Minneapolis is literally run by goofballs, with zero experience and zero brains. During the Derek Chavin trial they are planning to spend a lot of tax dollars for social media influencers to spread the “official” perspective on the trial. What universe do these morons live in? No sane person should want to or should live in a city like Minneapolis. On its way to becoming a combination of Portland, San Francisco, Baltimore and New York, combining the worst features of each. Violent nihilists and fascists (with the most ironic name ever of antifa); rampant carjackings, burglaries, assaults, rapes and murders; legions of homeless making a mess in public areas and worthless schools. Perfect place for woke imbeciles.
If seasonal coronavirus is back, that is more problems for PCR testing, as several studies found some level of CV-19 false positives due to detection of those seasonal varieties.
I got my first vaccine dose last nite, Pfizer, no problems so far. Have to admit I felt some minor sense of relief, both at being vaccinated and at not keeling over. I am mostly glad because now the jackass dictators that run our country won’t be able to keep me from doing things because I am not vaccinated. And I want to reiterate, because I keep being asked about this, please don’t believe some of the wild stuff floating around about the vaccines. They appear to be very safe. If you have significant risk of a poor outcome from CV-19, you should definitely be getting vaccinated. If you have concerns, talk to your physician, but please don’t be deterred by crazy stuff, like “it’s gene therapy”. I am cofounder of a company that manages gene therapy; the vaccines are not gene therapy.
This study purports to compare school openings and case levels. (Medrxiv Paper) The researchers purported to find a very small association of in-person school with case increases, but this is purely speculative as there is no effort to identify actual cases among students or staff or household members, much less the source of those cases. Studies that do that show either no increased risk, or in some cases, a decline in risk. Points out the danger of these random modeling type studies.
And this purports to show that reopening schools in Europe was associated with a rise in cases. (Medrxiv Paper) It purported to compare the level of cases before and after school openings in multiple countries. Too bad the design is also shitty, like for instance, no attempt to adjust for multiple other easings that occurred at the same time as schools were opened, or to look and see if there was any level of cases in the schools themselves, and how that level might compare to the surrounding community, or any assessment of contact tracing that shows whether schoolchildren actually were responsible for transmission. Because the studies that do those things conclude that schools don’t contribute significantly to transmission.
This study looked at whether there was a risk of household transmission from in-person schooling. It found that there might be some increased likelihood of transmission, but with appropriate mitigation measures, that increase in risk disappeared. (Medrxiv Paper) The study is based on self-reported online survey data, so many caveats apply.
More and more evidence on the damage done from schools being closed to in-person learning. Truly, truly tragic. This Wall Street Journal article summarizes the issue pretty well. (WSJ Article) The personal cost to the affected children is what matters the most, but economists estimate that the monetary hit is in the trillions of dollars.
This large study from Germany found no greater rate of transmission in day care facilities than in the surrounding communities, in fact it basically found no cases in that setting. (Medrxiv Paper)
Once more on the obvious harms being done to people’s health by the campaign of terror that has deterred receipt of other necessary health services. This paper from England finds a phenomenal reduction in surgeries during the epidemic. (Medrxiv Paper) There was a 34% reduction, and you have to imagine that at least some of those were fairly important to the person’s health.
More along those lines was shown by research involving people with remote monitored cardiac implants. Their level of physical activity in 2019 and 2020 was compared. Substantial reductions in physical activity occurred during the epidemic and even after some restrictions were eased. Most of these patients should be getting regular exercise and the researchers’ findings suggest that patients had been frightened into avoiding what could be safely done. (Medrxiv Paper)