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by Watsisname
13 Sep 2021 23:07
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37845 Is either getting the virus or getting vaccination what will eventually slow the rate of mutation of the virus, Wat? It's a little complicated. The probability of a mutation per-transmission is roughly constant, and the  rate at which new variants (of any kind) appear is roughly proportional ...
by Watsisname
13 Sep 2021 06:14
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

Airborne viruses spread very easily through hand contact, since the virus is in the respiratory droplets and nasal discharge, and many people unconsciously touch their noses very often or cover their sneezes/coughs with them. It's also a very good way to transmit the common cold. Basically, these v...
by Watsisname
13 Sep 2021 01:52
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

In the  opening post of this thread I said, with emphasis and a link to an expert, " our response must be viewed as a long war. " I highly recommend rewatching that interview now with the benefit of hindsight and see how accurate he was: dcJDpV-igjs Long, because it is necessary to slow t...
by Watsisname
23 Aug 2021 02:02
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrobiology Poll
Replies: 47
Views: 14953

Astrobiology Poll

The formatting just made it hard to read. Fixed it for clarity. 
by Watsisname
16 Aug 2021 22:12
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

One of the more eye-opening articles I've read lately. It answers a number of questions I had about the role of transmission in the vaccinated vs. unvaccinated, and how much we can expect boosters to help on an individual and societal level. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/08/grim-warning-israe...
by Watsisname
15 Aug 2021 18:20
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Topic for Music Lovers
Replies: 161
Views: 83660

Topic for Music Lovers

This music with this footage.  8-) 
(Song: Beautiful Oblivion by Scott Buckley)


by Watsisname
04 Aug 2021 17:18
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

Yep. I had same symptoms after my second Moderna dose, though much stronger. Stronger symptoms seem more common in younger people than elderly, which is interesting. But again just the immune system at work. :) I'd be more nervous if I had both shots and had no effects at all.
by Watsisname
01 Aug 2021 23:51
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37266 It also looks like Pfizer is developing a delta specific version of the vaccine, could this indicate that the virus is close to evolving into an entirely new virus rather than just a new strain? No. The media have been mixing the terms variant and strain a lot (to which I had also been guilty...
by Watsisname
29 Jul 2021 05:45
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37218 Wat, what's your opinion on what Dr Fauci said yesterday?  It's very concerning.  He said people who are fully vaccinated and get infected with Delta are carrying six times the viral load of Alpha and basically the same viral load as people who never got vaccinated!  So basically everyone is ...
by Watsisname
27 Jul 2021 22:56
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37194 Thanks for the infection rate measurement for Delta, Wat, is this variant any more lethal than the original? Sure thing. My understanding is also that it's a bit uncertain and difficult to measure, but it's either about the same or a little higher (for people who have neither been vaccinated ...
by Watsisname
27 Jul 2021 21:18
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37188 I wonder if there is a quantitative comparison about how much more contagious it is vs the original. What I have read is that Delta is about 50% more transmissible than Alpha (the UK variant), which was about 50-70% more transmissible than the original. So if R 0  for the original virus was b...
by Watsisname
27 Jul 2021 15:18
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

A-L-E-X wrote:
Qr Bbpost Florida also only reports rates on Fridays, obviously trying to undercut media attention on the issue.

I love it. Things can't change if we don't observe them. The faster things are changing, the less often we should check. :)

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by Watsisname
22 Jul 2021 20:55
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37050 When people suggest that we weren't nearly afraid enough in March 2020, does it mean that they now reject the "flatten the curve" idea of that time? Yes and no. It's more complicated. "Flatten the curve" can make sense very early in the pandemic, when society is contemplat...
by Watsisname
22 Jul 2021 07:11
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37033 Wat, how did the 1918 flu pandemic end?  Was that with vaccinations or was some other method employed? No, there was no vaccine developed for it. They instead used many of the same measures we still use today: social distancing, limits on gatherings, and in some places wearing masks. These me...
by Watsisname
22 Jul 2021 05:07
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 425
Views: 79693

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37028 I don't think what delays action is so much fear of panic, but lack of data. I do think a delay in action out of fear of causing panic played a role. There are numerous examples of this being a part of decision making directly from leaders at multiple levels of government. It even played a ro...