Coronavirus Tidbits #119 2/7/21
First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I'm getting.
Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don't be shy about that.
Kagan's dissent last night may be the most scathing of her career. She accused her conservative colleagues of "armchair epidemiology" that may well exacerbate the pandemic and cost human lives. A justice does not level that charge lightly. https://t.co/u87BiwD2M0 @Slate— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) February 6, 2021
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How's your day going?
This incompetent rollout of Covid vaccine is inhumane and so unfair to elderly, poor, or those without computer access or skills. One example:
.@Walgreens I have spent hours on your site trying to schedule a #CovidVaccine for a 96 yo Holocaust survivor who lives independently but doesn't do computers. I click to schedule a slot, then hit cont, and get No appt's available. Do better. Shame on whoever came up w this pic.twitter.com/CjIfd3WlxY— Judy Stone (@DrJudyStone) February 7, 2021
still an incredible, negligent lack of testing.
Controversies continue over testing strategies:
Daily COVID tests have stagnated in the U.S. since a high of 2 million in mid-January, and this is a problem. (The Atlantic)
‘A waste of money’: The home Covid-19 test funded by the Biden administration is too costly and complex, critics say
Drugs and Vaccines:
FDA experts to meet Feb 26 re EUA on J&J vaccine
When Johnson & Johnson reported last week that its vaccine was, on average, 66% efficacious at blocking moderate and severe disease — a figure that ticked up to 72% when just looking at U.S. participants — many researchers sought to remind people that this was a result worth celebrating. The vaccine was 85% effective against severe disease cases no matter the infectious variant, and all the deaths and hospitalizations in the trial occurred among people who got the placebo, not the vaccine.
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Continued debate over timing of vaccines:
Op-Ed: Forget Second COVID Vaccine Doses for Now
— It's far more important to get first doses to as many people as possible
Here's Why the U.S. Won't Follow Britain in Delaying Second COVID Vax Dose
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Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial participants given the wrong dose weren't informed about the blunder. (Reuters)
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(Cumbersome) Data reporting issues at community health centers and other small centers may explain disparities between the CDC's accounting and state reports. (Reuters)
Now playing out in an economy near you: Mask Wars, made in America versus made in China. (Reuters)
Dan Izhaky is president of United Safety Technology Inc, a startup that is poised to open a new N95 mask factory; his goal is to make 1 million masks a day...but once the market normalizes Izhaky estimates his masks will cost about 30% more than Chinese masks, or about $1.15 each.
One problem--the machines that make the masks in the factory are imported from China.
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) quickly issued a new statewide mask mandate after the GOP-controlled state legislature repealed the existing one. (AP News)
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Recycling face masks into roads to tackle COVID-generated waste
Circular economy approach to PPE waste aims to cut tonnes of rubbish going to landfill
Researchers have shown how disposable face masks could be recycled to make roads, in a circular economy solution to pandemic-generated waste.
Their study shows that using the recycled face mask material to make just one kilometre of a two-lane road would use up about 3 million masks, preventing 93 tonnes of waste from going to landfill.
Developed by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the new road-making material is a mix of shredded single-use face masks and processed building rubble designed to meet civil engineering safety standards.
Analysis shows the face masks help to add stiffness and strength to the final product, designed to be used for base layers of roads and pavements.
I left Govt Oversight today because the committee room looked like this.— Senator Cecil Thomas (@CecilThomasOH) February 3, 2021
We are in the middle of a pandemic with a virus that is highly transmittable.
My daughter has a severely compromised immune system and I won't sit there and put her health at risk. https://t.co/9WCiyoZoTq
As #Flordia fights community spread of COVID on a massive scale, this is a 15-second snapshot of a supermarket in Naples. Many employees and customers- even older ones- with no masks on inside. Store sign outside cites “medical exemptions,” we can’t ask questions. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/rNUSOPLjeB— Sam Brock (@SamBrockNBC) February 3, 2021
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Tips, general reading for public:
Wash your hands.
Rinse and repeat.
WHEN TO REPLACE HAND SANITIZERS, DISINFECTANTS, MASKS, GLOVES
- Unopened, a bottle of chlorine bleach begins to lose its potency 6 months after its date of manufacture, and will become 20 percent less effective within a year.
- a bottle of liquid bleach should contain at least 6 percent sodium hypochlorite, the active disinfecting ingredient. (Some laundry bleaches are only 3%)
- If you use a 10 percent chlorine bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water) to disinfect cutting boards, door handles, and other hard surfaces, it will retain its potency for only 24 hours.
- hand sanitizer will be effective, unopened and maintained at room temperature, for three years.
For more by Margaret Boyles, see https://www.almanac.com/users/margaret-boyles
Biden admin was knee-capped by Trump's. 20 million vaccine doses still missing.
"once the vaccine shipments are delivered to the states, responsibility for tracking them has been left up to states’ individual public health systems. The administration then only gets an update once the doses are actually administered and an official record is submitted."
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Iowa currently ranks 46th in vaccinations:
Gov. Reynolds has signed a new disaster proclamation, effective Sunday that eliminates:— Natalie Krebs (@natalie_krebs) February 5, 2021
-the partial indoor mask requirement
-restrictions on businesses like requiring bars and restaurants to maintain six feet of distance between parties.@IowaPublicRadio
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I can’t believe I’m saying this... a mask-less customer was turned away at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in Pasadena tonight. So he came back with a GUN, held up kitchen staff and robbed fried chicken, waffles and syrup.— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) February 4, 2021
This is per the manager & police. Surveillance video coming! pic.twitter.com/wRaR0dl21w
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Feel good du jour:
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I love this photo; always cheers me, too.
Trying hard to get to my happy place to night. This image always cheers me when I see it. I may just sit snd stare at it for an hour or ten. pic.twitter.com/uPUsNzFsjL— Larry Lynam (@scopedbylarry) February 4, 2021
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proof that there is still hope for humanity— Humor And Animals (@humorandanimals) February 5, 2021
(jukin media) pic.twitter.com/8ux25KlVak
My eyes keep getting stuck in the back of my head so I can really relate to this.— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) February 5, 2021
H/T to the brilliant #TraceyUllmanhttps://t.co/PAp98O71TU
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Here is the White House as it looks to outsiders this week.— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) November 3, 2020
As Robert Frost once wrote, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall….Before I built a wall I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out / And to whom I was like to give offense." pic.twitter.com/vHpfBfOjwO
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It is so good to be reminded of this old poem about friendship, read beautifully here. https://t.co/HDJVcBueWA— Madhu⚕️ Singh, MD (@thinkalot) January 25, 2021
Bits of beauty: