Category Archives: COVID-19

A Personal Anecdote About Vaccine Mandates

My gym recently adopted a vaccine mandate two weeks ago–you have to show your vaccination card (which is then entered in their system, so you don’t have to bring it every time) to gain entry. I’ve noticed some changes in … Continue reading

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Yes, Long COVID Should Worry Us

One reason I wrote this cryptic post a few weeks ago is that there are, in some quarters (and not just the Great Barrington Declaration assholes), calls to ‘live with COVID’, as opposed to suppressing it (I don’t expect eradication, … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: Getting Better

Though with a significant caveat. Before we get to that, only Wards 2 and 3 are below the German rollback threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 per week–which also is the threshold the CDC suggests schools for all grades … Continue reading

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My Real COVID-19 Concern about Schools: What We Can Learn from D.C.’s Minimal School Testing

D.C.–not Wor-Shing-Tun, but D.C.–tests roughly ten percent of its student per week. While that is nowhere near enough testing to allay parents’ concerns that their child’s classroom is COVID-free or actually control spread, D.C.’s inadequate testing still gives us some … Continue reading

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Anti-Vaccinationism Isn’t New. At All (On the Ahistoricity of the Modern Pundit)

One of the darkly amusing phenomena of the pandemic has been watching Thinky Thought Leaders who’ve made a career out of knowing Econ101 and Stats101 and then broadcasting their HAWT TAEKS flounder around because they lack domain expertise and domain … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: The Decline Is Slowing

And in a couple of wards, stalling. Before we get to that, only Ward 3 is below the German rollback threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 per week–which also is the threshold the CDC suggests schools for all grades … Continue reading

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Vaccine Mandates Still Work

Given our inability to improve building ventilation, have enough masking in enough places, or adopt affordable, widespread rapid testing, we’re going to need them. We’ve seen over the last few weeks how successful mandates have been in getting people vaccinated, … Continue reading

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Very Cautiously Very Optimistic About a Third Vaccination

While it’s early days–and we don’t have a time machine to see what the future will hold–there’s some very promising data from Israel about the efficacy of a third mRNA vaccination dose (aka The Booster) in preventing confirmed infection. Not … Continue reading

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Rage Is the Appropriate Emotion

Each flag represents one COVID-19 death in the U.S., most of which did not need to happen. This was an utter breakdown of governance and individual civic duty (observed on the Mall, D.C.):

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It’s Still About the Prevalence: The Schools Edition

In a really good article about how the U.S. screwed up school re-opening, Melody Schreiber makes a very important point (boldface mine): No one’s advocating another year of remote learning. But there are a number of things we could be … Continue reading

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