CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 06/09/2021

THREE ARTICLES FROM HEALTH, which is a readable civilian magazine

with some timely stories. It is owned by The Meredith Health Group, and I can’t tell if they are selling anything other than the magazines:

1. What Is ‘Vaccine Shedding’? Why There’s Absolutely Zero Chance of Viral Shedding From the COVID-19 Vaccine

2. Can Your Employer Require You to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

YES!

3. Post-Pandemic Anxiety Is a Real Issue—Here’s How to Get More Comfortable During Re-Openings

HOPKINS CITATIONS

1 Six Months of COVID Vaccines: What 1.7 Billion Doses have Taught Scientists (Nature) Nature looks at what lessons have emerged during the first six months of COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as what questions still linger. Overall, the vaccine results have been extremely promising — even better than many had hoped — but researchers have concerns about emerging variants and the potential for immune responses to wane.

2. Antibody-laden Nasal Spray Could Provide COVID Protection — and Treatment (Nature) Since the early days of the pandemic, scientists have been developing antibodies as treatments for COVID-19. Today, several such antibodies are in late-stage clinical trials, and a handful have been approved for emergency use by regulatory agencies in the United States and elsewhere. A nasal spritz of a designer antibody offers strong protection against variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 — at least in mice. (J. Harris: a repeat, sort of.)

FROM BECKER CITATIONS:

Third of teens hospitalized for COVID-19 need ICU care; CDC chief urges youth to get vaccinated

We’re expendable’: Michigan nurses say PPE still stretched thin, staffing shortages affecting care

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 06/07/2021

J. Harris: Not charted — Cases/100,000 pop. are still up in LA which is another good reason to stay in Texas.

DELTA VARIANT CAUSES NEW COVID CASES IN BRITAIN

“…In Britain, the spread of a new, highly contagious variant first detected in India has scrambled calculations just as the country planned to return to something more like prepandemic life on June 21…“The British are worrying more than any other country,” said Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London. “We seem to be much more receptive to the doomsday scenarios than they are in the U.S.”…A top scientific adviser to the British government estimated on Friday that the DELTA variant was roughly 60 percent more contagious than the earlier one from Britain. Health officials also warned that cases caused by the Delta variant might lead to a higher risk of hospitalization, though it was too early to say for certain….Since the Delta variant arrived in Britain in March, it has rapidly outspread other versions of the virus including the very contagious variant first identified in Britain [ALPHA], that contributed to deadly waves around the world this winter. That, in turn, has created localized outbreaks that have nudged Covid cases up.”

(J. Harris: Woops. So how effective are the vaccines against this Delta Covid virus? We need to find out now, before we are deluged with the variant by mutant infecting all of our unvaccinated folks.)

When will you need a Covid-19 booster shot?

“…Scientists have already found that vaccines using different technologies can vary in their effectiveness. The strongest vaccines include Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, both of which are based on RNA molecules. Vaccines relying on inactivated viruses, such as those made by Sinopharm in China and Bharat Biotech in India, have proved somewhat less effective… But at this point, scientists still have only a smattering of clues about how existing vaccines work against different variants.

(J. Harris: There are several other timely Covid summaries in today’s NYT — as usual)

COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in the US, 2020

“Conclusions and Relevance:  In this cross-sectional study of US local COVID-19 surveillance data, testing named contacts was a high-yield activity for case finding. However, this assessment suggests that contact tracing had suboptimal impact on SARS-CoV-2 transmission, largely because 2 of 3 cases were either not reached for interview or named no contacts when interviewed. These findings are relevant to decisions regarding the allocation of public health resources among the various prevention strategies and for the prioritization of case investigations and contact tracing efforts.”

Could Statins Do More Than Lower Cholesterol in Patients With COVID-19?

(J. Harris: Probably not, (“but not stop taking if you are on them, or start taking if you are not”)

National Nurses United ‘outraged’ over CDC’s rolled-back mask guidance

(J. Harris: It is hard to disagree with the troops in the trenches.)

Eased mask mandates haven’t fueled new COVID-19 cases, early data shows

(J. Harris: For vaccinated people not in a hospital or unsafe environment — however the wildcard remains the variants and the millions of Americans who are not vaccinated and the travelers.)

