Showing posts with label Health-Virus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health-Virus. Show all posts

Could Microchips Detect Covid 19 Virus in the Blood? - Part 2 - Virus 39

Saturday, January 22, 2022

You may read the previous posting (Part 1):

- Could Microchips Detect Covid 19 Virus in the Blood? - Part 1 - Virus 39



Fig 01- Empty garden in the early morning


In fact, a vaccine such as Biontech - Pfizer contains the following ingredients (What are Ingredients in the Biontech-Pfizer Vaccine? – Virus 33):

- Active ingredient called mRNA

- Lipid

- Sugar

- Salts


Moreover, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have developed a microchip to detect the present of Covid 19 virus in our blood.



Fig 02- Red chili, just for illustration



Fig 03- Mug, just illustration.


By implanting the Microchip under the skin, it will give a signal if virus enter our body.


This is a kind of early warning, make the patients could get further examinations and even early treatments.


Yes, this method might end the pandemic soon.


The question then: will people or army accept it?


What do you think?


# Previous posting:

- Why Income Annuity is Getting Favorite?

- Why 3 billion Birds Have Lost in North America?

- How Lipotoxicity Relate to Diabetes? - Diabetes 6


## Some source of readings:

- Daily Mail, April 12, 2021

- Independent, April 12, 2021

- Money Control, April 13, 2021

Could Microchips Detect Covid 19 Virus in the Blood? - Part 1 - Virus 39

Saturday, January 15, 2022

During Covid 19 pandemic, especially at early stage of pandemic wave, we might familiar with many “words” whether to make us confuse, clear (doubtless) or in between.


Fig 01- Improvement of a little garden in our city, just illustration.


Some words include:

- PCR machine test.

- testing kits

- vaccines

- microchip (in the vaccines)


Great developments to detect Covid 19 virus infection recently. The improvements are in terms of:

- accuracy

- shorter time to know the testing results

- cheaper

- easy to find testing sites



Fig 02- Lemon fruit in the backyard.


As of today, we may detect the virus even in our home, free of charge from US government, then our health insurance is planning to send the testing kit 8 times a month soon.



Fig 03- Illustration only


It was several days to even weeks to know the results whether we get infection or free of virus.


Today, we need several minutes only.


Accuracy of detection was improved from about 70% - 90% to nearly 100% now days.


One of “conspiracy theory” suggested a vaccine contain “microchips” to tracks people (citizens) every moves.


Is it true?


# To be continued to part 2


## Previous postings:

- China Turns Military Robots to Help Civilians

- The Butterfly Farm is One of Popular Tourist Destinations in Kentucky

- Why Many Big Cities are Sinking?

- Why Pancreas of Type 2 Diabetic Persons Produce Less Insulin? - Diabetes 3

100% of Gibraltar Adult Population had been Vaccinated – Virus 38

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Fig 01- Mountain and sky view. Illustration only


Yes, Gibraltar is a small territory in respect to size and population. But, there are about 10 million tourist visit this British Overseas Territory per year.


In addition to tourism industry, Gibraltar economics depends very much on resources of:

- bank and finance
- ship repairing
- online gaming
- tobacco

Hence, even single cases of Covid 19 in tourist destinations, they will hesitate to visit to those areas.


Indeed, tourism and service industries almost collapse in Gibraltar during pandemic:

- declining visitors
- empty duty free shops, restaurants and hotels

What a Gibraltar government did?   


Fig 02- Crowd without face masks recently 
(credit to SLATE/ Getty Images)


Fig 03- White magnolia flower

Gibraltar government vaccinated the cititizens, since small population just about 35,000 and no “anti-vaccine (anti vaxxer)” movement:
- all adult population had been vaccinated quickly.

The results?


Zero new cases and death of Covid 19.


People start to socialize without masks anymore, like before pandemic:

- crowd in the streets
- shop and market are visited by many people.
- economics seem move on, even not in full speed yet.


The most important thing that it is proven fact:
- higher rate of vaccinated population, then will lead to lower cases of infection and death.

Can Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine Contain New Covid 19 Virus Variants? - Virus 37

Friday, February 12, 2021
Kit Kat Chocolates for Valentine’s day, just illustration


We have at least 3 new dangerous variants of Sars Cov 2 viruses (Covid 19) so far:

- UK variant, identified as B.1.1.7

- South Africa variant, called as 20H/501Y.V2 or B.1.351

- Brazil variant, known as P.2


As reported by BBC News (February 9, 2021), the scary facts that South Africa halted the employing of UK’s AstraZeneca – Oxford vaccine, because the vaccine didn’t effective against new virus variant (20H/501Y.V2 or B.1.351).


