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Coronavirus Megathread 6: A Shot in the Dark

Get in line for your vaccine here!

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by Anonymousreply 393Yesterday at 1:39 PM

WTF Muriel? I thought that image previews were fixed?

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by Anonymousreply 101/26/2021

Good one Sylvia.

by Anonymousreply 201/26/2021

Since I'm a Gen-Xer from a lower middle class background, what I REALLY automatically think of when I hear the phrase "shot in the dark" is this, but I knew that DL would not approve.

"Hiissssssssss! Sylvia Fowler types white-trashy! Hissssssssss!!"

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by Anonymousreply 301/26/2021

At least they're wearing cock rings on their wrists.

by Anonymousreply 401/26/2021

Israel has about 43% of its population vaccinated. So how is that 2-shot vaccine working out for them?

[quote] Out of 128,600 Israelis who have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, Israeli health authorities say that only 20 people have subsequently caught the bug — an extraordinary success rate that bodes well for the rest of the world, once the shots become widespread..

[quote] The news is actually even better than it sounds at first. Half of the 20 people who did catch COVID suffered from chronic illnesses, and not a single one experienced severe symptoms.

[quote] “All patients experienced a mild illness with symptoms including headaches, cough, weakness or fatigue,” a statement by Israeli health maintenance organization Maccabi reads. “No-one was hospitalized or suffered from a fever above 38.5 Celsius. Most patients tested for COVID-19 due to exposure to a verified patient.”

This seems to confirm the findings from the clinical trials.

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by Anonymousreply 501/26/2021

A South Carolina mayor turned to Chick-fil-A to help with gridlocked traffic at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine site - reducing the wait time from an hour to just 15 minutes.​

Chick-Fil-A manager Jerry Walkowiak used the Chick-fil-A method to speed up the drive-thru, including walking up to drivers in advance to make sure they had their paperwork and immediately directing them to a spot to receive their vaccine.

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by Anonymousreply 601/26/2021

If they used Chick fil As as a vaccination centers, ALL the motherfucking anti-vax Deplorables would be lining up for one.

by Anonymousreply 701/26/2021

White House says Defense Production Act has been invoked to speed up vaccine production

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration has already invoked the Defense Production Act to help boost vaccine supply and did so within 24 hours of an executive order Biden signed last week.

“It's already been invoked and underway, so those efforts to ramp up production are already underway. They started as of less than 24 hours after the president signed that executive order and made that announcement last week,” Psaki said at Tuesday’s White House press briefing. She did not say which specific companies are a part of the Administration’s efforts through the DPA.

The President on Thursday directed federal agencies to use "all available legal authorities, including the Defense Production Act" to boost vaccine supply.

by Anonymousreply 801/26/2021

I got my first dose of the Moderna vaccine two weeks ago today. My second shot is scheduled for 2/14. The night after, my arm was sore, and 48 hours later I had a headache. When I woke up on Friday morning, the headache was gone and the soreness in my arm had disappeared.

I waited three and a half hours to get into the building for my appointment. Once I got in the whole thing moved quickly. I hope that D.C. has worked out all the problems with the distribution system. But just to make sure, I scheduled the second dose for 9:00 am when there should not be much of a backlog.

by Anonymousreply 901/26/2021

"A new variant of coronavirus that worries health officials has been detected in the United States for the first time, officials in Minnesota said Monday. They said they had detected the P.1 variant of coronavirus in a traveler from Brazil."

Because, of course, we're still allowing travel to the US from that covid hotspot, just as we are from the UK. Michigan's first case of the UK variant was detected last week in a woman who traveled to the UK in early January.

by Anonymousreply 1001/26/2021

No matter where the next variant pops up it will be all over the world in a day thanks to all the traveling idiots.

by Anonymousreply 1101/26/2021

Well there's much reassuring news regarding the UK and SA variants at least now. I am linking Florian Krammer's most recent tweet thread where he discusses the state of the research on those two variants and also the advisability of imbibing blaufrankisch wine. (insert pleasant memories of dinner at Wallse)

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by Anonymousreply 1201/26/2021

Can someone boil down Florian's nerdspeak? I haven't the patience. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 1301/26/2021

Cannot wait to get them here in HA, which is slow to act on public services. Right now, only those over 65 and/or healthcare workers can receive them.

That’s OK and totally understandable.

I will gladly wait my turn, like everyone else.

by Anonymousreply 1401/26/2021

I am getting my first shot of the Moderna vaccine this weekend. Does it make you sick? Had anybody here had it?

by Anonymousreply 1501/26/2021


Ooops! Sorry!

by Anonymousreply 1601/26/2021

Go, Joe!

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by Anonymousreply 1701/26/2021

Just got my first dose of Pfizer. Have to schedule #2 for 2/16. LA County ... outdoor drive-through site. Amazingly efficient. You don't even get out of your car.

by Anonymousreply 1801/26/2021

R15 I haven’t, but my brother-in-law and sister have, as have my elderly grandparents. No side effects for the young ones (in their thirties) at all. My grandparents said the next day they were just sore at the injection site at thei arm. They are about to get their second shot this week. Good luck to you!

by Anonymousreply 1901/27/2021

My doctor got it but still no vaccine for the rest of us yet.

by Anonymousreply 2001/27/2021

When will we return to ore COVID life? Summer? fall?

by Anonymousreply 2101/27/2021

I’m apprehensive about the second dose. But better than a ventilator. Had a headache for a day after dose number one but nurse said NO aspirin or ibuprofen, only Tylenol if it gets too bad.

by Anonymousreply 2201/27/2021

CDC says ibuprofen is fine. Why is your nurse saying no R22?

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by Anonymousreply 2301/27/2021

She was quite firm with that information. No reason given. Wasn’t bad enough to take a pain reliever so just went on with my day.

OT, so much misinformation out there. ie: My sister is horrified by the vax since “it contains a Bill Gates chip to track my every move”.

I’m the most boring guy in the world. Why BG would want to follow me around is truly the mystery of our time!!!!

by Anonymousreply 2401/27/2021

What percentage of anti vaxxers will die off due to COVID?

It sounds heartless, but anti vaxx folks are making a choice to risk a disease that attacks your blood clotting functions, and therefore, all of your organ systems, and for which they have no real cure. If they don’t die immediately, perfectly healthy folks are going to come out of it no longer perfectly healthy, likely with a shorter lifespan.

Is this what Darwin described?

by Anonymousreply 2501/27/2021

Can we pay some Covid deniers to cough on Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarty?

by Anonymousreply 2601/27/2021

And Lindsey-Belle and Jim Jordan.

by Anonymousreply 2701/27/2021

And Matt(I'm getting pounded by my "son" on the regular)Gaetz.

by Anonymousreply 2801/27/2021

My 75yo father got Moderna about 2 wks ago in veterans home in dark red state. He said other than sore arm, there've been no side effects. Unfortunately, he said that almost half of staff and some residents were opting out. So he was asked to be included in video testimonial sponsored by Veterans Admin, attesting to vaccine safety. If there's alot of hesitancy among front line personnel, it's gonna be a long road ahead esp in flyover states

by Anonymousreply 2901/27/2021

China using anal swabs to detect COVID-19: report

And you thought the nasal test was uncomfortable …

China is using anal swabs to test its residents for COVID-19 amid a new wave of the outbreak — and local experts say the method is a more accurate way to detect the bug, according to a report.

The derriere detection method is being used more frequently in Beijing after a 9-year-old boy tested positive for the highly contagious UK variant of the virus last month, Newsweek reported.

But anal swabs have been used there since last year, reserved for individuals living in COVID-19 hot spots such as Shanghai. Nasal and throat swabs remain the most popular methods because of their convenience and speed, according to the outlet.

“Of course, anal swabs aren’t as convenient as throat swabs, so they’re only being used on individuals in key quarantine areas,” said Li Tongzeng of Beijing You’an Hospital, according to Newsweek. “This will reduce the return of false positives.”

The swabs are inserted 3 to 5 centimeters (1.2 to 2 inches) inside the rectum, according to the outlet.

Tongzeng said the method can increase the rate of detectability and lower the chances of missing a diagnosis.

“What we’ve found is that in some infected patients, the coronavirus survives for a longer period of time in their digestive tract or excrement than in their respiratory tract,” Tongzeng told the outlet.

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by Anonymousreply 3001/27/2021

And you thought nose swabs were bad! China begins using anal swabs to test for Covid in Beijing because 'they are much more accurate'

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by Anonymousreply 3101/27/2021

One in eight COVID-19 patients diagnosed with mental illness within months: study

One in eight people who have recovered from COVID-19 are diagnosed with their first psychiatric or neurological illness within six months of testing positive for the bug, according to a new study.

Researchers who surveyed 236,379 coronavirus survivors found that the numbers rose to one in three when people with a previous history of psychiatric or neurological illnesses were included, the Guardian reported.

In addition, the study found that one in nine patients also were diagnosed with conditions such as depression or stroke despite not having gone to a hospital when they were infected, according to lead author Dr. Max Taquet of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, used electronic health records to evaluate hospitalized and non-hospitalized US patients with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who recovered.

The subjects were compared with a group diagnosed with influenza, and another diagnosed with respiratory tract infections between Jan. 20 and Dec. 13, 2020, according to the news outlet.

Their analysis accounted for factors such as age, race, gender, socio-economic status and any underlying physical and mental conditions.

According to the results, the likelihood of a COVID-19 survivor developing a psychiatric or neurological illness within six months was 33.6 percent; almost 13 percent of the survivors did, in fact, receive a diagnosis in that time frame, the study found.

The researchers also discovered that most diagnoses were more common after bouts with the coronavirus than after the flu or other respiratory infections — including stroke, intracranial bleeding, dementia and psychotic disorders.

Overall, COVID-19 was linked to increased risk of these diagnoses, but the incidence was greater among those who required hospital treatment, and significantly so among patients who developed brain disease, the Guardian reported.

When asked how long these conditions might last after diagnosis, Taquet told the outlet, “I don’t think we have an answer to that question yet.”

He added: “For diagnoses like a stroke or an intracranial bleed, the risk does tend to decrease quite dramatically within six months … but for a few neurological and psychiatric diagnoses, we don’t have the answer about when it’s going to stop.”

Although the study does not prove that COVID-19 is directly behind the psychiatric and neurological conditions, research suggests the bug can have an impact on the brain and the central nervous system.

Dr. Tim Nicholson, a psychiatrist and clinical lecturer at King’s College hospital who was not involved in the study, said the results would help researchers decide which neurological and psychiatric complications required further careful study.

“I think particularly this raises a few disorders up the list of interests, particularly dementia and psychosis … and pushes a few a bit further down the list of potential importance, including Guillain-Barré syndrome,” he told the Guardian.

Meanwhile, another study has found that the coronavirus may remain inside the brain of severely ill patients and trigger relapses among those who thought they had recovered.

Researchers at Georgia State University discovered that infecting the nasal passages of mice with the virus led to a rapid, escalating attack on the brain that triggered severe illness.

Assistant professor Mukesh Kumar, the lead researcher, said the findings have implications for understanding the wide range of symptoms and severity of illness among people who contract the illness.

“Our thinking that it’s more of a respiratory disease is not necessarily true,” Kumar said. “Once it infects the brain, it can affect anything because the brain is controlling your lungs, the heart, everything. The brain is a very sensitive organ. It’s the central processor for everything.”

That study has been published in the journal Viruses.

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by Anonymousreply 3201/27/2021

Nasal spray that blocks COVID-19 could be available by summer: report

A nasal spray that can prevent COVID-19 for up to two days has been developed by researchers in the UK – and it may be available over the counter by the summer, according to a report.

The spray — developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham — prevents infection by capturing the bug in the nose and covering it in a coating from which it cannot escape, The Telegraph reported.

As a result, it would be safe for someone to exhale near another person because the virus would be inactive and harmless, the outlet said.

Dr. Richard Moakes, the study’s lead researcher, said he was confident that the spray will be able to put an end to social distancing restrictions and “get schools going again.”

“We think it will help in schools, as one of the good things about the formulation of the nasal spray is that it would not need to be reformulated for children,” Moakes told The Telegraph.

“If it could facilitate getting students back to school, and education being re-established, then that would be great.”

The spray includes an antiviral agent called carrageenan — also used as a thickening agent in food — and a solution called gellan, a gelling agent that sticks to cells in the nose.

Gellan can be sprayed as fine droplets inside the nasal cavity, where it can cover the surface evenly and stay at the delivery site rather than sliding out of the nose.

These ingredients are already approved for medical use, meaning it does not require additional approval, The Telegraph noted.

“Based on the product, it will be much quicker to get to the user than a novel drug,” Moakes told the Telegraph.

“I am confident that the formulation can make an impact. Our goal is to make an impact as soon as possible. We would really like to see this happen by summer.”

The researchers — who have been developing the spray since April 2020 — are in discussions with shops and pharmaceutical giants on the next steps to mass-produce it, The Telegraph reported. It is unclear when if or when it could become available outside of the UK.

The researchers announced in November that lab experiments showed the spray prevented an infection from spreading for up to 48 hours.

The scientists believe using it four times a day would be enough for general protection, although it is safe enough to be used every 20 minutes in a high-risk environment such as crowded schools.

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by Anonymousreply 3301/27/2021

Re; R33's post- what about your eyes? One can catch colds and flus through the membranes on/in your eyes.

by Anonymousreply 3401/27/2021

People with schizophrenia are THREE TIMES more likely to die from Covid-19 than those without mental health issues – with old age the only higher risk factor

Schizophrenia is the second biggest risk factor for dying of Covid-19 after old age, new research shows.

The mental health condition almost triples the risk of dying from Covid-19 when compared to a healthy person aged between 18 and 44.

The only group of people at higher risk of death than those with schizophrenia are older people who, irrespective of comorbidities, are far more likely to die.

Scientists do not yet fully understand why people with schizophrenia are at increased risk, but believe it may be due to a genetic flaw inhibiting their immune response.

People with schizophrenia tend to live, on average, up to two decades less than people with no mental health issues and also suffer from increased disease as a result of a lack of exercise, obesity, smoking and side effects from some schizophrenia medication.

Other conditions which increased the risk of death include heart failure (60 per cent increased risk), high blood pressure (38 per cent) and diabetes (27 per cent).

Men were found to be 69 per cent more at risk of death than women and non-white people (black, asian, mixed race) were 47 per cent more at-risk compared to whites.

Researchers from New York University studied anonymous health records of more than 7,000 hospitalised Covid-19 patients between March and May 2020, 75 of which had medically diagnosed schizophrenia.

Mortality was defined as death or discharge to hospice within 45 days following a positive test result for the coronavirus.

'Our findings illustrate that people with schizophrenia are extremely vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19,' says study lead author Dr Katlyn Nemani.

'With this newfound understanding, health care providers can better prioritise vaccine distribution, testing, and medical care for this group.'

Professor Shon Lewis of the University of Manchester, who was not involved in the study, said: 'It is a good, robust study with important findings.

'We have known for some time that people with schizophrenia in the UK have a life expectancy reduced by 18-20 years compared to the general population.

'This awful statistic is due largely to increased rates of cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic disease resulting from lack of exercise, obesity, smoking and side effects of some medications in people with schizophrenia.

'This latest finding spotlights how good preventive care must now be urgently focused on this incredibly vulnerable and disadvantaged population. They should be immediately prioritised for vaccination.'

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by Anonymousreply 3501/27/2021

They just found the British strain here in Kentucky...yay.

by Anonymousreply 3601/27/2021

New York governor says there are 42 known cases of the UK Covid-19 variant reported across the state

From CNN's Ganesh Setty

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced Wednesday there are currently 42 known cases of the highly-contagious UK variant statewide across nine counties and New York City.

“We don’t know what exactly what is going on with the new strains. And the concept of not knowing is very troubling for me,” Cuomo continued.

So far, the state has collected roughly 2,800 samples for genomic testing since early December, Zucker added.

Cuomo noted how the real “nightmare scenario” is not necessarily community spread of this new variant, but evidence of a vaccine-resistant viral mutation.

Nevertheless, the governor reiterated that the state will change its policies based on the present facts.

“If the facts change, I have no problem looking the people in the eye and saying ‘the facts changed, our plan has to change,’” he said.

by Anonymousreply 3701/27/2021

Have they discovered any new fun viral surprises?

by Anonymousreply 3801/27/2021

CNN: More preliminary results in the lab suggest the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine will be effective against new, more contagious coronavirus strains first identified in South Africa and the UK.

As in previous studies, antibodies were slightly less effective against the virus with three key mutations in the variant identified in South Africa. However, Pfizer and BioNTech said, “the small differences in viral neutralization observed in these studies are unlikely to lead to a significant reduction in the effectiveness of the vaccine.”

by Anonymousreply 3901/28/2021

BREAKING NEWS - South African 'super-covid' is in the US: Two South Carolina residents with NO travel history or link to each other test positive for highly-infectious variant Fauci warned may escape vaccines

Two South Carolina residents are the first Americans with the South African 'super covid' variant that may make vaccines less effective, state health department officials confirmed on Thursday.

Neither person has a 'known' recent history of travel and they have no evident connection to one another as far as health officials can tell.

That's a worrying signal that the 50 percent more infectious variant has already been spreading silently in South Carolina, if not the broader US.

Dr Anthony Fauci said that he is more concerned about the South African variant than about the UK's B117 'super-covid' because South African form has mutations that might render vaccines less effective.

Both Moderna and Pfizer said this week that preliminary lab tests suggest their vaccines are 'protective' against the variant, but it does diminish the effectiveness of their shots.

Each company has said it is developing booster shots to improve the potency of their vaccines against variants, including South Africa's.

'The arrival of the SARS-CoV-2 variant in our state is an important reminder to all South Carolinians that the fight against this deadly virus is far from over,' said Dr Brannon Traxler, DHEC Interim Public Health Director.

'While more COVID-19 vaccines are on the way, supplies are still limited. Every one of us must recommit to the fight by recognizing that we are all on the front lines now. We are all in this together.'

One person lives in the state's easternmost 'Pee Dee' region, while the other is a resident of the 'Lowcountry' region to the south.

The two are both adults, but the state health department said that it will not release any further details of their identities to protect their privacy.

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New York undercounted Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes by about 50%, according to report

From CNN's Lauren del Valle

The New York State Department of Health undercounted Covid-19 deaths among nursing home residents by approximately 50%, a new report released by the state's Attorney General Letitia James says.

The report released Thursday morning preliminarily concluded the underreported deaths based on a survey of 62 nursing homes, a roughly 10% sample of total facilities across the state.

The report, without identifying nursing homes by name, details discrepancies of as many as 29 deaths in a single facility underreported to the public by the Department of Health.

"A facility reported five confirmed and six presumed COVID-19 deaths at the facility as of August 3 to DOH. However, the facility reported to OAG a total of 27 COVID-19 deaths at the facility and 13 hospital deaths – a discrepancy of 29 deaths," the report says.

James' office continues to investigate the discrepancies, according to the report.

"OAG is investigating those circumstances where the discrepancies cannot reasonably be accounted for by error or the difference in the question posed."

CNN reached out to the Department of Health and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office for comment but has not immediately heard back.

by Anonymousreply 4101/28/2021

German vaccine commission recommends AstraZeneca's vaccine should not be given to people over 65

From CNN’s Claudia Otto

Germany's vaccine commission has recommended that the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford should not be given to people over 65 years old, the German Interior Ministry said Thursday in a statement.

According to the statement, a study by the Standing Committee on Vaccination at Germany’s Robert Koch Institute has found there is insufficient data on the effectiveness of the vaccine for this age group. “It is not possible to make a statement for the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people over 65 years of age,” the statement said.

by Anonymousreply 4201/28/2021

I remember that someone from Moderna talked about targeting different vaccines to different age groups. Like Moderna and Pfizer for the over 60 age group, and something like AstraZeneca to the rest of the population that might have better immune system responses . AstraZeneca is valuable because it is much cheaper to produce and much easier to distribute around the world, so it has its place even if it isn't as effective for older populations. Also note that AstraZeneca still has clinical trials running in the US, so it's not yet entirely clear that it isn't effective in older populations.

by Anonymousreply 4301/28/2021

[bold]Government saves £600m on state pension payments as Covid deaths surge[/bold]

he Government will save over £600m in state pension payments this year following a steep rise in excess deaths among the elderly, according to the budget watchdog.

The expected number of excess pensioner deaths has shot up by more than 45pc, to 90,000 this year, because of the latest surge in the number of coronavirus cases.

Those over the age of 70 are most vulnerable to the disease and have been following strict social distancing measures since the start of the pandemic. However, the Covid-19 death toll has grown to 66,713 in Britain by mid-November, Government figures have reported.

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by Anonymousreply 4401/28/2021

First dose of Moderna vax this morning. Nurse advised me to take tylenol this evening and for a couple days. Feeling a bit tired this evening but otherwise good. Second dose scheduled for Feb. 25. I will continue to practice safe mitigation behaviors, (masking, social distance, avoid groups) but admit this will take some of the anxiety out of necessary things like shopping and doctor/dentist appointments. Once the ten day grace period ends after the second dose, will see a few friends and brother for first time since last spring.

by Anonymousreply 4501/28/2021

r45 Um . . . isn't there a risk of spreading Covid post-vaccination, to those who have not been vaccinated?

by Anonymousreply 4601/28/2021

Yes R46

My brother and the few friends will have been vaccinated. Only seeing them a deux, will wear masks and social distance. Just want to BE with someone. We will be careful.

by Anonymousreply 4701/28/2021

Think of all the fuck buddies who will be reunited soon.

by Anonymousreply 4801/29/2021

WaPo on Johnson & Johnson efficacy, 1/29/21

[quote]Single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine 66 percent effective against moderate and severe illness A coronavirus vaccine with less onerous storage and administration requirements could be a ‘game changer’

Targeting vaccines to different groups:

[quote] Jose Romero, health secretary of Arkansas and chairman of an advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said vaccines of different efficacy might end up targeted to different populations. He laid out a hypothetical scenario in which one vaccine was 90 percent effective and another was 60 to 70 percent.

[quote] “I’d want to use the vaccine with higher efficacy in my most vulnerable population,” Romero said. “I’d think about 60 to 70 percent efficacy in a younger population where we know that the secondary morbidity and mortality is much lower.”

A single shot, easy to store, lower efficacy vaccine could be valuable for the the large population under age 60 and those without serious underlying conditions. For example, it might be easier to sell the idea of a vaccine to a college student who doesn't fear death from the virus by using an easily accessible single-shot vaccine.

The J&J data still has to be reviewed by the FDA.

by Anonymousreply 4901/29/2021

R9, where in DC did you get it? I keep getting shut out of appointments. And I am pretty quick getting through the questionnaire. Did you go through the normal online registration portal? TIA.

At what point did you learn which vaccine you got or would be getting?

by Anonymousreply 5001/29/2021

Coronavirus long-hauler: I was an active mom of four, but now I don't get out of bed most days

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Rebecca Meyer, a previously healthy 31-year-old mom, has been battling coronavirus since March.

“We're still very much in the symptom management phase of my sickness…10, 11 months in,” Meyer told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.

“I was healthy prior to March. Now I don't get out of bed most days. I don't remember a day prior to March where I wasn't nauseous or throwing up at some point throughout the day. My kids don't have access to their mom like they used to, because I just, I'm just not up to it,” Meyer said.

She has been hospitalized about seven times, and usually stays two to three weeks, she said.

“During that course, they try to run every test they can and they hit a wall at some point. And they're like, ‘do you want to be miserable in the hospital or do you want to be miserable in your bed?’ And I’d much rather be in my bed,” she said.

Meyer said she and her family can only try to remain hopeful about the future.

“This is our life right now. It feels like forever, but hopefully that's not the case. And that's all we can do at this point,” she said.

Her message? Continue to take Covid-19 seriously.

“It's important to know that this is can happen to anyone. I’m 31, I was healthy, I was an active mom of four. And now I don't get out of bed. I don't eat, I don't spend time with my children like I need to. This can happen to you, this can happen to your loved ones. and don’t wait for it to hit close to home to take it seriously,” she said.

by Anonymousreply 5101/29/2021

[quote] J&J vaccine 66 percent effective

So that means 1 in 3 will still get covid? That's not comforting.

by Anonymousreply 5201/29/2021

The J&J efficacy has to be explained better. Some articles say it is 66% effective at preventing Covid, and 100% effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death. Other articles are backing away from stating it is 100% effective at preventing severe illness, especially in regards to the limited testing of its effectiveness against new variants. More info and discussion is needed.

by Anonymousreply 5301/29/2021

Whatever the J&J vaccine is, I'm not interested in it until it's as effective in every way as the others.

by Anonymousreply 5401/29/2021

My wife has an appointment for her first shot early February. A retired friend of hers spent all day refreshing websites until she found an opening.

In the meantime, the link is of a promising potential medication for treatment.

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by Anonymousreply 5501/29/2021

This is interesting. Something they're calling "COVID Arm" from the Moderna vaccine, but it seems to be temporary.

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by Anonymousreply 5601/29/2021

The J&J vaccine works more like a traditional vaccine, as I understand it. It is not an mRNA one like the others. I feel more comforted by that because it's more know than mRNA. DL scientists please correct any errors.

by Anonymousreply 5701/29/2021

Fauci held a White House press briefing yesterday. Information about the new variants is at twenty minutes.

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by Anonymousreply 5801/30/2021

From the Press Briefing transcript at 19:44.

"Well, Kaitlan, there a number of variants that we’re concerned about and one that is quite well-established already in the United States and that is the 117 that is in about 28 or 29 States and more than 315 cases that have all been reported. As you alluded to the fact is that when you have a virus that has ability to transmit more efficiently than the wild type in the community, sooner related by pure viral dynamics itself, it will become more dominant than the wild type.

We have that already there. We have a situation where there have now been reported in very specific places in South Carolina, for example, the isolate or the mutant that is the 351 from, dominant in South Africa. Again, that seems to have a very good fitness for spread. Whether or not that’s going to ultimately take over in the sense of being dominant is unclear by now. The projection that is made with regard to the UK is that probably by the end of March, the beginning of April, it actually will become more dominant in this country."

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by Anonymousreply 5901/30/2021

I really don't like the sound of the J&J vaccine compared to the others.

74% effective as opposed to 95% effective. One dose and doesn't need to be stored in extreme cold storage. The main selling point they're using is that in studies in the US, Brazil and South Africa it kept 100% of patients who contracted Covid out of hospital. So you will still get it but you won't be sick enough to be placed on a ventilator. They "think" it might be effective against variant strains but they don't know and found evidence in South Africa of previous Covid patients re-contracting the virus again. They don't know yet what lasting effects contracting Covid will have on future health and subsequent health conditions and we won't know for some years yet.

Won't that just keep the virus alive in the community?

They have done a fucking TERRIBLE job of marketing it so far.

by Anonymousreply 6001/30/2021

The J&J vaccine is on a different platform than the mRNA vaccines. But it is also a new, different technology compared to traditional vaccines. It uses an adenovirus (cold virus) to infect some cells that then display the spike protein to create an immune response by other cells. It is the technology they thought was going to carry gene therapy, but because people’s immune system responded it’s been studied as a vaccination platform instead for the past decade and a half. Anyway the immune response might be is good as the mRNA vaccine if you got two doses. (And I think a study is still ongoing about that) After all Pfizer’s vaccine is only at 50% after one dose.

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Sorry about the weird link. It is a redirect that takes you to the Washington Post article about the J&J vaccine which I tried to summarize. I hope the HIV vaccine trial pans out also. It would be nice to see an alternative to PrEP.

I know it’s weird to talk about thankfulness at a time like this and I am acutely aware of all that has been lost; life, health, peace of mind, time, memories. But we are so lucky this happened now and not 20 years ago. None of these vaccines would have been possible then, and we wouldn’t have had the genome sequenced in days, and we wouldn’t have been able to cut human density by having a large portion of the workforce work from home. (And that cut helps everyone including the people who continue to have to be public facing) Over the summer the people I knew were saying that if the vaccines were 50% effective against symptoms this could become flu-like, it’d be a huge win and eventually we could return to normal. All three of these candidates are so much better than that. Now we have the luxury of sniffing at vaccines that don’t have measles level efficacy.

Meanwhile what a disaster with the websites for vaccine sign-up. I’d say bad things about the New York site, but I was trying to sign my mother up on the Massachusetts site (unsuccessfully) and that site takes the cake for dysfunction. At least with the New York State site if you have 40 hours to burn you can get an appointment. The Massachusetts site otoh was clearly designed by Kafka.

by Anonymousreply 6201/30/2021

Here is PA there is no central site still, and no plan in place to build one. Instead they provide a map of locations that MAY have the vaccine, and we have to spend hours visiting the websites of several random pharmacies trying to find a time slot. It's like trying to buy concert tickets back when all you could do was put Ticketmaster on redial until someone picked up.

FWIW I am fairly certain that my university will be providing vax to employees in a much more organized manner; I expect to get one over the summer. I'm doing the website-go-round for my mother.

by Anonymousreply 6301/30/2021

Sylvia the Massachusetts site is similar- a map with stars of places that theoretically have vaccines and all have long complicated sign-ups only to discover they don’t actually have any doses.

All on-site employees and wfh employees over 65 who want a vaccine have been vaccinated (at least first dose) by my employer at this point. But Cuomo is blocking under 65 wfh employees of medical facilities from being vaccinated so my 1a status is useless. I am hopeful that immunosuppression will get defined soon in NY and include people on immunosuppressant medications so I can get a shot under 1c.

by Anonymousreply 6401/30/2021

NJ is another mess. There is a state registry, which I registered with at beginning of January. Also county Board of Health registry. Have not heard a thing since, although I am 65+ and have two qualifying conditions (hypertension, asthma). I happened to be watching the Governor live the day he moved the age qualification from 75 to 65+. I went straight to my computer and was able to make an appointment directly at a county center for Jan. 28. An hour later all appointments closed.

Each county is now limiting vax to residents. That is the only "proof" required. When you sign up on the registry, there is a question with a long list of conditions, from hypertension to being a smoker (!) but you need not provide anything other than a yes or no. My neighbor who is 59, checked yes. Got an appointment same day I did. He doesn't have an underlying condition, but as he said, how can they prove anything?

Right now it is impossible to get an appointment, despite many vax centers in each county. There was a glitch in the registry of one large county, and appointments were double booked, so all those appointments were cancelled. The state sent out a message that "we will be working to reschedule". Good luck.

Well, I got my first dose of Moderna on Jan. 28th. Felt a bit tired, sore arm. Next appointment Feb. 25.

by Anonymousreply 6501/30/2021

Oxford professor disputes Macron comments on vaccine effectiveness in over-65s

From Schams Elwazer in London and Barbara Wojazer in Paris

An Oxford professor who was part of the team that developed the Covid-19 vaccine with AstraZeneca has disputed comments by French President Emmanuel Macron appearing to question the efficacy of the jab in over-65s.

Asked on BBC Radio about Macron’s comments that the vaccine is “quasi-ineffective” in people over 65, professor John Bell said Saturday, “I’m not sure where he got that from.”

Acknowledging that the number of elderly people participating in the original study was “small” at around 12%, Bell added that “in vaccinology the way you deal with that problem is you identify the level of immunity that a vaccine generates.”

“The elderly people responded just as well as people in other age groups and there’s really persuasive evidence that this is a protective vaccine in those populations,” Bell said.

On Friday, Macron told reporters, "what I can tell you officially is that the first results are not encouraging for those over 60-65 years old," adding that "very little information” is available on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

“I suspect this is a bit of demand management from Mr. Macron,” Bell said.

Pushed on the point by the host, Bell added that “if he didn’t have any vaccine, the best thing you could do is reduce demand.”

Macron’s comments have been widely criticized in the UK press as the bitter row between the EU, drugmakers and the UK over vaccine supply continues to dominate headlines.

The EU’s medicines regulator approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for all age groups on Friday. Earlier in the week, Germany’s vaccine commission said it would not recommend its use in the over-65s due to insufficient data on its effectiveness in that population.

by Anonymousreply 6601/30/2021

From late Monday, all Americans will have to wear masks on public transport

From CNN Health’s Jen Christensen

Americans will have to wear a mask while using any form of public transportation -- including buses, trains, taxis, planes, boats, subways or rideshare vehicles -- from late Monday to slow the spread of Covid-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced.

The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. ET Monday.

The order, signed by Dr. Martin Cetron, director of CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, says people must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth while on public transportation and while waiting for their ride. The mask needs to feature at least two layers of breathable fabric and secured to the head with ties, ear loops or elastic bands.

Masks need to fit snugly and should not have exhalation valves or punctures. If someone chooses to wear a gaiter, it must be made with two layers of fabric or folded to have two layers. Face shields and goggles can supplement a mask, but cannot be worn in place of a mask. Scarves and bandanas do not fulfill the new requirement.

Children under the age of 2 or people with a disability who cannot wear a mask are exempt.

In the order, which was announced late Friday, CDC said it reserves the right to enforce it through criminal penalties, but it “strongly encourages and anticipates widespread voluntary compliance" and expects support from other federal agencies.

The order will stay in effect until further notice.

The move comes after US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on January 21 that mandated interstate travelers wear a mask. On his first day in office, Biden challenged Americans to wear a mask for 100 days to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

by Anonymousreply 6701/30/2021

New coronavirus variant has caused reinfection in South Africa, Fauci says

From CNN Health's Andrea Diaz

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, says colleagues in South Africa have told him some patients there have been reinfected with the coronavirus due to the new, more contagious, variant.

"When we were communicating with our many scientific and public health colleagues in South Africa, they were telling us over the phone 'something strange is going on right now, we have people who were infected several months ago, who now with this new strain are getting reinfected,'" Fauci told NBC News' Lester Holt on Friday. "Which is telling you that the immune response induced to the first infection wasn't good enough to prevent the second infection."

However, Fauci said vaccination appears to be "good or better than natural infection in preventing further infection."

"The vaccine itself appears to be better at inducing that kind of protection because they had anywhere from 50 to 88% efficacy against severe disease," said Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

by Anonymousreply 6801/30/2021

Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch gets COVID-19 after second vaccine shot

A Massachusetts congressman who received both doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine tested positive for the virus on Friday.

Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch tested negative before attending President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. He was tested again after a staff member in his Boston office got the virus earlier this week.

Pfizer said it can take seven days for protection from the second dose to kick in, NBC 10 Boston reported. Lynch’s office said he got the second dose vaccine before the inauguration on Jan. 20, nine days before his positive test.

The Pfizer vaccine has been judged 95 percent effective against the virus, though it has not been tested against the mutations that came from the UK and South Africa.

In the statement, his office said Lynch doesn’t have any symptoms of COVID-19. He will self-quarantine and vote by proxy in Congress in the coming week.

Lynch was the second Congressional Democrat from Massachusetts to test positive in as many days. Rep. Lori Trahan said Thursday she had tested positive after repeatedly testing negative.

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Wow, that is very worrisome, R69

by Anonymousreply 7001/30/2021

Why is it surprising? I thought the deal all along was that the vaccine doesn't *prevent* infection, but dramatically reduces severity due to invigorated immune response. This is why one can be vaccinated yet still be a carrier to others, no?

by Anonymousreply 7101/30/2021

I had it 2 days ago

by Anonymousreply 7201/30/2021

That's right r71, although with Pfizer in the rare event that you are infected after having received both infections you are very likely to be asymptomatic. That's why we will still need to follow basic social distancing rules and other protections until everyone (if possible) is vaccinated and everyone who has not been vaccinated will still need to take particular care even around vaccinated people.

