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COVID-19: Vaccination vs. the Variants 

Okay, so with the U.S. general eligibility date rapidly approaching, it’s come to my attention that some folks don’t realize that the ability of variants to partially dodge the human immune system makes it way more important to get vaccinated than it already was.

Why? Because even if the virus evolves enough to gain ability to infect people who’ve been vaccinated—a harder challenge than getting a second round on someone after natural infection—the head start that your immune system receives will still *keep you from dying*. In point of fact, all of the vaccines currently available in the U.S. & Europe are so effective at preventing death that even with millions vaccinated but still short of herd immunity, there isn’t yet enough data to put a number on how often it fails to preserve life.

For all practical purposes, that means even if you become infected, vaccination reduces the severity of COVID-19 s.t. your odds of death become infinitesimal. So please get your shots.

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PSA: COVID-19, reinfection 

There are preliminary signs that people who’ve survived one bout of COVID-19 are vulnerable to reinfection by the B.1.351 variant which was discovered in South Africa this past December. The patients’ time since recovery doesn’t seem to be publicly available information.

Meanwhile in Manaus, Brazil, a massive outbreak had peaked in April of 2020 and was at low ebb from July to October, with ~76% of the population testing positive for antibodies in October. Mid-December it came roaring back (with its own mutations, some convergent with the UK & S. African variants) and the city is now back in dire straits.

We don’t yet know whether these new strains have managed to evade the immune response of people who’ve been infected before, or if immunity wanes between month 6 and 7-8 after natural infections.

We *do* know that the immune response produced by vaccines is typically more robust than that from infection. And we know that masks reduce risk of infection in the first place.

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Please read: Risk factors for hospitalization of young(er) people with COVID-19 

We now have enough data to do some statistics on what gives working-age adults a higher risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19, and once admitted, a higher risk of needing a ventilator. Turns out, the number one risk factor is *smoking* [1].
The authors included e-cigarette use under that header since it was a known health risk before the pandemic. So, we can generalize that one to *having crap in your lungs*.

If having foreign materials in your lungs is the biggest risk factor for most of the population, that means secondhand smoke is also dangerous, and so is air pollution [2].

It's also a somewhat controllable risk. People can swap cigarettes for nicotine gum. Cannabis? Edibles. If you can afford HEPA filters, they're worth their weight in gold. (If you can only get one, put it in your bedroom. You spend at least a third of your time there.)

Oh, and the second-largest risk factor? Asthma, as expected [1].

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I think I've figured out my use-case for social media, and why my activity is so sporadic. It's something I engage with only when I'm unable to do immersive activities. That generally means I'm one or another stripe of brain-fried.

Be aware that that's the slice of my life you're observing here, I guess.

COVID-19: Vaccination vs. the Variants 

Okay, so with the U.S. general eligibility date rapidly approaching, it’s come to my attention that some folks don’t realize that the ability of variants to partially dodge the human immune system makes it way more important to get vaccinated than it already was.

Why? Because even if the virus evolves enough to gain ability to infect people who’ve been vaccinated—a harder challenge than getting a second round on someone after natural infection—the head start that your immune system receives will still *keep you from dying*. In point of fact, all of the vaccines currently available in the U.S. & Europe are so effective at preventing death that even with millions vaccinated but still short of herd immunity, there isn’t yet enough data to put a number on how often it fails to preserve life.

For all practical purposes, that means even if you become infected, vaccination reduces the severity of COVID-19 s.t. your odds of death become infinitesimal. So please get your shots.

COVID-19: Vaccination vs. the Variants 

Okay, so with the U.S. general eligibility date rapidly approaching, it’s come to my attention that some folks don’t realize that the ability of variants to partially dodge the human immune system makes it way more important to get vaccinated than it already was.

Why? Because even if the virus evolves enough to gain ability to infect people who’ve been vaccinated—a harder challenge than getting a second round on someone after natural infection—the head start that your immune system receives will still *keep you from dying*. In point of fact, all of the vaccines currently available in the U.S. & Europe are so effective at preventing death that even with millions vaccinated but still short of herd immunity, there isn’t yet enough data to put a number on how often it fails to preserve life.

For all practical purposes, that means even if you become infected, vaccination reduces the severity of COVID-19 s.t. your odds of death become infinitesimal. So please get your shots.

PSA: COVID-19, reinfection, sources 

HaAretz:
Two Recovered Israeli COVID Patients Reinfected With South African Strain
haaretz.com/israel-news/two-re

British Medical Journal:
Covid-19: Is Manaus the final nail in the coffin for natural herd immunity?
bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n394

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PSA: COVID-19, reinfection 

There are preliminary signs that people who’ve survived one bout of COVID-19 are vulnerable to reinfection by the B.1.351 variant which was discovered in South Africa this past December. The patients’ time since recovery doesn’t seem to be publicly available information.

Meanwhile in Manaus, Brazil, a massive outbreak had peaked in April of 2020 and was at low ebb from July to October, with ~76% of the population testing positive for antibodies in October. Mid-December it came roaring back (with its own mutations, some convergent with the UK & S. African variants) and the city is now back in dire straits.

We don’t yet know whether these new strains have managed to evade the immune response of people who’ve been infected before, or if immunity wanes between month 6 and 7-8 after natural infections.

