Sunday Covid News

In my attempt to be an FYI site on weekends I try to find important stuff in and around the Covid-19 virus that my readers can use in their everyday lives……

Hopefully most people truly want to know ALL info about and around this pandemic for their and their family safety.

This is for all those people that bought those cloth “neck gaiters” as a substitute for the masks they could not find….a recent study seems to say that these things were useless…..and that ism just not so… here is the “rest of the story”…..

Don’t throw out your neck gaiters just yet.

A new study has spurred numerous headlines declaring that neck gaiters may be worse than wearing no mask at all for controlling the spread of COVID-19. But the actual study, published August 7 in Science Advances, isn’t that conclusive, nor was it designed to be.

“The headline that neck gaiters can be worse is totally inaccurate,” says Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. Publicity like this is worrisome because “it can turn people off of mask wearing, which we know can protect both the individual wearing the mask and those around them,” she says.

Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t use this study to decide which mask to wear:

4 reasons you shouldn’t trash your neck gaiter based on the new mask study

Have you bought some of those N95 masks….well there is a way to sanitize them without destroying them……

One of the vexing problems with N95 masks amid the pandemic has been how to safely clean and reuse them. Turns out, a common electric cooker will do the trick, says a peer-reviewed study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. To be clear, the masks in the study are N95 respirator masks, not regular cloth masks that can be cleaned with soap and water. For their study, the researchers used a $50 Farberware multifunction pressure cooker, but the principal would apply to other models, including the popular Instant Pot. This video explains the process, notes NBC Chicago. Put a towel in the pot (to keep the masks from touching the pot itself), put the mask or masks on the towel, then run a 50-minute cycle of dry heat. That is, don’t put water in the pot, and the vent can stay open.

“The N95 can be reused using a very simple method,” researcher Thanh H. Nguyen tells the Washington Post. “We are not testing exhaustively every device out there, everything, but we want to show that this concept works. Then people can use the idea and apply to other things.” The team found that the cleaning cycle removed at least 99.9% of each virus tested. And they found no degradation in the quality of the mask’s respirator after 20 cycles. The researchers explain more in this Q&A. One caveat: The researchers don’t advise using the same cooker to disinfect masks and cook food.

And for those that need a visual interpretation….

I read an article that asked the question…..a vaccine is found, now what?

Amid talk of vaccine nationalism, news of countries hoarding Covid-19 medication, and vaccine hesitancy, many fail to see the potential good news.

Currently, there are 165 viable vaccine candidates around the world, 26 of them are either in the process of or about to start human trials.

One of the manufacturers, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, has just struck a deal with the European Commission: According to the agreement, the EU has reserved 300 million doses of a possible vaccine.

The vaccine journey could take us to one of several destinations, which include: multiple vaccines being successful in the end, only one working or none of them could work.

Remember a few months back when the news was that the loss of smell was an indicator of the Covid-19?

Well there has been a study on this occurrence….

A small study out of Europe is the first to look at how smell loss associated with COVID-19 differs from that caused by a severe cold or the flu—and the findings bolster the theory that the coronavirus infects the brain and central nervous system, per a press release. A group of smell disorder experts conducted smell and taste tests on a group of 30 participants: Ten of them had had COVID-19 for about two weeks, 10 had had bad colds, and 10 served as controls. The goal, per study lead Carl Philpott of Norwich Medical School, was to figure out how a symptom common to both illnesses actually differs. Per their study in the journal Rhinology, they found three main deviations, in addition to the fact that the smell loss tended to be more severe: With COVID-19 smell loss, the patient can breathe freely, typically doesn’t have a stuffed or runny nose, and can’t detect sweet or bitter tastes.

Philpott explains that “it has previously been suggested that the COVID-19 virus affects the central nervous system, based on the neurological signs developed by some patients. There are also similarities with SARS, which has also been reported to enter the brain, possibly via smell receptors in the nose. Our results reflect, at least to some extent, a specific involvement at the level of central nervous system in some COVID-19 patients.” And he calls the results “very exciting,” because they suggest smell and taste tests could be put to use in a diagnostic manner. Though they wouldn’t be precise enough to replace the common swab test, “they could provide an alternative when conventional tests are not available or when rapid screening is needed, particularly at the level of primary care, in emergency departments, or at airports,” he says.

There is the Covid-19 news that did not make the MSM…..hope you find it useful in some small way.

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“lego ergo scribo”

2 thoughts on “Sunday Covid News

  1. Using the cooking pot to sanitise masks seems to be a waste of money. You couldn’t really use it for food after, so might just as well buy new masks instead.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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