Coronavirus Tidbits #170 12/12/21
News Diagnostics Drugs Devices Epidemiology/Infection control Tips Politics Feel good du jour Comic relief Perspective/Poem Bits of beauty
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.
Two new posts:
Travel Bans: More Security Theater
Specialists Think It’s Up to the PCP to Recommend Flu Vaccines. But Many Patients Don’t See a PCP Every Year
If the world keeps punishing Africa for the discovery of #Omicron and 'Global Health Scientists' keep taking the data, who will share early data again? Just saying thanks and keep hoarding of vaccine, antiviral, diagnostics, PPEs, funding, etc – Thread on unfair practices 1/4— Tulio de Oliveira (@Tuliodna) December 6, 2021
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I recommend this entire thread explaining how a new variant may appear milder even with no change in underlying virulence. This can occur because, when calculating the fraction of cases that are severe, the denominator now includes many re-infections that had previously been averted.
So we can still calculate the fraction of cases that are severe, but this is now lower. It is not lower because there are fewer severe cases, but because there are more mild cases (re-infections). 6/8 pic.twitter.com/SEZrJ2adGj— Natalie E. Dean, PhD (@nataliexdean) December 9, 2021
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In its latest risk assessment, the UK’s Health Security Agency (HSA) yesterday said that, based on test findings and case numbers, Omicron is showing a significant growth advantage over Delta and will likely become dominant.
21=>now57 countries report Omicron cases.
“The travel restrictions come at the height of the end-of-year tourist season, ravaging Africa’s economies, with a knock-on impact that is potentially devastating to the health of Africans,” she said.
Yesterday at the WHO’s headquarters briefing, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, praised France and Switzerland for lifting their bans and urged other countries to follow suit.
[It is shameful that Biden still has travel restrictions against Africa.]
At today’s briefing, WHO officials said the uneven distribution of vaccines is creating ideal conditions for variants to emerge and spread, with those with the least access at the greatest danger. They said Africa has received only 3% of the world’s COVID-19 vaccine supply and that only 6 of 54 counties have met the goal of vaccinating 40% of their population by the end of the year. Currently, about 7.8% of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated.
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…three separate labs that tested the Omicron (B.1.1.529) COVID-19 variant against vaccines reported significant immune escape based on reduced antibody titers, which were followed by similar findings from Pfizer that also suggest a third dose shores up antibody titers….
the first study came from a group at Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa, led by Alex Sigal, PhD, which found a 40-fold reduction in antibody neutralization, both in people who had two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as well as in people who had hybrid immunity from both natural infection and a dose of Pfizer vaccine.
A short time later, a team based at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found a sevenfold reduction in blood samples from random donors and a fivefold reduction in samples from those who had earlier COVID-19 infections.
virologist Sandra Ciesek, MD, a virologist and gastroenterologist with University Hospital Frankfurt, reported that her experiments showed a 37-fold reduction in neutralization against Omicron in the blood of people who had received three doses of Pfizer, when compared with Delta. She also found no measurable Omicron neutralization 6 months after two-dose regimens of Pfizer, Moderna, or a mix of Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
Then Pfizer today released its preliminary findings, which suggest three doses of the vaccine neutralizes the Omicron variant, with the third dose increasing neutralizing antibodies 25-fold compared to two doses of the vaccine against the wild-type virus (see related CIDRAP News story). The company said it is working on a variant-specific vaccine against Omicron, which is hopes to have available by March 2022, if needed.
[Remember, this doesn’t reflect cell-mediated immunity, which should also help.]
Taken together, although the preliminary studies raise red flags, they also hint that Omicron’s escape from neutralization is incomplete. Several virology and epidemiology experts on Twitter commented on the new findings, which they said are concerning. However, some emphasized that a degree of neutralization was still present and that hybrid immunity (earlier infection and vaccinated) neutralized Omicron, a potentially encouraging sign for boosters.
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Pfizer-BioNTech says COVID booster should protect against Omicron
Early today Pfizer and BioNTech announced that initial lab tests show three doses of their COVID-19 vaccine neutralize the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant, while two doses demonstrated significantly reduced neutralization titers.
The companies said they believe two doses will still be protective against severe disease. The companies also said they began developing an Omicron-specific vaccine on Nov 25, and plan to have that vaccine ready for mass distribution by March 2022. Pfizer and BioNTech said they will produce 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines next year.
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COVID booster cuts death rate by 90%, Israeli study finds
(HealthDay)-Booster doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine set recipients up to effectively withstand the ravages of both the Delta and Omicron variants, a group of new studies suggest.
And in UK, Four months after people received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the shots were roughly 35 percent effective in preventing symptomatic infections caused by Omicron, A third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, though, lifted the figure to roughly 75 percent.
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Scientists find ‘stealth’ version of Omicron that may be harder to track
Variant lacks feature that allows probable cases to be distinguished among positive PCR tests
The Guardian Ian Sample and Peter Walker Tue 7 Dec 2021 14.11 EST
Scientists say they have identified a “stealth” version of Omicron that cannot be distinguished from other variants using the PCR tests that public health officials deploy to gain a quick picture of its spread around the world.
The finding came as the number of cases of the original Omicron variant detected in the UK rose by 101 to 437 in a single day and Scotland announced a return to working from home.
The stealth variant has many mutations in common with standard Omicron, but it lacks a particular genetic change that allows lab-based PCR tests to be used as a rough and ready means of flagging up probable cases.
The variant is still detected as coronavirus by all the usual tests, and can be identified as the Omicron variant through genomic testing, but probable cases are not flagged up by routine PCR tests that give quicker results.
Researchers say it is too early to know whether the new form of Omicron will spread in the same way as the standard Omicron variant, but that the “stealthy” version is genetically distinct and so may behave differently.
The stealth variant was first spotted among Covid virus genomes submitted in recent days from South Africa, Australia and Canada, but it may already have spread more widely. Among the seven cases identified so far, none are in the UK.
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Most won’t change behavior for Omicron
Only about 30% of Americans say they’re likely to stop dining indoors at restaurants in response to the new variant, and fewer than one-in-four say they’re likely to cancel holiday travel plans. according to a new Axios-Ipsos poll.
Most Americans, however, welcome broader measures to prevent spread of Omicron. Sixty-nine percent said they agreed with businesses requiring masks indoors.
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Vaccinated People Clear COVID Faster, Less Time with High Virus Levels
by Jack Feehan and Vasso Apostolopoulos December 4, 2021
A vaccinated person is less likely to get COVID in the first instance, is less contagious, and is contagious for a shorter time, resulting in significantly less spread of the virus through a highly vaccinated community.
Some recent studies have shown similar peak viral loads in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated people who contract COVID. This has raised concerns for the efficacy of vaccines for preventing transmission.
How concerned should we be? Are vaccinated people just as contagious as unvaccinated? What does this mean for future plans for reopening?
These studies only show a similar peak viral load, which is the highest amount of virus in the system over the course of the study.
But vaccinated people clear the virus faster, with lower levels of virus overall, and have less time with very high levels of virus present.
Therefore, vaccinated people are, on average, likely to be less contagious.
Let us explain.
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Omicron's formidable immune evasiveness:— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) December 10, 2021
First report of a cluster of 7 cases in young people all with 3rd shots 1-2 months previously, high anti-spike antibody levels. Symptoms mild to moderate https://t.co/jqVgPoQRct pic.twitter.com/3lubDdy1SA
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2)….that very little activity is left in convalescent individuals. However, people who were infected and then vaccinated did have residual neutralizing activity despite a drastic reduction. This certainly also bodes well for vaccinated individuals who received their….— Florian Krammer (@florian_krammer) December 8, 2021
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Meaghan Kall @kallmemeg
1. VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS (symptomatic infection) *caveat: early estimates* Real-world surveillance data shows a significant reduction in VE for Omicron vs Delta
* 2x AZ, VE is ZERO
* 2x Pfizer, VE is ~30% BUT! Boosters increase VE to 70-75% (Pfizer, in the 1st month)
2. REINFECTIONS Likewise, with an immune evading virus you expect to see an increase in re-infections. And we do.
7% (25/361) Omicron cases were re-infections, vs 0.4% (336/85,460) Delta
After adjustment, this equals a 3- to 8-fold increased risk of re-infection with Omicron
3. LABORATORY NEUTRALISATION STUDIES
Omicron gives 20- to 40-fold reduction in nAbs compared to the viruses used to develop vaccines
4. HOUSEHOLD TRANSMISSION (caveat: early data)
Analysis of transmission in residential households (121 Omicron, 72,882 Delta)
19% of Omicron cases resulted in household outbreaks vs 8.5% of Delta cases
Adjusted odds of household transmission for Omicron: 3.2 (95%CI 2.0-5.0)
For comparison the adjusted odds was 1.7 when this analysis was done for Delta vs Alpha. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34729548/
5. SECONDARY ATTACK RATES (SAR) Analysis using NHS T&T contact tracing data
Household SAR 2-fold higher for Omicron (21.6%) vs Delta (10.7%)
The risk of a close contact becoming a secondary case (adjusted odds ratio 2.1 (95% CI: 1.5-2.8)
6. GROWTH ESTIMATES Taken together, it is no surprise that we are seeing exponential growth in Omicron cases (using SGTF as proxy) 3 day doubling time (0.35/day) Rt= 3.7 (3.3-4.2)
so far is there are no hospitalisations or deaths associated with Omicron. This is encouraging news, probably largely due to vaccines and high levels of immunity.
