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.