Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of October 11
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!
Monitoring Incidence of COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths, by Vaccination Status — 13 U.S. Jurisdictions, April 4–July 17, 2021
This is a really interesting article.
Delta looks to have the same 5% hospitalization rate of infected and 1% fatality rate of infected as other strains.
The vaccines seem incredibly effective for under 50, and sadly less effective for over 65.
This covered a period where approximately half of americans were vaccinated, and on average for every ten unvaccinated cases, there is one vaccinated case.
FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine
FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booste
Anchorage conservative activist’s COVID-19 treatment becomes flashpoint in battle over ivermectin
Alaska doctors forced to ration life-sustaining treatments as Covid patients clog up hospitals
Nearly 40% of California state workers are unvaccinated against COVID despite Newsom order
Vaccination or testing? Why not both?
US throws out millions of doses of Covid vaccine as world goes wanting (The Guardian)
In a perfectly efficient market, using fewer vaccines in the US would mean more available in other countries. But since apparently we aren't that efficient, global inequality isn't a good reason not to get vaccinated (or get boosters). At least, at the level of individual decision-making.
For the big decisions made by a nation's leaders, in theory it could make a difference but it would require a lot of coordination, and a different kind of leadership than the US has. (For example, I don't think the FDA is allowed to consider inequality when approving vaccinations.)
Imperfect figures mean many countries do not know how many residents have been vaccinated
If you can’t read the article, here is the Twitter thread.
The FT paywall can usually be gotten around by googling the article title, which in this case is "Covid response hampered by population data glitches", and clicking the top result. Which worked for me again this time too.
If you have a browser plugin that allows changing the referrer, changing it to
https://www.google.com/would probably get around it as well.
Here’s a report on Twitter of six positive lateral flow tests and two negative PCR tests, plus loss of taste and smell. The third PCR test was positive.