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Palo Alto-area COVID cases have declined from last week's peak, wastewater monitor shows

Original post made on Jan 15, 2022

A measure of Palo Alto area COVID-19 infections is showing that case numbers have dropped sizably from their peak last week.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2022 at 5:25 pm

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This is good news. We should say, this is headline news. In fact we should be very pleased about this. Unfortunately, the gloom and doom brigade still want us to be fearful.

Posted by vmshadle
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 17, 2022 at 11:33 am

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Bystander, this is not about "the gloom and doom brigade." This is about following the evolving science, wherever it may lead. Today's decline in wastewater prevalence may only be a temporary trough in a rollercoaster track, the entirety of which we cannot (and will not) see.

It will take years for virologists, molecular biologists, epidemiologists, and every other flavor of coronavirus expert to crunch the data and come up with even preliminary conclusions as to what this all means in terms of human and animal health.

Emerging pathogens are always and ever just that: Emerging.

Viruses are not even living: They are bundles of DNA or RNA (this one is an RNA virus) encased in a protein coat called a capsid. They replicate by invading living cells and hijacking their machinery to reproduce themselves. They then burst forth from the living cell, destroying it in the process, and seek new cells to invade and destroy, and the process continues.

This is not political or emotional. This is a virus. Period.

Posted by Aletheia
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 17, 2022 at 3:24 pm

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Posted by EmmaP
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 17, 2022 at 3:51 pm

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The waste water testing is an indication that things in this area are heading in the right direction. Ideally it will be followed by a decrease in hospitalization. However I note that the most recent test shows an slight upward tick for Palo Alto and that Gilroy, after going down from a peak around Jan 6, is now rapidly going up again. Hopeful but we aren't finished yet.

Posted by vmshadle
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 17, 2022 at 5:14 pm

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Aletheia, I am a scientist explaining the science, not espousing doom and gloom. Where do you spot emotional valence in my response?

EmmaP has the right idea. Calling me names, on the other hand, accomplishes what, exactly?