Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Covid-19 May Delay No Time to Die Screening

James Bond fans have called for the global release of No Time to Die to be delayed because of Covid-19. 

The global premiere of the film, Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007, is set for the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK on March 31 ahead of an international release at the beginning of April. 

The founders of two of the most popular fan sites – M16 Confidential and The James Bond Dossier – have written an open letter to the film’s producers asking for it to be delayed until summer citing public health concerns. 

Therefore, we are fortunate to be in tropical Malaysia – where it is hot and humid. No, that's not true  it is actually very hot and very humid!  

Thomas Pietschmann (right), a molecular virologist at the Center for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research, called Twincore, in Hanover, Germany – researches so-called RNA viruses, including, for example the hepatitis C virus. Note the virus SARS-CoV-2 that gives us Covid-19 belongs to this group. 

He tells us that the external conditions in the northern hemisphere are currently virtually perfect for the rapid spread of the virus. For one thing, there's the temperature. 

Respiratory viruses, i.e. those that spread via the respiratory tract, have a particularly easy time when the weather is cool. 

"Viruses have greater stability at low temperatures. This is similar to food that keeps longest in the refrigerator", says Pietschmann. 

Air humidity also influences the transmissibility of respiratory viruses. Once the pathogens have been expelled from the respiratory tract with a strong sneeze, they literally hang in the air. 

"On cold and usually dry winter days, the small droplets, together with the viruses, float in the air longer than when the air humidity is high", Pietschmann elaborates. 

He says it is possible that warmer weather and rising temperatures can halt the spread of the COVID-19 disease. The coronavirus season would pass away just like the annual flu wave, which starts to ebb when winter ends. 

Still, he admits it's too early to say accurately whether SARS-CoV-2 behaves as the influenza virus. He says medical experts can't yet predict the trajectory of the virus because "honestly speaking, we do not know the virus yet". 

Just in case we need a reminder that it's fine to be cautious but we should NOT overreact:

And today's Covid-19 numbers, according to

Yesterday, Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-0 in the FA Cup last 16. I’m not really surprised. 

In any case, we should not start to feel sorry for ourselves  instead, we must endeavor to win our next game!

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