Category Archives: Public Health

We Have Learned Nothing from the COVID Pandemic

A few weeks ago, some asshole with a blog asked, “Will we learn anything from COVID testing: The monkeypox edition?” Tragically, the answer appears to be nope (boldface mine): But in the U.S., the official case count is misleading, Makofane … Continue reading

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The Texas GOP’s War on Public Health

The Texas Republican Party–and Texas is the largest Republican-controlled state (and the world’s ninth largest economy)–has been working hard to come up with a platform, and, Boy Howdy, it’s a terrifying exercise in lunacy. Here’s the draft section on vaccination, … Continue reading

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Managing Feelings

And, no, this isn’t a post about Yascha Mounk! This is a very good point (boldface mine): Panic is never a good public health strategy, but in attempting to preemptively tamp down public fear, I think experts are failing to … Continue reading

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Will We Learn Anything from COVID Testing: The Monkeypox Edition

Will we prepare now, so we don’t panic later? Hopefully, not (boldface mine): Testing for monkeypox in the United States remains cumbersome. Currently, if a person is suspected to have monkeypox, their physician must contact a state or local public … Continue reading

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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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