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Post by XpressPete » April 19th, 2021, 12:45 pm

Poor otters they got covid-19 at an Atlanta aquarium.

"Otters at an aquarium in Atlanta have tested positive for Covid-19 but are expected to make full recoveries.

"They began exhibiting mild respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, runny noses, mild lethargy, and some began coughing," the Georgia Aquarium said in a statement.

The aquarium said the Asian small-clawed otters are doing well.

"Despite following all recommended health and safety protocols, it is suspected the otters may have acquired the infection from an asymptomatic staff member," the aquarium said in the statement, which was posted to Facebook."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/otters-georg ... 34819.html




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Post by koster » April 20th, 2021, 7:27 am

Otters are so cute




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Post by urbanlegend » April 21st, 2021, 7:48 am

All we need is for other animals to get this virus and spread it faster than it already spreads.




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Post by CanadianChick » April 22nd, 2021, 8:19 am

India is the biggest hot spot in the world today, they have a huge explosion of cases, I hope they get it under control soon, all those cases travelling will just make it come back to other countries kick start another wave for those places.




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Post by bbwlover » April 22nd, 2021, 10:04 am

how can this be more people have died in Ireland from covid-19 than China?

"How did a small island on the northwestern periphery of Europe end up with more coronavirus deaths and cases than China, the most populous country on the planet and the site of the first infections?

As of Wednesday evening, Ireland had recorded 4,856 COVID-19-related deaths and 244,695 confirmed cases. China, meanwhile, had reported 4,846 official deaths and only 102,294 cases.

Johns Hopkins University ranks Ireland as No. 40 in the world on a list of COVID-19–related deaths per capita by country: 98 per 100,000, with a case-fatality rate of 2%. By comparison, China is ranked No. 160, with 0.35 death per 100,000 people and a case-fatality rate of 4.7%.

“China is underreporting their cases, but we don’t know how much,” said Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and chief economist of the China Beige Book. “Chinese vaccination is proceeding so much slower than it should"

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/irela ... eid=yhoof2




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Post by XpressPete » April 23rd, 2021, 9:40 am

bbwlover wrote:
April 22nd, 2021, 10:04 am
how can this be more people have died in Ireland from covid-19 than China?

"How did a small island on the northwestern periphery of Europe end up with more coronavirus deaths and cases than China, the most populous country on the planet and the site of the first infections?

As of Wednesday evening, Ireland had recorded 4,856 COVID-19-related deaths and 244,695 confirmed cases. China, meanwhile, had reported 4,846 official deaths and only 102,294 cases.

Johns Hopkins University ranks Ireland as No. 40 in the world on a list of COVID-19–related deaths per capita by country: 98 per 100,000, with a case-fatality rate of 2%. By comparison, China is ranked No. 160, with 0.35 death per 100,000 people and a case-fatality rate of 4.7%.

“China is underreporting their cases, but we don’t know how much,” said Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and chief economist of the China Beige Book. “Chinese vaccination is proceeding so much slower than it should"

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/irela ... eid=yhoof2
Are all countries reporting true numbers?




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Post by Julius » April 24th, 2021, 5:41 am

Do you have to get both shots from the same company or can you have one from say Astrazenica and the 2nd shot from Pfizer.




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Post by greatpornlinks » April 25th, 2021, 9:16 am

Julius wrote:
April 24th, 2021, 5:41 am
Do you have to get both shots from the same company or can you have one from say Astrazenica and the 2nd shot from Pfizer.
It seems logical to have the same not mix and match but I am no doctor.




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Post by TheButcher » April 25th, 2021, 6:38 pm

Julius wrote:
April 24th, 2021, 5:41 am
Do you have to get both shots from the same company or can you have one from say Astrazenica and the 2nd shot from Pfizer.
Interestingly enough there is a Yahoo article on this today. Pat of the article says.



"Even though the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are similar, mixing them is not recommended.

The CDC specifically says in interim guidance that the COVID-19 vaccines are “not interchangeable,” adding that, “the safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated.” Instead, the agency says, both doses of the vaccine series with an mRNA vaccine should be completed with the same product.