But also, it’s very early days.
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There's been a lot of new data for Omicron in the last day, much still preliminary, but here's my summary of the good and bad pic.twitter.com/pL8uiD7hfV— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) December 10, 2021
COMMENTARY: 8 things US pandemic communicators still get wrong
Dec 09, 2021
As we approach 2 years of COVID-19, US pandemic messaging has settled into some counterproductive patterns. I want to address eight of these risk communication mistakes that public health officials and experts keep making. Turning them around can rebuild trust and help save lives.
In August 2020, CIDRAP published my commentary titled, “Public health’s share of the blame: US COVID-19 risk communication failures.” I tracked what I saw-and still see-as a series of missteps by public health officials in the early months of the pandemic:
- Over-reassuring the public
- Panicking and overreacting
- Flubbing the rationale for lockdowns
- Abandoning “flatten the curve”
- Insisting that public health should be in charge
Except for misstep 5, which is still super important, this list of risk communication mistakes now reads like ancient history. It’s hard to remember back that far.
I have produced updated lists from time to time (see this one from March 2021, for example). The most recent was a Nov 15, 2021, Zoom presentation to the Minnesota Department of Health that spurred this commentary.
The eight risk communication mistakes in this commentary aren’t necessarily the biggest challenges public health officials and experts face-maybe not even their biggest risk communication challenges. But they are likely to be among the most remediable of their risk communication challenges, since they stem from their own behavior. I think these mistakes keep happening, they do real damage, but they can be remedied-so revisiting them isn’t just backward-looking.
One of the most stunning surprises of the COVID pandemic has been the growing importance of trust-or, rather, mistrust. A sizable slice of the American public has come to mistrust the public health establishment and the pandemic responses it recommends.
It has long been a truism for me that when low trust is a problem, we should focus on our own behavior: “They don’t trust us” is a less useful starting point than “We’re not earning their trust.” I think these eight risk communication mistakes are a big piece of how US public health has forfeited some trust.
still an incredible, negligent last of testing.
Testing for COVID-19 at home
The emergence of a new COVID-19 variant, omicron, has heightened safety protocols and plans to help people stay safe from illness as researchers and experts learn more about the newest strain of SARS-CoV-2. This includes plans to expand access to COVID-19 over-the-counter tests for people to use at home in the U.S.
At home tests should be used in combination with masking and distancing, if possible. And, be mindful of when you are going to self-administer the test. Do it the day of the event, because that’s going to give you the best information of whether someone has high amounts of the virus in their system at that time.
But note, there is a high rate of false negatives, so do not rely on this alone and ignore masking!
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My friend was supposed to stay at our apartment tonight. She is vaxxed and boosted, but as a precaution, she tested herself for COVID before leaving her house. She is positive (confirmed at a testing site). She tested BECAUSE she was coming here. THIS IS HOW YOU STOP THE SPREAD.— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) December 8, 2021
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Incredibly bad plan and short-sightedness from Biden admin on testing
This exchange between Psaki and NPR's Mara Liasson is so cringeworthy – Psaki saying the quiet part out loud. They don't want to foot the bill for at-home rapid tests for every American. https://t.co/WxcRtuaZVR— uché blackstock, md (@uche_blackstock) December 7, 2021
Drugs and Vaccines:
Convalescent serum should be reserved for those severely ill
In a treatment guideline update, the World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended against the use of convalescent plasma for treating patients who aren’t severely ill with COVID-19. It said its expert review found no evidence of benefit for less severe cases, but there was uncertainty about benefits for patients with more serious infections. The WHO said the treatment should be used only in clinical trials for those with severe and critical COVID-19.
