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  • A Lasting Legacy of COVID: Far-Right Platforms Spreading Health Myths (yahoo.com)

    Not long after Randy Watt died of COVID-19, his daughter Danielle sat down at her computer, searching for clues as to why the smart and thoughtful man she knew had refused to get vaccinated. She pulled up Google, typed in a screen name he had used in the past and discovered a secret that stunned her.

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    • https://www.washingtonpost.com/healt...-who-is-dying/

      The proportion of deaths among those 65 or older has fluctuated from eight out of 10 in the first few months of the pandemic, to a low of 6 out of 10 when the delta wave struck in the summer of 2021, to a high of 9 out of 10 today.

      Last month, people 85 and older represented 41.4 percent of deaths, those 75 to 84 were 30 percent of deaths, and those 65 to 74 were 17.5 percent of deaths, according to a Post analysis. All told, the 65-plus age group accounted for nearly 90 percent of covid deaths in the United States despite being only 16 percent of the population.

      When it comes to the coronavirus, though, deaths in Americans over 65 fell dramatically after the arrival of the original series of vaccines since seniors were the most likely to get them. But booster rates for older Americans are now lagging: According to the CDC, 98 percent of those ages 65 to 74 and 96 percent of people 75 and over completed an initial two-shot course. Those rates fall to 22 and 25 percent respectively for the new omicron-specific booster.

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      • I was in Barcelona in May. I had a taxi driver who confidently bought into every covid19 conspiracy in existence. He had gotten all of it from YouTube videos. He asked me what I thought of Dr. Fauci. The conversation chilled dramatically when I called Fauci a hero. Point being, the insanity and disinformation go far beyond the US.

        Former work colleagues would tell me they were certain that the vaccines caused heart attacks. Susceptibility to covid19 disinformation seems to be relatively common among the far right.

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        • Originally posted by Dave View Post
          I was in Barcelona in May. I had a taxi driver who confidently bought into every covid19 conspiracy in existence. He had gotten all of it from YouTube videos. He asked me what I thought of Dr. Fauci. The conversation chilled dramatically when I called Fauci a hero. Point being, the insanity and disinformation go far beyond the US.

          Former work colleagues would tell me they were certain that the vaccines caused heart attacks. Susceptibility to covid19 disinformation seems to be relatively common among the far right.
          My niece told a neighbor that her mother had died. "What of?" asked the neighbor. "Covid" she said."That doesn't exist" replied the neighbor. Not only disinformation but brute callousness as well.

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          • Originally posted by jeremyp View Post

            My niece told a neighbor that her mother had died. "What of?" asked the neighbor. "Covid" she said."That doesn't exist" replied the neighbor. Not only disinformation but brute callousness as well.
            I had a similar experience. My wife and I went to a dinner several months ago. We were placed at a table with couples who, we didn’t know. The question was posed about vaccines. One guy proudly announced that he wasn’t vaccinated. He went on to explain that it was the whole thing was over stated. I explained I’d lost two cousins to it late in 2020. The guy challenged me on why I knew it was covid19. It is generally believed that we should have asked to be reseated.

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            • Al Roker has been in and out of the hospital due to blook clots over the last week to 10 days. Social media is loaded with comments blaming his issue on the fact that he's vaccinated.

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              • Man gets suspended term for temporary plane landing after mask refusal (kyodonews.net)

                A Japanese court on Wednesday sentenced a man who refused to wear a face mask aboard a Peach Aviation flight as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to two years in prison, suspended for four years, for causing the aircraft to make an unscheduled landing to remove the passenger.

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                • Florida pastor and his son are arrested in alleged $8 million Covid scam (yahoo.com)

                  A Florida pastor and his son were arrested Wednesday on charges of fraudulently obtaining more than $8 million in federal Covid relief funds and attempting to use some of the money to buy a luxury home near Walt Disney World.

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                  • Nate Silver...

                    I take no pleasure in reporting this but COVID fear porn has reached the armadillos and corpses phase.​

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                    • Men and women who worked out at least 30 minutes most days were about four times more likely to survive covid-19 than inactive people, according to an eye-opening study of exercise and coronavirus outcomes among almost 200,000 adults in Southern California.

