COVID: vaccine for Kids in USA

Covid, in the US, definitive green light for a Pfizer vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old

The OK from the CDC, which came after FDA approval, launches the new phase of the American vaccination campaign. Approximately 28 million children affected. “We are at a turning point in our battle with Covid,” said President Joe Biden. He specified that the injections could begin in the week of November 8.

In the United States, the authorities have finally approved Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The green light was given by the CDCs (Centers for disease control and prevention), which recommended injections also for this age group and, in fact, launched the new phase of the vaccination campaign. In recent days there was the approval of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which had said yes for children at a reduced dose (one third of that for adults) and two injections three weeks apart. The decision affects approximately 28 million American children
Biden: “We are at a turning point”

“With the authorization of the vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11, we are at a turning point in our battle with Covid,” said US President Joe Biden. The green light of the CDC to vaccinations for children, he added, is a “big step forward in our battle to defeat the virus”. The head of the White House has specified that the vaccination campaign for children can begin in the week of 8 November.

Freedom always has a price: the cost of a compromise of a constraint…

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Freedom always has a price and this price is always the compromise of an alley which means that freedom is almost never unavailable.

This year, after the dramatic year of 2020, everyone hopes to resume social life and therefore also leisure, first of all the sacrosanct summer holidays, which are the crucial moment to recharge the batteries after a year of work or whatever after. a winter year ….

In order for you to understand my diffidence about some that don’t work, I will list in the form of a list the things that people probably overlook.

01] Medicine is a science, but an inexact science (unlike mathematics and physics instead)

02] To make a vaccine (serious and effective) it takes years, if not decades.

03] The vaccine has a limited duration (on average about 10 months) and few have highlighted this.

04] The vaccine has a lower efficacy than the variants

05] The uncertainty regarding the variants could jeopardize the entire trend of the global pandemic. If a variant emerges that unhinges all vaccines, all efforts will be thwarted (at least in the long term)

06] Vaccination decreases the transmissibility of the virus but implies its mutation if a lightning-fast vaccination campaign is not carried out

07] If the vaccine has a duration of 10 months it must be taken into account that even more than one vaccination cycle (no dose)

08] We must not only consider the (side) effects that could be had in the immediate or short term, but also those in the long term, especially if you are forced to do more than one course of vaccine

09] In Italy they are carrying out a campaign to vaccinate even children with no need for the vaccine in any way, running the risk of 0%.

covid19: the new increase in infections at the end of the summer

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Also in Italy, as in most of the European countries, there is a net increase in infections. It takes place at the end of summer, which was thought to bring at least a pause to the spread of the virus, in fact many argued that the heat could help eliminate the virus. Instead, the dangerous pandemic reappears: an increase in infections, deaths, and above all hospitalizations, especially those in intensive care. Although the use of masks has been mandatory for several months, it seems that the good of hygiene are difficult to apply. Accomplice in addition to the summer also the festivity of mid-August, which certainly led to the delight of many people. But perhaps the worst is yet to come because the school year of the soles has not yet begun, which could lead to a further significant increase. Objectively I think that the government is unlikely to implement another lockdown (after the one in March-April) for many reasons: first of all for an economic factor, which is already affecting a lot in the state budget …

Herman Cain is dead, businessman and politician of the US Republican Party: he was hospitalized for three weeks for COVID-19

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Herman Cain is dead., He is an American businessman and politician who for a few months in 2011 as the favorite candidate in the Republican Party primaries, died before retiring following various footsteps and various accusations of sexual harassment. Cain was 74 years old, was African American and had been hospitalized for three weeks after falling ill with COVID-19: at the end of June he had attended the controversial rally of President Donald Trump in Tulsa without wearing a mask (masks that he had repeatedly openly criticized).

Cain – born in Memphis, Tennessee, into a poor family – had become very rich and famous thanks to his career as an entrepreneur. After a few years of apprenticeship at Coca-Cola, at 36 he was appointed head of 400 Burger King restaurants in the Philadelphia area and, given the good results, he was then promoted to CEO of the Godfather’s Pizza restaurant chain. Cain arrived in 1986, restored the company and bought it in 1988, continuing to be the CEO until 1996. That year he began to devote himself more consistently to politics and in 2011 he ran for the Republican Party primaries. He didn’t seem to have a chance, but his good speaker skills and affable personality in a few months had led him to the top of the polls, ahead of Mitt Romney.

 

CORONAVIRUS: the future to come ..

