Lambert here: On the case of COVID-19 that POTUS and FLOTUS both have, outcomes range from the entire political class being infected to Trump emerging from a mild case, victorious and indestructible, after having dominated the news cycle for two weeks without saying anything (unless he tweets his way through, like AOC). What we need is some good, old-fashioned epidemiological contact tracing of Trump’s circle from public sources, with a handy map (i.e., with what we know now, it’s easy but wrong to say Hope Hicks gave it to Trump, since both could have gotten it from a common third party). It would be ideal to know if there are any superspreaders involved. Mere timelines are insufficient. On whether Trump gave Covid to Biden at the debate through aerosol transmission by talking or shouting, I would very much like to know about the HVAC system in the auditorium and potential circulation patterns, since, with aerosols, social-distancing the podia would not be sufficient for safety. I would want to know if outside air is circulated, and (speculating, here) I would like to know if TV lighting has any effects. I would also want to know who, if anybody, on the various staffs involved checked all this out. Presumably some news-gathering organization, if any such still exist, has devoted some real resources to answering questions like these.
RT There’s an E-6B Mercury off the east coast near DC. I looked because I would expect them to pop up if he tests positive. It’s a message to the small group of adversaries with SLBMs and ICBMs. pic.twitter.com/3ta9PmPxZD
SARS-CoV-2-derived peptides define heterologous and COVID-19-induced T cell recognition Nature. The abstract: “T cell immunity is central for the control of viral infections. To characterize T cell immunity, but also for the development of vaccines, identification of exact viral T cell epitopes is fundamental…. . Together, the proposed SARS-CoV-2 T cell epitopes enable identification of heterologous and post-infectious T cell immunity and facilitate development of diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic measures for COVID-19.” (“Epitope, also called antigenic determinant, portion of a foreign protein, or antigen, that is capable of stimulating an immune response.”)) This is really above my paygrade, and Covid Twitter seems to regard this as controversial, so hopefully readers will weigh in.