Coronavirus: Harvard doctor tells how to eradicate the virus in weeks – Science – Life


He new coronavirus it is more present than ever in the world. Some European and Asian countries managed to stop the massive infections after the unfortunate death of a good number of people and the exhaustive activity of the health services, which were on the verge of collapse (in some countries the ventilators and ICUs were not enough) .

In colombia, the number of infected inhabitants is close to 400,000, while 12,000 deaths have already been exceeded.

The pandemic, particularly in Latin America, is at a complex point, for which rigorous measures have been necessary against the virus.

In the middle of the conjuncture, Michael Mina, a Harvard professor, unveiled his ‘strategy’ to eradicate the virus from a population in as little as three weeks. It proposes, among other things, massive tests, action applied in several countries that, today, have achieved some effectiveness in controlling the coronavirus (such as Japan, New Zealand and, despite the outbreak, Australia).

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Mina, who is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health and a core fellow at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (Ccdd), made his ideas known in an interview in the publication ‘Harvard Magazine’.

His first postulate is that PCR tests (those done with swabs in the nose) “are failing”. As he said, “the tests belong to the clinical field, to that of diagnosis and they have to be carried out by laboratories”, therefore, the detection time is long enough for the person with the virus, even without knowing that it harbors, infect others in its environment.

When a positive is detected, the health services can no longer do much to achieve the first objective: to stop the outbreaks“Said the professor.

That is why, for him, there are two fundamental aspects at this stage of the pandemic: more tests carried out and at higher speeds.

As he explained,vogue for the application of rapid tests “although a rapid test is a thousand times less sensitive than a PCR”.

It is worth noting that one of the main difficulties of rapid tests is credibility with the health services of the respective countries. However, for Mina it is more effective to avoid contagion by knowing it in less than 24 hours (rapid tests) than in two days (generally the maximum term for PCR results).

(Also: Novavax vaccine against covid-19 produces immune response to virus).

The ‘script change’ for people

Mina’s proposal focuses on that each person gets a rapid coronavirus test every two to three daysTaking into account, as he stated, that this type of tests can be carried out from home and, depending on the countries, they can have an approximate cost of 1 dollar (almost 4 thousand pesos).

According to this postulate, if someone contracted the virus, they can detect it in the shortest possible time and, with this, isolate themselves, take the necessary care and, above all, avoid spreading it in other places.

Mina raises this because “the vast majority of the positive PCR tests we currently collect are finding people long after they are no longer infectious”, that is, when it is ‘too late’ and the virus has reached many others nearby inhabitants or the places that are frequented (which can be all: supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, work spaces and neighborhoods).

We need to change the script of what it means to test people”, He assured, taking into account that, despite his proposal, rapid tests are not absolutely reliable unlike PCR.

Regarding this discrepancy between some results and others, Mina used a particular analogy in ‘Harvard Magazine’: “Imagine that you are in a fire department and you want to make sure you find all the fires that are burning so that you can put them out. You don’t want a test that detects every time someone lights a match in their home; that would be crazy: you would be driving everywhere and to no avail. You want a test that can detect every time someone walks the streets with a flamethrower. “

The vast majority of the PCR tests we currently collect are finding ‘positive’ people long after they have ceased to be infectious

Some studies found that it is not yet possible to speak of ‘herd immunity’ against the new coronavirusas the antibodies of the people tested did not last long enough to fully retain the virus. This strategy, applied, for example, in Sweden, would not prevent a new wave of infections in subsequent months.

Mina’s proposal is, effectively, just a postulate or a premise that has had neither application nor scientific verification. At the moment, the vast majority of medical and scientific efforts are directed towards the detection of cases by means of PCR tests, the treatment of patients with severe infections and the finding of a vaccine.

(About this theme: What are the 5 most advanced vaccines for covid doing and how do they work?).

Regarding the vaccine, currently, there are almost 6 projects proving its effectiveness in humans. In fact, this Monday, Russia began to distribute its vaccine in its country (which, according to another investigation, created antibodies in people).

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XCloud project: the test phase will end on iOS, it smells of scorch

Xbox hope to return his XCloud project accessible to the greatest number, to allow everyone to enjoy a large catalog of games in cloud gaming. The service will take shape September 15 with its arrival on Android via the application Xbox Game Pass, while it will be accessible via the subscription Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at € 12.99.

Ultimately, Microsoft wanted to bring the offer to iOS by the end of the year, and in the following months to PC. A very limited test phase was also underway on the devices. Apple, more it will soon stop, without continuing on the commercial version. Beta testers received a notification that their access to XCloud project would stop on September 11, which the manufacturer confirmed to The Verge.

Our Project xCloud testing period has ended on iOS and we are focused on delivering cloud games as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to Android customers starting September 15th. Our ambition is to develop cloud gaming via Xbox Game Pass by making it available on all devices.

