Monday, August 16, 2021

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Malayan Tiger Taking A Dip (Taken 8.15.21)

I knew today was gonna be a cluster but man, was it ever. We were up shiny and early this morning because the electrician came. Darren was kind enough to move everything from our room to make space for the work, but our house looks like a before picture of a house being organized by Marie Kondo or when the team comes to a Hoarders house. If I had the time, I'd take advantage and maybe cull some stuff out of the closet but who has the time? 

It was a busy news day. All day I kept trying to start my listings so they could actually be ready on Tuesday morning, but there was so much going on, and then we had no power, and then I had to do a bunch of stuff for my actual job, and then and then and then. Finally when Darren was gonna take Nova to derby I realized I needed to walk away from my laptop, so we hit the San Diego Zoo until it was time to pick her up again. 

So yeah. Maybe listings will come before tomorrow morning. Or tomorrow night. Or maybe Wednesday. I can't really say. What I can say is that there are a whole lot of shows that are requiring vaccines, several that won't allow a testing out option, so if you know people still stalling on this shit, tell them to get on it. We're done waiting around for them to let the virus continue mutating and making our vaccinations worthless with future strains. This has to end. 

Stay safe out there. 

  • COVID-19:
    • ‘I feel defeated’: Mask and vaccine mandates cause new divides as officials try to head off virus surge. Cities and counties say protections are necessary as coronavirus cases explode again - The Washington Post (8.14.21)
    • COVID Patients Fighting for Their Lives Are Still Refusing the Vaccine. Arkansas has one of the lowest COVID vaccination rates in the country. VICE News embedded at a hospital in Little Rock where patients facing the threat of death still won’t get the shot. - Vice (8.16.21)
    • I'm reluctant to post any articles that use words like "confusing" or "chaos" or "backlash" or offer two sides during a public health crisis, but the school guidance is important. Unlike the author, I don't find it confusing at all: if Nova goes to school and some unvaxxed kid in her class tests positive, so long as Nova wore her mask and doesn't show symptoms, because she's vaccinated she gets to stay in school, and she should get tested at 3 day intervals. That is not confusing. It also beats districts elsewhere that are allowing asymptomatic but positive test children to stay in school. And I think it is the media's job to make things that seem confusing to not be confusing instead of stoking the problem. So I think this article is irresponsible in title, but the content is less so.  
    • As COVID-19 Cases Among Pregnant Women Increase, Public Health Encourages Expecting and New Moms to Get Vaccinated - 5 New Deaths and 2,426 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County 08/16/2021 -LAPH (8.16.21)
    • Association of Vaccine Type and Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection With Symptoms and Antibody Measurements Following Vaccination Among Health Care Workers - JAMA (8.16.21)
    • U.S. Department of Labor issues updated guidance on protecting unvaccinated and other at-risk workers from the coronavirus - OSHA (8.13.21)
    • WHO Update 8.16.21
      • Delta variant on path to become dominant strain worldwide as surge in the highly transmissible variant increases urgency for vaccinating large numbers of vulnerable people
      • Rising infection rates resulting in increased hospitalizations are overwhelming health systems and leaving many countries in urgent need of life-saving oxygen
      • Testing rates in much of the world is too low, especially low- and lower-middle-income countries [1] – leaving much of the world blind to how the disease is evolving and vulnerable to new variants
      • Funding the Rapid ACT-Accelerator Delta Response (RADAR) urgent appeal for US $7.7 billion would enable: significantly increased testing and better surveillance to detect and protect against new variants; more oxygen to treat the seriously ill and save lives; vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect health workers; the rolling out of emergency response and delivery support for the effective delivery and deployment of COVID-19 tools, including in humanitarian contexts; and continued research and development (R&D) so that tools remain effective
      • The US$ 7.7 billion is not an additional funding need but is part of the ACT-Accelerator’s overall 2021 budget, which is needed urgently within the next four months
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