I have posted about AstraZeneca – Oxford vaccine compared to other two American vaccines, Pfizer – Biontech and Moderna vaccines. Please find at:

Is AstraZeneca Covid 19 Vaccine Suitable for Poor Countries? - Virus 31


The good news that another American vaccine, Johnson & Johnson has “good” efficacy to contain South Africa variant with one shot only, after proved by clinical trials.


Effective rate of Johnson & Johnson single shot vaccine in 3 important places (regions):

- 72% in the USA.

- 66% in Latin America, include Brazil

- 57% in South Africa


Hence, a Johnson & Johnson single shot vaccine is “estimated” able to give protection against Covid 19 virus and its new variants.

May Covid 19 Reduce Men’s Fertility? - Virus 36

Monday, February 1, 2021

Plants in front a house, just for illustration


Men’s fertility mainly relates to sperm accounts, sperm movement and semen quality (Mayo Clinic, 2021).


It is believed the male fertility is decreasing globally due to many causes, include:

- exposure to pesticides

- obesity

- smoking

- stress

- exposure to chemical substances

- certain infections and illness

- lifestyle factors


Then, the question: May Covid 19 Reduce Men’s Fertility?


Yes


Based on study published in the Journal Reproduction, then reported by CNN on January 29, 2021


One of corner in the city garden


People who infected by Sars Cov 2 virus (corona virus) may affect on their fertility.


Based on primary observation to groups of fertile men with and without corona virus infections, then, the result shows that virus lead to impair of:

- sperm quality

- semen quality


The more serious infections, the lower sperm quality, thus higher possibility to reduce men fertility.


Even this is early observations, the findings make researchers to concern.


Take care!!  

Virulence of Covid 19 Variants in Japan – Virus 35

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Pretty Bougain villae bonsai


When I am writing this post, there are very said facts about Covid 19 in the world and other countries. 93.8 million cases, and 2.01 million deaths in the world


Top 5 countries with cases and deaths (from several sources as of January 16, 2021) are following:

- 23.6 million cases, and 393,000 deaths in the USA

- 10.5 million cases, and 152,000 deaths in India

- 8.39 million cases, and 208,000 deaths in Brazil

- 3.84 million cases, and 63,558 deaths in Russia

- 3.32 million cases, and 87,295 deaths in UK


However, the threaten of new variant of Covid 19 virus creates the condition even worst while inoculation of vaccines just start in many places.


First, the UK’s variant, then South Africa, and lately was from Japan. The question then :


How dangerous those new variants?  


Red chili from backyard


What we know about UK and South Africa Covid 19 variants until now:

- much more dangerous than original strains

- more transmissible

- mutations occurred to “spike protein”


What we know about Japan Covid 19 variants until today:

- Japan strain comes from Brazil

- higher infectiousness

- mutations not only to spike protein, but also on the variant ability to evade of our immune system memory.


Good news that the Biontech-Pfizer vaccine ables to fight effectively the UK and South Africa Covid 19 (Sars Cov 2) variants.


However, studies are underway to observe whether any vaccines will work to fight virus variants in Japan.


If not, we might need to upgrade our current vaccines. Hope, we will know soon.

Was there Virus Outbreak before Covid 19? - Virus 34

Friday, January 8, 2021

White flowers in the winter


We faced with devastating pandemic during 2020, and even until today. Vaccine roll out, might end this pandemic soon.


Unfortunately, America experienced 30 months outbreak of virus called as Hepatitis A virus (HAV) before this recently pandemic.


The infection started from March 2017, and end at August 2019 which caused 244 deaths of 24,952 cases in 30 states.


The virus infects liver, the very important organ. Then lead to liver inflammation or damage, to disturb organ functions as:

- to process nutrients

- to filter the blood

- to fight infections


Hepatitis A virus is very contagious. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that about 7 thousand people dead per year worldwide due Hepatitis A.


Beautiful color of autumn trees


In addition to virus, liver damage may be caused by some factors such as:

- using of alcohol

- some medications

- certain toxins

- medical conditions


People get infected due to consumed contaminated water and food. Many foods could be contaminated by HAV, just examples:

- shellfish

- salads

- vegetables

- fruits

- orange juice

- ice cream

- cheese

- custard

- milk

- bread

- cookies

- raw or under cooked foods.


