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    1. The randomized clinical trial on remdesevir was...

      The randomized clinical trial on remdesevir was published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. This had been announced earlier but here are the peer- reviewed results. It's not a...
    2. Its cool.

      Its cool.
    3. My thoughts too Takyu. But we will see results...

      My thoughts too Takyu. But we will see results from other vaccine trials before long. As I noted above, vaccine trials take awhile. I am also a bit nervous about using viral vectors to deliver a...
    4. Takyu, you are correct. I had to go look all...

      Takyu, you are correct. I had to go look all this up myself. Apparently the standards for describing adverse reactions in clinical trials is universal. A Grade 3 adverse reaction fever is very...
    5. I'll take these in order: 1. No, other groups...

      I'll take these in order:

      1. No, other groups and companies would continue, especially if they were very far along in the development path, especially in a disease like this. The analogy is drug...
    6. Depends in part on what kind of mask. I'll...

      Depends in part on what kind of mask.

      I'll start with an N-95 or KN-95 (if it's made in China). This is what healthcare workers ideally wear around patients. It filters out 95% of particles...
    7. Somebody asked about an article in the Guardian...

      Somebody asked about an article in the Guardian on why we might not get a vaccine. (They seem to have deleted their post though, but I already wrote the answer).

      I like the Guardian. I think in...
    8. Equipment was part of it, and they definitely...

      Equipment was part of it, and they definitely made courts slower, which also contributed. Tennis is also less interesting now.
    9. You are right. It is more uniform, and I think...

      You are right. It is more uniform, and I think less entertaining.
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      No. I believe spin is more related to ball size...

      No. I believe spin is more related to ball size than material. Most "40 mm" balls were 39.2-39.5. The 40+ balls are around 40.5. So the change to plastic also resulted in an increase in ball...
    11. Marko, just remember that large groups of people...

      Marko, just remember that large groups of people indoors is a bad idea, especially if there are many people you dont know. We're not through this yet

      By the way, I saw a little bit of your country...
    12. The good news is you were tested carefully. To be...

      The good news is you were tested carefully. To be honest, the swab needs to be pushed all the way to the back of your nose to get to where the virus is most likely to be, and that hurts. A doctor...
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      We actually had them back then. I cant remember...

      We actually had them back then. I cant remember which brand, but there was at least one that was not celluloid. Halex maybe?

      And I agree, 40+ was a step too far.
    14. I think the space was fairly small also for some...

      I think the space was fairly small also for some of the dance classes. It definitely is consistent with the fairly intuitive idea that if you are exhaling hard because of aerobic exercise you would...
    15. I agree and part of it is the 40+ ball. I...

      I agree and part of it is the 40+ ball. I understand why a change of materials was a reasonable decision but they also made them larger and heavier. That was not necessary.
    16. This is a study from Korea documenting spread of...

      This is a study from Korea documenting spread of Covid-19 from instructors to students in Latin dance fitness classes.

      https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/8/20-0633_article
    17. Rain is right, the proof is in the pudding and we...

      Rain is right, the proof is in the pudding and we scientists tend to be a cautious lot.

      One reason I am confident about a vaccine is the number of different strategies that are being pursued to...
    18. Thread: ITTF Coup?

      by Baal
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      Yes, in fact NASA Headquarters is in my city, but...

      Yes, in fact NASA Headquarters is in my city, but I don't personally need to go to outer space. I am happy to emigrate to some place more nearby but sane, like New Zealand; or maybe a village near a...
    19. The idea would be to infuse them into people who...

      The idea would be to infuse them into people who are infected to prevent the virus from spreading to adjacent cells, giving your own immune system a big advantage in its battle with the virus,...
    20. Lots of companies are in a race to develop...

      Lots of companies are in a race to develop antibody therapies for Covid-19.

      Here is a great fairly non-technical summary. High likelihood quite a few will succeed, main question is how soon? ...
    21. The antibody from the original SARS patient has...

      The antibody from the original SARS patient has been cloned so it is not necessary to ever take blood from him/her again. It is even possible that the people creating this recmbinant human...
    22. A long time ago the way a vaccine was made was to...

      A long time ago the way a vaccine was made was to take some microbe or virus and kill it with heat or exposing it to formaldehyde and then inject the killed virus or bacterium into a person. The...
    23. More about neutralizing human monoclonal...

      More about neutralizing human monoclonal antibodies

      https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2349-y

      What is cool about THESE is they were derived from a patient who recovered from SARS in...
    24. Let me write something about why it takes a long...

      Let me write something about why it takes a long time to test a vaccine.

      Drugs and vaccines are tested in three phases but the process for a drug and for a vaccine is a little different because...
    25. Thread: ITTF Coup?

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      My thought immediately was that a medical aid...

      My thought immediately was that a medical aid station at a TT club (for Covid-19????) would make things worse. A gigantic sack of wank to use a phrase I heard from a British player once.

      Even...
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