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Vaccination Does Prevent Illness as well as Spreading of Covid

Another great article from National Geographic about the vaccines and how they help to mitigate disease and its spread. After any infection, “you have white blood cells, specifically T and B cells, that hang around and remember that initial infection so that if you do become infected again, these memory cells respond by immediately multiplying…

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Hygiene Hypothesis>Don’t fear all germs!!!

Dr. Graham Rook, an emeritus professor of medical microbiology at University College London, likens the immune system to a computer. He says that the microbes we encounter in daily life — on other people and in our spaces — are the data that the immune system relies on to program and regulate its operations. While…

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Dr. Kariko, Hero of the Covid mRNA vaccine

An absolutely incredible story of a dogged, persistent scientist in the face of huge obstacles who persevered and was key in the effort to produce the mRNA vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna alike.  I encourage you to read the whole thing. Inspiring!  And it underscores the importance of basic science but also of following hunches…

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How the Corona Virus Hacks the Immune System: the New Yorker

This is such a terrific article.  Not only does it do a creditable job of explaining the basics of the immune system, but also how Covid 19 acts to disrupt cells and highjacks the immune system.  Since I’m unsure if the article will be accessible if you’re lacking a subscription, I’ll quote some pertinent parts…

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Wear the Humble Mask. It Is Your Servant to Protect and Defend

There will be no improvement in jobs and economic activity until we beat this thing. Until infection rates in whatever population decreases to manageable levels, we will be stuck with no “normal” life.  From California we cannot visit New York without quarantining anymore. Though deaths are staying flat, hospitalizations are increasing.  In the Bay Area…

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Newsletter. The Long Haul of the Pandemic. Sleep.

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Testing In California

Our testing is ramping up fast!  This is one of the main determinants of when we can reopen. We’re 3/4 of the way there.

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Hospitalizations and ICU visits Bay Area and California as of 5.7.2020

Bay Area is looking good.  I hope that we can loosen restrictions sooner rather than later!         California as a whole is not as good.  Flat, at least, and not going up.  But not sure how you can justify opening quickly.  

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Bay Area Crushing the Curve: San Francisco Chronicle

One picture worth 1000 words

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Covid Cases by State Cases per 100,000

I finally found a graphic that tells a bit more nuanced story from NPR.  This graphic shows how well California is doing at 77 per 100K considering what a huge state it is. Obviously, we need our case load to stop increasing and start to decrease if we’re ever going to get back to work…

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