Yucatan COVID Updates for the 2022 New Year

Jan 2, 2022

I’m writing this morning’s report with a bit of sadness, because COVID cases are spiking up again in Merida & Yucatan, as a result of all the snow-birds returning and the recent Christmas season …  +plus a sprinking (13) of Omicron cases.

The COVID case data is in for the most recent Friday (Dec 25’th) – Saturday (Jan 2)  period … and the trends look bad. …  Overall … Delta COVID cases increased a shocking 345% increase this past week … hitting 481 cases for the week for the State of Yucatan, with the vast majority of cases happening in Merida.

For comparison … Just two weeks ago we had the lowest-ever 83 cases for the entire week.
In contrast, yesterday (Saturday) alone we had same number of 176 cases as the previous 2 weeks total combined. Overall, Yucatan’s case numbers are STILL RELATIVELY LOW … for now .., which means you would have to encounter 4800 Yucatecans in a week, to find one with an active COVID infection.

Still, this past weeks’ increases of 78% more hospital COVID treatments and over 4X more positive case rates (35% of Yucatecans tested had COVID) – makes it time to re-evaluate going out & about without masks to eat in public.** For everyone’s benefit, the big increases in the 3 big data points (345% more cases, 4X more positives, & 78% more COVID hospital treatments) are very strong proofs that there is a huge surge of COVID cases looming for January & February. The COVID case numbers are still CURRENTLY VERY LOW – at safe levels.

Specifically, because 97% of COVID cases are infectious for 7 days, the weekly case reports are significant:
There were 481 new cases for this past week … yet each day brought significantly larger numbers than the previous day, giving us the largest weekly % increase for for the entire pandemic. Only two weeks ago we had only 83 cases for the entire week, yet, yesterday, Saturday alone had 176 new cases.

Conclusions:
~ This current previous week’s case TOTAL numbers were still relatively VERY LOW – 481 cases per week – where 400 cases a week have been our typical low-levels here in Yucatan.

~ The current rate of 1 Yucatecan COVID case per 4,800 Yucatecans is still stunningly low compared to the USA & Canada . .

~ In addition to the near 400% increase in new COVID-19 cases this past week, COVID hospital treatments of patients spiked by 78% in public hospitals.

~ COVID hospitalizations (overnight stays) in public hospitals increased 48% from 23 cases on Saturday Jan 25’th…. to 34 cases on Saturday (Jan 1).

~ COVID-19 testing showed quite low 8.1% rates of positive tests just two weeks ago. Yet, this week’s percentage of positive cases spiked over 4X to 35%.

Again … These last 5 big data points are very strong indicators that there is a huge surge looming for January – even without Omicron –

Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Best Wishes for Better New Year,
Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health and Laboratory Measurement Science


Readers interested in scientific Omicron COVID specifics are encouraged to see:
https://yucalandia.com/2021/12/15/omicron-covid-updates/

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Omicron COVID Updates

Dec 12, 2021

With all the breaking COVID news that’s been announced this past week, it’s been challenging to keep track of how to best keep ourselves, families & friends safe from COVID, especially as the Omicron variant is exploding in a number of countries, so we offer about 7 different pieces of significant COVID news below:

First: The latest COVID news out of Oxford University is slightly troubling, but it has 2 silver-linings
~ Oxford University scientists (creators of the Astrazeneca vaccine) have recently announced that neither Pfizer nor Astrazeneca are performing well against Omicron transmissions. This means that the COVID-antibodies that vaccinated people’s immunes systems created due to Moderna, Pfizer & Astrazeneca vaccinations, are NOT working well against preventing Omicron infections, yet, people who have been recently boosted are showing much lower numbers of hospitalizations, much lower death rates, and much shorter, less-intense bouts of Omicron (typically just 3 – 5 days of symptoms for vaccinated & boosted patients).

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-12-13-vaccines-shown-induce-lower-levels-neutralising-antibodies-against-omicron-0

~ The Omicron variant has more mutations than any other previous COVID-causing virus, with 50 total overall mutations, and more troubling, 32 mutations in the Coronavirus’s Spike protein. This is significant, because Omicron’s the mutations in the Coronavirus Spike protein have apparently made Omicron somewhat invisible to the m-RNA based vaccines (Moderna & Pfizer), because the m-RNA vaccines have a built-in Achilles Heel that they only target a tiny tiny slivers of the Coronavirus that causes COVID.

Background Scientific Context:
The m-RNA molecule vehicle of the Moderna & Pfizer vaccines, is so small that the m-RNA vaccines (Moderna & Pfizer) can only deliver a tiny viral payload delivered to our bodies – making them like a Vespa … versus a big Mac truck. The tiny viral payload limits of m-RNA vaccines mean they can deliver only tiny snippets of just tiny parts of the Coronavirus … 17 snipppets for Pfizer, and a different 11 snippets for Moderna … versus Astrazeneca’s & Sinovac’s HUGE viral payload that carried by AZ’s & Sinovac’s big robust Adenovirus vaccine vehicles that can deliver either BIG CHUNKS of the Coronavirus Spike protein (Astrazeneca’s approach), and big enough to deliver the WHOLE VIRUS (Sinovac’s approach) for our body to make lots of different COVID-antibodies to the various parts of the Coronavirus.

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Next … Notice that none of the non-scientist Medical Doctor ‘experts’ we see on TV, talk about the differences between all the different kinds of different antibodies our bodies make to each of the different COVID vaccines => differing levels of protection depending on which vaccine you get, because the AS SEEN ON TV Medical Doctor ”experts’ are not scientists, so Medical Doctors simply do not have enough scientific training to understand what’s going on.

Keeping it simple: There is NOT just one flavor of COVID antibodies. Out in the human population, there are a huge variety of COVID antibodies that can be made by our bodies’ immune systems. … Example: There is one suite of COVID-antibodies that our bodies make when we get a natural COVID infection – a very broad suite that depends on which COVID variant (strain) we get. … Then, there’s a whole different highly-targeted yet very-small suite of COVID-antibodies our bodies can make if we get an m-RNA vaccine (like Pfizer or Moderna) … Next, there’s yet a different slighly broader suite of COVID-antibodies that our bodies make to the slightly larger pieces of Spike protein in the Astrazeneca vaccine … Finally, there’s an even bigger broader suite of COVID antibodies our bodies make to the Sinovac vaccine – including COVID antibodies to the Spike protein and the N-Capsid proteins of Coronaviruses.

Notice that the extremely narrow range of highly-targeted COVID antibodies our bodies make when we get an m-RNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is simultaneously a benefit when the Pfizer or Moderna antibodies actually fit-match the Coronavirus you are exposed to …. but that same highly-targeted group of a tiny number of antibodies then can be a HUGE problem when the Coronavirus mutates at any of the very few tiny viral segments that Moderna chose & that Pfizer chose (all corporate secrets) … When the Omicron variant’s 32 new mutations make it INVISIBLE to the m-RNA vaccine’s extremely narrow range of COVID-antibodies – or invisible to Astrazeneca’s smaller number of antibodies, then Moderna & Pfizer & Astrazeneca just do not work well to stop Omicron transmission.

Specifically, Moderna’s vaccine only has 11 tiny slivers (tiny snippets) of the very large Spike protein, and Pfizer has only 17 tiny slivers (tiny snippets) of the very large Spike protein. … Because Omicron has 32 different mutations of the Spike protein, the CEO of Moderna openly said that they expect the Moderna vaccine to “underperform significantly” … Where (as reported above) it is now proven that Moderna, Pfizer & Astrazeneca are NOT working to stop Omicron’s transmission.

What does this all mean?
It means getting a 3’rd shot boosters of the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccines work well against Delta variant … but… the 3’rd shot booster of Moderna for patients who had 2 prior Moderna shots, and the 3’rd shot booster of Pfizer for patients who had 2 prior Pfizer doses are not working against Omicron.


Fortunately, there is some good news in all of this:
People who have had prior natural COVID infections, or a recent Sinovac dose are showing lower transmission rates for the Omicron variant – because our bodies make a broader suite of COVID-antibodies when exposed to the whole virus, and people who have been both vaccinated & boosted are showing far lower rates of serious COVID disease from Omicron, and far lower rates of hospitalization & death.

This is why Sinovac chose adenovirus vehicles for their vaccines, because the adenovirus vehicles carry & deliver HUGE viral payloads. By delivering a BIG payload of a WIDE range of Coronavirus proteins, Sinovac patients & patients who get natural COVID infections produce MUCH BROADER immune system protections, because our bodies make a much much bigger variety of COVID antibodies, because the adenovirus-vehicle vaccines bring in so much more viral material to train our immune systems.

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More Good News:
Oxford University scientists (creators of the Astrazeneca vaccine) have recently announced that people’s normal (ordinary – typical) immune system’s Killer T-Cell response to Omicron is doing very well at preventing serious Omicron infections – which means we still get Omicron infections …. but we likely are NOT hospitalized, because whether vaccinated or not, our immune systems Killer T-Cell systems are working well against Omicron for most patients. … Yet, as always, immuno-comprimised people need to be careful.


Even More Good News:
If you don’t want to catch Omicron COVID, or Delta COVID, it is well proven that wearing a tight-fitting medical grade mask (N95, N97 or N99) stops COVID transmissions, because COVID is transmitted by us inhaling the invisible infectious fine aerosols from people talking or singing.

Next, if you take your mask off in public to eat or drink, it still works to be at least 8 feet from other people, especially when out of doors, where even gentle breezes disperse to safe levels the fine invisible aerosols from people talking. If indoors with masks off, as little as 6 ft can work IF you have strategically-place fans blowing fresh air between people, to disperse the talking-generated invisible fine COVID aerosols to safe levels.


Even MORE SUPERB News:
Ironically, when Omicron rapidly infects so many people who have not had vaccinations – (hopefully) causing only minimal harm to people … it gives those people broad natural immunity to new future COVID infections. Yet, remember that getting vaccinated has greatly helped people from getting the more-harmful previous strains of COVID – even if their vaccinations do not protec them now.

Finally, notice that the possibility of a Pfizer or Moderna patient then getting an Omicron infection might be a SUPERB thing. The best studies of people who previously got the combination of a natural COVID infection (creating one suite of COVID antibodies), paired with then getting an m-RNA vaccine (creating a DIFFERENT suite of COVID antibodies) … has been giving those people near “super immunity” to future COVID infections.

