This is a summary of the Zoom Covid-19 meeting from November 24, 2020. The link to the slides is here.Zoom-Leture_11_24-2020
CDC guidelines for wearing masks are available here
Link to CDC website.
What is PCR – Polymerase Chain Reaction
Types of Vaccines
“The final two vaccine candidates (from Moderna and BioNTech/Fosun Pharma/Pfizer) are mRNA vaccines. What are those?
First it helps to remember that DNA is the gene and RNA gives instructions for certain proteins. So an mRNA vaccine is the instructions for the SARS-CoV2 protein. Once inside the cell, the protein is made and that triggers the immune response. Just like the vector vaccines which use viruses to deliver the protein instructions, here you are delivering the instructions alone. It’s another way of getting the protein made inside of you.
Is there any risk of getting COVID-19 or COVID-19-like side effects from these vaccines?
When people talk about side effects of a vaccine, people often believe you’re getting a weaker version of the virus and a minor version of the disease. That is not what these things do. Most vaccine side effects — which include anything from a sore arm, to feeling warm to muscle aches — are a sign of the immune response. It’s not that you get a mild form of the disease. That’s important to be clear about. People keep a very close eye because you want to make sure these vaccines are safe.”