Epidemiology & Virology

Herd Immunity Is Not a Strategy

Source: The Atlantic by James Hamblin What the term actually means, and what it doesn’t One of the pandemic’s most insidious misconceptions is getting closer to explicit national policy. On Monday, The Washington Post reported that a top Trump medical adviser, Scott Atlas, has been “urging the White House to embrace a controversial ‘herd immunity’ strategy.” Atlas subsequently denied the report, though [ »» ]

Coronavirus | SARS-COV-2

Six Months Into the Coronavirus Outbreak, Russia’s Statistics Still Provide More Questions Than Answers

Source: The Moscow Times by Jake Cordell Analysis of excess fatalities show regions may be underreporting deaths from Covid-19. The death toll from the coronavirus across many Russian regions could be many times higher than official statistics show, analysis of new data by The Moscow Times suggests. Experts pointed to systemic underreporting of deaths, [ »» ]

Coronavirus | SARS-COV-2

NEUROLOGICAL AND CEREBRAL MICRO-STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN COVID-19 PATIENTS

“Our findings revealed possible disruption to micro-structural and functional brain integrity in the recovery stages of COVID-19, suggesting neuro-invasion potential of SARS-CoV-2. This requires attention since even if the patients recover well from the pneumonia condition, the neurological changes may cause a great burden. More research in the mechanism and route of neuro-invasion of [ »» ]

Bioweapon

COVID-19 “Its Origin, Implications and Treatments” a Recombinant Virus of SARS-CoV and HIV

Source:  Cell Therapy Institute (Wuhan, China) by Peter K. Law Abstract This is a succinct and current review of pertinent literature to guide developing serum therapy as an emergent treatment to save human lives at times of natural or genetically engineered viral/bacterial pandemics. The origin of 2019-nCoV and implications of COVID-19 are discussed using direct quotes [ »» ]

Epidemiology & Virology

‘Much higher’ death rate than Covid-19: Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan warns of dangerous local pneumonia

Source: RT News The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has warned its citizens in the Central Asian country to exercise caution amid a large outbreak of viral pneumonia, which appears to be deadlier than the new coronavirus. Between Covid-19 and the pneumonia outbreak, the diplomats described the health situation in Kazakhstan as “very grim.” Since [ »» ]

Epidemiology & Virology

Novel coronavirus infections in Jordan, April 2012: epidemiological findings from a retrospective investigation

Source: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal In April 2012, an outbreak of acute respiratory illness occurred in a public hospital in Zarqa city, in Jordan; 8 health care workers were among the 11 people affected, 1 of who later died. The cause of the outbreak was unknown at the time and an epidemiological investigation including [ »» ]

Bioweapon

Bird flu strain H5N1 virus has been genetically modified with gain-of-function and can now be easily transmitted between ferrets

In 2010 and 2011, Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Ron Fouchier, Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, announced that they had succeeded in making the deadly avian H5N1 influenza virus more transmissible between ferrets. Read more:Gain-of-Function Experiments that could make H5N1 bird flu more risky – poised to resume Dr. [ »» ]

Epidemiology & Virology

Why US outsourced bat virus research to Wuhan

Source: Asia Times af Christina Lin US-funded $3.7 million project approved by Trump’s Covid-19 guru Dr Anthony Fauci in 2015 after US ban imposed on ‘monster-germ’ research The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded bat-coronavirus research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China to the tune of US$3.7 million, a recent article [ »» ]

Epidemiology & Virology

South Korea’s success in controlling disease is due to its acceptance of surveillance

Source: The Conversation by Jung Won Sonn South Korea has been widely praised for its management of the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. The focus has largely been on South Korea’s enormous virus testing programme. What hasn’t been so widely reported is the country’s heavy use of surveillance technology, notably CCTV [ »» ]