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2 months ago
Nolondil
The Brits have coined a new word for their local fools, and I think it applies to ours as well... "Covidiot" (or should it be "co-vidiot" since they work in groups?)
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
No, just a nerd who reads too much about everything. :D
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2 months ago
Nolondil
Well, exhaustion does affect the immune system. But, my god, a woman who worked at one of those wet markets? She would be riddled with far more than one virus. She, and the doctor, probably died of multiple secondary infections. That's what happens to many people who die "of" this virus, you know. Mostly secondary pneumonia. But for someone who was actually at one of these markets al
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
You did notice that it was the stock market tanking that convinced Trump something needed to be done? Not that anything he has done is going to help that, since investors in general are cowards. If they aren't going to get more money, next week, next quarter, they want out. Warren Buffet is the only major exception I can think of. Watch, he will come out of this even richer. Again. He bought up a
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
I don't have the link, but according to some genetic studies that have been conducted so far, they think it is very new. Like, November of last year. And it doesn't seem to be mutating very much yet in humans. SO a vaccine should be effective. Just need to get it developed and deployed.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
This variation would be down to the related strains that I was talking about. The world-wide circulation of micro-biomes has been a thing since the rise of civilian air travel. The 1950s or so? Certainly by the 1960s. But in the 1980s China began to open up and the possibility for these "wet market" brews getting out of their local points of origin really ramped up. Until the recent shu
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
That's very good to hear. I was afraid it might be too contagious to be controlled by anything less than the Chinese-style confinement to homes and delivering food to people by moon-suit-wearing teams. So, either March 4th or March 11th would be the date to measure the change from. Quote On 4 March, the Italian government ordered the full closure of all schools and universities nationwide
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Most likely it would take a trained doctor to properly tell the difference, but the one thing I've been hearing is the tendency for a dry cough rather than the congestion typical of the flu. Even cases of the flu are not identical of course. It was the over-all trend of differing symptoms that was noticed by the doctor in Wuhan who was then pressured by his local government. And then he caught an
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
You are confused again. This virus produces different symptoms than influenza. The early stages might be mistaken for developing flu, since respiratory infections have things in common, but it is clearly different. There are many "things going around" all the time, it's true. But this produces a clearly identifiable syndrome.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Huh? Developing tests made it contagious? You've got cause and effect confused. As large numbers of people started getting sick, there was an alarm raised and the effort was made to develop the tests.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Because the current virus is very contagious?
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
As I already pointed out in another thread, it was probably a relative not the current virus. If it were as contagious as the current virus, it would have spread and we'd have had this crisis much earlier.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
73. mispost
n/t
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
If it were the same identical virus, it would have spread since no one was taking precautions yet. It was probably a close relative. We have to remember that the world of micro-organisms is very busy all the time. New things are constantly evolving at much higher rates than the larger animals and plants that we can see. We only take notice of these changes when something affects us directly. I
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
It's not really cities that are the problem. It's gigantic international supply chains. We literally cannot close our borders properly because too many things we need have to come from abroad. Casual travel can be stopped, but large quantities of freight have to move around the world constantly to keep even our basic infrastructure working. Did you know that nearly all plumbing fixtures are now m
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
2 months ago
Nolondil
Wilson didn't flub a response to the 1918 flu pandemic. There was no technology available to either contain or control it. So he could not have had any perceived responsibility relative to that event. Things are different for Trump.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Robert De Niro has stated a pretty clear desire to go a few rounds with Trump. I think that would be a better fight.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
People keep comparing this to the flu. It's not the flu. It's a completely new disease, meaning there is no existing immunity, and so it will infect nearly anyone exposed to it. And it has unpredictable effects, especially for the elderly. It takes some really willful refusal to think for this whinging to continue about the relative numbers. If you see a fire in your kitchen, will you scoff that
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
No, the election isn't until November. We have no reason to think this will still be going on in November. Even if it's going to settle down in the warmer weather and return in the fall like the flu (this is far from certain, it's just a speculation) the election can be held before it really gets going again. The state of Ohio did delay its primary elections, though. Until June 2, and you can use
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
"More" important? It doesn't look like one or the other has higher priority for the panicked populace. We've had exactly parallel runs on toilet paper and Ramen noodles here. Both are completely gone from all the stores. I guess people think that Ramen noodles are a good survival food or something? Canned foods are also disappearing pretty fast, but at least some can still be found.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Greed seems to know no limits. SoftBank Owned Patent Troll, Using Monkey Selfie Law Firm, Sues To Block Covid-19 Testing, Using Theranos Patents Quote Honestly, I wasn't sure how to begin this story or how to fit all the insanity into the title. It's a story involving patents, patent trolling, Covid-19, Theranos, and even the company that brought us all WeWork: SoftBank. Oh, and also Irell
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
And it's relatively cheap, at least right now. About $5 a dose. As word gets out that this is an effective treatment expect someone to try to corner the market.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
This virus pandemic is not a threat to young people, it's a threat to old people... So, don't spread it!
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
As the article says, loss of integrity of DNA, corruption essentially, is the cause of many major health problems, like cancer. If this can be turned into a therapy, many degenerative diseases currently untreatable in any practical sense may become treatable. Quote Scientists have developed a technique for repairing damaged DNA. The breakthrough, published this week in the journal Nature C
Forum: Science & Space
2 months ago
Nolondil
There is a serious outstanding question about how long it can linger in the air. Aerosol transmission -- people sneezing -- is not nearly as dangerous as airborne transmission -- drifting dry particles can linger for hours or days and cover surprising distances. Measles is an airborne virus, incredibly contagious. Smallpox was (and is, if it gets loose again) incredibly contagious. People walking
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Whatever the reason is, it's hilarious. This is apparently universal. Everywhere, from China, Korea, and Singapore to Australia, India, Europe and the US. People run out and buy a bunch of toilet paper when they sense a crisis.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
The program that is displaying these messages to us counts whenever someone loads the page with a given message on it, and increments a counter. Not difficult at all with computers. :)
Forum: Misc.
2 months ago
Nolondil
Notice how the big stores like Walmart have removed doors from their bathrooms? You have to walk through a zig-zag when entering or leaving the main restrooms.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Quote Epidemiologist Elodie Ghedin was on NBC and she essentially said this virus will mutate, as all viruses do, becoming an annual FLU Any virus might mutate. The rate at which they mutate varies quite a lot. Some, like the (in)famous influenza, mutate fairly quickly and so we need a new vaccine every year. Others, like measles, don't mutate very fast from year to year and we can get one
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Social distancing is a bit difficult on commercial airline flights where the entire air content of the cabin is recirculated many times an hour. I think anyone who has been traveling internationally will have been exposed by now.
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