Friday, October 22, 2021
12ft | SARS-CoV-2 is following the evolutionary rule book | The Economist
This is from January, and their prediction that none of the variants would last long was incorrect, when you think about the deadly Delta variant.
I have three people in my neighborhood who chose to not get vaccinated who now have Covid pneumonia. I wonder how they acquired this harmful disbelief, and if the perpetrators will ever be punished.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
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Sunday, October 3, 2021
Is the Coronavirus Getting Better at Airborne Transmission? - The New York Times: Newer variants of the coronavirus like Alpha and Delta are highly contagious, infecting far more people than the original virus. Two new studies offer a possible explanation: The virus is evolving to spread more efficiently through air. The realization that the coronavirus is airborne indoors transformed efforts to contain the pandemic last year, igniting fiery debates about masks, social distancing and ventilation in public spaces.
This explains a lot. Maybe I can get my vaccinated friends to mask up.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Delta Variant: What We Know About the Science | CDC: Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. However, vaccinated people appear to spread the virus for a shorter time: For prior variants, lower amounts of viral genetic material were found in samples taken from fully vaccinated people who had breakthrough infections than from unvaccinated people with COVID-19.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Why you shouldn't panic about coronavirus 'doomsday variant' headlines - CNET: In short, there's no reason to panic. There's no doomsday variant (we don't name variants this way), and there's little evidence this new mutant strain is worse than delta. "There is no evidence it is particularly transmissible, and it has not been flagged as a variant under interest so far," says Francois Balloux, a computational biologist at University College London. The strain, currently dubbed C.1.2, was first detected in South Africa in May and in the last week has gathered significant attention because of a�preprint study by South African researchers published Aug. 24. Preprints are research articles that haven't yet undergone a peer review process.�
A nice alternative to clickbait headlines surrounding new variants.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
WHO warns new mu coronavirus variant could be more vaccine resistant | TheHill: The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape. Preliminary data presented to the Virus Evolution Working Group show a reduction in neutralization capacity of convalescent and vaccine sera similar to that seen for the Beta variant, but this needs to be confirmed by further studies," WHO said in its weekly bulletin. Other variants of interest include eta, iota, kappa and lambda. Like mu, lambda was also first detected in South America, in Peru. Iota was first detected in the U.S. in November.
It looks like we'll all be memorizing the Greek alphabet soon. I hope this doesn't hurt fraternity and sorority branding.
Opinion | Omicron Is Not the Final Variant - The New York Times : The world got lucky with Omicron. It’s unimaginable what would have happen...
California covid variant B.1.427/B.1.429 is more transmissible, studies show - The Washington Post But evidence from other countries sugge...
Coronavirus Variant Tracker - The New York Times This piece has some find dataviz:
India Is What Happens When Rich People Do Nothing - The Atlantic India’s economic liberalization in the ’90s brought with it a rapid expan...