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Looks like #Omicron fully evades the REGN mAbs. Same with Lilly. And only one of the two AZ mAbs (just given EUA yesterday) neutralize it. Sotrovimab from Vir going strong against Omicron. Preprint: https://t.co/aVbZ8kRpfa
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Understanding COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Jordan, the West Bank, and Syria
Analysis of a December 2020 survey conducted in Jordan, the West Bank, and Syria finds that about two-thirds of participants were unwilling or hesitant to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Sima Zein of the American University of Madaba, Jordan, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
participants with higher levels of education were less willing to be vaccinated.
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Slovakia to pay people over 60 if they are vaccinated
Slovakia’s Parliament approved a plan on Thursday to give people 60 and older up to 300 euros ($339) if they are vaccinated against COVID-19. [meanwhile some u.s. states are paying people to be not vaxxed.]
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COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages five to 11: What families need to know
Ever since Canada approved the child-sized Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 and started to distribute nearly three million doses, some parents have jumped at the chance to get their kids vaccinated, while others still have questions.
A simple graphic that should be widely used. #COVIDisairborne It also illustrates that refusal to wear a mask is not macho or libertarian, it is selfish. pic.twitter.com/C7sVzbCYPJ— Frank Close (@closefrank) November 29, 2021
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"When both wear a surgical mask, while the infectious is speaking, the very conservative upper bound remains below 30% after 1 h, but, when both wear a well-fitting FFP2 [filtering facepiece respirators, N95, KN95, P2] mask, it is 0.4%." #COVIDisAirborne #WearAMask https://t.co/aIkhG40z1M— Lonnie R Marcum, PT, BSHCA (@LonnieRhea) December 5, 2021
Please could one of the leading medical journals reproduce a few of these key papers from c1913? https://t.co/auInATBqDx— Trisha Greenhalgh (@trishgreenhalgh) December 10, 2021
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Starting early in the pandemic the Japanese Ministry of Health warned of the three Cs— Don Milton (@Don_Milton) December 5, 2021
**Closed space with poor ventilation
**Crowded places with many people nearby
**Close-contact settings such as close-range conversationshttps://t.co/OpVzdHEXD7 https://t.co/uBNkLYzMo2
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France is moving to mandate CO2 monitoring indoors with stipulated maximum tolerable safety levels indoors. Bravo France. The Anglophone world must rapidly follow their example! Because #COVIDisAirborne https://t.co/ZCt0WNFQeX— Dr Satoshi Akima (@ToshiAkima) December 1, 2021
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Thanks to @RommieAmaro & team for this incredible research on why #COVIDisAirborne!— Dr. Lucky Tran (@luckytran) December 2, 2021
And great job by @carlzimmer and @13pt putting together this graphical explainer for the @nytimes: https://t.co/EC2kPMQR2n
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"It's going to be important to continue to wear masks indoors for the foreseeable future," writes @ryanlcooper. "But if we had to pick one, air quality is probably more effective than masking." https://t.co/SVqeGYmZnn— The Week (@TheWeek) December 8, 2021
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Swiss study finds SIX TIMES the cases in poorly ventilated classrooms (those with over 2000 ppm CO₂) compared to better-ventilated ones. #COVIDCO2#Ventilate2Educate #COVIDisAirborne— David Elfstrom (@DavidElfstrom) December 9, 2021
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CO2 monitors are being stressed more often, but they are expensive. I’ll be writing more on this soon.
You can also improve ventilation markedly by making these inexpensive Corsi-Rosenthal box fans w a fan and good furnace filters.
13/ Don't forget to bring your portable CO2 sensor if you have one. CO2 can give you a pretty good rough estimate to whether ventilation is sufficiently matched to number of people. But extra filtration won't change the CO2.— Dr. Alex Huffman (he/him) (@HuffmanLabDU) November 15, 2021
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I’ll also have a post out next week on these and the incontrovertible data that Covid is airborne:
One day we will find out why @DrTedros changed his words and covered up the fact this virus is spread via airborne transmission…rumor has it @DrMikeRyan might know. What is he writing on his note pad? Any lip readers? https://t.co/axW5DThe4c— Kimberly Prather, Ph.D. (@kprather88) October 17, 2021
Now some 80-90 of the 120 are PCR pos, 13 of these confirmed omicron, the rest waiting for sequencing results. Some of those infected w omicron were not at the party but present at the same restaurant that evening. Not looking good re transmissibility. https://t.co/O9MYseafXy— Gunhild Alvik Nyborg (@GANyborg) December 3, 2021
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the current 7-day average number of new daily cases is 103,824 per day, up significantly from the prior week’s average of 87,603 cases. The nation is tracking approximately 1,100 deaths per day. The US reported 192,917 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 1,382 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker.