That said, it's also very unlikely that an asymptomatic person will transmit the virus and, if they do, it will probably be an asymptomatic or very mild infection.

by Anonymousreply 7301/30/2021

Also, if Lynch had those rapid tests, then they're not very reliable.

by Anonymousreply 7401/30/2021

I apologize if this question has been asked and answered already, but one thing I am wondering vis-a-vis vaccination: Since testing has now shown that many people who have had very mild or even asymptomatic cases are nonetheless showing evidence of organ damage/scarring, etc., wouldn't that also be the case for vaccinated persons, as well, who may experience mild or asymptomatic infections?

by Anonymousreply 7501/30/2021

My mother and father (93 and 95 respectively) got the shot over a week ago. My mother has arthritis along with curvature of her spine and experienced a lot of pain where she usually feels pain from her conditions but this pain after the shot was excruciating. She told the main nurse at the facility where they live and the nurse told her to get ready because it's going to be worse with the second shot.

My doctor honestly told me that some patients do experience great difficulty after having the shot and as with Corona it attacks where ever you are vulnerable.

by Anonymousreply 7601/30/2021

At this point I know six people between ages 30 - 65 who have had the virus and none of them experienced anything more extreme than a bad headache. Three of them are family members.

A co worker told me his parents are in a retirement community and they have had 16 cases there, none of the elderly patients died. This is before vaccine was available.


by Anonymousreply 7701/30/2021

r75 were these people showing symptoms of organ damage and scarring or did they get health check ups since getting sick and these conditions were revealed from their examinations?

by Anonymousreply 7801/30/2021

R78 Probably neither. There are a lot of research studies now following up with people who've had COIVD months after their initial diagnosis.

by Anonymousreply 7901/30/2021

R77 it’s not worth much.

by Anonymousreply 8001/30/2021

[bold]Anti-vaccination protesters briefly shut down entrance to Dodger Stadium vax site[/bold]

About 50 anti-vaccine protesters milling about the entrance to the Dodger Stadium coronavirus vaccination site on Saturday, Jan. 30, prompted officials to close the gate for almost an hour before the protesters dispersed.

Everyone in line eventually got vaccinated, said firefighter David Ortiz, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

But traffic into the stadium was halted from 1:50 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. when people carrying signs and chanting slogans attempted to enter the grounds, and officials closed the gates to prevent that, Ortiz said.

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by Anonymousreply 8101/30/2021

This is really scary. This comes from a Canadian website. I checked if it was accurate and it is. Kind of grim news

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by Anonymousreply 8201/30/2021

R81 Cops needs to round them all up and cite them with Reckless Endangerment, as if they'd blocked the path of an ambulance.

by Anonymousreply 8301/30/2021

[quote] Since testing has now shown that many people who have had very mild or even asymptomatic cases are nonetheless showing evidence of organ damage/scarring, etc., wouldn't that also be the case for vaccinated persons

This is why high dose Vitamin D should be included in any comprehensive COVID recovery plan. I know people disbelieve because it's a natural substance therefore likely to be a load of bunk, yet studies show besides boosting the immune system, Vitamin D3 has the ability to heal lesions, soften scar tissues, in some controversial studies it has been shown regrow areas of damaged organs (google Dr. Coimbra vitamin D3 brain injury). I take at least one high potency 10,000 international unit capsule per day, sometimes much more if I am feeling I am taking on too much viral load.

by Anonymousreply 8401/30/2021

I hope people took pictures of the protestors (if they didn't post themselves on Instagram already). Fire them all, although that douche in the green shirt probably doesn't even have a job.

by Anonymousreply 8501/30/2021

R84 thanks for reminding me. I forget to take my vit d all the time. gonna take it religiously now!

by Anonymousreply 8601/30/2021

Too much Vit D is not good for you. It's not like Vit C where you just pee out the excess. Usually your MD will tell you what your D levels are and approx how much to supplement.

by Anonymousreply 8701/30/2021

Perth, Western Australia is back under lockdown after an almost 300 day run with zero community transmissions. It seems a hotel quarantine guard has tested positive for the UK variant. The last known community transmission in the state was on April 11th 2020.

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by Anonymousreply 8801/30/2021

R82 I'd read another story about that today. Grim indeed.

When this mess started over a year ago medical experts fairly concluded that the virus would mutate slowly based on other coronavirus strains. This one has proven different.

We are all fucked.

by Anonymousreply 8901/30/2021

Trump officials spent the fall actively lobbying Congress not to give states the money health officials insisted they need to vaccine some 300 million Americans.

The Trump administration wasn't just dismissing states' concerns, it was actively undermining their efforts to get more money from Congress

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by Anonymousreply 9001/31/2021

If you look at the US graphs on worldometers, it seems the US plateaued around 1/12 and on the decline. I hope so!

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by Anonymousreply 9101/31/2021

are those figures in the thumbnail from Jan 12, R91? If so, it's not much of a plateau

by Anonymousreply 9201/31/2021

R92: They are in the graphs on the bottom of the US worldometers page - 1/12 for new deaths, 1/8 for new cases. There is a bell curve on each graph that peaks on those dates and trending downward after.

by Anonymousreply 9301/31/2021

i see. then what number is showing in the thumb of your post?

by Anonymousreply 9401/31/2021

R90 I say again, the entire Trump administration needs to be Mussolini'ed, or at minimum to be sued on behalf of the people of the US for criminal negligence.

by Anonymousreply 9501/31/2021

I would absolutely be up for looking into filing a class action suit against Trump and his minions for the time I've lost thanks to their incompetence.

by Anonymousreply 9601/31/2021

Ten Senate Republicans propose compromise covid relief package, posing challenge for Biden

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I'd be willing to bet the compromise is "$ for corporations and very wealthy people ONLY".

by Anonymousreply 9801/31/2021

Trump is gone, he's past tense, and now it's on Biden to lead the efforts. It seems like numbers have gone down pretty quickly since his administration took over the white house and the CNN Covid death/infection ticker has disappeared as well after he be became President. We saw this in Italy and elsewhere. The virus burns hot and heavy and then it seems to dwindle, Maybe the holidays were our Wuhan/Italy moment that we were preparing for and our on our way to a steady decline. I hope so!

by Anonymousreply 9901/31/2021

Won't Biden lose some Democrats with the new GOP COVID plan?

No fucking way is Sanders going along with that plan.

by Anonymousreply 10001/31/2021

I finally got a vax appointment for my mother!

by Anonymousreply 10101/31/2021

Wisconsin Vaccine Saboteur Steven Brandenburg Is a Flat-Earther, FBI Document Reveals


Valerie Jarrett decries Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) scoffing at Biden’s transgender rights… NFL World Reacts To The Matthew Stafford, Patriots News The Daily Beast logoWisconsin Vaccine Saboteur Steven Brandenburg Is a Flat-Earther, FBI Document Reveals

The Wisconsin pharmacist who intentionally sabotaged hundreds of doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine because he thought COVID-19 was a hoax, also believes the earth is flat and the sky is actually a “shield put up by the Government to prevent individuals from seeing God.”

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Yay Sylvia!!!!

If Biden were able able to get a 60 vote compromise Coronavirus bill passed it means he doesn’t need to use reconciliation to get around the filibuster on that one and can use the two reconciliation opportunities he has this year for other priorities. He shouldn’t waste much time on it in case it is a ruse to delay, but if it’s in good faith it’d be a great thing.

I don’t understand why the anti-vaxxers aren’t scared of wrongful death lawsuits.

by Anonymousreply 10301/31/2021

Flat earther’s are fascinatingly stupid. Their entire theory seems to be based on pictures of earth from NASA being composites.

by Anonymousreply 10401/31/2021

Biden adviser says prioritize 1st doses 'right now'; protest disrupts vaccinations at Dodger stadium: Today's key COVID updates

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by Anonymousreply 10501/31/2021

No shots tomorrow due to snow storm

by Anonymousreply 10601/31/2021

WSJ: Ten GOP Senators Push Biden for Smaller Relief Package

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Passing coronavirus relief more important than bipartisanship: Sen. Bernie Sanders

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by Anonymousreply 10801/31/2021

US hospitalizations fall below 100,000 for the first time in nearly two months

From CNN’s Amanda Watts and Hollie Silverman

For the first time in nearly two months, current Covid-19 hospitalizations in the United States have fallen below 100,000, according to data from The Covid Tracking Project.

On Saturday, the US reported 97,561 Covid-19 hospitalizations, the data shows.

Before then, the last time the US had fewer than 100,000 current hospitalizations was December 1, 2020 -- 60 days ago.

On December 1, the United States had a 7-day average of roughly 163,000 new cases and 1,540 reported deaths per day, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Right now, the US has roughly the same new case average, but sees more than double the average daily deaths, with over 3,000 a day.

Hospitalizations have been dropping consistently since the start of the year, according to CTP. This past week was the first week since November 5 that no state has reached a new record high for current hospitalizations, according to CTP.

by Anonymousreply 10901/31/2021

WSJ: Timetables for vaccinating enough people to effectively curb Covid-19 are slipping in many countries, raising fears that a large portion of the world will still be battling the pandemic and its economic effects well into 2022 or beyond.

Just 10 countries are on track to vaccinate more than a third of their population this year.

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by Anonymousreply 11001/31/2021

I'm 67 and live in Miami-Dade, a blue county in a red state.

To date, the governor has made damn sure that I cannot receive the vaccine.

by Anonymousreply 11101/31/2021

Where r106?

by Anonymousreply 11201/31/2021

I swear to Christ, if Biden gives in to the fucking repugs for a "skinny" COVID relief I'll be pissed as hell. Enough of this fucking pandering to a party that has done nothing but destroy. When are the dems gonna grow some balls. Joe, the GOP will never be your friends and they will never play fair. Enough of this Charlie Brown trying to kick the football shit.

by Anonymousreply 11301/31/2021

That article at R110 is ridiculous.

[quote]At the current rates of vaccination, only about 10% of the world would be inoculated by the end of the year and 21% by the close of 2022

Vaccinations literally started a month ago in any numbers at all. What a ridiculous and misleading projection. We will not be at current levels for long. In fact, we are increasing every single day. And, now that Johnson and Johnson and Astrazeneca will probably be okayed for at least people under 65 around the world, that acceleration will increase. I mean, really, why even write this shit that is out of date before you even publish it? Alarmist crap.

by Anonymousreply 11401/31/2021

COVID-19 tests now available in Oakland airport vending machines

Travelers passing through Oakland International Airport will now be able to grab a COVID-19 test out of a vending machines, officials said.

The self-administered kits are available for about $150 at the contactless kiosks in each terminal, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Oakland is the first US airport to sell the coronavirus tests in vending machines, officials said.

“We realized that travelers are going through a tough time right now, especially as we all navigate this COVID pandemic,” airport spokesman Roberto Bernardo told the paper. “We wanted to give travelers another option for testing.”

Bernardo said the kits are intended for travelers returning to Oakland, rather than those who are flying to a destination that requires a negative test upon arrival.

The kits require travelers collect a saliva sample then mail it in for testing, the outlet reported. Results are expected on an app on their phone within 48 hours of the shipment being received.

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What would be the fucking point of testing yourself after you land after your return trip and then waiting for up to a couple weeks for results by the time you do the test, mail it, they receive it, and then get around to testing it? You can get free covid tests all over the place? What moron would pay $150 to do it? This is a money-making scheme that they are pretending they are doing out of good will. Fuck the profiteers.

by Anonymousreply 11601/31/2021

Australia vs. the US:

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by Anonymousreply 11702/01/2021

Restoring integrity to US science policy.

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by Anonymousreply 11802/01/2021

R118 Can we get an A-MEN?!

by Anonymousreply 11902/01/2021

[bold]Playing favorites? Hospital boards, donors get COVID shots[/bold]

The Seattle Times has reported that Overlake Medical Center & Clinics emailed about 110 donors who gave more than $10,000 to the hospital system, telling them that vaccine slots were available. The email gave the donors an access code to register for appointments “by invite” only.

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by Anonymousreply 12002/01/2021

r119 - A-MEN, Sylvia!

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by Anonymousreply 12102/01/2021

It feels like the America I love again! Thanks President Biden!

by Anonymousreply 12202/01/2021

Yes! Tase the fuckers.

[quote] The TSA will require travelers to wear masks through airport screening checkpoints and throughout all public transportation systems beginning Tuesday. TSA workers are authorized to deny entry or boarding to passengers who refuses to wear masks, and those passengers could be subject to fines. “Depending on the circumstance, those who refuse a mask may be subject to a civil penalty for attempting to circumvent screening requirements, interfering with screening personnel, or a combination of those offenses,” TSA announced on Sunday.

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Anti-lockdown protesters demonstrate in Brussels, Budapest and Vienna over the weekend

From CNN's Stephanie Halasz, Chloe Adams and Jo Shelley

As governments across Europe try to suppress the deadly second wave of Covid-19 with strict lockdown measures, protests against the restrictions flared up in Brussels, Vienna and Budapest over the weekend.

In Belgium on Sunday, 488 demonstrators were arrested in Brussels in an unauthorized anti-lockdown protest, a spokesperson for Mayor Philippe Close told CNN.

“Protests of 100 people are allowed under strict coronavirus restrictions, but when far more people arrived they were asked to leave by police and some (were) arrested because they didn’t comply with police orders," said Close's spokesperson Wafaa Hammich.

TV footage showed protestors clashing with riot police and holding signs that said, "Free Belgium."

Some of those arrested were found to be carrying dangerous items such as knives, firecrackers, and a catapult, the Brussels Police department said on Twitter.

In Hungary, people marched in Budapest on Sunday to protest the closure of restaurants and cafes, which are limited to takeout service because of the pandemic.

Anatoli Belov, the owner of Husikam restaurant in the Hungarian capital, told CNN the government has been promising restaurants funds for many months but the industry has not received any. “It’s been very difficult but we are going to pull our socks up,” he said.

The Budapest Metropolitan Police said in a statement posted to their website that demonstrations are not allowed because of the pandemic. Police fined six people during Sunday's demonstration for not wearing a mask but made no arrests.

Restaurateur Peter Regős -- who owns the Regős Vendéglő restaurant in Budapest -- didn't attend Sunday's demonstration, but said that he was in a tough situation. When asked by CNN about whether he had been given any government assistance, he lamented that, “there is nothing for little people.” Regős said his restaurant had been closed for three months, and he had lost Forint 500,0000 (bpproximately S$ ,7000) f his savings duince

And in Austria, Reuters reported that thousands of anti-lockdown protesters gathered in central Vienna on Sunday but were prevented from marching by riot police. Austria is currently in its third national lockdown, with non-essential businesses closed.

by Anonymousreply 12402/01/2021

Single Covid case in Western Australia leads to 5-day lockdown for 2 million

From CNN's Chandler Thornton

Parts of Western Australia went into a five-day lockdown Sunday, after a hotel security guard tested positive for coronavirus.

The Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions of the Australian state are now under "full lockdown," Premier Mark McGowan announced Sunday, with residents only able to leave their homes for essential shopping, medical needs, exercise, and for jobs that cannot be done at home or remotely.

Schools, most businesses, entertainment venues and places of worship are all closed, and restaurants restricted to takeaway only. ""This is a very serious situation and each and every one of us has to do everything we personally can to help stop the spread in the community," McGowan said."

The Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions have a combined population of more than 2 million people, with the vast majority living in the state capital Perth.

What happened? The drastic measures come after a man in his 20s who worked as a security guard at the Sheraton Four Points, a hotel quarantine facility, tested positive for the coronavirus. Of the four active cases at the hotel while the man was on shift, two were carrying the United Kingdom strain and one the South African strain of the virus, which are believed to be more contagious than other variants.

"We are told the guard was working on the same floor, as a positive UK variant case," McGowan said. As the man had worked two 12-hour shifts on January 26 and 27, it was possible he had contracted the UK strain, the premier added, though he said "exactly how the infection was acquired remains under investigation."

What happens next? Officials are calling on all people who visited a specified list of venues on a certain date to get tested. All close contacts of the man are required to quarantine for 14 days.

"Western Australians have done so well for so long but this week it is absolutely crucial that we stay home, maintain physical distancing and personal hygiene and get tested if you have symptoms," McGowan said.

by Anonymousreply 12502/01/2021

Has the South African variant spread everywhere yet?

by Anonymousreply 12602/01/2021

R125 That is a shame West Australia allowed such complacency to set in, especially after the other Australian capital cities have had to scramble to clean up their own costly blunders with the hotel quarantine system. Australia has no vaccine rollout as of yet, even though we are manufacturing our own version of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Melbourne, this will not be available until March. The Australian government is currently considering options of centralising quarantine for new arrivals, perhaps using some old mining or remote military facilities in the Northern Territory desert.

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A global analysis published in November in the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism journal found about 14% of people hospitalized with severe cases of Covid-19 developed diabetes.

Many of those patients had no prior history of diabetes. Some who developed elevated blood sugar while they had covid-19 returned to normal by the time they left the hospital. Others went home with a diagnosis of full-blown diabetes.

Although covid-19 often attacks the lungs, it is increasingly associated with a range of problems including blood clots, neurological disorders, and kidney and heart damage. Researchers say new-onset diabetes may soon be added to those complications — both Type 1, in which people cannot make the insulin needed to regulate their blood sugar, and Type 2, in which they make too little insulin or become resistant to their insulin, causing their blood sugar levels to rise. But scientists do not know whether covid-19 might hasten already developing problems or actually cause them — or both.

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[quote]One of our part-time employees got fired from his full-time job at @ Academy because he was being insistent with a “customer” to wear a mask. Guy called the store non-stop till they fired our guy. That is some corporate bullshite. - Cactus Music (Houston)

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If you've been infected with Covid-19, there's a "very high rate of reinfection" with new variant, Fauci says

From CNN's Andrea Diaz

Even if you've had coronavirus, there's a "very high rate" of being reinfected with the new variants if they become dominant, Dr. Anthony Fauci says.

"If it becomes dominant, the experience of our colleagues in South Africa indicate that even if you've been infected with the original virus that there is a very high rate of reinfection to the point where previous infection does not seem to protect you against reinfection, at least with the South African variant that's the one that we know the most about when it comes to reinfection," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday.

Fauci emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent severe and potentially fatal illness that may require hospitalization.

"We need to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can, and when vaccine becomes available to individuals please take the vaccine, even though there is a diminished protection against the variants, there's enough protection to prevent you from getting serious disease, including hospitalization and deaths. So, vaccination is critical," Fauci said.

by Anonymousreply 13002/01/2021

New York state positivity rate is down for the 24th straight day, governor says

From CNN's Brian Vitagliano

New York state positivity rate is 4.8%, which is the 24th straight day of decline, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested.

