J. Harris: I didn’t realize the grocery store was as dangerous as this article says it is. 


1. New Diabetes Cases Linked to Covid-19 (Washington Post) Researchers don’t understand exactly how the disease might trigger Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, or whether the cases are temporary or permanent. But 14 percent of those with severe covid-19 developed a form of the disorder, one analysis found.

2. A Fast, At-home Coronavirus Test Will be Available to Americans This Year (Washington Post) The White House announced Monday it is buying 8.5 million rapid coronavirus tests that can be taken at home without a prescription and that yield immediate results. The $231.8 million contract will allow the Australian company Ellume, which manufacturers the tests, to quickly scale up its production and create a manufacturing facility in the United States. Once running, that factory will be able to produce 19 million tests per month.

How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells

(J. Harris: A wonderful illustrative work by the NYT from March 2020. I missed it. It simplifies RNA and makes antiRNA vaccines more understandable. It also makes the first Hopkins suggested article below understandable.)

More Hopkins Suggestions:

1. How to Redesign COVID Vaccines so They Protect Against Variants (Nature) As evidence grows that new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can evade immunity produced by vaccines or previous infections, scientists are exploring the idea of redesigning the vaccines currently being rolled out worldwide. Researchers are still debating whether the new variants could undercut the effectiveness of these first-generation COVID-19 vaccines. But some vaccine developers are charging forward with plans to update their shots so that they could better target the emerging variants, such as those identified in South Africa and Brazil. Researchers are also considering the possibility that vaccines against the coronavirus might have to be updated periodically, as they are for influenza.

2. CDC Requires Wearing of Face Masks While on Public Transportation and at Transportation Hubs As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in the United States, CDC is implementing provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel and will require the wearing of masks by all travelers into, within, or out of the United States, e.g., on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares. The mask requirement also applies to travelers in US transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus, and subway stations; and any other areas that provide transportation. (CDC, 1/30/2021)

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: January 2021

(J. Harris: Kaiser polls extensive evaluation of the characteristics of various groups of US residents regarding willingness to take Covid Vaccines and why or why not.)


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