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posted by martyb on Saturday February 01 2020, @03:40AM   Printer-friendly
from the It-seems-the-only-sure-way-to-avoid-getting-the-virus-is-to-give-up-breathing. dept.

Multiple Soylentils have submitted stories regarding the 2019-nCoV coronavirus which is believed to have originated in the city of Wuhan, China in December 2019. Rather than have a smattering of stories appear on the site, they have been gathered here in one story. Read on if you are interested; otherwise another story will be along presently.

How Does Coronavirus Spread and How Can You Protect Yourself?

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/coronavirus-spread-protect-200130115539072.html:

The 2019-nCoV coronavirus spreads from person to person in close proximity, similarly to other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu.

The disease can be transmitted through sneezing or coughing, which disperses droplets of body fluids such as saliva or mucus.

According to scientists, coughs and sneezes can travel several feet and stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes.

These droplets can come into direct contact with other people, or can infect those who pick them up by touching surfaces on which the infected droplets land, or touching a surface and then their face.

It is not yet know how long the virus can survive on surfaces, but in other viruses the range is between a few hours or months.

Transmission is of particular concern on transport, where droplets containing the coronavirus could pass between passengers or via surfaces like plane seats and armrests.

The incubation period of the coronavirus, the length of time before symptoms appear, is between one and 14 days.

Though not yet confirmed, Chinese health authorities believe the virus can be transmitted before symptoms appear.

This would have major implications for containment measures, according to Gerard Krause, head of the Department for Epidemiology at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection.

"It's unusual for respiratory diseases transmissible even before the first symptoms have occurred," he told Al Jazeera.

"But the consequences is that if it happens then they have no public health means sort out or to identify people at risk of transmitting, because they don't even know that they're ill yet."

[...] In terms of self protection and containing the virus, experts agree that is important to wash hands thoroughly with soap; cover your face when coughing or sneezing; visit a doctor if you have symptoms and avoid direct contact with live animals in affected areas.

While face masks are popular, scientists doubt their effectiveness against airborne viruses.

They may provide some protection to you and others, but they are loose and made of permeable material, meaning droplets can still pass through.

Some countries, such as the UK and Nigeria, have advised people travelling back from China to self-quarantine for at least two weeks.

China coronavirus: Beijing confirms use of anti-HIV drugs at some hospitals

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3047667/china-coronavirus-beijing-confirms-use-anti-hiv-drugs-some

Beijing's government announced on Sunday that some of the city's hospitals are giving patients infected with the Wuhan coronavirus medication used to treat HIV, part of efforts to stop the spread of the deadly illness.

"Online rumors say that an anti-Aids drug has been used and proved to be effective in treating the coronavirus," according to a statement by Beijing Municipal Health Commission. "The National Health Commission has recommended the rumored names to treat the coronavirus before and we have Lopinavir/Ritonavir in stock in Beijing,"

Three Beijing hospitals designated to treat confirmed coronavirus cases – Beijing Ditan Hospital, Beijing Youan Hospital, and No 5 Medical Center of PLA General Hospital – have begun using this therapy for treatment, the statement added.

The two drugs are antiretrovirals, which block the ability of HIV to bind with healthy cells and reproduce, and are often used in combination to treat the illness.

Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.01.30.927871v1

Abstract:

We are currently witnessing a major epidemic caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019- nCoV). The evolution of 2019-nCoV remains elusive. We found 4 insertions in the spike glycoprotein (S) which are unique to the 2019-nCoV and are not present in other coronaviruses. Importantly, amino acid residues in all the 4 inserts have identity or similarity to those in the HIV- 1 gp120 or HIV-1 Gag. Interestingly, despite the inserts being discontinuous on the primary amino acid sequence, 3D-modelling of the 2019-nCoV suggests that they converge to constitute the receptor binding site. The finding of 4 unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV, all of which have identity /similarity to amino acid residues in key structural proteins of HIV-1 is unlikely to be fortuitous in nature. This work provides yet unknown insights on 2019-nCoV and sheds light on the evolution and pathogenicity of this virus with important implications for diagnosis of this virus.

Copyright:
The copyright holder for this preprint is the author/funder, who has granted bioRxiv a license to display the preprint in perpetuity. It is made available under a CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license.

A preprint of the entire journal article is available as a pdf.

