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Old 10-15-20, 10:03 AM
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How genetic tracing is helping control COVID in the UK

Six British patients seemed to have little in common besides this: Each was dealing with kidney failure, and each had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Had they lived in the United States instead of the United Kingdom, the link that allowed the contagion to spread among them might have slipped by unnoticed.

But the U.K. had done something in the early days of the pandemic that the United States and many other nations had not. It funded a national push to repeatedly decode the coronavirus genome as it made its way across the country. The process reveals tiny, otherwise invisible changes in the virusís genetic code, leaving a fingerprint that gives scientists valuable glimpses into how the disease is spreading. Itís a cutting-edge technique that was not widely available in previous global pandemics but that researchers think can help hasten the end of this one.

Experts cite this practice, known as ďgenomic epidemiology,Ē as one more tool the United States has failed to fully employ in the fight against the virus. Though it first sequenced the 3 billion-base-pair human genome 20 years ago and spends more on basic biomedical research than almost any other nation, the United States has yet to muster the kind of well funded and comprehensive national effort that could produce a more precise accounting of how the coronavirus is infiltrating communities around the country.

In the case of the six British patients, sequencing revealed they had been infected by almost identical sub-strains of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. Epidemiologists soon determined that all six had visited the same outpatient dialysis clinic on the same day of the week. Many had ridden in the same small transport van that regularly brought patients for treatment from across the surrounding area.

Officials promptly put in place new safety measures, including mandatory masks and intense cleaning of the van and the chairs at the dialysis clinic.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graph...01fd53134a90e4

Currently the US is not doing any form of contact tracing... the UK however has instituted a form of genetic tracing that allows them to establish that particular strains of COVID come from particular events/situations... and by examining that situation, they refine the rules or practices that will help to reduce the spread of COVID.

Ahhhh, Science, applied!
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^^^^ science not applied is science denied
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graph...01fd53134a90e4

Currently the US is not doing any form of contact tracing... the UK however has instituted a form of genetic tracing that allows them to establish that particular strains of COVID come from particular events/situations... and by examining that situation, they refine the rules or practices that will help to reduce the spread of COVID.

Ahhhh, Science, applied!
That is awesome. But is it really true that the US is not doing any contact tracing? Our governor promised an army of people to do just that months ago.
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
That is awesome. But is it really true that the US is not doing any contact tracing? Our governor promised an army of people to do just that months ago.
Individual cities, even perhaps a state might be doing something, but there is nothing being done at the nationwide level.

We can do more to combat COVID... we just aren't.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Individual cities, even perhaps a state might be doing something, but there is nothing being done at the nationwide level.

We can do more to combat COVID... we just aren't.
Yea, I am wondering about that. I heard of them amassing this army of contact tracers, but I've yet to hear of any data from it. And I've heard other things that lead me to believe that they are not doing nearly as much as they promised (if any).
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So here is an assessment of the "army" of contact tracers in my state.

And I'm still waiting on that cellphone application.

https://calmatters.org/health/2020/0...g-coronavirus/
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Australia has been doing Genome tracing pretty well since the start of the Pandemic as well. Precise enough to say the second wave in Victora, one of our states, came from security guards and staff at a quarantine hotel (for international arrivals). The nation is now back down in the 7 or so cases per day bracket now after a bit of a spike to 700 or so. As a comparison, if the US was at the same level, it would be looking at around 100 cases a day.
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Looks like Europe is getting hit hard again.

Europe Is Losing Fight to Stay Open on Record Virus Surge

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/europ...102130651.html
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