By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Patient readers, I will be taking a holiday breather, and running an abbreviated Water Cooler though January 3, 2022 (may it be a better year). Please consider this an open thread, and talk amongst yourselves. –lambert
Bird Song of the Day
A partridge. Although I have no pictures of pear trees.
Here are a couple Covid charts. Case count by United States regions:
I recall reading, though I’m too lazy to find the link, that the Biden Administration is shifting away from using cases as a metric, and toward hospitalization and deaths. So I suppose that means that case data is key. The last few days are certainly impressive.
Here are the CDC’s rapid riser counties as of 12/23/2021:
Thanks to the sharp eyes of alert reader ChrisFromGeorgia, I have helpfully circled the major cities that are also rapid riser counties — in blue. Looks like those Blue Cities have some sort of Enemy Within thing going on….
Big, if true. If we had a functioning press, somebody would ask Walensky about this*:
This subtweet hit an unexpected chord…
I need to dig out that letter they sent to me. https://t.co/ETy1wxZK9J
— Lloyd Armbrust (@larmbrust) December 26, 2021
Now, it is true that Armbrust is a US-based mask manufacturer (and good for him). But WHO had the same view, Fauci told his noble lie so the proles wouldn’t demand masks, and the hospital infection control community is very insistent on surgical masks only for the lower orders, so this tweet rings true. Futher, the Biden administration has consistently denigrated non-pharmaceutical interventions or rendered them dysfunctional as part of its Vax Vax Vax strategy; reserving the good masks for professionals as an exception to the general rule would fit right in with that. And speaking of “fit,” wouldn’t Badger Seals fix that? Has CDC never heard of them?
NOTE * Or a whistleblower would throw something over the NC transom….
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