Category Archives: COVID-19

Effects of Schools on COVID-19, Pre- and Post-B.1.1.7

There’s an interesting non-peer reviewed study that made the rounds earlier this week about the effect of school reopening on the spread of COVID-19. Here’s the abstract: This paper examines the effect of fall 2020 school reopenings in Texas on … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: Good, but Not Everywhere

Things are improving in most wards. The entire city and Wards 1-6, 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 can reopen (0.05% … Continue reading

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Cataloging the Apocalypse Versus Providing Useful Information: D.C. Is Not Releasing the COVID-19 Data We Need

Regular readers will know that, Mondays, I usually provide a weekly update on the state of COVID-19 in D.C. I can’t do that today because the city didn’t release any ward-level data about total testing numbers yesterday; in fact, until … Continue reading

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Fast-Forward COVID-19 Punditry

While I realize pundits* have to come up with new things to say, or at least, new ways of saying the same old thing, watching the punditocracy race ahead of where many places actually are in terms of COVID-19 prevalence … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: Getting Better, but Bowser’s New Guidelines Might Not Help

Before we get to Mayor Bowser’s late and atypically unannounced rule change, the entire city and Wards 4–8, are still above the German rollback threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 per week–which also is the threshold the CDC suggests … Continue reading

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There Will Be Very Few Consequences for Murderous BullSh-t

This week, Alaska Airlines announced that an Alaskan state representative who refused to wear a mask on the plane will no longer be allowed to fly, turning her roughly two hour commute from the state capital to her district into … Continue reading

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Rethinking Our Vaccine Distribution System

I won’t pretend I got this right ahead of time, other than a sort of generic ‘recognize get vaccinated will be harder for some people than others’, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that, in the U.S., our distribution system for … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: A Tale of Three Cities

Or maybe two. Before we get to that, the entire city and all wards, with the exception of Wards 2 and 3, are still well above the German rollback threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 per week–which also is … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal: Any State with More Per-Capita COVID-19 Deaths Than D.C. Should Lose Statehood

Earlier this week, Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise argued that D.C.’s high homicide rate means D.C. “can’t perform basic governmental duties like protecting its residents from criminals” (says the Congressman from Louisiana, which has a sky high homicide rate…). … Continue reading

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When D.C. Becomes a State, Our Wards Need to Become Counties

Despite Senators Manchin and Sinema, who are what narcissists look like when they lack significant sociopathic tendencies (though Manchin is also an ideologue), I’m going with when, not if. One long-standing problem when looking at data for D.C. is that … Continue reading

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