It now appears Russia has leap frogged the vaccine race with an August 10th potential for approval.
Two Democratic Congress people are now aware of and pushing for the little shots that could have been made available inexpensively months ago based on proven methods that would take a single donation of plasma and give up to 5,000 teachers and front line workers immunity for at least 2 months
and possibly more if you folow the swedish reports of it lasting 6 months or longer even with antibodies reducing over time due to various other aspects.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/democratic-lawmakers-urge-funding-for-potential-covid-19-treatment/ar-BB171yqs?ocid=msedgntphttps://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/sweden-says-covid-immunity-can-last-6-months-after-infection/ar-BB170ygs?ocid=msedgntp
The vaccine can be approved faster if they allow volunteers to get exposed. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/infecting-willing-volunteers-with-covid-19-might-speed-up-the-race-for-a-vaccine-but-it-could-be-risky-opinion/ar-BB17fOYQ?ocid=msedgntp
Even if teachers got infected it appears most asymptomatic wouldn't actually transit it to others according to WHO. If they were symptomatic then they would know to stay home. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/08/health/coronavirus-asymptomatic-spread-who-bn/index.html
Even the "cure" and some of Sorrento's other products are finally squeaking thru as it's now been held back long enough to allow the vaccines to get to the finish line first. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/topstocks/speculative-investors-should-buy-sorrento-stock/ar-BB17h2lq?ocid=msedgntp
There's also talk of having the world unite in the testing/approval so each vaccine doesn't have to go thru testing, over and over and over and over again and could be allowed in more countries faster based on solid data from one.
There's so much good news out there they can't possibly hold it all back much longer!!!!!!
Here's some more light reading and another article putting October for Phizer's vaccine as possible. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/solving-covid-july-22-2020/ar-BB173BId?ocid=msedgntp
I've lost count of how many are now in Phase 3 between the US, Brazil, Russia and Singapore.
Even total screwups like right down the road appear to be headed toward a happy ending. ICE facility thru idiocy managed to get about 90% of the facility and staff positive by not isolating new arrivals. https://www.wric.com/news/taking-action/covid-19-cases-spike-at-farmville-ice-detention-center-after-transfers-from-florida-arizona/?fbclid=IwAR15nuqBl8y440HR8DOs9RODsdulwYCWZInBehoUwfGVs7vKu9U-mc3wAMY
The bright side there is at the time of that article only 3 people out of over 300 needed hospitalization and no deaths and hopefully the happy ending will come in a week or so when the last of them are recovered and immune at least until next year or longer.
And one more time, another article on the "cure" being slowed but still puttering along maybe taking as long as until October before they can't find ways to stop it from getting out. https://www.bioworld.com/articles/435404-optimistic-sorrento-looking-to-have-covid-19-antibody-ready-by-october
Quote:And just this morning this gem saying more kids are dying from suicides and overdoses due to depression and other factors from not being in school.
Saw this one a few days ago:
UPDATED: More than 7,000 Children in Florida Have Tested Positive for COVID-19
Of course that is the head of the CDC so we already know we can't trust their opinion and of course they didn't provide the actual statistics which may not be available for two years.
Then there's the issue of teachers themselves infecting each other. Nearly a third of all teachers are over 50 and at much higher risk,
That point brings up a few good points including why so few young people are entering the field that the number of older teachers is skewed so heavy. More pay, better working conditions, etc.. but that's another thread for another day. Overall though there are a number of things that should have that be less of a concern.
First of all there's absolutely no doubt that we could have already made available those shots that would give temporary immunity based on methods that have been in practice for a century or so now. Congress is even aware of it now, see the earlier links in this reply for more on that.
Second, I don't have a problem with having the older teachers staying home and/or working the internet classes and other options out there moving the younger teachers and those who have already had the virus and recovered to the classroom and frontline places. That should be common sense at this point to do just that.
Third, any of them that are at higher risk in any age group should have the option of extended unemployement benefits to stay home until a vaccine is ready and then they should be required to be near the top of the vaccine dispersements or risk losing that unemployement $$ when it's available.
Forth, these are overall, highly intelligent people who should have enough sense to learn the basics of sanitizing their classrooms for the kids and for themselves as well as doing what's required to keep themselves safe. if daycare workers can figure out basic safety hygiene practices then good ol Mrs Crabtree had better be able to do the same and be cable of teaching it and leading by example.
Fifth, once again, getting the virus isn't a death sentence. The news articles the last few days are starting to come out and show the fatality rates comparable to the same data released by Italy back in March
Every week it seems more and more options for treatment are becoming available and doctors are getting better at treating in ways to keep people out of danger. A lot of mistakes were made early on but hopefully they continue to learn from those.