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Tomconroy's Journal
Tomconroy's Journal
February 23, 2023

So Alex Murdaugh is testifying right now. Wow.

I guess he figured he has nothing to lose.

February 15, 2023

Politico: Three years into the Pandemic, Nursing Home Residents Are Still in Covid's Crosshairs

Three years into the pandemic, nursing home residents are still in Covid’s crosshairs
Scaling back on vaccine clinics and not updating staff vaccine requirements has slowed down booster rates at nursing homes, advocates say.

02/15/2023 04:30 AM EST

Federal health agencies worked to get more nursing home residents and staff to take the latest Covid booster all winter, creating social media hashtags, putting money into vaccine hotlines and flagging the worst performing facilities to states.

But their decision to scale back on two vaccine interventions that were critical in getting residents and staff protected from Covid during the first vaccine rollout in late 2020 and 2021 has left the job mostly to facilities, resident advocates say, with disappointing results.

Today, just over half of nursing home residents and nearly 23 percent of nursing home staff have received the bivalent booster, a precipitous drop from the more than 85 percent of residents and staff who received the primary vaccine.

That’s still higher than most Americans: A scant 16 percent of the eligible U.S. population has gotten the updated shot. But when it comes to Covid, nursing home residents have never been like most Americans. Nursing home residents make up about one out of every six cumulative Covid deaths in the U.S., according to AARP, and hundreds of residents are still dying each week.
Per the NY Times 90% of Covid deaths in January 2023 were amount those 65 and over.
February 10, 2023

NY Times: Biden to visit Poland Feb. 20, anniversary of the start of the war.

Biden plans to visit Poland for the anniversary of the start of the war.
The president will be in the region for three days, but the White House did not say if he would make a trip into Ukraine.

President Biden at the White House on Friday.
President Biden at the White House on Friday.Credit...Sarah Silbiger for The New York Times
Michael D. Shear
By Michael D. Shear
Feb. 10, 2023, 3:44 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON — President Biden will visit Poland later this month for the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demonstrate the durability of the U.S. commitment to stand up to Vladimir V. Putin’s aggression.

Mr. Biden will make a three-day visit starting on Feb. 20, White House officials said on Friday, and is set to meet with President Andrzej Duda of Poland and leaders of other NATO allies.

“President Biden will deliver remarks ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, addressing how the United States has rallied the world to support the people of Ukraine as they defend their freedom and democracy, and how we will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary.

White House officials declined to say whether Mr. Biden planned to make a visit to Ukraine while he was in the area as a way of underscoring American support for President Volodymyr Zelensky.

February 6, 2023

Good thread on the Cochrane Review on masks and Covid.

Worth the read as is the study itself if you are actually interested in evidence based science.


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