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  1. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    I can't tell if you're being facetious or not. ...

    I can't tell if you're being facetious or not. But personally, I don't let my daughter outside at night, because she might be hit by a falling meteor....
  2. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    A press release today (from Gov. Cuomo's office,...

    A press release today (from Gov. Cuomo's office, I believe) claims that his temperature was 100.3F when he called for help, and not 103F as previously reported. That would imply that "dramatic"...
  3. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    Given the amount of time you've invested...

    Given the amount of time you've invested criticizing him and his position, I would have thought you'd be dying to let us know who it is (you know, so we don't listen to anything else he says).
  4. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    You are correct, and I realized after the fact my...

    You are correct, and I realized after the fact my statement came off that way. The hospital was ill-prepared for such a crisis, and the staff not properly trained. The nurses were not at fault.
  5. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    You just can't drop the one-off statement of...

    You just can't drop the one-off statement of someone you heard on TV, can you? (can you even identify him anymore? google?) This is despite the wealth of information out there on the likely ways to...
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    Actually, those have been around for a long time....

    Actually, those have been around for a long time. They're a favourite among biological science people:

    http://www.giantmicrobes.com/

    They weren't produced because of the outbreak.
  7. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    Certainly it's cause for concern. But remember,...

    Certainly it's cause for concern. But remember, the virus doesn't live long outside its host. So, if some sweaty Ebola patient touches a doorknob, by the time the sweat has evaporated, the virus is...
  8. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    In your opinion, which is more likely: 1....

    In your opinion, which is more likely:

    1. Ebola has either mutated and has developed a radical new transmission vector, or is transmissible in a way we never saw after studying it for 40 years,...
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    Since you added this afterward, let me comment...

    Since you added this afterward, let me comment separately. Again, we don't know the full circumstances behind the cameraman's situation. Ockham's razor suggests he did have contact with infected...
  10. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    One must assume something was different, since he...

    One must assume something was different, since he got infected and his family did not. I don't know specifics about what he touched while transporting her to the hospital. For example: was she...
  11. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    I will add that the people on the plane and in...

    I will add that the people on the plane and in the apartment didn't handle his feces, blood, or vomit either. Rather, the only individuals who ended up getting infected were those who did -- and not...
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    But the prevalence of a disease has been...

    But the prevalence of a disease has been accounted for by the models / figures I quoted earlier. They're based on likely infection of individuals from one already infected, not the holistic picture...
  13. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    I thought the point of the basic reproduction...

    I thought the point of the basic reproduction number is that it can be applied across the board and is reasonably robust to such variations. The factors determining it are probability of...
  14. Thread: Ebola in the US

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    Well, it's not just the CDC reporting on the...

    Well, it's not just the CDC reporting on the infectious nature of diseases. Science is open source. The ranking criteria of "contagion" is by a value called the basic reproduction number (R0),...
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    I refuse to take part in this debate any longer,...

    I refuse to take part in this debate any longer, as long as you insist on taking the statement "rolling around in vomit" literally, particularly from me (who prefaced it with "effectively" and...
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    I don't want my comments from yesterday to be...

    I don't want my comments from yesterday to be construed as what the MD said is the ONLY way to transmit the virus. Rather, I was addressing your comment of the African population rolling around in...
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    Perhaps I'm slow, but I fail to see the political...

    Perhaps I'm slow, but I fail to see the political agenda here. Perhaps you can enlighten us?

    Also as I said, when you're cleaning up after someone who has been violently ill, you might as well...
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    First, the MD's statement -- although perhaps...

    First, the MD's statement -- although perhaps verging on hyperbole -- was designed to counter the hysteria currently festering in the general public. This isn't the start of the Zombie apocalypse,...
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    No training to handle this level of quarantine; ...

    No training to handle this level of quarantine; improper removal of protective clothing. Touched something with fluids on it. Rubbed eyes, picked nose, ate lunch immediately afterward without...
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    While scanning through the older posts in this...

    While scanning through the older posts in this thread, I came across this one. I actually remember exactly where I was when I saw that image in that issue of T&FN! (enjoying a pint at the John Bull...
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    I don't think I've ever resurrected a thread this...

    I don't think I've ever resurrected a thread this old. But in lieu of starting a new one, I believe this post is quite on topic. Here's some architecture from China showing how to give a school a...
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    Using dark matter to fix the rotation curve...

    Using dark matter to fix the rotation curve problem isn't the only solution to the problem. Rather, it's the best way to preserve favoured theories (i.e. general relativity, of which Newtonian...
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    It's incorrect to say that dark energy is...

    It's incorrect to say that dark energy is effectively mass (E=mc^2 doesn't mean that all energy *is* mass, just that there is an equivalence). Furthermore, dark energy affects the expansion of the...
  24. Thread: The Scotland Vote

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    It's "Nae!" for Scotland (10pm Pacific). The UK...

    It's "Nae!" for Scotland (10pm Pacific). The UK will persist.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/events/scotland-decides/results
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    SNL gets a new voice for its 40th season, and...

    SNL gets a new voice for its 40th season, and it's a familiar one.


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