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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If airlines named routes like trains used to
Replies: 24
Views: 2456

Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

SJC-AUS is commonly called "The Nerd Bird" for serving the route between two major tech centers.

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by DocLightning
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I am not sure but I believe that allocation of placebo or vaccine in participants in vaccine trials is random. In every study I have read it is. For the benefit of those reading, there are a few ways to randomize a trial. The most common way is to use a random number generator (a "coin toss&qu...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wet shaving tips
Replies: 40
Views: 2387

Re: Wet shaving tips

golfradio wrote:

Hmm, two passes. OK, I'll try that. The biggest question in my mind right now is the prep time. I normally don't have a lot of time in the mornings. I know the DE blades can't beat the multi-blade razors on convenience.


I can get a complete, clean shave in 2-3 minutes.

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

rather than use the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine would it be possible or make sense to use their production capacity to to produce one of the other vaccines that is more effective? Their vaccine is produced in a bioreactor, so if we were to find that, say, the J&J candidate is more effective, the...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wet shaving tips
Replies: 40
Views: 2387

Re: Wet shaving tips

I shave twice. First down with the grain, then lather up again and go up against the grain. This gives me the closest shave. I saw the former Royal Barber of England interviewed on TV when I was a teenager and got this tip from him. "First down, then up."

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates unveils new Premium Economy Class
Replies: 101
Views: 13015

Re: Emirates unveils new Premium Economy Class

I'm impressed. This product looks nice. I agree with others that I could do without the faux wood, but that seems to be part of EK's branding.

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

What is the status of all the vaccines? Pfizer: Out, on emergency basis, limited supply to medical workers, some vulnerable, and politically connected. mRNA Vaccine The big limit with Pfizer is places that can handle the cold chain requirements. Also, the two doses can be given as little as 17 days...

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by DocLightning
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Explosion in Nashville
Replies: 71
Views: 4318

Re: Explosion in Nashville

None of our business. Absolutely our business. Was he truly a lone wolf? Or was he part of a terror cell? Or was he the canary in the coal mine that warns us that other conspiracy theorists will follow suit? Did he have disciples? Or was he the disciple of someone else? These are important question...

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

dtw2hyd wrote:
Every employee gets Pfizer in a week (vs) 1/4 Pfizer + 1/4 Moderna + 1/4 Oxford + 1/4 already exposed/opt out/control group.


That's just going to complicate an already complicated workflow.

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When did Northwest fly to Sydney, Australia?
Replies: 10
Views: 1641

Re: When did Northwest fly to Sydney, Australia?

drdisque wrote:
I forgot to mention they dropped SYD in 1996.


1994, I believe. I was on the last flight out. My routing was SYD-ITM-DTW.

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I hope the health care staff vaccination plan has a split between Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford/AZ(when available) at any given location/area. Even give an option to skip for those already recovered from COVID. Not a good idea to skip those who already have been exposed. Coronaviruses appear to have a...

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by DocLightning
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Dieuwer wrote:
I would think that vaccinating the "super spreader types" first has the most effect.


Well, yes. But at present the only way we have of identifying them is after the fact. If we could figure out how to predict who is likely to superspread, then this would be a lot easier.

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by DocLightning
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

... Thanks for all the great info, as always, DocLightning. I do have another question for you, if you don't mind. I received my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine a week and a half ago. I haven't consumed any alcohol since 12/15, but I am off on New Year's Day and my usual NYE tradition is to have a...

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by DocLightning
Sat Dec 26, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The perpetual failure of the smallest variant.
Replies: 74
Views: 8992

Re: The perpetual failure of the smallest variant.

Someone83 wrote:
For the 777-200LR, you could argue it creates the base for the 777F


The LR has no parts that aren't also used on the 772, 77F, or 77W. It was never going to be a big seller, but at almost no additional cost to develop, the break-even number was miniscule.

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by DocLightning
Fri Dec 25, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 29855

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

One of the very serious non-medical side affects from Covid-19 in the USA is the potential of 10's of millions homeless by evictions as cannot pay rent or mortgages, governments ending bans of evictions, landlords find judges favorable for them or just disobey the laws so can survive themselves. Wh...

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by DocLightning
Fri Dec 25, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

One of the potential problems in particular in the USA, will be employers to require getting the Covid-19 vaccine before returning to workplaces and conflicts with faith and personal beliefs.Generally the law requires 'accommodation' on well founded religious beliefs (like Christian Scientists) or ...

