There are rumors in Japan that the Olympic could be cancel because there are too many risks. Only 6 more months to go to ensure the virus is subdue.
Welcome to 2020... the year when Japan already canceled their Summer Olympics and it was already cost billions and it already hurt a lot financially. People were already angry that Japan didn't cancel it as soon as it was clear that it wasn't contained.The organizers have about 6 months or so to make it work. The bad thing is they already spent billion and billion to set up the whole thing and if it is canceled, it would hurt a lot financially.
Former London 2012 Olympics boss says Tokyo event likely to be disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic.www.bbc.com
As of this morning, I can't even get to the scheduling tool. Someone didn't pay for scaling their servers.Trying to schedule my vaccine appointment now, things is all f'ed up. The website provides a table of all available appointment slots except that they aren't blocking out the slots already filled so one ends up randomly clicking on hundreds of date/times trying to find an opening. The site also cycles one through three pages between selections before it tells you the slot you picked isn't really available.
Britain’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, at the Downing Street press briefing, said it could be that in people over 60 with Covid, 13 or 14 might die in every 1000, instead of 10 as has been the case. The reasons still seem to be uncertain.
Evolution is a tricky thing to word. It's the same at all scales, in general discussion it often seems as if there is a will and intention attributed to every change at the genetic and physical levels. But in reality the actual organism doesn't really have a say or role, nor do the individual cells or their organelles for that matter. I'd argue it serves as a tidy way to present the base concept in simple language that can help illustrate the idea for the widest array of people.More bad news
I also don't really understand this bit:
"The theory of the tradeoff between infectivity and lethality goes that a virus is programmed for survival. If it is too deadly, it will kill off its hosts. So if it starts to spread more, the lethality reduces, because if it didn’t, there would be nobody left to infect."
That seems to be attributing a capacity for planning and fore-thought, as well as intentionality to the virus. Surely that only applies in an evolutionary sense, i.e. retrospectively over the long term and large scale? Surely any given virus could just as easily randomly mutate to be both more contagious _and_ more dangerous. It can't _know_ that won't be good for it's future.
Viruses that do that may well then go extinct from killing its hosts, but so what? That won't prevent another virus from one day making the same "error".
The only way it could work is via a kind of meta-evolution, where the capacity for certain kinds of mutation are themselves selectable traits? So viruses that are capable of mutating in such a way don't survive. But is the capacity for certain kinds of mutation something that can itself be selected for by selection of random mutations?
In any case, this is still not good news.
Yeah, I've been watching the peds trials everyday and noticed it was missing from the list today. Figured out it was because it is fully. Hopefully they expand to prepubescent kids shortly. I will offer up my 5 year-old as a tribute.Progress on vaccine testing in younger age groups:
There is a lot of antibody therapy lying around unused. Might be worth seeing if their doctor can refer them for infusion.Just got a call from my mom that she tested positive for Covid, and it sounds like my Dad is coming down with the symptoms as well. Both are in their late 60's, not in terrible or great health, and my Dad was on the waitlist at his work to get the jab.
Both describe feeling more run down than they have ever felt before, basically eat/drink/sleep/repeat.
Keeping my finger's crossed, I'd rather have parent's who do the whole "It wasn't THAT bad" thing over no parents. Can't do anything about it now other then check in on the daily, but there is that, so not getting super wrapped up about it.
Prior to this current surge, the virus was always somewhere else affecting someone else, but its slowly crept in closer and closer as more people I know get it. Kinda wild, like meeting a celebrity.
Seems like a simple problem, to my understanding the few people who have bad reactions also have known allergies. Also it appears a basic epi pen solves the problem.These keep happening in clusters. Really makes me think it is something other than the vaccine itself. If it were the vaccine you'd think it would be randomly distributed across every site, not 8 in one day in one location and no where else. The total reaction rate has been around 1 in 100,000, so really not a big deal either way.
California has now released the batch and said there was no reason to withhold them after a review.
Yeah, that's what they've been doing around here.Seems like a simple problem, to my understanding the few people who have bad reactions also have known allergies. Also it appears a basic epi pen solves the problem.
Keep people around a little longer post shot, keep those with known allergies around longer, ask people to bring their epi pens along & keep an adequate stock of epi pens on hand.
Here's hoping for the very best of outcomes for both of them.Just got a call from my mom that she tested positive for Covid, and it sounds like my Dad is coming down with the symptoms as well. Both are in their late 60's, not in terrible or great health, and my Dad was on the waitlist at his work to get the jab.
Donor plasma is pretty wildly inconsistent with different levels of neutralizing antibodies. These therapies are manufactured after effective neutralizing antibodies are selected for production. Eli Lilly uses one antibody and Regeneron uses two. The only downside is that they need to be given early on in the course of illness and it's an IV infusion.Is that basically the blood plasma treatment?