The COVID report with David Blake: Aerosol spread of the coronavirus

Thursday, Oct. 15

The guidance on public health for the coronavirus has recently changed to include aerosol spread. That means small bits of water from an infected person’s lungs can, if their concentration is high enough, infect others. It also means we have a new set of weapons to fight the coronavirus, mainly those of indoor air quality.

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Loss from the Front Line

Yolanda Coar loses her fight with the coronavirus and leaves behind her husband and two sons. (staff photo)

By Sam Turner |
Staff writer

After Augusta University Health sprang into action to fight off the spreading illness covered in the news, the coronavirus struck the CSRA a little harder than expected with the loss of a well-known community member. 

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The COVID Report with David Blake: The epidemiologists summarize

Tuesday, Sep. 22

Today, a summary article from a multinational group of epidemiologists will be my topic.  The paper covers the coronavirus transmission and how they feel it should be informing policy. The authors are among the most respected epidemiologists in the world.

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The COVID Report with David Blake: Aerosols

Monday, Sept. 21

On Sunday, the CDC changed its guidance on transmission of the coronavirus. It now offers that most transmission occurs through the air as aerosol (or small droplet) transmission.

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BIPOC mental health matters

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Multicultural Wellness Wednesday, Licensed Professional Counselor and Outreach Coordinator Adebayo Onabule gives a presentation (photo by Madeline Burgin)

By Madeline Burgin |
Staff writer
 

During Multicultural Wellness Wednesday, Licensed Professional Counselor and Outreach Coordinator Adebayo Onabule gives a presentation to Augusta University (AU) students explaining why BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) mental health matters. Continue reading “BIPOC mental health matters”

The COVID Report with David Blake: What is aerosol transmission?

Wednesday, Sept. 9

The word for today is “aerosol.” An aerosol is a suspension of droplets in air. In this case, of course, we are talking about small droplets, or aerosols. Most of the spread of COVID-19 is aerosol transmission, and not fomite, or large droplet. Fomite means surfaces are contaminated. You can have fomite transmission when you touch a fomite surface, and then touch a mucus membrane like your mouth. Large droplets are those respiratory droplets with a range of about six feet before they fall to the ground. Small droplets are aerosols, and there is no range. Continue reading “The COVID Report with David Blake: What is aerosol transmission?”

The COVID Report with David Blake: 18-29 age group sees increase in infections

Thursday, Sept. 3

In my last blog post, we showed how college students in dorms are spiking infection rates in the counties in which they reside. I made a plot of the age demographics of infection in Georgia to show the impact these dorm situations are having on infections. https://aubellringer.wordpress.com/2020/09/01/the-covid-report-with-david-blake-college-outbreaks/#more-9584

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The COVID Report with David Blake: College outbreaks

Tuesday, Sept. 1

University System of Georgia colleges are back in town, and COVID is spreading at some of them.

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