Previously:
Coronavirus Declared a Global Health Emergency by World Health Organization
Plague Inc. Maker: Don't use our Game for Coronavirus Modeling
In The Pipeline: Coronavirus
China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates
Coronavirus: Millions Quarantined in Wuhan City
China Confirms Human-To-Human Transmission of New Coronavirus; CDC Confirms First US Case
China Reports 3rd Death, Nearly 140 New Cases of Coronavirus
Thailand Quarantines 32 Due to MERS Case
Coronavirus Breakthrough: Protein Mutation Affects Spread and Virulence of Respiratory Virus


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @03:46AM (29 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @03:46AM (#952160)
    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:16AM (1 child)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:16AM (#952178)

      evidence most strongly supports that the 2019-NCoV virus is a vaccine strain of coronavirus either accidentally released from a laboratory accident... or the Chinese were performing clinical studies of a Coronavirus vaccine in humans.

      ...animals vaccinated against coronoviruses tended to have extremely high rates of respiratory failure upon subsequent exposure in the study when challenged with the wild-type coronavirus.

      Careful there, the pro-vaccination Nazis will make double fun of you for spreading these obvious lunatic fabrications. /s

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:07PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:07PM (#952311)

        as a pro-vaccination Nazi I can tell you they are all the SAME.
        as an anti-vaccination Nazi I can tell you they are all the SAME.

    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:36AM (18 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:36AM (#952194)

      As usual Orac is ahead: https://respectfulinsolence.com/2020/01/31/2019-ncov-wuhan-outbreakdue-to-failed-coronavirus-vaccine/ [respectfulinsolence.com]

      Note to the editors: If you do accept that garbage linked above, at the very least moderate it with Orac's rebuttal.

      • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:41AM (17 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:41AM (#952228)

        Whoever wrote that should be embarrassed.

        "It just happens to be a 68% match. If the sequence came from the vector, there should be large swaths of 100% match."

        They offer no justification for this claim. RNA viruses have extremely high mutation rates:

        RNA viruses have high mutation rates—up to a million times higher than their hosts—and these high rates are correlated with enhanced virulence and evolvability, traits considered beneficial for viruses.

        https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.3000003 [plos.org]

        So the divergence should depend on how long since the vector got added to the virus, which could have been a decade.

        Yes, in animal models, animals vaccinated with a SARS vaccine then challenged with the SARS coronavirus developed severe disease due to an excessive immune reaction to the virus primed by the vaccine. That is indeed a reason to be very cautious moving to clinical trials of vaccines against SARS, MERS, or 2019-nCoV. It is quite a stretch to think that this observation strongly suggests that 2019-nCoV is likely to have come from a strain made in order to produce a coronavirus vaccine.

        The point was that this virus seems to be far more severe in China so far for some reason. If that trend keeps up, the difference between severity of infections in China vs elsewhere will need to be explained. The "SARS vaccine effect" observed in animals is one explanation.

        Basically nothing was debunked, it was just a bunch of impotent nerd rage.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:11AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:11AM (#952241)

          Ok, flamerbait modder.

          Tell us, using the order of magnitude mutation and replication rates of RNA viruses, how many amino acids you expect to find in common between two daughter strains 10 years later due to genetic drift? Is it near 100%?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:16AM (6 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:16AM (#952242)

          I was reading statistics on the regular flu on the CDCs website. IIRC it said that last season was worse than prior seasons yet more people last season got flu shots than prior seasons. It also said that this season was worse than last season yet more people this season got flu shots than last season. I tried looking for the info again and couldn't find it though (didn't look that hard). I know correlation doesn't equal causation but it makes me think if the flu virus may not have been completely deactivated properly? I would prefer recombinant flu vaccines myself to eliminate this risk completely.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:23AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:23AM (#952243)

            Who knows? Last time I got a flu vaccine (10 years ago) I was sick for 3 days.

            But please leave this space for discussion of the idea that a SARS vaccine could have sensitized people to future coronavirus infections, which has been shown to happen in animals.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:02PM (4 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:02PM (#952459)

            it's not deactivated anyways, it's attenuated. there's a difference. this shit is called vaccine shedding. fucking slaves believe everything they are told. dumb fucks brain damage their own kids b/c some luciferian priest in a white robe says to. stupid fucks.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:24AM (3 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:24AM (#952600)

              I know the difference. IIRC, they generally give deactivated viruses to the general public, generally the only people that get the live attenuated viruses are certain healthcare workers. It depends on what the vaccine is for and on the situation. When they do give live vaccines it's only to healthy people.