Why? The combinations of our broad range of COVID-antibodies from the natural infection +plus the m-RNA vaccine’s triggering us to produce highly-targeted COVID-antibodies, together creates such a WIDE VARIETY of COVID-antibodies in these individuals – that they have incredibly better overall protection from any future new COVID variant infections than either a natural infection or a vaccination can give alone.

So, inspite of the recent news of our vaccines poor performance at stopping Omicron, the overall picture looks surprisingly good – unless you are seriously immuno-compromised.



Final 3’rd Booster Update for People in Mexico:
Every announcement we have heard is that the 3’rd shot boosters are planned to be Astrazeneca in Mexico … and even better: Yucatan has a plan to start vaccinating people over age 60 with the 3’rd booster starting Dec. 16 – Dec. 21’st. If you want a COVID booster sign up with your CURP at the vaccination registration-compliance website:
https://mivacuna.salud.gob.mx/index.php

See the schedule below

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FINALLY: The Latest COVID News for Yucatan:
For all the people doing holiday travel or coming to Yucatan, let’s help keep Yucatan & Yucatecans safe!

Here’s the progression of COVID cases here across Yucatan (per week) since Sept 11, 2021

2012 Cases for the week of Sept 11 … 1958 Cases (Sept 18) … then 1901 … 1819 … 1615 … 1457 … 862 … 710 … 398 … 339 … 287 … 267 … 187 … and just 146 cases this past week …

Notice the trend?
You would have to encounter roughly 15,700 Yucatecans in a week to meet one with COVID right now.
Notice how it actually works when almost all people wear masks and socially distance?😉

Be a part of the solution:Snowbirds …. PLEASE … ISOLATE YOURSELVES .. when you arrive.

Self-Quarantine for at least SIX (6) DAYS after you arrive … to not bring COVID here.
and double mask when going through the very-contaminated USA & British airports … and double-mask during the entire flight(s).

Yes … Come enjoy life here in Yucatan, but … Stay safe …

Happy Travels!




Get educated, Stay informed, Stay healthy, Stay safe,

Dr. Steven M. Fry

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment

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USA’s New COVID Policies for People Flying Into the USA from Foreign Countries

Nov 8, 2021

Hopefully all people flying into the USA are both fully vaccinated** and carrying US approved proof of COVID vaccinations.

If not, know that the rules have changed for people unable to prove COVID vaccinations, shortening the time for COVID testing to no more than just 1 day before entering the USA.

The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

per the current CDC rules 😉

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

  • Fully vaccinated**: The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 3 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Finally:
  • If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
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** “Fully Vaccinated” means:

” Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

~ 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine;

~ 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series COVID-19 vaccine;

~ 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an “active” (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials; or

~ 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart. “

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/frequently-asked-questions-guidance-travelers-enter-us?fbclid=IwAR0VF9UnremZ8ZmjimC3-tdAL-jl7kNNdW51dODFEDyptqxKovUIK2Tk-AI







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New Certified CURP Document for Mexico

Oct. 27, 2021
” CURP Certificada”
There’s a new document (shown below) for pretty much everyone in Mexico, (except tourists). This new CURP is also for foreigners who have interactions & activities with our Mexican govt, including INM. This new Certified CURP document is designed to clean up any “corrupted” personal data in Mex. Gob records, and hence is now being required** for many activities we have with the Mexican govt., including the INM, Registro Civil offices, and SAT-Hacienda tax activities.



Why a new “CURP Certificate”?
The old CURP numbers & records have been plagued with a combination of errors in the personal data, and too many individuals having 2 or more CURP numbers assigned to them. As a result, our National Population Registry (RENAPO) is unifying all of the personal data they have on each of us under a single Certified CURP.

How do you get your Certified CURP?
1. Go to gob.mx/curp
2. Select the option “CURP”
or fill in your personal data.
3. Click on the “search” button.
Your CURP data will appear on the screen.
4. On this screen, click the option to “Print Official Document”

This automatically issues your new Certified CURP – aka CURP Certificate, including your new QR code …

What if you choose to not get your Certified CURP?
**The normal CURPs will continue to be an accepted official document, but choosing to not get a Certified CURP document, means that many government processes will take you longer, because our government’s new internal procedures require a Certified CURP – meaning delays while they pull up & generate one, that’s good for just that one action.

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Foreigners Must Carry Their INM Visas When Travelling Inside Mexico

Oct 1, 2021
The Mexican Government has always required foreigners to carry their Residente visa cards (Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente cards) when traveling around Mexico, while foreign visitor-tourists carry both their passports and their Visitante Visa (the half of the FMM form), when travelling inside Mexico. In the past these rules have only been sporadically enforced, but all that has changed as a part of Mexico’s efforts to stop illegal immigrants from crossing Mexico to enter the USA.

As a result of the new enforcement program, many bus travelers this past week have been required to show their passports & Mexican-issued visas as they get off the bus inside Mexico.

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Oct. 25 Update: Now some police are checking IDs of USA-nians riding in Mexican’s cars – including calling in to INM to check the foreigner’s INM records & status:

Just got out of immigration jail. I was caught Ina police checkpoint while traveling in a Mexican plated car with 2 other Mexicans. Didn’t have my documents on me but they called my information in and saw I overstayed by 2 months. I spent 4 days in the detention center and it sucked no running water for bathrooms or showers only when they feel like turning it on so it reeked of shit. Lots of people I was the only American though. 2 4 minute phone calls twice a week. And being locked in a jail cell. I was lucky to avoid deportation by getting the option to buy my ticket home and I will have no penalties for return. But be careful if you are overstaying lots of people in there from the ado bus in merida and even taxis. They can hold you for up to 16 days and it really sucks there. I was a few weeks away from paying for my temp residency but they wouldn’t let me do it there I have to leave and come back. The immigration lfficals in the street also would not take a bribe tried bribing up to 10 mil and it was turned down. Stay safe guys and play by the rules if you can cause the jail sucks and they treat you like you murdered somebody. “

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ADO offers this specific warning – advice:
“To all our travelers:
Based on the request of the various state and federal authorities and the National Institute of Migration (INM), in the face of this extraordinary situation of migratory flow that the country is currently going through, we want to inform you that as of October 1, In 2021, the protocol for the presentation of official identification will be implemented in the sale and boarding of the trip. As well as a document that proves the immigration status in the country, for those of foreign nationality. In advance, we offer an apology to all our travelers for the inconvenience that this may cause, recognizing our commitment to always comply with what is requested by the Mexican authorities. In case of any doubt about the immigration documents authorized for foreigners, we recommend contacting the National Migration Institute.”

For doubters … Yes, the threat of jail time is real, as one of Mexico News Daily’s reporters has recently spent 4 nights in jail (Oct 3 – Oct7, 2021) for not carrying his passport as he travelled around Mexico. It appears that the MND writer is not here on a Resident Visa – so he should carry both the 1/2 of the FMM form plus his passport, while Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente visa holders supposedly need to carry only their RT card (no passport needcd). Sadly, MND does not report this key detail.


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USA Passport Renewal by Mail in Mexico

Sept. 30, 2021

Eligible applicants resident in Mexico now may apply to renew their U.S. passport book by mail.

Note that renewing passport cards requires scheduling an appointment or using walk-in service where available.


https://mx.usembassy.gov/passports/u-s-passport-renewal-by-mail/?fbclid=IwAR2O9cJIHswFY9eXjhVGX_EOLaa99pMdGkasvqS_scYeQwOWctlKRPBvFX4

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1. Application

Complete this form: DS-82 form.   

The Form Filler will select the correct form for you based on the information you input. It may generate a different form from what you expect.

You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a    and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).   

If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement , signed and dated.  Click here for more information.

You must complete all pages of the form and sign and date it.

You must print your form single-sided. We do not accept double-sided forms.

2. Most Recent U.S. Passport and Photocopy of Bio Page

You must submit your most recent passport with your application along with a photocopy of the biographic page containing your photo.  Your old passport book will be returned to you. 

3. Name Change Documents (if applicable)

If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide the original certified copy of the legal name change document, plus one photocopy.  Examples include: marriage certificate, divorce decree, court-ordered name change document.  Your name change document will be returned to you. 

4. Photo

Photo requirements .   Provide one  photograph with the application. 

5. Payment

Pay the passport renewal fee online  and include a printed a copy of your payment confirmation receipt with your documents.

6. Mail Your Documents

Please mail to one of our locations listed below (choose the location nearest you) your completed and signed DS-82 form (single-sided only), passport, name change document (if applicable), passport photo, payment confirmation, and return shipping envelope as indicated in the corresponding shipping instructions.

U.S. Consulate Ciudad Juarez — CDJ – DHL shipping instructions 

U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara — GDL FedEx Shipping Instructions 

U.S. Embassy Mexico City — MEX – DHL shipping instructions 

U.S. Consulate General Monterrey — MTR – Pakmail Shipping Instructions (1) 

U.S. Consulate General Tijuana — TIJ – DHL shipping instructions 

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COVID Risks Higher for Young Vaccinated People than for Older Vaccinated People

August 5, 2021

The latest COVID vaccine results out of the UK are striking:

~ Young people (13 – 24 yrs) now have 9X times higher rates of getting COVID than people over age 75, based on PCR testing of 98,233 patients.

Why? … Young people’s much 9X higher rates of COVID are most likely due to young people’s risky behaviors versus older people who take more precautions. … This means that the argument

“I’m young & healthy, so I don’t need a vaccine.”

… is wrong, by 9X fold …
Which means we need to keep wearing tight-fitting medical grade masks & socially distancing, even when vaccinated.

 

~ COVID’s highest infection rates are now found in young people aged 13 to 24 years (1.56% with positive PCR tests), while the lowest were in people aged above 75 years… down at 0.17% with positive PCR tests for old people.

 

~ An unvaccinated person is now 3X times more likely to get COVID than a person getting the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine:   Only 0.40% of those fully vaccinated by AZ were found to be COVID-positive, compared to 1.21% of unvaccinated people.

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~ AstraZeneca** fully-vaccinated people were just half as likely to test positive ( 3.84% ) after coming into contact with someone who had COVID-19 than unvaccinated people ( 7.23% )…

 

3.84% per cent of 98,233 PCR tests, compared to 7.23% is pretty striking … but these results are for the more-poorly performing Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. … AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine gives just 56% protection from COVID when the 2 vaccine doses are given 30 days apart.**

 

~ Finally, fully vaccinated people’s results show that they are much less likely to transmit COVID to others, because vaccinated people having a smaller viral load (on average) and therefore vaccinated people are likely shedding less virus.

