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June 26, 2021 at 10:26 pm #190588
Heard a few far off in the distance Ohio howls tonight. Went out back to look at that fireflies. They were not flying around, just in the trees
That when I heard it twice. Loan moan or howl. I live 20 minutes away from Cuyahoga National ParkMay 30, 2021 at 3:07 pm #189205
And one more item: Journal club is a group of individuals getting together to criticially review a paper. It is not a public evisceration of someone else publication.May 30, 2021 at 2:55 pm #189204
I had a lot to say after I listened to the episode with the critic. I wrote a comment but never posted it because I didn’t want to come off sounding like, well sounding like I think I know more than I know.
But I was offended by the episode, I thought the guest was mean-spirited and hyper-critical. Leave it at that.
And to Dr. Ketchum: I liked the study. I’m with you.December 6, 2020 at 6:24 pm #179714October 2, 2020 at 7:26 pm #176386
SOUNDS LIKE A WASTE OF Good MONEY. I WOULD BUY A BIG FAST Miami Vice Boat, head for the tropics and forget about it.
I have often wondered about using a tranquilizer dart, form a perimeter, drive them to the center, stay in your tank, (You need tanks) shoot them in the rear, hook them up to the tank and roll on home. Just have to hire the drivers, buy the tanks, find someone willing and legally able to have animal tranquilizer in their possession, because if you upset the apple cart by dragging a sasquatch home, they are gonna charge you with possession of a controlled substance, for sure.
Hire a sniper.October 2, 2020 at 6:40 pm #176380
I wish President and Mrs. Trump an uneventful and speedy recovery.August 30, 2020 at 7:42 pm #174463
How can anyone predict when someone will die, unless they are terminal already. Comorbid conditions like immunocmpromise, obesity and diabetes, hypertension are chronic illnesses. People live with these conditions. Any person with eyes willing to see can see that this disease has been politized but…i have seen what it does to people who otherwise would not have died. Its not one or the other, it is somewhere in between. For those who get gravely ill, its not political, they are fighting for their lives. Minimizing the disease is very hurtful to those who have lost loved ones. We should be sensitive to that.
Regarding cytokine storm, there is this disease, transmitted by mosquitoes called dengue fever. The first time you get it, you are mildly ill. The next time you get it, its way worse. I don’t know the mechanism, but it is the immune system overreacting that makes you so sick the second time around
ndroid-verizon-sscr&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#sbfbu=1&pi=dengue%20feverJune 20, 2020 at 8:36 am #170674
I am vaccinated for flu yearly, had hep B, MMR, polio, smallpox vaccines, etc.
Some were mandatory for work, some were childhood immunizations. Some of my immunity is natural. I had chickenpox.
It is easy to forget about the death and destruction caused by infectious disease now that we have vaccines to make the occurrence of outbreaks of preventable illnesses rare. Immunizations provide herd immunity to those who wont get vaccinated. Now, maybe because of decreased immunization compliance, there is a measles outbreak in Washington. Children do die from measles. Other complications include encephalitis and pneumonia, with or without ensuing death. Hemophilus Influenzae type B (HIB vaccine) can cause terrible meningitis. Now we have the HIB vaccine. The incidence of infant meningitis has decreased dramatically. Chicken pox is potentially very dangerous for unimmunized adults and pregnant women.
Immunizations are as much about public health as personal choice. If refusing an immunization only affected the individual, then fine. Take your chances. But refusal of immunizations puts other vulnerable populations at risk. I don’t think that is disputable. And so, I am a proponent of vaccination in general. I want vaccines to be studied and safe before being offered to the general population. That only makes sense. It shouldn’t be about profits for pharm. I understand that concern. And that is a shame because, when implemented carefully and correctly, vaccination is life saving.May 25, 2020 at 7:48 pm #168874
That is not the scientific answer I was looking for. Because lawyers and juries dont know the science either. I know about Kawasaki disease but I am wasted tired. Time to sleep. We can save that debate for another time, if you likeMay 25, 2020 at 6:55 pm #168868
Why is Kawasaki disease caused by vaccines?May 25, 2020 at 6:43 pm #168867
Sweden was smart. Here we are three months later with the problem not solved, no herd immunity for us. Economy in tatters. And if immunity is not lasting, then by the time it hits everyone, sometime next year at the pace we are going, those who had immunity, may no longer have it and the disease may just perpetuate. People are fatigued with social distancing, masking. Personally, I loathe my mask. I just don’t want to put it on anymore but I have to wear it all day at work and anytime I am out and about. I cannot risk being an irresponsible health care worker. Like that nurse who helped reopen her sister’s bar. They crucified her. I don’t want to be the subject of media scrutiny. And truthfully, I have a responsibility to protect others because I am in contact with COVID + patients and so I cannot take the chance of spreading to patients or in the community.
