|Momma and Pup Sea Lion at La Jolla Cove (Taken 6.15.2020)|
Thursday was such a massive news day that I didn't really feel any urgency for a Friday post, which explains why I'm still staring at my laptop at 2:30 am, enjoying the quiet purr of the air conditioner as the kittens have taken residence in the unfolded laundry which is still warm from the dryer. I didn't do a thing today, and don't really have plans for the weekend, either, so it should be mellow times around here. Nova and I started watching Reservation Dogs on HULU and the first episode was great, so maybe we'll binge that this weekend.
I wasn't really feeling ranty about anything in particular today, but I've been thinking a lot about kids. I was thinking how glad I am that Nova is old enough for vaccination, that our state and school district are requiring masks indoors, and that she's going to a newly renovated school that claims to have improved ventilation, because I think if I was a mom of a kid in Florida or Texas or anywhere else where masking is optional, I don't think I'd be sending my kid back to school. In every article, it seems we keep comparing kids to adults, that it isn't that bad for kids, but I suspect the 350 families who lost a kid would disagree, as would the 4400 who saw their kid get MIS-C.
When Nova was in 3rd grade, she got this hacking cough that wouldn't go away. For almost 4 months she was coughing but without any diagnosis, and we tried everything we could to get her better with numerous doctor visits, changes in diet, diligently cleaning a humidifier every night. Meanwhile, an anti-vax parent had to pull her boys from school after they both got whooping cough and we pretty much abandoned that relationship because you can't be friends with a lunatic.
All I'm saying is I don't envy the difficult choices a parent of young ones needs to make, but all of us, if we really give a shit about the children, should be doing everything we can to make sure they don't get infected in the first place, including masking, vaccinations, demonstrating hygiene, and our politicians need to stop giving both sides equal sway and do what they need to do to keep kids safe and expand testing for everyone everywhere with greater frequency.
Also, Christmas is Canceled. The spread of the delta variant and likely expanding of lambda or delta+, the wildfires burning all the trees that weren't already killed by drought, the post office jacking postal rates and slowing deliveries, the rise in consumer prices, product shortages, shipping backlogs, and the end to federal assistance like extended unemployment, expanded SNAP and food programs, and the resumption of evictions, we could be in for a very dark holiday.
Stay safe out there.
- How do vaccinated people spread Delta? What the science says. Emerging data suggest that Delta could spread more readily than other coronavirus variants among people vaccinated against COVID-19. But key questions remain. - nature (8.12.21)
- COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rising And Raising Concerns About The Coming Winter - kpbs (8.12.21)
- White House pushes monoclonal antibody use amid COVID-19 surge - Becker's Hospital Review (8.13.21)
- Early treatment for COVID-19 is available at the Monoclonal Antibody Regional Centers in San Diego (MARC) (Only authorized for non-vaccinated or immunocompromized. Not a substitute for vaccination.)
- More Vaccine Requirements:
- New Orleans mayor: Good times can roll -- with vaccines - AP News (8.13.21)
- Supreme Court justice won’t block college vaccine mandate - AP News (8.12.21)
- Cases Among Kids, New Mandates, and More Coronavirus News - Wired (8.13.21)
- Use of COVID-19 Vaccines After Reports of Adverse Events Among Adult Recipients of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna): Update from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, July 2021
- Change in Saliva RT-PCR Sensitivity Over the Course of SARS-CoV-2 Infection - JAMA (8.13.21)
- Saliva was sensitive for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in symptomatic individuals during initial weeks of infection, but sensitivity in asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers was less than 60% at all time points. As COVID-19 testing strategies in workplaces, schools, and other shared spaces are optimized, low saliva sensitivity in asymptomatic infections must be considered.5 This study suggests saliva-based RT-PCR should not be used for asymptomatic COVID-19 screening.