 

**AstraZeneca announced in February, 2021 that AZ jabbed patients need to wait at least 84 days between injections, to get the 76% protection. … and yes, the 56% protection by normal AZ doses given just 30 days apart, is far far lower than Pfizer, Sinovac, or Moderna – whose protection has been measured up at roughly 93%.

 

So, YES, get vaccinated … because even the lowest-performing vaccines are giving 3X better protection, than no vaccine … and … getting a superb Pfizer or Moderna vaccine gives 5X better protection than being unvaccinated.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/227713/coronavirus-infections-three-times-lower-double/

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Super Immunity to All Forms of COVID from Hybrid Vaccination Approach

September 10, 2021

While non-scientist Medical doctors and so many AS SEEN ON TV doctors keep talking about finding finding some magical breakthrough “new vaccine” or new COVID treatment that will stop COVID in the future, it turns out the answer has already happened, right under non-scientist Medical doctor’s noses.

“Super Immunity” … Now:
Top virologists have recently reported that when a person is infected first by the whole COVID coronavirus, followed by getting a highly-targeted m-RNA vaccine (only Pfizer or Modernavac), then those patients are showing super immunity to ALL forms of SARS viruses – and ALL COVID-19 strains due to hybrid immunity that creates a broad spectrum of very powerful antibodies, suites of different antibodies that are not possible with just Pfizer, Moderna vac**, not from JnJ (Janssen), or Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccines.

Based on the science behind antibody production, smart scientists have already been using this approach since last March, 2021 – by first taking a vaccine that has the whole – entire Coronavirus COVID-19 virus in the vaccine (an adenovirus-based vaccine like Sinovac) given first, which gives the patient one big group of general antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, followed by getting a second set of Pfizer or Modernavac m-RNA’s highly targeted little tiny pieces of Spike protein of the Coronavirus, creates a special combination of “very powerful” hybrid immunity that currently kills off all ALL variants of COVID.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03696-9

Plus this special hybrid immunity from combining the our immune response from being exposed to the whole SARS virus, followed by the targeted immunity triggered by a Pfizer vac or Moderna vac pair of injections, gives a broad “impressively potent”  – “bullet-proof” immune protection to all forms of SARS, including even the old SARS-CoV-1 from 2003 – which points to strong future immunity to even new variants of COVID-19.

https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.abj2258

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Specific comments by top scientists:
“One could reasonably predict that these people will be quite well protected against most — and perhaps all of — the SARS-CoV-2 variants that we are likely to see in the foreseeable future,” says Paul Bieniasz, a virologist at Rockefeller University who helped lead several of the studies.

In a study published online last month, Bieniasz and his colleagues found antibodies in these individuals that can strongly neutralize the six variants of concern tested, including delta and beta, as well as several other viruses related to SARS-CoV-2, including one in bats, two in pangolins and the one that caused the first coronavirus pandemic, SARS-CoV-1.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/09/07/1033677208/new-studies-find-evidence-of-superhuman-immunity-to-covid-19-in-some-individuals
https://cvcovid.salud.gob.mx/?fbclid=IwAR1IOrOBG-dTfksetdZMGfGFeqfbm61ZfdU6dvSt-Vez1efSr51YwqYuHfg


**Final Notes:
1. Neither the background science nor real world scientific testing results show any indication that getting a third “booster” dose of the vaccines give the “super immunity” very strong hybrid-antibody protection created by being exposed to the combination of the entire SARS virus followed by two doses of Moderna vac or Pfizer vac doses.

2. Neither the background science nor real world scientific testing results show any indication that getting the Oxford-Astra Zeneca nor JnJ vaccines (that have low 56% – 65% efficacy), give any special protection, because the AstraZeneca & JnJ vaccines are limited, and do not have the broad range of proteins that Sinovac or a natural COVID infection offer.

3. Because the Oxford – Astra Zeneca vaccine & JnJ (Janssen) vaccines deliver only big blocks of the entire Coronavirus Spike protein – they give only lower much-less effective protection (relatively low 56% – 65% efficacy) versus the Moderna vac & Pfizer vaccine’s 93% protection.

Specifically:
” Among current COVID-19 vaccines in use, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AstraZeneca) vaccine efficacy against symptomatic cases dropped from 75% to 11% against B.1.351 (9). By contrast, BNT162b2 (Pfizer/BioNTech) vaccine efficacy against symptomatic cases dropped from ∼95% to 75% against B.1.351, and protection against severe disease remained at 97% (10). ”

Which says that because of it’s limitations, the Oxford-Astra Zeneca is not-surprisingly poor against newer COVID-19 variants (down at just 11% protection) … versus Pfizer up at 75% protection against a new recent COVID-19 variant.


These dramatic chemical differences between Pfizer- Moderna m-RNA vaccines versus Oxford-Astra Zeneca and JnJ are very important, because Moderna vac contains just 11 tiny highly-targeted carefully-selected snippets of Spike protein, and Pfizer vac contains just 17 tiny highly-targeted carefully-selected snippets of Spike protein, while the Oxford-Astra Zeneca and the JnJ vaccine are neither highly targeted like Pfizer & Moderna, nor are Oxford-Astra Zeneca and JnJ broad coverage vaccines like Sinovac. Sadly, Astra Zeneca & JnJ are sort of in-the-middle … middle-of-the-road … somewhate limited … much less effective than either the very broad Sinovac (the whole Coronavirus) or the highly targeted Pfizer & Moderna vacs.

The scientific evidence of super-immunity to COVID-19 by using a hybrid approach of challenging our immune systems using the entire SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, only works (currently) when followed by getting 2 doses of a highly-targeted good m-RNA based vaccine, like Pfizer or Moderna vac (93% efficacy), because of the special properties of the highly targeted special tiny snippets of Spike protein found in the Moderna & Pfizer m-RNA vaccines.

In Layman’s Terms:
Getting a natural COVID infection (or Sinovac – that has the whole COVID-19 virus) is like getting a “shot-gun” scatter-blast of a broad range of antibodies …. combined with the “sniper-rifle” highly-targeted, highly-specific approaches of Moderna & Pfizer vacs that trigger our bodies to make special, highly-selective antibodies to COVID-19 virus variants.


4. Finally, it can be important to recognize that Medical doctors (non-scientists) and AS SEEN ON TV Medical ‘expert’ almost always talk only about antibodies, while they ignore B-cells, ignore memory T-cells and they ignore killer T-Cells. It is critical to realize that the “super immunity” – “hybrid-immunity” comes from a combination of protections from ALL THREE groups of immune responses: killer T-Cells, memory T-cells, and B-Cells … aka “CD4+ T cells, CD8+ T cells, memory B cells.

Example: Studies of elderly patients vaccinated with just Pfizer vac are showing 22% of elderly patients with NO MEMORY T-Cells at 8 months after the 2’nd Pfizer jab – while those over age 80 elderlies do have reasonable B-Cell antibody levels for some protection – but NONE of the key memory T-Cells.

This is why getting just a 3’rd ‘booster’ dose of Pfizer or Moderna is no where near as effective as the combination hybrid immunity from getting a dose of the entire COVID-19 virus, followed by 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.


Get educated, Stay informed, Stay healthy, Stay safe

Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. Chemistry, Public Health and Laboratory Measurement Science

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Getting a Copy of Proof of Vaccination in Mexico

July 7, 2021

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Overall Conclusions:
YES … Get VACCINATED… It helps.

Vaccinations give solid-but-partial protection.

In spite of Medical Doctors last 18 months of factually incorrect advice:

In spite of the CDC’s ongoing (unscientific) advice that we don’t need masks when indoors … If you want to stay safe, instead follow science … follow the scientifically proven advice that works … advice that has not changed since March 2020 … everyone who is vaccinated should:

~ Keep wearing ONLY a tight-fiting medical grade masks …


~ Keep Socially Distancing of at least 8 feet when indoors
or use fans when indoors or when out of doors whene there are no breezes.


Get educated, Stay informed, Stay healthy, Stay safe,

Dr. Steven M. Fry

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment

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Proofs of Why COVID Vaccinated People Still Need to Keep Wearing Masks & Socially Distancing

June 30, 2021

  • Top Scientists have been calling for vaccinated people to continue wearing tight-fitting medical grade masks and Socially Distancing (8ft when indoors without fans), and now, a few Medical Doctors & a few hospitals are finally realizing that all of COVID vaccinations give only partial protection – with protection gaps ranging from 12% failure rates for Pfizer, 35% for JnJ and up to 44% for Oxford-AstraZenica vaccinated patients.

    https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/13302179/posts/9774

    Fortunately, for both patient health & hospital personnel’s health, some medical professionals are finally realizing the continuing need for ONLY tight-fitting medical grade masks & Social Distancing … and a select few medical professionals are finally taking the long proven measures to finally stop COVID’s spread among their staff & patients:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/29/cambridge-hospitals-mask-upgrade-appears-to-eliminate-covid-19-risk-to-staff

    All of this is particularly important when we consider on-going strategies how to stay safe. As described in a previous report here, while we have decent partial-protection for 8 – 12 months after our second COVID vaccine injection … we will need additional protection – booster shots, or getting vaccinated with a different vaccine sometime after 8 – 12 months post vaccination (depending on our age – over 80? – and our personal health)… as we now have proofs of both how long & how strong our immune system protections remain for us from 1 to 8 months after vaccinations.

    https://wordpress.com/post/yucalandia.com/9793

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6529/eabf4063?fbclid=IwAR0sYfYKnv-WHnxWU9v48TR-pmqVQ1gzsyUd1yzo8ASLIr1-nFxkt5ZyWdg

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Overall Conclusions:
Per the Guardian’s latest June 29 report: The highly-regarded Cambridge Hospital healthcare workers caring for Covid-19 patients were found to be at greater risk of infection than staff on non-Covid wards, even when using the previously Medical Doctor recommended changing to only tight-fitting, high efficiency medical grade masks.


In response to finding that vaccinations & ordinary masks were not adequately protecting their staff, Cambridge hospital’s infection control committee upgraded the type of masks used by staff on Covid-19 wards. Once tight fitting medical-grade FFFP3 masks were introduced, the number of cases attributed to exposure on Covid-19 wards dropped dramatically – “in fact, (the preliminary results) suggest that FFP3 respirators may have cut ward-based infection to zero” for even the Delta variant that’s currently ravaging even vaccinated British medical doctors.

https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-637724/v1

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-57636360

Masks


Notice the kinds of masks that actually work:
Sadly … for over year, MANY local gringo ‘experts’ here in Yucatan, who have “OSHA experience” and are “OSHA experts” have been falsely claiming that masks do not work, even though Aerosol Science & Public Health Scientist experts have pointed to over 20 yrs of reports that prove they DO work to protect us at 99% levels from COVID’s invisible infectious fine aerosols from infected people talking or singing.

