Covid-19: Antibodies protect against reinfection for at least six months, study finds BMJ. Large but not fully representative sample. However, this doesn’t yet prove much, since I don’t think anyone suggested that immunity from getting Covid was generally less than six months, given that that’s the shortest immunity period among other common coronaviruses. However, I now know someone in my circle who has been reinfected after a few months…..
Study of 2,351 people with #COVID19 from Brazil, of whom 50% had previously been infected with dengue. Past dengue infection was associated with a halving in the risk of death from COVID-19, suggesting dengue might provide some immunity against SARS-CoV-2.https://t.co/EgD1U43WVLpic.twitter.com/RQlnOdS2Px
“The U.S. coronavirus death toll is forecast to hit around 502,601 on February 4, while the country’s daily COVID-19 death count is projected to peak about a week later at around 5,489 on February 10, according to the latest projections from (IHME).” https://t.co/oYBJgBSxwD
— Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) (@IHME_UW) January 5, 2021
Biden Shift Shows Pressure Can Work David Sirota. IMHO this is seriously overstating the case. Biden did give the $2000 checks lip service but did nada in the way of follow through. So now he’s made the promise again to bolster the GA Senate Dem candidates. How about trying to get it passed regardless and seeing if the Dems could get the moderate Rs in poor states (Murkoswki and Collins, the usual suspects) to join?
Tweetstorm mentions that traffic at Dover now 85% below normal levels:
And in a sign of potential trouble ahead, he said he’d received multiple calls from businesses today who thought they didn’t need any new paperwork to cross the border, because the free-trade deal meant they could continue as normal (😱) 5/
So… here’s what happened. Uk had to decide how to collect VAT on things people bought online from other countries…UK Govt decided *every company in the world* must sign up for a VAT number, charge VAT & send it to HMRC. The world said “Nope”🤦♂️ https://t.co/iD92jf8ucr
#BREAKING Firms across sub-Scandinavian Europe are refusing to deliver to addresses in reclusive island kingdom of Britain citing concerns over possible tribal violence as ongoing implementation of AU-brokered Brexit peace agreement raises ethnic tensions in the oil-rich nation.
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture @nilsmelzer talks to German State Broadcaster @dwnews on todays Assange decision: “Only when I started to look into pieces of evidence – I saw that the whole narrative that had been spread about Assange for so long – was not supported by evidence” https://t.co/6saCIphxcJ
The Assange Extradition Ruling Is A Relief, But It Isn’t Justice Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W). The fact that this judge acceded to the appalling US request that Assange be given the Hannibal Lechter treatment in court, put in a cage in the back of the room where he couldn’t hear what was going on well, let alone communicate effectively with counsel, said she’d already decided before the facts were presented. Craig Murray, however, did say that the judge looked uncomfortable with the US high-handedness, so that may explain why the baby was split this way.
The House just approved my proposal to shed light on conflicts of interest in Congressional hearings. As of today, expert witnesses must report grants they receive from foreign governments, and any legal obligations they have to organizations that they testify about.