COVID cases spike even as US hits 200M vaccine milestone
The number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reached 200 million Wednesday amid a dispiriting holiday-season spike in cases and hospitalizations that has hit even New England, one of the most highly inoculated corners of the country.
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New data shows public health benefit to closing indoor dining
Closing indoor dining during the first two waves of the pandemic was associated with a 61% decline in new COVID-19 cases over a six-week span, preventing an estimated 142 daily cases per city, compared with cities that reopened indoor dining during that period, according to recently published data from experts at the Dornsife School of Public Health. The team looked at data from March to October 2020 in 11 U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dallas. The results were published last month in the journal Epidemiology.
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“Black and Hispanic children were roughly two and a half times as likely as whites to be bereaved as a result of the pandemic, while Native American children were nearly four times as likely.” https://t.co/Pr24kSiHnZ— Mara Gay (@MaraGay) December 9, 2021
Tips, general reading for public:
Wash your hands.
Rinse and repeat.
BREAKING: trump met privately with rally organizers in the White House January 4th according to subpoenas issues by the 1/6 committee today. https://t.co/dEzhWzBydS— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) December 10, 2021
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Judge issues nationwide injunction against Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors
A federal judge on Tuesday issued a nationwide injunction against a vaccine mandate for federal contractors, ruling that President Joe Biden probably exceeded his authority by imposing the requirement.
Judge R. Stan Baker, who’s based in Georgia, temporarily blocked implementation of the administration after a lawsuit from numerous states and a trade group argued that letting the mandate take effect on Jan. 4 would cause “irreparable injury” to workers who could be forced out of their jobs.
The judge wrote that allowing the rule to move forward “would force Plaintiffs to comply with the mandate, requiring them to make decisions which would significantly alter their ability to perform federal contract which is critical to their operations.”
The court setback is the latest in a string of rulings hampering the administration’s efforts to force more people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
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Disinformation Group America’s Frontline Doctors Allegedly Staked Out California Med Board President Kristina Lawson and stalked her.
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So enforcing vaccine mandates is a violation of bodily freedom, but forcing pregnant people to carry to term isn’t?— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 10, 2021
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"It will no longer investigate COVID cases, contact-trace, issue directives for exposed residents to quarantine themselves or make public announcements of case numbers and deaths." The health dept pointed residents to CDC and their personal doctors for directions on what to do.— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) December 10, 2021
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Prescribing the abortion pill without restrictions is safe and effective, study finds
Abortion remains safe after Canada removed restrictions on the medical abortion pill mifepristone in November 2017.
Texas Cracks Down on Abortion Pills by Mail
A new Texas law went into effect Wednesday that would fine doctors up to $10,000 for prescribing pills for medical abortion through the mail or via telehealth appointment, and could even give a penalty of jail time, Kaiser Health News reported.
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Roe isn't the end game. Lawrence and Obergefell aren't even the endgame. Griswold and the entire concept of a constitutionally protected right to privacy is the endgame. And then they'll ban birth control once Griswold is gone. They've been telling you this for decades.— Kathryn #GoBolts⛈️ Brightbill (@KEBrightbill) December 5, 2021
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More American children have died this year to protect the 2nd Amendment than members of the military.— Travis Akers (@travisakers) December 3, 2021
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#Facebook / @Meta sold ads comparing vaccine to #Holocaust.— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) December 3, 2021
"Facebook's detection systems seemingly missed them."https://t.co/deVsDyWKxj
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Never forget that there was a time when conservatives had no problem wearing masks. pic.twitter.com/xiGwQGscuc— Erik Bottcher (@ebottcher) December 3, 2021
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The state of Missouri commissioned a study to see if mask mandates worked. When the results came in, showing they saved lives, the state blocked publication in order to maintain its attempt to force cities like St. Louis to end their mask mandates: https://t.co/nGon9yi7nC— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) December 2, 2021
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News flash: If you outlaw abortions, dictate what educators can teach in schools, ban mask mandates, and stop people from voting, you're not the party of "limited government." pic.twitter.com/QyTE4kO3Aj— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 2, 2021
