Burlingame Rotary Club
Founded in 1925

Lunch Meetings are held every Wednesday for the Rotary year 2019 - 2020. 

Stay healthy and safe!
Welcome President Cheri Carr
High Gear
Burlingame Rotary Meeting
Wednesday, April 29th 2020
Andrew Comstock, High Gear Writer
Guest Speaker: David Upchurch
Topic: COVID-19
Pledge of Allegiance hosted by Jim Shypertt
Invocation Led by Cheri DeLacy: Focus on the Rotary Giving Fund
Rotary Giving Fund:
Burlingame Rotary has started a donation drive for the staff of Par 3 - the service personnel who normally put together the wonderful meals at Rotary Meetings. These essential workers have been deeply impacted by the coronavirus and all members are encouraged to donate. A link can be found on the Burlingame Rotary Website and below.
Please give on the site by May 12th, so a donation can be given to the workers quickly. We now have 21 contributions and raised $2,835 so far. Marilyn Orr is taking the lead on the collection, so please reach out to her directly if members do not wish to use the website.
Par3 Support Facts:
  • The Par3 staff have all been furloughed or have had compensation significantly reduced.
  • The “Rotary Giving”’ tab on the club website takes you to the page that lets you donate. It’s tax deductible.
  • The range of donations has been from $50 to $1,000.
Starting May 1st, Par3 is offering comfort food to go!
Lets support our Par3 Family!
Emily Beach - Burlingame City Council Update:
  • San Mateo County shelter in place orders have been extended to the End of May
  • Some services are scheduled to reopen on May 4th.
    • Nurseries, landscapers and gardening services (outdoor garden services) will reopen May 4th.
  • Emily Beach hosts a virtual “constituent Hour” every Tuesday at 5 PM and welcomes everyone to join and come with questions.
"Coronavirus” by DAVID UPCHURCH of Angion Biomedical Corp.
  • What is a virus? It is a good question, there is still debate whether a virus is even classified as a living thing. Viruses effect all living things - from humans to Banana trees.
  • What Makes COVID-19 Special?  Similar to SARS and MERS, COVID-19 is a coronavirus, so-called because of the tiny “crowns” that protrude all over it.
  • Unlike SARS, MERS and other coronaviruses, COVID-19 has a larger viral load and is more contagious between humans.
  • Coronavirus is a Zoonotic Virus, meaning it is transmitted from Animals. We can be certain that it started in Bats due to the genetic similarities, but the mechanisms of transmission from Bats to Humans are not well known and a third-party vector may also be involved. Scientists are certain it originated in bats however, creatures which host many viruses that affect humans.
How does COVID-19 Work?
  • The virus is attracted to receptors on the surface of the lung cells and lives and replicates there. This makes it contagious by water-droplets emanating in coughs and sneezes.
  • It is also particularly attracted to cell receptors found deep in the lungs, in the lower reaches of the lungs, making pneumonia and other severe respiratory problems occur.
  • What are we doing?
    • US government has appropriated $27 Billion to fight the virus: from developing a vaccine and improving treatment to creating and distributing more Personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • There are currently 997 active vaccine trials for COVID-19; impressive since they only began in February
  • how do we test for the virus? There are two types of tests:
  • Serologic testing, to see if you have antibodies to the virus. This is a blood test and indicates if you had the virus. Unfortunately we still do not know if the presence of antibodies indicates you are immune from catching it again.
  • Molecular testing, to see if you actively have the virus. This is a nasal-swab for people who are showing symptoms or who believe they have been exposed.
  • What to expect in the near future:
    • 6 months: more effective use of current antivirals; likely for the most severe cases in a hospital setting. Remdesivir is an example of this, an existing treatment that can be used against COVID-19 that is a 5-day infusion of IV drugs that must be taken in a hospital setting.
  • 12-18 months: Vaccine for COVID-19
  • 2-4 Years: novel antiviral medication specifically designed for Coronaviruses, likely an oral medication or other product that does not require a hospital or lab visit.
  • Mr Upchurch concludes his lecture describing that he is shocked at the speed with which all this progress is being made. The timeline for these new drugs and treatments has been effectively halved because scientists, health organizations and governments are all working hard, working together, and supporting one another to accomplish this goal.
As a reminder, our next meeting is May 6th at 12pm via Zoom. Please keep a look out for the email reminder. Dr. Dale E. Bredesen will be speaking on Alzheimer's disease. Also, do not forget to get some comfort food from Par3.
Watch the Zoom recording here.
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