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VP/Analyst of #CustomerExperience (#CX) research and advisory. Analyst by nature, not just by profession. Politically active to foster a world that has more #equity, respects #diversity, and embraces #progressive causes. Promoting #COVID19 awareness and caution because people, businesses, and the economy will suffer years of consequences for our failures to control the virus. Milwaukee, WI, US (He/Him)

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If you're of a certain age, you know Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" from 1975. Bryan Ferry (of Roxy Music fame) recorded a mellow synth-driven version a couple of years ago when he was 75 years old. His voice is still distinctive, despite having a few miles on it. You may enjoy this version.

https://youtu.be/3sIMtUPvsL0?si=8nHhrSxx8EmQk9fx

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When's the last time you wore a mask or respirator?

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I'm sorry, but I can only roll my eyes at headlines that suggest there are some unique ways to avoid new variants.

Headline: “New ‘FLiRT’ COVID Variants Could Be Driving an Uptick in Cases. Here’s How to Avoid Them”

The advice: Vaccines. Masks. Testing.

Nothing about avoiding crowds, air filtration, or ventilation. (But, at least the article doesn't tell us to wash our hands.)

4.5 years later, we still pretend as if we've learned almost nothing.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-flirt-covid-variants-could-be-driving-an-uptick-in-cases-heres-how-to/

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Some #COVID19 concerned people: "I can't vote for Biden because he's been a terrible pandemic leader." I get it, but if you care about vaccines and public health, you'll keep Trump out of office.

What can Trump do about vaccines? More than you might think.
His new anti-vaccine persona could have far-reaching consequences if he’s elected to a second stint as president with far-reaching administrative powers.

Eveyr election. Every race. Every Democrat. #VoteBlue

https://www.politico.com/news/2024/06/09/trump-anti-vaccine-mandates-00162360

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People have been sold the idea only affects those who are old, sick and weak. That's wrong.

STUDY: "In this population of healthy young adult US Marines with mostly either asymptomatic or mild acute COVID-19, one fourth reported physical, cognitive, or psychiatric long-term sequelae of infection. The Marines affected with PASC showed evidence of long-term decrease in functional performance."

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4854879

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In the 13 months since the US ended the #COVID19 public health emergency on May 11, 2023, more Americans have been killed by COVID than died in the eight years of the Vietnam War (which was the US's fourth most deadly war following the Civil War, WW1 and WW2).

COVID deaths since May 11, 2023: 61,070

US deaths in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973: 58,281

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@MugsysRapSheet Roughly 40% vaccinated.

"During the first CHARM 2 visit, 31.8% (275/866) of participants had
226 completed the vaccination series. By the second visit, that increased to 82.9% (116/140)."

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I just finished the book Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. (I haven't seen the Apple series.) At first I didn't like it--the beginning felt a bit meanspirited. And much of the rest is the book is pretty dark, but in the end, it's a thoughtful story. Like all good sci-fi, it's not about the science but about our humanity and how our choices make us who we are. If you enjoy interesting sci-fi that isn't afraid to explore the dark corners of humanity, you might enjoy Dark Matter. https://search.app.goo.gl/oEbE5g1

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Is this one of those "good guys with a gun?" An armed off-duty security guard thought three teens were going to rob a store. They weren't; they were returning a BB gun. Now one of the teens is dead because the wannabe hero shot one of the kids and "stood over the teen on the ground and continued to fire." Big man hero is in jail on charges of for second-degree murder. If he hadn't been armed, he would've dialed 911, he'd be free, and the kid would be alive.
https://www.fox13seattle.com/news/teen-shot-renton-big-5-sporting-goods

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Great interview:

I should point out that there are, in fact, places that have installed all of these: fresh air, filtering, and germicidal UV lights. Do you know where they are?

Where?

PA: The White House, Congress, Number 10 Downing, Parliament, the Reichstag, and WHO. All of our leaders have these protections and procedures in place.

But not our schoolchildren.

The school where former CDC director Rochelle Walensky’s children go, they have these upgrades. #COVID19

https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/from-long-covid-odds-to-lost-iq-points-ongoing-threats-you-dont-know-about

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The mortality of #COVID19 patients in the ten months after discharge is nearly as high as mortality during hospitalization. STUDY:

"The risk of death remains high even months after COVID-19 infection. Overall mortality of COVID-19 patients during 10 months after hospital discharge is nearly as high as that observed during hospital admission."

https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9721/12/6/123

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Mortality in the US remained about pre-pandemic levels in 2023. STUDY:

"Age-adjusted mortality rates (AAMRs) decreased from the 2021 peak associated with the COVID-19 pandemic but remain above the pre-pandemic baseline. Mortality attributed directly to #COVID19 peaked in 2021 as the 3rd leading cause of death and dropped to the 10th leading cause in 2023."

