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  1. 'Harvey' sounds friendly, too. Dumped a US record five feet of rain on Houston in 2018, and killed 68 people, with an additional 39 indirect deaths.
  2. Air pollution causes systemic inflammation, and people living in highly polluted areas are more likely to get a severe dose of COVID-19, if they become infected, because of this. But, although ozone is a dangerous pollutant, it's also a very powerful disinfectant, and the study seems to be suggesting that the benefits of its virus killing properties outweigh its health hazards.
  3. Another preprint. Suggests that ground level ozone kills the virus. Well, we knew that, but it wasn't clear if that had a significant effect on infections. Seems it has. Abstract COVID-19, which is a consequence of infection with the novel viral agent SARS-CoV-2, first identified in China (Hubei Province), has been declared a pandemic by the WHO. As of September 10, 2020, over 70,000 cases and over 2,000 deaths have been recorded in Poland. Of the many factors contributing to the level of transmission of the virus, the weather appears to be significant. In this work we analyse the im
  4. This is an abstract from a preprint paper, which means that it hasn't yet been peer reviewed. Abstract The herd immunity threshold is the proportion of a population that must be immune to an infectious disease, either by natural infection or vaccination such that, in the absence of additional preventative measures, new cases decline and the effective reproduction number falls below unity. This fundamental epidemiological parameter is still unknown for the recently-emerged COVID-19, and mathematical models have predicted very divergent results. Population studies using antibody testin
  5. COVID-19 in Africa: Milder Than Expected Pandemic Has Experts Puzzled https://www.dw.com/en/covid-19-in-africa-milder-than-expected-pandemic-has-experts-puzzled/a-54918467 'Milder than expected' is an understatement. It's like it's a totally different disease in Africa, but genetic studies of the virus show that it's exactly the same as the virus that has brought the west to its knees. One explanation for this is that Africa has a much younger population, and that's definitely a factor. I'm a science nerd, but on the subject of disease causation, I'm supernerd. I started to revi
  6. Hurricane Sally has just made landfall (10 am) on the Alabama - Florida border, as a category 2 storm, with 105 mph sustained winds. It's moving inland at a very slow 3 mph, which means it'll hang around longer than most landfalling hurricanes, and cause more damage than would normally be expected for a 105 mph storm. The National Hurricane Center has warned of 'historic and catastrophic' flooding, due to the huge amount of rainfall. Pensacola, Florida, is getting the worst of it.
  7. We've been warned for many years that global warming would result in more, and stronger tropical cyclones. Yesterday, there were five named storms in the Atlantic, equalling the record for simultaneous named storms. One of them has since dissipated, but there's another system emerging from Africa to replace it. Sally will be making landfall near Mobile, Alabama tonight, as a category 1 hurricane. Tropical storm Vicky is the latest addition to the family - only the second time that 'V' has been used. Since we're only 5 days past the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, it's almost certain tha
  8. Tropical storm Sally has just formed over Florida, and is currently just about to enter the Gulf of Mexico. It has sustained winds of 40 mph, and is predicted by the National Hurricane Center to make landfall near New Orleans on Tuesday as a low end 80 mph category 1 hurricane. That would cause power outages and some structural damage, but nothing to write home about. However, the NHC admits that there is 'some uncertainty' about the intensity, and many observers on the tropical weather forum I visit are suggesting that it could rapidly intensify up to a major hurricane category 3. There
  9. La Nina has officially been declared. This is the cool counterpart of El Nino, which is a warming of the eastern tropical Pacific. La Ninas usually have a small global cooling effect, and the magnitude of this is dependent on whether the La Nina is classed as weak, moderate or strong. La Ninas usually last for a minimum of 5 months. The regional climatic effects around the globe include reduced rainfall in east Africa. During the strong 2010-11 event, between 50,000 and 100,000 people in Somalia and neighbouring countries died of famine. It would have been far worse in the past, without inte
  10. Not really into opera, but I enjoy trawling Youtube for 'flash mob' videos, and found this one the other day. It's an opera singer who just 'popped up' in a Leeds shopping centre, and gave a jaw dropping rendition of Nessum Dorma. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9I3W26Bzvk&list=RDT9I3W26Bzvk&start_radio=1
  11. A New Theory Asks: Could a Mask be a Crude 'Vaccine'? Very interesting theory from the New York Times. NYT is usually paywalled, but allows coronavirus articles without subscription. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/health/covid-masks-immunity.html From the article: 'The unproven idea, described in a commentary published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, is inspired by the age-old concept of variolation, the deliberate exposure to a pathogen to generate a protective immune response. First tried against smallpox, the risky practice eventually fell out of favo
  12. Winter resurgence of virus likely. Cut & paste There is growing evidence that seasonal factors could influence the evolution of the current Covid‐19 pandemic, with experts predicting human-to-human transmission of the virus will become more widespread in winter. The science comes from climatic, behavioural, medical and historic sources and, unfortunately, most point to the same conclusion: we face a long hard winter ahead. The latest study, published on Tuesday in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases journal, found an association between low relative humidity and an incr
  13. NASA global temperature anomaly for July just in, and it's the second warmest July on record, at 0.89 C above the 1951-80 average. July 2019 is the warmest on record, at 0.95 C, and 2016 the third warmest, at 0.85 C. https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata_v4/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt We're now approaching the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season. September 10 is the peak. There are currently two low pressure systems in the Atlantic, which the National Hurricane Center expect will develop into named storms. Conditions are more conducive than normal for hurricane development,
  14. With news accounts of day trippers to England's south coast beaches being packed like sardines into trains, and the story of the Millport ferry turning turtle due to the sheer weight of passengers (maybe some exaggeration there), I was beginning to feel left out. I hadn't actually heard an official announcement that tourist travel on public transport was now permitted, so I emailed Citylink, and got the reply that it was, so decided to resume excursions. Bus services to many key destinations have been restricted, and the Fort William and Inverness trips are now not doable. The Glasgow to
  15. Yes, but the measures in place will be equally, if not more effective at stopping the flu spreading. Edit: I tried to make the post below a separate post, but it turned out added to my reply to Sams post, with the message 'your replies have been merged'. Sobering analysis from two US leading epidemiologists: Two of the country’s top infectious disease experts presented a sobering look at the battle still to come against Covid-19. Their message, conveyed during a recent CNBC event, was encapsulated in related views on how much of a difference a coronavirus vaccine can make
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