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Meet the territorial females and matriarchs in Australia’s backyard The Conversation
SPACs Are Sputtering. Desperate New Terms Could Send Them Into a Death Spiral. Institutional Investor
Everything’s going according to plan:
We know tolerance for very high death rates has been referenced by people with close contact with the White House and state leadershttps://t.co/YVTVWQAJcD
— wsbgnl (@wsbgnl) May 19, 2022
(The “new guidance” being CDC’s infamous “community levels” metric.)
As US daily COVID-19 cases surpass 100,000, White House makes clear that it will take no serious action WSWS. “Notably, the briefing was held remotely, with each of the three speakers and all reporters safely participating in separate locations. After telling the American population that large, in-person, maskless gatherings are safe, the White House COVID Response Team evidently prescribes a very different set of guidelines for themselves.” Beggars belief.
How Public Health Failed America The Atlantic
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Patients Diagnosed with Post-COVID Conditions (PDF), FAIR Health, Inc.
Post-COVID conditions, also known by such terms as long COVID and post-acute sequelae of COVID-19, have become an issue of growing national concern. Until recently, researchers were limited by the lack of a specific ICD-10 diagnosis code for post-COVID conditions. Effective October 1, 2021, ICD-10 code U09.9 was introduced for “post COVID-19 condition, unspecified.” This report is among the first to use the U09.9 code for research purposes. Drawing on longitudinal data from FAIR Health’s repository of billions of private healthcare claims, this report studies the population of 78,252 patients in the repository who were diagnosed with the U09.9 code from October 1, 2021, to January 31, 2022. That population is analyzed by COVID-19 hospitalizations, age, gender, number of days from initial COVID-19 diagnosis to last post-COVID diagnosis during the study period, preexisting chronic comorbidities, co-occurring diagnoses and risk scores. Among the key findings: The majority (75.8 percent) of patients diagnosed with a U09.9 post-COVID condition had not been hospitalized for COVID-19.
So, cases is a better metric than hospitaliztion? Or would be, if we were tracking them anymore?
Venous or arterial thrombosis and deaths among COVID-19 cases: a European network cohort study The Lancet. n = 909, 473. From the Findings: “Cumulative 90-day incidence of venous thromboembolism ranged from 0·2% to 0·8% among COVID-19 cases, and up to 4·5% for those hospitalised. For arterial thromboembolism, estimates ranged from 0·1% to 0·8% among COVID-19 cases, increasing to 3·1% among those hospitalised. Case fatality ranged from 1·1% to 2·0% among patients with COVID-19, rising to 14·6% for hospitalised patients.”
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UK mum Sarah Paxman given trial date for stand against COVID-19 infected schools WSWS. I’d like to see cases like this in the US.
Spain, Portugal Detect Over 40 Suspected Cases Of Rare Monkeypox Disease NDTV. I can’t even.
Massachusetts reports first confirmed U.S. case of monkeypox this year The Hill. Not clear whether Monkeypox is transmitted by touch (prairie dog study) or aerosols (drum study) or possibly both. It would be nice if we didn’t replicate the droplet fiasco (which included ignoring the precautionary principle).
China’s zero-Covid policy questioned as expert says ‘stabilising the economy will protect lives’ South China Morning Post (Re Silc).
ASEAN-India naval exercise planned to promote solidarity Phnom Penh Post
Can the Arakan Army achieve its confederacy dream? Frontier Myanmar and Myanmar’s shadow government holds talks with powerful Arakan Army Radio Free Asia (sorry).
Myanmar resistance urges West to provide arms for fight against junta Reuters. No. We’d screw it up. We have form.
New Not-So-Cold Cold War
More Ukraine fighters surrender in Mariupol, Russia says Reuters. “Top commanders of Ukrainian fighters who had made their last stand at the Azovstal steelworks in the port city were still inside the plant, according to the leader of pro-Russian separatists in control of the area, Denis Pushilin was quoted by local news agency DNA as saying on Wednesday.” My fuhrer, Steiner….
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Ukraine’s army of activist investigators documents Russian war crimes Politico. No chain of custody issues here!
Google’s Russian subsidiary to file for bankruptcy after bank account seized Reuters (Re Silc).
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Kinsley gaffe, except not:
Former President George W. Bush: “The decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean of Ukraine.” pic.twitter.com/UMwNMwMnmX
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) May 19, 2022
People are dunking on Bush for this, but in fact the decision for war in Iraq was supported by virtually the entire political class, including the press. “One man” did not make the decision.
Cosco To Invest US$3 Billion In Peru’s Chancay Port Silk Road Briefing
Column: Here’s why the arguments against canceling student debt make no sense Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times
Noble Gases Are Suffering from Putin’s War in Ukraine Izabella Kaminska, Bloomberg
I just caused a long line at the pharmacy counter. And still paid $141 for an inhaler. Wendell Potter (marym). Wendell Potter is a “smart shopper”!
Big Brother Is Watching You
Liberals Drive State Censorship Black Agenda Report
ShotSpotter’s deafening impact Chicago Reader
How the Brain ‘Constructs’ the Outside World Scientific American
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.