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Predicting the future is always a great gift to face the difficulties that could trace the path of life. And even if you did not have this clairvoyance, it would still be wise to hypothesize some scenarios to sketch at least a line of foresight.

The world will no longer be the same or at least it will not be for many generations forced, in memory of the Pandemic, to apply those good rules of hygiene or social distancing. But above all, the movements will no longer be the same as before. And flights by plane will be carried out only by business needs or at the limit by indispensable holidays. Not to mention the Cruises, which at the moment those who travel the world can be counted on the palm of a hand. This does not mean that all this will lead to benefits. Just think that ships are the most polluting means of transport that exists, 100 times higher in emissions than airliners. In fact, what is evident is that the seal will begin to breathe with the drastic drop in CO2 emissions and fine dust. The Himalayas are beginning to be seen from India, dolphins appear in the canals of Venice and many animals pour into the city streets, in the absence of the usual tramway. It is unexceptionable that nature has benefited most from this Pandemic, especially if taken into consideration the fact that in recent times the average temperatures had risen to an impressive level (2019 had the hottest October ever), in addition to the fact that 2019 was the year of Greta Tunmberg, the little girl who traveled the world to speak with the powerful of the earth about safeguarding the environment.

The fact remains of how nations will behave in the future once the pandemic is over. The issues are likely to be lower, however, due to the fact that the economic repercussions that will last for years (hopefully not decades) will in any case lead to a decrease in work (and therefore industrial) and social activities.
But our unconscious gestures of social distancing will remain evident. Although in fact, with the end of the virus, social relations will be able to resume, probably also with a certain thrill due to long isolation and long abstinence, our ways will still be influenced by greater freedom, but above all awareness, which will almost certainly be more evident in Latin countries, in which, unlike the Nordic and Anglo-Saxon ones, they have a social culture characterized by warmer gestures and more direct contact.
All the rest is difficult to predict, especially if you think that the geo-political balance will depend on how states will be able to cope with this emergency.

 

Coronavirus: China and the east

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Finding the culprit for all this worldwide upheaval is trivial for many: the virus started from China. Although many have already blamed the Chinese on the crime, and above all for not having promptly informed the scientific community of the situation, but also probably for the fact that the reported numbers of the infected and the deaths is not the one declared. By dismissing the question of whether the virus accidentally escaped or not, giving rise to conspiracy theses, which will almost certainly be talked about once the health and social but not the economic emergency is over, China’s credibility on the diplomatic issue is not never been questioned. In fact, if we analyze the last decades from the post-war period to the present, China has never worried from the conflictual point of view and the United States and any other world power. Excluding the mere economic clashes with the USA, which China is facing with the payment of tariffs on Made in China products imposed by President Trump, world diplomacy appears all too neutral and thinking of accusing the Chinese is too superficial, especially if it is believed that China is the absolute engine of the manufacture and that without it many products would not exist. China’s alliances established during the Vietnam War, on the other hand, are far too marginal.

The consideration on China’s diplomacy is not to be overlooked because thinking that a nation, with a population of 1 billion and a half and with a territory with the greatest resources of raw materials, could one day face a world conflict puts much terror. Hence probably one of the plausible reasons that the virus could be only an alternative way (or perhaps the only alternative way) to face an indirect world war, of which the singularity is perhaps that of not having allies and enemies if not from the economic point of view and on the supply of sanitary material.
There could also be more noble purposes to the thesis of the accidental nature of the Pandemic, namely that of reducing pollution, of which China has seen the benefits of the lockdown first, with a net decrease in polluting emissions.

But there could also be numerous other theses, including that that the current virus is nothing more than a simple test of other possible future viruses, whose lethality may be much greater. And even if this conspiracy thesis is not true, the fact of imagining that a virus with even greater lethality can be propagated in a natural way is only beneficial in protecting oneself and preventing itself from the future to come.
The regime established in the eastern nation, in an almost genetic way since primordial times, does nothing but obscure the truth about the real responsibility for the spread of the virus, because no Chinese would dream of opposing his government, which until now – at least since post-war period to date – has always boasted unequaled consensus.
If you then reflect on the religious and philosophical culture of the people – almost purely Shenxianesima – what comes out is a unique profile worldwide, where dedication to work is the cornerstone of a system. Although often the dedication to work is such as to even detract from the health conditions, it is seen as a sacred dedication. In fact, the Chinese are famous for sleeping on their place of work and being often abandoned in the cartoons .. This suggests that any correlation to the double end of the spread of the virus will never be revealed by a people who would die of devotion for work and for his compatriots.

