Some of you may have noticed that I printed the same chart twice yesterday. Did this represent sloppy proofreading or unnecessary haste?
NO. It was for those readers with double vision. One day soon, I’ll have no charts should might make my blind readers more comfortable.
(J. Harris: No BA.2 mention.)
FROM HOPKINS :
1. How Long Covid Exhausts the Body from the NYT, a “must read.”
2. More Contagious Version of Omicron Spreads in U.S., Fueling Worries (NPR) As the omicron surge continues to decline in the U.S., infectious disease experts are keeping a close eye on an even more contagious version of the variant that could once again foil the nation’s hopes of getting back to normal. The virus, known as BA.2, is a strain of the highly contagious omicron variant that appears to spread even more easily — about 30% more easily. Because BA.2 quickly overtook the original omicron in South Africa and other countries and has even caused a second omicron surge in Denmark, researchers have been bracing for the same thing to happen in the U.S.
(J. Harris: I guess this makes my angst about BA.2 officially allowable.)
AN ANIMAL/COVID ARTICLE FROM THE NYT:
”Experts say there is no need to panic, and emphasize that animals are not to blame. “Really, humans are infecting the animals, and now animals are sick and some of them are dying…”
(J. Harris: I can’t summarize this article. If interested, it should be read.)
”…the recent studies suggest that in most people, the immunity gained from infection or vaccination will hold up for a long while. Even if mutations in new variants change some of the viral regions that T cells recognize, there would still be enough others to maintain a reasonably strong immune response,…
One big unknown is how slowly the T cells may decline, and whether two doses of vaccine can create a long-lasting response, or if instead people would need three — as some experts have suggested — to cement immune memory…”
(J. Harris: This article is reassuring for those who have had 3 jabs.)
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