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A Head Full of Coronavirus Research, Part 60

By November 18, 2020Commentary

SPECIAL ALERT:  The Danish mask study results will be revealed today, as soon as I get the study results I will post on them.

I don’t know how any politician in good conscience can keep kowtowing to the teachers’ unions and engage in the pretense of “distance learning”.  We are truly destroying many of our children’s futures.  Right here in my home state, in the city of St. Paul, 40% of high schoolers are failing and generally have just checked out.  This is inexcusable and disgraceful.  Teachers, administrators and school board members who support this farce should be run through town and stoned.  And of course, what group gets hurt the worst, as usual, minorities and low-income kids.  (St. Paul Story)

Another piece of research that supports my suggestion that this virus is sneakily transmissible.  (JID Paper)  Air was sampled in a CV-19 patient’s hospital room in Florida to determine if CV-19 was airborne.  Viable virus in somewhat low concentrations was found in the area of the patient.  Air checked after flowing through a HEPA filter found no viable virus.  The research indicates that the virus is airborne and can survive for at least some time even in hospital rooms.

Belarus is another country that like Sweden has bucked the trend in addressing the epidemic, although Belarus gets far less attention and Sweden has made noises about cracking down more.  This article in the British Medical Journal discusses the Belarus experience.  (BMJ Article)   According to the story, the country, which has a very low death rate, has a lot of hospital beds and tested and isolated many people early on.  The country also has a very low LTC population.  But what the article de-emphasizes or avoids telling us is that Belarus has not locked down, doesn’t force people to wear masks and pretty much has let people do what they want.

Okay, this is kind of interesting and may explain why Asians may be less susceptible to CV-19, although it isn’t clear how much less severe the epidemic has actually been in China, for example.  Serious virus attacks on a human population leave a genetic record of their impact.  Scientists sought to find some history of the human interaction with coronaviruses by sequencing and trend analysis of Asian genomes.  (Medrxiv Paper)  The results suggest that humans have been dealing with some form of these viruses for at least 25,000 years.   This is a fascinating paper.

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  • Ellen says:

    I really think the voter fraud at the local level has been going on for decades. As for the school boards, I have a hypothesis that the teacher unions are funding the campaign funds of their people; most people don’t have that kind of money. One or two people representing us on commissions and school boards does them no harm. One reason I think this is because they are elected over and over despite thumbing their noses at the will of the people. Here’s an example of a school board instructing parents, teachers, and students to accept a girl using the boys’ locker room. For us this is local. When our daughter was attending a technical school, those in charge instructed a man who still looked very much like a man but who was transitioning to be a woman) to use the ladies’ restroom; they didn’t have him use the staff restroom. When I called to ask about it, they ended up calling our daughter out of class two times and telling her it was her problem. Later a school board member called the school and the CEO told her he didn’t know anything about the man being told to use the ladies’ restroom. Nuts. Girls and boys are not allowed to have sensibilities. Now girls and boys not allowed to have their faces uncovered; punished if they do not wear their masks “properly.”

  • Ellen says:

    Looking forward to Danish mask study. Shouldn’t the specific virus that has been the subject of the past year have evolved into something else by now?

    • Kevin Roche says:

      mutations happen constantly in viruses but they only become widespread if they confer some advantage on the virus. so far that does not appear to be happening and it is pretty much the same strain as at the start.

    • Ellen says:

      How do they know anything about the “strains” since the PCR test is so inconclusive and not intended for this, according to Kary Mullis?

    • Kevin Roche says:

      PCR tests are used to determine infection, dna sequencing machines are used to identify what the sequence of the virus genome is and how it is changing. Two different things

    • Ellen says:

      I thought PCR tests just indicate the presence pieces of the virus, but not an indication of infection, because there needs to be a great enough viral load for a person to be infected, and a great enough viral load for a the virus to be contagious. re Kary Mullis —

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