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COVID Me

It Took Two Years

But the coof finally caught up to me. It started on Day 1 with some post nasal drip, mild fatigue, and a sore throat. No big deal, but I knew I was coming down with something.

Day 2, and I woke up to discover that I had a stuffy nose and my throat hurt so bad I couldn’t swallow. After some cold water and Ibuprofen, it eased up enough that I figured it was a mild cold.

Day 3 was more fatigue, congestion, and a mild cough. Dayquil worked fine. I took a home COVID test and it was negative. I was tired and fatigued, so I spent a good bit of the day napping before going to bed early with a dose of Nyquil.

Day 4: I went to work and pulled a 12 hour shift. I felt slightly under the weather, but still not too bad. I have had far worse. Symptoms to this point were mild fatigue, a runny nose, and a mild, non-productive cough. I went to bed at midnight with Nyquil and Robitussin. I didn’t sleep well.

I woke early on Day 5 (at 0430) because I couldn’t breathe. I sat up in a chair, eating Vick’s cough drops like candy. That and some extra strength Robitussin DM seemed to work. A second at home COVID test of a different brand also showed negative. I slept on the couch for a good bit of the afternoon before getting up to take a shower. I was shaving when I realized that I couldn’t smell the Vick’s shower tablet. Then I realized I couldn’t smell anything- not my soap, shaving cream, nothing.

My wife and I did some experimenting. I couldn’t even smell Vick’s Vaporub when it was rubbed on my upper lip. The only thing that I could smell (very faintly) was vinegar. That’s when I knew. COVID.

It’s now day nine, and I have spent the last few days sleeping in the recliner, coughing up large amounts of mucous. It feels like I am breathing through a straw. That and fatigue are the only remaining symptoms. Even my senses of taste and smell came back after two days.

My wife doesn’t think that it is COVID, mostly because the home tests say that it isn’t. I don’t want to take an official test, because my job would require me to quarantine for 14 days. Regardless, my wife woke up with a sore throat this morning, so now it appears as though she has it.

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COVID

COVID Genetic Link

How bad your case of COVID turns out to be is based on genetic factors.

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Arts and Crafts COVID

Fake Vax Cards

Marine Reservist caught selling falsified COVID vaccine cards.

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COVID Government Insanity

FEMA on Fallout

In keeping with my post on fallout, FEMA has come up with some “helpful” advice concerning shelter from radioactive fallout. I am not kidding, this is the newest plan from the Federal Government agency that is in charge of disaster response:

Go to the basement or middle of the building. Stay away from the outer walls and roof. Try to maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who are not part of your household. If possible, wear a mask if you’re sheltering with people who are not a part of your household. Children under two years old, people who have trouble breathing, and those who are unable to remove masks on their own should not wear them.

I did take the liberty of bolding the dumbest part.

They go to tell you what supplies you should bring with you:

If you are able to, set aside items like soap, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, disinfecting wipes, and general household cleaning supplies that you can use to disinfect surfaces you touch regularly.

Again, I was going to bold the stupid parts, but I decided to leave their links in place.

If you have to take shelter from nuclear fallout, whatever else you do, make sure that you don’t expose anyone to the illness that 99.6 percent of the public manages to survive.

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COVID

Pitchforks Needed

This needs to be spread far and wide:

Scientists have found that a section of the genetic material that makes up the COVID virus is the same as one that Moderna patented in February of 2016. The sequence is 19 base pairs long, meaning that there is only a one in three trillion chance that this happened naturally.

COVID is the only coronavirus of its type to carry 12 unique letters that allow its spike protein to be activated by a common enzyme called furin, which allows it to spread between human cells with ease.

If in fact the virus is engineered using genetic material that was patented by Moderna, this would explain how a vaccine was ready for market within months. They already knew how to vaccinate against it- it was their property.

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Ridiculous

So people were worried about having omicron because this strain of COVID produced no symptoms.

Now, not only does it produce no symptoms, but isn’t detectible with testing.

We have reached peak stupidity. It’s like this reality that we live in is a parody that was created as some sort of joke for a deity somewhere.

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Medical News

mRNA Uberpost

Joe over at The View from North Central Idaho asks how mRNA works. Let me give a quick and simplified explanation of how DNA and mRNA work with each other. Let me reach way back to my undergrad classes on cellular and molecular biology to explain this a bit.

Please excuse me if I make minor errors. It’s been a few years since I took these classes. This is also a greatly simplified Cliff’s notes version of several semesters of college biology classes. Even though simplified, the subject is complex and will make for a bit of a long post.

DNA and RNA are nucleic acids. They are long, chainlike molecules that can encode information that allows the manufacture of proteins and are required for all life as we know it. Think of them like incredibly dense storage drives that hold all of the information needed to build a living organism. Everything from how tall you are, to what foods you like, to what subject you enjoy studying in school is affected by what is encoded in your DNA. Every trait that is you is saved on this biological hard drive. With the exception of identical twins, no two people have the same DNA.

