- Dec 31, 2009
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You didn't "amend" your statement; you changed it to my correct statement. Now your reply has several questions...This is a zoonotic virus. Better vaccines and drugs will not eradicate it. It will always be present in an animal reservoir, like the flu. Remember the culling of millions of minks on farms in Denmark a few months ago? A mutated strain from the minks had infected a few individuals. Best we can do is protect the population with vaccines and try to return to some semblance of normal.
Also this is an RNA virus, not a DNA one. Which means no second strand to serve as a cross check and quash any mutations. Single strand, easily mutates.
Also I will have to amend my statement on 95% efficacy at preventing the disease. Instead i would say that it has 95% efficacy at preventing an infection from sickening the individual. Fine point, but a valid one.
As far as vaccinated people carrying and shedding the virus, isn't this true of all vaccines and contagious diseases?
Was it ever implied that vaccinations prevent people from carrying and shedding the virus?
CDC guidelines state that people who are vaccinated should continue social distancing and mask wearing.
I won't belabor the point since I am not a medical professional.
All I know is what I read from the various medical organizations.
Shall we agree to disagree?
Being zoonotic is not novel and not pertinent. Most historic plagues and pandemics were caused by living in close proximity to animals (domesticated or infestations). (READ) Most often shed in feces. Culling to fight the spread is not new.
Shedding the virus after vaccination isn't common for the diseases we're used to. It does happen, but transmission isn't easy. This virus is easily shed as it multiplies in the sinuses of asymptomatic people, even after getting the current experimental vaccines. This is reported in the Pfizer clinical trials.
Being a non-DNA virus is also not novel. Rhinoviruses and other coronaviruses that cause the common cold are single-strand and have been around a long time. They mutate regularly and don't typically cause a deadly disease. SARS-CoV-2 is novel because it is highly contagious (airborne, long-lived) and it induces dangerous and complex immune system responses with lasting side affects. Plus it is mutating quickly with unknown results in a world population of the highest density and highest mobility in history.
We all want this to be over soon. But, it's going to take a lot more time.