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    Daily Digest 5/27 – Grocery Workers In The Dark About COVID Risks, Immunity To Coronaviruses: What Do We Know So Far?

    by Daily Digest

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 8:54 AM


On the front lines of the pandemic, grocery workers are in the dark about risks (tmn)

Amid the pandemic, the country’s nearly 40,000 grocery stores have been classified by officials as essential businesses that must remain open, putting the stores at the front lines of the crisis. Grocery stores, one place most consumers cannot avoid during the pandemic, have reported double-digit growth in sales in recent months.

At least 100 grocery workers nationwide have died of complications from the virus since late March, and at least 5,500 others have tested positive, according to a Post review of data from the nation’s largest grocery workers union, other workers’ rights coalitions and media reports.

‘Contain potentially misleading information’: Twitter fact-checks Trump’s tweets (tmn)

The header reads: “Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to ‘a Rigged Election.’ However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.”

“Trump falsely claimed that California will send mail-in ballots to ‘anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there.’ In fact, only registered voters will receive ballots. Though Trump targeted California, mail-in ballots are already used in some states, including Oregon, Utah and Nebraska.”

Immunity to coronaviruses: What do we know so far? (Roger B.)

“We need to find out many things about SARS-CoV-2 immunity, such as how good is the immune response and how long does it last. We also need to understand if people with mild or asymptomatic infections develop a strong or weak immune response and what measurable properties of immunity predict protection from infection. When we know more about these things, we will be better able to understand how SARS-CoV-2 infections will continue over time. However, vaccines are not infections, therefore it is likely that some of the vaccines candidates will be better at inducing long lasting immunity and protection from infection,” said Professor Kellam.

First results from human COVID-19 immunology study reveal universally effective antibodies (Roger B.)

“This suggests just about everybody can do this, which is very good news for vaccines,” says Michel C. Nussenzweig, head of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology at Rockefeller. “It means if you were able to create a vaccine that elicits these particular antibodies, then the vaccine is likely to be effective and work for a lot of people.”

HCQ breakthrough: ICMR finds it’s effective in preventing coronavirus, expands its use (Paul B.)

The advisory states the drug should be discontinued if it causes the “rare” side effects related to the heart, such as cardiomyopathy, a disease which makes it harder for heart to pump blood to the entire body, and heart-rate disorders.

The advisory mentions that HCQ, in rare cases, can cause visual disturbance, including “blurring of vision, which is usually self-limiting and improves on discontinuation of the drug”. ICMR has clarified that “for the above cited reasons — heart and vision — the drug has to be given under strict medical supervision with an informed consent”.

India Expands Use Of HCQ To Prevent Coronavirus Based On Three Studies (Jed F.)

Investigations were conducted by the ICMR at three central government hospitals in New Delhi, which concluded that “amongst healthcare workers involved in Covid-19 care, those on HCQ prophylaxis were less likely to develop SARS-CoV-2 infection, compared to those who were not on it.”

How Trump turned possible COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroquine into a political flashpoint in Michigan (KathyP)

Later that day, Trump’s physician Sean Conley issued a memo. “After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded that the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the risks,” he wrote, adding that he was monitoring “myriad studies investigating potential COVID-19 therapies.” Notably, the memo fell short of confirming that he prescribed the drug for Trump or that the president was even actually taking it.

Still, Trump’s claim was shocking because a 2018 physical examination showed that he has a common form of heart disease, potentially putting him at risk for death. Plus, other possible hydroxychloroquine side effects include hallucinations, paranoia, and psychosis.

Coronavirus Uses Same Strategy As HIV To Evade, Cripple Immune System: Chinese Study Finds (Jed F.)

Specifically, both viruses remove marker molecules on the surface of an infected cell that are used by the immune system to identify invaders, the researchers said in a non-peer reviewed paper titled “The ORF8 Protein of SARS-CoV-2 Mediates Immune Evasion through Potently Downregulating MHC-I”, posted on pre-print website bioRxiv.org on Sunday (a paper which the great hordes of amateur epidemiologists will make sure is promptly taken down or else their carefully planted propaganda may be obliterated). They warned that this commonality could mean Sars-CoV-2, the clinical name for the virus, could be around for some time, like HIV.

Hospital visitor bans fail disabled patients, complaint says (DennisC)

As a result, people with disabilities are being denied equal access to medical treatment, the complaint says, because they are denied “effective communication” and the right to provide “informed consent,” leading to “substantial and lasting emotional harm.” Some people with disabilities have unnecessarily been restrained, the complaint says, either by being tied down or sedated. Had a support person or relative been present to calm the patient, advocates and families say, no restraints would likely have been necessary.

The undocumented restaurant workers who fed us are being forgotten. This is their struggle (tmn)

The coronavirus crisis has brought into sharp focus the structural disparity of an industry that relies on such workers to make restaurants profitable. Now the workers who have been making restaurants run efficiently — and who contribute millions in payroll and unemployment taxes every year — have been left to fend for themselves.

Oscar, who is undocumented and requested his surname be withheld for privacy, is another restaurant worker reeling from the sudden loss of income.

The State Of Texas Collected Huge Royalty Check Before Price Crash (Michael S.)

Oil towns in Texas, North Dakota, Alaska, Wyoming, and Oklahoma are accustomed to the boom-and-bust nature of the oil industry. But this time around, the economic prospects and job losses are aggravated by the layoffs in the hospitality and entertainment industry during the lockdowns, and the oil towns and counties could take years to recover, officials fear.

How the Blob Is Warming British Columbia’s Fjords (tmn)

Warm waters are a challenge for salmon off the BC coast, confirms William Cheung, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia; they can’t tolerate too much heat, he says. Cheung’s recent modeling work shows that in a marine heatwave year, the mass of sockeye salmon off the coast of Alaska and British Columbia is expected to decline by 10 percent.

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