We *do* know that the immune response produced by vaccines is typically more robust than that from infection. And we know that masks reduce risk of infection in the first place.

do you ever just think about how adults spread anti-kid propaganda casually everywhere that kids exist? i remember posters in my high school mocking teenagers with phrases like "Quick! Move out while you still know everything!" and yeah in one regard, i remember being 15 and thinking i knew more than i really did but on the other hand, its used to silence the voices of kids who do have legitimate complaints about adults wrt abuse, the ever distant goal posts of education, autonomy, and it impacts us well into adult hood.

we're really just casually okay with making sure kids have zero respect as humans.

uspol, comcast & activism (+) 

Movement Alliance Project: (birdsite)
Breaking: @/comcast doubles internet speeds for low income communities, as a direct result of our pressure! Congrats to @/mediajustice @/SOMOSCityKnight @/DetCommTech @/freepress @/ColorOfChange and so many more!

GG: !! twitter.com/mvmalliance/status

To my assorted relatives with the “I want to like you, but you remind me too much of me for that” dynamic going on... 

I love you all. Now get bent.

Seeking chemical analysis lab recommendations :boost_ok: 

If I was looking to have a sample of an organic substance* analyzed to be sure it is what it’s being sold as, and what kind of impurities it has, who in the continental U.S. might I go to for that? I don’t need pharmaceutical-grade precision or anything like that; cosmetic-grade would be adequate.

Boosts appreciated. (If you’re a chemist who’s willing to do this yourself, you’re invited to DM me for details.)

* which is legal to have in all relevant jurisdictions

Anger, Sewers 

Fun fact! You can see which points in the combined King County-Seattle sewerage system are overflowing at any given point in time at kingcounty.gov/services/enviro

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COVID, Anger, Sewers 

Casual reminder that both the City of Seattle and King County are under a consent decree with the EPA in regard to repeated combined sewer overflows both into freshwater and saltwater, which not only causes odors and makes water unsightly, but causes pollution that directly harms both indigenous and settler communities along Puget Sound.

epa.gov/enforcement/seattle-wa

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COVID, Anger 

Just found out via the State of Washington that I and my coworkers are not eligible for the Coronavirus vaccine at this time.

We work directly with raw sewage before it even gets to the treatment facilities.

We're not being considered healthcare workers despite what we do being fucking imperative.

Meanwhile 2 million people are using a Chrome extension which was secretively modified months ago to connect to various third party servers and execute code from them, "with the power to modify any and all websites that you see"

github.com/greatsuspender/theg

have you exported your fediverse account's data lately?

mastodon users: preferences -> import/export

vulpine.club users: vulpine.club/settings/export

nerds: wanna do somethin cool with the data export? check out github.com/blackle/mastodon-da

What if ‘smart’ cities served their citizens? (Guardian link.) 

Typically, I’m wary of about a third of Cory Doctorow’s ideas. “The case for cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states” is a rare piece that I can get behind.

“If we decide to treat people as sensors, and not as things to be sensed—if we observe Kant’s injunction that humans should be ‘treated as an end in themselves and not as a means to something else’—then we can modify the smart city to gather information about the *things* and share that information with the *people*.

Imagine a human-centred smart city that knows everything it can about things. It knows how many seats are free on every bus, it knows how busy every road is, it knows where there are short-hire bikes available and where there are potholes. It knows how much footfall every metre of pavement receives, and which public loos are busiest.

What it doesn’t know is *anything about individuals in the city*. It knows about things, not people.“

theguardian.com/cities/2020/ja

looking for info, mutual aid, safety (long) 

hey y'all, need some assistance that some of you are probably far better equipped to provide than I am.

I had a friend reach out last night letting me know that they're afraid of what's going on in the US right now, understandably.

They feel pretty isolated and alone in the place where they live.

The local political atmosphere is tense with violence from fash gangs and self-proclaimed leftists alike while any support for keeping people safe seems to be absent.

They're not sure how to go about keeping themselves safe from chaotic situations when they're forced to leave their house and don't have anyone local to them they feel they can rely on to help.

I am quite positive they're not the only ones feeling like this and in need of aid.

Do you have links to any literature that has helped you develop a strategy for such situations?

Have you come up with particular ways you've learned to deal with staying safe without a local support group that might carry over to others, particularly those in more rural areas?

Do you know of any state, regional, or national orgs that specifically provide outreach to members of marginalized groups who are in need of support resources?

I would appreciate any and all input you may have that would help ease their fears and provide them with some actions they can take to try and improve their current circumstances.

Thanks, y'all.

⭐️Cool Rat Facts⭐️

-rats name their babies
-rats are ticklish and younger/baby rats like when you tickle them
-mother rats tickle and sing to their babies
-rats giggle when they are tickled
-you can teach rats to do tricks, and also litter box train them
-humans sense of taste is most identical to a rats
-rats want to hang out with you, they're curious about the world and also they want your attention

and most importantly:

❤️Rats love you❤️

I will end this with a commentary on Luddism: it's been reframed as reactionary technophobia because the option of unmaking a system or technology that's found to be anethetical to our wellbeing is a tool they don't want you to have in the box. When you cite post-9/11 political bullshit as being unnecessary and not a foundational part of our society, you are engaging in Luddism. As with that, so should you with a McDonald's staffed by glorified iPads that don't take cash.

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