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  • @David-Harris said in Coronavirus.:

    Well, the inevitable finally arrived.

    Our little city is so isolated that Covid-19 seemed like a far-off science fiction story. But, and I've said this here and elsewhere, there was no way to escape forever.

    And forever arrived a couple of days ago. A woman on the Tla'amin First Nation became sick, and tested positive, and several more positives have followed. Their town is basically contiguous with the city, so...

    Twenty-nine days ago. Any updates on this? How did the town fare and what were their protocols? Might provide some interesting comparative analysis? 🤔



  • @toby said in Coronavirus.:

    Twenty-nine days ago. Any updates on this? How did the town fare and what were their protocols? Might provide some interesting comparative analysis?

    The town has fared extremely well.

    Before the protocols, some background:

    First, most people live in single-family housing and the lots tend to be very big. Likewise, most people work in one-story buildings. So no crowded elevators, or jam-packed subways. You can easily live here without ever getting within 6 ft of anyone else.

    Second, this city is remote. Not in terms of distance -- we're on the mainland and only 65 air miles from Vancouver -- but, because the Pacific coast is deeply cut with fjords, the journey requires 2 ferries, and takes about six hours. So there are not hordes of people passing through on their way to anything else. That said, this is a popular tourist destination in the summer, but since the plague broke out in January, we had six months to prepare.

    Finally, the lands of the Tla'amin First Nation start pretty much at the edge of the city, and their town of Sliammon is just a mile from Powell River -- effectively contiguous.

    It was in Sliammon that the plague hit us. It appears to have started with an infected individual who attended a funeral in Sliammon -- maybe someone from far away? Who knows? But, as has been the case with crowded rooms, bars, political rallies, sporting events, and weddings all over the world, the infection spread rapidly, and within about three days there were 32 reported cases on the Reserve (what you yankees call a reservation).

    Which gets us to what Toby referred to as "the protocols". As in: What happened when there was a sudden outbreak? Well, the first thing that happened was that the Tla'amin Nation locked down the reserve. No one in or out except people who were driving through to the other side (there is a small town up there). Curfew, guardians at the gates, lockdown, and plenty of publicity. To which the city of Powell River responded positively. People volunteered to deliver whatever was needed to the Reserve. No blame was cast. And a serious upgrade in transmission-prevention was instantly adopted in our city. Masks were relatively common even when there were no cases, but now everybody masked.

    The result? 30 days later, most of the people on the reserve who were infected have recovered (a couple were airlifted to Vancouver), there has only been one reported infection here in town, and everyone is still super cautious.

    This is not the US.



  • @David-Harris As I suspected: An informative lesson in island biogeography and disease/population management. Genifer informed me over coffee this morning that there's been more Covid cases in our Whitehouse than all of Tiawan? Interesting. Very interesting.... Are we stupid?? 🤔



  • Johns Hopkins Researchers Identify Immune System Pathway That May Stop COVID-19 Infection

    While the world waits eagerly for a safe and effective vaccine to prevent infections from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers also are focusing on better understanding how SARS-CoV-2 attacks the body in the search for other means of stopping its devastating impact. The key to one possibility — blocking a protein that enables the virus to turn the immune system against healthy cells — has been identified in a recent study by a team of Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers.

    https://scitechdaily.com/johns-hopkins-researchers-identify-immune-system-pathway-that-may-stop-covid-19-infection/



  • @zBrown say, thanks for the update...



  • @zBrown Good stuff. And encouraging news! 📰

    Also been somewhat encouraging to see more/most folks wearing masks hereabouts. The start up of school proved to be a big helper in this regard: You MUST wear masks. No exceptions, else the instructor is authorized to leave the room. No politics. At least at BSU. Hence, the younger crowd that previously eschewed science over ideology are now wearing masks out of habit, if nothing else. Most non mask wearers are.. Yep... you guessed it... middle aged males and likely not college educated (best guess based on attire and such, e.g. work clothing). Which is yet another travesty for Big Q's, but not here.

    Also encouraging, on a more national front, is that some of the staunchest hold outs when it came to not wearing masks have recanted their earlier positions after a life threatening battle Covid, publicly admitted to being wrong and now encouraging their use.

    Peace. ✌



  • Interesting article on whether disinfecting surfaces is actually helpful. Or even necessary.

    It's about five times longer than it needs to be, but there is some good food for thought in it.

    https://www.wired.com/story/its-time-to-talk-about-covid-19-and-surfaces-again/?utm_social-type=owned&fbclid=IwAR177vPn_fsALSVy0drAoEMdruW4vVwJtDSBSwVvTsUOWNrGqD8mnPc5BqI



  • Covid-19 cases are spiking in our rural Idaho county & other nearby rural counties. Several including Gooding County with a population of 20,000, got moved from green directly into red category this week. Our county had been running between 20 -50 cases of Covid 19 all summer & fall & has suddenly spiked to 149 confirmed, & 36 probable cases of Covid-19.

    Of course most here are Covid-idiots & neither social-distance or wear masks.

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  • Covid Surges Amongst Socially Irresponsible Covidiots?

    @FritzRay I suppose we are to believe this propaganda:

    Goodman County's case rate is in the critical risk tier and there are no special circumstances inflating that number.

    No special circumstances? Are you fsck'ing kidding me? Uh, what about the huge political rally a week prior? Tightly packed, i.e. no social distancing, and no masks. I know this for fact because I had friends in attendance. "No special circumstances", my ass. Yet seven days later you move directly from green to red? Fsck'ing deluded covidiots and their tribal politics.

    Apologies for the rant. Just wish we had some hospital space left for folks who're not bringing this 'chit down on themselves through their own stubborn ignorance and stupidity.



  • Not To Be Outdone...



  • Of course Covid-19 does not respect politics, but this graph show cases per million population, by state, by political affiliation, since June 1. Hmmmmmm! There does seem to be a pattern.

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  • @FritzRay Why am I not surprised?

    What is the source of this chart? I'd like to see it with all 50 states showing.

    For whatever it's worth, the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC, where I live) has to date had 2,461 cases per million. And, if it were included in your chart, it would be dark blue.



  • @FritzRay I'd love to see where the rest of the states weigh in. Where does your data come from? Thanks for posting.



  • A trusted friend posted this info, but here is the link to the source. http://dangoodspeed.com/covid/total-cases-since-june



  • @David-Harris said in Coronavirus.:

    @FritzRay Why am I not surprised?

    What is the source of this chart? I'd like to see it with all 50 states showing.

    For whatever it's worth, the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC, where I live) has to date had 2,461 cases per million. And, if it were included in your chart, it would be dark blue.

    @LynneLeicht said in Coronavirus.:

    @FritzRay I'd love to see where the rest of the states weigh in. Where does your data come from? Thanks for posting.

    With so many "red" states in the top twenty-five I'd hazard a guess that the remainder may well be tipped towards "blue". But, yeah, it would be interesting to compare and contrast policy differences 'twixt the two tails of the scale....



  • Massive Analysis Reveals New COVID-19 Related Genes – Helpful and Harmful

    https://scitechdaily.com/massive-analysis-reveals-new-covid-19-related-genes-helpful-and-harmful/



  • Study finds sharp fall in immunity after coronavirus infection

    Research raises questions about how long COVID immunity may last

    Latest data from the REACT2 study, published Tuesday, showed that in a random sample of more than 365,000 adults in the U.K. from June to September, the presence of antibodies fell for all age groups. It fell from 6 percent to 4.4 percent over that time.

    Imperial College of London Infographic

    This does not bode well for vaccine and technology super heroes riding to the rescue scenarios... 😬


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