August 7, 2020

to Ron

Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die
(J. Harris: Wonderfull article about immunology and COVID. It’s easy to understand and explains much of what is going on with the disease. If you don’t read anything else this weekend, you might want to read this article).


Effective Reproduction Rate ·

Rt is now 1.10. 

If this rate continues to climb back up, it will be difficult to open schools anytime soon. 
A Mississippi town welcomed students back to school last week. Now 116 are home in quarantine.

From Johns Hopkins1. 

Back-to-School Photo Shows Unmasked Students Crowding Shoulder-to-Shoulder in Georgia(USA Today) Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder. 


UT-Austin will test 5,000 people a week for coronavirus and cover out-of-pocket costs for students

COVID-19 spread in the UK: the end of the beginning?
“…..In the UK, lockdown measures were put in place some weeks too late to alleviate the rapid spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). For all epidemics, the earlier the measures are put in place to restrict transmission, the smaller the total size of the epidemic and the concomitant morbidity and mortality. By the end of April, 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK showed signs of suppression as daily reports of cases began to enter a slow decline. The UK Government’s delay in implementing physical distancing measures centred on how long the population would tolerate strict lockdown measures and on an ill-defined and dangerous notion of the creation of herd immunity by natural infection. This delay resulted in the UK having one of the largest epidemics of any country at this stage of the pandemic, when judged both by cases per head of population and mortality per case of infection.”…..The apparent changes in people’s behaviour triggered by a relaxation of the lockdown measures suggest there could be a resurgence in COVID-19 cases sooner than the expected rise later this year.4 The next weeks will be crucial in judging if there will be a second wave in August and September, 2020. In many countries where lockdown measures were relaxed early, such as the USA, parts of Australia, and some countries in western mainland Europe, resurgence of cases has been recorded.

He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.

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