DNA is a template from which RNA can be made. The process where RNA is created is called transcription. The entire process is controlled by enzymes called RNA polymerases and occurs in the cell’s nucleus. Since the nucleus in eukaryotes is enclosed in a membrane, the DNA cannot leave that nucleus, so messenger RNA needs to be created in order for a cell to manufacture proteins.

The RNA molecule that is produced is a near mirror image of whatever part of the DNA molecule was used as a template. When a messenger RNA (mRNA) molecule is made, that mRNA molecule then leaves the nucleus of the cell and enters the portion of the cell where proteins are made. The process of using RNA to make a protein is called translation.

One of the basic tenets of biology is that this is a one way process. DNA makes RNA, but RNA cannot change or make DNA. There has been one exception to this: a virus.

A virus is not a living organism. A virus (to simplify things) is essentially just an RNA molecule wrapped in an envelope made of other molecules. By itself, it cannot do anything, not even reproduce. The way that a virus replicates is that the virus uses an enzyme called reverse transcriptase to replace a part of the host cell’s DNA with a copy of itself. That corrupted DNA then causes the cell to create copies of the virus, which then go on to infect other cells.

If this change to DNA happens in a reproductive cell, the change in DNA can be passed on to that organism’s offspring. If it doesn’t happen in a reproductive cell, it isn’t passed on. It was that simple when I went to college.

That was how things were believed to work until about a year and a half ago. Then scientists made a new discovery. There are circumstances where DNA can be modified by RNA molecules.

When a new cell needs to be made so that an organism can grow in size, or a cell is needed to replace a damaged one, a copy of the original cell’s DNA must be made. There are 14 polymerases which control this process in mammals.

When DNA is copied, there is a built in error correction system that allows mistakes in the copying process to be corrected. The enzyme that controls this process is called polymerase theta. Polymerase theta can correct errors and damage that occurs to DNA inside of the cell.

It turns out that polymerase theta also has the ability to take pieces of RNA and use those pieces to rewrite parts of the DNA. The paper describing this was just published in June. This is huge- for the first time ever, we now know that human cells can rewrite DNA using RNA as a template.

So to answer Joe’s question:

It sounds like the DNA of a plant is being modified so that the plant cells themselves manufacture mRNA vaccines. Thus, a person eating the plant will ingest mRNA that will act as a vaccine. I don’t think the mRNA in the plant will rewrite the DNA of the person who consumes it.

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Medical News

TB Rays catcher dies

Twenty eight year old Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jean Ramirez died unexpectedly on Monday. I’m sure that this unexpected, unexplained death had nothing whatsoever to do with the vaccination. 28 year old athlete millionaires are always dying under mysterious circumstances.

In other not COVID vaccine news, the Army is now desperate for recruits and paying $50k sign on bonuses because they didn’t just kick out a bunch of trained soldiers for not being vaccinated. But hey, the ones they get now will be loyal little lefty bots, so there is that.

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COVID

Job Interferes with Blogging

COVID has again begun running amok at work. In less than a week, we went from no COVID patients to about 100. Even worse, this variant seems to be more contagious to younger people than the previous versions, so many hospital employees are getting it.

We still have about 100 COVID patients admitted, enough for an entire wing of one floor. So far, that is less than what we had back in August and September with the Delta variant. We had one COVID patient die on Sunday, and none on Monday that I am aware of. Our hardest hit patients are the elderly. Nearly every seriously ill patient is over the age of 80. Most have serious underlying conditions like COPD or end stage renal disease. The one who died on Sunday was 92 years old and had COPD.

This Omicron variant seems to be a lot milder than previous strains, but MUCH more contagious. There are over 100 hospital employees out with COVID as we speak, but the symptoms appear to be somewhat similar to a bad cold for most people.

The problem for me is that I have two employees out with it, one of whom had to be sent home an hour into her shift. She had mild symptoms (cough, fatigue, runny nose) but there is no way she can stay at work with a positive test, so I went in to cover part of her shift on Sunday and on Monday. That means I worked my normal 12 hour shift plus four hours of hers. Two days in a row.

Hence, blogging had to take a back burner. Don’t feel too bad. I get a weekend shift differential plus a cash bonus to work extra shifts. Plus, as soon as I hit 40 hours, I get time and a half. It’s only the second day of the week, and I already have over 35 hours on the clock. It will be a good paycheck, at least.

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COVID Power Grab

Tracking You

Remember when the Biden administration said there would be no federal database to track your vaccination status?
He lied. Again.
Here comes a tracking system, sponsored by OSHA. National ID card system. I am sure that illegal immigrants will be exempt.