- Jun 3, 2011
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The flawed science and politics of the early Italian origin theory for Covid.
I seem to remember reading a news last summer that the first UK case may have been in December 2019, based on lab results done on a specimen later. It's never cropped up again but articles like this (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52935644) from last summer hinted at earlier spread going back to at least November 2019, whether it was Covid-19 or another respiratory disease could be debated.
I am reluctant to make predictions but in this case, I believe I can offer a guarantee: There will be zero - meaning none, not ever - credible origin story. Ever. The media can play this game until they bore everyone.The flawed science and politics of the early Italian origin theory for Covid.
More violent threats from anti-vaxxers this time in Italy.
Italian police warned on Thursday that anti-vaccine campaigners had called for armed attacks during planned anti-government protests this weekend, and that eight people were being investigated for incitement to crime.www.reuters.com
I am increasingly convinced that our high Covid rates in the U.K. are not anything to do with the vaccines it’s a human behaviour issue. The unvaccinated are obviously one issue but then there’s the vaccinated behaving as if vaccines are a magic force field and therefore they don’t have to take any precautions whatsoever.
“Freedom Day”. Take off your masks, but please be responsible…I am increasingly convinced that our high Covid rates in the U.K. are not anything to do with the vaccines it’s a human behaviour issue. The unvaccinated are obviously one issue but then there’s the vaccinated behaving as if vaccines are a magic force field and therefore they don’t have to take any precautions whatsoever.
Covid-19 vaccines continue to work well at preventing severe disease for the vast majority of Americans but they are becoming less effective at blocking infection, according to a series of studies the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday.
Two of the analyses suggest that as the Delta variant spread this summer, the shots became less effective at keeping people 75 and older out of the hospital.
Selon l'Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement, les tests pré-cliniques de ce vaccin à base de protéines virales, encapsulées dans des nano-particules à base d'amidon et de lipides, ont montré des résultats "très positifs" sur des souris et des hamsters dorés. Ces résultats n'ont toutefois pas encore été publiés dans une revue scientifique.
According to the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, pre-clinical tests of this vaccine based on viral proteins, encapsulated in nano-particles based on starch and lipids, have showed "very positive" results in mice and golden hamsters. However, these results have not yet been published in a scientific journal.
Now, a new study shows how real that threat is, based on infection statistics from hospitals that battled the first waves of COVID in 2020. An analysis published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology shows that the pressure of caring for COVID patients has erased years of progress in preventing hospital infections. In 2020, according to a federal registry that collects data from thousands of hospitals, urgent care centers, and outpatient facilities, there were sharp, consistent increases in bloodstream and urinary tract infections related to catheters and pneumonias caused by being put on ventilators—including infections caused by drug-resistant staph, better known as MRSA.
The solution to the problem of hospital infections, and to burgeoning antibiotic resistance, may turn out to be the same as the solution to the pandemic itself: vaccination. The fewer seriously ill patients there are in intensive care, and the less harried the staff is, the lower the risks will be.
“We have to focus on doing everything that can be done to get people vaccinated, because it will keep them out of the hospital and reduce the strain on the system, so we can get back to implementing all of the procedures that we know work,” Srinivasan says. “We wouldn’t usually think of a COVID vaccine as a hospital-infection prevention, but it is the most important tool we have right now.”