Category Archives: Public Health

A New Blob

This was going to be a longer post, instead of a short and cryptic one, but life gets in the way, and after eighteen months of this crap, none of us are ok. Anyway, I’m worried we’re starting to see … Continue reading

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A Funding Reality of Our Public Health System

From the director of the St. Francoise County (Missouri) Public Health Department (boldface mine): We weren’t set up well to deal with this virus in Missouri. We have the worst funding in the country for public health, and a lot … Continue reading

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You Can’t MacGyver Your Way Out of a Pandemic

Here’s one problem our contact tracing system(s), such as they are, have (boldface mine): It’s likely that the first time many Americans heard the term contact tracing was this spring. Before that, some public-health departments were little more than two … Continue reading

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COVID-19’s Serious Seven

One of the problems with our testing and tracing system is that the information gathered often isn’t being to inform what activities appear to be especially risky. As some asshole with a blog put it: In light of the recent … Continue reading

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A Failure to Communicate

While there are a lot of articles about the difficulties of accurately determining the number of COVID-19 deaths, there are far fewer that get into the nuts and bolts of why this is so. As some asshole with a blog … Continue reading

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Public Health Big Data: The Wages of Privatization

I spent a significant part of my career in and around these kinds of data, and I think the article below, while very good in terms of description of the failures of COVID-19 data collection, misses the larger picture: this … Continue reading

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Looking for COVID-19 Under the Streetlight

For those who don’t know what the streetlight effect is: A policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks what the drunk has lost. He says he lost his keys and they both look under … Continue reading

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A Liberal Is a Conservative Who Has Been Sneezed on

For those who don’t get the reference (you whippersnappers with your avocado toast!), it refers to the old saw “a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.” Anyway, it appears some conservatives are loving themselves some ‘socialism‘ (boldface mine): … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Questions That Need to Be Asked

And by asked, Congress is going to have to step in and possibly use its subpoena power. Likewise, journalists, and not the political horse race shitheads, but the professional science reporters, will have to ask hard questions. While the CDC … Continue reading

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Viruses Don’t Do Politics

In China, the doctor who first identified COVID-19, and was then accused by local police of spreading false information (and ultimately died from COVID-19), is now being hailed, certainly unofficially, as a hero. One has to wonder if he, or … Continue reading

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