Well at least someone has an instant test now!
A recent article in Science,from the Karolinska Institute, proposes a mechanism explaining why Sars Cov 2 is so deadly in about 14% if the sickest patients - they seem to lack interferon type 1, either due to lack of production or because they produce auto antibodies to intereferon type 1. The article says that 10% of the most severe cases of Sars Cov 2 are auto antibody attacks against interferon type 1. That MIGHT explain why high dose dexamathasone is so helpful in some patients - it depresses acute immune responses. Slowy this disease is revealing its secrets to medical researchers, day by day.
I’m hopeful this turns into a thing
I found this editorial by Holman Jenkin interesting in the questions it raises about what we have learned about Sars Cov 2 -
He describes evidence of active Corona virus in South America and Europe BEFORE the pandemic was recognized in Wuhan - via sewage and antibody studies, which suggests the virus had already crossed the globe by January 2020.
Why has the virus reactivated in many places - US, Uk, Spain, but apparently not in Italy?? What are the Italians doing differently?
Another question is what is happening with the Corona virus in China where most believe the viral illness has disappeared as reported by the Chinese media?
Why then are they vaccinating hundreds of thousands of people with an untested vaccine - and how do they know if the vaccine is effective if there is no Sars Cov 2 actually occurring in China?
Lots of interesting things to consider - worth a read
And a New York Times article about how Covid 19 is acting in India. It may make some grandparents a bit more cautious.
Looks like Sweden is finally shelving its herd immunity strategy. They have 20x the death rate of their neighbors.
Zombie strategy that just won’t die in social media articles that want to discredit lockdowns. Do you have a good link for the current strategy and direction the government is taking?
White House puts ‘politicals’ at CDC to try to control info
I think Alex Gibney is the best documentary filmmaker of the recent era and last night I watched the full version of his latest. Here’s the trailer:
I’ve made documentaries before and the thing is you don’t know the story before you start, usually. That was the case here. He was interested in what was going wrong in the best-prepared nation on earth.
Wow, You got to see the whole film??
Is it released in theatres yet? Or better, will it be streamed?
A lot of theatres are not open, or many viewers are not thrilled with attending theatres.
Where and when can we all see this film?? Inquiring minds want to know!
Never mind, I found it to rent on Amazon Prime, so now I will watch it this evening. 👍
Done, and done!
For people who don't know who he is:
Philip Alexander Gibney (/ˈɡɪbni/; born October 23, 1953) is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney "is becoming the most important documentarian of our time".
His works as director include The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (winner of three Emmys in 2015), We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (the winner of three 2013 primetime Emmy awards), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), Casino Jack and the United States of Money and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), focusing on a taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002. In 2019 he released his newest documentary, Citizen K, about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian billionaire exile Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
This is good news!
On the other hand, the predictions for more deaths look really grim. Damn.
I remember when this model predicted between 100,000-200,000 deaths and my jaw dropped to the floor because we had something like 30,000 at the time, and I thought more than 100,000 deaths can't be true.
Now we're looking at the possibility of 500,000.
You might need a severe 3-4 week country wide lockdown to get things under control. I’ve read some stuff saying that’s not the best but with so many people who refuse to follow the rules and wear masks it could be a good choice. I haven’t heard the good arguments either way. Canada is also seeing numbers get too high.