CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –24/2022
The Coronavirus Will Surprise Us Again (From THE ATLANTIC)
(J. Harris: THIS IS THE BEST VARIANT /PREDICTIVE AND READABLE ARTICLE THAT I HAVE READ.)
The virus’s genome is 30,000 letters long, which means that the number of possible mutation combinations is mind-bogglingly huge. …that number far, far exceeds the number of atoms in the known universe….What we can say is that the overwhelming majority of mutations will make a virus less fit (valleys) or have no effect at all (ridges), but a very small proportion will be peaks. We don’t know how high those peaks are or exactly how frequently they appear. When Delta took over the world, it seemed like it would sweep all other lineages away. “I would have for sure thought the next variant was going to come from Delta,” says Katia Koelle, a biologist at Emory University. Then Omicron popped up on a distant peak, in a direction no one had thought to look….Unlike other pathogens that have been criss-crossing the fitness landscape in humans for a very long time, the coronavirus has only just gotten started….”
SCROLL DOWN ABOUT A HALF PAGE on that site AND CLICK ON “SITUATION REPORTS.” FEB 3 IS LOADED.
(J. Harris: Readable; talks about immunogenetics which is a term we’ll be hearing more often.)
”…About 76 percent of people in Austria are now fully vaccinated. Even so, a new surge that began in late December has sent new cases soaring to record levels; the daily average has nearly doubled in the past two weeks….In neighboring Germany, where about one in three people are not considered to be fully vaccinated, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has announced plans for a general vaccine mandate, and the country is slated to introduce one next month for health care workers and residents of nursing homes and care facilities. Italy now requires nearly everyone over 50 to be vaccinated; Greece has a similar rule for residents over 60…
AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:
ENGLISH IS SOMETIMES WEIRD: “The bandage was wound around the wound.”
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