Speaking at a news conference today, Cuomo said 141 New Yorker’s passed away yesterday due to Covid-19, “Remember these are not just numbers, these are 141 number of deaths,” he said.

New York state has vaccinated approximately 1.69 million residents according to the governor. “We are basically exhausting our week to week allocation, waiting for my supply from the federal government, we have much more distribution in place than we have supply,” Cuomo said Monday.

Note: These numbers were released by New York State Dept. of Health and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

by Anonymousreply 13102/01/2021

More than 470 cases of concerning variants in the US, CDC reports

From CNN’s Michael Nedelman

A total of 471 cases of coronavirus strains first spotted in the UK, South Africa and Brazil have been reported in at least 32 US states, according to data posted late Sunday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vast majority of these cases, 467, are the more contagious variant known as B.1.1.7, which was originally detected in the UK. These include 147 cases in Florida, 113 in California, 42 in New York and 22 in Michigan. The rest have fewer than 20 cases each

In addition, there are three US cases of a strain initially seen in South Africa, called B.1.351 – two in South Carolina and one in Maryland. Last, Minnesota health officials previously reported one case of the P.1 strain first linked to Brazil.

CDC says this does not represent the total number of such cases circulating in the US, but rather just those that have been found by analyzing positive samples. The agency cautions that its numbers may not immediately match those of state and local health departments.

by Anonymousreply 13202/01/2021

[quote]Fauci emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent severe and potentially fatal illness that may require hospitalization.

If the antibodies you acquired from infection with the original recipe covid don't protect against the new variant, then the antibodies you form from a vaccine based on the original recipe covid also will not protect against the new variant. He wants everyone to get vaccinated to try to stop the new variant from gaining a foothold but that's not going to happen. There isn't enough vaccine. We'd be better off if they just started producing the next vaccine at this point because people are too fucking stupid to stay home and politicians are too fucked up to stop international travel. Our current vaccine will be useless by April, even to those already vaccinated.

I'm not sure why they are even bothering to count the number of cases of the new variant. He's a preview:

April 20, 2021 Breaking: 100% of new infections are the more infectious variant

There, I saved you months of uselessly counting the numbers day by day for no fucking reason. Our only hope is that the next mutation makes it less virulent and it fades away like the 1918 pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 13302/01/2021

The vaccines are actually more effective in creating neutralizing antibodies than having had the disease itself.

I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it is what the science shows. Maybe there’s too much “fog of war” when people are actually sick to get a proper immune response.

by Anonymousreply 13402/02/2021

I'm so angry with our fucking useless Conservacunt government. Yesterday a whole 436 people were vaccinated. Fucking 400 people. In a day. We have a population of more than 5 million. With this pace it will take three years to get everyone vaccinated. I could have done a better job.

by Anonymousreply 13502/02/2021

CNN: People previously infected with Covid-19 may only need one vaccine dose.

After getting just one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, people who were previously infected showed antibody levels equal to or above those of people who had gotten both doses but never been infected, according to a study published Monday.

Those with previous infections also appeared to have more generalized side effects after the first dose, such as fatigue, fever and muscle pain -- similar to what other participants might be expected to have after a second dose of an mRNA vaccine, the researchers wrote.

by Anonymousreply 13602/02/2021

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine was 91.6% effective in preventing people from developing Covid-19, according to peer-reviewed results from its late-stage clinical trial published in The Lancet international medical journal on Tuesday.

The vaccine was also found to be 100% effective against moderate or severe Covid-19.

Sputnik V has been approved by 15 countries, including Argentina, Hungary, and the United Arab Emirates and this will increase to 25 by the end of next week.

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I’ve been very skeptical of Sputnik, both the product and the process. But I am very happy if the above is true. We need as many effective vaccines as possible.

by Anonymousreply 13802/02/2021

‘Worrying’ new mutation detected in UK COVID-19 variant

The highly-contagious COVID-19 variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom appears to have evolved again to include a “worrying” new mutation, researchers said.

Nearly a dozen cases have been identified that include a mutation known as E484K, which has already been identified in the South Africa and Brazil variants, the BBC reported.

“The mutation of most concern, which we call E484K, has also occurred spontaneously in the new Kent strain in parts of the country too,” Calum Semple, an outbreak medicine expert who advises the UK government, said on BBC radio.

The highly-contagious mutation changes the shape of the virus’ spike protein — the part of the bug that makes it infectious.

Experts now fear that E484K has allowed the South Africa and Brazil strains to get past the natural antibodies of those who have already recovered from becoming infected in the first wave. Nearly a dozen cases of COVID-19 have been identified that include a mutation known as E484K.

This also means the mutation may mean the strain is more resistant to antibody drugs or plasma from coronavirus survivors, both of which help people fight off the virus, experts said.

Dr. Julian Tang, a virologist at the University of Leicester, said the mutation to the UK variant “is a worrying development, though not entirely unexpected,” the BBC reported.

He urged people to follow lockdown orders in the UK to prevent the virus from continuing to mutate and spread.

“Otherwise not only can the virus continue to spread, it can also evolve,” Tang said.

The mutated UK cases were first detected in the English county of Kent, southeast of London.

Public Health England said it was seen in 11 out of 214,159 samples that they tested, the BBC reported.

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by Anonymousreply 13902/02/2021

My virologist friend was so right when he correctly predicted last March that the UK would end up being the hardest hit of European countries.

by Anonymousreply 14002/02/2021

R140 There are too many people living on that tiny island. Norway is like 3 times bigger than England. We have a population of 5 million. England has 50. Again, just too many people cramped together in a tight space. I truly believe the fact that Norwegians live so spread out all over the country has helped against the virus from spreading. We are really just a bunch of farmers yet, despite the oil. Spain and Italy are also hit hard because they live cramped in tight spaces and have an elderly population.

by Anonymousreply 14102/02/2021

R136 I think this is the article CNN is referring to.

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UK detects South African coronavirus variant in people with no travel links

LONDON – Eleven people in different regions of England have tested positive for the South African coronavirus variant without having any links to people who have traveled, prompting mass testing in the areas to contain the outbreak., an

Britain, with the world’s fifth-highest COVID-19 death toll, has moved to tighten its borders out of concern that new variants of the virus will undermine its vaccination drive.

To contain the new outbreaks, residents in eight areas of the country will now be tested whether or not they are showing symptoms, a process known as “surge testing”.

There are about 10,000 people in each area. Three are in London, two in the southeast, one in central England, one in the east and another in the northwest.

Health minister Matt Hancock said those in the affected areas needed to comply with the request to be tested, even if they are asymptomatic, to break any chain of transmission.

“There’s currently no evidence to suggest this variant is any more severe,” he said. “But we need to come down on it hard and we will.”

Positive tests in the areas will be sequenced to identify any further spread of the variant.

All viruses mutate and scientists have identified several variants of the coronavirus found to be more transmissible than the original strain.

Their emergence has raised questions over whether vaccines will still prove effective.

Public Health England said it has identified a total of 105 cases of the South African variant since Dec 22.

Scientists have said it appears to be more transmissible, but there is no evidence that it causes more severe disease. However, several laboratory studies have found that it reduces vaccine and antibody therapy efficacy.

Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, said there was emerging evidence to suggest the variant was less susceptible to immunity induced by the current crop of vaccines.

“The discovery of a handful of cases with no links to travel to Africa indicates that it might be more widespread in the community than previously thought,” he said.

“This spread, even if small in scale, needs to be brought under control quickly, so Public Health England’s house-to-house checks and intensive testing are the right thing to do.”

Public Health England’s Managing Director Susan Hopkins said the cases did not appear linked.

“They’re more likely to be related to somebody who potentially had asymptomatic infection when they came in from abroad,” she said at a news conference.

Britain is battling a new wave of COVID-19 turbocharged by the emergence in September of a more transmissable variant found in the southeast of England. The country’s official death toll passed 100,000 last week.

Britain is, however, making rapid progress in its vaccination programme, with nearly 9.3 million people having received the first shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca shot.

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Have any new versions popped up?

by Anonymousreply 14402/02/2021

Israel: "The magic has started."

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This is weird. Only under 65 for A-Zeneca vax. From AP: PARIS (AP) — France will only administer the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to people under age 65, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday after the government's health advisory body cited a lack of sufficient data about its effectiveness in older people.

The decision could shake up the French vaccination strategy, because the country has prioritized nursing home residents and people over 75. France had counted on the AstraZeneca vaccine for a large part of its upcoming inoculations, until the company announced delays affecting countries around Europe and the world.

“For this AstraZeneca vaccine, we will not propose it to those older than 65,” Macron told TF1 television Tuesday night. Instead, the vaccine the British-Swedish company developed with Oxford University will be given to medical personnel under 65, individuals with health vulnerabilities or those facing high exposure, he said.

by Anonymousreply 14602/02/2021

R145 based on this we should really be focusing on our elderly population. Too bad soul cycle instructors are scamming their way to a vaccine here in NYC

by Anonymousreply 14702/02/2021

A bit OT, but has anyone had a mix and match vaccine? Moderna for the first and Pfizer for the booster. I have an appointment for the second one but not feeling confident to mix them.

by Anonymousreply 14802/02/2021

R148, I've heard on the news that the vaccines sources should not be mixed between 1st and 2nd. I'll see if I can find it for a link.

BTW, I didn't see it in a search, but Andrew Yang has tested positive and has mild symptoms.

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Hmmm, the CDC now says theoretically it might be OK in "exceptional circumstances" but admit that there is no data showing whether safety or effectiveness is affected. So, it looks like they're still going with the FDA who granted their approval to each company based on same company's vaccine for both doses.

Personally, I wouldn't mix unless there's a severe shortage by the time I'm able to even get the vaccine.

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by Anonymousreply 15002/02/2021

The U.K.’s decision to delay the second shot of the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine has been found to be an effective strategy, according to a new study.

Oxford researchers found that the Covid vaccine was 76% effective at preventing symptomatic infection for three months after a single dose, and in fact that the efficacy rate rose with a longer interval between the first and second doses.

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Rate of Severe Allergic Reactions to the Various Vaccines

[quote] Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines appear, on rare occasions, to trigger anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction. People who develop anaphylaxis must be treated with epinephrine — the drug in EpiPens — and may need to be hospitalized to ensure their airways remain open. The CDC says people should be monitored for 15 minutes after getting a Covid-19 shot, and 30 minutes if they have a history of severe allergies.

[quote] The most recent data from the CDC suggest that anaphylaxis occurs at a rate of about 2.1 cases per one million doses given of the Moderna vaccine, and 6.2 cases per million doses of the Pfizer. Many of the people who have developed anaphylaxis have a history of severe allergies and some have had previous episodes of anaphylaxis.

[quote] To date the J&J vaccine has not been associated with anaphylactic reactions.

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That's because the J&J vaccine is saline with a shot of grenadine.

by Anonymousreply 15302/03/2021

VOTN are you going to donate plasma? Word on the street is that your antibodies (and the antibodies of others like you) are in high demand.

by Anonymousreply 15402/03/2021

While you're joking, R153, I'm not sure why people are shitting on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine so much. It's a more traditional vaccine that does the exact same thing that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines do, namely codes for production of the covid spike protein. It's going to be a game changer once it is okayed by the FDA because it doesn't need the extraordinarily cold storage that the Pfizer and Moderna ones need and you only need one shot. People think that the ~65% effectiveness after the one dose is bad because the other ones have 95% after two doses. If the J&J vaccine was given two times, it may reach that 95% effectiveness, too, and they are testing that right now. But, its initial effectiveness after one dose is actually higher than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines after their first shot.

I just don't want people to not get this vaccine when it becomes available because they think something is wrong with it due to misinformation.

by Anonymousreply 15502/03/2021

I think the J&J vaccine would be perfect for certain strategic uses -- namely colleges, high schools, and elementary schools once they've tested on kids. An easy to distribute, one-and-done vaccine that you don't have to worry about dumbass college kids (or addled parents of little kids) forgetting to come back for their second dose, no fancy equipment needed, etc. It could solve the whole back to school issue. Save the better vax for the teachers.

by Anonymousreply 15602/03/2021

R156, again, Moderna and Pfizer are not "the better vax". That kind of thing is what's worrying me. It's going to have people refusing to take a perfectly good vaccine.

by Anonymousreply 15702/03/2021

[quote] UK detects South African coronavirus variant in people with no travel links

How can they be so sure? Someone with it or with links to travel may have stood next to someone in a shop or wherever and you would never know. They cannot say with any degree of scientific surety that this is true.

There is much carelessness in how the "experts" and officials are trying to reassure people about the vaccine and the virus itself. While I think everyone should get the vaccine and while I know that every vaccine can carry risk I think we have to be honest about the fact we do not know many things, e.g., like the long term effects of the vaccine especially the mRNA ones. Probably okay but they really can't say based on medical and scientific proof.

by Anonymousreply 15802/03/2021

Two shelf stable vaccine candidates from Mass General look like they will be going in to human testing.

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I’m gonna sound horrible but Florida is way too infested with Deplorables and seniors and it really needs a flush.

by Anonymousreply 16002/03/2021

I like that J&J is not an mRNA vaccine and is more of a traditional vaccine structure.

by Anonymousreply 16102/03/2021

AstraZeneca's vaccine will NOT be avilable for elderly people here in Norway. Good decision imo. Even though it means the vaccination will be even slower, as if that's even possible as we're last of the Nordic countries. Anyways, better to be safe than sorry.

by Anonymousreply 16202/03/2021

It even looks like the Poltergeist 3 tower. I'd expect to see Zelda Rubinstein found the gateway to hell there.

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by Anonymousreply 16302/03/2021

R163 Sorry, wrong thread, low blood sugar today.

by Anonymousreply 16402/04/2021

Another hotel worker, this time in Melbourne is at the center of another Australian quarantine breach.

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by Anonymousreply 16502/04/2021

The medical staff of NFL basically used its entire organization as a giant COVID-tracking experiment. They tested everyone, every day, made people wear proximity detectors, and followed up with rigorous contact tracing.

TLDNR takeaways:


2. Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation. Brief contact and distance are meaningless without masks + ventilation. Why aren't more agencies talking about ventilation?

3. People cannot eat together safely.

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There are around 4,000 Covid-19 mutations, UK minister warns

From CNN's Amy Cassidy and Jo Shelley

There are approximately 4,000 mutations of Covid-19 in the world right now, according to the UK’s vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi.

Speaking to Sky News on Thursday, Zahawi said researchers are tracking how the virus evolves and Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca are among the manufacturers working to improve their vaccines “to make sure we are ready for any variant.”

He said: “There are about 4,000 variants around the world of Covid now. We have the largest genome sequencing industry – we have about 50% of the world’s genome sequencing industry – and we are keeping a library of all the variants so that we are ready to be able to respond, whether in the autumn or beyond, to any challenge the virus may present, and produce the next vaccine so we can always protect the United Kingdom and of course offer it to the rest of the world as well.”

Some context: Professor Ravi Gupta, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Cambridge, said UK vaccine minister was not referring to variants “as we have come to know them.”

“Rather he is referring to individual mutations," Gupta said, noting that, "many mutations emerge and disappear continuously. Scientists are using ‘variants’ to describe viruses with mutations that are transmitting in the general population – there aren’t 4,000 of those.”

Scientists are not surprised to see the coronavirus evolving but new variants first identified in the UK, Brazil and South Africa are worrisome as they appear more transmissible. Here's what we know about them.

by Anonymousreply 16702/04/2021

Increasing data suggests UK variant may be deadlier, says CDC director

From CNN's Andrea Diaz

Health authorities are still learning about the new coronavirus variants, and whether current health measures are as effective against them -- but data suggests that the B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the UK, may be deadlier than the original strand.

"We know that some of the variants have increased transmissibility, there's increasing data that suggests that some of the variants, the B.1.1.7 variant may actually ... lead to increased mortality, and the jury's still out with regard to how these vaccines are going to work with against these variants," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on MSNBC Wednesday.

"We'd have to ... follow the science, and we are learning more and more about whether our public health measures, our mitigation measures, our mask wearing, our distancing, will be fully effective against these variants, but we have every reason to believe that they will."

Walensky added that as authorities examine more people infected by the variants, they are finding that those people are typically not wearing masks or social distancing. "What we know is that they'll (variants) probably be less forgiving when we don't follow that guidance," she said.

by Anonymousreply 16802/04/2021

Do they think there will be other variants before the vaccine is available to everyone who wants it?

by Anonymousreply 16902/04/2021

Contact tracers in Canada's York Region are finding that some individuals who have tested positive for the highly contagious COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.7 have been in a retail store for just a few minutes. Karim Kurji, the region’s Medical Officer of Health, is in talks with Public Health Ontario to lower the threshold of what is typically considered a high-risk contact: face-to-face interaction within two metres for at least 15 minutes.

Interim guidance from the government does include a lower threshold for classifying contacts associated with COVID-19 variants as high risk of exposure and requiring quarantine.

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I wish they would define better what they mean by more contagious. Is a couple of minutes six feet apart with masks now no longer considered "safe"? They keep opening everything the fuck up around here and more and more people are being allowed in places with the same rules in place as before...and those rules didn't work back then, let alone if this more contagious strain seems to infect by just looking at someone at this point.

We should have kept everything shut down for just another month. Let the vaccine threshold go up some more while this more contagious strain gets its foothold in the US. But, no, just open everything the fuck up quickly again for no fucking reason. The numbers will soon start to skyrocket again and the government will just shrug their shoulders. And, again, they are opening up just before a superspreader even, the Superbowl. They opened up for Memorial Day when people have big get-togethers. They opened up right before the 4th of July when people have picnics. And, now the Superbowl. How can all the governments be so fucking stupid? You'd have to be trying to infect more people to be this stupid.

by Anonymousreply 17102/05/2021

If the new strain is that easy to transmit, we are going to reach herd immunity before most people can get the vaccine. I hope the elderly and frail are able to get vaccinated soon.

by Anonymousreply 17202/05/2021

People who violate US transportation mask mandate face a $250 fine and up to $1,500 for repeat offenders

From CNN's Greg Wallace

Violators of the federal transportation face mask requirement face a $250 fine that increases for subsequent violations, the Transportation Security Administration said Friday.

