So, how was your week?


Some excerpts from Violet's pandemic roundup:

Palm Springs Desert Sun reported Coachella Valley cases were up 77% following first weekend of Coachella.

Coachella's first no-vax, no-test, no-mask weekend adds to a growing list of bands and performers "cancelling shows, abandoning tours, sick and/or stuck in quarantine far from home." Positives came for Bob Mould, Jon Spencer, Low, Superchunk, and many more. [...]

"Unfortunately, the idea of one-way masking is better in theory than in practice." See: What is one-way masking, and does one-way masking work? [...]

An unqualified Federal judge in Florida on Monday struck down the CDC's mask protections on airplanes, trains, and other public transit. [...] Airlines immediately announced to passengers it was safe to unmask while in airports, or mid-flight, endangering those at-risk or traveling with children under 5. Flight attendants and pilots chided those who continued to mask. Uber and Lyft followed suit.

Delta Airlines announced the change with a false statement, that Covid-19 "has transitioned to a seasonal virus." [...] Further, "Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will allow customers previously barred from flying for failing to wear masks to board flights again."

Perhaps Delta should change its name to Omicron. [...]

"BART, SF Muni, Caltrain [...] all initially announced that they are making no changes to their current masking policy, keeping the mandate in place for now." However, BART has stopped enforcing mask requirements on trains. [...]

The San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday ran a headline saying that masks don't work. One of the authors was UCSF's Dr. Monica Gandhi.

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5 Responses:

  1. nooj says:

    I caught up on Moon Knight. It's fine.

    I had a very long conversation with an otherwise-reasonable person who celebrated the end of masking and ushering in "the" "endemic" "phase" of covid. He's convinced another 2 years of mask mandates is absolutely out of the question. "Yeah, especially if people like you keep saying stuff like that."

  2. Nik says:
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    <Morgan Freeman&GT;Perhaps the real pandemic was The Human Condition all along.</Morgan Freeman&GT;

    Sad-outro-theme.mp3

    • Nik says:

      (Huh. Posted result differs from preview result in that autocorrected &GT; instead of typed >)

      • Nik says:

        Having since read the previous post - coincidence!

        (I don't mind typing tags and entities, but autocorrect and mismatched preview made me lazy. Mea culpa)

  3. Jim says:
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    It took less than one week for the invention of the transistor to produce a portable audio amplifier, but quantum computers are almost thirty years old and they still can't add.

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