COVID infected 3 in 4 Americans by start of 2023 https://t.co/qWb2V2dzIk
— Jess (@MeetJess) July 6, 2023
Covid is still with us. Please practice normal safety routine of wearing a mask, washing your hands and take the test if you’re feeling below the weather.
New COVID-19 Variants Giving XBB.1.16, or ‘Arcturus,’ a Run for its Money | Health News | U.S. News https://t.co/qJXfmQQ1di
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) July 10, 2023
… Updated Covid shots are coming this fall from Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax, and all are designed to target XBB.1.5, the Omicron variant that currently accounts for roughly 27 percent of cases. The full recommendations will not be available until the F.D.A. authorizes the shots and the C.D.C. reviews new data.
Federal health officials aren’t talking about a primary series of shots followed by boosters. (Officials aren’t even calling the shots “boosters” anymore.) Instead, they are trying to steer Americans toward the idea of a single annual immunization with the latest version of the vaccine…
R.S.V. is a frequent cause of respiratory illness among older adults, particularly those 75 or older who have other conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease or diabetes.
The new R.S.V. vaccine is not approved for Americans younger than 60. The C.D.C. recommends that people aged 60 and older sign up for the shot after consulting with their doctors….
No one knows when these viruses will re-emerge, so you should get the shots early enough in the fall to build immunity against the pathogens. Most people will not want or be able to make multiple trips to a clinic or pharmacy to space the shots apart.
That probably means September or October. Most Americans may want to consider receiving the flu and Covid shots at the same time, so they are prepared to face either virus. Older adults who are in poor health — who have heart or lung disease, for example, or are on home oxygen — should get all three shots, some experts said.
They should “get them as quickly as possible and definitely before the season, and do it all at once,” Dr. Chu said…
The C.D.C. is expected to make recommendations on administration of the vaccines together in the coming weeks.
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) July 6, 2023
On the money article by @liammannix "The scientists who have consistently been making the case for a zoonotic origin have a location, a time, an animal. The lab leak theorists have nothing." https://t.co/EJE7PwYdVC
— Robertson (@robertson_lab) June 27, 2023
I get why some want to be cautious, what with the long history of people getting out over their skis with COVID.
But if you’ve been paying attention not to vibes but the actual claims and actual science, the lab leak theory as it as been known is over. https://t.co/eQOytE4kJR
“This is not an attack on science,” he said. “And it’s not an attack on an individual.”
He and his GOP colleagues proceeded over nearly three hours to accuse Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — one of the most respected such scientists in the world — of having masterminded the creation of the virus, with the connivance of Dr. Francis Collins, then the director of the National Institutes of Health….
For years, Republicans have asserted without a scintilla of evidence that Fauci and Collins manipulated the scientific consensus away from the lab-leak hypothesis.
Why have they seized on this theory? Its provenance may offer a clue: It flowered during the Trump administration among political appointees in the State Department, who saw it as a cudgel with which to beat the Chinese government, which they viewed as an economic threat to the U.S. It was also useful to undermine the authority of Fauci, whose skepticism about Trump’s COVID policies was manifest…
One low note among many others during the hearing came from Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), who charged that “Dr. Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins realized that they had been implicated in the creation of production or the creation of this virus and they were doing everything they could including both of you to come on board as tools or vehicles to undermine that theory.”
Truth to tell, however, the committee majority’s purpose was no secret from the start. The hearing was titled, after all, “Investigating the Proximal Origin of a Cover Up.”…
The #Democrats issued a 24-page rebuttal to the House #Republican claims that #COVID19 originated in a Wuhan lab, funded and even directed by Tony Fauci of @NIH . Enjoy the read. https://t.co/Ho6rniH3bN pic.twitter.com/RdIoPGNTuS
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) July 11, 2023
Japan has had high mask uptake, though in May 2023 the government downgraded COVID measures, though many continue to wear masks regardless. Up to now, Japan has overall had a lower per capita mortality rate from COVID than the US since the pandemic began. pic.twitter.com/iG6B2nE4xZ
— Matthew Stoker (@matthewbstoker) July 10, 2023
70% of Hong Kong Covid victims experience long-term after-effects, survey of 10,000 patients finds https://t.co/EkA8JPmVsX
— Jess (@MeetJess) July 9, 2023
As others have pointed out, one big reason the Chinese government has so fiercely resisted any outside investigation is that the presence of wild animals at the Wuhan wet market is an embarrassment — after the original SARS outbreak, official policy is that this kind of under-the-radar ‘exotic’ trade had been stamped out, entirely and forever.
How many people w/ #LongCovid recover? A study of 1106 people, close to 23% still had symptoms after 6 months. That dropped to ~19% after 1 yr & 17% after 2. Another study found 1/3 of people who had symptoms after 6 months no longer had them at 9 months https://t.co/kkr0trAva1 pic.twitter.com/dBv365Z8ix
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) June 29, 2023
Naloxone—used for drug overdoses—is being studied for #LongCovid's chronic fatigue. Naloxone—also known as Narcan—is a rescue medication for opioid overdoses. Doctors think it may be effective against chronic fatigue by blocking certain brain pathways https://t.co/5Bz8rDcM6J
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) July 5, 2023
Autoantibodies—antibodies that attack your own proteins & tissues—apparently zero in on an enzyme involved in blood clotting regulation. Autoantibodies were detected in a significant number of #Covid patients. Clots are a Covid hallmark https://t.co/dzXaF0qmEQ pic.twitter.com/5nhsAo3Vjh
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) July 6, 2023
"studies now suggest that many of these symptoms may be a consequence of damage to the vagus nerve…body’s primary communication superhighway, the vagus nerve extends into every major organ in the body including heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. https://t.co/UaJXiLX1uy
— laurie allee (@laurieallee) July 10, 2023
… Almost as soon as SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID — made the jump to humans, frantic work began to understand the biological lottery that dictates who gets it and how serious the infection is. More than three years later, scientists have some answers, but the exact biological conditions that create a NOVID (people who have never caught the virus), someone extremely susceptible like Marion, or most people in between, remain a mystery.
