|Ficus at Fiesta Island Dog Park (Taken 5.27.21)|
I wanted to make sure I go into the weekend with more or less a clean slate, so I finished going through my inboxes and decided I would do another post before my nightly one on Friday because it's already gonna be a busy news day with Biden releasing his budget and congress breaking for a week and media packing it all in before Memorial Day weekend.
I also stayed up late watching Plan B on Hulu. It's very similar to Booksmart in that it's a night of adventure with two besties blah blah, but it was pretty good. Glad I didn't watch with Nova though, there's a graphic peen scene and maybe a little above her need-to-know at this point in her teens.
I really probably could've just skipped all this reading, but I think it is important that we're mindful going into the holiday weekend that while over 53% of the population of San Diego is vaccinated, NO children under 12 are, kids 12-15 are only partially vaccinated, if at all, and young people aren't showing high percentages of vaccination as we saw with boomers and gen xers. You can probably trust your server or bartender or grocery cashier has been vaccinated, not so much the person sitting next to you or waiting in line breathing down your neck. And as I've mentioned multiple times, I absolutely don't trust tourists, being that there's already an inherent danger in travelling at all, even now.
On a separate note, I've been seeing a lot of separate but loosely connected stories about Mexico and tensions with the US and their crazy elections and assassinations and violence and travel bans and none of that even touches the migrant issues. I thought I'd kinda do a little roundup on all of that, too.
- Why CDC Changed Its 'Breakthrough Case' Definition — Will new monitoring tactic miss the "full picture" of COVID infections among the vaccinated? - MedPage Today (5.26.21)
- Divisive COVID ‘lab leak’ debate prompts dire warnings from researchers. Allegations that COVID escaped from a Chinese lab make it harder for nations to collaborate on ending the pandemic — and fuel online bullying, some scientists say. - nature (5.27.21)
- Mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 cases may be as infectious as severe ones - CIDRAP (5.26.21)
- WHO Science in 5: Transmission indoors and outdoors: In Science in 5 this week, WHO’s Dr Oliver Morgan explains why and how to navigate the 3 C’s i.e. crowded places, closed spaces and close contact with others to avoid COVID-19 infection. - WHO (5.28.21)
- The CDC’s latest blunder is really about trust, not masks - STAT News (5.27.21)
- Data on Pfizer's COVID Vaccine in Teens Published— Efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity results finally undergo peer review - MedPage Today (5.28.21)
- I don't understand the full extend of what's going on between the US and Mexico right now, but it isn't good. Not even talking about the migrant issues, but I saw Todd Gloria on the news "pressuring the administration" to reopen the border and while I understand the loss of business is hurting San Diego businesses along the border and throughout San Diego, it feels like there is a lot deeper fury brewing. The border closures have been extended on a month-to-month basis but the waits are longer and longer indicating a lot of people are violating the restrictions anyway. I thought I'd roundup a few of the things I've read over the past couple weeks. There's also a huge article today in the Economist but it's behind a paywall so I didn't read it.
- Temporary Travel Restrictions to Land Borders and Ferry Service between the United States, Canada and Mexico. - CBP (5.25.21)
- Mexico Travel Advisory - Updated April 20, 2021
- Mayoral candidate in Mexico killed after sharing location in Facebook live stream. Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the killing was ‘without a doubt’ the work of organised crime gangs - Independent (5.27.21)
- FAA downgrades Mexico's aviation safety rating, which blocks new service to the US - CNN (5.25.21)
- Mexican president draws US into dispute over governor facing money laundering and organized crime charges. López Obrador says it is a classic case of the corruption he has promised to root out - Independent (5.22.21)
But President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made one thing clear Thursday: Any diplomatic documents the United States sends to Mexico are at risk of being published by the president himself.
- In Mexico, Campaigners Fear Attacks That Have Killed 34. It’s routine preparation for a campaign stop for Guillermo Valencia, who's running for mayor in Morelia, capital of the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan. - US News & World Report/AP News (5.28.21)
- WJA Institutional Declaration on the Rule of Law in Mexico - World Jurist Association (5.20.21)