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Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 03-15-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 16,284
Posted By BigNick
France and Spain are both giving only one shot to...

France and Spain are both giving only one shot to people who have had COVID.
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 01-09-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,100
Posted By BigNick
A good question to ask yourself when you backup...

A good question to ask yourself when you backup is, what would I restore if things went south?

In my case this is just "The contents of my Documents and Pictures folders". That represents Word...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 12-08-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 646
Views: 30,809
Posted By BigNick
The FDA has made the data available for the...

The FDA has made the data available for the Pfizer vaccine (https://t.co/ycGOU5fQkp?amp=1) [PDF]. The numbers look very good indeed, especially since, within the limits imposed by the relatively...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 12-07-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,508
Posted By BigNick
Response from the doctor (verbatim including gaps...

Response from the doctor (verbatim including gaps because each line was one DM, and their first language is not English)


I understand what they are asking

Criteria for ICU admission vary...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 12-06-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,508
Posted By BigNick
I have been corresponding with an ICU physician,...

I have been corresponding with an ICU physician, who helped me put together this blog post (https://steamtraen.blogspot.com/2020/12/treating-covid-19-patients-in-icu.html). May be of interest for...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 12-04-2020, 06:30 AM
Replies: 646
Views: 30,809
Posted By BigNick
The multiple (number of actual cases per...

The multiple (number of actual cases per confirmed case) will vary as a function of a number of things, most notably how easy it is to get a test. To take it to an extreme, if there was a smartphone...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 12-03-2020, 06:01 AM
Replies: 646
Views: 30,809
Posted By BigNick
If that's the case then North Dakota, where 10.5%...

If that's the case then North Dakota, where 10.5% of the population has had a confirmed PCR test, most of them in the last two months, is approaching 100% infected. If cases then continue, it means...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 12-01-2020, 07:01 AM
Replies: 360
Views: 29,499
Posted By BigNick
There is also a certain amount of sampling...

There is also a certain amount of sampling variation, because the device only has a certain number of detectors to convert what is basically an analog signal to a digital number. So it could be that...
Forum: Travel Information 11-29-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 656
Posted By BigNick
We went skiing there in July once - there are...

We went skiing there in July once - there are pistes open above about 3000 metres in summer. The snow isn't great after lunchtime, but it was cool to ski in the morning and sunbathe in proper heat in...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 11-29-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,514
Posted By BigNick
This (like many other "get fit to be better...

This (like many other "get fit to be better placed if you get COVID" stories) seems like a classic example of "correlation is not causation". Starting to eat green vegetables more often is also good...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 11-14-2020, 02:36 PM
Replies: 1,910
Views: 111,040
Posted By BigNick
Apparently there is a disease that spreads in the...

Apparently there is a disease that spreads in the community, leads to death by pneumonia or multiple organ failure, and we don't even have a test for it.

There is a group of people in the UK...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 11-13-2020, 05:44 PM
Replies: 1,910
Views: 111,040
Posted By BigNick
Health-care workers can’t go on like this....

Health-care workers can’t go on like this. (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/11/third-surge-breaking-healthcare-workers/617091/) :(
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 11-12-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 1,910
Views: 111,040
Posted By BigNick
The problem is that hospitals in the neighbouring...

The problem is that hospitals in the neighbouring states are not exactly idle either. Belgium and the Netherlands are currently being saved from having their ICUs overflow because Germany is doing...
Forum: Other topics 10-30-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 424
Posted By BigNick
Lake City, MN

As part of a research project, I am attempting to contact someone (anyone!) who is familiar with Lake City, Minnesota...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 10-29-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 12,885
Posted By BigNick
I am a huge supporter of masks, and I would love...

I am a huge supporter of masks, and I would love these charts to be true, and to show what they appear to show.

But:
1. It's always important to be very careful with aggregated data (the...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 10-18-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 771
Views: 47,499
Posted By BigNick
I suspect there are going to be quite a few...

I suspect there are going to be quite a few people who will have to have sex with their spouse instead, unless said spouse is amenable to opening the household bubble to the third party. :coolsmiley:
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 09-24-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 12,885
Posted By BigNick
A commentary in the New England Journal of...

A commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine (https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2026913) suggests that, by providing occasional exposure to a reduced dose of the virus, wearing a mask...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 09-19-2020, 04:44 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,273
Posted By BigNick
Statistically significant results from...

Statistically significant results from exploratory post-hoc analysis in subgroups with sample sizes of 50 are pretty much always due to noise. To the lead author's credit she acknowledges that in the...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 09-07-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,273
Posted By BigNick
I don't think that's how Vitamin D works. Your...

I don't think that's how Vitamin D works. Your body doesn't throw molecules of it at the virus like a supply of ammo, until it runs out. In fact it seems that nobody has a clear mechanism for why...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 09-04-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,273
Posted By BigNick
Yes, I think this is reasonable. But it suggests...

Yes, I think this is reasonable. But it suggests that for people who get severe COVID-19 despite having adequate Vitamin D, more Vit D may not help. (I would be interested to see the Vit D numbers...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 09-04-2020, 04:30 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,273
Posted By BigNick
While I have no trouble in believing that Vitamin...

While I have no trouble in believing that Vitamin D deficiency could increase people's susceptibility to almost any disease, this is very different from saying that giving otherwise healthy people...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 08-26-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 12,189
Posted By BigNick
Worldometer is reporting 529,466 active cases in...

Worldometer is reporting 529,466 active cases in Florida, for a population of 21,477,737. That implies that 2.46% of the population is known to have COVID-19 right now - the highest percentage in the...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 08-24-2020, 05:29 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,363
Posted By BigNick
When the Euro was being designed, there was a...

When the Euro was being designed, there was a long debate over whether the smallest coin should be 5c or 1c.

The split mostly came down to whether a country already had a 0.01 or 1.00 smallest...
Forum: Travel Information 08-10-2020, 11:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,227
Posted By BigNick
I haven't lived in Switzerland, but my son has...

I haven't lived in Switzerland, but my son has (he lives on the French/Swiss border).

Most of my experience has been with the French system, which is excellent, apart from perhaps a little lack of...
Forum: Travel Information 08-10-2020, 06:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,227
Posted By BigNick
The OP seems to divide the world into...

The OP seems to divide the world into nationalized and "other". In practice, there is a whole continuum.

In France there are public and private hospitals, but they all issue bills (although...
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