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by DocLightning
Thu Dec 24, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I barely felt the needle. Ten minutes after there was a vague burning in that deltoid. It resolved within another few minutes. Three hours later, my deltoid began to ache. When I examined that axilla, I noticed some peppercorn-sized lymph nodes there that hadn't been there before. It's been eight ho...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

That one makes no sense. Maybe Doc can chime in but I would say 90% plus of the time more transmissible doesn’t mean more virulent so maybe they mean young people simply are more noticeably symptomatic or ill but I doubt a strain that exhibits high transmissibility will suddenly be killing 25 year ...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I would be interested to hear what mutations would render some/all of the vaccines being developed against this virus ineffective. Given that convalescent serum from SARS-1 survivors can neutralize SARS-CoV-2,(1) it would take an extensive change in the virus essentially to a new viral pseudospecie...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

KFLLCFII wrote:
DocLightning wrote:
Right. So.

1PM PST tomorrow I am getting my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. I'll let you guys know how the 5G reception in my skull is after. ; )

Completely voluntary, or mandated for continued employment?


100% voluntary. I am so excited.

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why has no airline installed lie flat seats on 737NGs?
Replies: 21
Views: 1616

Re: Why has no airline installed lie flat seats on 737NGs?

You also got to factor in the floor space, lie flats take up a lot of space. The 752 has the exact same cabin cross-section and UA installed lie-flats. That said, I think your first reason is the more important one. Unless an airline is going to have a dedicated subfleet of 737s for flights in exce...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Right. So.

1PM PST tomorrow I am getting my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. I'll let you guys know how the 5G reception in my skull is after. ; )

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Symbols of Hate Banned on State Property in New York State
Replies: 58
Views: 3340

Re: Symbols of Hate Banned on State Property in New York State

This law is talking about walking into the capital with MAGA and Confederate flags, as is so often the case. I'm not sure it is. I think I'm well enough known around here for everyone to know that I do not condone MAGA hats or Confederate flags or what they symbolize. That said, the Government (and...

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Has there been definitive proof of a new virulent COVID-19 strain in the UK? Proof as in its DNA unraveled and published in a peer reviewed scientific journal? Quoting the Daily Mail doesn't count. A variant has been isolated that has a series of mutations that have been found before. Now, as I've ...

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Question for you Doc, I had an allergic reaction to the first Hep B vaccine shot of the three. Had hives/rash around contact points (belt area, wrists etc. for approximately 90 days until I was given a shot of Benadryl and something else I cannot remember, it was about 30 years ago. I have been tol...

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by DocLightning
Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If UA had not merged with CO...
Replies: 11
Views: 1913

Re: If UA had not merged with CO...

If they hadn't merged with CO, then they would have merged with US. Arguably, the networks might have meshed better. L-UA had a big blank spot in the southeast and while CO helped with their IAH hub, CLT would have also been a good hub. Moreover, PHX would probably have done a lot more good for UA t...

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by DocLightning
Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: First plane that needed software?
Replies: 56
Views: 5517

Re: First plane that needed software?

Starlionblue wrote:
Oops. I meant Mechanical Backup, not Direct law!


Out of curiosity, has an Airbus ever had to use Mechanical Backup outside of test flights?

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by DocLightning
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 472
Views: 111313

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BP1mJWYBmU

Looks and sounds like they just went for max blast because...why not?
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FlyingHonu001 wrote:
D-ABVO left ENS out from deep storage on a steep angle for retirement
16/12 ENS - FRA
17/12 FRA - BOS

:camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BP1mJWYBmU

Looks and sounds like they just went for max blast because...why not?

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by DocLightning
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Doc is there any reliable data since these trials are kinda short lived how long this vaccine immunity might last? This is actually my concern more than anything else. I have a friend who actually had COVID and had moderate symptoms but did not require hospital level care. This was 2 months ago and...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Does anyone have a site with a timline/approval list of all the vaccines? NYT does. But because in any such trial there will be some serious adverse events (note that an adverse event is a bad thing that happens to someone after taking an experimental medication; it need not be caused by it. A car ...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DR Jill Biden
Replies: 93
Views: 3342

Re: "DR" Jill Biden

If someone earned a doctorate and requests that their earned title be used with them, that is not a big deal. Just do it. Why is this even a problem? Because she's a woman, I suspect. (Go on, flame me, but it just seems a bit suspicious to me.) As a medical doctor, I have no problem with Ph. D.s an...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can the COVID-19 Free zones remain locked away forever?
Replies: 20
Views: 1144

Re: Can the COVID-19 Free zones remain locked away forever?

Australia and New Zealand have managed to remain free of rabies (although they do have the very similar ABLV) and are currently free of polio and several other communicable diseases. This is not an insurmountable task, especially when a vaccine is available. Australia and NZ can mandate that all per...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Moderna is on the way to approval in the US. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-15/moderna-vaccine-found-safe-effective-ahead-of-key-fda-review Interesting tidbit, although I would expect transmission to be limited if the body gets good at fighting it. There isn’t enough data to know i...