- CDC Weekly Tracker:
- As of July 30, 2021, CDC has received reports of more than 4,400 children in the United States who have been diagnosed with COVID-19-associated MIS-C
- The current 7-day moving average of daily new cases (114,190) increased 18.4% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (96,454).
- The current 7-day moving average is 66.3% higher compared to the peak observed on July 20, 2020 (68,685).
- The current 7-day moving average is 65.0% lower than the peak observed on January 10, 2021 (254,023) and is 882.8% higher than the lowest value observed on June 19, 2021 (11,619).
- A total of 36,268,057 COVID-19 cases have been reported as of August 11.
- Nationally, the combined proportion of cases attributed to Delta (B.1.617.2, AY.1, AY.2, AY.3) is estimated to increase to 97.4%
- New admissions of patients with confirmed COVID-19 are currently at their highest levels since the start of the pandemic in Florida, Louisiana, and Oregon.
|Child Hospital Admissions CDC 8.14.21|
- White House:
- Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Eviction Moratorium
- Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Takes Steps to Address COVID-19 in Rural America and Build Rural Health Back Better
- FACT SHEET: How President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda Helps Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities
- FACT SHEET: How President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda Helps Latino Communities
- FACT SHEET: How President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda Helps Black Communities
- FACT SHEET: President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda Will Deliver Historic Investments in American Families and Communities
- FACT SHEET: How President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda Helps Rural Communities
- San Diego Grew More Diverse Over The Past Decade, Census Data Show - AP/kpbs (8.13.21)
- It’s official: July was Earth’s hottest month on record - NOAA (8.13.21)
- Other Reading:
- Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 8.13.21 11:21pm):
- 206,280,463 Known Cases
- 4,346,269 Known Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
- 36,597,745 Cases/2,542,612 28-Day New Cases
- 621,016 Deaths/12,322 28-Day New Deaths
- CDC Data Tracker:
- +141,397 New Cases/36,410,213 Known Cases
- +691 New Deaths/617,787 Known Deaths
- 414,376,925 Doses Delivered
- 354,777,950 Doses Administered
- 197,081,471 Partially Vaccinated
- 167,699,170 Fully Vaccinated
- 50.5% of Total Population
- 59.1% of Population ≥ 12 Years of Age
- 61.5% of Population ≥ 18 Years of Age
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
- Vaccination progress dashboard
- Coronavirus: Resources for Californians
- R-effective: 1.13
- 51,228,705 Doses Delivered/45,127,521 Doses Administered
- 3,427,184 Partially Vaccinated/21,768,161 Fully Vaccinated
- 14,099 New Cases/3,994,271 Total Cases (24.6 new cases/100k)
- 61 New Deaths/64,098 Total Deaths (0.04 new deaths/100k)
- 6.6% 7-day test positivity rate
- 7,063 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (+16 patients, +0.2% from prior day)
- 1,568 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (+13 patients, +0.8% from prior day)
- 1,733 ICU beds available (+11 from prior day)
- San Diego County
- Free Testing Sites and Schedule in San Diego
- Vaccination Locations San Diego
- Vaccination Dashboard
- San Diego County Of Education School Reopening Dashboard
- COVID ActNow Daily Updates for San Diego Metro
- CDC Data:
- 1,496,953 Fully Vaccinated
- 44.8% of Total Population
- 52.3% of Population ≥ 12 Years of Age
- 53.2% of Population ≥ 18 Years of Age
- State Data:
- R-effective: 0.99
- 1,190 New Cases/310,596 Total Cases
- 31.9 cases per 100k
- 8.3% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)
- 3 Deaths/3,821 Total Deaths
- 511 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (=6 patients, -1.2% from prior day)
- 123 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (+8 patients, +7.0% from prior day)
- 1,733 ICU beds available (+11 from prior day)
- County Data:
- 1,700 New Cases/312,294 Total Cases
- 0 New Daily Deaths/3,821 Total Deaths
- 8.4% Daily Test Positivity/8.3% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)
- +31 Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations
- +2 Day Over Day COVID-19 ICU Patients
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