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  1. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/522743-astrazeneca-says-its-vaccine-produces-immune-response-in-older-adults?amp&__twitter_impression=true Vaccine news.
  2. Therapeutics https://www.politico.eu/article/are-monoclonal-antibodies-the-next-hope-against-the-coronavirus/amp/?__twitter_impression=true Amid alarming spikes in infections and a wave of new restrictions announced across Europe, some good news is emerging: Monoclonal antibodies are likely to be the first game-changing therapy against COVID-19. Big drugmakers have ample experience in manufacturing these kinds of medicines, and their existing facilities can readily be converted to produce doses of a future COVID-19 treatment, experts say.
  3. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday expanded its definition of “close contact” of someone with coronavirus, now saying that multiple brief encounters can also lead to transmission of the virus. The previous definition of close contact, which is used for determining who should quarantine, was being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. The new standard now defines close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period, making clear that multiple separate encounters that add up to more t
  4. It is spreading through campuses. My sons fraternity has all but 5 members who have had covid. They tested every student on arrival to campus. They send all covid positive patients to a special dorm until they are negative. It still spread quickly. I heard today about my neighbors parents who both had covid at 89 and one was diabetic. They are fine now. Not long timers. Their other son is pulmonologist and he told my neighbor he gave them lots of antibiotics. I thought that was interesting.
  5. https://www.npr.org/2020/10/21/925794511/were-the-risks-of-reopening-schools-exaggerated "Despite widespread concerns, two new international studies show no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling and the spread of the coronavirus. And a third study from the United States shows no elevated risk to childcare workers who stayed on the job. Combined with anecdotal reports from a number of U.S. states where schools are open, as well as a crowdsourced dashboard of around 2,000 U.S. schools, some medical experts are saying it's time to shift the discussion from the risks
  6. I’m hoping there is more to this story. How could anyone let babies die instead of breaking quarantine rules to get them life saving treatment?
  7. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-calls-for-civil-union-law-for-same-sex-couples-in-shift-from-vatican-stance-12462 "In a documentary that premiered Wednesday in Rome, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples, departing from the position of the Vatican’s doctrinal office and the pope’s predecessors on the issue.The remarks came amid a portion of the documentary that reflected on pastoral care for those who identify as LGBT. “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobo
  8. "Children who would normally have emergency transfers to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital for the treatment are currently unable to because of coronavirus restrictions on re-entering South Australia from Victoria." https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-20/four-babies-die-in-four-weeks-in-adelaide-due-to-no-ecmo-machine/12784774 So, they refused to set up a cardiac unit for babies and now refuse to let them transfer? That is unconscionable. "The South Australian Salaried Medical Officers' Association chief industrial officer, Bernadette Mulholland, told the committee i
  9. I don’t trust someone who limits their analysis to the statements of three people. Seems too limiting.
  10. Good news! This is what the stats have been showing. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/10/20/925441975/studies-point-to-big-drop-in-covid-19-death-rates "Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The drop is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions, suggesting that physicians are getting better at helping patients survive their illness. "We find that the death rate has gone down substantially," says Leora Horwitz, a doctor who studies population health at New Yor
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