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Things happen here as they do back home. Due to numbers and disregard of health measures Yucatan is back in the orange zone. The curfew is back in place as well as restaurant openings and other activities.
Here is the report for June 23rd: A person barely 22 years old died of the coronavirus in Yucatán. This is one of the 11 victims left by this disease in the last 24 hours, and that is why the authorities insist to the population that extreme precautions must be taken since the pandemic has not yet ended. oday 269 ??new coronavirus infections were announced, of which 155 were in Mérida, 34 in Kanasín, 10 in Tizimín, 8 in Motul, Progreso and Umán, 6 in Valladolid, 5 in Acanceh and Conkal, 2 in Chumayel, Dzidzantún, Hunucmá, Maxcanú, Tekax and Tixkokob, 2 foreigners, and one in Cacalchén, Homún, Huhí, Izamal, Mama, Maní, Muxupip, Oxkutzcab, Río Lagartos, Sucilá, Suma, Tahmek, Tixcacalcupul, Tixpékukcu, Uxulcú.
This is the medical report for this Friday, June 18: Yesterday a new batch of 149,340 vaccines against the Coronavirus arrived in Yucatán. Today 293 new infections of Coronavirus were detected. 181 in Mérida, 20 in Progreso, 16 in Hunucmá, 14 in Kanasín, 8 in Ticul, 5 in Buctzotz, 4 in Tizimín, 3 in Hoctún, Motul, Samahil, Seyé and Tecoh, 2 in Conkal, Maxcanú, Tekax, Tixkokob and Tixpéual, 1 in Akil, Baca, Cacalchén, Chankom, Chicxulub Pueblo, Chocholá, Kinchil, Muna, Oxkutzcab, Peto, Santa Elena, Sotuta, Teabo, Temozón, Tetiz, Tinum, Tixcacalcupul, Umán and Xocchel, and 1 foreign. Of the 44,288 positive cases, 379 are from another country or state.
THE MUNICIPALITIES OF YUCATAN WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CONTAGED PEOPLE ARE (accumulated cases as of June 17): Mérida, with 27,764, Valladolid, 2,651, Kanasín, 1,290, Tizimín, 1,215, Progreso, 1,180, Ticul, 1,078, Umán, 1,033, Tekax, 619, Motul, 365, Hunucmá and Peto, 297, Temozón, 266, Tinum, 236, Izamal, 226, Chemax, 223, Oxkutzcab, 187, Acanceh and Buctzotz, 175, Maxcanú, 171 and Tixkokob, 158, Ticul, 42, Hunucmá, 38, Tixkokob, 22, Tizimín, 21, Conkal, 17, Tekax, 11, Acanceh, 10, Cuncunul, Izamal and Motul, 8 Maxcanú, 7, Oxkutzcab and Santa Elena, 6, Seyé and Tahmek, 5.
THE MUNICIPALITIES OF YUCATAN WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS AS OF JUNE 17, 2021 ARE: Mérida, 2,336, Valladolid, 145, Umán, 121, Kanasín, 110, Progreso, 95, Motul, 86, Tizimín, 82, Ticul, 80, Izamal, 61, Hunucmá, 48, Acanceh, 44, Maxcanú, 39, Tekax, 37, Muna, 33, Oxkutzcab, 31, Halachado and Tixkokob, 28, Baca and Tecoh, 27 and Conkal, 24.
THE WEEKLY INDICATORS OF THE STATE HEALTH TRAFFIC LIGHT ARE IN ORANGE
June 17,2021. The rains caused by the ongoing formation of “Claudette” brought floodings in the southern part of the Progreso municipality because the Ciénaga 2000 canal overflowed, affecting about 150 families living in the area.
The Electoral Court of the State of Yucatán (TEEY) yesterday ruled the resolution of the file PES-013/2021 in favor of the candidate elected by the National Action Party (PAN) Julián Zacarías Curi where he was awarded without grounds or evidence, having exercised political violence against women, destruction of electoral propaganda and exceeding campaign spending limits, this was announced by the PAN municipal president, Darío Hernández Antonia.
Mauricio Vila will deliver dispensas to the Fracc. Ciénega 2000, one of the areas most affected by the floods. During his visit to the “Ciénaga 2000” subdivision, the most affected in the area, Vila Dosal announced that it will support with 5 water extraction pipes and a well drilling rig from the Ministry of Rural Development (Seder) to lower the water level, as well as with 500 food packages for families in the area of the swamp.
