by Judith Curry Some interesting articles that I’ve spotted recently.

Covid discussion thread: Part IX — Climate Etc.

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Covid discussion thread: Part IX

Posted on June 14, 2020 by curryja | 1 Comment

by Judith Curry

Some interesting articles that I’ve spotted recently.

This is really a fantastic manuscript on what we know today about #COVID19 biology and immunology.

Fine COVID19 seroprevalence study in hard-hit Geneva finds peak at 10·8%. Also, for every confirmed case, there were ~12 undetected. Epidemic is far from coming to an end by means of fewer susceptible people in population.…

German study which concludes that making masks compulsory reduces daily growth rate in infections by 40%.[link]

“The speed by which structural information on the #SARSCoV2 virus has been collected is astonishing.” And that’s paving many ways to block it; a brief and helpful overview

There are now 2 series of people who were asymptomatic but had lung CT scans Diamond Princess… Korea… Both showed a high % of abnormalities, ground-glass opacities

‘Superforecasters’ Are Making Accurate Predictions About COVID-19 [link]

#COVID19 vaccine development is moving forward at an unprecedented speed on the global efforts and challenges .

“Norwegian scientist Birger Sørensen has claimed #SARSCoV2 is not natural in origin. The study from Sørensen and British professor Angus Dalgleish show that #coronavirus’ spike protein contains sequences that appear to be artificially inserted.“ [link]Study suggests Vitamin K could help fight coronavirus [link]

pparently SARS-CoV-2 has another method of entering cells besides the ACE-2 receptor, a surface protein called NRP1. This would have an impact on the efficacy of HCQ with respect to blocking the virus’ entry into a cell. HCQ blocks ACE-2 but not NRP1. [link]

This analysis of #covid19 clusters in Japan in the first two and a half months of the epidemic there presents some really interesting data.

Why COVID-19 makes people lose their sense of smell [link]

“In this cohort, the majority of asymptomatically infected persons remained asymptomatic throughout the course of the infection”…

Influential model judged reproducible — although software engineers called its code ‘horrible’ and ‘a buggy mess’. [link]

We detect >1300 independently-introduced transmission lineages. [link]

Resistance of children to COVID-19 infection.  How? [link]


Does zinc supplementation enhance the clinical efficacy of HXQ in the battle against COVID-19? [link]

Senegal confirms its selection of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment with preliminary study showing hospitalisation’s length of stay of 13 days without HCQ, 11 HCQ alone and 9 HCQ+Azithromycin.…

France’s first coronavirus case was in December [link]

Younger adults were the main source of 61 different outbreak clusters in Japan.

Spain: “we implemented a … treatment outside the hospital with hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin … associated with a reduction in the burden of hospital … successful in terms of the number of patients who have developed serious complications.” [link]

Indonesia will publish a clinical study showing efficacy of combinations of various antibiotics with hydroxychloroquine or Kalestra. They have done exceptionally well against COVID-19 so far., which uses hydroxychloroquine early for treatment of Covid-19, reports that ICU cases have dropped from 200 in April to 50 today.[link].

India’s health ministry guidelines for Covid-19 treatment now say hydroxychloroquine should be used as early in the disease course as possible and should be avoided in patients with severe cases. will not use hydroxychloroquine on severe cases any more, but still on mild and moderate patients. A few data points on a new promising stem cell treatment that reduced recovery time from 22 days to 6 days for serious cases. [link].


China defends its coronavirus response in new report

New evidence of China’s coronavirus cover-up: Scientists KNEW it was lethal and ‘clearly contagious’ before officials told the world about ‘mystery’ outbreak

UK SAGE Report  Britain’s recovery from COVID-19. says test, track & trace system is ‘not fit for purpose’

Dubious modeling is complicating Britain’s lockdown debate [link]

Understanding COVID-19 risks and vulnerabilities among black communities in America: the lethal force of syndemics –

How to reset the US pandemic response [link]


The American Press is destroying itself [link]

Who’s to blame? These three scientists are at the heart of the Surgisphere COVID-19 scandal [link]

We often accuse the right of distorting science. But the left changed the coronavirus narrative overnight [link]

A delicate balance: weighing protest against the rise of COVID-19 [link]

A researcher involved in the retracted Lancet study has been terminated from the University of Utah faculty. [link]

From lockdown to meltdown: the logic of intolerance [link]

Why the coronavirus is winning [link]

Has the British scientific establishment made its biggest error in history? [link]

Tribalism comes for pandemic science [link]

Abrupt, radical reversal in how public healt experts now speak about coronavirus and mass gatherings [link]

“How a retracted research paper contaminated global #coronavirus research”…

The news media is destroying itself [link]

Covid-19 studies based on flawed Surgisphere data force medical journals to review processes [link]

Masks can disrupt our ability to communicate and connect. But there are ways to overcome a mask’s necessary downsides.