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First of all, wiki has an article under "2019Ė20 coronavirus pandemic".

While the outbreak started around New Year's Day (12/31), it's picking up steam around the Asia-Pacific region especially since Mainland Chinese people tend to travel a lot.

For reference, the BNO Newsroom twitter has a special feed for any info on the coronavirus:

https://twitter.com/bnodesk?lang=en


The WHO has page about COVID-19 and any other concerns people may have. I suggest peeps go to the Q&A page to check for official details.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Edited by nombretomado on Jun 3rd 2020 at 3:21:48 AM

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Nov 27th 2020 at 12:30:03 AM

South Korea saw 500 daily new cases for two days in a row. Problem is, hospital beds for severe cases might run out by next week.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 5:10:16 AM

I remember one time I got a regular vaccination and for some reason, my shoulder had this really intense throbbing pain afterward. Like, on a scale of 1 to 10, this was a 6, there's no reason a vaccination needle should make my shoulder feel like someone punched it really hard multiple times in a row.

If we're going to get easy painless vaccinations due to the pandemic forcefully progressing needle technology, I'm all for it.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 5:18:00 AM

Of course it's going to be sore for a while. You just had a piece of metal pushed through your flesh.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 5:24:56 AM

Normally vaccinations donít cause that kind of pain; for me itís generally been a brief sting during the injection and then maybe a slight ache for a little bit after.

However, I think it does depend partly on the skill of the person doing the injection. Iíve had almost no pain when getting vaccinations from a nurse or clinic, but more when getting them at a pharmacy (the latter is more convenient and has be introduced to increase access, but the people doing it arenít as practiced).

It also depends to some extent on the vaccine itself and the precise manner it stimulates the immune system; there are a few with a higher likelihood of causing pain, but itís not typical.

Edited by Galadriel on Nov 27th 2020 at 8:27:19 AM

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Nov 27th 2020 at 5:37:42 AM

And sometimes bodies are just weird. I got a shot recently that gave me severe chills and muscle aches, but when I got the second round there were no after effects whatsoever.

Edited by Bur on Nov 27th 2020 at 7:38:06 AM

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Nov 27th 2020 at 5:46:44 AM

Yeah, I don't remember feeling that kind of pain other times I've gotten vaccinations, just that time. It probably comes down to a lack of experience/expertise on the part of the person administering it, but that's kind of my point. If a little patch with microscopic needles can make vaccinations easy and painless regardless of who's doing it, then that eliminates even the possibility of an experience like that.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 5:57:59 AM

Except some kinds of needle alternatives might need more training, not less, to use properly. It's new technology after all. The Conversation article linked earlier even pointed out that this was a potential disadvantage.

Another downside is that it's also more expensive, both in terms of start-up and regular maintenance.

Still the downsides are arguably outweighed by the potential advantages such as eliminating needle waste.

Edited by M84 on Nov 27th 2020 at 9:59:39 PM

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:01:42 AM

The flu shot makes my shoulder ache for a few days afterwards no matter who gives it. It's not about the injection technique, it's about your body thinking something bad and wrong just got inside it and sending in the inflammatory response team.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:17:54 AM

It also depends on where the shot is given, if it is directly into tissue, then that gives some swelling. I often have a bump for a week after getting my medication.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:22:32 AM

I got a flu shot a flu weeks ago. Didn't feel any pain afterwards.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:26:50 AM

My shoulder had a slight random ache for the rest of the day after I got a flu shot in the afternoon.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:45:45 AM

If you think it is anything abnormal, contact your doctor.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:47:57 AM

When you get the shot, there's an information sheet, and the most common side-effect listed is pain around the injection site for up to a couple of days afterwards.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:57:18 AM

For me the needle barely hurt and it was the mild anticipation for the needle that was worse. Still, last time I got a flu shot, my left armpit (same arm I got the shot in) swelled up the day after.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 9:21:55 AM

My flu shot gave me a soreness in my upper arm that went away in like three days.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 9:37:44 AM

My flu shot didn't bother me. The other vaccine shot I got at the same time hurt like a mother for two days though.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 10:28:17 AM

Shots for me almost always seem to ache for a few days at least.

The worst, though, was from a blood draw. Don't know what happened, but I had localized muscle pain for a week.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 12:13:10 PM

My mom gave this advice before I left for basic, given to her by her dad (an Army vet) - rub the injection site around so the medicine doesn't clump up. Did that, and was one of a few people not hobbled by the peanut butter shot in basic. Also has worked for every shot since I've got.

Nov 27th 2020 at 5:25:39 PM

Some vaccines that have to be administered to the muscle are more likely to feel sore afterwards, as if your arm has been punched, or hurt more if your arm actually is punched or even bumped. However, generally, the person administering those kinds of shots will flag that when they give the vaccination (although not all do).

The BCG vaccine (for TB) has to be administered in a very specific way and extra training is required for administering it. It's very common for that one to make your arm feel sore for up to a few days afterwards.

However, annual flu vaccinations can have varying risk of pain or inflammation or severity of flu symptoms depending on the cocktail for that year's vaccine. That can affect where the vaccine is injected, too.

My understanding is that vaccines that need to be injected into the muscle are because they need to be absorbed faster by the body.


[up] Peanut butter shot? I'm going to guess that this isn't literally peanut butter but an injection which has the consistency of peanut butter, hence the massaging advice?

Edited by Wyldchyld on Nov 27th 2020 at 1:34:16 PM

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Nov 27th 2020 at 5:35:03 PM

It is a bicillin vaccination required in the military. It apparently does have the consistency of peanut butter.

It also has to be injected in the buttocks.

And because it is so dense, it takes a while for the body to absorb it. Meaning that lump on oneís ass is gonna be there for a while. Which makes sitting down a rather literal pain in the ass.

Edited by M84 on Nov 27th 2020 at 9:36:55 PM

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Nov 27th 2020 at 5:37:07 PM

Ah, I can definitely see the wisdom in the massaging advice.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 6:57:40 PM

Zombie minks rise from the dead after culling due to coronavirus

So this article popped up in my local news site's list. The minks aren't actually zombies; they just re-emerged from the ground, probably pushed up by gases causing swelling and the soil being sandy enough to allow them to move.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:41:04 PM

When I imagined a real life Zombie Apocalypse, this wasn't quite the image that came to mind.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:45:44 PM

When I had to be injected to prevent Rabies, it barely hurt.

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Nov 27th 2020 at 7:57:57 PM

Oh yes, I am very familiar with the peanut butter shot. It's not the worst, but the bump is annoying.

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