I think Trump let himself be lead down this path because science was not his thing; he was out of his element. He gets criticized for breathing so I fear he did not want to buck the experts and invite more criticism. He is walking a thin line. I wish he would take back the reins and listen to the doctors, weigh what they say, but make his own decisions. We need a plan for protecting our vulnerable citizens, put it in practice, then open up.May 25, 2020 at 5:24 pm #168858
I saw it trotting up the edge of the freeway then it crossed in front of me and looked at me. That is when I saw the big round ears and then it sauntered off to the median. Mostly, it is forested up there, the farther north you get the more coniferous it gets, some hardwoods, mostly conifers. It was not a wolf or coyote, bear or cat. I looked at pictures of chupacabras. that is not what it looked like. It looked like this: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/2b/d0/53/2bd05382b0c4e5fe40fb8df3557cc0d8.jpg
There was a farm off to the east and someone was tilling the field but it was quite a distance away. At first, I thought it was a domestic dog, thought maybe it came from a farm like the one I just saw, that is, until he looked at me and I saw the face and those ears. It was not mangy, it had a good coat of hair.May 25, 2020 at 2:19 pm #168850
For the people that get seriously ill, coronavirus is no joke. There may be factions of our society that are using this pandemic for their own political agenda but that does not change the fact that not being able to breathe is the worst feeling in the world. It is a tortuous way to die. It is because so many people are not severely ill when they contract coronavirus, that there is so much discontent about the lockdown. If this virus was putting everyone in the hospital then no one would be brave enough to venture out, let alone protest about the lockdown and masks. It takes me back to The Wrath of Khan. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. So does that mean that many people need to go back to work? or that many people will die if we go back to work? I dunno. The Government reserves the right to restrict or nullify our individual rights when society is in peril. But wouldn’t it be better if we could isolate the vulnerable and let everyone else get back to the business of living? Maybe, but I have seen a lot of vulnerable people who don’t want to isolate either. They have bills to pay too. It sure would cost a lot less to financially support anyone who has a comorbid condition than to send (not enough) money to everyone. On a lighter note, I was driving up 75 N, about 1 to 2 hours south of the Mackinac Bridge and I saw a small to medium canine, long legs, skinny body, deepish chest, spotty or brindle coat, small snout, big round ears. My first thought when I saw it was, “what is an African Wild Dog doing in Northern Michigan. Weird. I just had to tell someone.May 25, 2020 at 1:55 pm #168846
Proper N95 masks are electrostatically charged. The charge attracts the virion and holds it so it doesn’t go through, not 100%, but good enough for me.April 4, 2020 at 8:21 pm #166149
This is not comparable to seasonal influenza. Sadly, every year, people die from influenza. There is a segment of the population vulnerable to influenza because of chronic illness, age, pregnancy, etc. If it was a NOVEL Influenza, one to which no one was immune, the vulnerable segment would be much larger because no one would have immunity and then, that would be pandemic influenza. Like 1918. This coronavirus is novel to humans so, like a pandemic flu, no one is immune until they have it and worse, it is more contagious than flu. The crux of the matter is that our health care system is not equipped to handle the sudden influx of seriously ill patients. We don’t have enough hospital beds. So, in the worse case scenario, people who may have lived if given medical support, might not even receive care, once the beds run out, further increasing the case fatality rate. I read that in Ohio, there are 34,000 hospital beds, 2500 of those beds are designated ICU. If there was not social distancing and home isolation, the projected peak, per Ohio Dept of Health, of new cases was 67,000/day. If even 10% of those were seriously ill, some requiring ventilatory support, we would use up our ICU beds in short order, and as we were approaching the peak, we would likely already be out of hospital beds. So, what happens to all the other patients who come to the hospital when there are no more beds. New York is what happens. NY did not have the chance to mitigate. Like a tornado at night, it was already upon them when the alarm was sounded. If you compare Novel Coronavirus to influenza, you have to compare it to pandemic influenza, not seasonal influenza. Mitigation is about slowing the rate of infection so we can accommodate the sick patients, rather than everyone being sick at once, like what is happening in New York. Seems like mitigation means slow the spread. So, is the area under the curve the same whether there is mitigation or not? Do we all get it sooner or later? The number we are missing is the total number of infected people. Because if that number is very high, then the case fatality rate is lower. On the other hand, if the number of infected is low, then the case fatality rate is higher. Problem is that we are just getting around to ramping up testing so we really don’t know, yet. Not knowing creates the fear. If we knew that the case fatality rate was low, that might quell some of the fear of contracting this illness. Very frustrating.