Note that the Cambridge Medical Doctors are finally also acknowledging that a proper tight-fitting medical grade mask (see the image above) … simple N95 – N99 masks … work 47 TIMES BETTER than their ordinary masks … which means all the cloth masks that most people wear are little more than fashion accessories … because they leak at between 45% – 70%.

Notice how the masks shown above (N95 – N99 masks that we have been recommending as NECESSARY since March 2020) typically give 99.9% protection, when paired with appropriate social distancing … while even the vaunted the Pfizer vaccine gives just 88% protection from incidental contact exposures to COVID.



Overall Conclusions:
YES … Get VACCINATED… It helps.

Vaccinations give solid-but-partial protection.

and … In spite of Medical Doctors last 18 months of factually incorrect advice:

In spite of the CDC’s ongoing (unscientific) advice that we don’t need masks when indoors … If you want to stay safe, instead follow science … follow the scientifically proven advice that works … advice that has not changed since March 2020 … everyone who is vaccinated should:

~ Keep wearing ONLY a tight-fiting medical grade masks …


~ Keep Socially Distancing of at least 8 feet when indoors
or use fans when indoors or when out of doors whene there are no breezes.

Unfortunately… Yet more of the latest scientific reports continue to expose how Medical Doctors … esp. the CDC Medical Doctors who are mistakenly telling vaccinated people that we magically do not need to wear masks when indoors … the CDC Medical Doctors, and many other unscientific Medical Doctors are (sadly broadly generally) behind the scientific facts curve … again.

which means we need to continue to rely on talented Scientists,  not Medical Doctors, for the best information on how to stay safe from COVID.


Get educated, Stay informed, Stay healthy, Stay safe,

Dr. Steven M. Fry

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment

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The Best COVID News in Over a Year

June 27, 2021

Latest fun fun encouraging news on COVID vaccines !The soon to be released-approved “Novavax” appears to be the best current COVID vaccine on the planet … especially in protecting us from all the different new variants of COVID:

With Oxford-AstraZenica vaccine down at just 56% protection for people getting their doses just 30 days apart (vs. the manufacturer’s recommended 84 – 90 days) … and with JnJ vaccine down at just 66% protection … and with even the vaunted Pfizer vaccine failing to protect us up to 12% of the time … from just incidental contact with COVID … there is NOW some good news.

” the fascination with the newest, shiniest (COVID vaccine) options obscured some basic facts. These two particular (Pfizer & Moderna) mRNA vaccines may have been the first to get results from Phase 3 clinical trials, but that’s because of superior trial management … “

“… not (due to some) secret vaccine sauce. … “

“For now, (Pfizer & Moderna) are harder and more expensive to manufacture and distribute than traditional types of vaccines, and their side effects are more common and more severe. “
INSTEAD: “The latest Novavax data confirm that it’s possible to achieve the same efficacy against COVID-19 with a more familiar technology that more people may be inclined to trust. (The mRNA vaccines delivered efficacy rates of 95 and 94 percent against the original coronavirus strain in Phase 3 trials, as compared with 96 percent for Novavax in its first trial,

and now (Novavax offers a very special) 90 percent protection against a mixture of variants ” !!!


This last item on Novavax’s 90% protection rates against all the different COVID variants is STUNNINGLY better than even Pfizer or Moderna.

Groundbreaking Stuff !!

Finally notice that Novavax may become the vaccine of choice for people needing a booster next year !

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/06/novavax-now-best-covid-19-vaccine/619276/


~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~


Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. Laboratory Science, Public Health & Environment, and Chemistry

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Air Conditioning Maintenance for These Hot Hot Times – A DIY Job?

June 27, 2021

How to keep your airconditioner running in peak condition … a Do It Yourself (DIY) job ???

People across social media are now asking what they can do to keep their air conditioners running fine during these hot hot times. Generally, most homeowners can either clean the small air filters up in the evaporator head of a mini-split unit … or replace the filters in their whole house air conditioner units & vent, but there’s much much more involved in doing the whole job, properly.

Before going further-deeper into the cleaning process, maybe it’s time to realize some of what’s involved in doing just the simplest basic parts of the job properly:

~ Remember there’s a bunch of different sized screws in the plastic clamshell cover of the evaporators of mini-split units – and many of those screws can be hidden behind little plugs or behind covers.

~ We know almost no ordinary homeowner who can dissassemble the plastic clamshell tight covers of the evaporator to get at the “turbina” – 3 ft long squirrel-cage fan to clean it properly

… and even fewer ordinary homeowners who can safely clean the accumulated dust & mold & fungus out of the evaporator coils, without damaging the fragile coils …
plus once you get that tricky clamshell plastic cover off the evaporator, it’s a bunch of work to wipe out all the accumulated dust, mold and fungus.

~ and then you have to clean & disinfect the drip tray in evaporator – to eliminate mold, fungus & dust…

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~ and …. you have to clean and inspect the drain hose that drains out the condensate water from the drip tray … because the hoses are generally buried deep behind other parts of the evaporator.

~ and then … you have to pull out all the mini-split’s circuit boards, and get all the accumulated dust off them – to stop electronic component overheating… requiring even unplugging some of the cables & connectors from up to 4 different circuit boards … and then successfully reassemble & reinstall all boards without damaging either the boards, cables & connectors.

~Finally, you have to get the mini-split’s clamshell plastic cover back onto the evaporator, because you have to flex, bend, contort & twist most of the covers to get them back on .. – then matching all the different sizes of screws to all their specific holes.


~ AND THEN… especially if at the beach, you have to go up on the roof and safely clean accumulated dust, salt, salitre etc from the compressor’s fragile coils fins – without damaging any of the little fins … and then using a specialized matching fin-comb to straighten out any bent fins – to maintain good air flow. … Completing this operation properly can require some special detergents & a even a gentle pressure washer if you have a accumulated dust, or “cotton” from cottonwood trees or “cotton” from ceiba – k-pock trees

There are reasons that the best techs charge $1500 pesos to do it well, here in Mexico … and still … many of them strip out the screw mounts. 😉


~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~


The Good Doctor Fry
aka Steve

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How Long and How Strong Do Our Immune System Protections Last after a COVID Vaccination or COVID Infection

June 21, 2021

  • While surveying over 130 COVID, SARS & vaccine scientific reports, we found some interesting results that describe our COVID post-vaccine & post-infection protection levels, including how long & how strong our immune system protections remain from 1 month to 8 months later.

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6529/eabf4063?fbclid=IwAR0sYfYKnv-WHnxWU9v48TR-pmqVQ1gzsyUd1yzo8ASLIr1-nFxkt5ZyWdg

The study was not large … but they analyzed a decent number of patient samples for the 4 general key long-term protective immune system components-reactions … to determine what COVID protections we maintain for 1 month, 4 months, 6 months and 8 months after vaccination and natural infections. … Because some of the results are reported for patients who only had natural COVID infections, we are left to extrapolate the expected protections we get from vaccinations.**   

Researchers monitored 4 groups of our key immune system responses to COVID infections & COVID vaccinations – for up to 8 months after vaccination/infection.  Their goals were:

~ to see what specific protective responses our bodies had

~ to see how strong (effective) those protective responses were … and

~ to see how long each of those 4 different kinds of protective responses lasted.


Overall Conclusions … The researchers  found that after COVID vaccinations & infections:
Roughly 95% of subjects retained good levels of immune memory at ~6 months after infection or vaccination.

Blood samples showed good levels of circulating COVID antibody titers in lab tests, (where COVID antibody titers are the typical lab test used by Medical Doctors to monitor our COVID protection  … Yet, those laboratory test results used by Medical doctors    did NOT reflect,   did NOT represent  our T cell memory cell levels.   … Fortunately, our key protective memory T-cell levels were generally higher than the Antibody test results …  Still, one memory cell component levels were lower than predicted~reflected by Antibody test results after 8 months.

This means that the current simple serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies DO NOT REFLECT the richness and durability of our protective, immune memory reactions to SARS-CoV-2.




Scientific Conclusions:
1.  Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and receptor binding domain (RBD) declined moderately over 8 months.

This points to some patients (esp older people) possibly needing a booster shot 8 months after the 2’nd vaccination shot.

All of these results compared very well with the findings of several other reports. … Example, Pfizer found good levels of antibody protection after 6 months …. yet 22% of elderlies over age 80 had NO memory B-cells and NO memory T-cells left after the Pfizer vaccine after just 6 month… but those elderlies still had modest levels of neutralizing antibodies after 6 months … giving the elderlies some remaining protection.

2.   Memory B cells against SARS-CoV-2 spike actually increased between 1 month and 8 months after infection.
YAY !

3.   Memory CD8+ T cells and memory CD4+ T cells declined with an initial half-life of 3 to 5 months.

Half Life means half is gone after the reported time period…  50% lower after 4 months … 25% remaining after 8 months … 12% remaining after 12 months.

This is GOOD news, because the vaccines typically cause our bodies to make 10X to 1000X more of the protective components than a natural COVID infection …

which means when vaccinated … most of us still likely have decent protection after a year.

4.  Immunoglobulin G (IgG), RBD IgG, and neutralizing antibody titers  to COVID-spike-proteins
 … exhibited similar changes over time.

5. Specifically…. Spike IgA was still present in the large majority of subjects at 6 to 8 months after infection.
YAY

6.  IgG was the dominant isotype of our memory B cell responses … as IgM memory B cells appeared to be short-lived.

7.  They found a minor population of IgA memory B cells.

7.a. CD8+ T cell and CD4+ T cell memory were measured for all SARS-CoV-2 proteins.

7.b.  70% of individuals possessed detectable CD8+ T cell memory at 1 month after infection, that declined to ~50% by 6 to 8 months after infection.
YAY

7.c.  CD4+ T cell memory had 93% of subjects wutg detectable SARS-CoV-2 memory at 1 month after infection.

7.d.  92% of patients had high levels of CD4+ T cells (92%) remained high at 6 to 8 months after infection.

YAY

We would expect vaccinated patients to perform similarly – or better than natural COVID infected patients based on other COVID study results.

