My thoughts, what are your's

by tja @, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 21:36 (106 days ago) @ Timmac

An interesting read?
Supposedly written (unofficially) by a microbiologist with the CDC in Atlanta, a friend of a friend.

“This should help explain why we have to quarantine and not just those
with compromised immune systems.... but everyone until this
contained.... read it until the end.

Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal
flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to
share this to others who don’t understand...

It has to do with RNA sequencing.... I.e. genetics.

Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up
the virus are recognized by the human immune system.

This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes
around each year... you get immunity two ways...through exposure to a
virus, or by getting a flu shot.

Novel viruses, come from animals.... the WHO tracks novel viruses in
animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations).

Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the
case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu).

But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer
from animals to humans... then it’s a problem.

Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA
sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human
immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.

Now.... sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to
human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to
a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human
to human...

Once that happens..we have a new contagion phase.

And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides
how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..

H1N1 was deadly....but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly
as the Spanish flu.

It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.

Fast forward.

Now, here comes this Coronavirus... it existed in animals only, for
nobody knows how long...but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan
China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to
people.

At first, only animals could give it to a person... But here is the
scary part.... in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the
ability to jump from human to human.

Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”

This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we
would all have some natural or acquired immunity). That propelled off
like a rocket.

And this was because, Humans have no known immunity...doctors have no
known medicines for it.

And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus,
changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to
human lungs..

That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any
other type of influenza.... this one is slippery AF.

And it’s a lung eater... And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we
now have two strains to deal with, strain S, and strain L....which
makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.

We really have no tools in our shed, with this.

History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places
has helped in the past pandemics.

Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and
they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.

Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him,
till the Black Plague passed...(honestly...I understand him so much
better now).

Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation...

And let me end by saying....right now it’s hitting older folks harder...

But this genome is so slippery...if it mutates again (and it will).
Who is to say, what it will do next.

Be smart folks... acting like you’re unafraid is so not sexy right now.

#flattenthecurve. Stay home folks... and share this to those that

Another informative article
https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56


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