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Re: COVID-19
« Reply #135 on: July 29, 2020, 11:42:40 am »
#MaskUp

 
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« Reply #136 on: July 29, 2020, 11:45:22 am »
Ok, but what I am really curious about now is what historical artifact are they looking at?
 

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Re: COVID-19
« Reply #138 on: July 29, 2020, 11:53:32 am »
Tapadh leat! <3
 
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« Reply #139 on: August 13, 2020, 10:47:51 pm »
This poor kid had to be the grown-up, the parent, the man in the family, the one to literally pick up the howling infant & carry him outside, when his old man lost his marbles in the middle of a Tucson supermarket & went on an insane rant about face masks.

Vulgarity alert: extreme in both text & speech. If all you do is watch the video, mute the audio & don't read the text, you'll still get the idea. The guy in the blue shirt appears to be the "father" & the younger clean-shaven man in the light hat appears to be the son.

I decided to edit out the link because it isn't really appropriate for Nauvoo. Just Google something like "Tucson son carries dad out after supermarket meltdown."

I hope the young man won't feel embarrassed with his friends or peers, but can certainly understand if he does. He did what he had to do.
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Re: COVID-19
« Reply #140 on: August 14, 2020, 05:49:54 pm »
I'm worried about what happened after they left the store. That father seems difficult to live with since he has so much rage, and I can't imagine he would quickly forgive his son for embarrassing him.
 

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« Reply #141 on: September 16, 2020, 11:58:49 pm »
I have been looking into the phase 3 vaccine trials, to see if I could participate in one of them. It would be a 50/50 chance of getting the vaccine or a placebo.

Moderna is an mRNA vaccine. Is close to their 30,000 enrollees. I did the screening questions and was denied. I changed my race to African American and I was accepted. So it looks like they do not yet have enough African Americans enrolled in the trial.

Pfizer is an mRNA vaccine. They have now reached their goal of 30,000 enrollees. They currently want to enroll another 14,000 in the trial to increase the diversity of participants, including bringing down the age to 16, those with stable HIV, HBV, and HCV. If those are the criteria, then I will not be able to join this one.

AstraZeneca is a protein spike vaccine. On their website they are not yet recruiting for the phase 3 trial. Maybe soon.
 

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« Reply #142 on: September 17, 2020, 04:24:02 am »
Jason, on Facebook, I'm seeing all sorts of memes about how bad an mRNA vaccine is.  Like it completely overwrites your DNA and would be passed down to your kids who are born after getting the vaccine. I know nothing about it. Can you educate me, at least a little, about mRNA and protein spike vaccines? Since you want to be in on the trials, and are an anesthesiologist (I'm correct, right? Are you a doctor?), I thought you might be in the know.
 

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Re: COVID-19
« Reply #143 on: September 28, 2020, 06:43:07 pm »
 

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« Reply #144 on: September 29, 2020, 01:00:25 pm »
Jason, on Facebook, I'm seeing all sorts of memes about how bad an mRNA vaccine is.  Like it completely overwrites your DNA and would be passed down to your kids who are born after getting the vaccine. I know nothing about it. Can you educate me, at least a little, about mRNA and protein spike vaccines? Since you want to be in on the trials, and are an anesthesiologist (I'm correct, right? Are you a doctor?), I thought you might be in the know.
I actually do not know much about mRNA vaccines. They are a new type of vaccine. Quicker to develop.

mRNA is messenger RNA. It is the blue print code taken from DNA that is used by our cells' machinery to create proteins. mRNA vaccines would likely be a blue print for your cells to build proteins from the virus that your body will then launch an immune response against. But not a complete virus, just the outer parts that our body's would find most useful in detecting the invaders.

My thought is that they will not overwrite DNA, not in sperm, and especially not in eggs, as women's eggs were created while they were still a fetus, so those will cannot be changed. So I do not think they will become permanent parts of our species's genetic makeup. But again, I do not know specifics.
 
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Re: COVID-19
« Reply #145 on: November 05, 2020, 08:26:30 am »
Denmark is planning on killing all of their farmed mink (approximately 17 million) due to a mutation in the virus, so says the government.  There are two concerns: one that the mutation will make the virus resistant to vaccines. Two, that it could start a new pandemic.

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“The worst-case scenario is a new pandemic, starting all over again out of Denmark,” Kare Molbak, director at the State Serum Institute, said, according to Reuters. ----  quote from Fox News article


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/04/health/covid-mink-mutation.html

 

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« Reply #146 on: November 05, 2020, 02:24:41 pm »
Here are some things that maybe lots of people have wondered about.

We’re told that the main avenue for COVID to get into people is respiratory: we inhale air that contains atomized droplets infected with the virus. Surfaces are less of a threat, & it’s also unlikely to spread by ingestion, so we don’t need to worry about food prepared or touched (or even coughed on, aesthetics aside) by an infected person.

But since there are several ways cooties can get in:

1) If we get it from inhalation, why the emphasis on not touching our eyes? Is it because they have mucous membranes? Does this mean we should be washing our hands before going to the bathroom if we are unsure what we’ve touched?

2) Can we get it through broken skin if someone coughs or sneezes on us (especially on our face where a mask doesn't reach), or if we touch a contaminated surface with a cut finger?
 

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« Reply #147 on: November 25, 2020, 01:09:40 am »
https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817?_ga=2.44101284.1205753394.1606280300-1513228447.1606280299

This is the link to the Annals of Internal Medicine's recent large Danish study on mask wearing preventing infections. I would suggest reading it. Even if I lack the ability to verify the statistical methods, the authors do a pretty good job of making their main points.

Many narratives are driving how various people are reacting to this study. Please take the study for what it is and try not to interpret it based on a predetermined narrative. It is difficult, but let science lead where it may.

This study does not say that community usage of masks are useless and that mask mandates should be rescinded.
This study does not address whether community usage of masks prevents an infected person from spreading the virus to others.
This study does not address mask wearing in health care settings.
This study does not address N95s.

Here is what the study does say.
Community usage of masks does not appear to protect a masked person from becoming infected.

I like the study because of how high powered it is. I like the study because it examines real world settings, which are more important than laboratory settings. Intent to treat is an important concept. But it even compares those that are not adherent, or only partially adherent. I like the study because other non-mask interventions were also being followed in the community, such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and quarantining.
 
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Re: COVID-19
« Reply #148 on: November 25, 2020, 12:18:46 pm »
Thank you, Jason. Covering the nose and mouth does not eliminate all the pathways for infection reaching the mask wearer. However, wearing a mask provides a level of source control for spreading the virus to others through respiratory droplets. Several studies cited by the CDC and WHO show that community usage slows the transmission of the virus. And that is an important public health goal--to slow the transmission while preventive measures, such as vaccines, can be developed and deployed on a large scale, while treatments can be improved for people with severe symptoms, and so that hospital capacity doesn't get overwhelmed and healthcare workers become so fatigued that mistakes go way up.

I think that people who say, "Masks don't even protect me so I'm not gonna wear one" are selfish and myopic. Call me judgmental, but I have been dealing with a--holes for three months who intentionally choose to harm other people's children by refusing to follow public health orders.
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince."
 
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« Reply #149 on: November 26, 2020, 11:30:20 pm »
The WHO is now telling doctors not to prescribe remdesivir, the only drug approved for COVID by the FDA.
 

 


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