More data suggesting Omicron may well cause less severe disease

From Paul Sax’s HIV and ID Observations blog:

“What I’m about to write does not in any way to diminish how awful the pandemic is right now for just about everyone. But looking at the evidence and clinical experience on severity, I’m going to poke the beast and conclude that Omicron does appear milder.”

His post and corroborating data here.

Fingers crossed it really is the case, and that Omicron can outcompete any new more virulent variants that might appear.

2022-01-07T10:54:12-05:00January 7th, 2022|Home, Musings|

Troubles for Our Democracy

Osita Nwanevu has an excellent opinion essay in the New York Times discussing the unfortunate systemic representational inequities in the United States: Trump Isn’t the Only One to Blame for the Capitol Riot.  An excerpt:

“At no point in his political career — not a single day — has Mr. Trump enjoyed the support of the majority of the country he governed for four years. And whatever else Jan. 6 might have been, it should be understood first and foremost as an expression of disbelief in — or at least a rejection of — that reality. Rather than accepting, in defeat, that much more of their country lay outside their ken than they’d known, his supporters proclaimed themselves victors and threw a deadly and historic tantrum.”

The silos social media and the internet have made possible have enabled the creation and reinforcement of this alternative reality; it’s all too easy to avoid evidence to the contrary.

2022-01-05T17:24:20-05:00January 5th, 2022|HomeRecommended|
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