Coronavirus Updates

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Did a little more checking on what MLB is doing. They have a test that uses saliva and send the samples from all across the country to a lab in Utah. The goal is to get a test result back the next day. Sometimes the test results get delayed by a day.

The idea proposed by Michael Mina (Harvard School of Public Health) is to get a daily test result in about 10 minutes so that theoretically parents would (!) test their kids before sending them to school. That is a lot different from what MLB is doing. The 24 hours before MLB test results come back plus skipping the previous day allows someone with a fulminating SARS-CoV-2 infection time (about 48 hours) to infect lots of other people in a team organization who don't wear masks, distance, wash hands.

TWIV (This Week in Virology) is trying to start a letter writing campaign to promote daily, fast-result testing . They collect letters people have sent to congress types (or whatever I guess). Here is what they have so far. I'm not too sure about some of these letters' effectiveness. Maybe people on here have experience with such letter writing campaigns and could offer feedback.
 

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Since the studies on Vitamin K are still indicating there's some protective value, I've been forcing myself to sit outside for about 10-15 minutes every day. Can't hurt, might help.
Do you mean D?

ETA: Your body needs vitamin D in winter as well, so sunlight is not a reliable source year-around.
 

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Well that's...interesting.

Young kids can carry 100 times more coronavirus in their noses than adults, study finds
The general consensus on children and the novel coronavirus is that they neither play as large a role in spreading it as adults, nor do they contract the disease as often.

But new research says children younger than 5 years old can hoard up to 100 times more of the virus in their noses than older children and adults, suggesting kids could be a significant driver of viral spread.
 

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Some good news at last, especially for the UK


More details here:


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But some experts were surprised by the government’s decision, saying the particular tests were not well-known. No data had been published concerning their evaluation. The government had made mistakes in buying tests that turned out to be sub-standard in the past, they said.

“Repeatedly through the pandemic the government has raced ahead purchasing tests on the basis of manufacturer’s claims, and have found later when independent studies are done that the tests do not have adequate performance for use in the NHS,” said Professor Jon Deeks from Birmingham University, part of a team who have been evaluating tests of this sort.
 
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