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Hello to everyone,

This journal is mostly public because most of it contains poetry, quotations, pictures, jokes, videos, and news (medical and otherwise). If you like what you see, you are welcome to drop by, anytime.

Have a look at my archives as well--especially if you're interested in quotes or poems--take a look at the "quote of the day" and "poem of the day" tags; there's also a fairly large collection of items under the "inspiration" tag.

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(Painting is by Eleanor Pollen and was found via levkonoe--many thanks!)

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Human-to-animal transmission

People probably caught coronavirus from minks. That’s a wake-up call to study infections in animals, researchers say, from The Washington Post

A very good article; here's a brief excerpt:

...The steps being taken in the Netherlands, which also include surveillance of cats at the farms and wild mink relatives called martens, are among the broadest efforts to understand how a zoonotic virus that originated in animals before hopping to humans may now be spreading back to animals. In the six months since the outbreak began, cases have been reported of human transmission to dogs, cats, tigers and lions in addition to minks. Laboratory experiments have found that ferrets, hamsters, monkeys and other mammals are also susceptible to the virus.
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Five COVID-19 Links, from Medscape

From Medscape:

COVID Testing FAQ, From Reinfection to Persistent Positives

 Does a positive COVID-19 PCR test result indicate that the individual is infectious?

Because the COVID-19 PCR tests only detect a fragment of the viral RNA, a positive test does not mean that infectious virus is present. In one small study of people who had mild or asymptomatic novel coronavirus infection, virus was not cultured from the upper airway after day 10 of illness, but detection of viral carriage by the molecular assay has been seen more than 80 days after the initial infection.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Latest Updates

(June 10, 2020 — With more than 160 potential vaccines for COVID-19 under study, optimistic experts hope that a viable vaccine may be ready by the end of 2020.

Other experts caution that the timeline may be unrealistic. Only a small number of those vaccine candidates are being tested on people, and chances are many of the other projects won't survive beyond the laboratory stage.

Even so, vaccine experts point out that funding has been plentiful, many different approaches are under study, and collaborations between small firms developing the vaccines and large drug companies with the capacity to mass produce them all give reason for hope.

Dexamethasone Hailed as 'Breakthrough' in COVID-19 Trial, Reduced Deaths

(very interesting how clinical research has gone back and forth about the use of steroids...)

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From The Washington Post, June 19, 2020

  • The World Health Organization warned Friday that “the world is in a new and dangerous phase” as the global pandemic accelerates. The world recorded about 150,000 new cases on Thursday, the largest rise yet in a single day, according to the WHO. More than 8.5 million coronavirus cases and at least 454,000 deaths have been reported worldwide.

  • Case numbers hit record highs Friday in Florida, Arizona, Nevada and South Carolina as infections continue to surge in the South and West. Tulsa County in Oklahoma — where President Trump plans to hold a campaign rally Saturday — also hit a record high Friday.

  • The CDC said Thursday that the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus could rise to as high as 145,000 by July 11, meaning as many as 26,000 Americans could die in the next few weeks.

  • Brazil exceeded 1 million coronavirus cases Friday as the country continues to battle the world’s second-highest number of confirmed infections, after the United States. Deaths officially related to covid-19 are quickly approaching 50,000 in Brazil.

  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a legal bid to stop Trump’s Tulsa rally over health concerns. The rally, which is expected to draw 19,000 people to the BOK Center in Tulsa, could worsen the pandemic in the city.

  • Capt. Brett Crozier’s removal from command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after he questioned the Navy’s handling of the outbreak on his ship has been upheld by Navy leaders.

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"A Healed Femur"

A student once asked anthropologist Margaret Mead, “What is the earliest sign of civilization?” The student expected her to say a clay pot, a grinding stone, or maybe a weapon.

Margaret Mead thought for a moment, then she said, “A healed femur.”

A femur is the longest bone in the body, linking hip to knee. In societies without the benefits of modern medicine, it takes about six weeks of rest for a fractured femur to heal. A healed femur shows that someone cared for the injured person, did their hunting and gathering, stayed with them, and offered physical protection and human companionship until the injury could mend.

Mead explained that where the law of the jungle—the survival of the fittest—rules, no healed femurs are found. The first sign of civilization is compassion, seen in a healed femur.


By the same token, the first sign of an advanced civilization is not reading and writing, computer technology, robotics, nuclear weapons, music, or a high level of civil organization. Rather, the first and last sign of civilization is compassion.

How well we care for those who are wounded or injured, in body or soul; how well we rally around a person in their time of need, offering healing and comfort and protection and companionship until they are able to rise up and walk again, are the true signs of civilization.

Learning to live a life of compassion towards the weak, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged is the most important part of our civilization’s ‘coming of age’.

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A hodgepodge of links

Collected over the last month; hope you find something to interest or amuse you :)

Today in Find the Cat:

(I must confess that I was not able to find the cat! See if you can ;))

My 17 Illustrations To Reflect On Our Lives During The COVID-19 Pandemic, from TYH Tang Yau Hoon, on Bored Panda

Two articles about Iago's motives in "Othello":

Iago's motives: A Horneyan analysis

The Nobel Disease: when intelligence fails to protect against irrationality, from The Skeptical Inquirer

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months, from The Guardian

Tales from the Annals of Medical Quackery, from CBS News

Different types of mask wearers: an illustrated guide, from the talented LB Lee on Dreamwidth

Happy 25th Birthday, Medscape, from Our Founder, from Medscape

A rare blue bee rediscovered in Central Florida, from Florida Insider

A retired Ukrainian general who gave a Skype interview in 2016 and got up while the camera was still on..., from Gordon UA News

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions in 2014, from Glassdoor

Top Weird Interview Questions, from The Balance Careers