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 Post subject: Re: The Virus
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:07 pm 
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An interesting test of the effectiveness of masks.

And just in passing, when folks who were infected got followup tests on their heart, 80% had noticeable inflammation of the organ. It did not matter how apparently severe the infection was, either. This virus isn't whistling Dixie.

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 Post Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:55 pm 
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We now have an official case of reinfection with Covid 19. Yay us. This one is apparently 4 months after the first infection, and at some 9 months into the epidemic. So we may see more of this on an official basis.

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 Post Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:15 pm 
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According to the CDC, as of three days ago there were 245,000 excess deaths in the US during the Covid-19 epidemic. Now to be kindly they put in a figure of 185 thousand as the lowest reasonable estimate of excess deaths; but to put that in a bit of perspective it is (a) lower than the confirmed deaths to Covid infections, and (b) it's just as likely that the actual total is over 300 thousand as under 190 thousand. Long story short, a quarter of a million Americans have died of and/or because of SARS-Cov-2 by August 28.

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Apparently when it's not being used to deal with itches, hydrocortisone can save Covid patients. A study performed with dexamethasone (a very similar steroid) revealed that using either on the sickest of patients will cut the death rate 20% (32% versus 40%). From a cost point of view, that's just this side of discovering that aspirin would do the trick; which means that pretty much anyone can benefit (assuming they can afford the hospital in the first place).

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 Post subject: Re: The Virus
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:32 pm 
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Because things were just too simple so far: an American got a second Covid infection a month after the first cleared up, and the symptoms were rather worse. Poo happens, but this doesn't simplify coming up with a vaccine any.

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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:39 pm 
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An AI has learned how to tell if you have a Covid infection by listening to you cough. Rather less invasive than a swab up the nose, isn't it?

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As you've probably heard, Pfizer has announced a vaccine to Sars-Cov-2. Barring anything going significantly wrong, it looks like it would eventually bring the pandemic under control; and the price is fairly reasonable (about 40 dollars US for the two doses together). Leaving aside that they felt the need to make the point that this wasn't done in league with any governments, it does seem to be another successful application of genetic engineering.

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