20 Travelers from UK Test Positive for COVID-19

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Well, many Jamaicans at home are none too pleased with the flight from the UK on Monday, bringing 302 passengers to our shores. A video circulating on social media showed some of the passengers trying to stage some kind of protest on board, when they were told that they would have to go into 48 hours’ state quarantine while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 – in St. Ann, on their arrival.

One passenger, sans mask, stood up yelling, “No St. Ann!” A number of other passengers were seen not wearing masks. The passengers’ behavior was, frankly, quite selfish and rather insulting to Jamaicans, who are naturally very anxious about COVID-19. The passengers calmed down quite a bit when they realized they were to be housed in a nice hotel in St. Ann for a couple of days. However, I do hope those who have tested negative will stay…

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Hospitals and Covid Mortality Rates


Overall, 2020 is the deadliest year in US history according the the CDC. We’ve had 400,000 more deaths this year than in 2019, representing the largest year-to-year increase since the flu epidemic of 1918. More than 75% of this spike in death were due to Covid-19.

“[T]he characteristic that is most associated with poor or worsening hospital outcomes is high or increasing community case rates,” write David A. Asch, MD, MBA, executive director of the Center for Health Care Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues.”


This analysis is based on 38,517 adults who were admitted with COVID-19 to 955 US hospitals between January 1 and June 30 of this year. Anonymous data was provided by a national health insurer.

Overall, 9.1% of the patients either died in the hospital or were referred to hospice care for eventual death. However, that figure varies from 5.7% among…

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Ali Kinani, 9 years old, was killed by Blackwater guards in Baghdad #Trump just pardoned his killers. — The Free

Originally posted on Alma Cubanita: fascists Ali was sitting in the back seat of his father’s SUV with two of his cousins. Blackwater riddled the car with bullets. Ali’s father was driving. When the shooting stopped they thought they had experienced a miracle that they were safe. One of Ali’s cousins said that Ali had…

Ali Kinani, 9 years old, was killed by Blackwater guards in Baghdad #Trump just pardoned his killers. — The Free

O Little Town #MerryChristmas

Bless, have mercy on us, forgive and protect us all…

penned in moon dust

The days were dark

and frightful cold.

A harsh regime

or so I’m told

They feared the worst

hoped for the best

how so like now

no time to rest

but they forged on

with hearts so true

O Bethlehem

what do we do?

For these are times

unsure at best

we pray we beg

yes, give us rest

disease and hate

rule in our day

how so like centuries

so far away

This hope we trust

is there for all

an animal’s trough

a dirty stall

a savior for

each, every, ALL

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep…

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Two studies find that COVID-19 antibodies last 8 months | CIDRAP

Two studies published yesterday demonstrate that COVID-19 immune responses last as long as 8 months, although the authors focus on different reasons.

The first study, published in Science Immunology, followed a small cohort of Australians from day 4 to day 242 after infection. All patients demonstrated the presence of memory B cells—immune cells that “remember” viral proteins and can trigger rapid production of antibodies when re-exposed to the virus—as long as 8 months after initial infection.

The second study investigated antibody responses in 58 confirmed COVID-19 patients in South Korea 8 months after asymptomatic or mild SARS-CoV-2 infection, finding high rates of serum antibodies. These results, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, is contradictory to both the first study’s antibody data and previous research that showed antibodies waning after 20 days, but the authors suggest that variations in immunoassay test characteristics and manufacturing may be responsible for the difference.

Source: Two studies find that COVID-19 antibodies last 8 months | CIDRAP