Russia insists all the hullabaloo about a potential Ukrainian attack is invented, Western nonsense. In the meantime they’ve literally surrounded Ukraine with enough military assets to easily overtake Ukraine’s defensive capabilities. And they’ve shipped in blood (which is only good for about 42 days) and medical supplies:
EXCLUSIVE: Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine has expanded to include supplies of blood along with other medical materials that would allow it to treat casualties, a key indicator of Moscow’s military readiness, three U.S. officials tell @Reuters https://t.co/3SjGCXChvw 1/5 pic.twitter.com/OgANi0DxSE
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 28, 2022
Winter storm Landon is driving freezing temperatures across the entire continental United States. Thousands are without power in the Eastern US as snow sets in. Blizzard conditions could cause some of the worst snowfall seen in years.
Speaking of winter storms and power outages, home generators are hot commodities. There’s been a boom in sales and you can expect a waitlist in some areas of the country.
It’s so cold in Florida it’s raining iguanas:
In a video from Hollywood, Florida, a number of iguanas can be seen lying immobile on the ground. The poster, Stacy Lopiano-Kopsaftis, wrote that her yard had been “littered with frozen iguanas.” https://t.co/4etd6L9zFZ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 31, 2022
A bridge in Pittsburg collapsed and injured 10 people—had it happened just an hour later the results could have been much worse. Biden vows to get aging, dangerous bridges like this one fixed under his infrastructure plan.
Food prices are higher than they’ve been in almost five decades. Extreme weather has been the primary cause of the price increases that we’re seeing. Wheat production has been hardest hit, with a decline in output from the US of 40%.
Weaponized satellites now have the ability to maneuver, grab, and yeet other satellites out of orbit. It’s a fascinating tactic, but probably unwise—Kessler Syndrome is not something to play with.
In good news, materials engineers have devised a spray-on coating that melts into a ceramic-like substance when exposed to high heat. This kind of coating can be used to protect building materials from fire. It was inspired by molten lava, which cools into a ceramic-like solid that doesn’t combust.
The world has nearly 377.4 million COVID cases. The world has gained 22.9 million cases in the last week. Globally we appear to have peaked in the Omicron wave. There have been nearly 5.7 million deaths in total. The US has had about 76 million cases cumulatively. The US gained 3.4 million cases in the last seven days. Over 909,000 Americans have died during the pandemic—over 18,000 in the last week. The US gained over 217,000 new cases on Sunday and over 193,000 by later afternoon Monday. Although cases are declining in the US, deaths are still rising:
More than 3,800 Americans died of Covid, as reported today @NewsNodes, bringing the cumulative US confirmed lost lives ~900,000. Half of these deaths occurred after February 1, 2021, when vaccines were widely available for high-risk individuals pic.twitter.com/1TeShNPe2a
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) January 29, 2022
Households with strong vaccination rates are generally well protected from Omicron subvariants:
New and illuminating on Omicron’s BA.1 and BA.2 sister variants from a Denmark household transmission studyhttps://t.co/sJQamQU0TY More than doubling of susceptibility of infection for BA.2 (vs BA.1), but increased transmissibility not seen for 2-dose, 3-dose households pic.twitter.com/BQW8qOYCpM
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) January 31, 2022
And this is really good news because one of those subvariants (Omicron BA.2) is growing pretty rapidly:
Seems that the second Omicron subvariant BA.2 may soon be about to cause cases to start rising again in South Africa… Or at least to stop the decline in new infections. Shows how fast immunity wanes & evolution can catch up. pic.twitter.com/3y4xqPgZ0L
— Tom Wenseleers (@TWenseleers) January 30, 2022
Once again, New York City is on a roll with getting things right:
Free, same day delivery of anti-Covid pills with a prescription in New York City https://t.co/OB7IpHx7KC
When there’s an ample supply of Paxlovid, this kind of program could be very helpful for reducing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk individuals
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) January 31, 2022
Moderna joins Pfizer in gaining full FDA approval for its COVID vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine took much longer than Pfizer’s to gain full approval, and Novavax may expect a similar timeline in its journey for full approval.