Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 30
This thread is posted weekly, and is intended as a place for more-casual discussion of the coronavirus and questions/updates that may not warrant their own dedicated topics. Tell us about what the situation is like where you live!
Who wants to see a uniquely American and simultaneously Onion-y headline?
Oklahoma's ERs are so backed up with people overdosing on ivermectin that gunshot victims are having to wait to be treated
I actually checked, because I had a hard time believing this one...
While Ivermectin horse paste is sold out online, the Ivermectin dog chews are still available...
Child Covid-19 hospitalizations in the United States reach a new high
Schools aren't even fully reopened yet nationwide (many districts start after Labor Day), so I fear this is only going to get worse.
Child COVID-19 cases accounted for 22.4% of weekly U.S. cases as kids return to school
I was on campus today for like the 5th time ever. It's the 2nd day of classes, and there are people everywhere. There's a part of my brain that is just deliriously happy to be around people, walking around on a nice sunny day. I then become hyper-aware of other people when I step inside of a building where masks are required at all times. Fortunately my office has only my 1 coworker in it, and has a large amount of empty space in it. And students don't really come through there at all.
Rogue antibodies involved in almost one-fifth of COVID deaths
Woah, that is fascinating. How easy would it be to screen people for the presence of these autoantibodies now, while they are healthy, as a means of better estimating their own potential covid risks?
The Impact of Mask Distribution and Promotion on Mask Uptake and COVID-19 in Bangladesh
From the summary:
Emphasis added. There is more context in on the summary page and the full paper is here
(Funded by GiveWell, my favorite charity evaluator.)
I don’t follow the statistics, but here are some doubts about this study:
Effect size is significantly more important than statistical significance
Biden's top-down booster plan sparks anger at FDA
The Impact of Community Masking on COVID-19: A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Bangladesh - the first randomly controlled trial on mask use during COVID-19 proves effectiveness.