steering clear ――Is there such a thing as “Novid”? In fact, is there anyone who has lived with COVID-19 for three and a half years and never contracted it through a combination of caution and luck?
And if a segment of the public is really avoiding the virus, scientists will learn from them, even amid the current coronavirus outbreak, where hospitalizations are rising slightly. can you do it?
The answer is yes and yes. The usual warning about the novel coronavirus is that we still don’t know much. The number of people who are probably not actually infected is probably relatively small, but many, if not most, of those who think they are not are probably having very mild or asymptomatic cases. right. Perhaps we should call them LowVids.
And yes, scientists working on the next generation of treatments and vaccines can actually learn from these people. Some of the recent genetic discoveries published in Nature point them in at least one potentially beneficial direction.
A study of blood samples found that by 2022, about 60 percent of the US population had been infected. A recent study ran at fairly high values in the late 80’s and 90’s. However, blood tests have their limitations. Blood tests are not representative of the population as a whole. Also, immunity to 2019-nCoV, from both previous infections and vaccinations, declines over time, so people with early 2019-nCoV infection may not show symptoms. In their blood after a year, two years, or three years.
“No one knows exactly[how many are uninfected]. It could be 4-5 percent. It could be 9 percent or 10 percent. But it’s probably 15 percent. Probably not,” said Eric Topol, a doctor and scientist at Scripps Research and author of Ground Truth, a newsletter that helps educate the public about the novel coronavirus.
Caitlin Jetelina, in her popular “Your Local Epidemiologist” newsletter, cited a British study that suggests that people, on average, are infected. twice a year.
However, many infections are so mild that people either don’t realize they have COVID-19 or have no symptoms. I mean, I didn’t get even the slightest bit of sickness because my body was fighting infections so well. The CDC recommends two or three tests because rapid home COVID-19 tests don’t catch all infections right away.
Even if someone in the family has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the reason that some people do not get sick is probably “largely due to luck and possibly genetic factors and possibly vaccination.” In some cases, immunity from previous infections may also play a role. Whether it was confirmed by laboratory or not, said Jaczek Skarvinski, a doctor and scientist at the Kaiser Permanente research unit.
Research Led by Jill Hollenbach of UCSF Recently published in Nature After testing 30,000 people, only 1,400 were free of COVID-19. Importantly, they identified genes that meant people were more likely to remain asymptomatic. If there is one copy of the gene, the probability is doubled, and if there are two copies, the probability is a whopping eightfold. (People are not born with this gene; it is acquired through previous exposure to low-risk coronavirus strains that existed before the pandemic.)
This discovery opens up important new research avenues, especially with regard to therapeutics.
“We have a long way to go in understanding how this discovery could lead to better treatments, prevention and cures. But it’s important,” Topol told Knightley. It “gives me hints” on how to develop treatments to stop the infection. And, as the recent rise in the number of infected people reminds us, even if most people have some protection now, “the novel coronavirus is still among us.” said he.
Skarvinski, who was interviewed earlier this summer before cases began to rise again this month, spoke about how people act to protect themselves, how they socialize, and how they get vaccinated. There’s still a lot to figure out, he said, including whether it’s kept up-to-date.
Remember, the virus loves a fun party, he said. “The new coronavirus likes large-scale interactions where people from different parts of the country gather.” That’s how it used to spread. And that’s probably part of the way it’s now rampant again. Even though for now we collectively probably have enough protection to prevent many serious illnesses, until someday science allows us to be NoVid, we can’t stop Low-Vid. must be maintained.
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— IRS failed to find millions of tax records, watchdog says: A new watchdog report says the IRS was unable to track millions of sensitive personal and corporate tax records that were supposed to be transferred from a closed government agency facility in California, to a facility in Utah. Thousands of archived records could not be found either. As part of the IRS’ review of its mandate to store older tax records on microfilm backup cartridges, the Financial Inspector General for Tax Administration said in a report released today that millions of tax records containing sensitive information are protected. said he found a serious flaw in the description. Taxpayer Information.
