Now Stephen Miller has it. Couldn't have happened to a nicer wanna-be Nazi.
“Fact is, I’m not an ‘expert.’ I’m not a doctor, epidemiologist, virologist or scientist,” Lamb wrote on a website for a subscribers-only podcast he hosts about the coronavirus. “I also don’t need to be. Experts don’t have all the answers, and we’ve learned that the hard way.”Honestly, why do we even bother having experts in anything anymore when there are so many bloggers around.
Yeah, much like some of the people I’ve unfriended on Facebook after they wouldn’t shut up about all “the research” they’ve been doing about COVID-19... meaning they watched crackpot conspiracy videos on YouTube.
Given that the vaccine is this far into phase 3 testing and that there's a pretty standard formula for vaccines, there's an incredibly low chance there are safety issues that weren't caught (which is essentially the only concern at this point). Pfizer is so confident they are already beginning large-scale production of the vaccine. So it's almost certain this is a done deal, the only question will be whether this has to be a yearly vaccine or a one-time one. So there is light at the end of the tunnel here. And thank god. I've worn masks whenever I Leave my house (except when running, but our sidewalks aren't super crowded and I'd always give a wide birth to people), but just yesterday I had to do an in-court hearing with witnesses and a fairly long argument, and got winded from trying to breath and talk through the mask + the usual nerves. The ultimate first world problem, I know, but god will it be nice when we can stop wearing these.
The Pfizer vaccine requires 2 doses, spaced a few weeks apart. It spoils quickly and must be stored and transported at -80C from the time it is created until it is ready to be injected. This is a logistical hurdle we have never had to tackle before. Local doctors and pharmacies are very unlikely to have the equipment to keep the doses at that temperature. On the bright side, now might be a good time to invest in laboratory freezer companies.
So glad you're both okay, @Noel. I just found out that a coworker tested positive. He works in the secondary building on our site though (where there is only his office and two others), and I've only been near him once lately when he came to my office to bring me his debit card receipts. We were both masked though, and he was there only for a quick minute. I think my chance of exposure is super low, but am going to get tested anyway asap, Monday if possible.Can we get this vaccine already?
We’ve had no community transmission in months, only a few cases here and there with people coming back from overseas and going into quarantine. But over the weekend there were four cases all from the same family, one of whom works in one of the medi-hotels where travellers have been quarantining. They went shopping and out and about before realising they were infectious too. It’s nothing compared to what US and UK and India and whatnot are going through, but it’s made me nervous about how easily it can get out there. I haven’t been out much other than work, but now I’m shutting back down again and not going anywhere I don’t absolutely have to for a while longer. Especially because no one here is social distancing, even though we are still supposed to be. :-/ Edit: Ugh, 17 new cases overnight from this cluster. It’s happening again. :-(