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New Coronavirus Treatments; New Guidance For People Who`ve Had Vaccines; Unique Snake Markings; Undersea Stations; Sea Slugs. Aired 4- 4:10a ET

Aired March 10, 2021 - 04:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Different kinds of drugs and treatments are helping in the international fight against coronavirus and that`s where we

start this Wednesday`s show. I`m Carl Azuz, happy to have you watching. Worldwide, there`ve been more than 117 million positive COVID tests since

the pandemic began last year.

That`s according to Johns Hopkins University. It says more than 2.6 million deaths have been associated with the disease, over 526,000 of them have

been in the United States, the hardest hit country. The overall survival rate for coronavirus is estimated to be about 99.5 percent. That`s when

averaged across all ages and includes estimates of people who catch it but have no symptoms.

There`s been progress in the search for effective medicines. Antiviral drugs, antibody treatments and a 40-year-old anti-depressant are all

showing promise in their testing phases of stopping or reducing the virus` effects. When it comes to vaccines, there are now three of them available

in the United States.

Johnson & Johnson has joined Pfizer and Moderna in getting emergency use approval for its vaccine. Emergency use means a drug can be given out

during an emergency even though it hasn`t been fully evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

The Centers for Disease Control says more than 31 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. That`s more than the total

number of positive COVID tests the U.S. has recorded.

Medical researchers say the vaccines help protect people against catching COVID-19 and that there`s growing evidence they help prevent the spread of

COVID-19. What`s unknown is how long the vaccine`s protection from the virus will last and if they`re effective against new mutations, new

versions of coronavirus.

Many Americans have followed Federal, state and local guidelines when it comes to COVID restrictions. Many haven`t and carried on with life as

usual. For those who`ve been vaccinated, the government`s guidelines are changing.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are starting to turn a corner.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For the more than 31 million Americans fully vaccinated, some new guidance from the CDC. Now the fully vaccinated can visit with

other fully vaccinated people indoors, no masks or social distancing required. They can also have indoor visits with low-risk unvaccinated

individuals from a single household without masks or social distancing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If grandparents have been vaccinated, they can visit their daughter and her family even if they have not been vaccinated.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And if exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to quarantine if they are

asymptomatic but travel is still discouraged. So is hanging out in large crowds and wearing masks and physical distancing in public is strongly

encouraged even if you`re fully vaccinated.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you`ve been waiting to get a haircut or see the dentist, you can do that but it`s not an all clear. We are not done yet.

COVID isn`t done with us. The variants are still a risk.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: While coronavirus related deaths and hospitalizations are on the decline, new infections in the United States are plateauing at

high levels.


AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. What was invented by Cornelis Drebbel in 1620? Submarine, syringe, pendulum clock or coal burning oven. The Dutch inventor

created the world`s first submarine. It was probably a type of leather covered rowboat.

Sea stations and sea slugs are our next story. Ocean research facilities have been built underwater before but we reported on how it would likely

cost more to build a deep ocean research station than it would to put a facility on the moon. And that even if the money were made available, the

technology doesn`t yet exist to construct something that could stand deep ocean pressures. But researchers are planning for a 60-foot deep undersea



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m strong believer that humans and technology must work together. And one of the things that we`re missing is a modern undersea

laboratory, modern undersea habitat.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And so the bigger the better. More advanced underwater habitat is already in the works and its name is Project Proteus.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re planning on building something that is seven times or more the size of any other previous habitat in history. That allows for

us for much longer deployments, larger teams to be able to bring back to the bottom of the sea is absolutely paramount.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just like Jule Vern (ph), he`s so at just one of many modern thinkers, building up and imaging the future of ocean technology.

Architects are reshaping the way we interact with the great (inaudible).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The famous Fabien Cousteau who pioneered some of the underwater habitat.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Belgium architect (inaudible) has also conceptualized underwater ocean scrapers while Danish (inaudible) BIG has imagined entire

floating cities. (inaudible) deeper than ever before without physically moving out of our seats. Cousteau points to break throughs in automation

and underwater ability that could take us further than the naked eye could see.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Many of these are autonomous vehicles are amazing. They have a very practical reason. They are able to go places for longer periods

of time without having to have a human being on them.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And just like Jule Vern`s (ph) Nautilus, powering up these vehicles may one day be electric and even renewable.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s enough energy that could be extracted from the ocean to power the world`s current needs without creating significant

environmental impact. One such piece of technology is called OTEC. Ocean, Thermal, Energy Conversion. OTEC converts the cold water temperature from

the deep water to the fairly warm surface temperature to create energy.

Imagine how amazing that piece of technology could be to help solving some of the climate change related issues as we continue to develop. As we

continue to expand. As we continue to add more people on this planet that will need the energy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So where does that leave us now? Will these breakthroughs take us further and deeper into the ocean and like Cousteau

we may one day find ourselves living there? Well maybe not just yet.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is absolutely possible. If it`s desirable, that is something I`m on the fence on.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: For now, just like his grandfather, the future of technology lays in exploring this untouched frontier.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My grandfather, he was a pioneer. He inspired hundreds of millions around the world for over five decades. It opens my eyes to

what is possible out there but does need to happen and what should be learned from our ocean world.




AZUZ: Some people never smile when they see a snake. But this snake appears to smile at us. This is a lavender, albino, piebald ball python. Of course,

and it`s got smiley faces on it. A professional reptile breeder was trying to see if he could breed a snake with specific color patterns. This was

kind of a happy accident.

The uniquely patterned python sold for $6,000 leaving a smile on the breeder`s face. The "quessssstion" one might "asp" is would people be

"rattled" if peculiar patterns were to "sidewind" they`re way into other breeds.

What if someone "co brought" out a silver "copperhead" or a petunia "pit viper"? Would it be too "constrictive" of a buyer`s budget or "vipe" it out

completely? Or could a creatively colored "cottonmouth" become a "crate" idea?

I`m Carl Azuz, happy to "slither" out of snake puns on CNN 10. Wall High School, you are wall to wall awesome in Wall, New Jersey. Thank you for

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