Yucatán prepares to welcome its first cruise ship in over a year: the Carnival cruise ship arrives in Progreso from Galveston, Texas on July 26 with nearly 500 passengers aboard.
“We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The arrival of this ship will be a trial run of sorts to help us prepare to reactivate this important industry,” said Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal.
To be allowed boarding, all crew members and passengers must provide negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Passengers who disembark from the ship will be guided by Carnival staff to ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed.
Restaurant operators and vendors along Progreso’s boardwalk are hoping that at least some of these guided groups will find their way to their businesses.
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|How Long and How Strong Do Our Immune System Protections Last after a COVID Vaccination or COVID Infectionby yucalandiaJune 21, 2021While surveying over 130 COVID, SARS & vaccine scientific reports, we found some interesting results that describe our COVID post-vaccine & post-infection protection levels, including how long & how strong our immune system protections remain from 1 month to 8 months later.https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6529/eabf4063?fbclid=IwAR0sYfYKnv-WHnxWU9v48TR-pmqVQ1gzsyUd1yzo8ASLIr1-nFxkt5ZyWdgThe study was not large … but they analyzed a decent number of patient samples for the 4 general key long-term protective immune system components-reactions … to determine what COVID protections we maintain for 1 month, 4 months, 6 months and 8 months after vaccination and natural infections. … Because some of the results are reported for patients who only had natural COVID infections, we are left to extrapolate the expected protections we get from vaccinations.** Researchers monitored 4 groups of our key immune system responses to COVID infections & COVID vaccinations – for up to 8 months after vaccination/infection. Their goals were:~ to see what specific protective responses our bodies had~ to see how strong (effective) those protective responses were … and~ to see how long each of those 4 different kinds of protective responses lasted.Overall Conclusions … The researchers found that after COVID vaccinations & infections:|
Roughly 95% of subjects retained good levels of immune memory at ~6 months after infection or vaccination.Blood samples showed good levels of circulating COVID antibody titers in lab tests, (where COVID antibody titers are the typical lab test used by Medical Doctors to monitor our COVID protection … Yet, those laboratory test results used by Medical doctors did NOT reflect, did NOT represent our T cell memory cell levels. … Fortunately, our key protective memory T-cell levels were generally higher than the Antibody test results … Still, one memory cell component levels were lower than predicted~reflected by Antibody test results after 8 months.This means that the current simple serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies DO NOT REFLECT the richness and durability of our protective, immune memory reactions to SARS-CoV-2.Scientific Conclusions:
1. Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and receptor binding domain (RBD) declined moderately over 8 months.This points to some patients (esp older people) possibly needing a booster shot 8 months after the 2’nd vaccination shot.All of these results compared very well with the findings of several other reports. … Example, Pfizer found good levels of antibody protection after 6 months …. yet 22% of elderlies over age 80 had NO memory B-cells and NO memory T-cells left after the Pfizer vaccine after just 6 month… but those elderlies still had modest levels of neutralizing antibodies after 6 months … giving the elderlies some remaining protection.2. Memory B cells against SARS-CoV-2 spike actually increased between 1 month and 8 months after infection.
YAY !3. Memory CD8+ T cells and memory CD4+ T cells declined with an initial half-life of 3 to 5 months.Half Life means half is gone after the reported time period… 50% lower after 4 months … 25% remaining after 8 months … 12% remaining after 12 months.This is GOOD news, because the vaccines typically cause our bodies to make 10X to 1000X more of the protective components than a natural COVID infection …which means when vaccinated … most of us still likely have decent protection after a year.4. Immunoglobulin G (IgG), RBD IgG, and neutralizing antibody titers to COVID-spike-proteins
… exhibited similar changes over time.5. Specifically…. Spike IgA was still present in the large majority of subjects at 6 to 8 months after infection.
YAY6. IgG was the dominant isotype of our memory B cell responses … as IgM memory B cells appeared to be short-lived.7. They found a minor population of IgA memory B cells.7.a. CD8+ T cell and CD4+ T cell memory were measured for all SARS-CoV-2 proteins.7.b. 70% of individuals possessed detectable CD8+ T cell memory at 1 month after infection, that declined to ~50% by 6 to 8 months after infection.
