And Now, a Sinkhole Full of Rats New York Magazine. Very on-brand for 2020.
A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air El Pais (DJ). See also COVID-19 Airborne Transmission Tool Available Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. The tool was developed by José Luis Jiménez (linked to at NC here, here, and here).
Public health antibody screening indicates a six-fold higher SARS-CoV-2 exposure rate than reported cases in children Cell. Bavaria. From the Highlights: “SARS-CoV-2 dual antibody strategy yielded 100% specificity and >95% sensitivity. Childhood surveillance finds 6-fold higher antibody prevalence than reported cases. Half of the antibody positive children were asymptomatic.”
COVID-19 Outbreak at an Overnight Summer School Retreat ― Wisconsin, July–August 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It looks to me like the Summer School actually did make an effort at social distancing, though obviously not enough. “Classes were held in outdoor pavilions with approximately 20 students per class seated <6 feet (<2 m) apart at tables. Teachers wore masks during class and were socially distanced from students at all times.” This sentence caught my eye: “All illnesses were mild to moderate, and no hospitalizations or deaths occurred.” This makes me think that there really may be a dose-response relationship.
Effectiveness of Face Masks in Preventing Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 American Society for Microbiology. This paragraph caught my eye: “It has been reported that the stability of the virus in the air changes depending on the droplet/aerosol components, such as inorganics, proteins, and surfactants, suggesting that the permeation efficiency of masks is also affected by the components of viral droplets/aerosols…. Further detailed analysis will be required to reveal the precise relationship between the protective efficiency of masks and the components of viral droplets/aerosols.”
COVID-19 transmission—up in the air The Lancet
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COVID-19 outpatients – early risk-stratified treatment with zinc plus low dose hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin: a retrospective case series study (pre-proof) International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (an Elsevier, peer-reviewed journal). n=141. From the Conclusion: “Risk stratification-based treatment of COVID-19 outpatients as early as possible after symptom onset with the used triple therapy, including the combination of zinc with low dose hydroxychloroquine, was associated with significantly fewer hospitalizations.” The author, Zelenko’s, “Protocol” in layperson’s terms. Zinc stans rejoice! Zelenko’s political views.
Chart of Latin American Covid treatments:
An excellent summary of Latin American #COVID19 treatment guidelines by @cla_cor despite lack of evidence many countries recommending drugs like HCQ, LPVr, Azithro, Ivermectin, etc. #ChasingTheSun @IDWeek2020 pic.twitter.com/vTexvpN962
— Carlos del Rio (@CarlosdelRio7) October 22, 2020
BLACK: no evidence; GREEN: Recommended (strong); YELLOW: recommended (weak); RED: not recommended. LIGHT BLUE: not mentioned in each country guidelines. DIVIDED COLOR in a box (Peru): Infectious Disease society gives an opposite recommendation to official government guidelines.
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Robust neutralizing antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 infection persist for months Science. From the abstract: “Here we report that the vast majority of infected individuals with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 experience robust IgG antibody responses against the viral spike protein, based on a dataset of 30,082 individuals screened at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. We also show that titers are relatively stable for at least a period approximating 5 months and that anti-spike binding titers significantly correlate with neutralization of authentic SARS-CoV-2.”
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The Huawei war Evgeny Morozov, Le Monde Diplomatique
Labour party suspends Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism report FT Corbyn’s response:
You don’t usually need an account to view public profiles tho but this is the screenshot! pic.twitter.com/9zK6UuBNeF
— ? (@beeJ_w) October 29, 2020
Jeremy Corbyn to fight suspension from Labour after EHRC antisemitism report comments – as it happened Guardian. Sanders take note.
Why are British people protesting U.S. farm imports? The Counter. You’ll eat it and like it.
New Cold War
Russian in Cyprus Was Behind Key Parts of Discredited Dossier on Trump WSJ. And the deck: “A Wall Street Journal investigation points to the identity of ‘Source 3′ as a disgruntled PR executive with a ‘vast network’ of sources.” What a cesspit.
Are Dead People Voting By Mail? Evidence From Washington State Administrative Records (PDF) Democracy & Polarization Lab, Stanford University
Our Famously Free Press
The Extraordinary Pierre Omidyar Mark Ames and Yasha Levine, NSFWCorp. From 2013, still germane.’
“It’s A Head Fake”: Anonymous’s Big Reveal Calls New York Times’ Sourcing Into Question Vanity Fair. Indeed. It’s a sad day when the Times platforms anonymous officials, instead of anonymous intelligence officials.
Invisible 9/11s: Only the CIA Can See How US Is Attacked By Nations It Targets Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News
These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence World Economic Forum. Worth a read. First, they came for the working class…
Common Ownership and the Corporate Governance Channel for Employer Power in Labor Markets (PDF) Marshall Steinbaum, Antitrust Bulletin
The Remarkable Value of Thinking Broadly: A COVID-19 Trifecta (interview) Zeynep Tufekci, MedScape
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.