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Ground Truths 10191 implied HN points 22 Feb 24
  1. Recent studies shed light on the disrupted blood-brain barrier in Long Covid, with implications for brain fog and inflammation.
  2. Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infections increase the risk of Long Covid, with viral loads indicating active replication.
  3. Interferon-gamma biomarker shows promise in diagnosing and treating Long Covid, potentially aiding in clinical trials.
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LIL Science 1277 implied HN points 03 Dec 23
  1. The concept of 'Immunity Debt' is a dangerous and misleading idea that lacks scientific evidence.
  2. Exposure to pathogens does not weaken the immune system but can lead to severe illness in immunocompromised individuals.
  3. Post-COVID-19 immune system dysfunction can have serious consequences like increased rates of cancer and autoimmune diseases.
Are You Okay? 279 implied HN points 25 Aug 23
  1. Do not worry about taking over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen for common vaccine side effects; they do not significantly affect vaccine effectiveness.
  2. It is possible for individuals to contract Covid, flu, and RSV at the same time; the severity of the illness can vary depending on the individual's health condition.
  3. Consult with your doctor if you are taking immunosuppressants while considering getting a vaccine; adjustments may be needed to ensure vaccine efficacy.
Logging the World 358 implied HN points 30 Apr 23
  1. Masks may help reduce COVID spread, but their impact could be limited. Calls for widespread mask-wearing may not significantly alter infection rates and could be less effective than expected.
  2. Clarity in messaging is crucial. Different perspectives within organizations like Independent SAGE can lead to confusion in public health recommendations. Consistent and clear communication is essential for effective response.
  3. Temporary return to mask-wearing might not have a significant long-term impact. Adherence to such measures could be short-lived and may not prevent exponential growth unless sustained over time.
Logging the World 338 implied HN points 02 Feb 23
  1. The XBB.1.5 COVID variant is around 10-12%, growing but not as dominant as other variants like BA.5 or BA.1
  2. ZOE data shows a rise in COVID cases and hospital admissions are increasing again, with a 4-week doubling rate
  3. The latest Long COVID data from ONS indicates a modest drop in severe symptoms, despite high infection numbers
Splitting Infinity 19 implied HN points 04 Oct 23
  1. Evolution plays a crucial role in the development of pathogens where they adapt quickly to evade the immune system.
  2. The level of virulence of a pathogen depends on a tradeoff between its ability to spread and the health of the host.
  3. Virulence management is an approach that aims to make pathogens evolve into less harmful strains through changing the evolutionary context in which they exist.
Are You Okay? 0 implied HN points 24 Aug 20
  1. Flu season in the U.S. generally starts in October and can last till early spring, with a peak in December.
  2. The effectiveness of the flu vaccine varies from 20-60%, but even with lower effectiveness, it can still significantly reduce morbidity and mortality.
  3. Getting a flu shot this year is especially critical to prevent overwhelming the healthcare system and helping to manage both flu and COVID-19.