Saturday, October 30, 2021
Scientists reveal how often fully vaccinated people spread COVID-19 at home: The chances of anyone spreading the coronavirus to unvaccinated people or others in the home is about 38%, per BBC News. That number drops to 25% if the housemates are fully vaccinated.
This is absolutely crazy--the vaccine only gives us a 13 percent advantage.
Monday, October 25, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Delta plus variant raises concerns. Here's what the science shows : Goats and Soda : NPR: Question 2: So what about this new "delta plus" that's spreading in the U.K.? Scientists have named it "AY.4.2." And it now accounts for more than 6% of the cases there. Does that mean it's more transmissible than the current version of Delta dominating in the U.S.? "No one knows yet," says virologist Jeremy Luban at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. "It's too early to really know." That's because there isn't enough data yet to measure its transmissibility. "That said," Luban adds, "if it is more transmissible, it's likely to be a small increment." Hanage estimates that it's likely about 10% more transmissible than the original version of delta.
So here they're saying 10 percent more infectious, perhaps. Nobody knows at this point. Of course, I thought Delta was being hyped and it was not.
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
Monday, October 11, 2021
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.
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