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person jumps fence at LAS, jumps on AS 737
Replies: 86
Views: 14711

Re: Person jumps fence at LAS, jumps on AS 737

Flugmeister wrote:
Wow, as stupid as this stunt was, that fall was horrible. Hope the guy is OK.


I don't think he was OK even before he got up on the wing. But fortunately for him he landed (approximately) on his feet.

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would Northwest have Ordered the A350
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Would Northwest have Ordered the A350

No. NWA was looking to dowgnguage the Pacific and knew years ago they had too much TPAC capacity relative to the size of their domestic network. They purchased the 744 only because it was the only airplane that had the range to do the job, prior to the availability of the 777. This is correct. The ...

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101932

Re: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

Point 6. The Election Rejection - On January 6th Congress will convene to count the electoral votes. At this time the sitting VP, Mike Pence, has the ability to challenge by refusing to accept the votes from states in which he believes the vote was compromised. Which - he will do. Point 7. The Seco...

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by DocLightning
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101932

Re: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

[quote="ER757"] I hope and pray that after this pariah is gone for a few months, that the adults and moderate Republicans (are there any left) can stamp out the insanity/quote]

Unlikely. Russia will run their campaigns and ensure that this riles up.

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by DocLightning
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will SQ install new first/business suites onboard the B777-9? Any double bed first suites?
Replies: 19
Views: 2209

Re: Will SQ install mew first/business suites onboard the B777-9? Any double bed firdt suites?

Frankly, if you're in a snack bracket that permits you this kind of luxury, why aren't you on a private jet that caters to everything you need? Why not just ask for one of Bombardier's Global Jets service? Same as the EY Residence. A private jet is ~$US10k/hr. For a 12 hour flight, $20k is way less...

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by DocLightning
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101932

Re: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

traitorous. Seditious. If America is going to get through this, then there need to be charges of sedition against the people who waged this bad-faith campaign. Filing a lawsuit is not sedition, but criminal conviction requires criminal intent. Putting false information into multiple lawsuits, incit...

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by DocLightning
Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

CNN news has reported that the Glaxo Smith Kline vaccine has had poor results in producing an immune response. No doubt more news will be forthcoming. I'm a bit surprised. Their product was based on spike produced in an insect/baculovirus expression system and then an adjuvant is added. This is sim...

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by DocLightning
Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Doc, while I am happy we have a vaccine so soon I have to admit the fast pace of this has me concerned as well. Also I don't know how much improvement we are going to see because no one I know and I mean no one plans on taking this vaccine they don't trust it their argument is we have been studying...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Here you can clearly see the onset of protection 11-12 days after the first shot: This graph is so impressive. After a single exposure to an antigen, we begin to see a robust antibody response at 7-14 days. This is a beautiful textbook example of this phenomenon. In fact, just by eyeballing, it app...

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by DocLightning
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 132
Views: 10748

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

PA (-100, maybe -200)
TW (-200)
NZ (-200)
SR (-300)
NW (-200 and -400)
UA (-200 and -400)
KL (-400)
AR (-200)
BA (-400)
LH (-400 and -8i)
TG (-400, my last ever -400 flight)

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by DocLightning
Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hernia surgery gone wrong
Replies: 7
Views: 999

Re: Hernia surgery gone wrong

Just chiming in to say that this is out of my wheelhouse. Good luck getting it figured out.

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by DocLightning
Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

-Administering the vaccine to an infected person at the wrong moment may induce immune system overdrive, making matters worse. Cytokine storms and others. These are a major factor in Covid deaths. Too soon for studies about this but I think that we will see some of this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

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by DocLightning
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Any idea about what potentially could happen if you get shot 1 and then catch COVID-19 in the three-week window before you can get shot 2? Would the first shot offer any sort of protection by itself? Some version of this graph is found in just about every primary immunology textbook: https://www.vi...

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by DocLightning
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Doc, Any insight as to what may happen if someone has already (perhaps unknowingly) had COVID but gets the vaccine? What if someone gets the first dose and catches COVID after their first shot but before the second? A common question. The arm of the immune system that makes antibodies and cytotoxic...

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by DocLightning
Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

What if I told you that having had that less effective vaccine will blunt your immune response to a different, more effective vaccine? If that is the case (I'll defer to you on that one), then I guess that's a risk. I've read this blog: "In the Pipeline" since I was in college. Here is De...

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by DocLightning
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Are you suggesting using the dosage protocol that showed about 90% immunity? In testing drugs/vsccines, is there a minimum number of people on which it needs to be tested to achieve an acceptiable level of confidence in the results? I'd want to see a new study with at least 10,000 per arm using the...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1861
Views: 117748

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

If that’s the case, and given that the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine is on the market for perhaps 10% of the cost of the Pfizer vaccine and has much less complicated logistical and storage demands, surely it has a place in the global rollout? What if I told you that having had that less effective vacc...

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