Does the coronavirus merit investment, or personal, concern or consideration?

Pandemic of the vaccinated. Deaths rising among the vaxxed and boostered as time goes on.

My read is this is immune escape from O combined with waning vax protection over time.

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Remdesivir approved for kids, seems to help, like many things, if given early to high risk people.

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-approves-first-covid-19-treatment-young-children

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Inflection rates in the US broadly, via a national survey of antibodies to the N protein (indicating inflection / exposure, not just vaccination).

Highest among younger age groups, 60-70% had covid in the under 18 groups, and lower in older ones 30-50%. I’m not sure if that’s a function of schools and higher social exposure that decreases with age and fewer kids in the household, or what. Also note that antibodies are only detectable for a few months after your most recent exposure, so these are a lower bound on the population level of Covid survivors, but also may reflect a lack of re-exposure to others in adults while moreso in kids.

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China and zero covid.

Freight traffic volumes in the Shanghai metropolitan area plunged by 81% year-on-year in the first three weeks of April. Jiangsu province recorded a drop of 30%. Nationwide, freight volumes in April are down 15% year-on-year. There are currently no trains running between Nanjing and Shanghai; the authorities in Nanjing are so riddled with fear that they won’t allow any traffic

Do you see any indication that this policy is being reconsidered?

No, nil. While 150,000 new cases per day is no longer a problem in Germany, 20,000 new cases in China are still considered 20,000 cases too many. For the past two years, the party leadership and government have spun the narrative that China has handled the pandemic much better than the decadent West. Now this narrative is blowing up in their faces.

The population is genuinely afraid of the virus. Anyone who tests positive here is taken from home like a convict and forced into a camp with thousands of other people.

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The CCP and Xi are genuinely afraid of the virus.
FTFY.

Xi’s strategy has to be superior to the West’s, so he can justify another power grab while being elected as the top dog for a 3rd time.

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Trust the Science, the whining Instagram edition.

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Masks. Finish study shows masks in kids accomplished less than nothing.

Chart comparing two similar cities, one who masked kids 10+ and one who did only 12+. The 10-12 age group was compared and were similar, with the masked kids having slightly higher covid incidence.

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For two years, it hasnt matter who was saying it, only that they were saying the right things.

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I trust their judgement on this one topic. Wouldn’t you trust Henry Ford if he were afraid to ride in his automobile?

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Now there is a new datapoint to add to your chart. Our friend, and Red China’s dear leader (as opposed to ours), Xijinping has found a more humanitarian way to fight the virus from China. Bill Gates, aborted Epstein, Michael Moore, and Sean Penn will be tweeting in support of it soon.

Yeah, I’m concerned. Not only did they list the China virus, but other reasons. They just used the Wuhan flu as the excuse to expedite the purchase.

Elon’s not in charge yet, but there are clearly some improvements to be made. They’re flagging the CDC for misinformation.

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Chinese lockdowns. No food or water deliveries on the weekends, no leaving your home at all.

The only hope for us here is that this is one last hard lockdown as a final measure to test and cut off the spread of the virus

We have some hope that this new hard lockdown is only for 2 days, but then again, that’s exactly what they told us for the general lockdown 47 days ago

Vit D again, and a historical perspective on the CDC not caring about it (even for flu).

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Bump, in case xerty has some COVID humor this week.

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You can’t keep your foot on the people unless you control the media. It’s harder than in Mao’s time, but Xijinping is doing his best.

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Important: Lawrence Tabak is current acting NIH Director. He testified yesterday.

Collins and Fauci concealed earliest COVID-19 genomic sequences, bowing to Chinese request

Tabak confirmed this yesterday.

Vanity Fair recently reported that the information was hidden in response to a request from Chinese scientists, despite potentially resolving whether the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology or passed naturally from animals to humans.

The above just one more example of news you NEVER will hear reported by the American mainstream media.

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Because it seems to me like they’re trying to make a story out of nothing. The procedure is that you can submit some data and you can request that data be hidden. It’s not a new procedure, it has always worked that way. They followed the long-established procedure. And the data is still there and can be examined. So if there’s an actual story there, that data needs to be examined. And perhaps it already had been, and there is no story. It’s all speculation if nobody looks at the data and publishes the results.

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Covid policy / lockdowns and remote school impacts on learning. They were really bad, especially so for the poor.

High-poverty schools were more likely to go remote and their students lost more when they did so. Both mattered, but the latter effect mattered more. To give you a sense of the magnitude: In high-poverty schools that were remote for more than half of 2021, the loss was about half of a school year’s worth of typical achievement growth.

The students in high-poverty schools that were remote for most of 2020-21 lost about 0.45 standard deviations in math. There are very few educational interventions that have ever been shown to have an impact that large… a district could provide a high-quality tutor to every single one of the students in a high-poverty school and still not expect to make up the decline

And of course because it’s Harvard, we can’t have an article without fretting about racism. Turns out the lockdown policies were super racist too.

gaps in math achievement by race and school poverty did not widen in school districts in states such as Texas and Florida and elsewhere that remained largely in-person. Where schools remained in-person, gaps did not widen. Where schools shifted to remote learning, gaps widened sharply

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