7.e.   SARS-CoV-2 spike-specific memory CD4+ T cells with the specialized capacity to help B cells [T follicular helper (TFH) cells] were also maintained.

The BIG Over-Arching Conclusions:
  Roughly 95% of subjects retained good levels of immune memory at ~6 months after infection or vaccination.

Blood samples showed good levels of circulating COVID antibody titers in lab tests, (where COVID antibody titers are the typical lab test used by Medical Doctors to monitor our COVID protection  … and those laboratory test results used by Medical doctors    did NOT reflect,   did NOT represent  our T cell memory cell levels.   … Our key protective memory T-cell levels were generally higher than the Antibody test results …  yet one memory cell component was lower than predicted~reflected by Antibody test results after 8 months.

This means that the current simple serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies DO NOT REFLECT the richness and durability of our protective, immune memory reactions to SARS-CoV-2.

Unfortunately… The scientific report also shows that Medical Doctors are (sadly broadly generally) behind the scientific facts curve … again. … because Medical Doctors are AGAIN relying on  too narrow of lab test results   that do not represent    our actual immune system protections.

which means we need to continue to rely on talented Scientists,  not Medical Doctors, for the best information on how to stay safe from COVID.

Dr. Steve 

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  **Numerous studies have consistently shown vaccines cause our bodies to make between 10X to 100X and up to 10,000X higher levels of neutralizing antibodies & T-cells against SARS-CoV-2, to protect us against COVID … so it is reasonable to expect that our long term immune system protections from vaccinations are    better   than the results presented below for patients who had natural infections.






~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~


The Good Doctor Fry
Steven Michael Fry

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment

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June 20, 2021 Troubling COVID Updates for Yucatan State and How to Stay Safe

June 20, 2021

We’ve currently hit the worst COVID outbreak COVID numbers for COVID, with 3051 new confirmed COVID cases here last week, and over 2,000 Yucatecans hospitalized as of yesterday (Saturday).*

Because even the best vaccines provide only partial protection from COVID**, the best protection is still keeping 8 ft or more of Social Distancing, plus wear a good tight-fitting medical grade mask when around others, especially when indoors where COVID infected people’s invisible aerosols from talking … keep floating around infectious for 4 – 6 hours after the person talks without a tight-fitting medical grade mask.

Note that two different statistics show that because Yucatan has such low rates of COVID testing, there are likely 10 un-reported COVID cases, for every official “confirmed” reported case. That means this past week, there were likely over 30,000 people walking around, infectious, contagious with COVID – potentially infecting another 30,000 Yucatecans by talking inside without a tight-fitting mdeical grade mask.

That translates to 1 in every 66 Yucatecans you meet, potentially are contagious, infectious, able to infect anyone within 8 ft indoors, who is not wearing a tight-fitting medical grade mask – and unfortunately, months of very large million patient studies show your vaccine may not protect you.

**To stay safe, we must realize that the manufacturer’s January studies prove that the Oxford-AstraZenica vaccine gives just 56% protection … up to a 44% failure rate … when the patient gets both vaccine shots within 30 days. That same manufacturer’s report published in the Lancet in February, 2021, shows that each patient must wait at least 84 days between the first dose and second injection to get just 76% efficacy protection. …

In contrast, even the vaunted Pfizer vaccine showed up to a 12% failure rate at protecting people from just incidental contact with COVID infected people – as proven by the world’s biggest COVID study of 1.2 million Israelis, published by the highly respected New England Journal of Medicine. ( https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2101765 )

The Oxford-AstraZenica manufacturer even announced in the Lancet (Feb 2021) that AstraZenica vaccinated patients getting the jabs just 30 days apart had a 50:50 chance of getting COVID from incidental contact …. And even if you wait 84 days between vaccine jabs, the patients still have a 1 in 4 chance of getting COVID from just incidental contact with COVID infected people talking indoors. ( https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00432-3/fulltext )

Delta Variant of COVID Coming to Mexico:
Note that the most recent studies show that even the vaunted Pfizer vaccine is just 76% effective against the Delta variant of COVID.
https://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/salud/2021/06/14/mala-noticia-variante-india-del-covid-presente-en-mexico-duplica-riesgo-de-hospitalizacion-senala-estudio/

The best studies show that the Delta variant is 60% more transmissable than the other COVID variants circulating in Mexico, as proven by the Delta variant becoming the dominant strain, now causing more than 90% of the new COVID cases in Great Britain’s latest outbreak.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/the-delta-variant-is-serious-heres-why-its-on-the-rise.

Fortunately, despite some local Facebook gringo-forum posts …
THERE ARE STILL NO CONFIRMED DELTA VARIANT CASES, yet, in Mexico: https://www.gisaid.org/hcov19-variants/

It is also worth noting that the Delta variant of COVID has distinctive symptoms of
runny noses … sore throats … and headaches as the primary symptoms – which makes it very different from the other common COVID variants.

As of today, there are NOT any reports from Merida’s Medical doctors of this past week’s COVID patients coming in with runny noses, sore throats & headaches as their major symptoms, so just as we expect, poor Yucatecans who do not travel internationally are NOT spreading the Delta virus like the 10% of US COVID cases from USA people have contact with international travellers.

Why are so many Yucatecans getting COVID now?
Most likely, COVID fatigue … with people gathering indoors without maintaining 8 ft of Social Distancing … is aggravating the other problem of so many Yucatecans wearing cloth masks that leak 70% & do not protect us from COVID. … Plus, a number of COVID-vaccinated Yucatecans now feel bullet-proof, when even the best vaccines have significant gaps in protection … giving much lower protection than social distancing +plus a tight fitting medical-grade mask.

As local cases of new COVID infections have more than tripled, it’s important to realize why COVID vaccies have significant gaps in their protection … as low as 50% protection for Oxford-AstraZenica … and as low as no protection for some 22% of elderly people just 6 months after their 2’nd Pfizer dose … (for vaccinated patients over age 80)

… To know why we older folks need to keep wearing tight-fitting masks & socially distancing when indoors with other people, even after getting vaccinated.

In spite of vaccinations, COVID Hospitalizations are also way up as of this Saturday, increasing from under 600 for several weeks ago … now rocketing up from 1500 two weeks ago, to over 2000 as of this past Saturday.


Estimates of Under-Reporting of COVID cases in Yucatan State:
**Yucatan’s ongoing 10% death rates from COVID are roughly 10X higher than other countries,. This strongly indicates that Yucatan’s COVID testing rates are so unusually low, (just 1 COVID test run on roughly every COVID infected people) that there are most-likely at least 10X more COVID cases than reported by the Government. Further evidence that just 1 COVID infected Yucatecan out of 10 total infected Yucatecans is: Yucatan State just reported 63% of people tested here this past week had COVID, versus the rest of the world’s typical 5% positive testing rates … This means our current 3,055 official cases translates to likely over 30,000 COVID infected Yucatecans this past week => The highest rates ever seen here.

The rest of the story?
With 27% of COVID infected patients living with awful long-term health problems … and with significant numbers of vaccinated patients getting COVID infections (up to 12%) from just incidental contacts, we must continue wear tight-fitting medical grade masks & socially distancing. 😉

Consider the consequences of rolling the dice on 1 in 8 odds of getting COVID after both Pfizer vaccination jabs … and 1 in 3 JnJ vaccinated people still get COVID from incidental contacts … and up to 1 in 2 Oxford-AstraZenica vaccinated patients are at risk of getting COVID if they did not wait 84 days between injections ….

Conclusions:
~ Over 1 in 4 COVID sufferors get nasty long term illnesses & permanent damage, including

… Brain damage, nervous system damage, lung damage, kidney damage, liver damage, and cardiovascular damage.


~ Up to 22% of COVID infected Pfizer vaccinated people get “Serious COVID Disease” … from incidental exposure to COVID.


~ Up to 44% of Pfizer vaccinated people with “Serious COVID Disease” are hospitalized.
AND THEN:~ 6 months after Pfizer vaccinations, 23% – 1 in 4 elderly vaccinated patients HAVE NO MEMORY T-Cells against COVID… and NO KILLER-T Cells against COVID…

This means roughly 1 in 4 elderly people vaccinated with Pfizer … show antibodies to COVID … but have almost no immune system protection against actual COVID infections just 6 months after their 2’nd Pfizer doses.

All these significant gaps & serious risks get even worse for JnJ vaccine, and even worse for Oxford-AstraZenica vaccine => Vaccination is NOT a magic bullet.

Vaccination is very helpful, but it is not the final answer if you care about your health … especially if you are over age 60.


~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~


The Good Doctor Fry
Steven Michael Fry

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment

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What’s it all about … Alfie ?


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April 5, 2021

Tick – tock … Tick – tock … Tick – tock …

or … ~ Swirling flow ~ … ??

A good friend shared this … which I am stealing … and adding my own Coda, at the end.

May be an image of text that says 'a better world is possible we're so fucked me'

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A friend posted this morning:
… I suppose the Taoist approach here would be to try to understand one’s place in the betterness/fuckedness order of things, to appreciate the delicate balance amidst — perhaps even the flow between — these forces.

(
In the context of) … Today Peru will find out whether it is fucked or whether…an even more fucked country is possible.

Guy Howard 6/8/21

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Tick tock … Tick tock … Tick tock

or ~ Swirling flow ~ … ??

Our minds love to arbitrarily force things to conform to simple pairs of Good-Bad, On-Off, Right-Left, Light-Dark, Fat-Thin, Awake-Asleep, Smart-Dumb, Tall-Short etc … while even the simplest reality check reveals that the smartest people do such dumb things, and the dumbest people can be so incredibly bright …

which leaves me amazed & stilled at how we move through space & time … endlessly elliptically spiraling forward.

Spinning on our Earth’s axis … Revolving around our sun …. Propelled forward as our solar system moves forward perpendicularly to our whirling solar systems planets movements … Swirling yet-further outward as a tiny part of an arm in our pin-wheel Milky Way galaxy … which it also screams-along through space …

7 billion or so humans, all blissfully unaware of our very real

~ constantly spinning at 11,000 miles per hour

~ constantly revolving at 67,000 mph around the sun

~ constantly hurtling forward at 514,000 mph as our solar system barrels-along in the Milky Way …

~ constantly screaming-along at 1.3 million miles per hour on the crazy carousel we call our Milky Way galaxy …

as I sit … “motionless” … on my couch.

