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Old 03-15-2020, 12:43 AM   #21
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AHS is adding capacity to the 811 health link. It will temporarily be down 5am Sunday Morning. Doubtful it's very long.
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:14 AM   #22
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It's not much, but there's a possible drug that can reduce/stop virus penetration of lung cells. It needs to go through clinical trials now, but the mechanism has been found.

This could be a good temporary measure for the highly at risk populations until a proper vaccine is developed (although the clinical trials might take nearly as long).

https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0305132039.htm

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Old 03-15-2020, 06:35 AM   #23
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Not sure if this qualified as news, mods can make that call. But there isn't a "things you can do to help" thread.

https://foldingathome.org/

Folding@home is a program for your computer that uses your machines computing power to support research. It kind of makes your machine part of a super computer.

Folding@home now also supports covid-19 research. So you can use your computer to help research covid-19, thus helping to find treatments and/or vaccines.

Also, cancer research and stuff.

So this is something you could do that might be of actual help.
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Old 03-15-2020, 10:21 AM   #24
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https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coron...e-f4d3d9cd99ca

An excellent data based look at the numbers from China, South Korea, and Italy and what it means for the western world. Lots of pretty charts that are very intuitive. It’s a touch ominous but moral of the story: the western countries have no idea what they’re in for because they haven’t dealt with this in 100 years, there’s wayyy more cases than currently understood, we’re basically ****ed and the only way to minimize the ****ing is to practice social distancing.

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The coronavirus is coming to you.
It’s coming at an exponential speed: gradually, and then suddenly.
It’s a matter of days. Maybe a week or two.
When it does, your healthcare system will be overwhelmed.
Your fellow citizens will be treated in the hallways.
Exhausted healthcare workers will break down. Some will die.
They will have to decide which patient gets the oxygen and which one dies.
The only way to prevent this is social distancing today. Not tomorrow. Today.
That means keeping as many people home as possible, starting now.

As a politician, community leader or business leader, you have the power and the responsibility to prevent this.

You might have fears today: What if I overreact? Will people laugh at me? Will they be angry at me? Will I look stupid? Won’t it be better to wait for others to take steps first? Will I hurt the economy too much?

But in 2–4 weeks, when the entire world is in lockdown, when the few precious days of social distancing you will have enabled will have saved lives, people won’t criticize you anymore: They will thank you for making the right decision.
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Old 03-15-2020, 01:20 PM   #25
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Transmission interval estimates suggest pre-symptomatic spread of COVID-19

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1....03.20029983v1



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Methods: We collected outbreak information from Singapore and Tianjin, China, reported from Jan.19-Feb.26 and Jan.21-Feb.27, respectively. We estimated incubation periods and serial intervals in both populations. Results: The mean incubation period was 7.1 (6.13, 8.25) days for Singapore and 9 (7.92, 10.2)days for Tianjin. Both datasets had shorter incubation periods for earlier-occurring cases. The mean serial interval was 4.56 (2.69, 6.42) days for Singapore and 4.22 (3.43, 5.01) for Tianjin. We inferred that early in the outbreaks, infection was transmitted on average 2.55 and 2.89days before symptom onset (Singapore, Tianjin). The estimated basic reproduction number for Singapore was 1.97 (1.45, 2.48) secondary cases per infective; for Tianjin it was 1.87 (1.65,2.09) secondary cases per infective. Conclusions: Estimated serial intervals are shorter than incubation periods in both Singapore and Tianjin, suggesting that pre-symptomatic transmission is occurring. Shorter serial intervals lead to lower estimates of R0, which suggest that half of all secondary infections should be prevented to control spread.
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Another piece of research on asymptomatic transmission

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1....05.20031815v1

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Background: Estimating key infectious disease parameters from the COVID-19 outbreak is quintessential for modelling studies and guiding intervention strategies. Whereas different estimates for the incubation period distribution and the serial interval distribution have been reported, estimates of the generation interval for COVID-19 have not been provided.

