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  1. My vaccine appointment was for 6.55 pm today, at a centre in a suburb of East Kilbride, called High Whitehills. The Strathaven to EK bus goes a very circuitous route, which includes the road past the centre. More on that, later. It was dark, and I was looking out of the window, but didn't see the familiar sites that would have indicated time to get off. The driver had been speaking to the only other passenger, and telling him that he was new and unfamiliar with the route, which would explain why he was 16 minutes late leaving Strathaven, making me late for the appointment. I concluded tha
  2. From the LA Times A coronavirus variant that emerged in mid-2020 and surged to become the dominant strain in California not only spreads more readily than its predecessors, but also evades antibodies generated by COVID-19 vaccines or prior infection and is associated with severe illness and death, researchers said. In a study that helps explain the state’s dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths — and portends further trouble ahead — scientists at UC San Francisco said the cluster of mutations that characterizes the homegrown strain should mark it as a “variant of concern” on par
  3. A H5N8 strain of bird flu has been detected in humans for the first time, among seven workers who were infected at a Russian poultry plant in December. There is no evidence of the strain being transmitted between humans, but Russia has reported the transmission to the World Health Organization. The workers now feel well, and “the situation did not develop further”, according to Dr Anna Popova, head of consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. She said the workers had been infected during an outbreak of the strain at the plant. Outbreaks of the strain have been reported in Russia
  4. Some of the effects of global warming can be extremely counterintuitive. It has long been predicted by climate scientist that the Arctic would experience above average warming, due to positive feedback effects. However, no one predicted the consequences of this, which we're now seeing. The very cold polar air mass is held in place by the polar jet stream, which moves in a 'wavy', undulating manner, from west to east. The jet stream is a result of the temperature contrast between polar and sub polar air masses. As the Arctic has warmed more than the sub Arctic, the temperature contrast has
  5. I've just had my 'blue envelope' vaccination appointment through the letter box. It's a 16 mile round trip to East Kilbride. Luckily, the centre is on the bus route. The government appears to have been pretty efficient with the roll out, but how hard can it be to have local health centres in small towns administer it?
  6. Doctors in Japan warn of long lasting Covid symptoms in young people. Doctors are warning that many people who contract the coronavirus, especially younger patients, are suffering after effects for a lengthy period of time despite subsequently testing negative for the virus. “Most of them are in their 40s or younger. The government needs to take the issue seriously and implement countermeasures,” one of the doctors said. The after effects include malaise and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, patients became bedridden even though they had been diagnosed with a mild case of C
  7. From the LA Times "California scientists have discovered a homegrown coronavirus strain that appears to be propagating faster than any other variant on the loose in the Golden State. Two independent research groups said they stumbled upon the new strain while looking for signs that a highly transmissible variant from the United Kingdom had established itself here. Instead, they found a new branch of the virus’ family tree — one whose sudden rise and distinctive mutations have made it a prime suspect in California’s vicious holiday surge. As they pored over genetic sequencing dat
  8. The 1889-90 Russian flu pandemic may have been caused by a novel coronavirus. The 1889–1890 flu pandemic, also known as the "Asiatic flu" or "Russian flu", was a pandemic that killed about 1 million people worldwide, out of a population of about 1.5 billion. It was the last great pandemic of the 19th century, and is among the deadliest pandemics in history. It is not known for certain what agent was responsible for the pandemic. Since the 1950s it has been conjectured to be Influenza A virus subtype H2N2. A 1999 seroarcheological study found the strain to be Influenza A virus subtype
  9. New coronavirus variant identified in German hospital. The article says it's different from the UK, South African and Brazilian variants, and that it's too early to say if it's more contagious. But with 35 out of 73 patients and staff in the hospital infected with it, it certainly seems to be more contagious. "A new variant of the coronavirus has been identified in a hospital in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a Bavarian ski town, local media reported Monday. Last Tuesday, the hospital discovered an "abnormality" for the first time in a coronavirus test device that indicated it was not
  10. Californians face unprecedented fire blackouts in January. "In an unprecedented move, California utilities are warning they may need to cut power to more than 280,000 homes and businesses to prevent live wires from sparking wildfires as high winds are set to sweep through the drought-weary state. Edison International’s Southern California Edison said 277,078 customers in multiple counties including Los Angeles face blackouts within 48 hours due to a forecast of a strong Santa Ana wind event. None of its customers that had been affected by earlier cuts are facing power outage as of Su
  11. Excellent article on the evolution of the virus. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/01/coronavirus-mutations-variants/617694/