Ever Sanguine,
Still Steve


and yes …. Even our grand Milky Way galaxy is just a tiny speck … on a beautiful Laniakea super cluster …

out of a million or so other super clusters …



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COVID Testing & COVID Vaccine Updates:

June 12, 2021 Update from the June 7 version**

COVID Testing & COVID Vaccine Updates:
Note that most of the laboratory tests for COVID antibodies are specially designed to ONLY detect COVID antibodies from a natural COVID infectionv (the first topic discussed in this article) …

**The game has changed a bit, since we wrote the original June 7 version of the article:

If we now expand our descriptions of COVID testing to include the latest SPECIAL COVID antibody testing offered by BIOMÉDICOS DE MÉRIDA. Laboratorio de Análisis Clínicos … we now can get different setsd of separate results for Antibodies to “N-proteins” (Antibodies to Nucleocapsid SARS proteins) versus our levels of Antibodies to “S-proteins” (Antibodies to surface Spike SARS proteins) – allowing some distinctions between our COVID Antibodies from natural COVID infections versus vaccine-caused COVID antibodies:

https://www.facebook.com/BiomedicosDeMerida/posts/2135472383249799


So, yes, the new COVID Spike-protein Antibody test this one laboratory is now offering … is a game-changer.

“We are performing SARS CoV-2 IgG-IgM Antibody Profiling (nucleocapsid and spike), now with 𝗜𝗴𝗚 𝗖𝘂𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮. It consists of: ▶ ️ Qualitative determination of Ac IgG (nucleocapsid) and IgM ▶ ️𝗖𝘂𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗼́𝗻 from Ac IgG Spike. The IgG antibody parameter 𝗰𝘂𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗼 selectively detects antibodies directed against the Spike protein of the virus. Since the vaccines in use target this specific protein, 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙢𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙧 𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙪𝙖𝙙𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚 𝙡𝙖 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖 𝙞𝙣𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙨 𝙡𝙖 𝙫𝙖𝙘𝙪𝙣𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙤́𝙣, as well as the immune response resulting from a previous infection. Reports by: 📱 Inbox Fb Messenger 📧contacto@biomedicosdemerida.com 📞9999480750 / 9999433543

Note that the “S-protein” reference is for SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein (a surface protein that triggers both natural & vaccine based antibodies) … versus the “N-protein” reference for “Nucleocapsid” protein from the body of the virus that’s for natural vaccines & possibly some whole virus-vaccines, like the Sinovac.

Further note: Because Oxford-AstraZenica & Moderna & Pfizer have just spike protein pieces to trigger our antibody production … then comparing the N-protein Antibody results to the S-protein Antibody lab test results – is an good indication of the net numbers of antibodies you have from the vaccine.

People who got either Sinovac or Cansino vaccines can have a combination of S-protein Antibodies and/or N-protein Antibodies… So… The laboratory is still telling just a partial story, because we have such a variety of vaccines admistered here. Their claims very nicely fit the USA where just Moderna, Pfizer & JnJ spike protein based vaccines are used.
😉



Yucatan COVID Infection news from June, 7, 2021:
… As local cases of new COVID infections have more than tripled, it’s important to realize why COVID vaccies have significant gaps in their protection … as low as 50% protection for Oxford-AstraZenica … and as low as no protection for some 22% of elderly people just 6 months after their 2’nd Pfizer dose … (for vaccinated patients over age 80) … and Why we older folks need to keep wearing tight-fitting masks even after getting vaccinated …. See the second half of the article (below) for details.

Continuing with COVID Lab Test Information:
Notice that for COVID Antibody tests by many labs may not be useful to detect if your COVID vaccination is working: This means that when we get a COVID vaccine, then later if we get a Medical Doctor or laboratory to test us for COVID antibodies, the lab test will generally find … nothing. … unless you had a previous COVID infection … or unless you get the special “S-protein” (SARS Antibody Spike Protein) test … in combination with the “N-protein” (SARS Antibody Nucleocapsid protein) test.

Sadly, every Medical Doctor I have spoken with, so far, does not know these facts, because they generally have have very limited scientific training, and even less virology or laboratory training. Even more sad? Even the laboratory techs we’ve spoken with generally don’t know this. … It takes talking with either a good Laboratory Director, fine scientist, or excellent Pathologist to correctly answer these questions.


Why does the COVID antibody lab test too often NOT work for testing how many COVID antibodies your vaccine has triggered you to make?

The commonly offered COVID antibody lab test only checks for antibodies to a capsid protein … specifically a Coronavirus Nucleocapsid protein – aka “N protein”. … Meanwhile, the COVID vaccines are based on pieces of Coronavirus Spike proteins – aka “S protein”.


Why make a COVID antibody lab test that cannot measure the presence of antibodies from vaccines?

If the COVID antibody lab tests reacted to the vaccine caused antibodies, then everyone who got a vaccine would show up as FALSE POSITIVE lab tests for supposedly being infected with COVID.

Because we DO NOT WANT vaccinated people appearing to have active COVID infections in the lab tests, the clever laboratory scientists chose a protein-part of the Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) virus that the vaccines do not incude – a Nucleocapsid protein from the body of the Coronavirus – that the vaccines miss. 😉


So … Ignore the mistaken FaceBook amateur dialogues where non-scientific people … and non*scientific Medical Doctors … mistakenly tell people to supposedly get COVID antibody tested to see how their vaccine is working. and instead read the description of both S-protein Antibodies AND N-Protein Antibodies tests at the beginning of this article. … 😉

**For people who do not know me (the author), I am a Doctor-Professor of Public Health and Laboratory Science with 45 yrs of professional experience in these areas … with a top Professora-Doctora Virologist wife who have decades of training in these things … things that Medical Doctors generally never study. 😉

And yes, despite typical Medical Doctors lack of knowledge in these areas, realize that these realities have been known by good scientists since last summer, 2020:

https://www.technologynetworks.com/diagnostics/blog/covid-19-antibody-testing-s-vs-n-protein-340327

and

https://www.news-medical.net/whitepaper/20210512/N-Protein-Variants-and-Their-Importance-in-Antibody-Test-and-Design.aspx

and

https://www.facebook.com/BiomedicosDeMerida/posts/2135472383249799


~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~



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Yucatan COVID Infections Update:
This past week we had 1216 new confirmed COVID cases here.** This means Yucatan’s reported COVID cases have more than tripled from previous weekly lows down at 375 cases per week.

In spite of vaccinations, COVID Hospitalizations are also way up as of this Saturday, increasing from under 600 for several weeks ago … now rocketing up to over 1500 a week as of this past Saturday.

Estimates of Under-reporting of COVID cases in Yucatan State:
**Yucatan’s ongoing 10% death rates from COVID, roughly 10X higher than other countries, indicates that Yucatan’s COVID testing rates are so unusually low, that there are most-likely at least 10X more COVID cases than reported by the Government, meaning we likely have 12,000 – 20,000 COVID infected Yucatecans out running around in public right now => The highest rates seen in over a year.

Stay Safe using what’s proven to work!
Keep wearing your tight-fitting medical grade masks, as the world’s biggest vaccination study of 1.2 million Israelis shows up to a 12% failure rate for Pfizer vaccine when vaccinated people experience just incidental contact with COVID contagious people.

The rest of the story?
With 27% of COVID infected patients getting awful long-term health problems … and with significant numbers of vaccinated patients getting COVID infections (up to 12%) from just incidental contacts, we must continue wear tight-fitting medical grade masks & socially distancing. 😉

Vaccinations are very helpful, but they are NOT a magic bullet.

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa2101765?fbclid=IwAR0xw2aBdk2mBlODdc97lk3LkKSQ51VnBZGaTvyMFatQvXuCskjcz2PDZg0


Why are COVID vaccines not a magic bullet?
Even the vaunted Pfizer vaccine gives just 88% protection from getting COVID from incidental contacts with COVID-infected people. 1 in 8 odds of getting COVID … Even worse, JnJ’s protection is down at just 65% … and even WORSE, Oxford-AstraZenica’s vaccine gives just 55% protection if you get your second dose of AstraZenica within 30 days of the first dose.**

Consider the consequences of rolling the dice on 1 in 8 odds of getting COVID after Pfizer vaccination … and 1 in 3 JnJ vaccinated people still get COVID from incidental contacts …

~ Over 1 in 4 COVID sufferors get nasty long term illnesses & permanent damage

… Brain damage, nervous system damage, lung damage, kidney damage, liver damage, cardiovascular damage.


~ Up to 22% of COVID infected Pfizer vaccinated people get “Serious COVID Disease” … from incidental exposure to COVID.


~ Up to 44% of Pfizer vaccinated people with “Serious COVID Disease” are hospitalized.
AND THEN:~ 6 months after Pfizer vaccinations, 23% – 1 in 4 elderly vaccinated patients HAVE NO MEMORY T-Cells against COVID… and NO KILLER-T Cells against COVID…

This means roughly 1 in 4 elderly people vaccinated with Pfizer … show antibodies to COVID … but have almost no immune system protection agaist actual COVID infections.

All these significant gaps & serious risks get even worse for JnJ vaccine, and even worse for Oxford-AstraZenica vaccine => Vaccination is NOT a magic bullet.

Vaccination is very helpful, but it is not the final answer if you care about your health … especially if you are over age 60.


** Note that Oxford-AstraZenica vaccine … the only vaccine available as of today, now in Yucatan … is ONLY 55% effective …. unless you wait 84 days between injections.Waiting 84 days between Oxford doses, increases the protection to just 76%…The State has been vaccinating people with the second Oxford dose just 1 month after the first jab => barely over 50% protection.


~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~


The Good Doctor Fry
Steven Michael Fry

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment

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COVID Vaccination Plan for Merida – Over Age 59 Residents


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April 5, 2021

Our Governator finally issued a new vaccine plan for Merida last night, just in time for this week’s COVID vaccination kick-off for elderly residents.

Merida was sent 140,000 doses of the Oxford – AstraZenica vaccine yesterday, so elders over age 59 will be getting the Oxford vaccine’s average 76% efficacy from COVID for healthy people, meaning we continue masking-up with tight fitting medical grade masks & socially distancing for at least 6 more months.

Remember … the Oxford – AztraZenica vaccine works BEST when you have an 84 day gap-wait (12 weeks delay) between the 1’st jab … and the 2’nd jab. … That means Meridanos vaccinated this week should be happy to wait until … the last week of June … to get their second jab of the Oxford – AstraZenica vaccine, for healthy elders to get that boost of 76% efficacy.

