Friday, October 22, 2021

12ft | SARS-CoV-2 is following the evolutionary rule book | The Economist

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

The delta variant has a mutation: what we know so far

The delta variant has a mutation: what we know so far:

“This sublineage is currently increasing in frequency,” the U.K.’s Health Security Agency said last week, noting that “in the week beginning 27 September 2021 (the last week with complete sequencing data), this sublineage accounted for approximately 6% of all sequences generated, on an increasing trajectory. This estimate may be imprecise ... Further assessment is underway.”

Read more: The UK has one of the highest Covid infection rates in the world right now: Here’s why

The U.K. is currently seeing a prolonged and worrying spike in Covid cases, reporting between 40,000-50,000 new infections per day in the last week, prompting experts to question why the U.K. is so vulnerable to Covid right now.

The delta subtype is reported to be 10-15% more transmissible than the standard delta variant, but it is too early to say for certain whether it has been causing a spike in cases in the U.K.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Is the Coronavirus Getting Better at Airborne Transmission? - The New York Times

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

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

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

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.

New Concerning Variant: B.1.1.529 - by Katelyn Jetelina - Your Local Epidemiologist

This substack looks pretty good. New Concerning Variant: B.1.1.529 - by Katelyn Jetelina - Your Local Epidemiologist :  B.1.1.529 has 32 mut...