— Following new ProPublica report, Democrats revive calls for Clarence Thomas resignation and SCOTUS ethics reform: Democratic lawmakers after new ProPublica report found Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas took more unreported billionaire-funded luxury vacations than previously known Today, they once again called for the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. With record-low public approval ratings in the High Court and a Democratic-led effort to impose ethics reforms continuing, ProPublica said today that wealthy benefactors have sent Mr. Thomas to at least 38 trips. , 26 private jets, multiple VIP passes to sporting events and events, and more. He stayed at the resort twice while on the court. It was the patronage of a larger number of billionaires than previously reported. ProPublica reported that ethics experts said failing to disclose travel or sports could violate the law.
— Biden administration seeks $20 billion in emergency funding from Ukraine and other countries: Today, the White House plans to ask congressional leaders about $20 billion in new aid for Ukraine and other international needs, according to two people with direct knowledge of the request. This total includes $13 billion in military aid to Ukraine, plus billions to replenish dwindling federal disaster relief to deal with the ongoing hurricane season and widespread damage from floods and wildfires this year. Includes dollar funds.
proposal date — Special Counsel Jack Smith aims to bring Donald Trump to trial on Jan. 2, 2024 within four months on charges related to 2020 election sabotage, Kyle of POLITICO Reported by Cheney.
This aggressive schedule puts major criminal trials first in President Trump’s overcrowded criminal procedural calendar and broadly televises serious charges against President Trump just before Republican primary voters head to polling stations. will be guaranteed.
Prosecutors argue that the shortened schedule is rooted in extraordinary public interest in wanting the case resolved.
In court documents filed today, Assistant Special Counsel Molly Gaston said, “It is difficult to imagine a stronger public interest than this case,” adding, “In this case, defendants, former United States The president has been indicted on three criminal charges.” A conspiracy aimed at undermining the federal government, sabotaging the certification of the 2020 presidential election, and disenfranchising voters. “
Trump’s legal team is set to submit its own proposed trial schedule next week, but already expects to see a very different take on the case. Trump’s attorney John Lauro expects it could take years to scrutinize and sort through his evidence, well beyond the 2024 election when Trump is certain to become the Republican nominee. are doing.
fake out — The 2024 election cycle is expected to see a flood of AI-generated “deepfake” videos and images that can deceive voters — but Washington’s early attempts to stem the problem. is already in a political dead end, writes POLITICO’s Stephen Overley.
Election watchdogs hope to clear one such hurdle today. The Federal Election Commission is set to vote on a petition initiated by the advocacy group Public Citizen to ban the distribution of fake audio, video and images of opponents by political campaigns.
Public Citizen points out that deepfakes have already appeared in ads supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, including a fake photo of former President Donald Trump hugging Anthony Fauci. Such forgery has alarmed election officials and supporters alike, saying it could confuse voters and distort election results.
“By 2024, we will have very high quality deepfakes,” said Public Citizen Chairman Robert Wiseman. “Unless the federal government bans the use of deepfakes, I think it is almost certain that politicians of all political positions will use deepfakes.”
Assassination in Ecuador — Fernando Villavicencio, Ecuadorian presidential candidate who recently vowed to root out corruption and lock up the country’s “thieves” Shot dead at a political rally in Quito The Associated Press’s Gonzalo Solano and Regina García Cano reported as the South American nation was reeling from drug-related crime and violence.
Villavicencio, 59, a notorious anti-cartel voice, was assassinated on Wednesday, less than two weeks before the presidential special election. Although he was not the front-runner, his death adds to the alarm over an organized crime crisis that has already claimed thousands of lives and highlights the challenges Ecuador’s next leader will face.
Videos of the Quito rally posted on social media showed Villavicencio walking out of the rally surrounded by security guards. The footage then showed the candidate getting into a white pickup truck, after which gunshots were heard, followed by screams and commotion around the truck.
Villavicencio’s campaign adviser, Patricio Zukilanda, said the candidate received at least three death threats before the shooting, called authorities, and was detained once as a result.
“The Ecuadorian people are crying and Ecuador is mortally wounded,” Zukilanda said. “Politics should not lead to the death of members of society.
hip hop history ――What is the collection of modern history?That’s the question hip-hop historians ask themselves media celebrates 50th anniversary And many of the people who created the genre are still around. This is also one that different people have answered in different ways. Some guardians of hip-hop history are interested in private collections, while others are building libraries and tributes that are forever accessible to everyone, revisiting the 50 years of music that changed the world. Some are trying to mourn. For WIRED, Angela Watercutter We spoke with people thinking about the legacy of hip-hop as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
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