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Quite the story: Investigation reveals disaster that unfolded after GOP governors and DOD sent troops to the border https://t.co/XRluVnelqt— Judy Stone (@DrJudyStone) December 8, 2021
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BREAKING: Tennessee’s top medical licensing board just voted to delete a COVID-19 anti-misinformation policy from its website due to fears a GOP lawmaker would push to dissolve the entire board and replace all its members if it did not. Story to come.— Brett Kelman (@BrettKelman) December 7, 2021
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After 10 months of a ban on the sale of all sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) at a California workplace, workers cut their SSB consumption by 50%, improved measures of insulin resistance, and lost an average of an inch from their waist circumferences. https://t.co/OO4WoZbt9d pic.twitter.com/wqmJcgi7FY— Kevin Bass (@kevinnbass) December 7, 2021
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More Missouri health departments halt COVID efforts after attorney general's thr | 2021/12/10 – The Kansas City Star https://t.co/XH75A8xpRC— Judy Stone (@DrJudyStone) December 10, 2021
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Fascinating urgent look at how Republicans, freed by John Roberts from VRA Section 5 federal oversight, are using redistricting to roll back Black political representation across South, not only in Congress & state legislatures, but county government too. https://t.co/sCmPUORXK1— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) December 8, 2021
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A Maine city that's 90% White now has a Somali mayor https://t.co/1U660oW0Q6— Oni Blackstock, MD, MHS (@oni_blackstock) December 9, 2021
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In honor of alleged insider trader David Perdue announcing his campaign for governor of Georgia, here is a throwback to one of the best debate moments in American history. pic.twitter.com/IhrWoapw7X— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) December 6, 2021
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White supremacy is a black woman in Texas who got sentenced to 5 years for voting while unknowingly ineligible but Matt Gaetz and Steve Bannon are still free as these two disgusting criminals discuss on a podcast about overthrowing the government with an army.— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) December 9, 2021
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I am deeply troubled by reports of Kellogg’s plans to permanently replace striking workers. Permanently replacing striking workers is an existential attack on the union and its members’ jobs and livelihoods. I strongly support legislation that would ban that practice.— President Biden (@POTUS) December 10, 2021
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Georgia Republicans purge Black Democrats from county election boards https://t.co/Py7Dzo2LKr— Jonathan Landay (@JonathanLanday) December 9, 2021
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December 10, 2021
Feel good du jour:
Good morning Twitter and have a peaceful Sunday! pic.twitter.com/uJlMKRNEbd— Coleen Ahearn (@AhearnColeen) December 5, 2021
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A Brown Bear and a Grey Wolf were seen over a 10 day period working in tandem as a team hunting together and sharing their spoils. We can learn so much by simply observing (and not murdering) — such magnificent sentient beings. pic.twitter.com/bjnInp3e0U— Lakota Man (@LakotaMan1) December 10, 2021
The Church of the 95% Confidence Interval #rstats pic.twitter.com/m0gvvu2Dav— Julien Cloarec (@CloarecJulien) December 5, 2021
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I couldn't figure out where the comma(s) in "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" should go, so I hit myself in the face. pic.twitter.com/BNaglwpzYt— Ramses the Pigeon (@RamsesThePigeon) December 1, 2021
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A graphic artist in Germany works from home. His wife goes off to work, so he looks after their baby girl. In response to her frequent texts to see how he's doing with the baby, he sends humorous responses back. pic.twitter.com/BR9PZPWQ7U— Mike (@Doranimated) December 6, 2021
Here is the Instagram account of the creative dad who produced these amusing photos | https://instagram.com/onadventurewithdad?
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Been a rough few weeks, politics are exhausting rn, & I felt like drawing some goofy cats, so https://t.co/AbvotV7qZk pic.twitter.com/AauwW6ro8o— Matt Davies (@MatttDavies) December 6, 2021
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This is great. Watch the last three seconds carefully. pic.twitter.com/MkmBNA29V0— Char Adams (@_charadams_) December 9, 2021
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Good morning! pic.twitter.com/HIkiR0rToc— atrophy wife 🎀 (@zuza_real) December 8, 2021
Meanwhile, Marilyn Monroe in California specifically asked the owner of the Mocambo nightclub to book Ella, and Marilyn was front row every night. (Mocambo supposedly wasn't being racist in not booking Ella previously, but bc Ella was overweight and not pretty enough.) pic.twitter.com/tQTPlqvvUW— Rayf (@raymofo) December 10, 2021
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BE HUMBLE: it’s just a matter of time pic.twitter.com/ayTVOd0cFB— M@$t€®Ji (@LucknowKeMastar) December 6, 2021
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“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”— 🌿_ (@rebeca6169) December 7, 2021
― Rainer Maria Rilke
Bits of beauty: