Posts Tagged ‘COVID’

Facemasks

June 27, 2022

Facemasks

Still got facemasks? Good, because COVID isn’t going anywhere soon. When it comes to mask use, public policy now puts the burden of choice on you. Kimberly Mas reviews personal and community risks in this Vox video:

 

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White-Tailed Deer Have COVID

February 8, 2022

White-Tailed Deer Have COVID

White-tailed deer are carrying COVID-19. They may have gotten it from human contact during food sharing or from eating trash infected with coronavirus:

“Humans have infected wild deer with Covid-19 in a handful of states, and there’s evidence that the coronavirus has been spreading among deer, according to recent studies that outline findings that could complicate the path out of the pandemic.”

“About one-third of the deer sampled had active or recent infections, the study says. Similar research in Iowa of tissue from roadkill and hunted deer found widespread evidence of the virus.”

— “Covid is rampant among deer, research shows,” Evan Bush, NBC News

More:

“There’s a Covid-19 epidemic in deer. It could come back to haunt us.” Brian Resnick, Vox

“Is the Coronavirus in Your Backyard?”, Emily Anthes and Sabrina Imbler, New York Times

“Are Deer In COVID’s Crosshairs?” Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M Today

“SARS-CoV-2 infection in free-ranging white-tailed deer,” Vanessa L. Hale, Patricia M. Dennis, Dillon S. McBride, et al., Nature [pdf]

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Pro-Virus Protesters Infested DC Last Weekend

January 26, 2022

Pro-Virus Protesters Infested DC Last Weekend

Thousands of disgruntled and unvaccinated citizens descended on Washington DC last Sunday to defend their right to infect fellow Amercans with the COVID-19 virus. Anti-vaccine protesters and other members of the pro-death movement included the usual quacks and wingnuts, but also their strange bedfellow Robert Kennedy Jr., who compared vaccine mandates to Dr. Mengeles’ experiments at Auschwitz.

The District of Columbia has vaccine and mask mandates for indoor dining, so naturally the wrathful anti-vax throngs took their anger out on DC’s restaurant waitstaff.

Update:

“RFK Jr. apologizes after condemnation for Anne Frank comment,” Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press

More:

“Thousands march on Washington, D.C., in rally against vaccine mandates,” Daniel Uria, UPI

“Anti-vaccine activists march in D.C. — a city that mandates coronavirus vaccination — to protest mandates,” Katie Mettler, Lizzie Johnson, Justin Wm. Moyer, et al., Washington Post

“Anti-Vaccine Mandate Rally Draws Misinformation, RFK Jr., and Comparisons to Nazi Germany,” Eli Weiner, Washington City Paper

“‘Defeat The Mandates’ Rally Against Covid-19 Precautions Held During Omicron Surge,” Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes

Related:

“5 Republican Politicians Freaking Out About DC’s Vaccine Mandates,” Jessica Sidman, Washingtonian

“Omicron Cases Appear to Peak in U.S., but Deaths Continue to Rise,” Mitch Smith, Julie Bosman and Tracey Tully, New York Times

“The Anti-vaccine Right Brought Human Sacrifice to America,” Kurt Andersen, The Atlantic

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CDC: Cruise Ships Are On Course for COVID

January 4, 2022

After finding 91 cruise ships with COVID outbreaks, some 5,000 cases, the CDC recommended that Americans avoid cruise ships, even if thay’re vaccinated, and no matter what Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says.

More:

“CDC warns against cruises, regardless of vaccination status,” Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press

Related:

“Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas prevented from entering 2 island nations due to Covid-19 outbreak onboard cruise ship,” Melissa Alonso and Aya Elamroussi, CNN

Updates:

“Cases Rise, Criticism Mounts, but Ships Keep Cruising,” Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times

“Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise cancel voyages amid Omicron scare,” Praveen Paramasivam, Reuters

“‘Not the cruise I signed up for’: 30-fold increase in Covid cases upends industry,” Erin McCormick, The Guardian

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Trump-Supporting Areas Are COVID Death Holes

December 9, 2021

Trump-Supporting Areas Are COVID Death Holes

Republicans are now the largest unvaccinated group in the United States, and mistrust official sources of information about COVID-19 and vaccines. People living in counties that voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19:

“NPR looked at deaths per 100,000 people in roughly 3,000 counties across the U.S. from May 2021, the point at which vaccinations widely became available. People living in counties that went 60% or higher for Trump in November 2020 had 2.7 times the death rates of those that went for Biden. Counties with an even higher share of the vote for Trump saw higher COVID-19 mortality rates.

In October, the reddest tenth of the country saw death rates that were six times higher than the bluest tenth, according to Charles Gaba, an independent health care analyst who’s been tracking partisanship trends during the pandemic and helped to review NPR’s methodology. Those numbers have dropped slightly in recent weeks, Gaba says: ‘It’s back down to around 5.5 times higher.'”

— “Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame,” Daniel Wood and Geoff Brumfiel, NPR

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