The relentless evolution of the coronavirus, which has spawned new variants to fuel fresh surges of disease every four to six months, could in the not-distant future propel the virus to overtake measles as the most contagious of all known infections. Increasing infectiousness does not necessarily make the virus deadlier, but it could make it harder to control, and leave communities vulnerable to the repeated waves of illness that have defined the pandemic. The variants now dominating around the world may be five to 10 times more infectious than the original virus that sparked the pandemic in China in late 2019, health experts believe. Lately each variant has outpaced its parent — omicron, with its massive evolutionary jump, was about three times more infectious than delta. Its subvariants — BA.2 and BA.2.12.1, which are driving the latest surge in the Bay Area — are each more infectious still, by 20% to 30%. The basic reproduction value — a number meant to represent how many … [Read more...] about Almost as contagious as measles: COVID spins out worrisome new mutations
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A thunderstorm event this week with 67,000 lightning bolts captivated Californians, who anxiously tracked the monsoon and hoped it wouldn’t ignite any catastrophic fires. Data from the National Lightning Detection Network shows the storm largely outdid the number of lightning strikes that touched down in August 2020 and devastated parts of Northern California. Looking at the California #lightning data again as the storms taper off. Between 00 UTC June 22 and 13 UTC this morning, NLDN detected 66,897 total lightning events. 45,129 were in-cloud, 21,768 were cloud-to-ground. This is a bigger event than the August 2020 event. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/oGWvc1u7m7 — Chris Vagasky (@COweatherman) June 23, 2022 Tuesday’s storm traveled from the Mexico border to the northern San Joaquin Valley, and west to the Big Sur coast. It carried with it lightning that ignited the Thunder Fire — which has since burned more than 2,300 acres in Kern County — and dozens of other … [Read more...] about Thousands of lightning bolts hit California this week. Here’s why the state was spared from catastrophic fires
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Big swings by Kyle Schwarber and J.T. Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies put an end to Joe Musgrove’s unbeaten start to 2022. Schwarber hit a two-run homer and Realmuto added a three-run shot later in the sixth inning for the Phillies, who handed Musgrove his first loss and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. READ MORE: Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Killed In Crash On Way Home From Work In Somerton Musgrove (8-1) saw his ERA rise from 1.59, which had been second-lowest in the majors, to 2.12. The big right-hander from suburban El Cajon was activated from the COVID-19 injured list earlier in the day. He had been placed on the list last Friday, a day after throwing seven strong innings in a victory at the Chicago Cubs. “We hit some balls hard,” Schwarber said. “The guy’s a good pitcher. He’s got the stuff and he’s got four or five pitches; two really-plus breaking balls. We were able to … [Read more...] about Schwarber, Realmuto Go Deep Vs Musgrove In Phils’ 6-2 Win
0 This post is sponsored and contributed by Personal Finance After renting property for a while, you may be considering buying next time. Are you financially secure enough to make the big purchase? Newrez , Brand Partner Posted Reply (Originally published by Newrez.) After renting property for a while, you may be considering buying next time. The advantages of homeownership are focused around the fact that you now have an asset that can hold or gain value, and be used as a source of equity in the future. Owning a house can also help with peace of mind and creating feelings of stability for the future. There is a major question you must answer before becoming a homeowner, however: Are you secure enough financially to successfully make the big purchase? There's no one answer to the question of how much monthly income a person needs to earn to become a homeowner, mainly because conditions vary so widely. What other … [Read more...] about How Much Do I Need To Earn To Buy A Home?
An open-source wargame to gauge “how climate change could affect a future conflict” has been scheduled for the U.S. Navy in a continuation of President Joe Biden’s executive order on sustainability. The half-day exercise next week will feature staff from Capitol Hill, the Defense Department, the defense industry, think tanks and academia. Navy assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment Meredith Berger previewed the planned table-top exercise during a Defense Writers Group breakfast, as reported by USNI News . The purpose of the June 29 event is “to come together and really think about and experience what it means to operate in a climate-impacted environment,” Berger said. “We’re going to create the right level of stress in a very responsible way to see that it is hard to make these choices and there [are] unanticipated consequences and there’re costs and impacts and all sorts of intervening circumstances that we need to think about from each other’s … [Read more...] about U.S. Navy to Wargame Impact of ‘Climate Change’ on Future Conflicts