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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 The Lancet, correspondence from Dr. Juan Martínez Hernández: SARS-CoV-2 risk misclassification explains poor COVID-19 management. One of the most striking facts about the COVID-19 pandemic is the notable difference in approach, attitude, control measures, case incidence, and mortality rates... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via Eurosurveillance: A large national outbreak of COVID-19 linked to air travel, Ireland, summer 2020. The abstract: An outbreak of 59 cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) originated with 13 cases linked by a 7 h, 17% occupancy flight into Ireland, summer... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at H5N1
A new report from the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University: “130,000 – 210,000 AVOIDABLE COVID-19 DEATHS – AND COUNTING – IN THE U.S.” The overview: This report looks at the staggering and disproportionate nature of COVID-19 fatalities... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at H5N1
Via The New York Times, good advice from Rep. James E. Clyburn and Dr. Krutika Kuppalli: Three Steps for Safe Pandemic Voting. Excerpt: This country is having to conduct an election in the midst of a pandemic that has claimed... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
A news release: The Independent Panel Works to Establish Authoritative Chronology of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Excerpt: The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is working to establish an authoritative chronology of the emergence, global recommendations, national response, and impacts... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via Caixin Global: In Depth: Who’s Getting Vaccinated? High-Risk Groups, Students Going Abroad Join China's Growing Trials. Excerpt: China is expanding the number of people receiving its experimental Covid-19 vaccines. Two eastern cities are offering one to the general public,... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet Regional Health: Potential lessons from the Taiwan and New Zealand health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The summary: Approaches to preventing or mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have varied markedly between nations. We examined the... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at H5N1
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A screenshot from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) dashboard on a bad night: Not only have we blown through to over 41 million cases worldwide, but Spain, France and Colombia have joined the One Million Club since this morning.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Things are not going well in Ireland. Via RTE: Covid-19: 3 additional deaths, 1,167 new cases. The Department of Health has reported a further 1,167 cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases here to 53,422. Three... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via medRxiv: Cognitive deficits in people who have recovered from COVID-19 relative to controls: An N=84,285 online study. The abstract: Case studies have revealed neurological problems in severely affected COVID-19 patients. However, there is little information regarding the nature and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Reuters: UK scientific advisor says coronavirus unlikely to be eradicated. LONDON (Reuters) - The coronavirus will be around for “evermore” as it is unlikely it will be eradicated, a British scientist on the government’s advisory committee for the pandemic... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
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A screenshot from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) dashboard: We appear to be adding a million cases every three days. We passed 40 million on Sunday night; we'll pass 41 million sometime today. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Columbia Journalism Review, Jon Allsop writes: On ‘herd immunity,’ vaccines, and pandemic whiplash. Excerpt: In mid-March, as the British government dragged its feet on implementing strict coronavirus lockdown measures that it would soon impose anyway, Patrick Vallance, the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet, correspondence: The Brazilian Government's mistakes in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is unfortunate to read the unsubstantiated and misguided opinion of a few physicians about the role of the current administration during the COVID-19 crisis in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Globalnews.ca: Montreal daycare grapples with COVID-19 outbreak. Excerpt: Enfant des Neiges daycare in In Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough has seen seven educators and two children test positive for COVID-19 since last Monday, but remains open. An additional three educators and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MMWR, a stunning report: Excess Deaths Associated with COVID-19, by Age and Race and Ethnicity — United States, January 26–October 3, 2020. The summary, with my bolding: What is already known about this topic? As of October 15, 216,025... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Globalnews.ca, a report by The Associated Press: Argentina becomes 5th country to surpass 1 million coronavirus cases. Excerpt: At the edge of Argentina in a city known as “The End of the World,” many thought they might be spared... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Half of Indians may have had coronavirus by February, government panel estimates. MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least half of India’s 1.3 billion people are likely to have been infected with the new coronavirus by next February, helping slow... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via The Lancet Planetary Health: Long-term effects of PM2·5 on neurological disorders in the American Medicare population: a longitudinal cohort study. Background Accumulating evidence links fine particulate matter (PM2·5) to premature mortality, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease. However, less is known about the influence of PM2·5 on neurological disorders. We... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Politics of Dementia
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A screenshot from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) dashboard: For those fond of round numbers, I might note that Argentina has now joined the Million Club. Spain, Colombia, and France seem likely to join within a few days. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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Three photos by Dr. Carroll taken during the cholera outbreak in 2011: Cholera treatment center, central Haiti, 2011. "We sometimes received 300 patients a day." Via the Peoria Journal Star, Dr. John Carroll marks a momentous anniversary: Haiti’s Cholera Started Ten Years Ago Today. His column, and then a lot... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cholera in Haiti
Via Reuters: Spain's regions tighten COVID-19 measures as one million case milestone looms. Excerpt: MADRID (Reuters) - Several Spanish regions toughened their coronavirus restrictions on Monday, seeking to curb a second wave of infection that looks set to drive the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via DW: OECD: Coronavirus disproportionately affects migrants. Excerpt: The coronavirus pandemic has changed the lives of people all over the world, and particularly that of migrants, according to a new report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via BBC News: Coronavirus: Schools in NI shut as two-week closure begins. Excerpt: Schools in Northern Ireland are shut on Monday as part of new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. The two-week closure, which includes the half-term... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
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A screenshot from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) dashboard: Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1