July 31, 2020
FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS. I REALLY LIKE IKE!
Remember this name: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
How are we getting vaccines and treatment programs rolling so quickly? Read this article. It sounds good to me, and maybe, just maybe, our Defense Department has quietly been doing some excellent work — for years. President Eisenhower started the agency. Do read this article. “…DARPA’s story is a counterexample of U.S. government foresight, one that began more than a decade ago with the aim of finding super-fast ways to protect American troops if they were to confront a deadly new virus in the field.”How a secretive Pentagon agency seeded the ground for a rapid coronavirus cure
FROM THE ATLANTIC:
Here’s what one expert told Zeynep Tufekci, for her new piece on airborne transmission:
Saskia Popescu, an infectious-disease epidemiologist, emphasized to me that we should not call these “super-spreaders,” referring only to the people, but “super-spreader events,” because they seem to occur in very particular settings—an important clue. … The super-spreader–event triad seems to rely on three V’s: venue, ventilation, and vocalization. Most super-spreader events occur at an indoor venue, especially a poorly ventilated one (meaning air is not being exchanged, diluted, or filtered), where lots of people are talking, chanting, or singing.
Harrison County reports 7 new cases for Thursday. Lgv has 20. Tyler has 41.
The Texas Rt is still <1 and is .91 today.
Hopefully, I did this chart correctly today:
Unfortunately, the Counties that I’ve been following all continue to show increasing cases /1000 population. There is more testing being done now, but the hospitals are crowded. However, locally, we’re treading water and keeping our heads afloat. Our problem is LOCAL. We must be doing something right. Let’s keep it up and protect each other and our home. We can protect everyone —including the old folks and especially the children.
A Genetic Basis for Severe COVID-19 Discovered
J. Harris: This explains the recent JAMA article that explained how some folks got sicker than others. I did not read nor do I understand this article but I reverence it to demonstrate the complexity of modern genetics. Charles Darwin would be impressed. If only he’d had a computer.
This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I’d swear I’ve never met herbivore.
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