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archive Thu Jan 30th, 2020

Sadly, mental disorder is a communicable disease, too.

by Cat on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 05:56:13 PM EST
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You forgot best part.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross suggested Thursday that the viral outbreak in China might offer an unexpected benefit for the U.S. economy: It could encourage American manufacturers in China to return to the United States.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 06:07:31 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 10:25:01 PM EST
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The point is he was speaking from the experience of other communicable diseases, and much was unknown about the novel Coronavirus, Covid-19. Hell, much is still unknown- like the long term effects of infection, like post viral disease syndrome with ME type symptoms, prolonged brain fog, and how long immunity lasts after infection.

I have a friend who swears he got it twice - but living in the UK he couldn't get a test first time around.  Recent research also shows that people with mental disorder are far more likely to get the disease - again the exact reasons for this are up for debate.

We don't know enough about how often in is communicated through aerosols, through tiny droplets in coughts/sneezes etc., through contact with infected surfaces, and for how long it remains active at various temperatures on various types of surfaces. There is still debate over how effective standard issue face-masks are at prevention, and to what extent children can be vectors.

So I think its a bit over the top blaming medics for not having gotten everything right from day one. It's very easy being wise after the event, and everyone's a virologist now. Undermining what public health expertise we do have is not helpful, as the prevalence of the second wave now shows only too well - in large part enabled by people not following the best available public health advice.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 11:00:04 PM EST
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Your friend is not unique. We have some friends who had it in April - all the symptoms, not officially confirmed because there were no tests - and who now have it again, officially confirmed.

Which might suggest that a good few of the current cases are reinfections, albeit milder this time around.

And I agree about Fauci. Non-scientists seem to expect science to have instant perfect knowledge, and don't seem to understand that the scientific process is about continuous experimentation and refinement. Which - unfortunately - takes time.

But the fact that knowledge isn't absolute doesn't mean that the random opinion of a drive-by nobody on YouTube is just as valid as that of an experienced epidemiologist. It isn't. The science will get to a workable answer more quickly, and will be less likely to be horribly wrong along the way. Even if this still takes a while.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Oct 21st, 2020 at 11:27:14 PM EST
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All of which severely restricts the possibility that an effective vaccine will ever be found, if the immunity it confers only lasts a few weeks/months.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 12:07:44 AM EST
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Maybe. So far this wave seems to have fewer deaths, so it's not all bad news.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 09:25:14 AM EST
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There's been a research finding announced in Science that allows an additional approach.  But it's very early innings.

Neuropilin-1 facilitates SARS-CoV-2 cell entry and infectivity

The causative agent of coronavirus induced disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). For many viruses, tissue tropism is determined by the availability of virus receptors and entry cofactors on the surface of host cells. Here, we found that neuropilin-1 (NRP1), known to bind furin-cleaved substrates, significantly potentiates SARS-CoV-2 infectivity, an effect blocked by a monoclonal blocking antibody against NRP1. A SARS-CoV-2 mutant with an altered furin cleavage site did not depend on NRP1 for infectivity. Pathological analysis of human COVID-19 autopsies revealed SARS-CoV-2 infected cells including olfactory neuronal cells facing the nasal cavity positive for NRP1. Our data provide insight into SARS-CoV-2 cell infectivity and define a potential target for antiviral intervention.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 03:47:01 PM EST
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On or before 30 Jan, Fauci possessed all the knowledge needed to broadcast the most RUDIMENTARY prophylactic message to people foolish enough to trust his "expertise" and past "leadership" (not) controlling infectious disease at home and abroad.

ALL coronaviruses are respiratory pathogens--INHALED and EXHALED with air. THIS coronavirus is dangerous to your health. Chinese authorities fucking barricaded the city Wuhan to prevent ANYONE there from infecting other populations.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALWAYS cover your mouth and nose in crowded locations. ALWAYS wash hands and common articles.

But he didn't do that. Moreover, he heaped mendacity on calumny of Trump's admin: Feb 17, 2020 | Top disease official: Risk of coronavirus in USA is 'minuscule'; skip mask and wash hands

The salient point is, Fauci should have retired from office with a fat pension 20 years ago, BUT his vanity got in the way of common sense and, evidently, the sincerity of admirers who continue to defend the dereliction of his duties.

by Cat on Thu Oct 22nd, 2020 at 01:18:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 24th, 2020 at 12:51:41 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Oct 24th, 2020 at 01:09:26 AM EST
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