We are going to get some readers upset. Not that we matter much in the world but this is our opinion. Nature has published a Paper on the proximal origin of Sars-CoV-2. We think the paper is misleading. The authors propose that there are 2 reasons for believing that Sars-CoV-2 is not genetically engineered. The first reason is that the receptor-binding domain of the spike protein is not optimal. Well, whatever does optimal mean? They do not explain. But they go on and say that the receptor-binding domain has high affinity for the human ACE2 receptor. Ok, this is high enough affinity to cripple Northern Italy and probably Iran's healthcare system so, what more do you need?
The author's do comment is that the Sars-CoV-2 spike protein does not resemble any known spike protein in the NCBI GenBank database related to this family of coronavirus. They discuss the furin cleavage site of the spike protein (S1-S2 junction) and note that this particular cleavage site is not found in other B'betacoronaviruses. So, they note that this is a novelty for this family of coronaviruses. This particular site was noted in India for resembling a segment of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
The author's second argument or reason is that the Sars-Cov-2 virus backbone does not resemble any other backbone in the NCBI GenBank database. Their reasoning is that if someone were to manufacture this virus they would start off with an already known virus that has the good fortune of showing up in a public database. Keep in mind that while many of the viruses in the database were categorized recently the came from old material dating back 20-years to Sars. Who knows what those backbones would look like after 20-years of mutation?
In their conclusion, they go on to state, " it is currently impossible to prove or disprove the other theories of its origin described here".
We call BS. This is merely expert conjecture and not science. We will let you be the judge. For you conspiracy theorists, The Open Society Foundations have contributed to the Wellcome Trust.
What is not being said in the media, is that both Italy and Iran have signed on to the Chinese One Belt and One Road initiative. For a long period (years), Italy has had a sizable number of Chinese leather workers in Northern Italy making shoes and handbags. Today that number is around 100,000. So, supposing many went home for Chinese New Year (January 25th) and then came back to Italy to work? We will let you connect the dots.
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Unless you have had Public Health Courses recently, you will learn a lot from this paper.Read more
Dr. Fauci’s Mysterious Math – The Quantifying Today Reflects Where We Were A Week Ago – Today Cannot Be Quantified Until Next Week
The commenter, Zekness, is a Canadian with a lot of knowledge of Medicine and Public health. We are posting his comments because of the risks that are not currently talked about. We might also make the comment that we have heard that the current test need to have a certain viral load in the body in order for the test to work. The current guidelines seem to indicate that the test need to be give 7-days after the onset of symptoms in order not to reflect a false negative. We added the bolding for emphasis. Thank you, Sundance and Zekness.
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Coronna Virus update: Monday March 16 Global Deaths From Covid-19 Pass 7,000; Silicon Valley Shuts Down: Virus Updates
Various updates for Monday from Zero Hedge.Read more
The main symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. These look a lot like the flu and the common cold, so it takes a physician to determine if testing for the virus is necessary.
Initially, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended testing only people with symptoms and who had potentially been exposed to the virus. But to the surprise of public health officials, several of the first people in the U.S. who tested positive for the virus had no obvious exposure. This development suggested that the virus was being transmitted locally, meaning it was spreading from person to person easily and/or that people may have been transmitting the virus without experiencing serious symptoms." Thank You, Minnesota Sun.Read more
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"During a press conference on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland will be suspended at midnight on Monday, but Americans and legal residents of the U.S. in those countries will be allowed to return to the United States."Read more
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" Spain´s government is set to announce Saturday that it is placing tight restrictions on movements and closing restaurants and other establishments in the nation of 46 million people as part of a two-week state of emergency to fight the sharp rise in coronavirus infections."