Scientists may have found a new coronavirus rapid-testing method: Bees

CURRENT AREA VACCINE INFORMATION:

(J. Harris: The above is a photo which I hope you can magnify.0

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LAST BUT NOT LEASED: “A TRUE STORY “

Conjoined twins walk into a bar in Canada and park themselves on a couple of bar stools.

  One of them says to the bartender, “Don’t mind us; we’re joined at the hip. I’m John, he’s Jim. Two Molson beers, draft please.”

The bartender, feeling slightly awkward, tries to make polite conversation while pouring the beers. “It’s been a tough year, and I’m glad that travel restrictions are loosening up.  Been on vacation yet, fellas?”

 “  Off to England next month,” says John. “We go to England every year, rent a car, and drive for days and days in the countryside, don’t we, Jim?”

  Jim nods.

   “Ah, England!” says the bartender. “Wonderful country…the history, the culture, and especially the beer.”

“Nah, we don’t like that British crap,” says John. “Hamburgers and Molson’s beer, that’s for us, eh Jim? And we can’t stand the English people, they’re so arrogant and rude.”

“So why keep going to England?” asks the bartender.

John replies: “Gives Jim a chance to drive…”

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The Bible

The Bible

By George Smith

We all know that the Bible can be used to inspire, excite, motivate, punish and/or shame. Subjective  scripture-pulling is as old as the scriptures; just because it’s a common practice doesn’t make it right.

Controversial topics — from capital punishment to immigration to homosexuality — have pro and con arguments supposedly linked to scriptures in the Old and New testaments or lack thereof.

Some folks love beating gay rights activists with Old Testament scripture, ignoring the fact Jesus was on Earth 33 years and never once addressed the issue. They are afraid to mention the earliest drafts of certain books of the Bible which mentioned same-sex relationships, condemning only sex between adults  and children, never consensual adults. (Check it out. I did.)

These are the same folks who use the Second Amendment to advocate for the right to carry any weapon anywhere, but conveniently forget the key phrase “well-regulated militia” is part of that  amendment.

The Bible is an inspirational book, no doubt. But there are parts of it that have been altered/rewritten numerous times and human prejudices and biases are evident .

Some parts of the Bible are simply ignored.  When’s the  last time you heard a sermon about Sarah and her arranging a sexual encounter between a servant and her husband? Or King David had an affair with a married woman, impregnated her and sent her husband to his death in battle?

The Bible has numerous scriptures that would be supermarket tabloid headlines  if the events happened today.

The Hunter Biden and Matt Gaetz stories would not even be in the first 6-7 pages of The Globe or National Enquirer if in competition with Bible scandals.

In other words, folks believe what they want to believe and ignore truths (or twist the facts) to suit their personal argument.

Ignorance is no excuse when your stance on an issue  infringes on the rights of others. And it makes no difference where your beliefs come from, including political philosophies or pundits, charismatic politician figures or the Bible.

Like the edict of doctors, all folks with opinions should, first, take an oath to “do no harm”.

George S. Smith

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Texas First District Rep. Louis Gohmert

 Texas First District Rep. Louis Gohmert

By George Smith

Listen up, supporters of Texas First District Rep. Louis Gohmert! 

I am not saying this man is stupid. No, not stupid. He is a lawyer, former judge and street-smart enough to convince voters that he has their best interests at heart AND that he is a force to be reckoned with in the unhallowed halls of Congress.

Truth time: He is an ignorant, slobber-

jawed, lie-spouter who is an embarrassment to himself and everybody who votes for him.

But he’s not stupid. What he is is gullible, inane, short-sighted, pointless, insensate, irrelevant, nonsensical, puerile, laughable, naive and obtuse.

And, indiscreet, moronic, trivial, imbecilic, deficient, unthinking, witless, doltish, stolid, mush-headed, dense and dopey.

Oh, but his supporters say, he is in touch with his constituents and looks after their best interests.

To that, I say, set your expectations higher that having a congressional representative that is ridiculed as one of the Capitol’s Top 3 Dumbest Elected Officials.

Voters, it’s not enough for you that your representative is still playing Follow the Leader with Ex-Twice Impeached President Trump, right? Or that he is not interested in supporting a congressional investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol?

