The lunar eclipse is approaching and of course San Diego marine layer is completely blocking any view, but I had made the choice to stay up and get through email through the night when we decided to go to San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
There's this really magical lull that happens around holidays...Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and so it seems every one hunkers down into work or whatever to save the good times for the weekend, so the park was totally empty. They dropped the health screening questions last week, and while masks are still required, most people we saw only put them on if they're passing others, which was quite infrequent today. San Diego's vaccine rate is actually really good right now so I'm far less a freak about it than I have been in the past, even just days or weeks ago.
We like to mix it up when we go to either the San Diego Zoo or the Safari Park, so today was a "down" day...we skip the upper park where Australia, Condors, and Tigers are and just do the lower part, down the stairs at the big elevator tower, around the Africa Loop to see Okapi and Kudu and Vultures and such, then around the lagoon to see all the local freeloader birds as well as the ones in the collection like the flamingos, stork, and hornbills. Then we come up by the cheetahs, pass lion camp, then spend time a Kilima Point to watch the rhinos, giraffe, various gazelle, cape buffalo, and then end the day watching the elephants.
Today was especially magical because Casey and her baby Alice came right over to us. I think they associate the click of a shutter with the caravans that feed them apples and treats so they are super comfortable just coming right over. My heart swells. It was after closing time when we left the point. We visitied the elephants and they were all scattered at first, but again, we were the only ones there and all of them came to their pool. Sometimes it seems they're posing for the camera. It was pretty special as both babies came by as did the mommas and aunties. A little elephant parade just for us.
Anyway, there are some articles worth reading linked below but I'm gonna go outside and try to blow the clouds away to see this ding dang eclipse.
Stay safe out there.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections Reported to CDC — United States, January 1–April 30, 2021 - CDC MMWR (5.25.21)
- A total of 10,262 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough infections had been reported from 46 U.S. states and territories as of April 30, 2021.
- Among these cases, 6,446 (63%) occurred in females
- The median patient age was 58 years (interquartile range = 40–74 years).
- Based on preliminary data, 2,725 (27%) vaccine breakthrough infections were asymptomatic, 995 (10%) patients were known to be hospitalized, and 160 (2%) patients died.
- Among the 995 hospitalized patients, 289 (29%) were asymptomatic or hospitalized for a reason unrelated to COVID-19.
- The median age of patients who died was 82 years (interquartile range = 71–89 years)
- 28 (18%) decedents were asymptomatic or died from a cause unrelated to COVID-19.
- Sequence data were available from 555 (5%) reported cases, 356 (64%) of which were identified as SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern,§ including B.1.1.7 (199; 56%), B.1.429 (88; 25%), B.1.427 (28; 8%), P.1 (28; 8%), and B.1.351 (13; 4%).
- The unseen covid-19 risk for unvaccinated people - The Washington Post (5.21.21)
...adjustments for vaccinations show the rate among susceptible, unvaccinated people is 69 percent higher than the standard figures being publicized. With that adjustment, the national death rate is roughly the same as it was two months ago and is barely inching down. The adjusted hospitalization rate is as high as it was three months ago. The case rate is still declining after the adjustment...
- Axios-Ipsos poll: Re-emerging without trust -Axios (5.25.21)
The poll asked respondents how much they trusted various groups of people to be honest about their about their COVID-19 status.
Respondents were less likely to trust people outside of their close circles (38%) and even less likely to trust people at sporting events or concerts (25%), indoor restaurants and bars (25%) and airports (24%).
- White House:
- Do yourself a favor and watch Tuesday's press briefing. Psaki slays the whole way through.
- San Diego City Council passed Item 330: Actions Related to the Award of Gas and Electric Franchises and Cooperation Agreement with San Diego Gas and Electric in a 6-3 vote. My city council member sucks so bad.
- Chula Vista City Council Votes to Remove Discovery Park's Columbus Statue for Good. The statue was put in storage last year after it was vandalized amid pressure from groups calling for its removal. - NBC San Diego (5.26.21)
- Pre-order the new Casbah t-shirt designed in collab by WarMan - Dave Warshaw of Creepy Creeps/Creepxotica + Tim Lowman of Low Volts.