Here’s our vaccination schedule:


Added Vaccine information details at:
https://yucalandia.com/2021/04/01/how-covid-19-vaccines-work-how-the-vaccines-differ-so-widely-from-each-other/

and

https://yucalandia.com/2021/01/29/covid-vaccine-updates-answers-to-questions/


Stay Safe … Stay Informed … Stay healthy !

Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, Measurement Science, & Aerosol Science

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How COVID-19 Vaccines Work & How the Vaccines Differ so Widely from Each Other


April 1, 2021

There are many stories floating around Big Media and the Internet about how the COVID-19 vaccines supposedly work, yet, almost all of them have serious flaws, mistaken descriptions, and are missing key information.

The Ph.D. Virologist & Public Health scientists at Yucalandia completely support getting vaccinated, as very effective tool ar reducing COVID risks. 9 months of scientific reports, including a big 1.2 million patient New England Journal of Medicine study, show the vaccines provide substantial, but only-partial protection from COVID disease & hospitalization, with just 55% protection from COVID hoospitalization for some vaccinated patients … and just 75% protection from “serious COVID disease” for other vaccinated patients.
See more detailed facts at the end of the article.**


Here’s a quick primer on how the vaccines differ widely, and
Which vaccine might be best for you:

Start with the fact that m-RNA vaccines are relatively new, and they work differently from almost all of the internet’s & Big Media’s generic-unscientific descriptions, differences that predict that the m-RNA based vaccines (Pfizer & Moderna) may not work as well against new variants of the SARS CoV-2 Coronavirus … and may now work as long … as the Sputnik or Oxford vaccines, and not as long nor as well as the Sinovac, because 6 months after vaccination, 33% of elderly Pfizer patients are showing no Killer T-cells for COVID.

Many of these protection issues are currently undetermined – TBD, because Big Pharma & Big Govternments rushed the vaccines out to the public, without testing to see what protection we will have in 1 year, 2 yrs or 3 yrs. It is very possible that the Sputnik & Sinovac more traditional vaccines may give years of protection (like Chickenpox, Smallpox & Measles vaccines) … while the m-RNA based vaccines may only give a year or so of protection (as Pfizer’s head is already saying people will need to be revaccinated after a year) … much like the flu vaccines only partial protections.

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WHY ?
1. First, All modern vaccines have a carrier ‘vehicle’ that carries a message – telling your cells what sequences of amino acids to link together. The corporate vaccine scientists choose either an m-RNA molecule vehicle or an adeno-virus cold molecule vehicle to deliver the vaccine’s “viral payload”.

1.a. In the m-RNA (Messenger-RNA) based vaccines (Pfizer & Moderna) the scientists select & cut out little snippets (very short sections) of the Coronavirus spike protein, cut from the surface proteins sticking out of the SARS-Co-V -2 Coronavirus. The scientists select between 11 – 17 little snippets of protein and attach that to the m-RNA vehicle to deliver it to your body in a vaccine jab.

Realize that the whole m-RNA vehicle thing is relatively new – with basically just 4 minor working vaccines using m-RNA that are alternatives to traditional vaccines .. Realize that Moderna spent at least 10 yrs of only m-RNA failures, with all of their attempted m-RNA based vaccines failing, before their current COVID vaccine.

Background Facts: The m-RNA vehicles are very wimpy (needing very cold storage) and they are very small – carrying only a TINY virus information payload => just a few little pieces of the viral spike protein, telling your body’s cells to make just the little snippets – tiny sections – of the Coronavirus COVID spike protein.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3854212/

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1.b. In the Oxford vaccine (Astrazenica), JnJ vaccine & the Sputnik vaccines, the scientists use one of several harmless, well-proven, long-used, safe adenovirus vehicle to carry the viral payload. As you may have read, the Oxford vaccine uses a harmless adenovirus that gives chimpanzees the sniffles … As a result, the Oxford & JnJ vaccines & Sputnik vaccine deliver a BIG viral information payload – far far larger than wimpy m-RNA’s tiny payload … This means your body gets a whole lot more instructions to make big sections (JnJ & Oxford), or even the whole Coronavirus spike protein (Sputnik V).

Notice that since the Sputnik, JnJ & Oxford adenovirus’s vehicle are normal but very wimpy cold viruses, your body has almost no adverse reactions to the vehicle – just destroying the adenovirus, after receiving the information. … IN CONTRAST … the m-RNA is a new vehicle, that unfortunately causes adverse reactions in about 2.5% of Pfizer patients – (a very high rate of adverse reactions compared to the old reliable adenovirus vehicles) … Fortunately, roughly 4 out of 5 of Pfizer’s adverse reactions are mild – like injection site soreness or a day or 2 of mild cold symptoms.


How do the m-RNA & adenoviruses work in your body? … and
Why are the adenovirus based vaccines likely tp give MORE PROTECTION to new mutations of COVID-19?


3.a Once you get your first jab of the m-RNA vehicle based vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna vaccine), the m-RNA delivers it’s tiny ‘viral payload’ of just 11 – 17 snippets of Coronavirus surface spike protein for your bodies cells to copy the snippets.

Your body receives the m-RNA (Messenger-RNA) instructions, and starts making the 11 (Moderna) or 17 (Pfizer) snippets – tiny sections of the Coronavirus surface spike protein.
Your body’s immune system then springs into action – attacking the snippets of Coronavirus spike proteins by LABELLING them – tagging them – with antibodies that exactly fit the snippets with special selective lock & key mechanism – where the antibody “keys” fit into the snippets’ little active-site “locks”.



When other parts of your immune system see the antibody “flags” – “tags” – it attacks & destroys the antibody-tagged Coronavirus spike protein snippets AND IT DESTROYS the m-RNA vehicle.
… Then note that your body continues to make extra antibody tags to float around your bloodstream for either a short time (a few months like the flu vaccine)… or a medium time of 1 – 3 yrs … (Coronavirus??) or for a lifetime, like the chickenpox vaccine & smallpox vaccine.



3.b In contrast: The adenovirus vehicle based vaccines like Oxford and Sputnik deliver BIG viral payloads of either BIG sections of Coronavirus spike protein (Oxford) … or the WHOLE spike protein (Sputnik) … (60,000 or more units long versus the tiny snippets of Moderna & Pfizer & JnJ vacs) …

Your body’s cells then identify the adenovirus vehicle & its Coronavirus spike protein viral payload – and your body makes LOTS OF DIFFERENT ANTIBODIES to the BIG sections of surface spike protein => meaning MORE kinds of antibodies created to recognize future Coronavirus-COVID intrusions … EVEN IF THE CORONAVIRUS MUTATES …



Note that the UK virus had 17 new mutations of the Coronavirus spike protein … SO… IF the future mutations of Coronavirus change in the key 11 (Moderna) or 17 (Pfizer) tiny snippet sections of spike protein, then the Moderna, JnJ & Pfizer vaccines may not work as well well (as proven by JnJ’s low 57% efficacy against the South Africa Variant) … because your bodies smaller variety of antibodies might not recognize the new mutated coronavirus very well.

Then note that because the Oxford vaccine delivers a big viral payload of big pieces of spike protein, AND Sputnik V vaccine delivers the whole spike protein … and the Sinovac delivers the entire Coronavirus .. your body’s bigger, more varied set of antibodies will likely continue to identify & and tag even future mutated forms of Coronavirus. => likely BETTER future protection from mutations.

Finally … notice that the Sinovac also uses a reliable adenovirus vehicle… but the Sinovac delivers THE WHOLE CORONAVIRUS … not just a snippets … not just even pieces of surface spike protein … but the whole shebang, giving your immune system many many more targets to identify than the tiny viral payloads of fizer & Moderna m-RNA vacs !!! … This means Sinovac may act like the classic VERY EFFECTIVE chicken pox and measles and small pox vaccines.


This means your body can make an even BROADER array of antibodies to the WHOLE Coronavirus delivered by Sinovac’s HUGE andenovirus payload.  






See the good NY Times article for lots of sweet pictures (shown above) with tons of details of how this works:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/health/johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine.html


Background facts that support both the Conslusions below, and the scientific information above:

The largest vaccine study so far, of 1.2 million Israelis by Israels biggest healthcare provider were given the Pfizer vaccine found some troubling COVID problems for people vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine:

~ Overall 87% average protection against “hospitalization from COVID”, which sounds good,
… yet some groups of patients were down at just 55% protection from COVID hospitalization.

~ Overall 92% average protection against “severe COVID disease”, which sounds good, yet some groups of patients were down at just … 75% protection from severe COVID disease“.


Those facts do not include the depressingly low protections for some people with diabetes, high blood pressure etc.


~ Overall 91% average protection against “COVID infections” for all diabetic patients , which sounds good, yet some groups of diabetic patients were down at just 75% protection from Covid infections.


When some groups of ordinary people have only 55% protection against COVID hospitalization … and just 75% protection from severe COVID disease … then it is not “alarmist” to caution people to keep wearing medical grade masks & social distaning after getting vaccinated.

Also note that Pfizer’s latest study results, from patients vaccinated last summer, say that 33% of elderly vaccinated people are NOT making the important killer-T immune cells needed for long term protection against COVID-19.

1.2 million people and the New England Journal of Medicine aren’t likely wrong:



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Conclusions:
Of the current top 6 vaccines, the Sinovac may ultimately produce THE LONGEST LASTING and MOST ROBUST anti-COVID protection – especially to future mutations of COVID-19 infections, by using the entire killed-dead-Coronavirus. … This is all yet to be proven – because we just don’t know what levels & how long protections will last … because the vaccines were rushed through production & testing,


Why question the Pfizer, JnJ & Moderna vaccines future performance?
JnJ vaccine’s relatively poor results against new COVID-19 variants does not bode well for the vaccines that use just snippets of Coronavirus spike protein:
In South Africa, where a highly contagious mutation of the virus is the primary variant, the (JNJ Vaccine) effectiveness was only 57%. “



Cont.
The Sputnik V may likely ultimately produce THE SECOND LONGEST LASTING ROBUST anti-COVID protection,

with Oxford vaccine likely coming in at THIRD PLACE in long lasting protection …

Pfizer, JnJ & Moderna possibly come in at last place in producing long lasting protection from future COVID19 Coronavirus mutations because they each produce a smaller more-narrow variety of antibodies, and may provide different (lower) levels of antibodies.


What long term results do we have for the Pfizer, JnJ, & Moderna “snippet” vaccines?
As of a month ago, we have the first longer term antibody-test results from last summer’s Pfizer’s Phase III test results (44,000 patients) … Per Pfizer’s top scientists interviews, the antibody levels LOOK GOOD now 6 months after the second jab of Pfizer vac, and he hopes that the Pfizer vac’s protection coninues for up to a year.


