Sorry if this has already been posted. I think this is brilliant. Coolest Principal Ever.
Favipiravir is an antiviral already approved in other countries for RNA type viruses. Its being studied for effectiveness against COVID-19 and results out of India look good.
A few month ago I wrote about a new super Tamiflu antiviral that was approved by FDA last year (has been used in Japan for about 4 years). Xofluxa is the brand name, drug is baloxavir marboxil. CNN just wrote an article about a study which showed this drug can work post- exposure (prophylactically) to help prevent the spread of the flu if you are exposed. Tamiflu can be used in the same way but a lot of doctors wont prescribe it for prophylactic use, only if you are already sick (and confirmed with a positive flu test.). The article mentions only Type A was included in the study, but since Xofluza works against both Type A and B using same antiviral mechanism it would follow that it would work prophylactically against the B strain as well.
Maybe now theyll come around and start prescribing flu antivirals to family members if one person in the family tests positive. They should have been doing this all along! But way too much focus was on the flu vaccine as the sole weapon. With the COVID spread its clear we need more than one approach.
Japan also haS an antiviral Favipiravir that is in clinical trials for its effectiveness against COVID.
Why arent we hearing more about the bounties Russia paid the Taliban for killing US Soldiers??? No, were onto the next distraction. Todays headline was Trump wears mask at while touring laboratory. Seriously???? Why not Trump flosses teeth after brushing. Or Trump washes hands after using urinal. Dear God.
If I were a family member of one of the soldiers killed by bounty rewarded Taliban Id be all the more traumatized by the fact that we LEARNED this horrible information about bounties being paid, yet ignored the story for what equates to a gossip rag story.
Im furious. The media, our Government representatives, our military, and the citizens of the United Stars need to demand answers! Dont let up until we do.
My son works part-time at FedEx loading and unloading semis. They dont wear masks while working inside the trucks as it would be almost impossible in the conditions (over 100 degree heat, ridiculous pace expected. Try doing bench press and squats continuously for 5 hours in 100+ heat, only one 10 minute break, and you get the idea). FedEx requires they wear masks in the building break rooms, etc, and there is only one loader per semi truckso I guess they assume its safe. They retrofitted all doors so that you can open with your feet.
Anyway, he started coughing 2 days ago and had a headache and very slight fever (99 degrees but he is usually 97). I started him on Cold Eeze zinc lozenges immediately. Today he feels pretty good. temp 98.3, but since there has been more than one person who tested positive at FedEx they want him to get tested.
Im not really worried about him (knock on wood), but I just dont want to get sick or my husband. We bought some HEPA air cleaners and have one running in his room and in ours. The good thing is hes literally never out of his room when home, even before he started feeling sick. Sleeping or playing online games (he goes back to school in the fall). Weve also been super careful about making sure everyone in our family wears masks when they go out. Now when he leaves his room for anywhere else in the house he wears a mask and uses hand sanitizer before touching anything.
Ill keep everyone posted. If, God forbid, he tests positive but we (hopefully) remain negative it will tell me if our precautions worked.
A potentially exciting breakthrough for generating new neurons and completely reversing Parkinsons...at least in mice. I know that just because something works well in mice doesnt mean it will act the same in humans, but hopefully this discovery will lead to a cure...one way or another.
Not a cure or a vaccine, but if remdesivir can be administered at home and be shown effective in earlier stages of infection, this gives me some hope. If it can be used prophylactically, even better. For example if someone has been exposed but not yet showing symptoms. Many anti-virals will prevent the virus from infecting a person if given after exposure.
I apologize if this video has been posted before, but I just stumbled across it and thought I'd share. It gave me some real insight into why Trump supporters continue to support Trump no matter what. Basically their thought process and the way the view the world is akin to how a normal 5-year old sees the world. It's just that most people develop beyond that.
EDIT: Many are pointing out that the advice given at the end for how to combat Trump seems completely wrong. I absolutely agree! While the explanation from the psychologist re: Trump voters and why they support him no matter what made sense to me, the advice the video maker gave at the end for how to deal with Trump seemed exactly opposite of what needs to be done. Hillary DID give a lot of policy, maybe too much even. You can't combat people who are driven by emotion with "boring" policy. That made zero sense.
Ive seen many posts on a different (progressive) site where they will cite a story about Trump supporters doing something stupid and ending up dying from coronavirus. The comments are brutal, mocking, and almost celebratory. To me they sound like comments Trump supporters would make. If it were just one or two stories thats one thing, but Ive seen several now and these types of mocking comments are the rule, not the exception.
One example was the couple in AZ who took fish tank chloroquine and the husband died. I heard an interview of the wife and it was absolutely heart breaking. It was clear this couple was TERRIFIED and wouldnt venture out of their home (so they werent putting anyone else at risk). They believed Trump and were desperate to protect themselves. After her husbands death the woman was filled with grief and pleaded with people not to believe what Trump or anyone but the doctors said. It broke my heart. Yet the overwhelming response from this particular popular liberal site was to laugh and mock about how stupid they were and thats what they get for believing Trump. To talk about Darwin awards.
I dont get it. Cant we at least be human?
Some New York hospitals are entering a trial of using COVID-19 antibodies as a treatment for COVID-19. China just published results from a very small trial (5 patients) who were not responding to other treatments. Looks promising. Lets hope!
EDIT: Below is a fascinating article that describes the different targets of attack for halting coronavirus inside the body. It explains why certain therapies appear to show some promise.
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