How ridiculous is Gohmert? Here’s a manly quote from him about the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt:

“The overwhelming number of people caught up in this ‘unprecedented’ investigation … they’re actually nonviolent, peaceful Americans,” Gohmert said. “Their only crime was supporting Donald Trump and concern about the fraud Democrats have been telling us about in elections for many years.”

Or this quote after the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting by James Holmes:

Gohmert wasn’t concerned about, say, mental health issues, or some form of social trigger — but, rather, that he didn’t have the appropriate fear of a vengeful, unforgiving God: “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place. … We’ve threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God’s name, they’re going to be jailed … I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.”

And don’t forget about his unhinged hangup on “anchor babies”.

Gohmert is convinced, all evidence otherwise, that there are terrorist organizations — somewhere, somehow — concocting schemes to send their pregnant Black Widows to our American shores, spawning natural-born terrorists, and then using them and their US Citizenship Cards, decades on, to decimate the land we call home: “[The children] could be raised and coddled as future terrorists [and] twenty, thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life.

Gohmert is a fungus that is creating an untenable perception about the voters of Texas First District. A vote for Gohmert is a vote for legalized lunacy.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 06/04/2021

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 06/04/2021

I am trying to decrease the frequency and length of my mailouts, but, even with my efforts to keep charts local and articles pertinent — with material not widely available on TV and area newspapers — I still find myself reading about Covid and finding article here and there that are too good to pass up. You will not hurt my feelings if you are tired of reading the mailouts, and you won’t go to hell if you skip right to the jokes. Have a nice weekend. J. Harris

From the NYT 3 June:

Canada will soon allow vaccine mixing for second doses.

“…Facing vaccine shortages, Canada’s immunization advisory body is recommending that some Canadians follow up their AstraZeneca shots with a different vaccine on the second dose.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization said on Tuesday that people who had received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine could be given either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines as their second dose. It also said that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could be used interchangeably, although it recommended sticking with a single brand when possible.

“…The advisory panel said that its recommendation followed similar advice from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain and Sweden. Several studies have shown that mixing vaccines is safe and effective, the committee said.

(J. Harris: It will be interesting to see studies comparing efficiency as well as postvaccine antibody levels using this “mix and match” strategy.

From Hopkins Citations:

1. U.S. Agency Says Employers Can Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination (Reuters) U.S. companies can mandate that employees in a workplace must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said on Friday. The EEOC, in a statement posted on its website explaining its updated guidance, said employees can be required to be vaccinated as long as employers comply with the reasonable accommodation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws.

2. Over 100 Staff Sue Houston Methodist Over COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement (The Hill) More than 100 employees at Houston Methodist Hospital sued the hospital over its requirement for staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The complaint filed by 117 employees alleges that they are illegally being required to get vaccinated, according to The Washington Post. The plaintiffs allege that the hospital is “forcing its employees to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition for continued employment,” according to the newspaper. The suit comes as a June 7 deadline approaches for the staffers to get vaccinated under Houston Methodist’s new policy.

3. Singapore Warns Children Susceptible to Virus Variants, Shuts Schools (Reuters) Singapore warned on Sunday that the new coronavirus variants, such as the one first detected in India, were affecting more children, as the city-state prepares to shut most schools from this week and draws up plans to vaccinate youngsters. All primary, secondary and junior colleges will shift to full home-based learning from Wednesday until the end of the school term on May 28. On Sunday, Singapore confirmed 38 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the highest daily number since mid-September, with 17 currently unlinked. The cases included four children linked to a cluster at a tuition centre.

Rice University will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID

MASSIVE TONGUE IS SOME COVID PATIENTS POST VENTILATOR (J. Harris: For reasons still unknown, most of these patients are Black.)

