Dirk comments

Posted in: What is the best way to share a future Covid-19 vaccine? See in context

I opt to give it to all the politicians that so kindly spend billions of public dollars to acquire them.

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Posted in: Do you think climate change could be a driver of infectious diseases by bringing long-dormant viruses back to life? See in context

What a nonsense question; viruses aren't alive to start with, let alone can they be dormant.

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Posted in: Heat wave poses challenge to medical system already hit by virus See in context

health care system already creaking under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday in Tokyo 37 hospitalisations related to Covid, which has approximately 650 hospitals.

That's a huge strain if on average every hospital has 1 patient in 2 weeks....

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Posted in: Tokyo reports single-day record of 366 new coronavirus infections See in context

There are WHO guidelines how to determine corona deaths. For example if you have a car accident and you die within 2 days and you test positive for the virus you don't count, but if you die after 3 days or later you do count.

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Posted in: Virus vaccine key for Olympics go-ahead in 2021: Mori See in context

A vaccine for next year requires absolutely no rushing, it can be tested for efficacy and safety the same as every other vaccine already available.

Especially long term effects will be well-known...

Which is your choice, but if one one hand you have something that has been carefully tested for safety, and in the other a disease that sometimes ends up very badly, that is related with yet another health problem almost every week, and that can be easily transmitted to other people close to you that may be even more vulnerable, it should be quite clear on which side is more likely for bad things to happen.

So you rather expose an enormous healthy population, of which 98% doesn't develop symptoms or only lightly, to something that has been developed and "carefully tested for safety" for less than a year, than to just protect the vulnerable people themselves.

As a fun exercise look up Narcolepsy and Pandemrix, the "safe" vaccine that was used in Europe for the Mexican flu.

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