                      The study found that exercise, in almost any amount, reduced people’s risks for a severe coronavirus infection. Even people who worked out for as little as 11 minutes a week — yes, a week — experienced lower risks of hospitalization or death from covid than those who moved about less.

                      Science already offers copious support for the idea that regular, moderate exercise increases our immune response and generally helps us avoid respiratory infections or recover more rapidly if we do catch a bug. In a 2011 study, adults who worked out regularly were almost half as likely to develop colds or similar infections as inactive people and also about 40 percent less likely to report their illnesses as lingering.​

                      The differences were most extreme between those who almost never exercised and those who worked out at least 150 minutes per week. The never-exercisers were 391 percent more likely to die after developing covid than the active men and women — whether they had obesity, high blood pressure or existing heart disease.

                      https://www.washingtonpost.com/welln...ion-mortality/
                      Last edited by jeremyp; 12-21-2022, 08:41 PM.

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                      • Originally posted by jeremyp View Post
                        The differences were most extreme between those who almost never exercised and those who worked out at least 150 minutes per week. The never-exercisers were 391 percent more likely to die after developing covid than the active men and women — whether they had obesity, high blood pressure or existing heart disease.

                        https://www.washingtonpost.com/welln...ion-mortality/
                        Of course, a very large segment of those who died were in nursing homes. Kinda hard for them to get that much exercise.

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                        • Originally posted by J Rorick View Post

                          Of course, a very large segment of those who died were in nursing homes. Kinda hard for them to get that much exercise.
                          The study was done with outpatients.

                          " So, for the new study, which was published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Sallis and his colleagues again turned to anonymized records about patients of Kaiser Permanente. Since 2009, that health-care system has included exercise as one of the vital signs health-care workers check during each patient visit, meaning they ask patients how many days per week they exercise, typically by walking, and for how many minutes.

                          The researchers now drew the records for 194,191 Kaiser patients who had been diagnosed with covid between Jan. 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021, and seen a doctor at least three times in recent years, so their records held multiple mentions of their exercise habits."

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                          • After I came down with COVID at Halloween time, I had a home test that was negative over a month ago. My symptoms had ended except for a lingering sporadic cough which went away during my two weeks in warmer weather in Florida for the USATF meetings and RRM race directors conference.

                            This week, while getting my Multiple Myeloma checkup, the cancer center’s more accurate COVID test yielded a faint but positive test strip. They explained it that patients with compromised immune systems can need a long time to eliminate the remnants of the COVID virus from their bodies.

                            I doubt I am contagious at this point but taking no chances: I am skipping the Christmas Eve shindig for my wife’s extended family. My family (who all had COVID in the fall and gave immunity) and I will visit my two sisters (who also have immunity) after their other guests have less. And I will wear a mask when I venture outside although I will mostly be saying home.

                            We are going to try another test in a couple weeks.

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                            • Djokovic may miss more US tennis

                              Serbia's unvaccinated tennis star Novak Djokovic looks set to miss two key hard-court tournaments in the United States after the country's travel auth...


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                              • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
                                After I came down with COVID at Halloween time, I had a home test that was negative over a month ago. My symptoms had ended except for a lingering sporadic cough which went away during my two weeks in warmer weather in Florida for the USATF meetings and RRM race directors conference.

                                This week, while getting my Multiple Myeloma checkup, the cancer center’s more accurate COVID test yielded a faint but positive test strip. They explained it that patients with compromised immune systems can need a long time to eliminate the remnants of the COVID virus from their bodies.

                                I doubt I am contagious at this point but taking no chances: I am skipping the Christmas Eve shindig for my wife’s extended family. My family (who all had COVID in the fall and gave immunity) and I will visit my two sisters (who also have immunity) after their other guests have less. And I will wear a mask when I venture outside although I will mostly be saying home.

                                We are going to try another test in a couple weeks.
                                I am happy to say that I finally have had two completely negative tests: one before the New Year and one since.

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