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  • I was listening to an interview with the Surgeon General and he was asked about long covid. He said we do not know enough about it yet. But he said the data suggests that the more severe case of covid one has, the more likely to end up with some form of long covid. Data also suggests that vaccination does lower risk of…
  • I don't know if there's a sciencey answer to that question, but I think it's typically used in this sort of classification as not a young adult but not a senior. Or sometimes with women I think it assumes the upper cutoff is menopausal. So in my head it's 30ish to 60ish. Which is probably not helpful to you :lol: ETA:…
  • Interesting, thanks. I've heard some researchers theorizing that long covid will turn out to be an autoimmune disorder based on the symptoms sounding so much like what patients trying to get a diagnosis for lupus or RA etc often present with. And autoimmune disorders are most common in middle aged women. So I wonder if it…
  • Forgot to add - as more real-world data continues to come in, J&J is showing itself to be quite effective. More proof the early panic about the probably misunderstood early data was unwarranted.
  • I will say I am way more cognizant of strangers breathing on me now :lol: I never really liked crowded places and now I like them even less. I have been checking the CDC link I see was already posted here. The county I live in is low, the county I work in is medium. If I go in someplace reasonably crowded I still mask, but…
  • But there are also experienced infectious disease specialists who agree with Anne's point about a continuum of risk. And the studies theyve been doing since the pandemic show that while your percentage chance of getting infected is smallest with a well-fitted N95, other masks do afford at least some improvement. Don't get…
  • There are still 2000 Americans dying daily. I get that many people will want to lose the masks when #s go down, but as long as so many people are unvaccinated, and global vaccination is so unequal, I would expect we may continue to have to consider going back into protocols when a new spike develops from a new variant. I…
  • The inflation is global, so I don't think you can say its "mostly" due to relief payments. The global economy contracted suddenly and dramatically due to the pandemic. We were guaranteed to see sharp inflation once people's behavior started to return to normal - going out to eat, drink, concerts, sports. Back to buying gas…
  • I don't remember where I read this so please take it with a grain of salt, but I heard they were prioritizing shipping to zip codes with high rates of spread. Here in central VA even our spikes are not very high, and I haven't heard anything since I got my order confirmation on the day the program opened.
  • Thanks :smile: With the time I've put into studying virus related science the last couple of years, I should print myself out an honorary degree lol!
  • I'm in central VA and usually have no grocery issues honestly. There have been a couple of days I've walked into Food Lion and there's tons of empty shelves and my assumption has been that they were short staffed and hadn't been able to pack out their deliveries yet. I know my parents have had problems finding roasting…
  • Unfortunately the media has become obsessed with the idea of "waning antibodies" leading to public outcry for more boosters to keep antibodies high. Virologists say that it is perfectly normal for antibody levels to drop several months after vaccination, what's important is that your immune system develops T-cells to…
  • Wanted to second this. Search results on the Android app do not show the brand name on the entry, you'd have to click on each one to try to find the right brand.
  • The new company I work for has been very responsible, so when they were having a holiday luncheon at a fancy restaurant, I felt confident attending. Oy vey. 40 of us were crammed around two tables in a closed small room. I should've left but was worried how it would look as a new employee. Luckily most if not all employees…
  • Remember that bear week celebration in Massachusetts over the summer where so many vaxxed people got Delta and everyone said that meant vaxxed people weren't protected? It turned out that while it's not 100%, the vaccines are preventing many infections. And no one knows why that super spreader happened.
  • I would respectfully disagree that deaths are politically unacceptable, at least here in the US, I'm sorry to say. I know more people than I care to admit who say that they are tired of masks and restrictions and we should just accept that a few thousand people will die every yr from covid just like they do from flu. I…
  • Towards the end of this TWIV epi, something came up that's been kind of discussed here before so I thought I'd mention it. Dr Alan Dove (a microbiologist) said that he doesn't think the endgame is contant boosters. Considering the history of other coronaviruses he thinks that in a well-vaccinated community, new variants…
  • So I just listened to the first half of today's TWIV epi titled "OMG Omicron". They are disappointed by all the hysteria in the media and social media. There is not enough data to say anything conclusive, but at first glance they see nothing to suggest vaxxed people will not be protected. Studies are currently looking at…
  • Most of the virologists I follow are leaning towards vaxxed and boosted folks not having to worry (probably even just vaxxed), but it will take another couple of weeks to get enough lab data and real world data to know what's what.
  • Thanks! I'll watch it tonite :smiley:
  • I think the worst misinformation out there, which is repeated by lots of doctors of other specialties in the media unfortunately, is that everything is about the antibodies. And virologists are just flummoxed by how the development of memory cells is just completely ignored, when that's really what long term immunity is…
  • The following is just my summary of what I read this afternoon from virologists/epidemiologists I follow on twitter and FB, so please feel free to take it with a grain of salt! Don't know if/how much omicron might evade vaccines. Remember that vaccine protection is not all or nothing. At most, it would just make vaxxed…
  • The South African Health Minister says the vast majority of hospitalizations are still unvaxxed. There has been very slow uptake of vaccines in SA and surrounding countries. Said there is no data to suggest the new variant evades vaccine protection. That was a worry based on the number and placement of the mutations found…
  • While there are lots of scary articles about the south African variant, they are based on very limited data. Most of the pros I follow on social media are saying that while this is concerning, other variants have been concerning and turned out to not be a problem. From what I understand, any new variant has to be more…
  • I got the J&J in April. It kind of kicked my butt for a second. I had a fever, chills, and body aches by dinnertime, didn't get much sleep, but felt better the next morning. I just got Pfizer on Friday. Felt fine other than a sore arm that day. Woke up Saturday kind of achy and tired like I was coming down with something,…
  • Ok, I'm convinced someone involved in TWIV reads this thread :lol: . A link was posted here several days ago to a YT video where a "doctor" discussed a Swedish study that cautioned that the spike protein in covid-19 and the mRNA vaccines inhibits dna repair in cells, and the video suggested widespread vaccination could…
  • My impression, which relies on my memory and attention span lol, is that they are unsure whether folks who aren't high risk need a third shot. They def agree with what you heard, but aren't sure blocking booster access would help get more shots to other places. It sounds to me like they think that if everyone had two…
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