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This is a list of some of the main data sources we use: Please visit the Our World in Data for individual country data. https://www.worldomethttps://ourworldindata.org/covid-casesers.info/coronavirus/ Probably the best source of the latest COVID-19 statistics https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56 Tomas Pueyo has written a number of very good summaries of the strategies to overcome coronavirus https://www.capitaleconomics.com/the-economic-effects-of-the-coronavirus/ Good source of fast-moving China economic stats. https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/ If you want to be bombarded with every breaking news story, this is the place https://ncov.dxy.cn/ncovh5/view/pneumonia  Faster than worldometers for Chinese data, but slower on rest of the world data. I don’t think China cases matter anymore. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports I’m less enamoured of the WHO data now than I was at the start of the crisis. They are providing less information now than they were at the start of the crisis, and it sometimes contradicts country-level data. https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 The prettiest pictures, but one of the slower sites to update. I don’t find the charts that useful. https://www.youtube.com/user/MEDCRAMvideos has a daily youtube wrap-up https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisMartensondotcom has a daily youtube wrap-up https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19/surveillance/weekly-surveillance-report https://covidtracking.com/data/download/national-history.csv https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations


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  1. So the UK government just blinked.

    https://amp.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/18/health-department-warning-over-vaccine-mandate-for-nhs-england-staff

    Ministers have been issued with a stark warning over mandatory Covid vaccines for NHS workers in England, with a leaked document saying growing evidence on the Omicron variant casts doubts over the new law’s “rationality” and “proportionality”.

    Why do these documents have to be leaked? Why can’t there be transparency.

    It’s been clear for 12 months that the vaccine is about protecting yourself – or not protecting yourself. They don’t stop infection – and may in fact increase infection. They don’t stop you spreading it. They confer reasonable protection against serious illness – but at a price.

    Covid is overwhelmingly more serious for the elderly. Paradoxically, the vaccines seem to cause more problems in the young.

    This paradox suggests a blanket policy is wrong. There should be a point on a graph where the lines cross. Likely around 45 years or so. Or if otherwise at high risk.

    Anyway faced with a looming NHS staffing crisis, the UK government just blinked.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/01/30/front-line-health-staff-no-longer-need-covid-vaccines/

    • narrative in the Smage today about a 4th booster dose (at this stage for RACF residents and workers and immunocompromised)

      Will cause some unrest in the populace – you’ve done a good job convincing me (for what little that is worth)

      Wonder where Novavax is at for paed primary course, booster and adult boosters.

      At some stage, surely, they’ll have to pull the plug on boosting boosters and bring this back to an annual booster shot a la flu, probably mandated for teachers, HCWs, first responders, critical supply chain (inc food) etc

    • Meanwhile, NZ businesses are busy sacking all their unvaccinated staff despite no legal mandate to impose mandatory vaccination. And the Govt is forcing booster shots on all teachers and any one who sets foot on school grounds or lose their job by 1 March.

  2. Meanwhile, more data showing those cloth masks everyone wore are 9% effective at removing aerosols from air. 9%. Wow.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC8320385/#!po=60.3659

    This put people who dutifully masked for 2 years at a fork in the road
    You could say you are still alive despite wearing an ineffective mask these 2 years …….and so maybe you don’t need a mask at all

    Or you could rush out to but a better mask.

    Schools have decided to go the better mask option. Kids now need to wear heavier surgical cotton masks. For 7 hours a day. In summer.

    That’s a relief as those surgical masks are 12% effective.

    • Short CapitalismMEMBER

      What a stinking load of dead rotting carp: it’s 9% effective IF YOU SPEND 10 HOURS IN A ROOM WITH NO VENTILATION. You should have done interpretive dance instead of critical reading in school, it would’ve done you more good.

      • It’s always easier to fool people than to convince them they were fooled.

        But if you believe it’s airborne (tip: it is) the pore holes are too large.

        • Short CapitalismMEMBER

          They are never fully sealed around the face either. OMG, THEY AREN’T PERFECT, THROW THEM OUT!

    • Steve,

      What data for Sweden are you looking for as it’s still on the JH site? Btw, I responded to your email, didn’t get it until a day or so ago.

      • Sure the data is there. But I am curious that a taxpayer funded university seeks to obfuscate on this matter. It does them no credit.

        Just saw your earlier response and appreciate your thoughts.
        Three questions however.
        Why did virologists initially stare it looked unnatural?
        Why did they suddenly change position?
        Why are they reluctant to talk about this? Farrer hints at his concerns, but may not have disclosed everything he knows.

        • Q1. Not aware that virologists were predisposed to thinking it was man made, my memory is that most were done the animal path.
          Q2. don’t believe there was any change.
          Q3. Same.

