The Coronavirus - What's Happening Around the World

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Some posts have been moved to the thread in the Controversial Topics forum.

A reminder that this thread is Random is not for serious political discussions or debates. :)
 
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Some posts have been moved to the thread in the Controversial Topics forum.

A reminder that this thread is Random is not for serious political discussions or debates. :)
I suspect some post in Random to avoid confrontation they would get in Controversial. I understand the need to keep Random apolitical, but some comments just beg for rebuttal.(y):giggle: Thanks for moving!
 

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I understand the need to keep Random apolitical, but some comments just beg for rebuttal.
It's not always obvious as it can be a fine line between the two for sure. :)
 

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Most mutated variant so far.

New COVID variant detected in South Africa, most mutated variant so far
https://www.jpost.com/health-scienc...uth-africa-most-mutated-variant-so-far-678011

The C.1.2 variant first detected in South Africa is more mutated compared to the original virus than any other known variant.

A new coronavirus variant, C.1.2, has been detected in South Africa and a number of other countries, with concerns that it could be more infectious and evade vaccines, according to a new preprint study by South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform. The study is awaiting peer review.
The study:
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.20.21262342v1.full
 

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14 Portable Morgues Heading To Central Florida Hospitals Amid 'Unprecedented Deaths'
https://news.yahoo.com/14-portable-morgues-heading-central-040347228.html

Fourteen portable morgues are being sent to central Florida hospitals amid what one official called “unprecedented deaths” during the state’s record COVID-19 crisis.

Each refrigerated morgue holds 12 bodies, Lynne Drawdy, executive director of the Central Florida Disaster Medial Coalition, who ordered the units, told the Orlando Sentinel.
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https://www.orlandosentinel.com/cor...0210827-ljpu6e3lhneshfk42cyivkbnam-story.html

“The number of deaths right now is unprecedented,” said Lynne Drawdy, executive director of the Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition, who ordered the units for health systems here. “What we’re hearing from the hospitals is that the death count right now is higher than it ever has been.”

Although she could not say how many of the deaths are due to COVID-19, she said COVID-19 is unquestionably the “precipitating event.”

Florida is now reporting an average of 227 COVID-19 deaths a day — a state record and by far the highest count in the nation.
 

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Not unexpected:

EU to recommend reinstating Covid-related travel restrictions on US, reports say
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/eu-travel-restrictions-intl-hnk/index.html

The European Union is expected to recommend on Monday that member states reinstate Covid-related travel restrictions and halt nonessential travel from the United States and five other countries, a diplomatic source told CNN on Monday.
The EU would reestablish coronavirus travel restrictions such as quarantine and testing requirements for unvaccinated travelers from those countries, according to the source.
Other countries to be removed from the safe travel list would be Kosovo, Israel, Montenegro, Lebanon and North Macedonia, the diplomat said.
 

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What Pfizer's scientists consider the 'biggest surprise' about their COVID-19 vaccine
https://news.yahoo.com/pfizers-scientists-consider-biggest-surprise-154509783.html

The aspect of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine that really stunned the company's scientists was the fact that vaccinated participants in the Phase 3 efficacy trial had protections against the pathogen by day 12, a time at which there was barely any antibody response, Stat News reports. "That was the biggest surprise," said Vidia Roopchand, Pfizer's principal scientist for viral vaccines.

Roopchand is still trying to figure exactly why that is — not that it's a bad thing — by poring over the data. One possibility is that other aspects of the immune system such as T-cells that Roopchand says have largely been neglected in immunology research may have played a significant role.
 

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Concerns on the Delta variant.
Not a surprise, but disappointing.
There has been similar recent speculation.

COVID-19 live updates: Vaccines not as effective at preventing hospitalizations as initially thought, CDC says
https://1430wcmy.com/2021/08/30/cov...spitalizations-as-initially-thought-cdc-says/

Vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization drops, CDC says
The COVID-19 vaccines’ ability to keep people out of the hospital appears to be dropping slightly, particularly for those 75 and older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday during an advisory panel.

The CDC has previously estimated that 97% of people in the hospital being treated for COVID-19 are unvaccinated, but that data was collected before the spread of delta, a hyper-transmissible variant that many doctors have warned appears to be making people sicker.

The latest CDC analysis estimates that the ability of the COVID vaccines to keep a person out of the hospital is now between 75% to 95%.

For people older than 75 in particular, vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization experienced the steepest decline, from more than 90% to 80% between June and July.

Health experts are also concerned that a person’s immunity could be waning over time, particularly among older people whose bodies are less likely than younger people to develop a strong immune response to the vaccines.

However, the vaccine still remains highly effective at preventing serious illness, according to the briefing.
It's becoming more important to return to masks and social distancing.
 

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Largest study of masks yet details their importance in fighting Covid-19
https://news.yahoo.com/largest-study-masks-yet-details-023712519.html
A study involving more than 340,000 people in Bangladesh offers some of the strongest real-world evidence yet that mask use can help communities slow the spread of Covid-19.
source:

The Impact of Community Masking on COVID-19: A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Bangladesh
https://www.poverty-action.org/publ...-covid-19-cluster-randomized-trial-bangladesh

pdf download ( a 94 page pdf/ 5.4 mb )
https://www.poverty-action.org/site..._RCT____Symptomatic_Seropositivity_083121.pdf
 
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WAIT!! This should work fine for anyone pig headed enough to believe this stupidity.🤪
 

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One in 5,000: The Real Chances of a Breakthrough Infection
https://news.yahoo.com/one-5-000-real-chances-183201138.html

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more data has become available, and it suggests that the true picture is less alarming. Yes, delta has increased the chances of getting COVID for almost everyone. But if you’re vaccinated, a COVID infection is still uncommon, and those high viral loads are not as worrisome as they initially sounded.

How small are the chances of the average vaccinated American contracting COVID? Probably about 1 in 5,000 per day, and even lower for people who take precautions or live in a highly vaccinated community.
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The chances are surely higher in the places with the worst COVID outbreaks, like the Southeast. And in places with many fewer cases — like the Northeast, as well as the Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco areas — the chances are lower, probably less than 1 in 10,000.
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Here’s one way to think about a 1-in-10,000 daily chance: It would take more than three months for the combined risk to reach just 1%.
 

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