Category Archives: COVID-19

Synagogue in a Time of COVID (Why We Need Good Prevalence Measures)

So Monday and Tuesday were Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It’s the first time my family and I attended in person since the pandemic. We got there very early, under the (correct) assumption that it wouldn’t be crowded then*, … Continue reading

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An Incalculable Loss

Remember this? We’ve lost 230,000 lives this year in the U.S. How many incalculables is that? If we still took COVID seriously–and Biden’s recent comment didn’t help–we would be pushing boosters*, providing masks and testing, and giving people actual information … Continue reading

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Some Sort of Good News About Long COVID and Vaccination

At least in relative terms. Unlike the U.S., the UK has been monitoring random population samples through its UK COVID-19 Infection Survey (run by the Office for National Statistics, ONS) and samples over 500,000 people. A recent study reports the … Continue reading

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: The ‘End’ of the Pandemic and Long COVID

Over the weekend, CBS 60 Minutes aired an interview with Biden, in which he proclaimed “the pandemic is over.” Leaving aside all of the ways this is harmful, such as ‘why should I get a booster, especially if I had … Continue reading

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A Disturbing Preprint About Long COVID

There’s a recent preprint that describes the frequency of long COVID in a sample of 1,036 U.S. adults during the Omicron surge. The sample size isn’t great, though that’s more a reflection of our dysfunctional healthcare system* than it is … Continue reading

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Getting Boosted

Today, I’ll be getting the snazzy new bivalent booster that incorporates the Omicron BA.4/5 spike protein (along with a flu shot). A few thoughts: I really hope this booster doesn’t drag me like the last three doses. 18-30 hours of … Continue reading

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The COVID Data We Still Need

Despite the bleatings of White House COVID czar Jha and other members of the administration–including Dark Brandon, his very own self–we haven’t been provided with all the tools we need. We currently have no meaningful way to assess the prevalence … Continue reading

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The Pandemic Is Over, Except for the 2-4 Million People Who Can’t Work Due to Long COVID

Which is to say, it’s not over at all: This report uses the new data to assess the labor market impact and economic burden of long Covid, and finds that: Around 16 million working-age Americans (those aged 18 to 65) … Continue reading

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Leonhardt Is Still Stuck on Stupid

So David Leonhardt has another stupid column decrying COVID protections, this time about the increase in traffic fatalities (boldface mine): At first, researchers thought that emptier roads might be the main answer. Open roads can encourage speeding, and speeding can … Continue reading

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Muddled Messages from the CDC

There’s a lot to be said, most of it not good, about the CDC’s new COVID guidelines, but there are three issues worth focusing on. First, while some COVID safety policies are relaxed, it’s worth noting that the CDC is … Continue reading

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