Good news that this diseases is preventable by vaccines. All children and teenagers are recommended by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to get vaccines in the USA.

What are Ingredients in the Biontech-Pfizer Vaccine? – Virus 33

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Wild plant at our backyard


About 1 million American, especially seniors (above 75 years old) and medical workers relate to Coronavirus have been shot of covid 19 vaccine.


We might wonder what are ingredient of Covid 19 vaccine, Pfizer – Biontech? Based on several sources, here are inside of vaccine:


1) Active ingredient called mRNA

- mRNA stimulates human cells to produce spike protein, similar protein on the surface of Coronavirus

- immune system then create antibodies in respond. We will have immunity to protect our body from Coronavirus infection.


2) Lipid

- this ingredient is like fat, not soluble in water

- Lipid to encapsulate and protect mRNA with “bubble.” Hence, the mRNA is not easily destroyed.

- there are four kinds of lipid in the vaccine, they are: ALC- 0315; ALC- 0159; 1,2- distearoyl- sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine; and Cholesterol.


Autumn leaves colors


3) Sugar

- sucrose is needed to block nanoparticles in the vaccine from clumping up when stored at minus 70 (-70) degree Celcius in the refrigerator.


4) Salts

- to make vaccine to be accepted by human body’s environment.

- four type of salts in the Covid 19 vaccine: “potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate and sodium chloride.”


You might know about “conspiracy theory” of microchip or robot in the Biontech-Pfizer vaccine.


Yes, lipid in the vaccine is nanoparticles because of their tiny size. It is not microchip or robot or micro computer. “Nanoparticles are lipid droplets, the fatty molecular.” 

When Will Kids Get a Covid 19 Vaccine? - Virus 32

Sunday, December 20, 2020

 

Santa and snowman, illustration only


People in UK and USA have been vaccinated, then followed by other countries soon. Unfortunately, there is age limit for current covid 19 vaccines.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of USA recommended Pfizer – BioNTech vaccine for certain ages only, especially for people of 16 years old and over.


The main reasons that the vaccine are safe and effective for this group (adult age) so far. The question then:


When Will children Get Covid 19 Vaccine?


To answer this question, the kid must follow the clinical trials first in order to find out:

- the right doses

- vaccine effectiveness on kids

- the safe doses.

- the level of immune responses


White Rooster at back yard


It is important for children to get vaccine, because their number is above 20% of population, and like adults, they may get sick of corona virus as well.


The data revealed that more than 1.1 millions kids have been infected by Sars Covid 2 virus in the USA.


There is sense of urgency to start vaccine trial for children. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony S. Fauci mentioned the trial will likely on January, 2021.


3,000 kids with ages range from 12 to 18 years old are planned to involve in the vaccine testing. Two possible vaccines are:

- Pfizer – Biontech vaccines

- Moderna vaccine


Hope, we know the result soon, no later than end of 2021. 

Is AstraZeneca Covid 19 Vaccine Suitable for Poor Countries? - Virus 31

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Lemon grass, just for illustration


At previous post, we compare two vaccines, Pfizer – Biontech Vs Moderna (you may read at: Vaccine Efficacy Rate Increases from 90% to 94.5% - Virus 27 


I just make summary of those two vaccines:

1) Pfizer – Biontech vaccines

- efficacy rate is 95% (increasing from previously at 90% rate)
- price US$ 20 per dose
- need specific freezer to store, F minus 94 (C minus 70) degrees.


2) Moderna vaccines

- efficacy rate is 94.5%
- price US$ 38 per dose
- can be stored in the freezer with temperature F minus 4 (C minus 20) degree, “available in the most drug stores or doctor offices.” Not big deal to distribute to “rural areas” in America, Europe, Canada or Australia.


How about with UK vaccine called as AstraZeneca – Oxford vaccine?


Yards in the neighborhood, illustration only


The advantages of “UK vaccine called as AstraZeneca – Oxford” vaccine are:

- very low price, US$ 3 to US$ 4
- can be stored in normal freezer (household refrigerators), available in most parts of developing countries.


The 70% efficacy rate could be increased to 90% by two shots:

- first shot at ½ dose.
- second shot at full dose.


Actually, many industry and devoloping countries ordered AstraZeneca – Oxford vaccine, some of them are:

- USA
- European Union
- UK
- Canada
- Australia
- Japan
- China
- Brazil
- Egypt
- Indonesia


If you could choose, which vaccines do you like?