NS is back down to single-digit numbers of new #covid19 cases per day, all travel-related with no [known] community spread [yet], kid's back in school, and I'm looking at this Globe & Mail op-ed on the Atlantic Bubble: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-go-early-go-hard-stay-vigilant-how-atlantic-canada-beat-the-virus/
covid19, satire (mcsweeneys)
"I Am the Designer of This Restaurant’s Outdoor Seating Space, and This Is My Artist’s Statement"
Q: why is vaccine rollout so slow in my country
A: main purpose of vaccines was to boost stocks of pharma bigcos and immunize wealthy; capital will not pass up a chance to use disease as an avenue to keep workers in a precariously servile state, so capitalists absolutely will hold vaccination back from workers and "unworthies" if they can get away with it
While we're averaging 0-2 cases a day in Nova Scotia, neighbouring Newfoundland is having a significant outbreak of the far more contagious B117-variant #covid19, focused on a high school in St John's:
—a spike that shows just how suddenly things can change with this pandemic even in places that were previously doing well.
Our local respite from #covid19 seems to be over, with a new surge of new cases in Nova Scotia and a bunch of exposure notifications right in our neighbourhood, including our regular Chinese takeout place. http://www.nshealth.ca/news/potential-exposure-covid-19-11-locations-central-zone
TX and AL state govs know that gaps in healthcare + shredded social safety nets make #covid19 esp deadly for minorities in service positions, plus other marginalized populations. Withdrawing protective measures now, just months from the promise of mass immunization, is a last-ditch genocide maneouvre.
Wife's old classmate from art school is in hospital with covid and is still painting https://www.instagram.com/p/CMF3JNpjE_G/
“We Hate You Now: the hardest problem of the aftertimes” #covid19 https://medium.com/surviving-covid-19/we-hate-you-now-d0fca14e3b82
I am simply ghosting old acquaintances who have turned into antivax/antimask conspiratoids. They are death.
"Canada’s Atlantic provinces have kept #COVID19 largely at bay — here’s how": https://globalnews.ca/news/7728077/canada-atlantic-bubble-return-covid-explainer/
Sudden jump in #covid19 cases here with 9 new cases in Nova Scotia, all travel-related. Seems like two separate groups landed here already infected, but all are isolating. https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20210402001
"Americans are super-spreaders of COVID-19 misinformation" https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/mu-aas040621.php
Got a #covid19 test yesterday, first time actually going through the ordeal. Been coughing with a sore throat for a few days, most likely a cold my kid brought back from school (he tested negative for that last week) so I'll be surprised if this turns out to be actual covid.
Nova Scotia's jump in cases is turning into a full #covid19 outbreak, with at least one cluster driven by someone who arrived from Ontario and *invited people over* before their isolation was done.
Authorities are shutting down travel and asking people to get tested, but it's worth noting this outbreak also comes just a couple weeks after they opened up malls, restaurants, and gyms to 100%.
NS deep into #covid19 third wave and now in full lockdown. https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/nova-scotias-lockdown-best-way-to-keep-safe-says-trudeau-3672888
Cases seem high, with new case acceleration probably driven by variants but really case positivity with increased testing is much lower compared to the first wave, as shown in Shotwell's charts: https://covid.shotwell.ca/
And from The Beaverton (satire):
Nova Scotia #covid19 situation continues to worsen, third wave definitely worse now than previous waves. https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/bad-covid-news-all-around-1-more-death-a-record-227-new-cases-200-more-positive-cases-in-waiting-and-more-restrictions-on-the-border-and-retail/
With #covid19 vaccine eligibility opening up to our age ranges, wife and I are now lined up for our first Pfizer shots in two weeks -- and second shots 4 months later.
105-day interval due to supply issues in Canada: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/canada-covid-19-vaccine-delay-risk-1.5939134
...although preliminary studies show that might actually be a good thing: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid-19-pfizer-second-dose-delay-more-antibodies-study-1.6026765
we were at the beach yesterday and it was kinda crowded and then a couple approached us and asked if we wanted to sample their homemade hummus and i threw caution to the wind and said yeah and they gave me a little cup of hummus and let me fish around for a cracker from a ziploc bag and i only realized much later how risky that was, despite the low covid case count and high vax rate in NS, but hey free hummus
(i didn't buy their hummus, needed more salt and garlic)
Turns out the "spike protein in my balls" toot was extremely relevant as mRNA #covid19 vaccines have been found to cause statistically significant increases in sperm count (although within normal params of individual variation) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2781360
"The Swiss cheese infographic that went viral." https://virologydownunder.com/the-swiss-cheese-infographic-that-went-viral/
Not that the risk was extremely great; as of today only 15 people are known to have COVID in NS, all traced and isolated, and a good percentage of the provincial population is fully vaccinated. (Still, we have a 5 y.o. kid and an untracked breakthrough infection is always a possibility.) https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/4-new-cases-of-covid-19-announced-in-nova-scotia-on-thursday-august-5/
So now NS is hurtling towards a full reopening with no more masks next week, just as the borders reopen and a Delta-variant-driven fourth wave surges through Canada, spiking the infection rate in the province. Kids -- including still-unvaxed under-12s, *including* my son just starting primary -- are back in school, with what feels to me to be insufficient protection, because those in power still seem to think think kids are immune to Covid.
The liberal gerontocracy's public messaging was "STAY HOME TO STOP THE SPREAD, FLATTEN THE CURVE" back when the elderly were most vulnerable, but now that they're vaccinated and little kids are the ones at risk, it's all "wE hAvE tO lEaRn To LiVe WiTh CoViD"
Either they're willfully ignorant of variants' risk to the younger unvaxed, or they will just gladly sacrifice children on the altar of number-go-up rather than pay parents to keep children home or even ventilate the schools properly
whew, NS delayed full phase 5 unmasking/reopening till october because of a spike driven by clusters of the unvaxed: https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/nova-scotias-full-reopening-postponed-to-october-4/
Someone else on MeFi also wondering what an aggregated cube of virus would look like: https://ask.metafilter.com/357768/
—from looking at the links in the thread the answer seems to be "plain colourless/white powder/gel"
university class ring party turned into a provincial #covid19 superspreader event, thanks, "x-ring" weirdos
covid19, twitter link
Rob Sheridan on the stress of continuing to be safe from #covid19 while society tries to "normalcy"-gaslight you into opening up and becoming a plaguelord for capital: https://twitter.com/rob_sheridan/status/1480295143999635456
covid19, twitter link
—oops i linked the last tweet in the thread and not the first one, scroll up, or maybe just click on this: https://twitter.com/rob_sheridan/status/1480289538433974273 #covid19
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