The ambitions of Xbox therefore remain unchanged, with the objective of bringing the Xbox Game Pass wherever it is possible. But on iOS, so it seems more complicated than expected, certainly due to the policy ofApple which already means that Stadia is still not available on theApp Store. Is the US giant seeking to limit competition with its Apple Arcade and its other services? Despite everything, the door to the iOS range is not yet closed for XCloud project, but at least you have to be patient.

Read also: Samsung: a partnership with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for the arrival of xCloud

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Traffic will be limited in Moscow due to the closure of stations of the red metro line :: Society :: RBC

Photo: Andrey Nikerichev / AGN “Moscow”

Four stations of the Sokolnicheskaya line of the Moscow metro will be closed from July 4 to 6, additional buses will be launched in compensation, which will lead to traffic restrictions. This was reported by the Moscow Department of Transport in Telegram.

“Traffic will be limited in the south-west of the capital – priority will be ensured for public transport,” the report states. They will close the stations “Prokshino”, “Filatov Meadow”, “Olkhovaya” and “Kommunarka”.

On the carriageway of Khoroshevsky highway in Moscow, the ground failed

Photo: gucodd / Twitter

7.8 km of temporarily allotted lanes will work, the following sections will be distinguished: on the access road to the Salaryevo slop-and-turn platform; on the section of the Solntsevo-Butovo-Vidnoe highway (between Kiev and Kaluga highways). In addition, traffic will be limited in the vicinity of the Kommunarka metro station, on the Kaluga Highway understudy in the area of ​​the Olkhovaya Metro stop for ground urban transport.

“Taxi access to these sites is also [будет] prohibited, ”said the department.

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Turki Al-Sheikh decides to stop “writing on Facebook until further notice”

Turki Al-Sheikh, Chairman of the General Authority of Entertainment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, decided to stop writing posts on his official page on the social networking site Facebook.

It is known that Turki Al-Sheikh usually uses his Facebook page for matters related to the Egyptian issue, especially sports, while his official Twitter page is used for matters related to the Saudi issue.

Turki Al-Sheikh wrote on his Facebook page: “Good evening to all followers of the page, I decided to stop writing on Facebook on my official page until further notice .. May God bless you all.”

The move comes from Turki Al-Sheikh, after he announced yesterday that he had waived all the cases he had recently filed against members of the Al-Ahly club’s board of directors, after he offered his condolences on the death of Hoda Musa, the mother of Khaled Al-Dirandali, the treasurer.

The president of the Spanish club Almeria announced that he had left the Egyptian sports scene, calling for his name not to be put into any file, indicating that All news that is being reported on in the current period is incorrect.

It is worth noting that the Al-Ahly board of directors had decided several weeks ago to remove the name Turki Al-Sheikh from the list of honorary red castle presidents, while addressing the Ministry of Youth and Sports to allow the return of donations and gifts presented.

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Turki Al-Sheikh decides to stop “writing on Facebook until further notice”

Turki Al-Sheikh, Chairman of the General Authority of Entertainment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, decided to stop writing posts on his official page on the social networking site Facebook.

It is known that Turki Al-Sheikh usually uses his Facebook page for matters related to the Egyptian issue, especially sports, while his official Twitter page is used for matters related to the Saudi issue.

Turki Al-Sheikh wrote on his Facebook page: “Good evening to all followers of the page, I decided to stop writing on Facebook on my official page until further notice .. May God bless you all.”

The move comes from Turki Al-Sheikh, after he announced yesterday that he had waived all the cases he had recently filed against members of the Al-Ahly club’s board of directors, after he offered his condolences on the death of Hoda Musa, the mother of Khaled Al-Dirandali, the treasurer.

The president of the Spanish club Almeria announced that he had left the Egyptian sports scene, calling for his name not to be put into any file, indicating that All news that is being reported on in the current period is incorrect.

It is worth noting that the Al-Ahly board of directors had decided several weeks ago to remove the name Turki Al-Sheikh from the list of honorary red castle presidents, while addressing the Ministry of Youth and Sports to allow the return of donations and gifts presented.

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Turki Al-Sheikh decides to waive all cases against Al-Ahly’s Board of Directors

Turki Al-Sheikh, demanding not to put his name in any Egyptian athletic affair: The door closed with the clasp and the key

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DNR again closed the border with Ukraine :: Politics :: RBC

The self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic (DND) has stopped working checkpoint with Ukraine, says the decree of the President of the Republic Denis Pushilin.

In accordance with the decree from 28 June suspended the effect of clauses 8.2 and 8.3 of the decree No. 57 of 14 March 2020, in which said entry and exit on exit to Ukraine via PPC “Olenivka”.

Kiev said about the intention to liquidate the administration of the DNI and LC

In March, DNR has closed the border crossing points with Ukraine due to the coronavirus. In turn, the Ukrainian authorities announced the closure of crossings on the border with the DPR and LPR on March 13, also due to pandemic coronavirus infection.

