August 25, 2020
VACCINE 101 (WITH THANKS TO NYT AND ARTICLE WRITTEN BY TWO DOCTORS WHO ARE VACCINE EXPERTS)( Adam Finn and Richard Malley
Dr. Finn and Dr. Malley are physicians specializing in infectious diseases and vaccinology.1. START HERE: What is a vaccine, and how do vaccines work? (You might show this one to your children)
2. THEN GO HERE: Are We Looking for the Wrong Coronavirus Vaccines? “When does contagiousness peak in whom and why? And can vaccines modify any of that?
The best vaccines don’t just protect the inoculated from getting sick from a disease, they also protect everyone else from even contracting the pathogen that causes that disease…’
3. NOW WATCH THIS BASIC BUT WORTHWHILE UTUBE: HOW VACCINES PROTECT
4. SUMMARY: “Given the communitywide benefits of accomplishing that, especially in a pandemic, current vaccine-development efforts should prioritize finding vaccines that limit the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.” (J. Harris So, the best vaccine is one that will prevent an exposed patient from getting the disease and also render any viruses he may be carrying less capable of infecting other people. Remember, he was vaccinated, and he didn’t get sick; but he was exposed and may well be carrying and shedding and spreading the virus — but our new and ideal vaccine has castrated the virus and it won’t make other people sick either).
5. Eight vaccine candidates are undergoing large-scale efficacy tests, so-called Phase 3 trials, and results are expected by the end of this year or early 2021.
(J. Harris: Harrison County is about the same for the last three weeks, despite local testing and schools starting. Good. If we are able to keep the schools open, the winter might not be so bad. Get your FLU shot).
COVID-19 Is Transmitted Through Aerosols. We Have Enough Evidence, Now It Is Time to Act (J. Harris: A certain Norweigan housekeeper/cook found this; an aerosol is like smoke in a room and it can be breathed and rebreathed for a prolonged period. Outdoors is safer.)
Somebody stole all my lamps. I couldn’t be more de-lighted!
What’s the best way to carve wood? Whittle by whittle.
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