Measures to prevent the spread of COVID also prevented other respiratory infections, expect them to come roaring back

This image shows a tissue sample infected with RSV (green). Image credit cdc.

During the early stages of the pandemic, i.e. Spring 2020, many people predicted SARS-CoV-2 (CoV-2) infections would subside in the warmer summer months. This was based on the well-documented seasonality of many respiratory pathogens. We have accumulated decades of research on numerous pathogens and can predict fairly accurately during which part of the year a particular pathogen will begin to accelerate. Even though we don’t fully understand all the aspects of what causes pathogen seasonality, it’s not merely guesswork.

Our predictions of seasonality are important. Depending on when one gets sick and the symptoms, one can narrow down the likely…


Part 3

Please, just drink normal water.

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Have you ever watched a kid learn how to dive? It’s really amusing. Depending on their age, they typically do slightly different things as they’re learning. An older kid around 9 or 10 will usually begin their diving adventure pretty close to the actual thing. Yes, they may not keep their hands together and they will almost certainly let their knees bend upwards, but they’ll be relatively close. I say relatively because when you get down to around the age of six, it’s a completely different thing to witness.

If that six-year-old has already conquered their fear of water, the…


Part 2

Please just drink normal water pt. 2

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I used to wonder why people in Medieval Europe are always portrayed in pretty much every movie and TV series as drinking only wine or beer. I could attempt to enumerate them, but that would be unsuccessful and a waste of time, I trust you know exactly what I’m referring to. I can’t recall any time where someone in one of those shows said, “I could really go for a drink right now, but make it water, I’ve had enough (fill-in-the-alcoholic-drink).” It never happens.

One typically must go to the Bible to find obvious and repeated evidence of historical water…


Part 1

Please just drink normal water pt. 1

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The city of Waco, Texas is home to the Dr. Pepper museum. If you’re wondering why Dr. Pepper needs its own museum, you’ve never been to Texas. The museum is small but nice and predictably takes the visitor through the history of Dr. Pepper. The most unexpected part for me, and possibly the most interesting, is the very beginning. Prior to waxing nostalgic about Dr. Pepper, the first room on the tour, dubbed “Healing Waters”, is devoted to the commoditization of water. It discusses some of the places where “special” water was found, used for medicinal purposes, and/or bottled and…


How do we make them stretch further than their raw value?

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Many have written about the rapidity with which the various COVID vaccines were created, tested, and distributed; a true marvel of biomedical ingenuity and determination. The most controversial component of that tripartite is surely the distribution of doses. It’s been extensively discussed how wealthy countries, along with those who developed their own vaccines, have hoarded the vast majority of doses. Indeed, numerous changes need to be implemented to ameliorate the inequity for both the short and long term.

The US and EU to the rescue?

The developing world has been forced to wait until wealthy countries secured enough doses before donating doses in any meaningful quantity. In…


Understanding the rare immunological response sheds light on what might be happening

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*Authors pre-note: Much has already been written about this topic so to avoid re-reading something you wish not to, below, I have provided a list of covered topics. Please feel free to scroll to what interests you.

Intro / Media scrutiny on the vaccines / Vaccine clotting numbers / Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia / Vaccine-induced blood clots / Possible explanations

When facing a challenge in life, we often want ameliorating news. The larger and/or more consequential the challenge, the more memorable the moment is if we actually receive that good news. It could be the time you thought you had some strange…


SPIDERS | HUMOR | ANECDOTE

I do love you, but it’s a complicated web of love

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Dear Spiders,

I see you.

I mean, I do see you.

Ok, what I mean is I see you in the way when people say: “you just don’t see me.” What they mean is that you don’t wholly understand them, or fully accept them for who and what they are, or completely grasp the true nature of their being, or behold their very essence.

I see you in that way.

This is honestly a bit awkward because I don’t think you feel the same way. I know you see me differently than I see you in a multiple versus singular…


Understanding the difference in nomenclature

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I suspect everyone reading this is well aware of the renewed interest in the possibility SARS coronavirus-2 (CoV-2) leaked from a lab. I’m not keeping count, but the number of articles on the subject surely numbers in the thousands, and they have been written in every major language. I have my own thoughts on the matter, but those are irrelevant for this article.

The purpose of this piece is to help decode the two major tags associated with the lab-leak story: Theory and Hypothesis. …


Mike will tell you measures only come in half or full.

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One thing my family and friends consistently ask me about is coronavirus variants. They of course hear about them on the news or read about them in articles, and naturally wonder what it’s all about. I’m not going to pretend to be the first to write an article about SARS-coronavirus-2 (CoV-2) variants, but I do want to share some of my insight and what might be unique analogies, which may help some understand the topic of variants.

I could write a scientifically dense article about how variants happen, what they mean, and why we should be concerned, but my colleague…


Anecdote | Humor

I ask you because she can’t be bothered to give an answer

The author’s dog posing only because of the promise of a treat.

My dog does nothing that doesn’t directly benefit her. I’ve heard of people complaining about their lazy unhelpful kids, but even they help carry in the groceries sometimes. She’s always eager to stick her nose in the bags to see what we bought, but she can’t be bothered to help carry any. Multiple times I’ve threatened to get her one of those saddle things and then put loose groceries in it so she has no choice but to help. I guess I’m afraid someone will think she’s the worst trained service dog in history and then feel sorry for me…

Ryan P. Gilley

Professional Scientist, Amateur Historian, Poor-Mans Philosopher, probably some unsavory things as well.

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