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Some of the resource-poor countries where these diseases are endemic sometimes have a clearer path to getting these tests in people's hands than in the United States, where there's so much regulation and it's so hard to do a point-of-care test, i do think there's an advantage to having these tests in endemic countries so that people can get diagnoses quickly.
It would be great if Quest and LabCorp could do it. It'd be great if there were kits that people could put in sexually transmitted infection clinics to definitively diagnose, but I don't think right now you're hampering the public health response, just because there's no other orthopoxvirus circulating.
Those of us who know that this is going to be an endemic respiratory virus have been waiting to understand what the virus does in order to become more like its other family members that cause about 25 % of our common colds. So people are on the lookout for those changes. And maybe this is that -- maybe it's not.
I think the focus needs to be on vaccines, not on masks for vaccinated individuals, i don’t see that being a major way the trajectory of cases changes. If it’s a rare occurrence maybe contagious in a small number of people- how is that going to make a dent in transmission going on from unvaccinated [people]?
There's definitely issues with stigmatization where the variants are being described and then labeling them based on that country. We know that there's already backlash in India, regarding the Indian variant and people mentioning it that way, so, I understand why it's happening. I think it's just a lot for people to think about this far down the line.
We need to figure out the mechanism and understand it at the molecular level to be able to say for sure how this is occurring -- that this is really the O blood type and not something that kind of tracks with O blood type, we're starting to see enough now that I think it's an important research question to answer.
It does appear in this study that there is a significant proportion of individuals that have this cross-reactive T cell immunity from other coronavirus infections that may have some impact on how they fare with the novel coronavirus. I think the big question is trying to jump from the fact that they have these T cells to understanding what the role of those T cells might be.
I think that there likely is a lot of pressure on vaccine developers to release information as quickly as possible because of the fact that we know that the only way back to any kind of normalcy is through a vaccine, there are I think a lot of incentives to try and amplify good news when most things that we care about in the pandemic are bad news.
We are fighting a disease now in 2019 that should have been off the table in the 1960s with the development of the vaccine, it should be viewed as an embarrassment that so many Americans have turned away from vaccines that we are having a record year for measles.
Found on Reuters 4 years ago
Anthrax is a zoonotic disease with human cases often tied to animal exposure. For example, multiple cases have occurred at African drumming events when individuals were exposed to animal drum skins that contained anthrax spores, because of the risk of spillover into humans, it is crucial to monitor animal anthrax outbreaks and delimit the exposure of humans while promptly administering post-exposure antibiotics to those exposed. It is also important to emphasize Anthrax is a major biowarfare threat and being prepared for outbreaks of animal origin directly enhances abilities to respond to a potential bioattack using anthrax.
Found on CNN 5 years ago
What's dangerous is when it's in something that's being directly injected into a person, that bacteria doesn't have to go through any kind of barrier. It's a superhighway into the bloodstream.
Found on Reuters 5 years ago
There are certain bacterial genes that are more worrisome than others, that are much harder to treat, these genes are lurking in American patients and they are spreading in hospitals and health care facilities.
Found on FOX News 5 years ago
Found on Reuters 8 years ago
A lot of that material from the birth or the spontaneous abortion or miscarriage of the livestock can transmit it. The main way that people get it is because they inhale material from the birthing of a livestock animal, that’s why you have to take certain precautions when you are working with a cow in the birthing process to make sure that you don’t inhale the material from the birth that may contain the Q fever bacteria.
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