              (did a quick search to confirm that this is still true)

              "Most vaccines are not live and don't shed, including DTaP, Tdap, flu shots, Hib, hepatitis A and B, Prevnar, IPV, and the HPV and meningococcal vaccines."

              https://www.verywellhealth.com/live-vaccines-and-vaccine-shedding-2633700 [verywellhealth.com]

              and I'm not an anti-vaxer, I just want to make sure that the deactivated viruses they give are in fact properly deactivated (they probably are, I just like to present information for people to consider). But to avoid all that I think they should try to transition towards recombinant vaccines that way there is zero chance of the flu vaccine causing infection. Recombinant vaccines are relatively new so I don't really know to what extent they have been adopted (the textbooks I remember reading on the matter years back were from years ago when the two main varieties were attenuated and deactivated).

              I haven't kept up to date with it so I couldn't really tell you how effective recombinant vaccines are compared to live and attenuated ones so I guess that would have the be factored in as well.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:51AM

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:51AM (#952613)

                compared to live and deactivated ones *

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 03 2020, @07:35PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 03 2020, @07:35PM (#953257)

                ok, but the last time i looked at an example shot, it was attenuated, not dead as people were claiming, so i would check it each time someone was trying to shoot you/your family members up. It's not like these POS are choosing things based on what is good for people. they are drug dealers. they push what drugs their distributor sells them.

              • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Friday February 07 2020, @02:11AM

                by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 07 2020, @02:11AM (#954991) Homepage Journal

                I heard an interview with a vaccine researcher in Winnipeg who was working on the current coronavirus. His work was on the DNA sequence, looking for specific parts to make antigens for. Not a live virus in the vaccine at all. Just relevant pieces for the immune system to recognize.

        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:13PM (8 children)

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:13PM (#952417) Journal
          68% match? This just gets dumber. Parallel evolution can do that easy.
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:19PM (7 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:19PM (#952474)

            I'm not saying you're right or wrong, I don't have enough information to know (if I don't know I don't claim to know), but do you have anything to back up your claims? Because you don't really seem to know that much about biology to refute the argument within the context that the argument is being made yet you make random claims out of nowhere and insult those that disagree with you.

            For those that are interested

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_evolution#Parallel_vs._convergent_evolution [wikipedia.org]

            Do you have information on expected mutation rates, the expected variance among related viruses after a given period of times, etc... and can you tie that to this situation? Because so many of the comments you made really make me doubt your understanding of this subject.

            • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday February 02 2020, @12:53AM (6 children)

              by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 02 2020, @12:53AM (#952570) Journal
              So you don't know enough to be having this conversation? Then why are you still here? At this point, there's no evidence to support anything other than a natural source. Your doubts are irrelevant to me. Show evidence not these silly games.
              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @01:58AM (5 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @01:58AM (#952591)

                I'm not really defending the source. I'm just pointing out that you haven't really done a good job refuting it.

                "At this point, there's no evidence to support anything other than a natural source."

                The source claims to have evidence. You haven't really provided an argument otherwise. Not saying there isn't a good argument, I actually don't really hold an opinion either way (am slightly leaning towards your viewpoints just not for the arguments you make because you don't really seem to know enough about the subject to actually make a good argument and I don't have the time to spend to read more on it and draw an opinion and make an argument. You, OTOH, have made up your mind without even knowing enough about the subject to make a coherent argument. Though I do have a fair amount of educational background in Biology I'm no expert but it doesn't take an expert to see how ignorant you are), just pointing out that you haven't done anything to support your side or refute the other. The only thing you have done is been disrespectful and shown how ignorant you are.

                "Your doubts are irrelevant to me."

                You say that as if your opinion is the only one that matters.

                Your opinion is irrelevant to me. Especially given your apparent ignorance on the immune system and virology in general.

                Regardless, I think my point is that you can be a little more respectful and tolerant of other opinions. You can respectfully present your argument and accept feedback and respond and read more on the subject and perhaps you might learn something instead of calling people dumb and derailing the conversation all while showing how ignorant you in fact are to those that actually know better. I'm not saying I know everything, I know there are people that know way more than me on this subject (not you for sure), just that you can be mindful that your opinion is not the only one that counts.

                • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:37AM (4 children)

                  by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:37AM (#952604) Journal

                  I'm not really defending the source. I'm just pointing out that you haven't really done a good job refuting it.

                  Actually you are defending that source. This whole exercise is about attracting eyeballs to that website. Notice that not once have you actually described what's at the "source" or quote from it, etc. A sincere person would defend this idea in their own words not keep saying "the source".

                  Here's my take on why. Actually revealing what's at that link would would invite informed debate which would quickly pop that balloon and scare off the marks. But as long as you keep your scammy website shrouded in an air of mystery, the marks can go there. Then there's no smart and/or knowledgeable people to distract them from whatever brainwashing and fleecing you have in mind.

                  Sorry, I don't take you seriously because you aren't discussing this in good faith.

                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @03:15AM (3 children)

                    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @03:15AM (#952621)

                    "This whole exercise is about attracting eyeballs to that website. "

                    Attracting eyeballs to a website is very different than defending it. There is a difference between discussing and entertaining an idea you either disagree with or don't have a strong opinion on and defending it. To claim otherwise is a rather extreme viewpoint and I find those that are intolerant of any opinions they disagree with from even being discussed to be more extreme than the alleged extremists they claim to criticize.

                    "A sincere person would defend this idea in their own words not keep saying "the source"."

                    Who are you to define what a sincere person would do.

                    "Actually revealing what's at that link would would invite informed debate which would quickly pop that balloon and scare off the marks."

                    Others have quoted the website (and no, I didn't click it but I read what was posted here) and you haven't really done a good job responding. and if you think revealing what's at the link would invite informed debate and pop that balloon, as you say, why don't you make the effort to do so. Enlighten us. Because if you want to make a claim you are the one that holds the burden to support it (not me).

                    "But as long as you keep your scammy website shrouded in an air of mystery"

                    So why don't you be the one to enlighten us and remove that mystery.

                    "Then there's no smart and/or knowledgeable people to distract them from whatever brainwashing and fleecing you have in mind."

                    Yes, because presenting a viewpoint you disagree with is brainwashing right (again, I'm not supporting the view, I'm saying that if you want to discuss it then discuss it. Don't resort to rhetoric to derail those that you disagree with without actually providing any substance to your argument).

                    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday February 02 2020, @03:31AM (2 children)

                      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 02 2020, @03:31AM (#952624) Journal

                      Attracting eyeballs to a website is very different than defending it.

                      Not at all. That's the only defense that matters.

                      "A sincere person would defend this idea in their own words not keep saying "the source"." Who are you to define what a sincere person would do.

                      I've seen these games before. It's behavior not definitions that matter here. At least, you're not linking to YouTube videos.

                      Others have quoted the website (and no, I didn't click it but I read what was posted here) and you haven't really done a good job responding. and if you think revealing what's at the link would invite informed debate and pop that balloon, as you say, why don't you make the effort to do so. Enlighten us. Because if you want to make a claim you are the one that holds the burden to support it (not me).

                      Who are you to define what a good job responding is?

                      You had plenty of time to describe what your site was, and what the argument was. You didn't. You instead kept playing these games. At this point, no, I'm not going to waste time with your link. I already know it's garbage just from what other people have mentioned. And your failure to do anything other than the dance of the seven veils indicates that there's nothing to it.

                      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @03:53AM (1 child)

                        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @03:53AM (#952628)

                        Again, not my website, not my argument. I never said I agree with the website.

                        "Who are you to define what a good job responding is? "

                        I explained my reasoning (see the difference. My arguments have reasoning and show that I actually understand biology at least somewhat unlike you). I'll let the readers decide.

                        "At least, you're not linking to YouTube videos."

                        This is not even an argument (well, you haven't provided any arguments really). Youtube is like any other content platform. It has good information and it has bad information. It's up to the reader/viewer to be discerning.

                        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday February 02 2020, @06:00AM

                          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 02 2020, @06:00AM (#952646) Journal

                          Again, not my website, not my argument. I never said I agree with the website.

                          Why would you say that it was your website? As an AC, you can pretend to be anybody, including the intrigued bystander who doesn't "agree" with the site nor bother to state why it's supposed to be worth reading, yet boosts it as hard as they can.

                          I explained my reasoning (see the difference. My arguments have reasoning and show that I actually understand biology at least somewhat unlike you). I'll let the readers decide.

