How did the pandemic start?

Viral origins Reporting Tuesday Team hit the ground one year after outbreak https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/who-wuhan-report-/2021/03/29/cb6ca64e-7778-11eb-9489-8f7dacd51e75_story.html Joint World Health Organization-China report Coronavirus most likely jumped from animals to humans via an intermediate animal host Downplays the possibility it…

Sunday evening Update

UK Cases, + 3,862 (+ 37,487) Down 1.7% Deaths, + 19 (+ 437) = 126,593 Down 31.7% Hospitalised, + 343 = 4,560 https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk People vaccinated up to and including 27 March 2021 First dose: 30,151,287…

Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick in Washington DC

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New antiviral drug in trials

Novel oral antiviral for SARS-CoV-2 progresses in Phase I trial, Protease inhibitor https://www.europeanpharmaceuticalreview.com/news/148536/novel-oral-antiviral-for-sars-cov-2-progresses-in-phase-i-trial/ Background science Viral proteases are enzymes, endopeptidases Encoded by the genetic material (DNA or RNA) of viral pathogens Catalyze cleavage of specific…

UK cases level, India increases

Friday 26th March UK Past 7 days https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk Cases, +38,424 (down 2%) Deaths, +520 (down 31.4%) Admissions, +2,918 (down 19.8%) In hospital = 5,544 (20th March) Bed occupancy down from 50% to under 5% First…

Viral mutation and evolution

Viral evolution adenine, cytosine, uracil, guanine Darwinian evolution Species undergo random mutation Making most less fit But making a few more fit Fit means compete, survive, reproduce Natural selection will ‘select’ the more fit Viruses…

Global cases increase in March

Global increases due to new variants https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/weekly-epidemiological-update-on-covid-19---23-march-2021 Globally, confirmed cases continue to rise Fourth consecutive week 3.3 million new cases reported last week New deaths plateaued (after a six week decrease) Deaths, + 60 000…

Injections in Denmark

Vaccine technique can be a rare cause of clots https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=da&tl=en&u=https://nyheder.tv2.dk/samfund/2021-03-22-ssi-anbefaler-ny-vaccineteknik-efter-sjaeldne-blodpropper State Serum Institute of Denmark, now recommends injection aspiration before injecting vaccine This is a change in the recommendations Based on a precautionary principle Normally…