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Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, New York City’s former chief medical examiner who testified at O.J.’s trial, was on the Eric Garner chokehold case and examined Jeffrey Epstein’s body:
“We are not finished with today’s state of tomorrow’s coronavirus. We only know about fighting it approximately eight months. Guessing this might be over by May, June, is not so. It continues to be resistant.
“Measles vaccine lasts a person’s lifetime. Flu vaccine lasts only one year. It depends on immune reaction. The CV might finally work same as measles or flu. We don’t yet know, but even if you get CV, its vaccines prevent death. You don’t die or need hospitals, and with 80 percent vaccinated and thereby resistant, you don’t spread it anymore.
“My doctor son, Lindsey, a professor specializing in infections, is a chief medical researcher working on Moderna. He was scientifically involved in this early.
“This is not finished. We must learn how it affects other viruses. The disease has spikes. Time makes some vaccines useless. It got rid of polio. Ebola was dealt with, but that vaccine is now inactive. After World War II, a penicillin vaccine came in, but over time became useless and today is not as great as it once was. New strains come along. Bugs develop changes in particles — by air, sneezing or death — and that makes them immune to the current vaccine. The condition itself makes adjustments.”
No masks, no staying apart, what of young people partying and clustering?
“Some countries closed down totally. We can’t do that. When it began last March, it affected the elderly most because young people can recover quickly. A young healthy person’s story is, ‘OK, I’ll get antibodies just as if I had the vaccine.’ The elderly are affected differently. Seniors have pre-existing conditions.”
So, covered up 6 feet apart, what should a person do to have sex?
Try double masks.
Three dads of Atlanta
Longest-running “SNL” member Kenan Thompson now has a day job. Sitcom. NBC was up all night naming it “Kenan.” He plays an Atlanta dad hosting a morning show while raising two daughters. Kenan: “My character’s juggling that work-life balance. Recently widowed, raising kids. My brother (Chris Redd) also lives with us. Don Johnson plays my father-in-law who came to help and never left. He drives Ferraris, wears colorful clothes and could not be more chill. Lorne Michaels produces, so every day’s like a vacation.”
Tony-winner John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) will play Joe Exotic — currently residing in the can — opposite Kate McKinnon, who’ll play his nemesis Carole Baskin. It’s a limited series for TV, which also is becoming limited … A second “Downton Abbey” movie is coming to us come Christmas. Original cast plus newcomers Hugh Dancy and Dominic West … The Cannes opener’s “Annette” with Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver. Set in LA, about a comedian and singer whose lives change when their child has some mystery attached to her. It was set for last year until Cannes got canned.
West Coast strife
Forget New York, things are also in the lavatory out in LA.
1) A big outdoor dining space plus extension is junking up the street outside Spago restaurant, whose lease is up in five years with a landlord not eager to negotiate. The street construction’s yearlong city license already caused road closure on North Canon, which is off Wilshire Boulevard. Seems road tar clashes with eggplant parmigiana.
2) Also, Byron, son of restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, launched two joints — Merois and Ospero — in West Hollywood’s Pendry Hotel. Same misery as here. Can’t corral a staff. Why work when people earn government money every week just sitting on their hot water bottles? The kid, already general manager, is only a hot 26. My tablecloths are older.
Oy, Beverly Hills — where the fire hydrants gush Evian.
I came across a recipe for a local-style chicken: It’s served face-down in a shallow gravy.
Definitely only in New York, kids, definitely in New York.
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