Even the New York Times has noticed that the mental health damage we have done to children is immense. But they won’t put the blame where it belongs, on the teachers, teachers unions, school administrators, school boards and politicians who closed down schools, took away activities, made students socially distance and mask up, etc. I want an investigation and accountability, including criminal charges and civil damages. This study finds a big jump in drug overdose deaths during the epidemic among adolescents. Although not recorded as such, a lot of these are undoubtedly suicides. Overdoses more than doubled from 2019 to 2020 in this age group. (Medrxiv Paper)
And apparently on CBS’ Face the Nation yesterday, panelists finally decided that maybe we have done too much damage to children in this epidemic. On the one hand I find this desperately laughable, and on the other I am just beyond outraged by the complete disregard for children’s welfare. And this was all completely predictable from the start. We turned their lives upside down for no reason, and I mean literally no reason. They could have kept going to school, participating in activities, seeing friends. No reason to mask them, social distance them or any of the other nonsense. We did this to them for teachers, teachers’ unions and supposedly to protect adults. I thought children were supposed to get first priority in public policy? Simply unfathomably stupid and criminal policies.
This study in the elderly found limited effectiveness against infection of immunity derived from two doses of vaccine against Moronic, but a booster dose largely restored effectiveness. (Medrxiv Paper)
Another Moronic strain paper also looked at vaccine effectiveness in health care workers and nursing home residents. Protection was generally lessened against this new strain, but more so in the residents than in the health care workers. A third dose raised protection against infection in the health care workers and to a lesser extent the residents. (Medrxiv Paper)
According to this study from Sweden, antibodies from the most common flu strain may boost natural immunity against CV-19, as those antibodies cross-reactive with certain parts of the CV-19 virus. (Medrxiv Paper)
This paper discusses several methodological issues in studies of vaccine effectiveness, including differential health care seeking behavior among groups and effects of prior infection. (Medrxiv Paper)
Here is a study from Minnesota acknowledging that a lot of vaccinated people do get infected and hospitalized. The primary aim of the study was to ascertain if a booster dose would restore effectiveness and it did, particularly in the elderly and those with comorbidities. But the study also demonstrates that the state is undercounting vaxed persons, because it relies solely on a registry that does not include many vax locations. (Medrxiv Paper)
An updated study on what the total level of immunity in a state is, based on infection rates and vax rates. As of October 31, these authors estimate that 86% of the US population has some form of immunity, up from 25% on January 1. If that is true, and if adaptive immunity was very protective, we would not be still seeing case surges like we do. But the authors adjust these estimates for the effect of lessening over time, which brings it down to the 50% range as of October 31. Florida has the highest level of combined immunity. Minnesota is in the 80% range, with 45% of people estimated to have had an infection, or over twice the reported rate. (Medrxiv Paper)
More on the myocarditis risk from the vaccines, which seems real for younger males, but also on the risk of myocarditis from CV-19 infection, which is also very real, especially for males over 40. (Medrxiv Paper)
Finally several more papers, which I am not going to specifically summarize, on vaccine effectiveness and prior infection effects on Moronic, all of which interestingly suggest that the immune response still is protective to a large extent.