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William_Harzia33 karma

During the 2009 swine flu scare a lot of people presenting with flu like symptoms were tested to see what kind of flu they had. Some of the statewide data sets showed that the vast majority of people (like 80+%) didn't have the flu at all.

Since the 1990s flu vaccine uptake has skyrocketed, yet there hasn't been a proportional decline in flu mortality. Could this be because the flu is actually not nearly as common as people think?

William_Harzia28 karma

How do you feel about Nekrasov's the Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes?

I watched it, thought it was compelling, and then went on to read all these criticisms in which Nekrasov was painted as Putin apologist and Kremlin stooge. What do you think the truth is?

William_Harzia21 karma

Based on how old age is by far and away the biggest risk factor for death from COVID, immunosenescence should be a particular concern for vaccine development.

Do you think your vaccine will stimulate a robust enough immune response in the elderly to protect them directly, or are you thinking more along the lines of protecting the elderly indirectly via herd immunity?

William_Harzia10 karma

What do you really think the chances are that your child will die from COVID? Here in Canada out of 8000 or so deaths we've had only one death under 20.

Last study I looked at had the infection fatality rate of under 49s at .009%.

Have you ever balked at the idea of sending your kid to school because of the flu? Because your kid literally, with zero exaggeration, has a significantly greater chance of dying from influenza than from COVID.

William_Harzia7 karma

What do you think about that dark matter free galaxy that was recently discovered? Think it's real?