Nasal Delivery of an IgM Offers Broad Protection from SARS-CoV-2 Variants (Nature) Resistance represents a major challenge for antibody-based therapy for coronavirus disease 2019. Here we engineered an immunoglobulin M (IgM) neutralizing antibody (IgM-14) to overcome the resistance encountered by IgG-based therapeutics. IgM-14 potently neutralizes the resistant virus raised by its corresponding IgG-14, the newly emerged United Kingdom B.1.1.7, Brazilian P.1, and South African B.1.351 variants of concern (VOCs), and 21 other receptor-binding domain (RBD) mutants, many of which are resistant to the IgGs that have been authorized for emergency use. (J. Harris: From UT Med School at Houston)    

CDC director urges parents to vaccinate teens, noting increased hospitalization rates      Citing increased hospitalization rates of teenagers with covid-19 in March and April, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky urged parents to vaccinate their teens to protect them from an illness that can be severe even among young people…I am deeply concerned by the numbers of hospitalized adolescents and saddened to see the numbers of adolescents who required treatment in intensive care units or mechanical ventilation,” Walensky said in a statement that was released Friday alongside a new study looking at trends in hospitalization among adolescents with the disease…“Much of this suffering can be prevented,” Walensky added, urging “parents, relatives and close friends to join me and talk with teens” about the importance of prevention strategies and to encourage vaccination.  

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST:

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Josey Ranch – 54th Year of Barrel Racing and Calf Roping Schools


Instructors and Staff at Josey Ranch

By Ron Munden

In 1967, Martha and R.E. Josey  entered the world of education.  They provided barrel racing and calf roping instruction to 100 students.  On May 30, 2021 they welcomed 150 students  to Josey Ranch for the first class of the year.

For this class, the students came from 10 different states.  The students range in age from 5 years old to high school-aged students.  Most students stay in the boys and girls dorms located in two buildings on the property. 

Many parents stay for the week.  There is a large area on the ranch for RV parking. Some younger children stay with their parients.

During the opening meeting on Sunday, many members of the staff gave a brief bio. Many of the instructors, ranging in age from 30 to 50 years old, recalled first coming to Josey Ranch as a student when they were 7 or 8 years old.

When you are at the ranch you get the feeling you’re attending a family reunion. 

R.E. and Martha both have a list of awards much too long to list here.  What is even more important is how they relate to students.  They interact with each student as if that child is the only student on the ranch.

Many of the speakers on Sunday talked about the ranch being a “very special place.”

I agree with them.

On Saturday the week ends with a closing ceremony, barrel racing or roping In the main arena.  Martha encourages people from Marshall to come out Saturday, look around and enjoy the event.

The event starts at 1pm.  Josey Ranch is located at:  8623 SH 43 N.  Karnak Texas.

Just take Highway 43 toward Karnack and you can’t miss it.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 06/02/2021

Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants

(J. Harris: I fiddled with the WHO chart and tried to make it sensible — it sounds like Rush Week at good old State U.

This might be a good chart to keep?)

[The Washington Post] Anthony Fauci’s pandemic emails: ‘All is well despite some crazy people in this world’

(J. Harris: Some of Dr. Fauci’s emails.)

The Washington Post] The unseen covid-19 risk for unvaccinated people

(J. Harris: This is an understandable article that points out that Covid danger persists for the unvaccinated.)

India’s resurgence of COVID-19: urgent actions needed

(J. Harris: A call for Universal Health Care in India — a call which will be heard in many counties as the pandemic slows down)

CDC QUICK MASK REVIEW

And Last but Not Leased:

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 05/28/2021

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 05/28/2021

FROM THE NYT TODAY: NOTICE DAILY CASES PER 100,000 POPULATION

Scientists Are Figuring Out if Fully Vaccinated People Will Need Booster Shots — and Which One (New York Times) U.S. scientists are expanding efforts to evaluate when fully vaccinated people will need booster shots — and, if so, whether people can switch brands — in the latest chapter of the global quest to stop the pandemic.

Effect of 2 Inactivated SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines on Symptomatic COVID-19 Infection in Adults

“In this prespecified interim analysis of a randomized clinical trial, treatment of adults with either of 2 inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccines significantly reduced the risk of symptomatic COVID-19. Data collection for the final analysis is pending” (J. Harris: This “immunological boost” makes sense and will bear watching.)

Covid Immunity is Long Lasting

(A Becker summary of a NYT summary of an article in Nature}The first study, published in Nature May 24, involved 77 people who were infected with COVID-19 about a year earlier and had since recovered. Researchers focused on memory B cells, which retain a memory of the virus, and found that while the antibody levels in the participants’ blood samples dropped in the months after infection, memory B cells lingered in the bone marrow, ready to produce antibodies as needed. 

