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Oh boy … confused messaging strikes again

Usage of the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccines is put on “pause”.

There is so much confusion about relative risk…

I was at an Oregon beach recently – there were literally two other people on what was 3+ miles of coastline.

They were wearing face masks.

The wind was blowing 15+ mph (about 24+ kph).

Why were they wearing a mask on a nearly empty stretch of beach?

This is not how viruses spread.

Updates might be scarce for a week

Neighborhood took a power hit late this afternoon. After the power came back, we had no power to two rooms, one of which is my office.

I was surprised to find that these 2 rooms plus a freezer in an adjoining hallway were all on one circuit. I suspect a power surge when the power came back -particularly with the compressor starting up, together with several things also starting up simultaneously.

I reset the breaker but still no power and I suspect the breaker has died/malfunctioned. Running my computer via extension cord to another room.

I don’t do panel repairs so will call an electrician but I know they tend to be booked up well in advance at the moment so it may take some time to get this sorted out.

Some think the U.S. is about to pursue “Zero Covid”

Is this a misinterpretation? Zero Covid strategy in the U.S.?

Fauci warns against relaxing public health measures as summer approaches

This is what he said about Texas 4 weeks ago – today Texas achieved the lowest metrics since June of 2020. Today, California announced it is ending most restrictions on June 15.

No one listens to Dr Fauci anymore:

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Monday that Americans should still be vigilant and adhere to public health measures as warmer summer months approach.

Source: Fauci warns against relaxing public health measures as summer approaches

Face masks to be required for pets soon?

Not an April 1st joke either

She, below, is being sarcastic but we can see where others will start demanding that pets wear face masks, be vaccinated or be exterminated.

The U.S. actually did try to kill all cats during a polio outbreak in 1916 foolishly think cats were the cause (they were not). In 1952, the “experts” sprayed DDT everywhere to kill mosquitos after incorrectly thinking that was the cause. But then a decade later, it was concluded that DDT had significant negative environmental effects.

“Experts” are confused about opening vaccinations to all

This entire article misses the elephant in the room:

The decision to open up vaccinations to all ages requires careful balance, experts say. Removing eligibility requirements could get shots in arms faster, which is especially important during a period in which the United States is in a tight race between virus variants and vaccinations.

Source: What experts think about opening vaccinations to all

As of yesterday morning, my County still had 3,000+ vaccination appointments available through the end of this week.

First, even those who are eligible might not be able to get vaccinated right away. Due to receiving a different vaccine in early March, I am prohibited from getting another vaccination until about 4 weeks later.

Second, people may have other time conflicts that preclude getting vaccinated right away.

Third, when supply starts to exceed demand, they need to open this up to a wider audience.

Fourth, the first 3+ months overwhelmingly favored giving doses to white women. At 3 months, 63% of those vaccinated in my state were women, and 37% were men, even though in my state, men were more likely to die from Covid-19 than women.

This occurred because of the defined priority groupings:

  • Health care workers, where nurses and nurses aides are the largest cohorts are about 90% women and predominately white
  • K-12 teachers, which are 90% women for K-6 and 75% women for K-12, and also predominately white.
  • The elderly, which are 56% women (but more diverse  population).

The only way to achieve equity is to open up vaccinations to more people.

The “experts” appear oblivious to this. Of course, they are primarily in health care or education, and vaccinated months ago, they no longer have “skin in the game’.