Covid: Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant on delta variant, vaccinations

The pandemic is not coming to an end soon — given that only a small proportion of the world’s population has been vaccinated, said Larry Brilliant, a well-known epidemiologist. Brilliant, who was part of the WHO team that helped eradicate smallpox, said the delta variant is “maybe the most contagious virus” ever. The doctor said vaccinated people aged 65 and have a weakened immune system should get a booster shot “right away.”

Source: Covid: Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant on delta variant, vaccinations

Rosh Chodesh Elul, and reflecting upon the past year

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 Today is the first day of the last month of the Hebrew year, and I’ve been reflecting on this past year for some time, now.  Last year was a shock, starting with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom I’d honestly expected (wishful thinking, I know) to live until president Biden could pick her replacement.  After everything else she’d lived through, it seemed unbelievable that she could die at such a crucial moment for all of us.  And then, while most of my fellow Americans helped prevent some worse occurrence, the general election in November was still a bitter disappointment, for me, in my fellow Californians.  Coming to a state where I’d always heard of the progressive and community oriented ways of thinking, of the clean air laws and the Intentional Communities nurtured in this state, I was shocked to find that this was not so.  And this past…

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Long Covid and Kids

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Long Covid involves symptoms that persist ,months after a person ceases to test positive for the disease. We don’t in fact know how long these symptoms can persist — the disease hasn’t been around long enough for us to know what an end date might be, if there is one.

By the way, for formal name for this condition is post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC).

The symptoms of Long Covid can be both physical and neurological.

Symptoms of Long Covid were first thought to include fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headache, insomnia, respiratory problems and heart palpitations. Now, support groups and researchers say there may be up to 100 other symptoms, including gastrointestinal problems, nausea, dizziness, seizures, hallucinations and testicular pain.(2)

Early determination of Long Covid symptoms were based on adults. This is in part because of the lengthy process involved in obtaining consent and approval for studies among…

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Louisiana Has Among the Highest Daily COVID Infections in the World – Mother Jones

On Saturday, Florida reported nearly 24,000 new cases, an all-time single-day record for the state. Meanwhile, in the last seven days, Louisiana, at 693 cases per 100,000 people, has the highest number of new cases per capita in the United States, followed by Florida (627) and Arkansas (502). Dr. Joe Kanter, the state’s top health officer, told the Associated Press that 1 percent of Louisiana’s population contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Source: Louisiana Has Among the Highest Daily COVID Infections in the World – Mother Jones

‘This Is Really Scary’: Kids Struggle With Long Covid – The New York Times

Studies estimate long Covid may affect between 10 percent and 30 percent of adults infected with the coronavirus. Estimates from the handful of studies of children so far range widely. At an April congressional hearing, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, cited one study suggesting that between 11 percent and 15 percent of infected youths might “end up with this long-term consequence, which can be pretty devastating in terms of things like school performance.” The challenges facing young patients come as pediatric Covid-19 cases rise sharply, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant and the fact that well under half of 12-to-17-year-olds are fully vaccinated and children under 12 are still ineligible for vaccines. Doctors say even youths with mild or asymptomatic initial infections may experience long Covid: confounding, sometimes debilitating issues that disrupt their schooling, sleep, extracurricular activities and other aspects of life.

The business community is greatly in favor of the vaccine passport – Montreal | Globalnews.ca

The Canadian business community seems to strongly support the decision of the Quebec government to impose the first vaccination passport in the country.

According to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, vaccine passports will help prevent future waves from overly disrupting the economy by allowing people at low risk to go about their daily lives.

“Without that, we have people taken hostage,” stressed its president Perrin Beatty even before the Legault government announced its decision.

Source: The business community is greatly in favor of the vaccine passport – Montreal | Globalnews.ca

Mujeres de siempre. Tania Brito Melo, de niña soñadora e ingenua a poeta inolvidable y creativa

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“Que las mujeres siempre levanten la cabeza dignamente y no dejen caer la corona. Somos princesas de Dios y tenemos derecho de ser lo que queramos. Que nunca admitan violencia física, patrimonial, verbal o de otro tipo. Que sean firmes en sus convicciones y denuncien cualquier forma de horror… Sean persistentes, libres, y sostengan su corona. Nacimos para brillar en el mundo. Traten siempre de leer buenos libros. Luchen por un mundo mejor”. Tania Brito Melo

Tejía historias, cosía quimeras, hilvanaba sueños, y también escuchaba relatos aquellas noches de su infancia y hasta los leía en los libros, en las palabras, en las letras impresas en las páginas que olían a tinta, en las hojas con aroma a papel, en un mundo bello, libre y mágico. Era una niñez dulce e inocente que, en las noches, antes de dormir…

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