New coronavirus variant

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New coronavirus variant

Postby JimF » Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:51 am

This gives an overview of what is known thus far:
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55388846
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby toTOW » Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:38 am

It has arrived in France ! :shock:
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby Neil-B » Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:24 pm

Tbh it has probably arrived in many countries alreafy just not tracked properly .. and it is possible that the UK may not have been the first simply the first where the testing setup is such that new variants get identified quickly .. Once a new variant is identified testing elsewhere is adjusted and it begins to get tracked better
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby JimF » Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:59 am

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to register more than one million Covid-19 cases. It comes just days after authorities confirmed that a new, faster-spreading, coronavirus variant had been detected.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-55462863
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby TPL » Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:22 am

It has been found in Finland too. Also in South Korea, Jordan, Canada, Portugal, Norway, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Spain, Singapore, Japan, Nigeria, Australia, Lebanon and South Africa. So far. There is a reason to believe it is everywhere, not just found everywhere yet. For those who believe it starts to be over as there are now vaccines, its not not by far.
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby foldy » Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:32 pm

First vaccines work great and corona virus mostly die after more people get the vaccine. Then virus mutates and probably finds a way to workaround vaccine. Then we need new modified vaccine for next winter.
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby JimF » Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:09 am

foldy wrote:Then virus mutates and probably finds a way to workaround vaccine. Then we need new modified vaccine for next winter.

That is why we need the anti-virals, to hold us between vaccines. If you engineer them properly, they will work on a broad range of viruses and not be restricted to a particular strain.
But I am puzzled why there really are none. There were dozens proposed earlier that seemed to work OK in the lab, and then they disappeared. I hope Folding can find something that works.
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby gunnarre » Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:21 pm

There were several compounds which looked promising in theory or even in in-vitro assays, like Hydroxychloroquine, but which didn't improve clinical outcomes in actual patients. So the compounds that are simulated via Folding@Home still need to be tested in animals and in actual clinical trials before we know for sure that they both work on the virus and aren't toxic to the patient.
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby JimF » Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:53 pm

Scientists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine have discovered a new variant of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The new variant carries a mutation identical to the U.K. strain, but it likely arose in a virus strain already present in the United States. The researchers also report the evolution of another U.S. strain that acquired three other gene mutations not previously seen together in SARS-CoV2.

https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/mediaroom ... v2-variant
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby foldy » Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:48 pm

In Germany to protect against faster spreading Corona mutation B117, they start to wear FFP2/N95 masks mandatory next week.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variant_of_Concern_202012/01
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby JimF » Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:52 pm

foldy wrote:In Germany to protect against faster spreading Corona mutation B117, they start to wear FFP2/N95 masks mandatory next week.

I have bought these masks for all of my extended family. They are said to filter out the virus at a high efficiency rate.
I buy them on Amazon; shop around for the best price.
https://sonoviatech.com/shop/
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby JimF » Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:55 pm

CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant to become dominant in U.S.

This should be readible without a subscripton.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/coronavirus-variant-dominant-us/2021/01/15/4420d814-5738-11eb-a817-e5e7f8a406d6_story.html
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Re: New coronavirus variant

Postby bruce » Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:10 am

The variant is called "highly contagious" in the general population which includes N95 masks, paper masks, and improperly used masks or no masks. Are there scientific studies comparing just N95 to just paper masks?
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