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The heirs of Conan Doyle have filed a lawsuit against Netflix :: the company :: RBC

According to the lawsuit, copyrights are infringed as a result of “inconsistent use of the original author’s manner of Conan Doyle’s stories about Sherlock Holmes.” Also the family of the writer believes that “Enola Holmes” shown “attitude towards people and empathy” characteristic of the detective only works created after 1923.

The lawsuit against Netflix, movie company Legendary Pictures, publishers Penguin Random House writers Nancy Springer and Jack Thorne and Director Garry Bradbury.

As reported by the publication Deadline and CNN, the lawsuit was filed in Federal district court in new Mexico.

In may, the daughter of a Soviet and Russian writer Daniil Granin Marina Chernysheva-Granik announced that it will consider filing a lawsuit to the film’s “Blockade diary” Andrei Zaitsev for copyright infringement. Before that you need to check the reliability of the information about the violation, she said. While Zaitsev argues that informed Granik gave permission to use excerpts from the works of her father, “My Lieutenant.”

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The Russian Embassy reported the threats after the publication of the NYT on the Taliban :: Society :: RBC

Employees of Embassy of Russia in Washington and London began to receive threats after the publication of the New York Times (NYT) about the alleged announcement by Russia of a reward for the murder of the US military in Afghanistan. This was reported by the Russian Embassy in Washington on his Twitter page.

The Embassy called the charges in the article “baseless and anonymous.” The Embassy also attached to my post screenshots with threats. One of them is a link to the NYT article is accompanied by the caption “Let’s declare a “reward” for your diplomats.”

In this regard, the Embassy asked via Twitter to the New York Times with a call to stop creating fake news lead to dangers for life.

The NYT found out about the Russia-proposed reward to the Taliban for the murder of the US military

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The foreign Ministry of Ukraine has promised to continue breaking contracts with Russia :: Policy :: RBC

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine will continue to reduce the number of agreements with Russia. This was stated by Deputy head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry Vasyl Bodnar in an interview with “UKRINFORM”.

“We had 453 signed bilateral agreements. Now remain in force of about 300 documents, but still continue to audit what we can give,” said Bodnar.

The media learned about plans of Ukraine to allocate $170 million for the “wall” with Russia

At the same time said that Kiev does not go on radical steps: do not terminate diplomatic relations with Moscow and does not cease its diplomatic presence in Russia. According to the diplomat, the two countries partially acts as a contractual framework within the CIS and bilateral.

In April 2019, at the initiative of the Ukrainian side stopped the action of the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and Russia. This document was signed in 1997. It said that Moscow and Kiev have to build relations on the basis of the principles of inviolability of borders, mutual respect and peaceful settlement of disputes.

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Klishas explained, “the amendment Tereshkova” the need to distract officials :: Policy :: RBC

Amendment to the Constitution, allowing Vladimir Putin to run again for the presidency, is designed to divert the attention of officials from the topic of transfer of power, the co-chair of the working group on amendments Andrey Klishas

Andrei Klishas

(Photo: Mikhail Tereshchenko / TASS)

The emergence of the so-called amendments Tereshkova, which allows the incumbent President to run again, due to the need to stabilize the political system. In an interview with RBC said the co-Chairman of the working group on amendment of the Constitution, the head of the Committee on constitutional legislation of the Federation Council Andrey Klishas.

Andrei Klishas — RBC: “the Politicians should stop thinking about the transfer”

“To make the system work, the people, first and foremost, a political class, government officials, parliamentarians, and major policy, government members should stop thinking about the transfer, he explained. — They must cease to speculate on who will be there successor, when it happens and so forth.”

How the vote on the amendments to the Constitution. What is important to know

According to Klishas, officials and politicians “in a sense, needs to get used to the idea that then it will be all the same, that the President can be elected again if people will support these amendments to the Constitution”.

Power in Russia remains personalized too and it’s a problem, said in an interview with the Senator. In his opinion, many Russians believe that it is possible “to make any laws, even the Constitution to fix it, but if [Владимир] Putin will leave, all will be remade”. This makes Putin “in a sense, the main guarantor for most citizens.” To fight the personification of power, it was decided to amend the Basic law, increasing the powers of the constitutional authorities. “So the President makes the political system more stable. The system should not depend so heavily on someone who in this case is the President”, — said Klishas.

Tereshkova reported gratitude for “saving Putin”

Valentina Tereshkova

In an interview with RBC working group co-Chairman also spoke about the amendments to the Constitution connected with God, the historical truth and marriage and also praised the work of the Federation Council.

In March, during the discussion of amendments to the Constitution in the state Duma by the Deputy from “United Russia” Valentina Tereshkova offered to an amendment of the presidential terms. According to her, the proposed bill a rule about no more than two presidential terms “does not preclude the person holding and (or) holding the office of President at the time of entry of the amendment into force, to participate as a candidate in the presidential elections” after the amendments in the basic law in force.

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