                          And I explained mine, including the tells to look for. I see, for example, that you still have yet to discuss the contents of your website. Funny how you can spend so many posts (and maybe some of the other AC posts are your sockpuppets too) attacking other people yet can't be bothered to spend one post explaining what's supposed to be so good about that link you keep selling hard. That alone tells me it's crap. No one has to market a good read that hard.

                          This is not even an argument (well, you haven't provided any arguments really). Youtube is like any other content platform. It has good information and it has bad information. It's up to the reader/viewer to be discerning.

                          Good information? I grow faint at this heady flood of good information.

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by khallow on Saturday February 01 2020, @12:39PM (7 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 01 2020, @12:39PM (#952305) Journal
      Let's read the money quote:

      The available evidence most strongly supports that the 2019-NCoV virus is a vaccine strain of coronavirus either accidentally released from a laboratory accident, perhaps a laboratory researcher becoming infected with the virus while conducting animal experiments, or the Chinese were performing clinical studies of a Coronavirus vaccine in humans.

      What evidence? Any vaccine-derived coronavirus is going to look like the virus the vaccine was immunizing against. That's not the case here. And keep in mind where the illness was first detected, a meat market with lots of human-animal (including wild animal) crossover potential. This all instead is evidence for crossover from an animal species.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:24PM (6 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:24PM (#952382)

        I'm sorry but you need to read TFA, you can't be helped if you are asking "what evidence" without reading the evidence. Oh yea, I forgot TFA just includes words and pictures which doesn't count as evidence to you.

        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:59PM (3 children)

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:59PM (#952415) Journal
          So you have nothing to say.
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:18PM (2 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:18PM (#952473)

            Khallow, if you can't read the evidence at the link and address it, there is no way anything type can help you. Please just leave me alone.

            • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday February 02 2020, @12:55AM (1 child)

              by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 02 2020, @12:55AM (#952572) Journal
              So you can't summarize what's at that link? Sounds to me like there's no evidence then.
              • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday February 06 2020, @01:51PM

                by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 06 2020, @01:51PM (#954732) Journal
                To add to my previous comment, it's interesting how you still gloss over the species crossover angle. How does a virus supposedly created from a lab or vaccine accident end up starting in a place where there is high potential for species crossover diseases? That's evidence you continue to ignore while pushing your website.
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @05:38AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @05:38AM (#952645)

          The article you link to just talks about high mutation rates (and ranges) but that doesn't really tell me what I should expect in terms of making the relevant comparisons. Even your response (well, it could be ten years later, who knows) suggests to me that we really have no link here.

          (BTW, I'm the same person that has been arguing with khallow for all this time now. After reading through https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000003 [plos.org] I agree with khallow's conclusion I just disagree with some of his specific arguments and I disagree with the level of disrespect in his posts).

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:51PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:51PM (#952712)

            I agree with you, this is speculative. The even bigger assumption this explanation rests on is that China was vaccinating people for SARS, we have no reports of that.

  • (Score: 2) by Coward, Anonymous on Saturday February 01 2020, @03:58AM (25 children)

    by Coward, Anonymous (7017) on Saturday February 01 2020, @03:58AM (#952168) Journal

    While face masks are popular, scientists doubt their effectiveness against airborne viruses.

    They may provide some protection to you and others, but they are loose and made of permeable material, meaning droplets can still pass through.

    So why don't we have better fitting masks? Dust masks are like that. They would cost about 10 cents each in bulk. And why can't they do a proper study that shows mask effectiveness as a function of type, fit quality, etc.? I saw they were paying people to be exposed to the flu for a research study. Now billions of dollars in economic productivity are going down the drain, and nobody really knows how well masks work.

    Flu mask: Should I wear one? [mayoclinic.org]

    It can't hurt and it might help. Some studies have shown that using a surgical mask can help prevent influenza. And using a surgical mask and an alcohol-based hand sanitizer was shown to reduce the number of influenza-like illnesses in a group of students living in a college dormitory even more than using a surgical mask alone.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:17AM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:17AM (#952180)

      Because you touch stuff then touch your face to adjust or take off the mask.