 

Politicians always speak carefully of their privileges .

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Boris Johnson’s case is probably a sporadic case in which hospitalization in a public hospital was necessary. Many events have led to the conclusion that politicians, like the more affluent people, are always privileged in the treatment, tampons and timeliness of diagnoses. In Italy it is happening that the players have managed to get the swab done without any requirement instead the normal citizens must demonstrate that they have serious symptoms and respiratory complications.

Unfortunately it is always taken care of in the world that the wealthier classes are more cared for. Probably many people doubt that the wealthiest people already have a cure … and the rest of the world doesn’t know it. Obviously, all over the world is at war with anyone looking for the right drug to fight the virus before the vaccine is (hopefully) discovered. Many peolple are even convinced that they already have the right drug. Moreover, it seems very strange how very few deaths in China, even considering the falsity of numbers on real numbers ..

Coronavirus: Tim Cook offers smart working to Apple employees

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Tim Cook today offered employees in most offices around the world the opportunity to work from home and announced new policies in light of the coronavirus epidemic currently spreading in Italy, the US and other countries.

Specifically, Apple has explicitly told employees of many offices in different countries around the world to “feel free to work remotely, if your job allows it.” The timescales declared by Tim Cook are from today, March 9, until March 13, according to an internal note obtained by Bloomberg and later confirmed by a company spokesman. The corporate policy of last Friday, which started from California and Seattle, is therefore extended, and now it arrives in almost all company offices, including in Italy.

CoronaVirus Update: the whole truth

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With the increase in the number of infections in Italy, worries increase. In fact, despite the fact that Italy has adopted the most restrictive measures in the world, blocking all flights to and from China, the infections seem not to stop ..

What is the truth? Many argue that in the rest of Europe there are fewer swabs while in Italy they do many more. Undoubtedly Italy is battered by the problems of immigration, which Europe has never wanted to solve, and this could seem one of the reasons ..

But unfounded no one knows the truth because there is no vaccine and above all not knowing the dynamics of the virus, which would seem to change genetically in some subjects, you live in the dark. Citizens are often divided between those who claim that the virus is an exaggeration and those who say it is a worldwide danger. Almost always the truth is always in the middle ..

 

SOME INFO

Contagion

Contagion occurs by air, but it has not been absolutely demonstrated that foods or microbes on ingested foods can infect the subject. Although mortality is lower than that of other coronaviruses (sars and mers), the infection is much higher …
The best precautions are: mask, coughing or sneezing with the elbow and washing hands often. Unfortunately, the masks are currently unavailable, and the few remaining ones are sold at an astronomical price, especially in countries with a high number of infections.

Another thing to do is avoid crowded places and keep informed on possible outbreak places that are the most at risk, so you can take precautionary measures if you know that you are in the red areas

 

Symptoms

The symptoms, or at least the initial symptoms, are those of a normal bacterial flu, i.e. colds and respiratory problems. Obviously after these symptoms they can also lead to complications. In the stage following that of the first symptoms there are complications of pneumonia, with the consequent problem of breathing which can also lead to hospitalization.

 

Mortality

Mortality is around 1-3%, that is a little higher than a normal infulenza, but – and this is the important thing – considering hospitalization. There are cases, such as that of the patient1 in Italy, which seems to have infected a flood of people, which present serious clinical pictures, despite the young age and the optimal state of health, considering that the young Mattia is a manager who practices sports.

At the moment in Italy there are 6 victims, but they are all over the age of 60 and who had other pathologies that have degenerated the state of health.
In China, on the other hand, people of a relatively young age also died, such as the doctor from Wuhan (35 years old)

 

Psychosis

Some call on others to avoid psychosis. The truth is that it takes balance and to avoid contagion or at least decrease the percentage, it is necessary to apply some good and simple practices and nothing extraordinary.

In Italy, which is currently third in the world in the number of infections, TV and newspapers are broadcasting updates hour by hour, with special TG after hours, and often people get anxious, as has happened in many northern cities Italy, where supermarket shelves have emptied.

But it can also happen instead of having the opposite, and that is a boldness and lightness .. and often you see people who cough you in the face or even challenge fate by frequenting crowded places in the doubt of having contracted the virus. In Italy the airplanes at risk have been closed by the army and a transgression of the law can lead to three years in prison