HOPKINS SELECTIONS

1. PRESS RELEASE

Antibody Testing Is Not Currently Recommended to Assess Immunity After COVID-19 Vaccination: FDA Safety Communication The US Food and Drug Administration is reminding the public and health care providers that results from currently authorized SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests should not be used to evaluate a person’s level of immunity or protection from COVID-19 at any time, and especially after the person received a COVID-19 vaccination. While a positive antibody test result can be used to help identify people who may have had a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, more research is needed in people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination. Currently authorized SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests have not been evaluated to assess the level of protection provided by an immune response to COVID-19 vaccination. If antibody test results are interpreted incorrectly, there is a potential risk that people may take fewer precautions against SARS-CoV-2 exposure. (FDA, 5/19/2021)

2. PRESS RELEASE

More Than 10 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered by Community Health Centers The US Department of Health and Human Services announced that Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program-funded health centers and Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs) have administered more than 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide—with 61% provided to racial and ethnic minorities. Community health centers, which largely serve the nation’s underserved and most vulnerable communities, have been central to President Biden’s commitment to ensuring equity and access in the COVID-19 response and vaccination program. Critical to this effort has been the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, a collaboration between HRSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provides a direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to HRSA Health Center Program-supported health centers in addition to COVID-19 vaccines that health centers might receive through their states. This program started on February 9 with an initial cohort of 25 health centers, and expanded in less than two months to include all HRSA Health Center Program-funded health centers and LALs on April 6, increasing its reach to 1,470 health centers nationwide. (HHS, 5/19/2021)

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

1.What do you call a fly without wings?      A walk!

2. I’m no cheetah, you’re lion!

3. One lung said to another, “we be-lung together!”

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 05/27/2021

QUICK NOTE IN WASHINGTON POST, TODAY, 5/27 ”In a non–peer reviewed preprint study, German scientists say they have determined the cause of rare blood clots in some people who got the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.”

WASHINGTO POST MAY 26:

1. The majority of Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the United States, is immunized – about 70 percent are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the tribe’s president. And leaders of other American Indian tribes say their vaccination numbers are similarly impressive. Reasons for this success, those leaders explain, include their sovereignty to distribute vaccines and cultural values that emphasize community. 

2. One vaccinated person in Ohio will receive $1 million tonight when the state reveals the first winner from its immunization lottery. Nearly 2.8 million Ohioans have registered for the “Vax-a-Million” program, which in total will give $1 million prizes to five adults and full-ride scholarships to Ohio public colleges to five teens. Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said the lottery contributed to higher vaccination rates, particularly among young adults, in the state.

AMAZON MY BUILD STAND ALONE PHARMACIES

“…Amazon reportedly is considering delving deeper into the prescription drug business by either opening standalone retail pharmacies or adding pharmacies to its Whole Foods stores, Business Insider reported…Amazon acquired online pharmacy PillPack in 2018 and last year launched Amazon Pharmacy…”

‘Overrun with kids attempting suicide’: Children’s Colorado declares state of emergency (J. Harris: Why? Pot? Covid? School changes? Depressed or poor parenting?)

HOPKINS SELECTIONS:

1. RESEARCH

Characteristics of COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks at Child Care Facilities — District of Columbia, July–December 2020 Among 469 child care facilities in the District of Columbia, 23.9% reported at least one COVID-19 case, and 5.8% reported outbreak-associated cases during July 1–December 31, 2020. Among 319 cases, approximately one half were among teachers or staff members. Outbreak risk was increased in facilities operating ❤ years, with symptomatic persons who sought testing ≥3 days after symptom onset, or with asymptomatic cases. (CDC MMWR, 5/21/2021)

2. RESEARCH

Mask Use and Ventilation Improvements to Reduce COVID-19 Incidence in Elementary Schools — Georgia, November 16–December 11, 2020 COVID-19 incidence was 37% lower in schools that required teachers and staff members to use masks and 39% lower in schools that improved ventilation. Ventilation strategies associated with lower school incidence included dilution methods alone (35% lower incidence) or in combination with filtration methods (48% lower incidence). Mask requirements for teachers and staff members and improved ventilation are important strategies in addition to vaccination of teachers and staff members that elementary schools could implement as part of a multicomponent approach to provide safer, in-person learning environments. (CDC MMWR, 5/21/2021)

GENETIC DIFFERENCES IN (BITTER)TASTE PERCEPTION MAY HELP DETERMINE COVID SUSCEPTIBILITY (J. Harris: Heavily edited but easy to read and interesting.)

