FORUM: Pandemic Updates

Linked news articles cover ontogenesis of Pandemic microbes, prevention and mitigation efforts, and substantive repercussions. Some of the linked articles cite topically-relevant scientific publications. Posts are ordered from most (top) to least (bottom) current.

(2/22/2021) Severity and scope of long-term consequences of COVID-19 infection described as “second pandemic”: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/health/long-covid-clinics/index.html

(2/21/2021) What terminal patients with severe COVID-19 infection experience: https://www.vox.com/2021/2/20/22280817/covid-19-deaths-us-nursing-home-icu-ventilator

(2/20/2021) New variant now in 13 countries, including US: https://www.livescience.com/new-coronavirus-variant-13-countries.html

(2/19/2021) People who recovered from COVID-19 infection should have ONE vaccine shot: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/19/health/covid-vaccine-single-dose.html

(2/18/2021) 130 nations have received zero vaccine–this callous disregard of richer nations for poorer nations threatens to create a virus-storm of multiple mutation and recombination events: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/18/wildly-unfair-un-says-130-countries-have-not-received-a-single-covid-vaccine-dose

(2/17/2021) Initial evidence of mutant recombination of COVID-LA and COVID-UK: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2268014-exclusive-two-variants-have-merged-into-heavily-mutated-coronavirus/

(2/15/2021) The appearance of so many similar COVID-19 mutations at the same time around the world is remarkable, already accounting for 2,327 of 102,462 genomes deposited to GISAID from the USA: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/14/health/coronavirus-mutations-birds-us/index.html

(2/11/2021) Almost unanimous shortcomings and failures make it increasingly clear that global decision-making concerning global events such as pandemics must exclude ALL politicians from any aspect of the decision-making process: https://www.salon.com/2021/02/11/amid-tragic-blunders-former-pandemic-hero-andrew-cuomo-now-compared-to-trump-hes-a-bully/

(2/7/21) A tragedy unfolding in Brazil today, which has world-wide implications: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/27/americas/manaus-brazil-covid-19-new-variant-intl/?hpt=ob_blogfooterold

(2/6/21) The link between climate change and coronavirus: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-coronavirus-bats-study/

(2/6/21) Leaving anyone unvaccinated allows the virus a free-hand at mutation: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/05/africa/vaccine-race-africa-intl/index.html

(2/2/21) Germany, Austria, France and Sweden restrict Oxford-AstraZeneka vaccine to people under 65 years of age–an established risk factor for serious complications and negative outcomes: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55901957

(2/2/21) Russian vaccine trial reports excellent results: https://www.wsj.com/articles/russian-covid-19-vaccine-was-highly-effective-in-trial-study-finds-boosting-moscows-rollout-ambitions-11612269047

(1/31/21) Israeli who recovered from COVID-19 now infected with COVID-South Africa: https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/HJPijlVxu

(1/30/21) US Congressman tests positive for COVID-19 after having had both Pfizer vaccine shots: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stephen-lynch-tests-positive-covid-19-after-receiving-second-dose-of-vaccine/

(1/30/21) CDC (finally) issues mask mandate for all transportation modalities in US: https://news.yahoo.com/u-agencies-talks-finalize-biden-213619198.html

(1/29/21) Johnson & Johnson reports their one-shot COVID-19 vaccine was 72% effective in the US, 66% in Latin America, and 57% in South Africa: averaging these meta results yields an “overall” (mean) of 66% effective (note that empirically this estimate is only valid for Latin America): https://nypost.com/2021/01/29/johnson-johnsons-covid-19-vaccine-only-66-effective/

(1/27/21) Putin warns that tensions and uncertainty associated with the Pandemic may induce a war of “all against all” (WWIII): https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/27/russias-putin-warns-of-a-fight-of-all-against-all-at-wef.html

(1/27/21) AstraZeneca discounts criticism received regarding unmet delivery expectations (https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/27/business/astrazeneca-ceo-eu-criticism/index.html), and a bomb disposal unit has been called in to the Wrexham Industrial estate, where Oxford-AstraZeneca anti-coronavirus vaccine is made and stored (https://sputniknews.com/news/202101271081895448-explosive-specialists-called-in-to-plant-where-astrazeneca-jabs-are-produced/).

(1/26/21) Germany, Bavaria, Austria and France advocate wearing (K)N95 or FFP2 facemasks in public: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/01/26/960893423/some-european-countries-move-to-require-medical-grade-masks-in-public

(1/26/21) Continuing mistakes made by private-sector vaccine producers jeopardize immunization efforts: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/26/business/astrazeneca-pfizer-vaccine-delays-europe/index.html

(1/24/21) Concern that mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may be related to infertility in women: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/truth-behind-rumors-covid-19-190119512.html

(1/23/21) Senior British doctors criticize impromptu vaccine inter-dose-timing strategy: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/23/health/uk-covid-vaccine-delay-bma-gbr-intl/index.html

(1/22/21) Cholesterol-reducing medications reduce the likelihood of infection: https://phys.org/news/2021-01-sars-cov-cholesterol-invade-cells-mega.html

(1/22/21) The possibility of immune escape: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6527/329

(1/20/21) Israel reports single shot of Pfizer vaccine is less effective than was expected: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/19/single-covid-vaccine-dose-in-israel-less-effective-than-we-hoped

(1/18/21) L452R coronavirus variant was first identified in Denmark: https://deadline.com/2021/01/another-new-covid-19-variant-in-l-a-vaccine-resistant-denmark-1234675834/

(1/18/21) L452R coronavirus variant is responsible for at least 90 new cases in San Jose, California: https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-variant-tied-least-90-054530994.html

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