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Health Capsules - 02/29/2020


CoVid19 World Stats as of 2/28/2020



  • Bloomberg News:  As of 2/28/2020, 8:40 AM

  • Worldwide cases: 83,810; Worldwide Deaths.: 2870.

  • Latest country by country from

  • China: Cases: 78824 Deaths: 2788.

  • S. Korea: Cases: 2022 Deaths: 13.

  • Italy: Cases: 655 Deaths: 17.

  • Iran: Cases: 245 Deaths: 21.

  • Japan: Cases: 214 Deaths: 4.


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CoVid19 US Stats From CDC:



Published on 2/26/2020 and data not updated since 2/21/2020:

    • Total confirmed cases: 60

    • Travel-related: 12

    • Person-To-Person: 2

    • Community: 1

    • Repatriated US Citizens

      • From China: 3

      • From Diamond Princess Cruise Ship: 42

    • Total Tested: 445


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CoVid19 China Experience:


    • One case report of viral transfer from an asymptomatic carrier in China.  Five family members contracted the disease from a a person who had been in Wuhan.

    • Case series from Wuhan: 710 total with disease; 7.3% critically ill: 2/3s men; non-survivors were older, had other illness.

    • Larger  case series just in from Wuhan: total of  44, 672 confirmed cases: 81% were mild,  14% were severe, 5% critical; overall case fatality rate of 2.3%; almost twice as high in men;  none among those with mild cases but 49% among those in critical condition; 0.2% 0-40 years, 1.3% in 50s, 3.6% in 60s, 8% in 70s, and 14.8% 80+; first recognition of CoVid19 cases on 12/31/2019, epidemic peaked January 23-26, 2019

    • Rate of Chinese CoVid incidence is diminishing. (graph)


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CoVid19 Vaccines:



    • Moderna Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA has shipped first batches of its CoVid19 vaccine to be used for clinical testing in April.  This vaccine was developed using a cutting edge genetic method employing messengerRNA that codes for Coronavirus proteins.  The mRNA triggers lymph node production of immune cells that attack the virus.  It will require a year of trials and testing before we have a usable vaccine.

    • Other vaccines are in development: Novavax using spike protein as antigen; Sanofi Pasteur with work with US government; Takes and Evvivax in Italy.


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CoVid19 Therapeutics: 



    • Ongoing Chinese trial of two anti-HIV drugs, lopinavir and ritonavir, 

    • An NIH team led by University of Nebraska is slated to begin clinical testing of an antiviral drug remdesivir on covid19 infected patients.  This drug, developed for Ebola, has shown activity against coronavirus.  Chinese studies will also use this drug.


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 CoVid19 CDC Travel Advisories as of 2/28/2020



    • WARNING LEVEL 3: No non-essential travel.  China and South Korea.

    • ALERT LEVEL 2: No non-essential travel for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions.  Italy, Iran, Japan.  Other destinations with community spread:  Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan.

    • WATCH LEVEL 1: Travel OK but practice usual precautions.  Hong Kong.



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CoVid19 CDC Prevention Tips:



  • 7 precautions you can take to remain healthy.

    • Wash hands with soap/water for 20 sec. frequently particular after toileting, before eating, after nose blowing coughing, sneezing.  No soap/water? Use alcohol hand sanitizer.

    • Avoid close contact with sick persons.

    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

    • Stay home if you’re sick.

    • Cough a cough/sneeze into your elbow.

    • Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with household cleaners.

    • Those with respiratory illness should wear face masks.

Those are the 7 steps you can take to remain free of CoVid19 and avoid passing it to those you love.


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Phenytoin Oral Suspension Is Recalled



Taro Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling phenytoin which is the generic for the anti-seizure med Dilantin.  Two lots of this product have a flawed composition, and the medication may not properly suspend when shaken.  This could result in dangerous under- or over-dosing.  This drug is most often used in babies and young children.  The two lots affected are numbered 327874 and 327876.  The company has notified its distributors.  If you have this product at home, obtain a safe supply and call the company at 1-866-705-1553. 


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Natural Grocers brand Peanut Clusters Dark Chocolate Are Recalled



Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc. of Lakewood, CO is voluntarily recalling its Natural Grocers brand Peanut Clusters Dark Chocolate due to undeclared almond allergen.  Those allergic to almonds could experience a life-threatening reaction.  Do not use this product.  Return it to the store for a refund or credit.  For questions, contact the company at 1-303-986-4600 extension 80801. 


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Natural Grocers brand Almond Clusters Dark Chocolate Are Recalled



Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc. of Lakewood, CO is voluntarily recalling its Natural Grocers brand Almond Clusters Dark Chocolate due to undeclared peanut allergen.  Those allergic to peanuts could experience a life-threatening reaction.  Do not use this product.  Return it to the store for a refund or credit.  For questions, contact the company at 1-303-986-4600 extension 80801. 


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Moonstruck Praline Pecan & Ginger Element Bar In Dark Chocolate is Recalled



Moonstruck Chocolate Co. of Portland OR is voluntarily recalling its Moonstruck Praline Pecan & Ginger Element Bar In Dark Chocolate due to undeclared milk in the product.  Do not use this product.  Return it to the point of purchase for a refund.  For info call that company at 1-800-557-6666. 


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Sierra Soups Pasta e Fagioli Is Recalled



Sierra Soups of Fresno, CA is voluntarily recalling its Pasta e Fagioli Soup Mix.  The product contain a wrapped package of pasta that contains gluten.  The entire product is labeled gluten-free.  Ingesting. the gluten in this product may cause serious gastrointestinal distress and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions.  Production of this product has been suspended.  Do not use this product but rather return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Questions to the company at 1-559-387-0552. 


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Up2 and Bow & Arrow Are Recalled



Med Man Distribution has voluntarily recalled is Up2 dietary supplement and Bow & Arrow dietary supplement libido enhancer.  products.  A FDA lab analysis has shown that these products contain undeclared sildenafil, the generic for Viagra.  Sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in drugs such as nitroglycerin lowering blood pressure below safe levels.  Those with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol may be taking this drug.  If you have used these products, report any adverse effects to your doctors.  Call the company at 1-705-297-5321 for more information and questions about refunds. 


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3 Lb Tubs - Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Recalled


Choice Products of Eau Claire, WI has a voluntary recall on 3 lb Tubs - Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Recalled.  Contains undeclared milk from milk chocolate chips mistakenly added to the product..  Customers should dispose of the product and contact the company at 1-715-318-2848 for a full refund.


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E.coli Outbreak From Jimmy Johns Clover Sprouts



CDC is pinpointing an E. coli outbreak arising from clover sprouts served at Jimmy Johns’s restaurants in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Utah.  If you have recently eaten clover sprouts on a sandwich from Jimmy John’s and are now suffering from stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea immediately contact your doctor for testing and proactive treatment.  If you have part of the sandwich, bring it to your doctor.  It may take up to 9 days for symptoms to begin.


If you have an uneaten sandwich with sprouts, dispose of the sandwich.  Children, elders, pregnant women, those with immune issues, or other chronic illnesses should not eat raw sprouts.  If you become ill, seek help and a diagnosis immediately, and E. coli gastrenteritis can be deadly.


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