      • (Score: 2) by Coward, Anonymous on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:26AM (4 children)

        by Coward, Anonymous (7017) on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:26AM (#952188) Journal

        But if there was a real pandemic, and people knew they were risking their lives, they would be more careful. TFS also says

        cover your face when coughing or sneezing;

        Doesn't a mask cover the face better than coughing into your hand or elbow, or sneezing into whatever you can reach? I guess a sneezed-into mask would be nasty.

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by krishnoid on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:38AM (3 children)

          by krishnoid (1156) on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:38AM (#952225)

          Plus, coughing into your sleeve is something that should be encouraged more [youtube.com] anyway.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:51AM (2 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @06:51AM (#952251)

            I try to turn around and cough into the ground as low as possible.

            • (Score: 4, Funny) by sjames on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:47AM (1 child)

              by sjames (2882) on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:47AM (#952279) Journal

              That can work too. However, if you go to work sick because you would be penalized for staying home, you should preferably cough into the boss's coffee cup or on his desk.

              • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Sunday February 02 2020, @06:15AM

                by krishnoid (1156) on Sunday February 02 2020, @06:15AM (#952648)

                Then you can actually get stuff done in the office while s/he's out. Sounds like a double bonus to me.

    • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:45AM

      by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:45AM (#952197) Journal

      But how much difference did it make just washing hands and/or using a hand-sanitizer, without a mask?

      --
      "I guess once you start doubting, there's no end to it." -Batou, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    • (Score: 5, Informative) by stormwyrm on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:46AM (3 children)

      by stormwyrm (717) on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:46AM (#952199) Journal
      It seems like it's mostly to help prevent you from infecting others if you happen to already be carrying the disease. The mask would in any case help attenuate the virus particles in your coughs and sneezes. Not perfectly of course, but probably enough to make a difference. It's one reason doctors use them when performing surgeries and other medical procedures: wouldn't do for a stray cough from a physician to give possible infection to an open surgical incision for instance. It probably does much less to prevent you from getting infected if you're not already.
      --
      Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate.
      • (Score: 2) by Coward, Anonymous on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:01AM (2 children)

        by Coward, Anonymous (7017) on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:01AM (#952209) Journal

        I can believe that, but some of the sold-out masks are dust-mask types with an exhale valve [3m.com] that helps the mask stay cooler, but those masks won't block germ emission at all.

        Given how many people are wearing masks, a coherent public policy would be useful.

        • (Score: 1) by Sulla on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:29AM

          by Sulla (5173) on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:29AM (#952221) Journal

          That is true, but they also probably reduce sneeze speed

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        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:17PM

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:17PM (#952316) Journal

          but those masks won't block germ emission at all.

          Given that the standard for blocking germ emission is coughing into your sleeve and washing your hands, is that really such a concern?

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:50AM (12 children)

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:50AM (#952202) Journal

      Going full astronaut seems like the way to go.

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      • (Score: 2) by Coward, Anonymous on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:03AM (10 children)

        by Coward, Anonymous (7017) on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:03AM (#952212) Journal
        • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:40AM (9 children)

          by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:40AM (#952226) Journal

          "QUITE RIGHT"

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          • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @07:45AM (8 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @07:45AM (#952259)

            "Quite Alt-Right", it is a contaigen, spread by memes, and stupid things on the internets. Save yourselves, while you can.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @11:44AM (7 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @11:44AM (#952296)

              A bioweapon engineered by commies is on the loose and you're worried about the alt-right?

              The finding of 4 unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV, all of which have identity /similarity to amino acid residues in key structural proteins of HIV-1 is unlikely to be fortuitous in nature. This work provides yet unknown insights on 2019-nCoV and sheds light on the evolution and pathogenicity of this virus with important implications for diagnosis of this virus.

              • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:23PM (5 children)

                by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:23PM (#952317) Journal
                Unless, of course, it has evolutionary value. Then it is likely to be fortuitous.
                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @03:19PM (4 children)

                  by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @03:19PM (#952341)

                  Can you explain the mechanism where a virus spontaneously mutates to contain key characteristics of a virus from a completely different family?

                  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:56PM (3 children)

                    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:56PM (#952414) Journal
                    When they attack similar protein targets, for example.
                    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:47PM (2 children)

                      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:47PM (#952489)

                      I want to be clear, I'm not taking any sides on this. I don't know enough about this to make any claims.

                      Your answer is really not a good response. Different viruses with different genetic sequences may attach to the same antigens. To claim that huge DNA strands evolved independently of one another enough to form similar sequences from different original sequences just to match the same angiten doesn’t really refute the argument.