“It’s the million-dollar question,” says Dr Megan Steain, a virologist at the University of Sydney currently working to develop a variant-proof COVID vaccine. “There’s been a handful of genes that have been associated with it, but making these absolute connections is really difficult.”…
While we don’t yet have the full picture, scientists do have some theories about what makes someone more susceptible to COVID reinfection.
The first, and most obvious, possibility to rule out is environmental causes. The more COVID you’re exposed to, the more likely you are to catch it. For example, if you spend a lot of time mingling with large groups in enclosed spaces, you probably have a higher risk of getting COVID repeatedly than someone who rarely leaves their home and wears a mask when they do.
The next thing to look at is someone’s acquired immune response, which Dr Steain says can be “highly variable” and influenced by things like age, diet, lifestyle or gender.
Professor Stuart Turville and his team at the Kirby Institute are working to track new COVID variants, looking at how well they navigate pre-existing antibodies. He describes B-cells — a key player in our acquired immune response — as individual Lego blocks.
As time goes on, through exposure the body becomes better at understanding how the virus works and these cells are able to come together and build increasingly effective barriers. “Our biggest ally in the pandemic is that our B-cells have been given enough time and experience to mature … so the right combination can come about,” he says. “Our antibodies aren’t static — they’re getting better and better over time.”
For some people, however, this doesn’t seem to be happening, leading to prolonged COVID infections and higher chances of repeat infections. People who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed, say from cancer treatment, are at particularly high risk…
Research is currently underway to understand whether genetic differences in how these receptors operate influence how susceptible we are to COVID infections and how serious the illness is.
One hormone that has been of considerable interest is Type-1 Interferon, one of the key players in our innate immune system. “It’s basically molecules produced by cells to try and stop viral infection from occurring,” Dr Steain says. “Some people seem to produce these very rapidly in large amounts, and we think that can help control or really stop a viral infection in its tracks.”…
There's an apparent role for #Paxlovid in younger #Covid patients w/ serious comorbidities, a new study has found. The research noted better outcomes for people 50 & under w/ cancer or heart disease who were given Paxlovid when they contracted Covid https://t.co/rZIohNpKra
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) July 8, 2023
How aging increases vulnerability to #SARSCoV2 infections, higher viral load, worse Covid severity.
A B-cell inhibitor senolytic drug , via selective depletion of senescent cells, mitigates the impacthttps://t.co/qE3urSkqeM @NatureAging https://t.co/pUzO4tsWrP [in expt'l model] pic.twitter.com/IdUncvhZf4
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) July 6, 2023
Experimental air monitor can detect #SARSCoV2 variants in ~5 minutes. Device could be used in hospitals, schools & gyms. Scientists created a device that combines advances in aerosol sampling & ultrasensitive biosensing to monitor indoor air in real time https://t.co/MDanWDC3Y0
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) July 10, 2023
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) July 11, 2023
Researchers create test to detect SARS-CoV-2 in any animal species.
The researchers validated the tool using serum samples from animals with known infection status, achieving a diagnostic sensitivity of 97.8%, and a diagnostic specificity of 98.9%.https://t.co/0kSwuskfzw
— CoronaHeadsUp (@CoronaHeadsUp) July 8, 2023
Mortality rates in U.S. counties during the #COVID19 pandemic show that unlike cities, rural areas were impacted more in the second year of the pandemic. https://t.co/TSEhIj2WXv @ScienceAdvances pic.twitter.com/Z8ODiXRvVl
— Science Magazine (@ScienceMagazine) June 30, 2023
— Jennifer Hulme (@jenniferhulme) July 8, 2023
People with MECFS die young, so… yep. Endothelial dysfunction and systemic inflammation doesn’t end well.
— Jennifer Hulme (@jenniferhulme) July 8, 2023
Nate is either stupidly or dishonestly conflating learning loss from the pandemic with learning loss from REMOTE SCHOOL. We can look at schools that never spent much time remote, and guess what?? Their kids suffered too! Because there was a massive pandemic disrupting everything! https://t.co/ThnMsX0ure
— Will Stancil (@whstancil) July 5, 2023
The implicit premise of Nate’s whining is that, if schools had just ignored COVID, nothing would have changed and kid’s lives would have gone on as normal. In other words, COVID was, in effect, some kind of liberal media hysteria. It’s one step removed from conspiracy theory.
But this is how a lot of elites have chosen to remember COVID: they didn’t die, they eventually got it (omicron, and while vaccinated) and it was no big deal, so the cranks were right and we blew the whole thing out of proportion. Never mind the million dead and all that.
And of course, only a small share of the population got the early, more dangerous strains, and no one was vaccinated, so if we’d let it run rampant probably millions more would have died. Some places tried! And they almost always had to pull back because things got so bad.
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