Wednesday, February 16, 2022

CoViD-19: As Rates Drop, 42% Of San Diego Community Outbreaks In TK-12 Schools | Reinfections Surge | Sea Level Rising Faster Than Previously Believed |


Say Cheese! Bonobo at San Diego Zoo (Taken 2.17.22)

Some days I feel like I want to quit updating all the daily statistics since everyone seems to just be over COVID altogether. And then I look deeper into the daily data, compare it to past data, and see that we're still not doing very well. There were almost 3,000 new deaths in the US. San Diego used to have 4 or 5 on a bad day and now we're counting about 20 a day for the past 2-3 weeks. Some people, including some scientists and some doctors, are certain that January was as bad as it gets and even though the US still has over 100,000 cases a day, we're good to move on and not look back. Meanwhile in San Diego, a full 2/3 of active community outbreaks reported in the past week are in childcare/preschools and TK-12 schools and only 29.3% of 5-11 year olds are fully vaccinated. I'd love for someone to countersue those Let Them Breathe and Reopen San Diego assfaces. Back to my original point, I keep doing these posts because I want a record to look back on for myself just to contextualize exactly what the past two years have looked like.

I also feel like the let's-just-move-on people are forgetting is just how willfully ignorant a significant segment of Americans are and if our vaccines wane and our boosters wane we could have some real problems, not just putting us back to December 2021 and January 2022, but back to December 2020 and January 2021. I hope I'm wrong. But I'll keep on masking until we get to those lower transmission levels. Right now, we're still at 300% of what is considered "high transmission". 

I've been good though. I got yesterday's wordle on my second try which is the first time in my streak to do that. I went to the San Diego Zoo today and it feels like some of the primates are staying out later than usual, so I've been spending more time watching the siamangs and orangutans, the gorillas, the mandrills, and the bonobos. A volunteer was even asking me stuff about the animals and the zoo in general so I guess I'm officially a "zoopie" -- a zoo groupie -- but you already knew that about me. 

Nova got a physical today to get cleared to play school sports, so I'm glad she's taking up lacrosse and hope she sticks with it. It just feels like forced interaction will make for a much better high school experience than being the quiet kid who reads in the corner most of the time, especially because we know how social and talkative, how interesting and interested she really is. I've been binging teen movies and shows lately and it reminds me how truly harrowing that time of life can be. 

Stay safe out there.  

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