated that persons sick with COVID-19 can vote in person; however, should follow safety protocols and let polling personnel know that you are sick (Flores and Rodriguez, 2020). National forecasts of new cases and deaths on the rise after the election; however, forecasting hospitalizations remain relatively flat (CDC, 2020). It will be interesting to see how correct the models and simulations are after the election and as seasons shift.
The FDA has set effectiveness standards for a COVID-19 disease, which should curb our enthusiasm about a vaccination delivery. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a minimum effectiveness standard of 50% for a COVID-19, which means that it should prevent or decrease the severity of the symptoms for 50% of the vaccinated population (Stenson, 2020). An expectation for return to normalcy once a vaccine is available could have serious consequences and among them, prolonging the pandemic (Liao, 2020). The vaccination effectiveness threshold should realign our expectations that the vaccine is the pandemic savior.
Protection guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remain unchanged since last week. The message has been the same: wear a mask, social distance, and routinely disinfect high traffic surface areas.
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CDC. (2020, October 29). COVID-19 Mathematical Modeling. CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/mathematical-modeling.html
Flores, J and Rodriguez, A. (2020, November 3). Coronavirus updates: More than 61K kids got COVID-19 last week, another US record; CDC says Americans sick with virus can vote in person. USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/11/03/covid-news-cdc-sick-people-vote-person-deborah-birx-california/6131751002/
Liao, J. (2020, November 3). Why We Should Resist Over-Optimism About Covid-19 Vaccines. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/coronavirusfrontlines/2020/11/03/why-we-should-resist-over-optimism-about-covid-19-vaccines/?sh=7449f5e86ae6
Mascarenhas, L. (2020, November 3). Pregnant women with Covid-19 face higher risk of severe illness and death, study says. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/03/health/pregnancy-covid-risks-wellness/index.html
Stenson, J. (2020, November 3). The FDA’s cutoff for Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness is 50 percent. What does that mean? NBC News. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-s-cutoff-covid-19-vaccine-effectiveness-50-percent-what-n1245506
University of Texas at Austin. (2020, November 1). It’s Evolving: Coronavirus Genetic Mutation May Have Made COVID-19 More Contagious. SciTechDaily. https://scitechdaily.com/its-evolving-coronavirus-genetic-mutation-may-have-made-covid-19-more-contagious/