                      Also the antigen being attacked can’t cause the virus to form a specific DNA strain. The DNA strain has to randomly mutate and be selected for.

                      Even if target similarity does account for the genetic similarity just the fact that both strands attack similar antigens could be evidence that the similar targets were inherited from a similar ancestral virus. Without more context (expected mutation rates, expected DNA similarity vs target similarity expectations, etc…) it’s hard to make that determination.

                      I’m not saying I know, I don’t, but your answers aren’t really that informative either.

                      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:12PM

                        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:12PM (#952498)

                        Other information that would be useful would be expected target variability and the expected relationship between target variability vs DNA variability. Presumably mutations that would be selected for would be those that would help the virus evade the immune system so it would be those that change the proteins that the immune system targets (not necessarily the ones that change the antigen the virus targets). Does the immune system tend to target the same antigens that the viruses uses to attack its host (would it. If not why not)?

                        What's the expected genetic and protein variability between viruses that have changed their proteins to evade the immune system vs ones that changed their target antigen (what's the genetic/protein relationship with respect to variability between the proteins that the virus attacks vs the ones that it changes to avoid getting attacked).

                        Without more information it's hard to draw any strong conclusions.

                      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday February 04 2020, @05:35PM

                        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 04 2020, @05:35PM (#953666) Journal

                        To claim that huge DNA strands evolved independently of one another enough to form similar sequences from different original sequences just to match the same angiten doesn’t really refute the argument.

                        In what way doesn't it refute the argument? Parallel evolution is a thing. And this is viruses with limited RNA/DNA. They don't have a vast number of ways to evolve. They don't evade the same antigens, get into similar cells, and reproduce in very similar ways, they're gone. To do these tasks, they need a lot of similar encoding.

                        Even if target similarity does account for the genetic similarity just the fact that both strands attack similar antigens could be evidence that the similar targets were inherited from a similar ancestral virus. Without more context (expected mutation rates, expected DNA similarity vs target similarity expectations, etc…) it’s hard to make that determination.

                        So what? That ancestral virus could be a billion years ago. The assertion was that similar (and not all that similar!) genetic strands couldn't possibly come from nature. I mention instead a reason why that could happen. Now, we're going to do the argument from ignorance fallacy why? Get some evidence.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:43PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:43PM (#952510)

                When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @08:55AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @08:55AM (#952674)

        Why is this not +5 insightful..

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:12PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:12PM (#952314)

      Like teddy bears work for helping people sleep.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:59AM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:59AM (#952233)

    So, we are all going to die. Even those of us who, due to Military-Industrial Complex connections (looking at you, Ethanol_fueled!) have received vaccinations against just such a weaponized Chinese Hong Kong Influenza Corona Beer Virus. The Vaccination itself was the transmission mechanism, so now we all have it, and we all will die. Especially Ethanol_fueled. I suggest that he, and others like him, run not walk to the closest Military Medical Facility, that may have Tamiflu, or Gluten-free aspirin. But they still are going to die. This is a engineered pathogen, designed to have 100% fatalities among the target population, which is 9*^*^%###@ Carrier Lost.

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by BsAtHome on Saturday February 01 2020, @10:29AM (4 children)

      by BsAtHome (889) on Saturday February 01 2020, @10:29AM (#952288)

      Where are the 12 monkeys?

      • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @11:06AM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @11:06AM (#952290)

        One is running China right now
        Another is running the US

        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @11:17AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @11:17AM (#952291)

          Then there's one running the UK, and one in North Korea. With the upcoming US elections, I'm sure we can get to twelve easily.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:09PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:09PM (#952466)

          I heard that a round yellow bear is running China.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:10PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @01:10PM (#952313)

        They got eaten by four horsemen.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @12:21PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @12:21PM (#952303)

    kudos to reuters for going thru the commotion of making OmG! GRaFiX:
    https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-HEALTH-VIRUS-COMPARISON/0100B5BY3CY/index.html [reuters.com]

  • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Saturday February 01 2020, @03:35PM

    by HiThere (866) on Saturday February 01 2020, @03:35PM (#952352) Journal

    Since it says that the normal means of transmission is via micro-droplets, it sounds as if UV light would be a reasonable disinfectant. It should at least cut down the amount of time the stuff floats around in the air, and speed up it's decay when it alights on a surface.

