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k a rl h e nn i ng

Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
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[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Dry Brett Kavanaugh

#7421
US life expectancy drops largely due to Covid. An analyst observes that the greater drop in life expectancy for white Americans could reflect attitudes in some parts of the country to vaccines and pandemic control measures.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/08/31/1120192583/life-expectancy-in-the-u-s-continues-to-drop-driven-by-covid-19

Todd

'Largest score decline' in reading for nation's 9-year-olds, first-ever drop in math


Quote from: Kayla JimenezNew federal data reveals that 9-year-olds' reading and math scores have declined significantly across the board since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results show the largest average score decline in reading since 1990, and the first-ever score decline in mathematics, the National Center for Education Statistics said.

In other words, no group of high- or low-performing students was spared from a decline in performance by the pandemic and remote schooling.

"The big takeaway is that there are no increases in achievement in either of the subjects for any student group in this assessment. There were only declines or stagnant scores for the nation's 9-year-olds," said Peggy Carr, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.

And the pandemic's disruptions to education are the reason.
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MusicTurner

#7423
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against Omikron now approved in the EU.

In DK, the rise in infections seen in the early summer later went down a lot. Copenhagen only has about 70 - 100 registered infections/day.

But for the expected autumnal developments, vaccines for elderly groups, and later those above 50 years of age, incl. a 4th boost, will start in two weeks. The minimizing of boosts in 2022 has sadly and undoubtedly caused too many lives especially at our retirement homes.

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: MusicTurner on September 01, 2022, 08:44:04 AM
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against Omikron now approved in the EU.

In DK, the rise in infections seen in the early summer later went down a lot. Copenhagen only has about 70 - 100 registered infections/day.

But for the expected autumnal developments, vaccines for elderly groups, and later those above 50 years of age, incl. a 4th boost, will start in two weeks. The minimizing of boosts in 2022 has sadly and undoubtedly caused too many lives especially at our retirement homes.
It sounds like the fourth round boos was delayed?  :(

PD

MusicTurner

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on September 01, 2022, 11:39:12 AM
It sounds like the fourth round boos was delayed?  :(

PD

Yes, too much.

krummholz

Both Pfizer and Moderna hybrid (Wuhan / BA.4 / BA.5) boosters now approved in the US. Some controversy about the lack of data from clinical trials so far - the EUAs were based on data from mice only.

On a more personal note, I may have been exposed to the virus... a colleague thoughtlessly came to work with what she thought was "a cold". On my advice, she tested herself (antigen test) and it came back positive. I spent about two minutes talking to her from just inside the door of her office - we were both masked, and I was double masked, and she had an air purifier with a HEPA filter running. Still, given the extreme contagiousness of BA.5 (the currently dominant strain here), I'm taking no chances and plan to test myself in 5 days, just before I return to campus after my 4-day weekend (Tuesday is my no-teaching day).

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: krummholz on September 03, 2022, 01:45:12 PM
Both Pfizer and Moderna hybrid (Wuhan / BA.4 / BA.5) boosters now approved in the US. Some controversy about the lack of data from clinical trials so far - the EUAs were based on data from mice only.

On a more personal note, I may have been exposed to the virus... a colleague thoughtlessly came to work with what she thought was "a cold". On my advice, she tested herself (antigen test) and it came back positive. I spent about two minutes talking to her from just inside the door of her office - we were both masked, and I was double masked, and she had an air purifier with a HEPA filter running. Still, given the extreme contagiousness of BA.5 (the currently dominant strain here), I'm taking no chances and plan to test myself in 5 days, just before I return to campus after my 4-day weekend (Tuesday is my no-teaching day).

Warm vibes!
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Madiel

Quote from: krummholz on September 03, 2022, 01:45:12 PM
Both Pfizer and Moderna hybrid (Wuhan / BA.4 / BA.5) boosters now approved in the US. Some controversy about the lack of data from clinical trials so far - the EUAs were based on data from mice only.

On a more personal note, I may have been exposed to the virus... a colleague thoughtlessly came to work with what she thought was "a cold". On my advice, she tested herself (antigen test) and it came back positive. I spent about two minutes talking to her from just inside the door of her office - we were both masked, and I was double masked, and she had an air purifier with a HEPA filter running. Still, given the extreme contagiousness of BA.5 (the currently dominant strain here), I'm taking no chances and plan to test myself in 5 days, just before I return to campus after my 4-day weekend (Tuesday is my no-teaching day).