However, the CDC does say that in “exceptional situations,” where the first dose of the vaccine can’t be determined or is no longer available, “any available mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at a minimum interval of 28 days between doses to complete the mRNA COVID-19 vaccination series.”
What happens if you accidentally mix the vaccines?

It’s unclear at this point, but you probably won’t have unusual side effects, says infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Plus, you’ll likely still get the benefits of being fully vaccinated, he says.

William Schaffner, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, agrees that mixing vaccines is probably safe and effective. However, he also emphasizes that “mixing and matching has not been explicitly studied.”

He also noted that accidentally getting the second dose from the wrong maker is likely to continue happening. “This won’t be the first time, by any means—whether inadvertently or because somebody got their vaccine at one place and then wound up at a different place that had a different vaccine,” he says.
What should you do if you accidentally get different COVID-19 vaccines?

If you end up getting doses of two different mRNA vaccines, you don’t need additional doses of either one, the CDC says.

“Because the vaccines that are being interchanged use the exact same technology and are very close to being identical, people will have very similar immunity after they’re fully vaccinated,” Dr. Adalja says.

The CDC notes: “In situations where the same mRNA vaccine product is temporarily unavailable, it is preferable to delay the second dose (up to six weeks) to receive the same product than to receive a mixed series using a different product.” "

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/doctors ... 00602.html




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Post by snooper » April 26th, 2021, 11:07 am

MIT study says ->

"Staying 6 feet apart indoors does almost nothing to stop the spread of COVID-19,"

Read it here https://www.yahoo.com/news/staying-6-fe ... p_deeplink




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Post by bestfreeporn » April 27th, 2021, 9:02 am

snooper wrote:
April 26th, 2021, 11:07 am
MIT study says ->

"Staying 6 feet apart indoors does almost nothing to stop the spread of COVID-19,"

Read it here https://www.yahoo.com/news/staying-6-fe ... p_deeplink



It's a mixed bag of information, I will carry on keeping well away from other people when in stores.




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Post by ispdn » April 28th, 2021, 9:20 am

what is going on in India, they have 200K deaths form the virus already, jesus that is the 2nd largest population in the world, what is going on.




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Post by BarbaraCum » April 28th, 2021, 12:42 pm

Real world numbers on effectiveness of the vaccines.

"More than 141 million Americans and more than 33 million Britons have received their first dose of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine.

The US has authorized vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, while the UK has authorized Pfizer's shot as well as one made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. The US has also authorized Johnson & Johnson's vaccine, which is a single dose.

The UK is delaying the second dose of the vaccines for up to 12 weeks to prioritize giving people their first shot. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended giving second doses of Pfizer's vaccine 21 days after the first, and 28 days after the first for Moderna, with an interval of up to six weeks in "unavoidable" situations.
Newest data: One shot significantly reduces infections and transmission

Real-world data from a survey of about 375,000 people in the UK, posted as a pre-print study on April 23, found that either Pfizer or AstraZeneca's vaccine cut COVID-19 infections with symptoms by 72%. Protection from a single dose probably holds up for at least 10 weeks, based on measurements of antibody levels, the study said.

The study authors said the data supported the UK strategy of delaying the second dose, but that people must get their second dose. Protection from Pfizer's vaccine rose to 90% after two doses. There's not enough data yet to draw any conclusions on the AstraZeneca shot.

Another real-world study from Scotland published in the Lancet on April 23 found that a single dose of Pfizer's vaccine was 91% effective against hospitalization at 28 to 34 days following vaccination. One dose of AstraZeneca's vaccine was 88% effective against hospital admissions after the same time period, the study found.

A real-world study from England posted as a pre-print on April 28 found a single dose of either Pfizer of AstraZeneca's vaccine cut spread of symptomatic COVID-19 within a household by up to 50%.

The data for how well the vaccines work after one dose isn't always clear cut - it depends on what you're measuring, and when you're measuring it. Stephen Evans, a professor of medical statistics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a former drug-safety committee member at the European Medicines Agency, helped Insider break down the data.

