Several people who attended a conference in Florida earlier this month where ivermectin was promoted as a treatment for COVID-19 have since contracted the virus.
Dr John Littell, the Ocala-based doctor who hosted the Florida Equestrian Center COVID Summit on November 6, said a doctor fell ill and a “handful of others” had cases benign.
The Food and Drug Administration says ivermectin is approved to treat or prevent parasites in animals. For humans, ivermectin tablets are approved to treat certain parasitic worms, and there are topical formulations for head lice and skin conditions. The FDA has not approved ivermectin for use in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans or animals.
Littell, who is unvaccinated and believes ivermectin is effective in treating and preventing the virus, said he does not believe the infections have spread at the conference.
“Only one doctor got sick and that was because his dad had been sick in the Florida Keys before he came,” Littell said. “In each case, everyone is healthy now and is back in the saddle. And all of them have received early treatment, ivermectin and the usual combination of therapies.”
– Dustin Wyatt, The Ledger
Also in the news:
►Boston’s temporary outdoor dining program designed to help boost struggling restaurants has been extended until Dec. 31, Mayor Michelle Wu said on Wednesday. The extension applies to private patios and several streets public.
►Maryland will distribute 500,000 home COVID test kits to health departments statewide. Governor Hogan said the kits would give Marylanders more options and more peace of mind as the holiday season approaches.
►Honolulu and Maui counties will allow restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity and eliminate the requirement that groups sit 6 feet apart in restaurants when Hawaii eases some statewide restrictions at the end of the month.
►Social distancing became mandatory in the Netherlands again on Wednesday. The country’s leading intensive care doctor, Diederik Gommers, has called for even tougher measures – including school closures – to curb soaring infection rates.
► Malaysia and Singapore announced on Wednesday that they will partially reopen their borders next week to fully vaccinated citizens and a few others, after nearly two years of closure.
►Steve Burton, who starred in “General Hospital” for over 30 years, was fired from the show for failing to comply with a vaccination warrant, he posted on Instagram.
??Numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 47 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 773,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 258 million cases and 5.1 million deaths. More than 196 million Americans – 59% of the population – are fully immunized, according to the CDC.
??What we read: COVID-19 has pushed a shortage of Michigan emergency medical services workers into crisis for decades. How long before people call 911 and it takes too long for help to arrive, if ever?
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Thanksgiving gatherings could add to COVID overcrowding at many hospitals
As families prepare to gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, some hospitals across the country are overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases and staff shortages, and increases related to holiday gatherings could make the situation worse. A potentially week-long shutdown of a New York emergency department on Monday was triggered by a staff shortage after unvaccinated health workers were not allowed to continue working due to rule of State. The Mount Sinai South Nassau Emergency Room will refer patients to its Oceanside Emergency Department.
Denver officials said hospitals were filling up, with about 80% of people hospitalized for COVID-19 unvaccinated, 9News reported. Denver Health CEO Dr Robin Wittenstein told the outlet their system was “on the verge of collapse.”
The University of Iowa hospital is also concerned about the hardship as cases of COVID and flu are on the rise. In Dubuque County, hospitalizations for COVID-19 are as high as they were a year ago before vaccines were made available.
“It’s cold now, and people are going to be inside, and everyone’s sick of it,” Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan said. “People are hungry for human contact. And because of that, it’s likely people will be less strict about gathering, masking, distancing than they were last year.”
Home tests strain efforts to track virus
Thousands of people traveling for the holidays this week will first test themselves for COVID-19 without a doctor, lab or medical surveillance. While these rapid home tests are hailed as a major convenience and a smart way to protect loved ones, they have also raised a significant challenge for public health officials. It is not known how often clients report the results of the dozen licensed home coronavirus tests that typically yield results within 15 minutes outside of a lab or doctor’s office. Private test makers already do more home antigen testing than standard lab tests – and the gap could almost double next month as new home tests flood the market. Read more here.
“The whole problem of our follow-up of every case will just not be possible with these (home) tests,” said Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territory Health Officials. “We have to take a different approach.
– Ken alltucker
Medical, other entities seek exemption from Tennessee COVID law
Dozens of Tennessee health care, higher education and consulting entities last week requested an official exemption from the new state law that strictly prevents businesses from applying COVID-19 restrictions. The legislation, enacted earlier this month by Governor Bill Lee, prohibits most private companies from requiring COVID-19 vaccines or proof of vaccination. But the bill included a provision for entities at risk of losing significant federal funds if they followed Tennessee’s new law, such as federal contractors, transportation authorities, and healthcare providers who treat Medicare or Medicare patients. Medicaid.
The Tennessee comptroller began accepting exemption requests on November 15 and received 76 by the end of the week, although legitimate requests were slightly lower due to some duplicate and erroneous submissions. So far, denials have been rare.
Of the 76 requests, five were refused and 44 are pending approval.
– Melissa Brown, The Nashville Tennessean
Is Another Major Wave Of COVID-19 Heading To Kentucky?
Perhaps, say some local health professionals who have observed a gradual increase in new cases. The recovery follows a sharp decrease in cases that followed a summer flare-up caused by the delta variant.
“I think… if you look across the country, we clearly see another wave,” said Dr. Jon Klein, associate dean of research at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Klein added, “If you look at the exploding places, I have a hard time finding any evidence that we are an exception. ”
New infections and the rate of positive COVID-19 cases have been increasing for a few weeks after falling in mid-October.
Kentucky reported 44 new deaths on Monday, 822 new cases – the highest Monday in four weeks. Saturday and Sunday – with 2,048 and 1,018 new cases, respectively – were also the worst Saturday and Sunday of the month.
– Deborah Yetter and Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier-Journal
Contribution: The Associated Press