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Crof
North Vancouver, BC Canada
Retired college teacher, SF & fantasy novelist, nonfiction books too, accidental journalist since the 1970s.
Interests: History, writing, politics, public health, teaching & learning, environment, online communication.
Recent Activity
Via Alzheimer's & Dementia: Speech‐in‐noise hearing impairment is associated with an increased risk of incident dementia in 82,039 UK Biobank participants. The abstract: Introduction Little is known about the association between speech-in-noise (SiN) hearing impairment and dementia. Methods In 82,039 dementia-free participants aged ≥60 years were selected from the UK... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at The Politics of Dementia
Via The Washington Post: Doctors, nurses and other health groups call for mandatory vaccinations for all health workers. Excerpt: Medical groups representing millions of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workers on Monday called for mandatory vaccinations of all U.S.... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
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A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: The numbers continue to go up and down. I have no idea why. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: Case numbers have dropped sharply from yesterday, but we now have the numbers for epi-week 29, which ended today: The case count has jumped by about 55,000 from last week, to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via the South China Morning Post: ‘Forget herd immunity’: Hong Kong experts say better to prepare to live with Covid-19, but more must get their jabs. Hong Kong's experts have seen it all, right from H5N1 in 1997. I give... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via CBC News: Canada could avoid the worst of a 4th wave — but we're not out of the woods yet. Excerpt:Canada will likely face a fourth wave of the pandemic as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
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The case count has more than doubled yesterday's numbers, to above 100,000 again. A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via CNN, a discouraging report: The surreal lives of Arkansas nurses fighting Covid-19 inside the hospital and denial on the outside. Excerpt: (CNN)Sunny worked as a nurse on a Covid-19 floor of a hospital at the height of the pandemic.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: On July 19, the case count was 15,721 and deaths were 542. On July 20: 27,592 and 1,424. July 21: 54,517 and 1,424 again. The low numbers on July 19 were... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via Meduza, an English-language Russian source I don't know: Russia’s vaccination certificates reveal COVID-19 numbers up to five times higher than official statistics. This report appeared on July 20. Excerpt: For the past three weeks, Moscow residents could be refused... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at H5N1
Via the Brisbane Times: NSW COVID cases grow by 124; infectious in community numbers rise. Excerpt: NSW has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case numbers in the current outbreak, with 124 locally acquired cases, as Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
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Case numbers are double those of yesterday, but deaths are precisely the same. A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
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The numbers are up a bit today. A screenshot from the COVID-19 CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at H5N1
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Thanks to Giuseppe Michielli for alerting me to this NDTV report. Bird Flu: Delhi's AIIMS Reports First Bird Flu Death This Year, Haryana Boy, 11. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first ever H5N1 fatality in India, and the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Two-thirds of Indians have coronavirus antibodies, survey shows. That's about 1 billion people. July 20 (Reuters) - Two-thirds of India's population have antibodies against the coronavirus, according to data released on Tuesday from a survey of 29,000 people... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at H5N1
Via the Center for Global Development: Three new estimates of India’s all cause excess mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a 27-page PDF. The abstract: India lacks an authoritative estimate of the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic. We... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at H5N1
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The numbers keep falling. A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at H5N1
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Credit: Our World in Data Via Reuters: Cuba, gripped by unrest, battles highest COVID caseload in the Americas. Excerpt: HAVANA, July 19 (Reuters) - Cuba, which kept coronavirus infections low last year, now has the highest rate of contagion per... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at H5N1
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The numbers keep falling. A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2021 at H5N1
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A screenshot from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) dashboard: The US now has 34 million cases; India is catching up at 31 million. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2021 at H5N1
Via Reuters: Indonesia reports record number of doctor deaths from COVID-19 in July. Excerpt: JAKARTA, July 18 (Reuters) - Deaths of doctors from COVID-19 in Indonesia rose sharply in the first half of July, according to the profession's association, as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2021 at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Covid-19 Delta Variant Widens Gulf Between Vaccinated and Unvaccinated. Excerpt: Even as many Americans celebrate the apparent waning of the pandemic, the thrum of concern over the so-called Delta variant grows steadily louder. The variant,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2021 at H5N1
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Both cases and deaths are falling. A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: Even more encouraging are the case and death counts for epi-week 28, which ends today: 273,445 cases in the week, when week 24 was 508,932... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2021 at H5N1
Via the Jakarta News, a Xinhua report: Indonesia reports 51,952 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,092 new deaths. JAKARTA, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 51,952 within one day to 2,832,755, with the death toll adding by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2021 at H5N1
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A screenshot from the CONASS PANEL | COVID-19 dashboard: The numbers are falling, but they're still too high. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at H5N1