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I enjoyed the interview with Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable, the NIMHD director. I thought it is interesting to note that mitigation interventions like physical distancing is just alien to the black community regardless of how it is communicated. Being close to others is one of the things that has been integral to black folk survival in this beloved United States of America. Look at what is going on right now with the black community? Go and be by myself? Science needs to communicate ways of how to be together WITH physical distancing. This is where the social sciences might provide insight. What does that look like? How do you communicate this to different communities? I’d like to see a pilot program where the government/NIH? procures RVs or some type of mobile mini hospitals or care units. Staff them with people who look like the people in the communities that they go into. These RVs would provide testing and consultation etc.
Of course, for those who are COVID positive there needs to be a protocol in place (next steps, where to go etc.) If the black and brown community can’t go to the hospital, then we should take the hospital to those communities. That idea seems impossible though because this type of intervention has to be intentional and will take $. Just my 2 cents…
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I think that disparities start when we still have the same criteria we have been using for almost a century to evaluate demographic statistics dealing with disease, epidemics, and pandemics. I have patients who are black with cardiovascular and diabetes disease and against the suggestion of using masks and keeping the social distance, but they have not been infected with the SARS CoV 2. They are religious people who, because churches and temples are closed, get together in family residences to worship. They participate in programs to provide food and spiritual support to those who are in need. How do we explain those cases statistically? Might it be because consciously they vibrate in a different frequency from the COVID-19 disease? Could we eliminate disparities if we include consciousness no as an epiphenomenon but as central dogma in our criteria of researches? Scientific evidence match with that possibility. Perhaps in that way, we have the hold picture of the event and can design a better plan to fight the pandemic.
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The summer intern program was killed by the COVID. So it is a great thing Dr. Jackie Newell is doing to train an entire nation of students who want to learn how to pursue their science dreams by offering web seminars on pursuing a science career for anyone in lieu of the summer program. It is way better than a few elite students who are already trained getting a handful of slots for a summer program to train them even more, because this way you teach those who never got the good training and are clueless about the next steps. I think she has transformed a blah blah job into a very important thing with national scope. It is more then turning a lemon into lemonade. It is a grapefruit now. If I had a hat it would be “hat’s off” to her citric acid.
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1. Am just wondering, technically about Moderna and Pfizer-Biontech vaccines. Being of engineering background, I checked the constituent components of each vaccine, and have not clearly resolved why the Pfizer requires the ULTRA cold initial storage? Freezing point of only certain components (lNaCl and lipids) indicate about -21C, so given a +-10C margin, why couldnt it be stored at -30 to -40C (within capability of standard r404a refrigeration systems) rather than the callout for -60 to -80C (ie -70C nominal), thus necessitating the ULT freezer types (ie cascade refrigeration systems, or CO2 or LN2) ? Not having solid bioscience background, i’m thinking this may be due to pH levels needing to be maintained?
2. Couldn’t storage at intermediate (ie -30 to -40C) cold temps allow perhaps 15-20 days local storage (before final transfer to normal refrigerator and thawing, thus 5days to shot usage as is announced)?
The MRNA vaccine from what I could tell only had the lipid (w/polyethylene glycol…) freeze point of -10C …so makes sense that their calling for about -20C storage aligns (with +-10C margin).
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Since having covid last summer (mild case) (July/august 2020) it took 5 months to get taste and smell back and it still comes and goes. My nose was stuffed up all those months and despite Flonase and afrin nothing worked. Miserable every day with nasal congestion. But I have found that I’m in a state of constant anhedonia. Nothing makes me happy anymore. I travel to Mexico at least twice a year and have always counted the days until I left on my vacations. Since I’ve had covid even that doesn’t bring joy or happiness. I still go but it’s not like before. I’m not depressed. I just don’t feel emotionally like I used to. I have no desire to do anything except go to work which is a necessity and I have to push myself everyday to do that. Once I’m at work I’m ok. Then I come home and I don’t want to go anywhere. I was never like this before I got covid.
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Heat recovery ventilators could reduce indoor human to human transmission of covid19 by mechanically exchanging the indoor air with outdoor air while saving energy. This simple device could save a lot of lives when people have to work together indoors, otherwise the health and financial cost of heating vs leaving windows open to allow air exchange may be astronomical.
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