Friday, 13 January 2023

Let Them Eat Plague!

quote [ The pandemic is not over. It’s much worse than you have been led to believe. And unless you’ve spent the past several years reading scientific studies on the subject, it can be hard to convey just how wrong the public perception of COVID really is. Everything from how it’s spread, to how it’s prevented, to what it does once it’s in your body, is being tragically misunderstood. ]

Thumbspike from Covid-19 Wastewater Monitoring | Biobot Analytics

Some US-centric Covid resources for those of us trying to not die before the end of the decade in the extended. If you've got things from other countries, please share in the comments.

New Yorker Takes Aim at People Who Still Think Covid Is a Problem - FAIR

Corporate media’s overarching message is that it’s “time to move on,” and radicals holding on to precautions are impeding economic recovery.

People's CDC

The People’s CDC is a collective of public health practitioners, scientists, healthcare workers, educators, advocates, and people from all walks of life, who care about reducing the harmful impacts of COVID-19.

People's CDC's "Weather Reports" are pretty handy

Death Panel Podcast

Welcome to the Death Panel, a podcast about the political economy of health. Hosted by Beatrice Adler-Bolton, Artie Vierkant, and Phil Rocco.

[SFW] [health] [+4 Informative]
[by steele@8:30pmGMT]


Dienes said @ 6:41pm GMT on 14th Jan [Score:1 Underrated]
I'm the only faculty in my dept who still wears masks and requires coughing/sneezing students to wear them or go home. I'd gotten a lot of criticism for it...right up until several faculty had to go on FMLA because of long covid, a few folks recently lost family members to it, etc. Somehow I've avoided it.

They don't make fun of me anymore, although guess who gets overload courses to cover the faculty laid low.
Bruceski said @ 7:55pm GMT on 14th Jan
In my local supermarket I'd say it's about 40% usage on a good day, fortunately including the employees. Data aside (which I support), I figure it takes 5 seconds to put one on and I've got no reason not to.
steele said @ 1:42am GMT on 15th Jan
Wow! West coast? My area here in Florida, it's a small miracle if I'm not the only one. And the looks some people give... as they're coughing away.🤷‍♂️☹
Bruceski said @ 6:38am GMT on 15th Jan
Portland, yeah. If I go to the same brand of supermarket half a mile in the other direction I'm the only one. Fascinating how much it varies between neighborhoods.
steele said @ 1:38am GMT on 15th Jan
I feel ya. I'm the only person around me irl that's consistently wearing a mask, so I just n95 it around everybody now. Depressing as hell to think about what things are gonna look like 5, 10 years down the road.
mechavolt said @ 8:56pm GMT on 13th Jan
In case anyone is wondering, the wastewater picture does not reflect the country as a whole, but rather one county. Current wastewater levels across the nation are fairly consistent -- high, but not higher than we've seen previously. However, Seminole County is right next to Orlando, and is a good indicator of a possible outbreak, since there's a lot of people travelling through that area. The pandemic isn't over, but spreading disinformation isn't helpful, as the linked article states.
steele said @ 9:15pm GMT on 13th Jan
Seminole County (where my friends and family live) has actually been running higher than Orange County since around Thanksgiving, it was one the first counties in the area that became dominated by the BQ1 variant.
steele said @ 1:43am GMT on 15th Jan
A pretty good rundown on Long Covid.
Long COVID: major findings, mechanisms and recommendations - Nature Reviews Microbiology

Long COVID is an often debilitating illness of severe symptoms that can develop during or following COVID-19. In this Review, Davis, McCorkell, Vogel and Topol explore our knowledge of long COVID and highlight key findings, including potential mechanisms, the overlap with other conditions and potential treatments. They also discuss challenges and recommendations for long COVID research and care.

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