Random thought. I know at least ten Minnesotans personally who winter in Florida, Arizona or other warm places and got vaccinated there. Does the state track these people and count them toward the 70% hostage number to be vaccinated before the mask mandate is lifted? Apparently they don’t so they are undercounting.
This is a really bizarre paper that you have to read. I am probably one of the people they are referring to as CV-19 skeptics. (Arxiv Paper) The authors were studying those who argue that government interventions were excessive, particularly masking, and not based on data. Although the authors tend to view this group negatively, everything they say about the characteristics of these people is actually very positive. They believe in data, they believe governments should be more transparent with data, they believe that experts should be challenged, they believe in trying to explain things to the general public in a simple way, with visualizations, they believe science is a process leading to better understanding of truth. As I said, a really bizarre paper. And again we see the hilarious desperateness to claim that the evidence supports the benefit of masking to slow community spread. There is no such evidence. But what is scary about the paper is its suggestion that governments should become less transparent and even more messaging driven, i.e., lie to and mislead the public in the interest of what the government and its experts “believe” to be true, and it is just a belief. 1984 was just delayed a couple of decades.
Yet more evidence that schools should never have been closed. (AAP study) Coming from the state of New York, the researchers found that in-person school was not associated with higher levels of cases and that transmission in school settings was very rare and when it did occur, it was almost always adult to child.
There is evidence to suggest that some of the CV-19 vaccines may be associated with clotting disorders, including thrombosis or a clot that blocks an artery or vein. This study, however, suggests that the risk is far greater that a person will experience a clotting problem if infected, in fact infected patients were over 6 times more likely to have a brain clotting issue and over 7 times more likely to have another common clotting problem. And persons with influenza had a lower rate of clotting issues than did CV-19 patients. So you are much more at risk of a clotting problem if you get infected than if you get the vaccine. Furthermore, the risk of clotting problems after vaccination is consistent with the background rate of those conditions. I suspect that the two are linked. Whatever it is about the virus that causes clotting issues in some people may explain why vaccines that use part of the virus also lead to clotting problems. Researchers should be able to come up with an explanation soon. (Medrxiv Study)
Yesterday we saw a study showing that the upper respiratory tract develops antibodies following infection or vaccination, today we learn that T cells are also present there to help fight off CV-19. (Medrxiv Paper) So not only do the vaccines prompt T cell adaptive immunity, but those cells are present on the front lines.
More on seasonality as researchers struggle to explain why the geographic and seasonal pattern exists. (RS Study) The researchers attempted to build models of termperature, humidity, air pollution and other factors to explain transmission rises and falls.