    The question in my mind is "How sensitive is this virus to UV?", or possibly "How much does it need to stay wet?", as dehumidifiers are another way of quickly removing micro-droplets.

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  • (Score: 2) by jmichaelhudsondotnet on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:04PM (2 children)

    by jmichaelhudsondotnet (8122) on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:04PM (#952366) Journal

    The problem is not the virus, but 'Inserts.'

    If we can get rid of these inserts, and inserts everywhere, the virus won't be able to function, and humanity wins.

    Im sure we can find a way to reproduce without any form of insertion, how hard could that be? Well, that's what she said.

    All humor aside, we are learning how bad of a situation it is when no one trusts mass media institutions.

    The rumors I have heard range the full gamut, official story is still ike only 2k people infected in wuhan and 200 people dead? last I saw?

    Rumors on youtube and other channels are near full on zombie apocalypse at the wuhan hospitals, carting off bodies, cremating without identifying.

    Feel free to comment below on which you think is more accurate, and bonus points to anyone who is so distrustful that they believe the ultimate level 9000 conspiracy, that there is no virus. Could china pull that off? I kindof think so at this point.

    When was the last time you watched wag the dog? Might want to give that another viewing. After all, they got away with 9/11 and tricked us into murdering a few million innocent people and invading countries and torturing people in secret prisons in the name of never having another holocaust.

    I feel a meme coming on.....

    https://archive.is/aHbmF [archive.is]
    https://archive.ph/EdHYz [archive.ph] for some people they would rather have a global pandemic than this discussion with me. indicative...

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:12PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:12PM (#952469)
    • (Score: 2) by jmichaelhudsondotnet on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:15PM

      by jmichaelhudsondotnet (8122) on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:15PM (#952501) Journal

      2 WEEK GESTATION

      MIDDLE AGED PEOPLE *DROPPING DEAD*

      STAYCATION ADVISED

      NOT DRILL I WAS KIDDING BEFORE ABOUT NOT BELIEVING ANYTHING YOU READ ONLINE BUT I AM NOT NOW

      these systems failing etc etc but if reading the tome that is my website helps you stay indoors i am doing my part
      (always welcome to hear someone tell me I should not freak out, but the censorship is actually the tell-tale sign here, and I have never, ever, seen anything like the panic vids I see from actual china, people trying to escape quarantine, get out of town etc...)

      and this guy did not fall off the roof
      https://archive.is/mxrdH [archive.is]

      HOT TIP SOYLENTIES SHOULD SHARE: Tip from the hitchiker's guide: do not panic but take care of yourself and don't horde like a jackass.

      And to the chinese: I repeat: what would confuscious say? don't forget your fucking values.

      not a drill not a larp this has been a psa let us hope the forces of civilization prevail, beware of sneezes the real killa apparently, correct me if im wrong

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by legont on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:36PM (6 children)

    by legont (4179) on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:36PM (#952387)

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2001191?query=featured_home [nejm.org]

    Mild cold symptoms followed by agressive pneumonia on day 9. No effective treatment to speak off.
    I buy that it could be infectious for up to two weeks without symptoms. The bug is close to perfect for max damage.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:27PM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01 2020, @05:27PM (#952406)
      • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:18PM (1 child)

        by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday February 01 2020, @08:18PM (#952472) Journal

        Does it rhyme with Vitamin Gee?

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:45PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:45PM (#952707)

          Yes, actually I wonder if itd be worthwhile to see how well all the elements of the standard blood panel can predict plasma vitamin C levels.

          There has got to be some way to get these people to test for it in one of these patients.

      • (Score: 2) by jmichaelhudsondotnet on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:23PM (2 children)

        by jmichaelhudsondotnet (8122) on Saturday February 01 2020, @09:23PM (#952504) Journal

        https://archive.is/LmXcF [archive.is]

        wth am i looking at

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:47PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @02:47PM (#952710)

          Blood test results of one of the coronavirus patients in the US, that is conspicuously missing vitamin C levels which are almost surely below 30 uM, and probably closer to 10 uM in the patients that become severely ill.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 03 2020, @08:25AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 03 2020, @08:25AM (#953069)
            It's also missing the levels of all the other vitamins (A, Bs, D, E, K etc). So how's that conspicuous?
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @09:09AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @09:09AM (#952675)

    So funny, so true, so sad.

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