Links 8/4/21

Links for you. Science:

You’ve probably seen reports from Israel on low vaccine effectiveness in this wave. Is it because of Delta? Waning immunity? We think the reason is mostly that we got the denominator wrong.
A retrospective cohort study of 12,306 pediatric COVID-19 patients in the United States
Guidance for Implementing COVID-19 Prevention Strategies in the Context of Varying Community Transmission Levels and Vaccination Coverage (note that most places would be required to adopt indoor masking
Can Gargling Protect School Kids From COVID? — Underused interventions may help slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 when schools reopen (“gargle science”)
Dangerous attraction: Amorous pursuit imperils Cuban crocodile

Other:

A letter from Dr. Faisal Khan, acting director of the St. Louis County Dept of Public Health, to the county council concerning last night’s meeting on mask mandates. (must-read)
Updated CDC Mask Guidance: Too Little Too Late (Walensky has been so disappointing, after a good early start)
GOP Could Retake the House in 2022 Just by Gerrymandering Four Southern States
The CDC’s partial-reversal on mask-wearing is long overdue, but the damage is done
Gentle Encouragement Wasn’t Going to Be Enough: Amid widespread misinformation and antivaccine propaganda, pro football needed to put more pressure on players. (no shit)
Turns Out Mo Brooks Was Wearing Body Armor to Trump’s Very Peaceful Jan. 6 Rally
Biden’s talk of vaccine mandates sends labor into disarray (this is bad)
Google trends, the COVID-19 vaccine and infertility misinformation
Our democracy is under attack. Washington journalists must stop covering it like politics as usual.
The Right-Wing Response to the January 6 Committee’s Police Witnesses Is as Bad as You’d Imagine
What It Looks Like to Reconnect Black Communities Torn Apart by Highways
The Pentagon Might Finally Do Something About Helicopter Noise Around DC: Allowing helicopters to fly at higher altitudes could be a “game changer,” says local Congressman. (if D.C. had congressional representation, low flights wouldn’t be happening)
Cuomo’s Incoherent “Come Back En Masse” Strategy Ignores Delta Dangers (I like NC–they’re good people–but I think they’re really misunderstanding the Israeli data; still good points in this post though)
Joe Manchin Makes $500K a Year From One of the Dirtiest Coal Plants in West Virginia
Postal regulator slams DeJoy’s plan for a more expensive, less efficient postal service
How Are Older Diners Navigating the New Normal at D.C. Restaurants?
Capitol Police testimony about insurrectionist cops shows how extremists have spread in ranks
What Can This Aggressively Dumb Guy Tell Us About America’s Vaccine Drive?
Missouri isn’t just the heart of the new COVID-19 outbreak, it’s a political disaster zone
D.C.’s problems with vacant, blighted properties haven’t gone away, residents and officials say
Grassroots Fight for $15 Movement Has Won $150 Billion in Raises for Millions of Workers, Study Shows

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