Crashing computers, three-week delays tracking infections, lab results delivered by snail mail: State officials detail a vast failure to identify hotspots quickly enough to prevent outbreaks. In POLITICO is a look at how the information management for Health Departments country wide failed under pressure from COVID-19.
Everyone should read this From the Atlantic: The 3 Simple Rules That Underscore the Danger of Delta Vaccines are still beating the variants, but the unvaccinated world is being pummeled. By Ed Yong
I just want to say “Thank you!” to Robinson Meyer, Alexis C. Madrigal and teams at the Atlantic for bringing the COVID Tracking Project to life and helping us through the last year. The summary of their experiences can be read about here: Why the Pandemic Experts Failed We’re still thinking about pandemic data in … [Read more…]
COVID-19: US federal accountability for entry, spread, and inequities—lessons for the future European Journal of Epidemiology William P. Hanage,corresponding author, Christian Testa, Jarvis T. Chen, Letitia Davis, Elise Pechter, Peg Seminario, Mauricio Santillana, and Nancy Krieger Abstract: The United States (US) has been among those nations most severely affected by the first—and subsequent—phases of the … [Read more…]
On IEEE Spectrum is an essay describing an initiative by MIT and others to help with the rollout of the vaccines for COVID. It appears both low tech and reasonably data safe for immediate use.
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 UPDATE (444): EARLY TREATMENT, HERD IMMUNITY, USA MOTORCYCLE RALLY, WHO, GLOBAL ********************************************************************** A ProMED-mail post ProMED-mail is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases In this update:  Early treatment  Herd immunity is not the answer  USA (Sturgis, South Dakota): motorcycle rally  WHO: daily new cases reported … [Read more…]
Post-COVID-19 sequelae Date: Fri 31 Jul 2020 13:30 EDT Source: Science [abridged, edited] [se·que·la /sēˈkwelə/ noun Medicine plural a condition which is the consequence of a previous disease or injury. “the long-term sequelae of infection”] [AA’s] neuroscience lab reopened last month [June 2020] without her. Life for the 38-year-old is a pale shadow of what … [Read more…]
Ed Yong writes in the Atlantic about America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral and ends with this: 9. The Habituation of Horror The U.S. might stop treating the pandemic as the emergency that it is. Daily tragedy might become ambient noise. The desire for normality might render the unthinkable normal. Like poverty and racism, … [Read more…]
In an article at www.propublica.org on August 17, the author, Marshall Allen, shows some alarming data points concerning the spread of the pandemic from Las Vegas. ProPublica used cell phone data from a weekend of people who were in Las Vegas and then traced their travels afterwards. The web of their cross contagion is shown … [Read more…]
Meat packing plants, transmission explained Date: Fri 26 Jun 2020 18:06 CEST Source: Spiegel International [edited] If there is a paradise for SARS-CoV-2, it would probably be a slaughterhouse. Work units in meat plants are cooled to under 12 degrees Celsius [53.6 degrees Fahrenheit]. Workers stand near one another and sweat as they labor under … [Read more…]