          Your position is not supportable on any evidence in the public domain, it requires a belief in “forces” behaving corruptly, a conspiracy in other words, so it’s impossible to prove wrong.

          • Some of the best scientists were concerned very early on.

            There were several early deliberate efforts to undermine and marginalise them, and a number reversed their position.

            Fauci and Collins organised a statement from the WHO to try and counter the advice they were receiving.

            https://thebradentontimes.com/about-those-fauci-emails–p23958-137.htm

            FACT: Fauci worked to suppress scientific concerns over lab leak possibility and poison it as a topic of public or Congressional debate

            In a trove of emails that were part of an FOIA request, it was revealed that several top scientific advisors told Fauci at the onset of the pandemic that they felt that the most likely scenario in terms of the virus’ origin was that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab setting after having been altered for study.

            On Jan. 31, 2020, after Covid’s genome was decoded, Fauci received an email from Kristian Andersen, head of the Andersen Lab at Scripps Research Institute in California. Anderson noted that the virus had some “unusual features” and that some looked “potentially engineered.” He also said he and his team found them “inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory,” which is to say, lab-altered.
            “On a phylogenetic tree the virus looks totally normal and the close clustering with bats suggest that bats serve as the reservoir,” wrote Andersen, an NIH-funded scientist. “The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (<0.1%) so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered.”

            Dr. Michael Farzan, the scientist who discovered the human receptor on the original SARS virus, was troubled by the Receptor-Binding Domain (RBD) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Best I can tell, Farzan was perhaps the first person to voice concern over the furin cleavage site (FCS).

            Sidenote: Furin is a protease enzyme. Protease enzymes break down proteins into smaller polypeptides or single amino acids, causing the formation of new protein products. They do this by cleaving the peptide bonds within proteins by hydrolysis, a reaction in which water breaks bonds. The unique furin cleavage site in SARS-CoC-2 is important because it enhances its transmissibility and ability to infect other tissue types in the body.

            In a Feb. 2, 2020 email to Fauci, then-UK Health Advisor Dr. Jeremy Farrar told him that Farzan said he didn’t think the FCS was engineered into the virus but suggested that it would have been very unlikely to have evolved in nature and much more likely to have been the result of repeated passage (gain of function) in a lab setting.
            "So, I think it becomes a question of how do you put all this together," wrote Farrar, "whether you believe in this series of coincidences, what you know of the lab in Wuhan, how much could be in nature – accidental release or natural event? I am 70:30 or 60:40."

            A dozen scientists in the U.S. and Europe were included in the week-long chain of emails at the beginning of February. Several expressed similar concerns.

            Dr. Andrew Rambaut, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Edinburgh, wrote, "From a (natural) evolutionary point of view the only thing here that strikes me as unusual is the furin cleavage site." Professor Bob Garry, from the University of Texas, said he couldn’t, "figure out how this gets accomplished in nature."

            Nevertheless, we know through those same emails that Fauci and his longtime colleague and ally, former NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, worked hard to silence any expression of the lab leak theory right from the beginning, despite having understood how and why top scientists believed it was the most likely scenario.
            Copying Fauci, Collins responded to Farrar his concern for a "swift convening of experts (WHO seems really the only option) is needed, or the voices of conspiracy will quickly dominate, doing great potential harm to science and international harmony …"

            And Daszak (who had very close ties to WIV and was hardly an independent voice) quickly orchestrated a group letter in Lancet. This letter was written ridiculously early – before anyone could really know what happened. But it had the effect of poisoning debate and shaped the subsequent mainstream media narrative.
            https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30418-9/fulltext.

            Anyway you and I have discussed this several times. I respect your opinion, and am happy to agree to disagree. You may be right.

        • You may be Wrong (right)
          I may be crazy
          But it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for
          Turn out the light
          Don’t try to save me
          You may be wrong for all I know
          But you may be right

    • We cant talk about Sweden because their data is wholly inconvenient to the global narrative. If you want to see just how inconvenient, go check the total number of deaths in Sweden for 2021. You’ll find its lower than the pre-Covid average.

      • You got it.

        We are most likely not at the end of this. It would be sensible to look at places that have done things differently and see if there are lessons to be gained. Instead we seem to be suppressing the information.

      • kk, do you mean the data that for us to be on par with Sweden our deaths would, like, 40,000? Doesn’t matter what happens with Omicron it will never be as bad as Sweden’s.

  3. Something to consider at the start of the school year

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jan/25/un-data-reveals-nearly-insurmountable-scale-of-lost-schooling-due-to-covid?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    The scale of the number of children who have lost out on their schooling during the pandemic is “nearly insurmountable”, according to UN data.

    Up to 70% of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries cannot read or understand a simple text, up from 53% pre-Covid, the research suggested.