The fine can grow up to $1,500 for repeated violations.

The penalties may be in addition to those imposed by operators. US airlines have taken the initiative to ban passengers who do not follow the rules, and the Federal Aviation Administration has said it will crack down on any passengers who disrupt flights of assault crew members over instructions to wear a mask.

The order that took effect earlier this week requires masks in transportation hubs like train stations and airports, and on many commercial and public transportation networks, like trains, buses and airplanes.

by Anonymousreply 17302/05/2021

AstraZeneca vaccine effective against UK variant, University of Oxford statement says

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau

The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine “has similar efficacy against the B.1.1.7 ‘Kent’ coronavirus strain currently circulating in the UK to previously circulating variants,” a statement from University of Oxford published Friday read.

The university said a preprint of ongoing work to assess effectiveness of its coronavirus vaccine also described recent analysis “showing that the vaccination results in a reduction in the duration of shedding and viral load, which may translate into a reduced transmission of the disease.”

Andrew Pollard, professor of paediatric infection and Immunity and chief investigator on the Oxford vaccine trial, said: “Data from our trials of the ChAdOx1 vaccine in the United Kingdom indicate that the vaccine not only protects against the original pandemic virus, but also protects against the novel variant, B.1.1.7, which caused the surge in disease from the end of 2020 across the UK.”

Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology and chief investigator on the Oxford vaccine trial, said the university was working with AstraZeneca to “optimise the pipeline required for a strain change should one become necessary.”

“This is the same issue that is faced by all of the vaccine developers, and we will continue to monitor the emergence of new variants that arise in readiness for a future strain change,” she added.

by Anonymousreply 17402/05/2021

A fun thread on variant virus. Especially part 25 about the Italian village where it's being spread by school kids.

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Re: Eric Feigl-Ding, the author of the thread at R175. It doesn't seem he's well regarded by his fellow scientists.

One of the nation’s most prominent infectious-disease researchers, Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology at Harvard and director of the university’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, has made no secret of his disdain for Feigl-Ding’s virus-related commentary, repeatedly calling him out as an unqualified publicity-seeker.

In a tweet on March 19, Lipsitch referred to Feigl-Ding as a “charlatan exploiting a tenuous connection for self-promotion.” In that thread, he characterized Feigl-Ding’s analysis of the coronavirus as “80% repeating conventional wisdom, 20% promoting wacko pseudoscience, and 100% derivative.” He went on to say that Feigl-Ding “gets something spectacularly wrong sufficiently often that you should find other parts of the firehose of info to drink from.”

(Doesn't mean he's wrong with his analysis of the variant, but I'd take it with a grain of salt. )

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R176 I fully agree that Eric is a big MARY! But I still give him credit for being one of the first people who called this pandemic out for what it was. I always take whatever hysterics he's spilling and mentally crank it down about about 5 notches.

It's best to look at the research he's quoting rather than his interpretations.

by Anonymousreply 17702/05/2021

I will always enjoy reading about anyone named Fiegl-Ding.

by Anonymousreply 17802/05/2021

Members of the LGBT community are at greater risk of of experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, according to a report released by the CDC.

The CDC found that members of the LGBT community are more likely to have underlying health conditions that put them at an increased risk to contract the coronavirus and experience severe symptoms of the disease.

"Sexual minority persons have higher prevalences than do heterosexual persons of self-reported cancer, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease (including myocardial infarction, angina, or coronary heart disease), obesity, smoking, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and stroke," the report states.

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So the CDC has found that the LGBT community is a bunch of fat whores.

by Anonymousreply 18002/05/2021

That article at R179 is NUTS

by Anonymousreply 18102/05/2021

The article at R179 includes the whole alphabet umbrella which has to be why it declares the whole community more likely to have an underlying condition. Other than HIV most of those diseases aren’t more common for gay men

by Anonymousreply 18202/05/2021

COVID: The Atlantic vs. the Pacific

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NYC will start making a real effort to start tracking circulating variants very soon.

My wife had a very good experience getting vaccinated today; so far no side effects and it was a smooth process.

After many wasted hours on the dysfunctional Massachusetts website, Governor Baker decided to set up local distribution in hard hit communities totally outside the website locations. Mom’s getting Pfizer tomorrow at my old high school down the street from where she lives.

And as of February 15th Cuomo will be allowing people on immunosuppressant medications to be vaccinated so I need to work on scheduling my vaccination now.

February 5th is generally an exhausting day for me, but this year has been extra special.

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NYC variant tracking

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Best of luck, ElderLez!

by Anonymousreply 18602/05/2021

Iowa governor Kim Reynolds is removing indoor mask requirements in public spaces, gathering limits and restrictions on businesses starting 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7.

This comes the same week Iowa was ranked No. 47 in the country for its vaccine distribution, worse than all other states except Idaho and Missouri.

Guess we can all look forward to a new Iowa variant soon.

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by Anonymousreply 18702/06/2021

Iowa removing these requirements is akin to stopping an antibiotic regime midway because you are starting to feel better. Dumb.

by Anonymousreply 18802/06/2021

Excellent analogy, r188.

by Anonymousreply 18902/06/2021

Netherlands surpasses 1 million Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Arnaud Siad and Mick Krever

The Netherlands has passed the mark of a million confirmed Covid-19 since the pandemic began, according to numbers by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) on Saturday.

RIVM reported 4,130 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total since the pandemic started almost a year ago to 1,001,826.

by Anonymousreply 19002/06/2021

South Dakota approves dentists to administer Covid-19 vaccine

From CNN’s Chris Boyette

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order Friday allowing dentists with experience giving injections to administer vaccines for Covid-19.

The order temporarily suspends state rules stipulating dentists can only prescribe or administer drugs for dental-related conditions and specifies dentists who wish to administer the Covid-19 vaccine can only do so as a volunteer at a Department of Health vaccination site.

A report released by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and National Governors Association in December cited 20 states that are considering recruiting non-traditional providers, including students, dentists, veterinarians, and paramedics.

The American Dental Association says dentists are cleared to give the vaccine in multiple states, including Oregon, where the first dentist in the US to administer a Covid-19 vaccine did so in December. Last month, California approved an emergency waiver allowing dentists to administer Covid-19 vaccines.

by Anonymousreply 19102/06/2021

California is allowing churches to open at 25% capacity again. Newsom needs to go.

by Anonymousreply 19202/06/2021

The Supreme Court is forcing California to allow churches to open at 25% capacity again, R192.

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by Anonymousreply 19302/06/2021

Another win for Covid.

by Anonymousreply 19402/06/2021

My apologies, R193. Newsom has fucked up so many times in the past year that I naturally assumed it was another craven move on his part to save his own ass.

by Anonymousreply 19502/06/2021

R174 Meanwhile here in Norway the vaccine did not get approved for those aged 65+. They said it was due to a lack of testing on the elderly.

by Anonymousreply 19602/06/2021

Why are all the republicunts in the US so anti-science? They would sacrifice thousands if not milllions for their own fucked up agenda. I can't stand the conservacunts in charge here in Norway, but at least they believe in science and have listened to the experts and done what they suggested, like lockdowns, masks etc.

by Anonymousreply 19702/06/2021

The president of the NFL wrote to Biden offering up all stadiums as mass vax centers.

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by Anonymousreply 19802/06/2021

Cool. I wish the public would adhere to public health guidelines out of common sense and decency, but that's not working as well as it should. If Goodell offering up NFL stadiums helps get more people immunized, I'm all for it.

Earlier Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said something about getting basketball players immunized. I'll admit I didn't read all of that thoroughly. However, if a star athlete's immunization encourages people who otherwise would not go in for their shots, then, fuck it, let's do it. Common sense and decency are just not doing the trick. Let's use star power if that's what it takes.

by Anonymousreply 19902/06/2021

Breaking: The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine does not appear to offer protection against mild and moderate disease caused by the South Africa variant, according to preliminary findings of a study due to be published on Monday.

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by Anonymousreply 20002/06/2021

R187, Lincoln's Bible tweeted this in response to the Iowa governor's announcement:

[quote]When your chosen path of sabotaging the new administration is intentionally slaughtering the lives and physical health of civilian Americans.

[quote]Behold, the #QOP.

I don't want to believe Republican politicians want a high mortality rate for Covid, but I cannot come to any other conclusion. I wonder if there's some document out there analyzing the savings on pensions and disability payouts if the death rate stays high.

by Anonymousreply 20102/06/2021

[quote]Breaking: The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine does not appear to offer protection against mild and moderate disease caused by the South Africa variant, according to preliminary findings of a study due to be published on Monday.

The article linked to this is subscription so I can't read it. Does it still offer protection against severe illness? It seems strange that they would word it that wIay unless they didn't yet analyze its effect on severe manifestation of covid illness. Doesn't the Astrazeneca vaccine work in the same manner as the Johnson and Johnson, just with a different carrier vector? They all code for the spike proteins, in the end, so I'm surprised that the other ones were reported to still work.

by Anonymousreply 20202/06/2021

Uneducated people have always feared medicine and science. I know that doesn’t fit all Trump supporters but it fits a lot of them.

by Anonymousreply 20302/06/2021

[quote] The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine does not appear to offer protection against mild and moderate disease caused by the South Africa variant, according to preliminary findings of a study due to be published on Monday.

I will get the vaccine but I am glad I am at the end of the line. I think these vaccines will need to be fine tuned for the variants. We have research, but this is all still uncharted waters. I wouldn't be like that Soul Cycle lesbo and cut the line to get the vaccine today.

by Anonymousreply 20402/06/2021

Here's Reuters on AstraZeneca and the South African variant-

[quote] The study from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand and Oxford University showed the vaccine had significantly reduced efficacy against the South African variant, according to a Financial Times report published earlier in the day.

[quote] Among coronavirus variants currently most concerning for scientists and public health experts are the so-called British, South African and Brazilian variants, which appear to spread more swiftly than others.

[quote] The newspaper said none of the more than 2,000 trial participants had been hospitalised or died.

[quote] “However, we have not been able to properly ascertain its effect against severe disease and hospitalisation given that subjects were predominantly young healthy adults,” the AstraZeneca spokesman said.

[quote] The company said it believed its vaccine could protect against severe disease, given that the neutralising antibody activity was equivalent to that of other COVID-19 vaccines that have demonstrated protection against severe disease.

[quote] The trial, which involved 2,026 people of whom half formed the placebo group, has not been peer-reviewed, the FT said.

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by Anonymousreply 20502/06/2021

[quote]I don't want to believe Republican politicians want a high mortality rate for Covid, but I cannot come to any other conclusion.

I don't think they want people to die but I do believe they view Covid deaths as acceptable collateral damage in the battle to "save" capitalism.

They look at 500,000 dead and millions more facing lifelong medical complications as a small price to pay for keeping the economy afloat. Of course, they could also have kept the economy afloat by paying workers to stay home, but that won't goose the stock market like tax cuts for billionaires does.

And you can bet that the minute they get the chance they'll enable insurance companies to reject coverage for Covid long-haulers.

by Anonymousreply 20602/07/2021

If Corona does keep making more and more variants of itself, could one of them potentially be completely resistant to the vaccines?

by Anonymousreply 20702/07/2021

That is my fear r207. A year has passed and we still haven’t clamped down to defeat this scourge. California has opened restaurants etc again. A destructive cycle of open, close, open, close.

by Anonymousreply 20802/07/2021

A bit of celebrity adjacent

Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is mourning his wife of 56 years, Patricia Healey, who died Thursday at age 85 after contracting COVID-19.

Humperdinck, 84, announced in a social media post shared Friday that his family was "heartbroken over the loss of my darling wife," who died the night before, "surrounded by our children, Louise, Jason, Brad, with Scott on FaceTime."

"Her earthly limitations no longer hold her down as she is freely running the glorious gardens of Heaven, reunited with so many loved ones," Humperdinck wrote. "We prayed as a family, blessed her with the water from Lourdes and off she went ... ushered into the arms of Jesus with help from the generous heart filled prayers from all around the world."

by Anonymousreply 20902/07/2021

Bad news in the NY Times just now on the UK variant spreading rapidly in the US, particularly Florida. Sorry, the link won’t post.

by Anonymousreply 21002/07/2021

From the story r210 references:

A more contagious variant of the coronavirus first found in Britain is spreading rapidly in the United States, doubling roughly every 10 days, according to a new study.

Last month, the CCDC warned that B.1.1.7 could become predominant by March if it behaved the way it did in Britain. The new study confirms that projected path.

Some parts of the United States (are) especially worrisome. In Florida, where the new study indicates the variant is spreading particularly quickly, epidemiologist Nicholas Davies fears that a new surge may hit even sooner than the rest of the country.

“If these data are representative, there may be limited time to act,” he said.

“If these data are representative, there may be limited time to act,” he said.

by Anonymousreply 21102/07/2021

Nicholas Davies seems to be a repetitive sort.

by Anonymousreply 21202/07/2021

All the bettter to get it through thick American skulls, R212.

by Anonymousreply 21302/07/2021

Repeating for emphasis, R212.

Seriously, though, it's astonishing to me that our leaders, D and R alike, are reacting to the threat of the new variants by further opening up their states. The R governor of Iowa is the most extreme, doing away with most every safety measure starting today, but Cuomo in NY and Whitmer in MI are allowing indoor dining again. What's the definition of insanity again?

by Anonymousreply 21402/07/2021

R207, the good news is that the virus can't mutate into anything possible under the sun. The virus has to be functional, or it won't replicate. I believe that's why many vaccines were designed to target the spike protein. The virus can't say "Well, I'm going to come up with a new spike protein, what are you going to do about that?" because then the spike protein wouldn't dock into our cells.

by Anonymousreply 21502/07/2021

Study shows AstraZeneca vaccine provides "minimal protection" against South Africa Covid-19 variant, Oxford University says

From CNN's Jamie Gumbrecht

Early data suggest two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine provide “minimal protection” against mild and moderate infection from the variant first identified in South Africa, the University of Oxford said Sunday.

Viral neutralization against the B.1.351 variant was “substantially reduced” when compared to the earlier coronavirus strain, according to a news release Sunday from the University of Oxford. The study, which has not been released, included about 2,000 volunteers who were an average of 31 years old; about half received the vaccine and half received a placebo, which does nothing. The vaccine’s efficacy against severe Covid-19, hospitalization and death were not assessed.

Details of the study by researchers from South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand and others and the University of Oxford were shared in a press release. The results have been submitted for peer-review and a preprint will be released soon, Oxford said.

After the study was reported Saturday by the Financial Times, AstraZeneca said in a statement it believes the vaccine could provide protection against severe disease, and said it has started to adapt the vaccine against the variant “so that it is ready for Autumn delivery should it be needed.”

“Efforts are underway to develop a new generation of vaccines that will allow protection to be redirected to emerging variants as booster jabs, if it turns out that it is necessary to do so,” Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said in Sunday’s statement, noting that this issue faces all vaccine developers. “We are working with AstraZeneca to optimise the pipeline required for a strain change should one become necessary.”

In the Oxford statement, Shabir Madhi, a professor of vaccinology at University of Witwatersrand who led the study, noted recent data in South Africa from Janssen, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine arm, found some protection against moderate and severe Covid-19 disease with a similar vaccine.

“These findings recalibrate thinking about how to approach the pandemic virus and shift the focus from the goal of herd immunity against transmission to the protection of all at risk individuals in population against severe disease,” Madhi said.

by Anonymousreply 21602/07/2021

The UK variant will decimate Floridians following Superspreader Sunday and they’ll only have themselves (and their governor) to blame.

by Anonymousreply 21702/07/2021

But can it vary enough that it becomes harder to control with vaccines?

by Anonymousreply 21802/07/2021

NYT 2/7/21

[quote] South Africa halted use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine on Sunday after evidence emerged that the vaccine did not protect clinical-trial participants from mild or moderate illness caused by the more contagious virus variant that was first seen there.

[quote] The findings were a devastating blow to the country’s efforts to combat the pandemic.

[quote] Scientists in South Africa said on Sunday that a similar problem held among people who had been infected by earlier versions of the coronavirus: the immunity they acquired naturally did not appear to protect them from mild or moderate cases when reinfected by the variant, known as B.1.351.

by Anonymousreply 21902/07/2021


[quote] However, based on the immune responses detected in blood samples from people who were given the vaccine, the scientists said they believed that the vaccine could yet protect against more severe cases.

[quote] If further studies show that it does, South African health officials said on Sunday that they would consider resuming use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine.

by Anonymousreply 22002/07/2021

R218, yes. The answer to "Can it mutate to...?" is always yes. To the person above who said that it can't change its spike protein, you're wrong. It already has. There are all kinds of receptors on cells. It might mutate to attack different cells. Because of idiots and greed, the world is giving Covid billions of hosts to play the role of mutation factory. We have no real idea what it can do because it's a new virus and mutation is a crap shoot. If the vaccine is no longer effective against the variant, they can make all the booster shots they need but as long as we continue to stay open to idiotic things like eating in restaurants and going bowling, etc., there will just be another new strain that the booster doesn't work on.

This is the endgame of scientific illiteracy. Congrats morons of the world.

by Anonymousreply 22102/07/2021

South Africa has an alternative plan (NYT)

[quote] The pause in the country’s rollout of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine means that the first shipments will now be put in warehouses. Instead, South African health officials said they would inoculate health workers in the coming weeks with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which has strong efficacy in preventing severe cases and hospitalizations caused by the new variant.

by Anonymousreply 22202/07/2021

Scientists don't all agree it began with an animal and say the properties show it most likely began in a lab. We'll probably never be told if it's true.

by Anonymousreply 22302/07/2021

Go to hell, R223. You're the scientifically illiterate who are the problem with the world.

by Anonymousreply 22402/07/2021

R224 Screw you.

by Anonymousreply 22502/07/2021
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R226 Beautiful! That really does belong in a museum some day.

by Anonymousreply 22702/08/2021

The BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus vaccine should grant protection against both the South African and British variants, according to an article published in Nature Medicine Monday.

