Thursday, April 30, 2020

Posts on SARS-CoV-2, Predicting Coronaviruses and "Gain of Function" Viral Research

“We’d done a lot of research on coronaviruses, so we knew they were a clear and present danger,” he told me. “High mortality, no drugs or vaccines in the pipeline, with new variants that could still be emerging.”
“The intelligence community has warned about the threat from highly pathogenic influenza viruses for two decades, at least. They have warned about coronaviruses for at least five years,” Kaufman said in an interview.
"It’s been EcoHealth Alliance’s position for the past 15 years that coronaviruses present a clear and immediate threat to our safety. That seems clearer now than ever before. The research that the National Institutes of Health terminated aimed to analyze the risk of coronavirus emergence and help in designing vaccines and drugs to protect us from COVID-19 and other coronavirus threats. This research was reviewed by independent scientists, considered extremely high priority, and funded in 2019. The goals of our work address all four strategic research priorities of the NIH/NIAID Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research, released just this week. More importantly, international collaboration with countries where viruses emerge is absolutely vital to our own public health and national security here in the USA." 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Graphs, Stats on Age and Covid19, Pneumonia,All Deaths

These are graph and stats on age and Covid19 US deaths from the CDC as of April 28, 2020 from weeks 2/1/2020  - 4/25/2020.   The CDC repository depends on death certificates. There are delay in recording. My code is here.  Density plots are from R density function. I am not quite sure why COVID19.Deaths, Pneumonia.Deaths, All. Deaths line up like stackable objects when portrayed by default R density plotting. There are very high positive correlations between those three death measures as defined by Age Groups.  Click to enlarge the charts and screenshots.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

role of HVAC systems ... potentially airborne virus (e g. SARS-CoV-2)

Click on the image to enlarge. Engineer menu items from the author's heating system showing system capacity cubic foot per minute for the heat pump on low (right image) and 'upstairs' zone cubic foot per minute capacity.
**Under Construction: First Test Post**
** This is from a letter (edited) I sent to BPS and other school administrators **
** Will update  this post soon with footnotes **