Nice reporting, Roy. You've distilled hardcore mol.bio. to a simplicity any kid can understand.
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I had a small beef over this sentence:
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"...the new variant spreads easily and is extremely deadly."
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Yes, SARS-COV2 var1 &2(D614G) is 5x more deadly than the seasonal flu, but your sentence seems to suggest b.117 (var.3) is even more deadly than the original SARS-COV2.
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I wonder if in Asian countries, they spook their citizen with a barrage of PhD level info concerning CoViD-19? Riling up their anxiety & powerlessness.
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In Asian countries rather than splashing cold hard truths 2 patients, MDs are silent about traumatic info like cancer. Instead, they tell the family so that the patient is not agitated & do stupid things or feel hopeless bc of the dis-ease.
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America, imho, is irresponsible with their Sci.Info. By no means am I lumping you in this irresponsible behavior, bc you are cleaning up the mess our Gov't & Health Agencies (CDC, WHO, AAP) are doing 2 their citizens & patients.
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These Orgs are bankrupt, bc they regurgitate info from the Sci.Community without asking if the American people need to know this. They don't consider if this news makes people calmer, safer & healthier without a tsunami of science & depressing news.
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But this kind of care & respect is not endemic to America's DNA.
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It is endemic to Asian countries that Y they were so successful in combating CoVid, until the American cowboys became a super spreader.
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Caucasians r cowboys & Vikings down to your chromosomes by design & history.
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&Cowboys only listen to themselves and their Bulls.

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