The researchers tested the blood sera of participants who had been given the vaccine against virus samples that were genetically modified to resemble the variants, finding that the antibodies responded to these viruses.

However, one limitation of the peer-reviewed study is "that the engineered viruses do not include the full set of spike mutations found in the [U.K.] or [South African] variants," the researchers said.

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by Anonymousreply 22802/08/2021

GOP Rep. Ron Wright (TX) is the first sitting member of Coronavirus to die from the coronavirus. The 67-year-old died Sunday night.

Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R-La) died from the virus in December before he was sworn in to office.

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by Anonymousreply 22902/08/2021

r229, how odd they were both republicans.

by Anonymousreply 23002/08/2021

Delta to block middle seats on flights through April

From CNN's Pete Muntean

Delta Air Lines says it will keep blocking middle seats through April, an extension of a pandemic policy shed by other airlines.

Delta’s policy will now expire April 30. It was set to expire at the end of next month.

Delta maintains it is the only US airline to keep blocking middle seats on its flights. JetBlue began filling every seat last month, Southwest stopped capping capacity last December, while American and United airlines did so last summer.

“We want our customers to have complete confidence when traveling with Delta, and they continue to tell us that more space provides more peace of mind,” said Bill Lentsch, Chief Customer Experience Officer.

In a news release, Delta says it made the decision so “customers can confidently plan and book their spring travel.” You may still find empty seats on other airlines, as TSA figures show air travel demand remains depressed.

by Anonymousreply 23102/08/2021

COVID-19 vaccine may soon be available in pill form, Nadhim Zahawi says

COVID-19 vaccinations could one day be taken in pill form, Britain’s vaccine deployment minister said.

Nadhim Zahawi said that there may be an oral option available in the future, the Telegraph reported.

“There are technologies with pills and others being developed around the world and we will continue to look at those,” Zahawi told the Times Radio.

“But we’re making sure the UK will always have the capability and capacity to manufacture the variant vaccines that will deal with any variant virus.”

A British biotech company has already turned the jabs into a tablet that produced “outstanding” results protecting monkeys against the coronavirus.

“You catch COVID in your mucosal cells,” Wayne Channon, the chief executive of the Sussex-based biotech firm iosBio, told the Telegraph. “But with jabs you get injected into the arm which goes into the muscles and blood cells. Our tablets go straight into mucosal cells to elicit mucosal immunity so we hit the virus where it is.”

He said the tablets could also speed up the race to vaccinate people across the world.

“With our capsule you wouldn’t need medical professionals to administer the vaccine, you could send this out on Amazon Prime and have everyone vaccinated by Saturday,” Channon told the outlet.

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by Anonymousreply 23202/08/2021

Sheriffs shut down three illegal NYC parties packing in hundreds of revelers

New York City sheriff’s deputies busted up three large illegal parties over the weekend that included hundreds of boozy revelers packed together in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.

In Brooklyn, about 230 partygoers were discovered at a members-only club at 283 Liberty Ave. in Brownsville shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday — with patrons also being served liquor without a license, authorities said.

The manager of the club, Geradino Luis Abdiel, was cited for allegedly violating coronavirus emergency and health-code orders. He also was charged with second-degree weapons possession after deputies said they found him with a knife and brass knuckles.

Two patrons accused of organizing the event, Fernanda Sales and Han Kyung, were also charged over the gathering, including for the alleged failure to protect health and safety.

Less than an hour earlier, at nearby 1764 Pitkin Ave., deputies had broken up a house party where more than 200 people were packed in dancing and drinking.

Authorities said three people were working the party as security guards and a photographer when deputies showed up shortly after 2:45 a.m.

Joseph Jerome was charged with health and code violations, working as an unlicensed security guard and for the alleged state liquor violation of operating an unlicensed bottle club.

Two other people, Daniel Sang and Noel Charles, were arrested and charged with violating the emergency coronavirus order as well as health and safety violations.

A little earlier, around 2 a.m., deputies also raided an unlicensed bar at 50-00 Grand Ave. in Maspeth, Queens, where they said about 165 people were packed into a club — which had only one door in and out of the building, a safety-code violation.

Party organizers there were selling booze without a license, too, according to the sheriff’s office.

One man, Jose Lopez, who was working security, was fined $1,000 for allegedly failing to protect health and safety, a city health-code violation.

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by Anonymousreply 23302/08/2021

As long as they are (R).

by Anonymousreply 23402/08/2021

A congressman died from covid and it doesn't seem to be a big deal. Granted I haven't checked social media or tuned into cable news. It's just numbers now.

by Anonymousreply 23502/08/2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that NYC restaurants can start serving customers indoors beginning Friday, two days earlier than planned, presumably so the eateries can benefit from a Valentine's Day weekend rush.

Because really, what could be a better response to the increasing prevalence of a more contagious covid variant?

by Anonymousreply 23602/08/2021

[bold]Seoul launches Covid tests for pets[/bold]

Mon, February 8, 2021, 2:55 AM Pet cats and dogs with a fever, cough or breathing difficulties will be offered coronavirus tests if they have been exposed to carriers, the Seoul metropolitan government said Monday.

The programme in the sprawling South Korean capital comes weeks after the country reported its first case of Covid-19 infection in an animal, involving a kitten.

"Starting today, the Seoul metropolitan government will offer coronavirus tests for pet dogs and cats," Park Yoo-mi, a Seoul city official handling disease control, told reporters.

more at link

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by Anonymousreply 23702/08/2021

The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, a World Health Organization team has concluded, an expert said Tuesday as the group wrapped up a visit to explore the origins of the virus.

"(Our) findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population” and will not be suggested as an avenue of future study.

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by Anonymousreply 23802/09/2021

Covid hospitalizations at Israel's Sourasky Medical Center plummet for the vaccinated:

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by Anonymousreply 23902/09/2021

That's very encouraging news from Israel. Looks like the vaccine is doing its job.

by Anonymousreply 24002/09/2021

How much did China pay the WHO for that conclusion?

by Anonymousreply 24102/09/2021

R241, smother yourself with your tin hat, would you? Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 24202/09/2021

Austria to introduce mandatory negative test for anyone travelling out of state of Tyrol

From CNN's Stephanie Halasz

Austria will introduce a mandatory negative test from Friday onwards for anyone travelling out of the state of Tyrol, chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Tuesday.

The reason for the move is the more infectious South African mutant of the coronavirus, he said, adding the test could not be older than 48 hours.

Kurz, speaking at a press conference in Vienna, noted that both the UK and the South African variant provide more of a challenge for authorities.

But he singled out the South African variant, saying it may be more difficult to fight with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Early data released this weekend suggests the vaccine offers limited protection against mild-and-moderate disease from that variant. Until the summer, the AstraZeneca vaccine represents almost 50% of Austria's vaccine program.

Kurz said the two challenges his government had were to “stop the spread in Tyrol, and secondly, to do everything possible to stop the spread into other part of Austria, or to slow it down.”

Kurz added that the district of Schwaz in Tyrol -- where cases of the South African variant have been confirmed -- would be a focus point, with “massive testing” all over Tyrol. Eastern Tyrol would be exempt, Kurz said, because the region has hardly any cases.

But other areas of Austria will see a loosening of coronavirus restrictions first announced last week. As of yesterday, a curfew was moved to the night-time hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time. Previously, there was an order to stay at home around the clock.

Schools, shops and museums are allowed to open again, but with tight measures. A FFP2/N95 mask has to be worn in all shops, and a space of 20 square metres has to be available per customer. Hairdressers are also allowed to open.

But restaurants remain closed in the country, with a review on whether to open them set for mid-February.

by Anonymousreply 24302/09/2021

People who lie on passenger locator forms will face up to 10 years imprisonment under new border rules, says UK Health Secretary

From CNN’s Sarah Dean in London and Sharon Braithwaite

England is introducing stricter border rules to increase protection against new Covid-19 variants arriving from abroad, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.

Hancock warned the government is “coming down hard” on passengers arriving in the UK lying on mandatory "locator forms," with the threat of a potential ten-year jail prison sentence.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Hancock set out three elements of the strengthened system for international arrivals coming into force in England from Monday. He said the government is working with the devolved administrations as well as the Irish government to put in place a similar system that works across the common travel area.

by Anonymousreply 24402/09/2021

1 in 3 Covid-19 patients put on a ventilator experience "extensive” PTSD symptoms, UK research shows

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite

New research in the UK shows around 1 in 3 (35%) of Covid-19 patients put on a ventilator experience "extensive symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)" after treatment.

The research, conducted in the UK by Imperial College London and the University of Southampton, also found that extensive symptoms of PTSD, such as "intrusive images" of the ICU environment, were also found in 18% of patients hospitalized without requiring a ventilator.

The results of the study were published Tuesday in the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists’ BJPsych Open journal.

by Anonymousreply 24502/09/2021

[quote] How much did China pay the WHO for that conclusion?

HA! I read the article when I woke up this morning scrolling through the news and that was my first thought, as well.

by Anonymousreply 24602/09/2021

My neighbor was put on a ventilator. She wished they would have just let her die. She is alive but severely traumatized.

by Anonymousreply 24702/09/2021

That isn’t unique to COVID patients.

[quote]In observing 520 mechanically ventilated patients, researchers found that 66 of the 186 patients (35%) displayed clinically significant symptoms of PTSD, with the greatest apparent onset occurring by the initial, three-month follow-up visit. Of those who developed PTSD 62% still had symptoms at their two-year visit; 50% were taking psychiatric medications and 40% had seen a psychiatrist in the two years since being hospitalized.

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I had symptoms of PTSD after 36 hours in the ER with an NG tube I can’t imagine not having severe PTSD after being on a ventilator.

by Anonymousreply 24902/09/2021

Johnson and johnson ceo said we would need a vaccine every season for next several years if the virus keep mutating

by Anonymousreply 25002/09/2021

johnson and johnson also made a shitty vaccine

by Anonymousreply 25102/09/2021

R250 Which is just like the flu shot you get every year, so who cares if that's the case?

by Anonymousreply 25202/09/2021

Food for thought: @ my physical today, my MD recommended that since I'm <65+ to get the J&J one as soon as it's available, given its efficacy is 65%, instead of waiting around for either Pfizer or Moderna. Granted Covid is not like the flu, she said the annual flu vaccine is only 50% effective, and J&J is better than being unvaccinated. Then down the road, revisit P & M should they become more available

by Anonymousreply 25302/09/2021

World's second oldest person, 116, survives COVID, saying, "I didn't even know I had it"

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[quote] [R250] Which is just like the flu shot you get every year, so who cares if that's the case?

Well, I care because COVID is not like the flu, and if I have to be paranoid about everything I touch, everyone I'm near and everything I breathe around for the rest of my life, I'm not going to be able to handle it. The flu doesn't leave you with blood clots and sudden strokes, lung scarring and dementia.

by Anonymousreply 25502/09/2021

[quote]Johnson and johnson ceo said we would need a vaccine every season for next several years if the virus keep mutating.

It won't keep mutating like it has been once it no longer has an endless supply of idiots and ignorant assholes to act as voluntary hosts. People not wearing masks or following other guidelines CAUSED these mutations. They should be held liable for it and scorned from society forever. They've killed thousands and thousands of people and should be punished accordingly.

Anyone who says that the J&J vaccine is bad is an ignorant idiot who knows nothing about vaccines.

The current flu vaccines have prior dangerous vectors in them. Currently, they have H1N1 which was a lesser pandemic in 2009.

by Anonymousreply 25602/09/2021

Dr. Scott Gottlieb on CNBC:

"We're going to run out of demand sooner than we think. At some point in March and certainly by the end of March we're going to have to make this generally available ... everyone is going to be able to go online and get an appointment sooner than we think."

by Anonymousreply 25702/10/2021

R257 "everyone is going to be able to go online and get an appointment sooner than we think."

Not in PA they won't. Rollout here has been even more of a joke than other states. Plus the categories of people they're vaccinating right now; elderly, obese, smokers, diabetes, heart conditions, make a Venn diagram shaped like the state of PA. Something like 70% of the population qualifies.

by Anonymousreply 25802/10/2021

U.S. government researchers found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up.

Researchers found that wearing one mask — surgical or cloth — blocked around 40% of the particles coming toward the head that was breathing in. When a cloth mask was worn on top of a surgical mask, about 80% were blocked.

When both the exhaling and inhaling heads were double-masked, more than 95% of the particles were blocked.

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by Anonymousreply 25902/10/2021

Wouldn't that just be common sense, r259?

by Anonymousreply 26002/10/2021

You would think, but the CDC still isn't recommending double masking, R259.

by Anonymousreply 26102/10/2021

Scientists theorize that the UK B.1.1.7 variant originated in a man suffering from lymphoma who had been chronically infected with the garden-variety strain of the virus for 102 days before dying.

"Since Sars-CoV-2 infects cells relatively quickly, in most cases it enters a host, replicates and then swiftly infects someone else, leaving little time for the virus to acquire many genetic changes. When the virus enters the body of someone who is already immunocompromised, their body is constantly applying evolutionary pressure on the virus – pushing it to evolve into new and, in some cases, more infectious forms."

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by Anonymousreply 26202/10/2021

Qanon is coming up with some extreme propaganda theories telling people something terrible is going to happen to them if they take the vaccine, and it’s irreversible. Instilling extreme fear into Republicans, to the point that Qanon members now cut off their family members that take the vaccine. They’ve been told it will separate them from God, it’s demon possession, they’ll be sterilized, Bill Gates put a tracker in the vaccine. These claims are based on pure superstitition and hysteria.

Malcom Nance, a retired military intelligence officer, does public speaking and has written books about military intelligence, and he pointed out years ago that Russia is behind a lot of this, with the cooperation of Trump. This is an interesting speech he did in 2018.

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[quote] When the virus enters the body of someone who is already immunocompromised, their body is constantly applying evolutionary pressure on the virus

That bolsters my theory that the very scary South African virus had something to do with the millions of HIV positive people in S Africa.

by Anonymousreply 26402/10/2021

The US could have averted 40% of the deaths from Covid-19, had the country’s death rates corresponded with the rates in other high-income G7 countries, according to a Lancet commission tasked with assessing Donald Trump’s health policy record.

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by Anonymousreply 26502/11/2021

Fascinating: All the Sars-CoV-2 virus particles in the world would fit inside a soft drink can.

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by Anonymousreply 26602/11/2021

There are 30 million N95 masks sitting in a Miami factory that the company can't figure out how to sell despite a desperate national shortage.

In one of the more confounding disconnects between the laws of supply and demand, many of the nearly two dozen small American companies that recently jumped into the business of making N95s are facing the abyss — unable to crack the market, despite vows from both former President Donald Trump and President Biden to “Buy American” and buoy domestic production of essential medical gear.

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by Anonymousreply 26702/11/2021

Put 'em on Amazon. They'll fly off the shelves. Hell, put me down for a couple hundred.

by Anonymousreply 26802/11/2021

R268 Actually, if you Google the name of the company mentioned in the article above, you can buy boxes of 50 masks direct from their site.

by Anonymousreply 26902/11/2021

[quote]BBC has been banned in China. The report said the BBC was responsible for a 'slew of falsified reporting' on issues including Xinjiang and China's handling of coronavirus. It went on to say that 'fake news' is not tolerated in China - Yalda Hakim (BBC correspondent)

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by Anonymousreply 27002/11/2021

Thanks, Sylvia. : *

by Anonymousreply 27102/11/2021

I went to their website and bought a box of 20 N95 cup masks that go around the back of the head. $80 for the box of 20 plus $9 shipping. That's a great deal. And now I can double up on masks (one N95, one cloth) now that I have masks that go around the back of the head. Thanks again!

by Anonymousreply 27202/11/2021

[quote]BBC has been banned in China.

A crime against humanity!

by Anonymousreply 27302/11/2021

Europe's oldest known person, a nun named Sister André, beat the virus and turned 117 yesterday. Her celebratory lunch menu included foie gras with hot figs, roasted capon, Roquefort, baked Alaska, port wine, champagne, and "maybe a few glasses of red wine."

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That’s so sweet. Hot figs and champagne. Adorable.

by Anonymousreply 27502/12/2021

Sounds gassy to me r275.

by Anonymousreply 27602/12/2021

Couple of treatments moving to phase 2 testing.

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by Anonymousreply 27702/12/2021

Interesting news about reinfection after illness.

by Anonymousreply 27802/12/2021

Oy vey is mer

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by Anonymousreply 27902/12/2021

French authorities saying only one dose is necessary for those who already suffered Covid.

Sorry, NY Times link won’t post here.

by Anonymousreply 28002/12/2021

I’d wish the CDC and FDA would get it together and make the same call R280.

by Anonymousreply 28102/12/2021

Los Angeles is allowing those with cancer, kidney disease, other serious illnesses and who are morbidly obese to be vaccinated starting March 15. And here I just lost 50 lbs.

by Anonymousreply 28202/12/2021

CNN: Vitamin C and zinc don’t do anything to help coronavirus patients, a Cleveland Clinic team reported Friday.

Their research is the first major randomized study looking at the popular supplements, given under medical supervision, and it found even high doses did nothing to help patients recover from Covid-19.

by Anonymousreply 28302/13/2021

[quote]CNN: Vitamin C and zinc don’t do anything to help coronavirus patients, a Cleveland Clinic team reported Friday. Their research is the first major randomized study looking at the popular supplements, given under medical supervision, and it found even high doses did nothing to help patients recover from Covid-19.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall anyone claiming they helped "recovery." The claims I remember seeing had more to do with building a strong immune system, with particular emphasis on vitamin D and zinc, maybe with a little C thrown in. I suppose prevention is harder to prove, so this is what they make hay with. Seems a tad specious, though.

by Anonymousreply 28402/13/2021

Covid-19: U.K.-Based Variant Is Probably More Lethal, Scientists Say- New York Times

In the U.S., more vaccines will be made available, but logistics continue to be a problem. Montana became the latest state to remove its mask mandate. A French mayor defied orders and opened museums.

