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"So they could be polished away. Some of the same algorithms now underpin the technology eye doctors use to measure patients eyes before lasik surgery. So you could say NASA research and development has already helped millions of people improve their eyesight. And lockney says there are so many other things in our lives that NASA has either invented or improved from baby formula to cell phone cameras to exercise equipment to sleep with technology and temperature regulating fabrics, air purifiers, water purifiers, devices for tracking endangered animals, techniques. The list goes on and on. The ultimate is to use the NASA temperature regulating matters pad and sheets on your memory foam mattress. You get the full NASA night's sleep. So as NASA's Dan lockney is happy to remind anyone who will listen, the benefits of his agency's research and development aren't just found in outer space. Four 18 is our time and you're listening to all things considered on 90.1 W ABE. I'm Jim burris, it's a pleasure to have you along on this Thursday afternoon. Ahead, a conversation with Allison Kaufman, the director of amplified Georgia. That's a coalition of medical providers and reproductive rights groups. We get her take on what the landscape looks like in Georgia following yesterday's appeals court decision on Georgia's 2019 abortion law. Stay with us that's
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"We're going to talk about the president's condition and what his diagnosis means with NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and health policy correspondent Selena summon stuff, and hide both of you. Tim, let's start off with you. What can you tell us about the president's condition? Well, according to a letter from his physician, he has a runny nose, fatigue, and a dry cough. Doctor Ashish jha, The White House COVID response coordinator who is not the president's doctor. Briefed the press after speaking with both Biden and his physician. He is breathing well, his oxygen level is normal, and he's I was going to say resting comfortable. He's actually not resting. But he's working comfortably in his residence. So he's making calls and along with his team putting out social media posts to show that he really is doing fine. Biden has started a course of pax lovid, which is a treatment shown to dramatically reduce the chances of severe outcomes from COVID outcomes like hospitalization and death. Selena, Tam mentioned that the president is taking pax lovid, the antiviral that is used to treat COVID, what do we know about COVID risks for someone like President Biden? Well, the president is 79 years old, he's in fairly good health. He takes a few prescription medications, including for high cholesterol. And as we said, he's had four shots against COVID-19 his most recent booster was in March. The infectious disease doctors I spoke with today say the most concerning thing in terms of his prognosis is his age throughout the pandemic, people older than 75 have had more severe outcomes, but they also say he has a really good chance of doing well, given how much vaccine protection he has and how quickly he got started on that antiviral medication. Doctor Scott Roberts is an infectious disease physician at Yale. Fortunately, this is being caught very early in the disease course and he was able to start paxil did really right away and most of these antivirals the sooner you can start them in the disease course better. Really just to knock down levels of the virus before they get super high. But rappers also notes its early, it'll probably become much more clear in the next few days where this is going. Tam, tell us what you know about the timeline do you have any sense of where the president may have picked up COVID? Well, like so many Americans living their lives and picking up COVID along the way. It is not entirely clear, press secretary, karine Jean Pierre, said that he hadn't had any close contact exposures that they know of, but he was traveling last week, he was in the mid east, and he really wasn't seen wearing a mask in public there were handshakes and hugs, at least one fist bump. He kept a low profile for a couple of days after getting back from the trip. He tested negative for COVID on Tuesday, according to The White House, and then yesterday he traveled to Massachusetts. White House officials insist he felt fine yesterday, but was tired last night. And then after testing positive this morning, told his doctor about the runny nose and the fatigue and cough. Okay, Selena, President Biden is not the first president to test positive for the coronavirus as we recalled. President Trump tested positive in October of 2020, but this is a really different moment in the pandemic, right? Oh, totally. It's true that Trump's diagnosis came before any vaccines were available. There was no pax lovid, Trump became quite sick. If you remember, he was taken to Walter Reed, he needed oxygen. So now there are vaccines. There are effective treatments and cheap rapid at home tests, and it is a very different stage in the pandemic. Another difference is the variant that circulating, Biden's virus sample is actually being sequenced right now. But the sources I talked to say, there is a very good chance it is BA 5, and that is the new sub variant of omicron that accounts for the majority of cases in the U.S.. Here's doctor David dowdy an epidemiologist and physician at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of public health. Transmission levels right now are as high as they have ever been except this past winter. So it's not surprising that the president or anyone else is getting infected right now. There is not any evidence right now that these infections are any more severe than those caused by the previous variants. So all the physicians I spoke with today say all of these things make Biden situation a lot less concerning than Trump's was when he tested positive in 2020. Tam The White House has said that President Biden will isolate beyond CDC guidelines so until he tests negative. But what does that look like when you're the president of the United States? So he's going to isolate in the residents and they say that he won't return to his west wing office until he tests negative on a rapid test. Other contact tracing, the vice president, last saw him on Tuesday and she has tested negative First Lady Jill Biden spokesman told me that she tested negative this morning and will spend the weekend at the family's home in Wilmington, Delaware, which had been the plan all along, even before this. And of course, the president was supposed to join her there. That's not happening now. We've been told to expect that the president's doctor will release daily status updates on his condition as the course of the disease continues. All right, NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and NPR health policy correspondent Selena semen stuff and thank to both of you. You're welcome. Thank you. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has been wowing astronomers lately with stunning photos of some of the first galaxies in the universe. Photos that capture light from more than 13 billion years ago. We reported yesterday on how excited astronomers are about those images. Today that we want to focus on another less talked about benefit of the telescope, a space technology spin off that's helping people here on earth. So every time NASA gets asked to do a new mission, we have to come up with new technologies and new inventions in order to get it done. And it's my job to make sure that those inventions come back down to earth in the form of practical terrestrial benefits. That's Dan lockney, NASA's technology transfer program executive. In the case of James Webb, he points to an innovation contractors used in the early 2000s to fine tune the telescope's giant mirrors. You've seen the web space telescope has got these gorgeous big gold mirrors and their polished to an absolute perfection. To make sure those mirrors were perfectly smooth, engineers built a system to detect imperfections