  12. A more dangerous and infectious Covid strain found in Lebanon. PCR tests administered in Lebanon in the past few days have shown a change in the genetic makeup of coronavirus (COVID-19), an official has revealed. “50% of the tests during the past days showed the presence of a new type of virus, the danger of which is that it spreads faster,” MP Ali Al-Miqdad, a member of the Parliamentary Health Committee, told the National News Agency on Friday. PCR tests conducted in two major laboratories in Lebanon showed a genetic change in the virus, Al-Miqdad said, adding that it is not y
  13. The NASA GISS global temperature anomaly for December has just been added to the table data, and it's surprisingly small - just the sixth warmest December on record, and the lowest anomaly for any month since August 2018. That makes 2020 the joint warmest year on record with 2016 at 1.02 C above the 1951-80 average. The reason for the low anomaly is the recent development of a La Nina in the tropical Pacific, which is the cool counterpart of El Nino. A record strong El Nino boosted global temperatures in 2016. https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata_v4/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt Howe
  14. Potentially very significant article in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, explaining how a cluster of infections in a South Korea tower block, only infected residents who lived in two vertical lines within the block, strongly suggesting aerosol transmission through air ducts, and the potential for low viral load to cause disease. Abstract Background Scientists have strongly implied that aerosols could be the plausible cause of COVID-19 transmission; however, aerosol transmission remains controversial. The study We investigated the epidemiological relationship
  15. "A new coronavirus variant identified in Japan over the weekend has the "potential" to be more infectious, although whether or not this is the case has yet to be determined, health officials have said. The new variant, which differs from others recently found in South Africa and the U.K., was detected in four travelers who arrived in Japan after flying from Brazil's Amazonas state, Japan's Health Ministry said on Sunday. Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) said it was not immediately clear how infectious the new variant is. "At the moment, there is no proof
  16. 11.5 times increase in incidence of the new variant in just 3 weeks in Denmark. Doesn't take a maths genius to see that's exponential growth, and it will be the dominant strain there shortly. Denmark is the world leader in sequencing, so it's just being detected more there because of that. It'll be the same in many EU countries. "If other countries that have detected B.1.1.7 also see it surge, it will be “the strongest evidence we will have,” Pybus says. In Ireland, where infections have risen rapidly as well, the variant now accounts for a quarter of sequenced cases. And data from Denmar
  17. Matt Hancock has said that he is 'incredibly concerned' about the new South African variant, partly because of its very vigorous spread, and partly because he has been advised that the vaccines may be less effective against it than the UK variant. However, experts have said that it should be possible to 'tweak' the vaccines to combat it in about 4 to 6 weeks. SARS2 is a winter virus, and winter viruses, such as flu, decline to very low levels in summer. The combination of lockdown measures and summer weather resulted in a steep decline in cases and deaths during the summer months. Then, i
  18. Lots of good, up to date graphs on this site relating to UK hospitalisations, positive tests, deaths etc. Click on categories at the top right of the page. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/healthcare
  19. The new variant now accounts for a huge 69% of cases in London. It is estimated to be 70% more transmissible than the virus strain that it is in the process of replacing. However, scientists are a notoriously conservative bunch, particularly when there's a lack of information, making estimates more tricky. The information coming out of London is downright scary, and suggests that the '70% more transmissible' estimate will need to be revised sharply upwards. From the Evening Standard: bear in mind that these are the percentage increases in new cases in just a single week Richmon
  20. Fantastic photo! Even got the Christmas holly in it.
  21. Seems now that the new South African strain is quite different from the new strain in the UK. Might even be worse.
  22. New Covid variant blamed for a surge in cases in the London, UK, area, has become the dominant strain driving a surge in South African cases, and anecdotal evidence suggests it is affecting many more young people, with no health comorbidities. "Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim have announced that the latest wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa is being driven by a mutated variant of the virus that appears to be infecting more young people than the first wave of infections. During a briefing on Friday 18 December, Mkhize and Karim warned that t
  23. Vaccine queue calculator estimates when you can expect to get your jab, based on an expected 1 million vaccinations a week. https://www.omnicalculator.com/health/vaccine-queue-uk
  24. There's a good article about it in today's Guardian, but a bit technical. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/15/uk-should-boost-vaccine-programme-to-tackle-covid-variant-says-leading-scientist
  25. The NASA figure for the November global temperature anomaly has just been added to the table data, an incredible 1.13 C above the 1951-80 average, and that during a strong La Nina, which should have caused significant cooling. The previous highest November was during the record 2015/16 El Nino, at 1.06 C. So, a strong La Nina year beats a record El Nino year by 0.07 C, just 5 years later. That is very, very disturbing. And I really don't get why scientists are saying that 2020 'might beat or tie' the 2016 record warmth year. The 11 months so far in 2020
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