LONDON — British government scientists are increasingly finding the coronavirus variant first detected in Britain to be linked to a higher risk of death than other versions of the virus, a devastating trend that highlights the serious risks and considerable uncertainties of this new phase of the pandemic.

The scientists said last month that there was a “realistic possibility” that the variant was not only more contagious than others, but also more lethal. Now, they say in a new document that it is “likely” that the variant is linked to an increased risk of hospitalization and death.

The British government did not publicly announce the updated findings, which are based on roughly twice as many studies as its earlier assessment and include more deaths from Covid-19 cases caused by the new variant, known as B.1.1.7. It posted the document on a government website on Friday.

The reasons for an elevated death rate are not entirely clear. Some evidence suggests that people infected with the variant may have higher viral loads, a feature that could not only make the virus more contagious but also potentially undermine the effectiveness of certain treatments.

But scientists are also trying to understand how much of the increased risk of death may stem from the propensity of the variant to spread very easily through settings like nursing homes, where people are already vulnerable.

No matter the explanation, scientific advisers to the British government said on Saturday, the new findings laid bare the dangers of countries easing restrictions as the variant takes hold.

The variant has spread to at least 82 countries, and is being transmitted 35 to 45 percent more easily than other variants in the United States, scientists recently estimated. American officials have suggested that the variant could be the dominant source of infection there by March.

“The overall picture is one of something like a 40 to 60 percent increase in hospitalization risk, and risk of death,” Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist and scientific adviser to the British government, said in an interview on Saturday. Referring to the tight restrictions on socializing that are in effect across Britain, he said, “It reinforces the policy measures in place.”

Most Covid-19 cases, even those caused by the new variant, are not fatal. And the government scientists were relying on studies that examined a small proportion of overall deaths.

Over all, the government scientists’ assessment that the variant was “likely” to be linked to a higher risk of death still only signaled 55 to 75 percent confidence in the finding.

“I think these results are possibly genuine, although there are still several limitations and we need to understand what causes it,” said Muge Cevik, an infectious disease expert at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a scientific adviser to the British government.

She added that “there are other explanations of this increased severity,” among them that the variant may “transmit disproportionately in settings with frailer people,” like nursing homes, because it is more transmissible.

The biggest danger of the new variant remains its propensity to spread: It is thought to be 30 to 50 percent more transmissible, though some scientists put the figure higher than that.

by Anonymousreply 28502/13/2021

Why the fuck are states opening up now right when the more easily spread variant is about to become dominant and the logistics of vaccine distribution are so fucked up? Are they all really this fucking stupid or are they just cravenly capitalistic? Why not wait one more fucking month until more people are vaccinated?

by Anonymousreply 28602/13/2021

[quote] Are they all really this fucking stupid or are they just cravenly capitalistic?


by Anonymousreply 28702/14/2021

Yes, even Democratic governors who have been relatively good during the pandemic have given in to pressure from business groups the past few weeks. Leadership is so reactive in this country, they don't do anything unless the situation is dire (see also: climate change). They can't seem to think beyond a few weeks -- case counts are going down at the moment so they'll ease up, never mind the looming threat of variants. We'll have to shut things down again in a month. Rinse, lather, repeat.

by Anonymousreply 28802/14/2021

Medical Express: Doctors in France are treating a critically ill patient infected with the South African coronavirus variant, four months after he recovered from COVID-19, in what study authors said was the first case of its kind.

The 58-year-old man had a history of asthma and initially tested positive for COVID-19 in September when he presented to medical staff with a fever and shortness of breath.

The symptoms persisted only for a few days, and the man tested negative for COVID-19 twice in December 2020.

However, he was admitted to hospital in January and diagnosed with the South African variant.

The patient's condition worsened, and he is currently in a "critical condition" on a ventilator.

by Anonymousreply 28902/14/2021

Emergency shutdown in New Zealand

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by Anonymousreply 29002/14/2021

COVID related:

Glenn Kirschner: Trump Found Not Guilty at Impeachment Trial, McConnell is Grim Reaper of Justice. What Now?

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by Anonymousreply 29102/14/2021

WHO Wuhan mission finds possible signs original 2019 Covid-19 outbreak was wider than previously thought

From CNN's Nick Paton Walsh

Investigators from the World Health Organization looking into the origins of coronavirus in China have discovered signs the outbreak was much wider in Wuhan in Dec. 2019 than previously thought. They are urgently seeking access to hundreds of thousands of blood samples from the city that China has so far not let them examine.

The lead investigator for the WHO mission, Peter Ben Embarek, told CNN in a wide-ranging interview that the mission had found several signs of the more wide-ranging 2019 spread, including establishing for the first time that there were over a dozen strains of the virus in Wuhan already in December.

The team also had a chance to speak to the first patient Chinese officials said had been infected, an office worker in his 40s with no travel history of note, reported infected on Dec. 8.

The slow emergence of more detailed data gathered on the WHO's long-awaited trip into China may add to concerns voiced by other scientists studying the origins of the disease that the virus may have been spreading in China long before its first official emergence in mid-December.

Embarek, who has just returned to Switzerland from Wuhan, told CNN:

"The virus was circulating widely in Wuhan in December, which is a new finding."

He explained that Chinese scientists presented his team with 174 cases of coronavirus in and around Wuhan in Dec. 2019. Of these, 100 had been confirmed by laboratory tests and another 74 through the clinical diagnosis of the patient's symptoms.

Embarek said it was possible this larger number – of likely severe cases that had been noticed by Chinese doctors early on – meant the disease could have hit an estimated 1,000-plus people in Wuhan that December.

Embarek said the mission – which comprised 17 WHO scientists and 17 Chinese – had broadened the type of virus genetic material they examined from early coronavirus cases that first December. This allowed them to look at partial genetic samples, rather than just complete ones, he said. As a result, they were able to gather, for the first time, 13 different genetic sequences of the SARS-COV-2 virus from Dec. 2019. The sequences, if examined with wider patient data in China across 2019, could provide valuable clues about the geography and timing of the outbreak before December.

Embarek said: "Some of them are from the markets... Some of them are not linked to the markets," which includes the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, thought to have played a role in the virus' first spread. "This is something we found as part of our mission... part of the interaction we had all together."

by Anonymousreply 29202/14/2021

Covid-19 vaccine is better at protecting against reinfection than a previous natural infection, Fauci says

From CNN's Naomi Thomas

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, that while people have been reinfected with the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa, it appears as though the vaccine is better at preventing reinfection than a previous natural infection.

The variant first identified in South Africa is more problematic that the variant first identified in the United Kingdom, Fauci said, “in the sense that we know less about it vis a vis whether it transmits more readily or not.”

However, it is known that it evades the protection from some monoclonal antibodies, and it somewhat diminishes that effectiveness of the vaccine, Fauci said, but there is “still some cushion left so that the vaccine does provide some protection against it.”

He said attention needs to be paid to the fact that in South Africa there were people who were infected with the original virus, recovered and then got reinfected with the variant.

“Which tells us that prior infection does not protect you against reinfection – at least with this particular variant,” Fauci said. “Somewhat good news is it looks like the vaccine is better than natural infection in preventing you from getting reinfected with the South African isolate.”

by Anonymousreply 29302/14/2021

Three people die of Ebola and five others test positive as Guinea reports its first cases of the disease since 2016

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by Anonymousreply 29402/14/2021

Ebola, you cunt. Get your own thread!

by Anonymousreply 29502/14/2021

Israel’s largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94% drop in symptomatic Covid-19 infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of Pfizer’s vaccine in the country’s biggest study to date.

Health maintenance organization (HMO) Clalit, which covers more than half of all Israelis, said the same group was also 92% less likely to develop severe illness from the virus.

The comparison was against a group of the same size, with matching medical histories, who had not received the vaccine.

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by Anonymousreply 29602/15/2021

NYT: In a study posted on Sunday, a team of researchers reported seven growing lineages of the coronavirus, spotted in states across the country. All have gained a mutation at the exact same spot in their genes.

“There’s clearly something going on with this mutation,” said Jeremy Kamil, a virologist at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and a co-author of the new study.

It’s not clear yet whether this shared mutation makes the variants more contagious, but because it appears in a gene that influences how the virus enters human cells, the scientists are highly suspicious.

by Anonymousreply 29702/15/2021

Could any of these mutations make the vaccine less effective?

by Anonymousreply 29802/15/2021

Yes, R298. Any mutation can make the vaccine less effective. The more variants that show up, the more likely one will be completely able to dodge the vaccine. These mutations are being caused by dumb motherfuckers who can't be bothered to stay the fuck home and wear a mask when they must go out. They are to blame for this and should be held legally responsible for the negligent homicides they are responsible for.

by Anonymousreply 29902/15/2021

With today's vaccination speed it will take two years to vaccinate the entire Norwegian population. Wish us luck.

by Anonymousreply 30002/15/2021

It seems as if talk of a "Green Passport" (a passport for the vaccinated) is picking up steam as a way to allow the flow between international borders to resume.

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by Anonymousreply 30102/16/2021

Where is the flow of international travel not currently on-going? These variants are spreading because assholes from all over the world are traveling all over the place? Oh, great idea to regulate travel AFTER the fucking pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 30202/16/2021

It does seem inevitable that a vaccination database, or a green passport will become an inevitable part of life in most places over the coming years. In the UK that there are big concerns this will make it impossible for someone who chooses to stay non-vaccinated to live a normal life post-lockdown.

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by Anonymousreply 30402/16/2021

Because this pandemic just isn't bad enough:

[quote]Russia scientists 'are trying to extract prehistoric viruses from 50,000-year-old animal carcasses frozen in permafrost' this week. The work is spearheaded by Vector State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology, once a Cold War biological warfare research plant.

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by Anonymousreply 30502/16/2021

Just got my second Moderna shot this afternoon in Indio (near Palm Springs). Hoping the side effects aren't too bad. I only had a slight headache with the first.

by Anonymousreply 30602/16/2021

Goop had covid last year and has lingering effects, fatigue, brain fog and body inflammation.

by Anonymousreply 30702/16/2021

r306, what is the criteria for getting the shots?

by Anonymousreply 30802/16/2021

The prospect of vaccine passports is getting closer in Europe — with more governments considering introducing them not only for travelers, but also to help reopen bars, restaurants and concert halls.

Asked whether the introduction of vaccine passports is likely, Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, told reporters Monday some international travel likely would require proof of coronavirus inoculation.

“Some countries, clearly, are going to be wanting to insist that people coming to their country have evidence of a vaccination — just as people have insisted in the past that you have evidence you are vaccinated against yellow fever or other diseases,” he said.

European governments have been split about whether to endorse a system of vaccine passports, but the travel, tourist and hospitality sectors are desperate to get business going again and say they can’t afford another lost summer.

But civil libertarians worry the continent will be divided along a new haves and have-nots fault-line, and this week Britain’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, provoked a political uproar when he told a radio interviewer that Britons may have to present evidence of vaccination to enter bars and grocery stores.

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by Anonymousreply 30902/17/2021

Wouldn’t they have to first figure out how long the vaccine protection lasts before any sort of vaccination passport would be useful?

by Anonymousreply 31002/17/2021

I mean what's the point? The virus keeps mutating, it won't be effective by the time the whole world is vaccinated.

Just read that the uk and california variants have merged! They found this in a CA patient.

by Anonymousreply 31102/17/2021

How many strains are there now?

by Anonymousreply 31202/17/2021

I heard there are now seven variants in the US.

by Anonymousreply 31302/17/2021

Seven! Are there any that have been found to be worse than the original three?

by Anonymousreply 31402/17/2021

Here's an article about the seven variants. Interestingly, there seems to be some convergent evolution going on where the virus is independently mutating at the same region. This probably means that whatever that particular mutation does is very beneficial to the virus. Most likely it helps it become more easily transmittable so it spreads more quickly and becomes the dominant strain.

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by Anonymousreply 31502/17/2021

Get ready for LOTS of shots, bitches!

by Anonymousreply 31602/17/2021

New study suggests that B.1.1.7's increased infectiousness may be due to it sticking around in the body longer and not because it's somehow more transmissible. This would be (relatively) positive news, as existing masking and social distancing protocols would be just as effective against its transmission. But longer quarantine times would be needed for those infected.

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by Anonymousreply 31702/18/2021

CNN: Lab studies suggest Pfizer, Moderna vaccines can protect against coronavirus variant

A new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday suggests that Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine can protect people against concerning new coronavirus variants, including one first seen in South Africa called B.1.351. While the blood serum samples produced less neutralizing antibody activity, it was still enough to neutralize the virus. This is in line with other studies, and it's well within what is seen with other viruses..

Separately, a team at the NIHh and Moderna published a letter in the same journal outlining findings from an experiment they reported last month. They also reported a reduction in the antibody response to viruses genetically engineered to look like the B.1.351 variant -- but not enough of a reduction to make the vaccine work any less effectively.

by Anonymousreply 31802/18/2021

Another 861,000 Americas filed for initial benefits last week as pandemic continues to slam economy

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

Another 861,000 workers filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, according to seasonally adjusted data released Thursday from the Labor Department.

It was nearly 100,000 claims more than economists had predicted, as well as an increase from the week before — which was also revised higher.

America's jobs recovery has really lost steam and last week's initial claims were four times higher than in the same period last year.

The anniversary of the benefit claims spike is only a month away. Last year, initial claims jumped to 3.3 million in the week ended March 21 before peaking at 6.9 million in the following week.

Nearly a year later, the weekly numbers are much lower again, but haven't meaningfully improved in months. Weekly claims dropped below a million in August, but their most recent adjusted low was 711,000 — several times higher than the pre-pandemic average.

On top of regular state claims, 516,299 Americans filed for benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides aid for people like the self-employed or gig workers.

Added up, first-time claims actually stood at 1.4 million last week, not adjusted for seasonal swings.

Continued jobless claims, which count filings for at least two consecutive weeks, stood at 4.5 million.

by Anonymousreply 31902/18/2021

As the WHO probed the pandemic's origins, China pushed a conspiracy about the US

From CNN's James Griffiths and Yong Xiong

When World Health Organization investigators wrapped up their work examining the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan this month, Chinese officials were clear where they felt the WHO should look next.

"(We hope) that following China's example, the US side will act in a positive, science-based and cooperative manner on the origin-tracing issue (and) invite WHO experts in for an origin-tracing study," Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said last week.

Going even further, Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist at China's Center for Disease Control, said the US should now be "the focus" of global efforts to trace the virus.

That Chinese officials should point to the US when discussing the origins of a virus first detected in central China may at first appear confusing to many.

But for months now, China has been advancing alternative theories for how the coronavirus first emerged, ones that would obviate any blame officials in Wuhan may bear for not reacting quickly enough to the initial outbreak in that city in late 2019, during which they are accused of dragging their feet as evidence of human-to-human spread became clear and the virus ran rampant.

by Anonymousreply 32002/18/2021

New standards will take the guesswork out of choosing the most effective face masks

From CNN's Keri Enriquez

Americans may soon be able to choose between two clearly labeled levels of face mask protection while browsing store shelves.

The new national mask standard outlines minimum fit, design, performance and testing requirements for face masks and would require user instructions, package labeling and a permanent tag on the product.

ASTM International -- an international standards organization -- spent seven months conducting expedited testing and review and published its guidance on Tuesday. Experts and industry leaders say the new "Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings" has the potential to transform the quality of masks available for personal protection in the American marketplace.

Until this point, there were no standards even though masks are highly recommended by US health officials to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

by Anonymousreply 32102/18/2021

CNN: The United States is seeing a large decline in new Covid-19 cases -- but there's a major caveat.

The US is seeing a 29% decline in new Covid-19 cases compared to this time last week, the steepest one-week decline the US has seen during the pandemic. That continues a five-week decline, with the seven-day average of cases declining 69% since peaking on January 11.

But it's unclear exactly how much of the decline can be attributed to the winter weather that's gripped much of the country, forcing officials to close testing sites, which affects the collection of crucial data.

by Anonymousreply 32202/19/2021

I'm so sick of the media shitting on everything. Even this reporting at R322 is bothsiderism. No, there has not been horrible weather throughout the entire country for the last five weeks of declining numbers. Positivity rates take the test numbers into account, and those are also precipitously declining. Yes, numbers are declining for real. They need to start reporting and stop editorializing, especially when they have no fucking clue what they are talking about. Cover your ass, bothsiderism journalism is a huge part of what got this country into the shithole state it is in. Acting as Trump apologists and bothsiderism-ing away his criminality was their ultimate, and hopefully their peak, fuckup as an industry.

by Anonymousreply 32302/19/2021

A Johns Hopkins doctor believes that Covid-19 will be “mostly gone” two months from now.

In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Dr. Marty Makary — a surgeon and a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health — argues that there are actually many more than the 28 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., possibly as much as 6.5 times more than that number. Between that group, and the roughly 15 percent of the country which has already received one dose of the vaccine, Makary argues that much of the nation is already protected from the virus.

“There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection,” Makary wrote. “As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.”

Makary appeared on Fox News, Friday, to expand on his column — claiming that the U.S. has been over-reliant on antibody tests as a gauge to determine who has had the virus.

“There’s a 76 percent reduction in daily cases over the last six weeks,” Makary said. “You, as a scientist, have to ask why. And we cannot explain that by vaccinated immunity. We can’t explain it by a sudden change in behavior. It’s natural immunity, and it’s now over 50 percent of the population.”

The doctor acknowledged the reluctance of many scientists to publicly acknowledge his conclusions, and chalked it up to public health experts not wanting Americans to get complacent in their mitigation efforts, and possibly not take the vaccines. Indeed, during a briefing Wednesday, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky attributed the current decline to a lack of travel and large gatherings after the holidays, and said that the U.S. has not vaccinated nearly enough people yet to achieve herd immunity.

“[W]e’re not at the place where we believe that the current level of vaccination is what is driving down the current level of disease,” Wallensky said. “We believe that much of the surge of disease happened related to the holidays, related to travel. And so we believe that now we’re coming down from that. So I would articulate really loudly that if you’re relying on our current level of vaccination rather than the other mitigation efforts to get us to remain low, that we shouldn’t rest in that comfort.”

by Anonymousreply 32402/19/2021

Sorry, I just saw this was posted as a stand alone thread. 324

by Anonymousreply 32502/19/2021

Not to worry r324. Belongs here as well.

