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Labeled as news in The Break Room, started by Mister Funsky, Feb 22, 2020

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    Britain will pass threshold for Covid herd immunity

    Britain is set to pass the threshold for herd immunity on Monday, scientists say.

    Modelling by University College London (UCL) suggests that 73.4 per cent of the population will have protection against Covid by April 12.

    The figures outdo pessimistic estimations by Imperial College this week - which suggested that just 34 per cent would have the vital antibody protection by the end of last month.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9447591/Britain-pass-threshold-herd-immunity-MONDAY.html

    Vaccine Refusal May Put Herd Immunity At Risk

    The numbers who may refuse the vaccine remain potentially too high to contain a respiratory virus such as SARS-CoV-2, which requires a large segment of the population to be immune. Nobody knows exactly how large, but based on other diseases, researchers believe it is far above the current 32% of the U.S. population that's gotten at least one shot to date.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health...ay-put-herd-immunity-at-risk-researchers-warn

    CDC Covid Vaccination tracker (US)

    https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations

     
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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,918,176
    United States: 573,877
    Brazil: 345,287
    India: 167,694
    Russia: 102,247
    United Kingdom: 126,980
    France: 98,065
    Italy: 112,861
    Spain: 76,179
    Mexico: 206,146
    Poland: 57,427
    South Africa: 53,173
    Indonesia: 42,348
    Netherlands: 16,691
    Canada: 23,211
    Chile: 23,979
    Belgium: 23,348
    Philippines: 14,520
    Japan : 9,301
    Bolivia: 12,412
    Papua New Guinea: 68
     
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    Herd immunity probably not necessary to end pandemic, experts say

    Though herd immunity has been widely touted as the indicator that the pandemic has come to an end, experts at a Wednesday panel said it is more likely that there will be a plateau in infection, with a decrease in prominence over time but continued circulation.

    This view has wide support among the scientific community. Almost 90% of scientists surveyed by Nature in February said that COVID-19 will join influenza, malaria and other common diseases by becoming endemic, meaning that it will continue to exist in corners of the population but without propagating on a wide scale.

    The event, which featured four keynote speakers, was organized by Knight Hennessy scholar Mallory Harris, a second-year biology Ph.D. student. Her frustration about the confusion and misconceptions around the idea of herd immunity led her to organize a panel of leading experts on the subject to overview key concepts and answer questions from the community.

    Harvard epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch said a view of herd immunity that is limited to the U.S. is insufficient — and once you look globally, it becomes more unclear how the world’s population will all be vaccinated.

    “This virus is going to continue to circulate,” he said. “Global coverage is clearly going to be low and slow. The projections for distribution of doses, in the coming months, is in the hundreds of millions of dose range for a planet of billions of people. It’s just not going to be adequate.”
     
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    Those with poor oral hygiene tend to experience more severe COVID-19 symptoms, study finds

    An international study led by researchers at McGill University has found that those with poor dental hygiene tend to experience more severe COVID-19 symptoms.

    Using the digital medical and dental records from 568 Qatari patients with COVID-19, the researchers found that those with periodontitis, better known as gum disease, were more likely to suffer from COVID-19 complications.


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    Specifically, the patients were 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit, 4.5 times more likely to require a ventilator and 8.8 times more likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those without gum disease.

    Of the 258 patients with gum disease, 33 experienced complications during the infection, while just seven of the 310 patients with healthy gums experienced a complication.

    “Looking at the conclusions of our study we can highlight the importance of good oral health in the prevention and management of COVID-19 complications,” Belinda Nicolau, one of the study’s authors and professor at McGill’s school of dentistry, said in a news release.

    “There is a very strong correlation between periodontitis and disease outcome.”

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jcpe.13435
     
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    Large study links gum disease with dementia

    "A recent analysis led by NIA scientists suggests that bacteria that cause gum disease are also associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, especially vascular dementia."

    https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/large-study-links-gum-disease-dementia
     
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    Pfizer requests FDA clearance for vaccine in kids ages 12 to 15

    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/heal...da-clearance-vaccine-kids-ages-12-15-n1263649

    "Pfizer on Friday requested to expand use of its Covid-19 vaccine to adolescents ages 12 to 15.

    The request asks the Food and Drug Administration to amend the emergency use authorization, which the FDA originally granted late last year for people ages 16 and up.