Your risk isn't too high in those circumstances, but best wishes.
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krummholz

Quote from: Madiel on September 03, 2022, 03:08:17 PM
Your risk isn't too high in those circumstances, but best wishes.

Thanks, Madiel. I know the risk isn't high, but I also know people who have taken every precaution and were still hit by the virus. I won't be sure I've dodged the bullet unless I test negative after more than a week. And I still have to use up another LAMP test (limited supply) to be sure I'm not infected on Wednesday.

Todd

The universe is change; life is opinion. - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

People would rather believe than know - E.O. Wilson

The dollar is our currency, but it's your problem - US Treasury Secretary John Connally to European Finance Ministers, 1971

ultralinear

For the second time this year, today Other Half is in bed with a case of Covid, this one most likely picked up at the local church Quiz Night on Saturday.  Once again so far I appear unaffected, despite having been on all the same outings and with the same (triple) vaccination status.  Normally I pick up anything that's going around and suffer with it, so I'm inclined to suppose the very nasty bout I caught in the first wave in 2020 may have left me with some enhanced resistance. :-\

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: ultralinear on October 06, 2022, 04:15:04 AM
For the second time this year, today Other Half is in bed with a case of Covid, this one most likely picked up at the local church Quiz Night on Saturday.  Once again so far I appear unaffected, despite having been on all the same outings and with the same (triple) vaccination status.  Normally I pick up anything that's going around and suffer with it, so I'm inclined to suppose the very nasty bout I caught in the first wave in 2020 may have left me with some enhanced resistance. :-\
Hope that she's doing o.k.

PD

ultralinear

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on October 06, 2022, 05:32:05 AM
Hope that she's doing o.k.

PD

Better today than yesterday (currently fast asleep. :))  Symptoms started on Tuesday evening, after we got back from Costco, so who knows how many more were infected.

One possible vector for the infection was the Quiz Night buffet supper, which no doubt was touched by many hands en route, but being largely wheat-based was not something I could eat, in anticipation of which I took along some supermarket sushi to have instead.


Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: ultralinear on October 06, 2022, 05:43:41 AM
Better today than yesterday (currently fast asleep. :))  Symptoms started on Tuesday evening, after we got back from Costco, so who knows how many more were infected.

One possible vector for the infection was the Quiz Night buffet supper, which no doubt was touched by many hands en route, but being largely wheat-based was not something I could eat, in anticipation of which I took along some supermarket sushi to have instead.
I'd take sushi over hot dish any day!  :D  ;)

So, you're not feeling any ill-effects?

PD

ultralinear

#7435
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on October 06, 2022, 05:46:06 AM
I'd take sushi over hot dish any day!  :D  ;)

So, you're not feeling any ill-effects?

PD
None at all. ::)  I haven't taken a test because I don't want to use them up when even a positive result wouldn't make any practical difference (we were supposed to be going to Hamburg tomorrow for a concert... :()

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: ultralinear on October 06, 2022, 05:51:53 AM
None at all. ::)  I haven't taken a test because I don't want to use them up when even a positive result wouldn't make any practical difference (we were supposed to be going to Hamburg tomorrow for a concert... :()
Sorry to hear about you missing the concert.  :(

For some reason or another, I was thinking that you lived in the States!  ::)

PD

krummholz

Quote from: ultralinear on October 06, 2022, 04:15:04 AM
For the second time this year, today Other Half is in bed with a case of Covid, this one most likely picked up at the local church Quiz Night on Saturday.  Once again so far I appear unaffected, despite having been on all the same outings and with the same (triple) vaccination status.  Normally I pick up anything that's going around and suffer with it, so I'm inclined to suppose the very nasty bout I caught in the first wave in 2020 may have left me with some enhanced resistance. :-\

Best wishes to her for a complete and speedy recovery!

Florestan

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Mirror Image

Quote from: ultralinear on October 06, 2022, 04:15:04 AM
For the second time this year, today Other Half is in bed with a case of Covid, this one most likely picked up at the local church Quiz Night on Saturday.  Once again so far I appear unaffected, despite having been on all the same outings and with the same (triple) vaccination status.  Normally I pick up anything that's going around and suffer with it, so I'm inclined to suppose the very nasty bout I caught in the first wave in 2020 may have left me with some enhanced resistance. :-\

Sorry to about this --- I hope your wife makes a full recovery and is back on her feet in no time. I had COVID in January of this year and it lasted 3 or 4 days. The only symptoms I had were a cough (not a cronic one) and it felt like someone had stabbed me right in my upper back. And of course, fever and chills.
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