Thank you for posting it.

by Anonymousreply 32602/19/2021

So, it looks like we'll all be mask-free by summer.

Good news, I guess.

by Anonymousreply 32702/20/2021

You may well be all mask-free by summer r327.

by Anonymousreply 32802/20/2021

I'm really not sure what to make of that WSJ piece. On the one hand, I agree that the true number of COVID cases in the US is at least five times the reported number, so there should be quite a bit of immunity. And all epidemics peter out eventually, sometimes seemingly for no good reason.

On the other hand, the author is a gastrointestinal surgeon, not an epidemiologist. He also doesn't seem to be taking the variants into account; haven't people with prior infections been reinfected by the variants?

I wish I lived someplace where cases were dropping. Our case numbers have leveled off but remained almost exactly the same every day for two weeks. No spikes but no precipitous drops, either.

by Anonymousreply 32902/20/2021

There's a *bad* reason for them to peter out, r329?

by Anonymousreply 33002/20/2021

Pfizer's Covid vaccine stopped 89.4% of transmission in Israel, the first real-world sign that immunization will curb the spread of coronavirus.

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by Anonymousreply 331Last Sunday at 8:32 AM

^^Cue the "it's just marketing copy!" troll.

by Anonymousreply 332Last Sunday at 8:38 AM

We’re coming up on 500,000 deaths. Never in a million years would I have believed an estimate like that. I was horrified to see 50,000 dead when we started these threads. I just don’t understand how this got so out of control and the cavalier manner some Americans and politicians have treated this pandemic.

Very grateful to have followed the sanity and well reasoned, informative posts this past year. Kept me sane and healthy. Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 333Last Sunday at 11:14 AM

CNN's David Gelles:

Covid-19 deaths since the pandemic began

South Korea (pop 51M) : 1,557

South Carolina (pop 5.1M): 8,324

by Anonymousreply 334Last Sunday at 11:18 AM

[quote] I just don’t understand how this got so out of control

You don't? I can explain it in two words: Donald Trump.

by Anonymousreply 335Last Sunday at 11:19 AM

American life expectancy dropped an entire year since the start of Covid.

by Anonymousreply 336Last Sunday at 11:20 AM

When 3rd world countries like Serbia and Chile vaccinate faster than Norway😂🤦‍♀️

by Anonymousreply 337Last Monday at 3:08 AM

I'm totally bummed that this isn't an Elke Sommers thread but I'll add. r324, I read that as Dr. Marty Malarky. It makes me wonder. Trump also said that it would "just disappear". Science is the one area where we need consensus. We need to pay attention to what's happening elsewhere and what other experts are telling us.

I'm convinced that it's all about viral load. People who get a small amount of virus get mild cases, people exposed to a lot of virus during long conversations and close extended contact with infected people. The people who I know who had severe cases were exposed for long times or were old/sick.

I am a faithful. mask wearer and have had no social contacts other than errands.

3 weeks ago I woke up with no sense of smell or taste-It's crazy when it happens. The next day was better but it took about 10 days to come back to normal. No other symptoms.

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by Anonymousreply 338Last Monday at 4:20 AM

Israel far out ahead of everybody in terms of vaccinations. The EU not doing well.

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by Anonymousreply 339Last Monday at 8:10 AM

I think the European Union is finding out what America has known for a long time, namely, what happens when you've got a huge number of "states" with very large economic disparities and very different cultures trying to reach a common goal. The stupid, backwards ones ruin it for everyone.

by Anonymousreply 340Last Monday at 9:12 AM

Real-world data from Scotland and England shows vaccines deliver strong protection.

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by Anonymousreply 341Last Monday at 9:19 AM

Brianna Keilar breaks down on live TV over coronavirus losses

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by Anonymousreply 342Last Monday at 2:39 PM

She looks like she could have a high school field hockey stick in the back of her closet.

by Anonymousreply 343Last Monday at 6:50 PM

R343, I was going to say that if you want to know what lesbian voice sounds like, watch R342's clip.

by Anonymousreply 344Last Monday at 6:57 PM

Just looked her up. Brianna Keilar is actually married to a guy. Maybe it's the inner Australian sneaking out that makes her seem a little "sporty", shall we say?

by Anonymousreply 345Last Monday at 7:00 PM

Here's a pic of her and the family. The husband has so much gay face that the kids have secondary gay face. That whole family is smelling cookies.

by Anonymousreply 346Last Monday at 7:04 PM

Oops, here's the pic...

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by Anonymousreply 347Last Monday at 7:05 PM

I’m desperate to get vaccinated but can’t find a place a yet. I’ve been on a waiting list for a month.

by Anonymousreply 348Last Monday at 7:09 PM

The vaccine is proving its effectiveness in long-term care facilities:

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by Anonymousreply 349Last Tuesday at 4:33 AM

Scotland: By the fourth week after receiving the initial dose, the Pfizer vaccine reduced the risk of hospital admission from Covid-19 by up to 85%. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine reduced the risk of hospitalization by up to 94%.

by Anonymousreply 350Last Tuesday at 4:45 AM

Fingers crossed for that single dose protection effect both in severity and viral load. My wife got sick over the weekend and tested positive yesterday. I’m negative so far (both rapid and PCR) and she’s only got congestion, tiredness and loss of smell. Her Pfizer dose was feb 5.

by Anonymousreply 351Last Tuesday at 5:04 AM

R351 Oh no! Any idea how she caught it?

by Anonymousreply 352Last Tuesday at 5:08 AM

If a person tests positive right before it's about time for the second dose, how long will they delay the second dose? Will they require a negative test or something?

by Anonymousreply 353Last Tuesday at 5:19 AM

R352/Sylvia my top three guesses are at a student’s house, at the supermarket or in the elevator of our building. Obviously, the teaching is the highest risk because she’s in the houses for an hour+ at a time. But it’s all masked, with a window open, distanced etc. And no one in any of the three houses she teaches at has been sick. They are all getting tested now though so we’ll see what that turns up.

R353 we are waiting for her PCR test results before calling the state to cancel/reschedule her Friday second dose appointment. We don’t want to do anything rash based on the 15 minute test. That said false positives are much less frequent on the Rapid test than false negatives and she’s lost her sense of smell. I’ll have more details for you soon on how that call goes. I don’t understand why my PCR results came back so quickly and hers are still pending.

by Anonymousreply 354Last Tuesday at 9:24 AM

Wow, that's awful to hear, EL. I hope she gets better soon and you stay healthy!

by Anonymousreply 355Last Tuesday at 11:24 AM

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.

FDA scientists confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. The agency also said J&J's shot — one that could help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two — is safe to use.

While the overall effectiveness numbers may suggest the J&J candidate isn't quite as strong as two-dose competitors, all of the world’s COVID-19 vaccines have been tested differently, making comparisons nearly impossible. While it wouldn’t be surprising if one dose turns out to be a little weaker than two doses, policymakers will decide if that’s an acceptable trade-off to get more people vaccinated faster.

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by Anonymousreply 356Last Wednesday at 4:25 AM

From the CDC website concerning when you can get the vaccine if you are currently infected with Covid.

[quote] Can you receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you are currently infected?

[quote] Vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation. (Feb 10, 2021)

by Anonymousreply 357Last Wednesday at 4:41 AM

CNN contributor Leana Wen, M.D.

BREAKING: FDA scientists confirm safety & efficacy of one-dose Johnson & Johnson #covid19 vaccine.

* 86% effective against severe disease in the U.S. & 82% in South Africa (with predominant B.1.351 variant)

* Consistent across ages

* Possible reduction of asymptomatic infection

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by Anonymousreply 358Last Wednesday at 5:02 AM

Two week delay on her second dose. She should have magic plasma by the end of March. (Symptoms still mild and getting better.)

by Anonymousreply 359Last Wednesday at 5:58 AM

Alarming COVID-19 study finds virus survives on fabric for 3 days

A new study has revealed that the virus which causes COVID-19 can linger on fabric, such as clothing or upholstery, for up to three days.

Between polyester, a poly-cotton blend and 100% cotton fabrics, the polyester posed the greatest risk, even after 72 hours; on full-cotton samples, the virus lasted one day, while the poly-cotton blend remained contaminated by viral droplets — designed to mimic human saliva — for just six hours.

The breakthrough finding could be especially dangerous when it comes to clothing worn by health-care workers, said Dr. Katie Laird, a microbiologist and author of the study.

If not frequently washed, the fabrics could help transmit the virus from patient to patient.

“When the pandemic first started, there was very little understanding of how long coronavirus could survive on textiles,” said Dr. Laird, a leading infectious disease researcher at De Montfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom.

“Our findings show three of the most commonly used textiles in health care pose a risk for transmission of the virus,” she continued in an interview for the university’s news site. “If nurses and health-care workers take their uniforms home, they could be leaving traces of the virus on other surfaces.”

In terms of sanitizing, researchers also found that soap and scorching hot water — at least 153 degrees Fahrenheit (67 degrees Celsius) — was required to effectively clean 100% cotton fabric, which is commonly used for medical staff uniforms.

Regular household washing machines typically only go up to about 130 degrees on their hottest setting.

The findings suggest that hospital staff should refrain from wearing their uniforms home, according to Dr. Laird, whose study has been submitted to a research journal for publication, pending peer review.

“This research has reinforced my recommendation that all health-care uniforms should be washed on site at hospitals or at an industrial laundry,” she said. “These wash methods are regulated and nurses and health-care workers do not have to worry about potentially taking the virus home.”

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by Anonymousreply 360Last Wednesday at 6:30 AM

Has anyone checked on Andi?

by Anonymousreply 361Last Wednesday at 6:52 AM

A newborn at Children's National Hospital in D.C. was very sick this past September. Most infected kids barely show symptoms of the Covid-19 virus and even the hospitalized ones tend to have mild cases.

But this infant's viral load was 51,418 times the median of other pediatric patients. The baby's virus was recently sequenced and researchers found a variant they had never seen before – raising alarm that a mutation called N679S may be circulating in the Mid-Atlantic region.

No one knows whether the infant, who was seen in September and has since recovered, represents a chance case, a sign of things to come, or worrisome changes already in motion as new, more transmissible variants race across the Earth.

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by Anonymousreply 362Last Wednesday at 6:57 AM

How in the fuck are we supposed to get COVID off our clothes????

by Anonymousreply 363Last Wednesday at 7:36 AM

None of these studies of COVID on surfaces answer the most important question. Sure, there's virus on the surface, but is there enough to be infective?

Real-world results suggest there is typically not.

by Anonymousreply 364Last Wednesday at 7:40 AM

I recommend Happy, r363!

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by Anonymousreply 365Last Wednesday at 7:45 AM

I'm so sick of alarmist articles like R360. If you don't work in the COVID wing of a hospital, where you would be getting doused in virus particles, don't freaking worry about it.

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by Anonymousreply 366Last Wednesday at 7:48 AM

Wow, ElderLez @ R354. Crazy that she got infected with all those precautions, but I guess it's incredibly lucky that she got vaccine #1 as it should limit severity. Is there still a need for donated convalescent plasma? Seems that hers should indeed be potent in a few weeks.

by Anonymousreply 367Last Wednesday at 8:05 AM

Yes, donated plasma is still needed to make hyperimmune globulin R367.

by Anonymousreply 368Last Wednesday at 10:11 AM

A variant is spreading rapidly in NYC, one which might even prove to be not affected by vaccines.

Harvey Fierstein voice: Swell. This is just swell.

Sorry, NY Times doesn’t link here.

by Anonymousreply 369Last Wednesday at 2:29 PM

CNN: The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine seems to work better against the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa than data initially suggested.

According to a US Food and Drug Administration’s briefing document released Wednesday, the vaccine showed a 64% efficacy rate in South Africa. That’s seven points higher than what was reported in interim data released by the company in January.

Also, Moderna has designed an updated version of its Covid-19 vaccine to help it combat the South Africa coronavirus variant, the company announced Wednesday.

by Anonymousreply 370Last Wednesday at 2:38 PM

NYT: A new form of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in New York City, and it carries a worrisome mutation that may weaken the effectiveness of vaccines, two teams of researchers have found. The new variant, called B.1.526, first appeared in samples collected in the city in November.

by Anonymousreply 371Last Wednesday at 2:40 PM

So in other words restaurants and theatres are doomed in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 372Last Wednesday at 2:51 PM

I'm not buying the spin on the J&J vaccine.

by Anonymousreply 373Last Wednesday at 2:59 PM

With this new NYC variant I feel like we're at that point in Contagion where the doctor says there's a new R not number.

by Anonymousreply 374Last Wednesday at 6:49 PM

Well, R373, there's no accounting for your stupidity. More vaccine for the rest of us who understand how to read medical studies.

Variants are caused by irresponsible people continuing to get infected. They should be held criminally responsible for negligent homicide.

by Anonymousreply 375Last Wednesday at 7:04 PM

[quote] Well, [R373], there's no accounting for your stupidity. More vaccine for the rest of us who understand how to read medical studies.

Good, sweetheart. You take the J&J. I'll wait for Pfizer or Moderna.

by Anonymousreply 376Last Wednesday at 7:41 PM

Fine with me, R376. Johnson and Johnson is the only one with real world proven effectiveness against the South African strain. It's is 100% effective against hospitalization and death six weeks after vaccination, just like Pfizer and Moderna. You don't understand what the vaccine efficacy numbers mean or you wouldn't have any problems with Johnson and Johnson. So, you go ahead and wait and risk infection in the meantime for no reason at all.

by Anonymousreply 377Last Wednesday at 9:21 PM

J & J is also not using an experimental mRNA delivery system.

by Anonymousreply 378Last Wednesday at 9:28 PM

J&J's efficacy is maybe 72%. Pfizer and Moderna are much higher. I'm happy to wait for their booster that will counter the variants.

by Anonymousreply 379Last Wednesday at 11:33 PM

I'm impressed by Chile. They're doing much better than us here in Norway, thanks to the fuck up by the EU. And no, we are not part of the EU but our conservacunt EU-ass licking government decided to make a deal with the EU instead of buying the doses themselves. So here we are... the vaccination is slow and slower than slow.

by Anonymousreply 380Last Wednesday at 11:51 PM

New information from Spain is that the country might not open up for vacationers until fall. This will go over well with the brits and scandis who will have their spanish summer vacation ruined😂 Thanks EU! You're doing a great job with the vaccination😂

by Anonymousreply 381Last Wednesday at 11:53 PM

Bad news for NYC --- mutations that weaken the current vaccines.

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by Anonymousreply 382Last Thursday at 1:23 AM

[quote]Bad news for NYC --- mutations that weaken the current vaccines.

You omitted the "may" -- mutations may weaken effectiveness of vaccines.

by Anonymousreply 383Last Thursday at 2:47 AM

Newly infected numbers rose to more than 400 today. This is after the government insisted on another lockdown. It's almost an all time high this year. It hasn't been this bad since right after new year. Yikes. This is not good😬 Then you have the slower than slow vaccination. Not great.

by Anonymousreply 384Last Thursday at 5:26 AM

R379, you do not understand efficacy numbers. You also need to do more reading. J&J is 100% effective at preventing severe illness just like Pfizer and Moderna. The longer people wait because they are ignorant the more chance of covid mutating because you are risking infection while you wait. Your ignorance is astounding. Every single doctor will tell you to take whatever vaccine you can get. If you are over 80, due to a weakened immune system, you could maybe justify waiting for Moderna or Pfizer. You current stand is no better than anti-vaxxers because you are putting yourself and other people at risk due to your ignorance.

by Anonymousreply 385Last Thursday at 9:44 AM

R385, you worry about yourself and I'll do the same. If I was interested in your opinion, I'd have made that clear three of your haranguing posts earlier. I'm not putting anyone at risk. You don't know me and have no cause to say that. I have been super careful for almost a year and have barely left my home. I get everything delivered and I wear more than the required protection when I do need to venture past my front door. I live alone and take this far more seriously than I'm sure you do. If I want to choose which vaccine I prefer, that's my business and you can (not so) kindly shut the fuck up about it.

by Anonymousreply 386Last Thursday at 11:06 AM

R386 is stating their boundaries and I am totally here for it.

by Anonymousreply 387Last Thursday at 8:12 PM

Lung/ICU Doc Vin Gupta:

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by Anonymousreply 388Yesterday at 5:42 AM

Florida has now opened up vax appointments at all Publix pharmacies. I was able to make an appointment this morning for my first shot on Monday.

by Anonymousreply 389Yesterday at 6:07 AM

CDC Head Dr. Rochelle Walensky say the decline in Covid-19 cases reported in the U.S. since early January may be flattening, a concerning shift as highly transmissible variants threaten to exacerbate infections.

"The latest data suggest that these declines may be stalling, potentially leveling off at still a very high number.”

“We have to carefully look at what happens over the next week or so with those numbers before you start making the understandable need to relax on certain restrictions,” added Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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by Anonymousreply 390Yesterday at 10:35 AM

I had the 2nd Moderna shot yesterday. Glad that's done.

by Anonymousreply 391Yesterday at 10:51 AM

Excerpt from WaPo:

Live updates: FDA panel recommends authorization of Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine

A key Food and Drug Administration expert panel recommended the approval of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine Friday, paving the way for its likely authorization to come as early as Saturday, which would make it the third vaccine available in the United States.

During the hours-long discussion, Johnson & Johnson scientists argued that the single-shot vaccine was 66 percent effective in protecting against cases of moderate to severe illness in a large, global trial, and 85 percent effective against severe cases.

The panel’s recommendation comes the same week the United States reached yet another grim milestone of 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths, raising experts’ hopes of a faster and more effective inoculation process as virus mutations spread.

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by Anonymousreply 392Yesterday at 1:35 PM

Something I heard on NPR today- the J & J has been tested against the South African variant, whilst the Moderna and Pfizer has not, so we don't know the effectiveness of those two against the new variant.

by Anonymousreply 393Yesterday at 1:39 PM
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