YAY7.c. CD4+ T cell memory had 93% of subjects wutg detectable SARS-CoV-2 memory at 1 month after infection.7.d. 92% of patients had high levels of CD4+ T cells (92%) remained high at 6 to 8 months after infection.YAYWe would expect vaccinated patients to perform similarly – or better than natural COVID infected patients based on other COVID study results.7.e. SARS-CoV-2 spike-specific memory CD4+ T cells with the specialized capacity to help B cells [T follicular helper (TFH) cells] were also maintained.The BIG Over-Arching Conclusions:
Roughly 95% of subjects retained good levels of immune memory at ~6 months after infection or vaccination.Blood samples showed good levels of circulating COVID antibody titers in lab tests, (where COVID antibody titers are the typical lab test used by Medical Doctors to monitor our COVID protection … and those laboratory test results used by Medical doctors did NOT reflect, did NOT represent our T cell memory cell levels. … Our key protective memory T-cell levels were generally higher than the Antibody test results … yet one memory cell component was lower than predicted~reflected by Antibody test results after 8 months.This means that the current simple serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies DO NOT REFLECT the richness and durability of our protective, immune memory reactions to SARS-CoV-2.Unfortunately… The scientific report also shows that Medical Doctors are (sadly broadly generally) behind the scientific facts curve … again. … because Medical Doctors are AGAIN relying on too narrow of lab test results that do not represent our actual immune system protections.which means we need to continue to rely on talented Scientists, not Medical Doctors, for the best information on how to stay safe from COVID.Dr. Steve = = = = = = = = = = =
**Numerous studies have consistently shown vaccines cause our bodies to make between 10X to 100X and up to 10,000X higher levels of neutralizing antibodies & T-cells against SARS-CoV-2, to protect us against COVID … so it is reasonable to expect that our long term immune system protections from vaccinations are better than the results presented below for patients who had natural infections.~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~The Good Doctor Fry
Steven Michael FryPh.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment
U.S. State Department lowers Yucatan warning to Level 1
Mexico’s state of Yucatan has recently been lowered to alert Level 1 by the U.S. State Department. This means that visitors can “Exercise normal precautions” when visiting the state.
This comes on the heels of the destination announcing the return of 100% of U.S. flights and the return of the first cruise ship to Puerto Progreso. This is the first time a Mexican designation has achieved a Level 1 since the State Department began issuing warnings for Mexico divided by state.
The alert level indicates that Covid-19 risk in the state of Yucatan is low, but it does not mean that tourism facilities are changing their protocols. Masks are still required in public spaces, and hotels, restaurants, tours, markets, etc., will still run at reduced capacity with social distancing and sanitization measures in place.
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|The Best COVID News in Over a Yearby yucalandiaJune 27, 2021Latest fun fun encouraging news on COVID vaccines !The soon to be released-approved “Novavax” appears to be the best current COVID vaccine on the planet … especially in protecting us from all the different new variants of COVID:With Oxford-AstraZenica vaccine down at just 56% protection for people getting their doses just 30 days apart (vs. the manufacturer’s recommended 84 – 90 days) … and with JnJ vaccine down at just 66% protection … and with even the vaunted Pfizer vaccine failing to protect us up to 12% of the time … from just incidental contact with COVID … there is NOW some good news.” the fascination with the newest, shiniest (COVID vaccine) options obscured some basic facts. These two particular (Pfizer & Moderna) mRNA vaccines may have been the first to get results from Phase 3 clinical trials, but that’s because of superior trial management … “”… not (due to some) secret vaccine sauce. … “”For now, (Pfizer & Moderna) are harder and more expensive to manufacture and distribute than traditional types of vaccines, and their side effects are more common and more severe. “|
INSTEAD: “The latest Novavax data confirm that it’s possible to achieve the same efficacy against COVID-19 with a more familiar technology that more people may be inclined to trust. (The mRNA vaccines delivered efficacy rates of 95 and 94 percent against the original coronavirus strain in Phase 3 trials, as compared with 96 percent for Novavax in its first trial,and now (Novavax offers a very special) 90 percent protection against a mixture of variants ” !!!This last item on Novavax’s 90% protection rates against all the different COVID variants is STUNNINGLY better than even Pfizer or Moderna.Groundbreaking Stuff !!Finally notice that Novavax may become the vaccine of choice for people needing a booster next year !https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/06/novavax-now-best-covid-19-vaccine/619276/~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. Laboratory Science, Public Health & Environment, and ChemistryRead On … MacDuff !