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Results: The mean generation interval was 5.20 (95%CI 3.78-6.78) days for Singapore and 3.95 (95%CI 3.01-4.91) days for Tianjin, China when relying on a previously reported incubation period with mean 5.2 and SD 2.8 days. The proportion of pre-symptomatic transmission was 48% (95%CI 32-67%) for Singapore and 62% (95%CI 50-76%) for Tianjin, China. Estimates of the reproduction number based on the generation interval distribution were slightly higher than those based on the serial interval distribution. Conclusions: Estimating generation and serial interval distributions from outbreak data requires careful investigation of the underlying transmission network. Detailed contact tracing information is essential for correctly estimating these quantities.
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:29 PM   #27
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https://ncov2019.live/data

For live number data. Developed by a 17 year old kid in Seattle.
Another interesting data site posted in other thread.
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:30 PM   #28
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for those not in the discussion thread.

Alberta ordering schools and commercial daycares to shut down.
Doesn't apply to dayhomes.

https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-i...albertans.aspx
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Old 03-15-2020, 08:06 PM   #29
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https://twitter.com/user/status/1239327964841553921

https://twitter.com/user/status/1239328159121752066

https://twitter.com/user/status/1239328371273871360

https://twitter.com/user/status/1239328501381107719

https://twitter.com/user/status/1239328657740611586

https://twitter.com/user/status/1239328780386172931

https://twitter.com/user/status/1239328953686507520

https://twitter.com/user/status/1239329138714042368
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Trudeau announces new measures, including shutting down the border to non-Canadians, non-PR holders, and non-Americans.

https://globalnews.ca/news/6682040/c...ddress-nation/
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Researchers may have found a treatment...

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/he...2c5e51706accb5
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Updated graphs for March 16, 2020.

https://twitter.com/user/status/1239741076828614656

https://twitter.com/user/status/1239741207091105793
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Edit: WHO does not agree with the stance that ibuprofen may worsen symptoms. Edited France ministry message.

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Old 03-17-2020, 10:44 AM   #34
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Someone in the other thread was asking about symptoms and progression, this is the best one I've seen.

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March 17, 2020 updates. Hope to have the Canada, Italy, South Korea chart by tonight.

https://twitter.com/user/status/1240045448154370048

https://twitter.com/user/status/1240045556715540480
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Enmax is offering its customers flexibility due to COVID. This includes installments and/or extending payment dates:

https://www.enmax.com/news-events/ne...er-information
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A couple of new studies yesterday.

1. The virus has different stability time frames depending on the surface.

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0317150116.htm

2. The virus seems to have evolved through natural origins, dispelling any myth that it was engineered in a lab.

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The scientists analyzed the genetic template for spike proteins, armatures on the outside of the virus that it uses to grab and penetrate the outer walls of human and animal cells. More specifically, they focused on two important features of the spike protein: the receptor-binding domain (RBD), a kind of grappling hook that grips onto host cells, and the cleavage site, a molecular can opener that allows the virus to crack open and enter host cells.

The scientists found that the RBD portion of the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins had evolved to effectively target a molecular feature on the outside of human cells called ACE2, a receptor involved in regulating blood pressure. The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein was so effective at binding the human cells, in fact, that the scientists concluded it was the result of natural selection and not the product of genetic engineering.

This evidence for natural evolution was supported by data on SARS-CoV-2's backbone -- its overall molecular structure. If someone were seeking to engineer a new coronavirus as a pathogen, they would have constructed it from the backbone of a virus known to cause illness. But the scientists found that the SARS-CoV-2 backbone differed substantially from those of already known coronaviruses and mostly resembled related viruses found in bats and pangolins.

"These two features of the virus, the mutations in the RBD portion of the spike protein and its distinct backbone, rules out laboratory manipulation as a potential origin for SARS-CoV-2" said Andersen.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0317175442.htm
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Just an FYI for anyone on Monthly Low Income Calgary Transit passes, if you have a March 2020 pass already, you do NOT need to get a April 2020 pass. March passes have been extended to cover month of April as well since some facilities that sell it have closed.
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