The 10th leading cause of death can be mitigated by a mask and a little caution!

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joim.13811

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infections give short-lived immunity; boosters help. STUDY:

"Among the COVID-19 patients, anti-spike RBD level significantly increased the most at 14 days after infection and dropped significantly at day 90 and day 180. Giving a booster dose during 91–180 days after infection induced high level of anti-spike RBD through 180 days... (1/2)

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"These findings suggest high level but short-lived immunity induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection while sustained immunity required a booster dose administered from 90 days after the infection."

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0264410X24006522

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@wndlb Not sure what you're asking. All COVID vaccines seem to impart longer-term protection against severe disease. But, yes, the closer the vaccine is to circulating variants, the better. Still, we need to encourage people to get boosters, not avoid them, IMO.

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@wndlb it will. I'll still get it.

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vaccines protect children. STUDY: "A decline of MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children associated to COVID-19) incidence and a shift to younger, unvaccinated population overtime was observed. IRR decreased in age-cohorts which achieved high vaccination rates."

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0264410X24006406

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STUDY: “Cancer survivors contracting a #COVID19 infection have substantially increased risks of lung metastatic progression and cancer-related death compared to cancer survivors who did not.” Study also notes influenza virus infection leads to “disseminated cancer cell proliferation within days of infection, and a greater than 100-fold expansion of carcinoma cells into metastatic lesions within two weeks.” (For the “COVID is just the flu” people!)

https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-4210090/v1

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STUDY: 's "chronic or long-term effects are more detrimental than acute ones. All types of vaccines significantly reduced SARS-CoV-2 infection. But no vaccine was reported that provides lifetime protection against COVID-19; therefore, protective measures (nonpharmaceutical interventions), such as physical separation, mask use, telework, hand cleansing, isolation, and appropriate respiration significantly reduce the rate of SARS-CoV-2 transmission." https://arxiv.org/abs/2406.01636

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GOP this week:

Trump said it is “very possible” he will jail political opponents
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-says-very-possible-imprison-political-opponents-presidential-election-1908314

Republicans booed US Capitol Officers as they were introduced in Pennsylvania
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/republicans-pennsylvania-january-six-capitol-b2558211.html

The GOP blocked a bill that would protect women's access to birth control
https://time.com/6986105/republicans-block-bill-to-protect-contraception-access/

Republicans are advancing a proposal to restrict funds to criminally prosecute "a former or current president”
https://www.newsweek.com/new-republican-proposal-aim-jack-smith-1907723

Every election. Every race. Every Democrat.

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STUDY of Long #COVID19 in US:

  • One of every 15 adults has or had Long COVID.
  • 69% more common in women than men.
  • Not significantly correlated with household income.
  • More common in adults 35 to 64 than in younger or older cohorts.
  • Almost 50% more common in the unvaccinated and unboosted than those who got a vaccine booster.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2819957

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STUDY of Paxlovid in Long patients. “This randomized clinical trial including 155 participants with PASC symptoms found that a 15-day course of nirmatrelvir-ritonavir in a mostly vaccinated study cohort was generally safe, but did not show significant benefit in improving fatigue, brain fog, body aches, cardiovascular symptoms, shortness of breath, or gastrointestinal symptoms.”

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2819901

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"The pandemic ends when infections end, not when your attention span ends."

  • Arturo Portnoy, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

#COVID19

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@MoeIsHere The pandemic did not end. The public health emergency ended. In the US, since February 24, 2022, around 212,000 Americans have died of COVID and tens of millions were left with Long COVID symptoms.

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“We are completely under-investigating this virus. The effects of repeatedly getting this throughout our lives is going to be much more significant than people are thinking.”

Doctors are growing concerned #COVID19 can increase risks of cancer. Of course, if you've been following my posts, you'd already know dozens of studies show COVID-19 can cause changes that COULD decrease our body's defenses against cancer. (1/2)

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The problem is that it will take years to know for certain, and with almost everyone ignoring the ongoing risks and cramming into concerts, events and crowded venues, hundreds of millions of people will add multiple reinfections before science figures this out.

You don't have to wait for research. While the jury is out on #COVID19 and cancer. We already KNOW that repeat infections can cause problems that last for months or years. Taking some precautions isn't fear -- it's common sense. (2/2)

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