The Coronavirus - What's Happening Around the World

Johnny b

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A bit of a long read but very informative.

Massive numbers of new COVID–19 infections, not vaccines, are the main driver of new coronavirus variants
https://theconversation.com/massive...ain-driver-of-new-coronavirus-variants-166882

( Written by two scientists:
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=dcezvIQAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
and
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=v88WxTwAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao )

Summed up:
The coronavirus remained essentially unchanged for months until the pandemic got out of control. With relatively few infections, the genetic code had limited opportunities to mutate. But as infection clusters exploded, the virus rolled the dice millions of times and some mutations produced fitter mutants.


The best way to stop new variants is to stop their spread, and the answer to that is vaccination.
 

Johnny b

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Ivermectin.

dated 02 August 2021

Flawed ivermectin preprint highlights challenges of COVID drug studies
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02081-w#ref-CR1

The study’s withdrawal from a preprint platform deals a blow to the anti-parasite drug’s chances as a COVID treatment, researchers say.


The paper summarized the results of a clinical trial seeming to show that ivermectin can reduce COVID-19 death rates by more than 90%1 — among the largest studies of the drug’s ability to treat COVID-19 to date. But on 14 July, after internet sleuths raised concerns about plagiarism and data manipulation, the preprint server Research Square withdrew the paper because of “ethical concerns”.
And yet it still seems acceptable by many people.


Linkage at this site:
Why Was a Major Study on Ivermectin for COVID-19 Just Retracted?
https://grftr.news/why-was-a-major-study-on-ivermectin-for-covid-19-just-retracted/
Following these initial detections, Grftr News provided a copy of the data to science fraud expert Nick Brown and asked him to analyse it. Mere hours later, Brown had already conducted an extensive preliminary analysis and agreed to take a more in-depth look. Brown’s complete findings run for several pages and have been posted to his blog.
Led to Brown's blog:

https://steamtraen.blogspot.com/2021/07/Some-problems-with-the-data-from-a-Covid-study.html
This post appears at the same time as this piece at grftr.news by Jack Lawrence. Jack contacted me to ask if I could help him look at a number of issues with a prominent study of Ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19. My speciality is forensic numerical data analysis finding errors in numbers, so I concentrated on that and suggested some other names to Jack to help him look at things like the study design, methods, and reporting.
To say there are problems with the data .....is an understatement.
 

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400,000 people are infected each year with coronaviruses carried by bats, an early study suggests. Researchers say the data could help prevent future pandemics.
https://www.businessinsider.com/people-infected-virus-bat-covid-19-sars-cov-2-pandemic-2021-9

  • Coronaviruses from bats could infect 407,422 people each year, a study said.
  • The findings could help target areas for surveillance and stop human virus outbreaks, they said.
  • About 478 million people live in regions where the bats are, the researchers said.
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The findings could be used to target areas for surveillance, which could help with earlier and more accurate identification of viruses that could cause the next human outbreak, they said.
The study ( not yet peer reviewed )
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.09.09.21263359v1.full.pdf
 

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Some people's kids ...
There's just no telling some people ... <shaking head>
 

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One of the things bothering me is I now live in a society that has a large portion that will not voluntarily take actions to survive and willingly infect others to somehow prove their intentions are logical and just.
I don't wish them death, I don't want them anywhere near me or others trying to survive.
They are intensely selfish.
They want the benefits of a society without any consideration or input of/for it's safety and welfare.

Recently, a friend, a colleague of my sister, a retired scientist, suffered a stroke at home, in a fall broke his neck, and living alone wasn't found for what is believed to be about a week.
All the ICU facilities where he lives in North Carolina are filled. Swamped with Covid patients, mostly non vaccinated.
A room with a bed was found.
He's on O2.
I don't think he'll survive.
His care is minimal compared to normal occupancy.


There are similar stories every day in the news.
Damn you people that take life so lightly.
 

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I just called in to my family doctor for flu and tetanus shots to find they're short staffed because of Covid.
 

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I live in ND and I'm just glad it's a sparsely-populated state relative to its size. There are far too many anti-vaccination idiots here for my liking, but it's a lot easier to keep away from them here. Thankfully, my wife got her Pfizer booster shot during a recent trip to the Mayo Clinic, and we'll just keep on doing what needs to be done to stay safe, which includes measures to keep others safe as well.
 
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I'll be getting my annual flu shot week of Sep. 26 as this will be four weeks after Pfizer CV19 booster shot.
 

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