Monthly Archives: March 2021

Links 3/31/21

Links for you. Science: ‘I’m empty.’ Pandemic scientists are burning out—and don’t see an end in sight Why indoor spaces are still prime COVID hotspots Detection of the recurrent substitution Q677H in the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 in cases descended … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts about Dining in a Time of COVID-19

When we look back at the U.S. response to COVID-19, keeping restaurant dining open while prevalence was high will have to go down as a very bad idea. Both the CDC and multiple jurisdictions have found associations between dining and … Continue reading

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Higher Education Downsizing and ‘Real’ Majors

There’s an entire outrage industry built on attacking various university departments that don’t teach ‘anything useful.’ Various state governors have jumped on board, and attempt to defund departments, the ones that they find politically incorrect. That’s how the discourse is … Continue reading

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Links 3/30/31

Links for you. Science: Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccines in Preventing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Personnel, First Responders, and Other Essential and Frontline Workers — Eight U.S. Locations, December 2020–March 2021 Bear cubs … Continue reading

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Legalizing Undemocracy

With hundreds of thousands needlessly dead from COVID-19, it’s hard to say we got lucky with Trump. But when it comes to authoritarianism, we were fortunate in that he is lazy, impulsive, and ignorant. But this is the 2024 scenario … Continue reading

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Links 3/29/21

Links for you. Science: Post-COVID: ‘It is heartbreaking to watch your child suffer’. Post-COVID strikes between 10% and 30% of children, many who had mild cases of the virus. Longitudinal assessment of diagnostic test performance over the course of acute … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: Worse Than Last Week

I had hoped that D.C. would have a few more weeks of declines before the deluge, but it doesn’t appear that will happen. The entire city and all wards, except Ward 3, are still well above the German rollback threshold … Continue reading

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Observed at the corner of 18th and Willard Streets NW, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

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Links 3/27/21

Links for you. Science: The Coronavirus Variants Don’t Seem to Be Highly Variable So Far: SARS-CoV-2 may be settling into a limited set of mutations (Vaughn speak, you listen! Will be interesting to see how recombination figures into all of … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist posts: The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: A Real Decline U.S. Politics in One Figure A 21st Century Cross of Gold Why We Need More Backward Contact Tracing (Brief Thoughts on Schools) We Have Never … Continue reading

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