More Conclusions:
NOTICE that this is all modestly important, because your personal body’s LEVEL OF ANTIBODY production   likely dictates your future protection.



For that reason, IT MAKES SENSE TO GET your serum antibody levels tested about 1 month after the second jab of vaccine …. and then get antibody levels tested again, 4 months after the second jab …  and tested again at 8 mo. or 12 mo after the second jab to get a measurement of how many COVID antibodies your body is still making.

And yes, Medical Doctors are generally unaware of these issues, and your personal MD may question why you are asking for antibody tests. Fortunately, here in Mexico, we get to make almost all of our own personal medical choices, so, we can just head into our local Clinical Testing Laboratory, and ask for a $400 peso ($20 US dollar) COVID antibody test (“anticuerpos de COVID”).

Finally … Note that the vaccines have been triggering 10X to 10,000X higher levels of COVID-19 antibodies than natural infections (specifics that the Big Pharma companies don’t report) => So, we likely get much better COVID-19 protection from vaccines than natural infections…  but there’s no absolute way to tell if your body is generating either low, medium or high levels of COVID-19 antibodies, unless you test. …

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**My top-Virologist wife and I fully & heartily support people getting vaccinated.

We simply want people to realize that the vaccines hav some significant gaps in their protection – that means we must still continue to wear good tight-fitting medical grade masks … and continue to socially distance after getting vaccinated.

The COVID vaccines are neither magic-bullets … or Cure-Alls …

The COVID vaccines are a very fine tool in reducing COVID risks


Still, the good New England Journal of Medicine report on 1.2 million Israelis shows the Pfizer vaccine only provides “55% effective protection” from “COVID hospitalization” for some patients.

and only “77% effective protection” from “serious COVID disease ” for some patients.

Roughly 50 million current Pfizer-vaccinated people are expected to get COVID infections, based on the 91% protection efficacy … per the New England Journal of Medicine.**


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Observations re COVID antibody testing after getting vaccinated:
Because our bodies make different antibodies to each of the different vaccines … your antibodies depend on which vaccine you get.

Pfizer & Moderna as m-RNA vaccines with tiny viral payloads, only trigger our bodies to make a narrow range of antibodies.

https://immunology.sciencemag.org/content/6/58/eabi6950.full?fbclid=IwAR1xmRKH9uYrr1Q0-smhiVV2SbgGtICUmeS7FiiYp7QRFQ5SqEn3Xg-GbBg

The Oxford, JnJ & Sinvovac adenovirus-based vaccines likely trigger our bodies to make a wider, more diverse range of antibodies.

Then notice that the COVID antibodies our bodies make are DIFFERENT from the antibodies our body makes to a natural COVID infeciton. Natural COVID infections produce both spike protein antibodies and other Coronavirus proteins, like the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein.

That means that when you get vaccinated… and go in for a “COVID antibody” test at your hospital lab … you will likely get a “Negative” result … “No COVID antibodies present” … which is a false-Negative, because the test is designed to NOT DETECT vaccine triggered antibodies.



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Why? … the current COVID antibody lab tests (Blocking ELISA tests using specific antigens) are geared to detect antibodies to the nucleocapsid protein. This means they are intentionally designed to NOT detect our antibodies to the m-RNA vaccines., to avoid the problem of VISPs … vaccine-induced seropositivity (VISP) test results. 😉



GET VACCINATED
… but STAY SAFE by continuing to wear medical grade masks & socially distancing.  

** https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2101765

Stay Safe, … Stay Healthy … Stay Informed,

Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, Measurement Science, & Aerosol Science


* * * * * * *
INTERESTED in OTHER COVID VACCINE INFORMATION? … See this scientific report:
https://yucalandia.com/2021/01/29/covid-vaccine-updates-answers-to-questions/


INTERESTED in SIGNING UP to Get Vaccinated in Mexico? … See this report:
https://yucalandia.com/2021/01/13/mexican-government-website-to-register-to-get-the-covid-vaccine/


INTERESTED in Scientifically PROVEN WAYS TO STAY PROTECTED from COVID?
https://yucalandia.com/2020/03/30/how-to-keep-yourself-safe-from-covid-19-sars-cov-2/

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Mexico Starts Program for Vaccinating Elderly People


February 12, 2021
Our Mexican Government has announced that they will begin vaccinating elderly people next week.

For this reason … if you signed up to get the COVID vaccine, it may be time to TURN-OFF any “call-blocking” features you have on your phone.**

I got called today from an (871) Coahuila area code, asking me several questions about my interest in being vaccinated against COVID. They asked if:

1. The person receiving the call is the specific name & phone number you used to sign up for the COVID vaccine.

2. Do you still want the vaccine?

3. Do you want to be scheduled for an appointment to get vaccinated, and would like to be called when it’s time to go get vaccinated?

I was called today about this from an (871) area code (Coahuila)** – and one other person from PV has reported being called.

THIS IS IMPORTANT .. because many gringos block phone calls from unknown phone numbers, so, it might be time to turn OFF call blocking options on your phone ?? Also note, that the govt. employee calling me was very rushed, and spoke incredibly fast. …

If you are unsure, we suggest that you be prepared to ask the person calling you several simple clarifying questions:

¿Me preguntas si me gustaría vacunarme?

¿Me preguntas si quiero una cita?

The govt employee responded:
Sí, ¿quieres que te llamemos para programar una cita?

I replied:
Claro que si, yo quiero que tu re-llamarme con mi cita para mi vacunación. … Gracias !


**Sidelight #1: Do most people reading this have call blocking activated on their phone (to block telemarketing calls)? and … Whom else out there is receiving this kind of call?

**Sidelight #2: If you cannot handle Spanish, you can ask the Govt. employee to contact you by your WhatsApp number – and you can use the “translate” function to communicate with them. 😉

Let’s hope that this signals a good start to Mexico’s COVID vaccination program !!

Stay Safe, … Stay Healthy … Stay Informed,
Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, Measurement Science, & Aerosol Science


INTERESTED in OTHER COVID VACCINE INFORMATION? … See this scientific report:
https://yucalandia.com/2021/01/29/covid-vaccine-updates-answers-to-questions/


INTERESTED in SIGNING UP to Get Vaccinated in Mexico? … See this report:
https://yucalandia.com/2021/01/13/mexican-government-website-to-register-to-get-the-covid-vaccine/


INTERESTED in Scientifically PROVEN WAYS TO STAY PROTECTED from COVID?
https://yucalandia.com/2020/03/30/how-to-keep-yourself-safe-from-covid-19-sars-cov-2/


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CDC Reports Delaying Second Dose of COVID Vaccines Up to 42 Days

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Feb 2, 2021
The COVID-19 vaccination scheduling procedures have changed significantly this past week for the USA, Mexico, EU & UK.

As the vaccine manufacturers are falling behind on delivering their promised doses of COVID-19 vaccines,  national health officials have been faced with the dilemma of using the scarce doses of vaccine to vaccinate more elderly patients with their 1’st dose, which reduces the numbers of doses available to elderly people currently waiting for their 2’nd dose.

To accomodate these changes, on last Friday, the US Govt’s head of vaccination efforts announced they would be shifting to vaccinating more elderly people with their first dose of COVID-19, and as such would stop holding vaccine doses in reserve for people waiting for their second vaccine dose.   In this updated system, govt. officials are hoping-planning  that vaccine manufacturers will ramp-up currently-slow production of vaccine doses, to create enough additional future doses, to get EVERYONE their second vaccine dose-jab by at least DAY 42 AFTER their first dose.

These planned changes pair very nicely with the latest Lancet report on the Sputnik V vaccine that is reporting very very good protection (up to 92% efficacy), with epecially good protection after just the first dose. **

In that context, the USA’s CDC (last week) also updated their recommendations to report that it’s okay to space out the first and second doses of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines by up to 42 days, “as needed”.

This CDC announcement does not fit the manufacturer’s official COVID-19 regulatory labels.  The manufacturer’s official package inserts say that doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be spaced 21 days apart, and Moderna vaccine 2’nd dose is reported to be injected 28 days after the first dose.

Per Last Week’s CDC Update:
“However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.” per the CDC.   Compably, the UK’s govt officials also said it’s acceptable to space out doses of its authorized vaccines, which include the AstraZeneca- Oxford vaccine, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and Moderna vaccine.

As of Sunday, Feb. 1, 2021, Mexican Govt. health officials concurred with the decision to delay the 2’nd vaccine doses up to 42 days after the first jabs.

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  • ** There are some good updates on the Sputnik V vaccine, including a Lancet report describing 92% efficacies and low adverse reaction rates.   The Lancet report pairs nicely with the positive news from Argentina, where they have given 300,000 Sputnik V vaccine doses. … Fortunately, the Sputnik V vaccine has several (4) advantages over the other vaccines.

    1. The Sputnik V COVID vaccine uses the safest, longest proven vehicle for delivering their vaccine, by using the proven-safe adeno-virus vehicle to deliver their COVID-19 vaccine’s active ingredients.
     
    This is in contrast with Moderna & Pfizer that use the totally new, never-before-used m-RNA vehicle to deliver their COVID vaccines active ingredients.
     
    2. The Sputnik V vaccine uses past-proven active ingredients in their vaccine … versus the new, never-before used approaches of Pfizer & Moderna:
     
    Sputnik V is based on the virus’s genetic instructions for building the spike protein. Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which store the instructions in single-stranded RNA, Sputnik V uses double-stranded DNA.
     
    3. The Sputnik V vaccine is showing far fewer allergic reactions and fewer adverse reactions than the Pfizer vaccines 2.5% adverse reactions in Pfizer’s first 1.8 million patients vaccinated … because Pfizer chose to include known allergy-causing ingredients of PEG and nanoparticles.

    4.  “Vaccine efficacy, based on the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases from 21 days after the first dose of vaccine, is reported as 91·6% (95% CI 85·6–95·2), and the suggested lessening of disease severity after one dose is particularly encouraging for current dose-sparing strategies.”  (per the latest Lancet report)

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00191-4/fulltext

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/health/gamaleya-covid-19-vaccine.html



    Dr. Steven Michael Fry,
    Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, Measurement Science, & Aerosol Science




Additional COVID Vaccine Updates can be read at:

COVID Vaccine Updates & Answers to Questions

and 

USA Requires a Negative COVID Viral Test Result after Jan. 26, 2021 – List of Approved Merida Labs

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