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1 week 5 days ago #47239 by JS
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Open-source DIY SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine. Obviously, no guarantees in the way of effectiveness or safety.

radvac.org/faq/
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1 week 5 days ago - 1 week 5 days ago #47241 by Isamorph
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JS wrote: Open-source DIY SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine. Obviously, no guarantees in the way of effectiveness or safety.

radvac.org/faq/


And it's a nasal vaccine to boot. The scientists and developers do have some academic street cred. This collaborative is making Operation Warp Speed look a bit slow. Well, the fellow who won the Nobel prize in medicine for discovering a bacterium caused peptic ulcers essentially drank a cool aid with the bacterium in it to prove his theory.

But some respected scientists are skeptical. I guess it's a big "is it safe" dilemma.

www.technologyreview.com/2020/07/29/1005720/george-church-diy-coronavirus-vaccine/

wyss.harvard.edu/team/core-faculty/george-church/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Marshall#:~:text=Pennsylvania%20State%20University.-,Awards%20and%20honours,gastritis%20and%20peptic%20ulcer%20disease%22 .
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1 week 1 day ago #47305 by PEW
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The mask continues to be debated. It is not a all or none, it has to be taken in context.

Ventilation & Social distancing both reduce the particle count in the air which will result in lower odds of getting a viable load (for infection).
Absent of social distancing, wear a face mask to limit your particle spread.

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1 week 1 day ago #47308 by SuccessOne
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Face masks work! That's why doctors and nurses wear them. Doctors and nurses also wear face shields too to protect their eyes from the virus! Absent of vaccines, face masks like N95 or KN95, social distancing of at least 6 ft. away from others, avoid large social gatherings, wear some types of eye protection like safety or sunglasses and use hand sanitizers and wash hands often with soaps are our best option right now. N95 or KN95 offers better protection than surgery or fabric face masks. 3M N95 is still in short supply or pretty expensive right now so the next alternative is KN95, made in China but these genuine KN95 offers better protection than regular surgical or fabric masks. I've been using them for over a month now, and they're comfortable to wear. 10 KN95 for only $22.95. I got them from here: bonafidemasks.com/Powecom-kn-95/
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1 week 1 day ago #47309 by JS
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This guy says we could have $1 home test kits right now where everybody tests themselves every single day. We do not have them because they are not approved as the paper tests do not reach the standard of those administered in a hospital setting.

Argument for approving the paper ones is that they are cheap, fast, and accurate enough to help reduce the spread. The way testing is handled now, individuals must demonstrate symptoms first because testing capacity is limited. Not only is it limited, the results take so long that the positive person's peak infection rate may have already passed making it no benefit in slowing the spread of the virus.

harvardmagazine.com/2020/08/covid-19-test-for-public-health

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1 week 1 day ago #47313 by Soteria 2.0
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US obesity epidemic could undermine effectiveness of a Covid-19 vaccine

www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/08/05/health/obesity-covid-vaccine-effectiveness-wellness/index.html

Scientists know that vaccines engineered to protect the public from influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus and rabies can be less effective in obese adults than in the general population, leaving them more vulnerable to infection and illness. There is little reason to believe, obesity researchers say, that Covid-19 vaccines will be any different.


"Will we have a Covid vaccine next year tailored to the obese? No way," said Raz Shaikh, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
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"Will it still work in the obese? Our prediction is no."

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1 week 1 day ago #47314 by Soteria 2.0
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JS wrote: This guy says we could have $1 home test kits right now where everybody tests themselves every single day. We do not have them because they are not approved as the paper tests do not reach the standard of those administered in a hospital setting.

Argument for approving the paper ones is that they are cheap, fast, and accurate enough to help reduce the spread. The way testing is handled now, individuals must demonstrate symptoms first because testing capacity is limited. Not only is it limited, the results take so long that the positive person's peak infection rate may have already passed making it no benefit in slowing the spread of the virus.

harvardmagazine.com/2020/08/covid-19-test-for-public-health




Coronavirus Pandemic Update 98: At Home COVID-19 Testing - A Possible Breakthrough


The current COVID-19 testing strategy in the United States is estimated by the CDC to pick up less than 10% of infections. Dr. Seheult of MedCram.com features snippets from a recent This Week in Virology (Episode 640) with Dr. Michael Mina of Harvard who explains that the technology exists for at home, inexpensive, self-administered, "paper" COVID-19 antigen tests that are likely accurate enough to pick up the vast majority of infectious cases of COVID-19. And how lower sensitivity of inexpensive tests may be ideal for a screening test that is performed with high frequency. Utilization of scalable paper COVID-19 tests may provide the optimal path forward to curtail the growth of COVID-19 and open schools and our economy in a much safer way.

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5 days 1 hour ago #47393 by st3fx
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Europe's Top Health Officials Say Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19

fee.org/articles/europes-top-health-officials-say-masks-arent-helpful-in-beating-covid-19/

Wearing a face mask to catch droplets is common sense to prevent transmission.
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5 days 25 minutes ago - 4 days 23 hours ago #47395 by realLexusl21
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SuccessOne wrote: Face masks work! That's why doctors and nurses wear them. Doctors and nurses also wear face shields too to protect their eyes from the virus! Absent of vaccines, face masks like N95 or KN95, social distancing of at least 6 ft. away from others, avoid large social gatherings, wear some types of eye protection like safety or sunglasses and use hand sanitizers and wash hands often with soaps are our best option right now. N95 or KN95 offers better protection than surgery or fabric face masks. 3M N95 is still in short supply or pretty expensive right now so the next alternative is KN95, made in China but these genuine KN95 offers better protection than regular surgical or fabric masks. I've been using them for over a month now, and they're comfortable to wear. 10 KN95 for only $22.95. I got them from here: bonafidemasks.com/Powecom-kn-95/


Are these masks one time use?
Do these give specs on what size micron's the mask blocks.

Would like to compare to real 3M n95 specs. Such as .03 to 1.0 micron's

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4 days 23 hours ago #47397 by KentE
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The governor in Kansas mandated masks statewide: but a court said the governor didn't have the power to do that.
So, the decision to mandate was left to the counties. 15 mandated masks, 90 did not.
There's a great chart showing the change in positive cases in counties with and without the mask mandate. Unfortunately, I've only found it shown at news sites behind paywalls.
Here's an article, without the chart: www.kctv5.com/coronavirus/kansas-counties-with-mask-mandate-show-steep-covid-19-drop/article_3c413006-9f8b-5eb6-9bd6-d088976180a4.html

Bottom line: over the last 30 days (since the mandate went into effect in those 15 counties), case loads have fallen dramatically in counties that have mask mandates, despite the fact that in general they're more 'at risk' counties for rapid spread. Cases in counties that did not mandate masks have not decreased significantly as a whole. The state as a whole has decreased case counts, but the decline in new cases is entirely due to the 15 counties that mandated masks.

This unintentional 'test' has been described as perhaps the best large-scale database available to see whether or not universal mask mandates are effective.

Masks work, for the intended result of reducing transmission and case loads. There is, of course, no guarantee that they'll prevent infection entirely.
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