“… Results: …Main Outcomes and Measures  Participants underwent T2R38 phenotype taste testing to determine whether they were supertasters (those who experienced greater intensity of bitter tastes), tasters, or nontasters (those who experienced low intensity of bitter tastes or no bitter tastes) and underwent evaluation for lack of infection with SARS-CoV-2 via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and IgM and IgG testing. (A group of participants was randomly selected for genotype analysis to correlate phenotype). Participants were followed up until confirmation of infection with SARS-CoV-2 via PCR testing. Phenotype of T2R38 was retested after infection with SARS-CoV-2. The results were compared with clinical course:……….A total of 1935 individuals (1101 women [56.9%]; mean [SD] age, 45.5 [13.9] years) participated in the study. Results of phenotype taste testing showed that 508 (26.3%) were supertasters, 917 (47.4%) were tasters, and 510 (26.4%) were nontasters.

... A total of 266 participants (13.7%) had positive PCR test results for SARS-CoV-2. Of these, 55 (20.7%) required hospitalization. Symptom duration among patients with positive results ranged from 0 to 48 days. Nontasters were significantly more likely than tasters and supertasters to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 …(, to be hospitalized once infected (odds ratio, 3.9 [1.5-10.2]; P = .006), and to be symptomatic for a longer duration (mean [SE] duration, 23.7 [0.5] days vs 13.5 [0.4] days vs 5.0 [0.6] days; P < .001). A total of 47 of 55 patients (85.5%) with COVID-19 who required inpatient admission were nontasters. Conversely, 15 of 266 patients (5.6%) with positive PCR test results were supertasters.

Conclusions and Relevance  This cohort study suggests that T2R38 receptor allelic variants were associated with participants’ innate immune response toward SARS-CoV-2. The T2R phenotype was associated with patients’ clinical course after SARS-CoV-2 infection. Nontasters were more likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 than the other 2 groups, suggesting enhanced innate immune protection against SARS-CoV-2.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED FOR THE ONE WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING:

1. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: ‘abstemious’ and ‘facetious.’  

(Okay, admit it, you just went through   a-e-i-o-u  in your head.)  

2. There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘dous’: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.      

(You’re not possibly still doubting any of this, are you ?)

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The Two Worst Signature Brand Names

The Two Worst Signature Brand Names

By George Smith

The two worst signature brand names in human history are so bad….

How bad are they?

Branding has always been around.

Always.

Neanderthals branded: “Ikol strong!”

Seafaring Vikings branded; “Hold fast!”Crusaders branded: “For God and Country!”

Company’s brand: “Ford tough!”; “Mom, apple pie and Chevrolet”; “Folger’s—Good to the last drop”.

High schools, mom and pop businesses, sports teams, colleges…they all brand their individual entities.

But two brands stand out as the worst of the worst brands EVER: “Global warming” and “Defund the police”.

“Global warming”, as a term, is technically correct; the planet IS getting warmer. However, that heating trend is triggering unstable weather conditions and patterns,resulting in record abhorrent weather conditions: Record  droughts, extreme snowfalls, rising  temperatures, more hurricanes… the list goes on.

“Defund the police” is a knee-jerk moniker that emerged as a chant phrase for participants in protests and riots stemming from incidents of police shootings or brutality, mainly on minorities.

Neither term is correct in the arena of public information consumption and gives certain groups a clear shot at minimizing or even ridiculing the issues.

Global warming” should be referred to as “climate change”. That’s what it is and with that term one doesn’t have to explain  20-inch powder snowfall and record low temperatures in South Arkansas.

A much more appropriate term for “Defund the Police” would be “Police Reform” or “Police Reorganization.”

Few sane people want no law enforcement; the protesters and activists simply want positive change.

Branding. Terms that are supposed to describe cataclysmic events need a concerted effort to make sure the phrases selected accurately describe the event or issue. Brands and catchy phrases should not give negative ammunition to those that oppose the movements or simple demands for change.

Creating a movement for societal change is never easy. The movement’s brand should be positive, accurate in its intent and message and should not create a roadblock to a successful conclusion.

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