The country has seen a spike in cases, which has been expected because of the transition of the seasons and last week’s election. There are concerns amongst elected officials in Dallas and Tarrant County with a dramatic spike in cases, as well as hospitalizations due to the upcoming Thanksgivings holiday (Quillen, 2020). More than half of the forecast model for Texas COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations agree there will be spikes in the upcoming weeks (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020). The best defense for yourself and your family is to follow the safety protocols and guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There is a large amount of vaccines in development at various stages. There are 38 vaccines in phase one, 17 in phase two, 12 in phase three, three in limited use, and zero approved (Corum et al., 2020). Phase one refers to vaccines being tested for safety and dosage, phase two refers to expanded safety trails, phase three refers to large scale efficacy tests, limited phase refers to vaccines approved for early or limited use, and approved refers to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) full approval for mass usage (Corum et al., 2020). It has been very clear that a vaccine for COVID-19 is a priority, which is why we have seen a streamline in the process.
One company is close to obtaining an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Pfizer reports that their phase three testing shows a 95% effective rate without safety concerns, which will push the company to seek an EUA from the FDA in the coming days (Fox and Sealy, 2020). Pfizer claims that the only side effects experienced was fatigue and headaches, which reported by 3.8% and 2% of the participants respectively (Pfizer, 2020). It will be likely that FDA will approve Pfizer’s request on the condition that they agree with Pfizer’s claims.
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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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, August 7). COVID-19 Mathematical Modeling. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/mathematical-modeling.html
Corum, J., Wee, S., & Zimmer, C. (2020, November 17). Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker.html
Fox, M. and Sealy, A. (2020, November 18). Pfizer and BioNTech say final analysis shows coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective with no safety concerns. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/18/health/pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine-safety/index.html
Pfizer. (2020, November 18). PFIZER AND BIONTECH CONCLUDE PHASE 3 STUDY OF COVID-19 VACCINE CANDIDATE, MEETING ALL PRIMARY EFFICACY ENDPOINTS. Pfizer. https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-conclude-phase-3-study-covid-19-vaccine
Quillen, A. (2020, November 17). Dallas, Tarrant County Judges Issue Dire Warning Ahead of Holidays. NBCDFW. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/dallas-tarrant-county-judges-issue-dire-warning-ahead-of-holidays/2482326/