Page 6 of 18 FirstFirst ... 234567891016 ... LastLast
Results 51 to 60 of 179
  1. Collapse Details
    #51
    Senior Member ahalpert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    3,246
    Default
    More good news: covid immunity may last years or decades according to the latest estimates

    How long might immunity to the coronavirus last? Years, maybe even decades, according to a new study — the most hopeful answer yet to a question that has shadowed plans for widespread vaccination.

    Eight months after infection, most people who have recovered still have enough immune cells to fend off the virus and prevent illness, the new data show. A slow rate of decline in the short term suggests, happily, that these cells may persist in the body for a very, very long time to come.

    The research, published online, has not been peer-reviewed nor published in a scientific journal. But it is the most comprehensive and long-ranging study of immune memory to the coronavirus to date.

    “That amount of memory would likely prevent the vast majority of people from getting hospitalized disease, severe disease, for many years,” said Shane Crotty, a virologist at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology who co-led the new study.

    The findings are likely to come as a relief to experts worried that immunity to the virus might be short-lived, and that vaccines might have to be administered repeatedly to keep the pandemic under control.

    And the research squares with another recent finding: that survivors of SARS, caused by another coronavirus, still carry certain important immune cells 17 years after recovering.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/h....co/ntTmKxKjbm

    The study has now been peer-reviewed and published in Science

    https://science.sciencemag.org/conte...cience.abf4063


    Reply With Quote
     

  2. Collapse Details
    #52
    Senior Member Batutta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Planet 10
    Posts
    7,572
    Default
    Let us hope! The news regarding the South African variant is concerning though, as scientists are worried its mutations will impair the vaccine's effectiveness, more so than the British variant.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid...iant-1.5860585
    "Money doesn't make films...You just do it and take the initiative." - Werner Herzog


    Reply With Quote
     

  3. Collapse Details
    #53
    Senior Member ahalpert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    3,246
    Default
    Pfizer is saying that their vaccine can handle the new variants

    20210108_082658.jpg


    Reply With Quote
     

  4. Collapse Details
    #54
    Senior Member Batutta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Planet 10
    Posts
    7,572
    Default
    That study didn't test for one of the spike mutations in the South Africa variant. Looks promising for the UK variant which shares some of the same mutations as the SA strain, but the SA variant still hasn't been fully cleared. They said they are testing that specific mutation next.
    "Money doesn't make films...You just do it and take the initiative." - Werner Herzog


    Reply With Quote
     

  5. Collapse Details
    #55
    Senior Member ahalpert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    3,246
    Default
    Ah yes you are correct. Well, here's hoping


    Reply With Quote
     

  6. Collapse Details
    #56
    Senior Member ahalpert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    3,246
    Default
    "mRNA Vaccines Could Vanquish Covid Today, Cancer Tomorrow"

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/ar...w?srnd=premium

    It turns out that the mRNA vaccine techniques used by Pfizer and Moderna were in development for cancer treatments before covid came around. And now, their research has been turbocharged by the fight against covid. Welcome to the future, guys.

    "Today’s weapons against cancer will one day seem as primitive an idea as flint axes in a surgery room."

    PS: Bloomberg is offering a 3-month subscription right now for $0.99/month, down from $34.99


    Reply With Quote
     

  7. Collapse Details
    #57
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    4,851
    Default
    This has been a rough year for all, and plenty of reasons to be cautious about such an aggressive testing schedule for a new vaccine. And yet, in the future, we may look back at this year and see it as the catalyst that made us much better prepared for future pandemics, and accelerated vaccine breakthroughs for other diseases potentially by many years.


    1 out of 1 members found this post helpful.
    Reply With Quote
     

  8. Collapse Details
    #58
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    indiana/austin tx
    Posts
    665
    Default
    Was able to get my mom her first shot today. Feel lucky they opened reservations up yesterday for her age group. In and out including 15 minute observation period in 30 minutes.


    1 out of 1 members found this post helpful.
    Reply With Quote
     

  9. Collapse Details
    #59
    Senior Member ahalpert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    3,246
    Default
    Quote Originally Posted by lambert View Post
    Was able to get my mom her first shot today. Feel lucky they opened reservations up yesterday for her age group. In and out including 15 minute observation period in 30 minutes.
    20200702-164537-new_firework.tif.jpg

    congrats!


    Reply With Quote
     

  10. Collapse Details
    #60
    Senior Member Batutta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Planet 10
    Posts
    7,572
    "Money doesn't make films...You just do it and take the initiative." - Werner Herzog


    Reply With Quote
     

Page 6 of 18 FirstFirst ... 234567891016 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •