Links 1/19/22

Links for you. Science:

Strong new evidence suggests a virus triggers multiple sclerosis (paper here)
The Impact of Real-Time Whole-Genome Sequencing in Controlling Healthcare-Associated SARS-CoV-2 Outbreaks
COVID vaccines safely protect pregnant people: the data are in
Debunking the idea viruses always evolve to become less virulent (my take here)
Viral dynamics and duration of PCR positivity of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant
Phase I clinical trial of Moderna mRNA vaccine for Epstein-Barr virus starting at UMass Chan


Fire Jeff Zients. Biden’s COVID czar has gone from ‘Mr. Fix-It’ to grim reaper, steering the administration’s pandemic response to catastrophic lows. (yes)
The Real Reason Americans Aren’t Isolating. Many workers with COVID-19 still—still!—can’t afford to isolate, because they don’t have paid sick leave.
The Seditious Conspiracy Indictment Describes a Very Sophisticated Plot for January 6
Calling My Shot On Letting Omicron Rip
Herschel Walker Makes Tommy Tuberville Look Like a Statesman
My wife had long Covid and killed herself. We must help others who are suffering
Everyone in Centrist Pundit Gumdrop Land Picked the Same Week to Go On an Acid Trip
Republicans who falsified Michigan electoral college vote under scrutiny from Congress, Attorney General
The Supreme Court’s ruling against vaccine mandates is much, much worse than it seems
Teachers’ Unions Are Making Totally Reasonable Pandemic Health and Safety Demands
Art Nouveau doors from c.1900 in Brussels, Belgium.
The lack of a US non-occupational respirator standard has entered the realm of absurdity
What Patients Can Learn With Confidence From One Negative Rapid Test (Hint: Very Little)–not a great headline, but this is what I meant by some people didn’t realize they weren’t being as cautious as they thought they were
Manchin and Sinema have been allowed to lie about the filibuster
Why Republicans Won’t Confirm This Renowned Holocaust Scholar
If Dems Don’t Save Democracy Now They Won’t Get Another Shot
D.C.’s Vaccine Requirement For Businesses Starts Saturday. Here’s What To Know
Metro Says 7000-Series Trains Won’t Return Until Mid-April At Earliest
American Democracy: A Status Check. A year after the Jan. 6 insurrection, what have we learned?
Examining Silver Spring’s past, present, and future as a “Black Space”
Exhausting Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
Racist Rep. Paul Gosar shares white nationalist ideology (again) in email sent to congressional list
Oh no! In a world of COVID horror stories, I wouldn’t wish this one on my worst enemy
Rep. Paul Gosar shared white nationalist screed asking if Americans will be replaced with “foreigners who are more violent or less capable”

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