    Last week, Pfizer-BioNTech said its Phase 3 clinical trials showed its vaccine was safe and 100 percent effective in 12- to 15-year-olds, though the findings have not been peer-reviewed.

    "The hope of starting to vaccinate this age group before the start of the next school year," CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement when those results were released."
     
  8. koolishman

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    Quick guide: COVID-19 vaccines in use and how they work

    Dozens of coronavirus vaccines entered clinical trials during 2020, and now, a handful have been authorized for emergency use in various countries — meaning the shots can be administered to the public while their developers continue to collect data on their safety and efficacy. Should they meet all the necessary criteria, these vaccines could be fully approved in the future, and in some places, they already have been.

    Here's a quick guide to the COVID-19 vaccines now in use around the world.


    https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-vaccines-authorized-for-use.html
     
  9. Mister Funsky

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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,931,704
    United States: 574,840
    Brazil: 348,934
    India: 168,467
    Russia: 102,649
    United Kingdom: 127,040
    France: 98,395
    Italy: 112,861
    Spain: 76,328
    Mexico: 207,020
    Poland: 58,176
    South Africa: 53,226
    Indonesia: 42,443
    Netherlands: 16,691
    Canada: 23,251
    Chile: 24,108
    Belgium: 23,390
    Philippines: 14,744
    Japan : 9,334
    Bolivia: 12,428
    Papua New Guinea: 68
     
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    Nearly 40% of Marines have declined Covid-19 vaccine

    Washington (CNN)Nearly 40% of US Marines are declining Covid-19 vaccinations, according to data provided to CNN on Friday by the service, the first branch to disclose service-wide numbers on acceptance and declination.

    As of Thursday, approximately 75,500 Marines have received vaccines, including fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated service men and women. About 48,000 Marines have chosen not to receive vaccines, for a declination rate of 38.9%.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/09/politics/marines-coronavirus-vaccines/index.html
     
  11. koolishman

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    South African variant can 'break through' Pfizer vaccine, Israeli study says

    The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed.

    The study, released on Saturday, compared almost 400 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, 14 days or more after they received one or two doses of the vaccine, against the same number of unvaccinated patients with the disease. It matched age and gender, among other characteristics.

    The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1% of all the COVID-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider, Clalit.

    But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant’s prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated - 5.4% versus 0.7%.

    This suggests the vaccine is less effective against the South African variant, compared with the original coronavirus and a variant first identified in Britain that has come to comprise nearly all COVID-19 cases in Israel, the researchers said.
     
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    Blood Clots Linked to AstraZeneca Vaccine Stem From Rare Antibody Reaction

    New research has identified unusual antibodies that appear to have caused, in rare cases, serious and sometimes fatal blood clots in people who received the Covid vaccine made by AstraZeneca.

    Exactly why the rare reactions to the vaccine occurred is still a mystery.

    Scientific teams from Germany and Norway found that people who developed the clots after vaccination had produced antibodies that activated their platelets, a blood component involved in clotting. The new reports add extensive details to what the researchers have already stated publicly about the blood disorder.

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    Younger people appear more susceptible than older ones, but researchers say no pre-existing health conditions are known to predispose people to the rare reaction. That is worrisome, they say, because there is no way to tell if an individual is at high risk.

    Reports of the clots have already led a number of countries to limit AstraZeneca’s vaccine to older people, or to stop using it entirely. These cases have dealt a crushing blow to global efforts to halt the pandemic, because the AstraZeneca shot — easy to store and relatively cheap — has been a mainstay of vaccination programs in more than 100 countries.

     
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    It amazes me that after 10 months of unprecedented research and development, followed by mass rollouts of a Covid vaccine, a large percentage of people would now rather take the risk of catching this disease than risking the miniscule percentage of bad reactions to the vaccine.

    There is something fundamentally wrong with society today, and I'm pointing my finger at the other pandemic, being bad actors spreading social-media misinformation and media over-hyping the dangers of the vaccine in the name of harnessing more clicks/dollars.

    Edit: according to the latest figures, we are once again approaching 750 thousand infections and 10,000 deaths per day word-wide.
     
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    This could translate into higher insurance premium for all of us.

    EDIT: Latest
    A new type of Bill Gates conspiracy theory is going viral on Facebook
     
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    Official: Chinese vaccines' effectiveness low

    In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boost.

    Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu.


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    Beijing has distributed hundreds of millions of doses in other countries while also trying to promote doubt about the effectiveness of Western vaccines.

    “It’s now under formal consideration whether we should use different vaccines from different technical lines for the immunization process,” Gao said.


    The effectiveness rate of a coronavirus vaccine from Sinovac, a Chinese developer, at preventing symptomatic infections has been found to be as low as 50.4% by researchers in Brazil. By comparison, the vaccine made by Pfizer has been found to be 97% effective.

    Beijing has yet to approve any foreign vaccines for use in China, where the coronavirus emerged in late 2019.
     
  16. Mister Funsky

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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,941,268
    United States: 575,595
    Brazil: 351,469
    India: 169,305
    Russia: 102,986
    United Kingdom: 127,080
    France: 98,602
    Italy: 113,923
    Spain: 76,328
    Mexico: 207,020
    Poland: 58,421
    South Africa: 53,256
    Indonesia: 42,530
    Netherlands: 16,754
    Canada: 23,287
    Chile: 24,213
    Belgium: 23,428
    Philippines: 14,945
    Japan : 9,353
    Bolivia: 12,442
    Papua New Guinea: 68
     
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    50.4% is still far better than no protection, given the current shortages.

    It will be another three months minimum before I get for my first shot of Astra Zeneca. I'd take the Chinese offering in a heart-beat.
     
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    Canada ski resort linked to largest outbreak of P1 Covid variant outside Brazil

    For ski resorts, spring normally marks a final chance for visitors to carve sun-drenched runs before the season ends.

    But at Canada’s most famous ski resort, the gondolas have stopped, and the slopes are eerily quiet.

    The Whistler Blackcomb ski resort was shut down by provincial authorities at the end of March after they realised that P1, the highly infectious coronavirus variant traced back to Brazil, was spreading rapidly throughout the community.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/11/canada-ski-resort-p1-covid-variant-whistler
     
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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,951,714
    United States: 575,831
    Brazil: 353,293
    India: 170,209
    Russia: 103,263
    United Kingdom: 127,087
    France: 98,750
    Italy: 113,923
    Spain: 76,328
    Mexico: 209,338
    Poland: 58,481
    South Africa: 53,322
    Indonesia: 42,656
    Netherlands: 16,771
    Canada: 23,315
    Chile: 24,346
    Belgium: 23,473
    Philippines: 15,149
    Japan : 9,382
    Bolivia: 12,451
    Papua New Guinea: 69
     
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    COVID-19 cases skyrocket in India amid overcrowding and complacency

    Experts are shocked at how fast COVID-19 cases are spreading amid complacency and overcrowding in a country labelled “the next Brazil”.

    The South Asian nation home to 1.3 billion people just recorded the biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases anywhere in the world and authorities have been forced to ban the export of an antiviral drug.

    There were more than 169,000 new cases recorded on Monday — a figure reported to be the highest single day rise since the pandemic began. It adds to a total infection case load of 13.3 million.


    https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/...y/news-story/18395333c41a06f701b3e8ceef610edb
     
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    Adding to this....

    I was talking to someone yesterday about this and he said his dental hygienist recommends 'soft picks' over dental floss - main reason being that the space between teeth isn't necessarily flat, and picks do a better cleaning job. They come in different thicknesses, for different gaps between teeth.

    https://www.gumbrand.com/gum-soft-picks-original-50-ct.html
     
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    Probably will get worse. If you didn't catch this link on the conspiracy thread:

    The More BS You Spread, the More BS You Fall For, New Study Shows

    https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/psychology-truthfulness-research-university-waterloo.html
     
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    U.K. variant isn't linked to more severe disease or death, study finds

    https://www.nbcnews.com/science/sci...nked-severe-disease-death-study-finds-rcna658

    "People infected with the more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom did not experience more severe symptoms and were not at higher risk of death, according to a new study published Monday.

    Scientists are struggling to pin down the nature of the U.K. variant, which has become the dominant strain across Europe and, as of last week, in the United States. Chief among the questions: Is the variant more deadly?

    The study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, looked at data from last fall in the U.K., shortly after the variant was first detected. It soon spread rapidly, eventually becoming the dominant strain circulating in the country."
     
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    a 47 page analysis by US Gov what it’s doing.

    Updated March 2021. Bear with me: Finance
     

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