In this newsletter:
- A report of November COVID-19 testing results
- My thoughts on why the number of postive results have gone up
- I report on our first two cases of re-infection
- An update on the COVID-19 vaccines
- A short video on what I recommend you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19
Below you will find our November 2020 report for COVID-19 testing. If you missed our newsletter that explains our testing system’s details, click here.
With Thanksgiving travel driving a large portion of our testing, I broke down the numbers in more detail for you this month.
Results for November 2020
Total: 219 tests 39 positives Positivity rate of 17.81% (More than double what we had in October)
Asymptomatic: 88 tests 4 positive Positivity rate of 4.55%
Symptomatic: 97 tests 27 positive Positivity rate of 27.84 % (Our highest monthly rate to date)
Exposed: 104 tests 8 positives Positivity rate of 7.69 %
Here is a summary of our results to date:
|Summary of PMD COVID-19 testing to date|
I broke down our testing into individual weeks since we saw an increase in the number of people being screened before traveling due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
|Weekly breakdown for November 2020|
Take away thoughts for November.
As you can see from the chart above, we have seen a dramatic jump in all of our metrics. This mirrors the national numbers being reported (see chart below). Also, notice the jump in people with symptoms who are positive. This is the highest level we have measured since we started testing. Despite the myriad of symptoms associated with COVID-19, fatigue, headache, low-grade fever, and body aches continue to be the most common.
The reported cases in the world and the United States have also measured a jump in November. Sadly, the number of deaths has also trended upward.
I feel we saw this coming. If you watched Canada’s results after celebrating their Thanksgiving on October 12, 2020 and the aftermath of their holiday, it was inevitable that we would see a spike in our numbers. Unfortunately, Canada’s trend continues to be moving upward, which means we will likely follow suit.
We had our first two cases this month of re-infection. Both patients tested positive early on (March and April), and both showed antibodies on blood work. This month, each person had a second wave of symptoms with known exposure to a positive person. We tested both individuals, and both returned with positive results. This brings up many questions, and I will be the first to tell you I don’t have any answers. I will continue to watch and read what other doctors are saying about this phenomenon.
The vaccine is finally here.
A few comments on the vaccine. First, I will be getting the vaccine. I am not afraid, and I feel it was a relatively easy vaccine to make and, as a result, should be relatively safe. Second, these two vaccines are similar to the flu vaccine in that neither will prevent you from getting sick, but both will improve your chances of survival if you get infected. Third, the vaccine that should be released in 2021 by Johnson and Johnson will be different and prevent you from being infected. This vaccine is using a different approach to protect the body and, as a result, has taken a little longer to get to phase 3 trials. Whenever that one comes out, I will be getting it also.
Have you been exposed? Do you know what to do if you have?
I feel like I have this discussion at least half a dozen times per day. To try and help, I created a video that explains how the virus grows in the human body, the best time to get tested, and what supplements to take to boost your COVID immunity. Click here if you would like to watch this video.
As always, feel free to respond to this e-mail if you have specific questions or comments on my newsletter.
Nelson X. Simmons, MD