A large decline in cases, right at the end of January. This week’s fun exercise is the clash between a call for the CDC to focus on being a center for disease control and offload its quixotic side quests, versus a former head of the CDC insisting that people will die (die I tell you!) if such dangerous changes are implemented.
Still curious about your thoughts on the colonoscopy trial...
"So, with regards to the questions of the initial response to Covid, school openings, the need to repeal mask mandates, FDA Delenda Est, CDC Delenda Est, and honestly more things I end up mentioning than not, and obviously a bunch of things I end up not mentioning at all, and you can quote me on this:
You know what? I was too reluctant to engage in this hot-button policy controversy"
I would greatly enjoy some sort of writeup about the 20/20 hindsight view of what our COVID response should have been, perhaps both in a perfect world and in the US as it was in January 2020.
I went through the exercise back in May 2020, but there's a lot more hindsight available now than there was then.
I'm libertarian-leaning but I would support some degree of forcing with the fentanyl vaccine. The whole libertarian philosophy is "as long as you're not hurting anyone else" and I'd argue that fentanyl hurts lots and lots of people not doing it. The insane tent cities are enough for me to force it.
Like, if you are so far outside of social norms that you're camping on a sidewalk you don't get to make all of your decisions anymore.
A year ago my children's daycare started refunding days out of the classroom due to a COVID exposure. Before this change we had 52 days of 'quarantine' (mostly 2021, when we started). After this change we had ... 1.
Some asshole is going to argue that giving people a fentanyl vaccine is a moral hazard and will cause more drug use.
> Travel without testing is over in China
That should be "NOT over", or "resuming" I guess?
Your Local Epidemiologist suggests the youngest children do get impacted by Covid:
this substack in one word: rigorous
It's not relevant to anything here, but the most amazing fact I know about Tom Frieden is that when a family friend accused him of making a pass at her and touching her behind, the police tipped the press, arrested him, and did a handcuffed perp walk in front of press cameras.