Evans said the Food and Drug Administration presentation of the data from late-stage trials of each vaccine was generally the best data available. This is how much protection one shot of each vaccine gives you, based on that data.

Moderna: at least 80%

Moderna's vaccine was 69.5% effective at preventing COVID-19 with symptoms between the first and second dose, with a true value between 43.5% and 84.5%. There was a fairly wide range because the number of people that caught COVID-19 in the trial during this time period was low.

The 69.5% figure includes the 13 days before protection starts, so the real percentage could be higher.

There were a small number of people in Moderna's trial - about 7% - that didn't get their second dose for unknown reasons. In this group, the shot was 50.8% effective at preventing COVID-19 with symptoms for up to 14 days after the first dose and 92.1% effective after 14 days.

It is unclear how well one shot of the vaccine protects against hospitalization and death because not many people got severe COVID-19 - two in the vaccine group and four in placebo.

Evans said that you get at least 80% protection - and probably better than 90% - for Moderna's vaccine against COVID-19 with symptoms after a single dose for 28 days. After 28 days it was unclear because it hadn't been tested. Again, this was based on his overall reading of the FDA data, he said.
AstraZeneca: more than 70%

Evans said it was harder to ascertain a figure for AstraZeneca's vaccine because late-stage trials used differing study designs, and a large US study was ongoing. The FDA also has not yet presented the data for the shot in the same way it has done for other vaccines.

A single dose of AstraZeneca's shot was 76% effective at protecting against COVID-19 with symptoms for at least 90 days, according to late-stage-trial data published in The Lancet on February 19. The study authors also reported that one dose provided 100% protection against hospitalization, but the numbers were small.

Based on his reading of existing studies, Evans said the single-dose efficacy for AstraZeneca's vaccine was probably at least 70% against COVID-19 with symptoms for the first 90 days. After this time period, it's unclear, he said.
Johnson & Johnson: 66%

J&J looked at protection against moderate to severe COVID-19 in trials, rather than symptomatic COVID-19, like Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.

Protection kicked in at 14 days and was 66.1% effective at 28 days. The vaccine's efficacy varied depending on the country it was used in - it was 72% effective in the US but 64% and 68% effective in South Africa and Brazil, respectively. These countries both have coronavirus variants circulating that could partially evade antibodies.
What percentage efficacy means

Percentage efficacy for vaccines refers to the proportion of people that get full protection after a vaccine. With 80% efficacy, 80% of people have full protection, and 20% don't.

For those who get full protection the first time around, the second shot improves the quality of the immune response and its durability.

For the people who don't get full protection with the first shot, some will get full protection after the second dose. Some people won't ever get full protection from a vaccine because their immune system doesn't respond at all."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/much-protect ... 03777.html




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Post by TheButcher » April 28th, 2021, 2:22 pm

The group that should be most worried if you ask me.....


"COVID-19 vaccines may not offer complete protection for people with compromised immune systems
DR. AMANDA BENARROCH, OLIVIA DAVIES and DR. KARINE TAWAGI
Wed, April 28, 2021, 6:01 AM·5 min read

If you have a weakened immune system, the COVID-19 vaccines may have a reduced effectiveness for you. Experts say it's still very important for you and those around you to get vaccinated, but it may be necessary for those with compromised immune systems to take extra precautions after vaccination.

"We are aware that this population may not have the same beneficial response to vaccines that we see in others who are not immunosuppressed," Dr. Linda Finn, the director of hematology and bone marrow transplant at Ochsner Health, told ABC News. "We do still recommend the vaccines, any benefit they can borrow from it, but still follow other precautions very closely."

Although clinical trials found vaccines were highly effective in preventing symptomatic or severe COVID-19 infections, these trials largely excluded people who were immunocompromised.

That means these estimates may not apply to people with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer or HIV."

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/covid-19-vacc ... 47116.html




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Post by voyeurz » April 29th, 2021, 5:10 pm

Does YouTube block your account if you discuss the coronavirus?




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