The CDC Masking Recommendations in Minnesota

As we predicted yesterday (and updated hours after publication), the CDC has revised its guidance from last May — which said that vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most indoor settings. Now the recommendation is that everyone Continue reading →

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Pandemic Update for 2021-07-27: Calculus

Items of recent pandemic news you may have missed: Too much testing of asymp­tom­atic immune people? The new risk calculus of the delta variant, the coming mitigations, the anatomy of why delta spreads so fast, and more. Plus a frippery. Continue reading →

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Pandemic Update for 2021-07-22: Correlates

Items of recent pandemic news you may have missed: What the delta variant actually does (hint: it doesn’t “transmit” better); about correlates of protection; and the unresolved question of how the J&J vaccine works against delta. Plus a frippery. J&J Continue reading →

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Pandemic Update for 2021-07-14: Breathalyzer

Nine items of recent pandemic news you may have missed: Rapid testing, mixing and matching vaccines, booster shots, the genetics predicting severe Covid-19, another blow to J&J, some mechanisms behind neurological damage, and more. Plus a frippery. 1. Pfizer wants Continue reading →

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Pandemic Update for 2021-07-07: Animals

Items of recent pandemic news you may have missed: The animals sold in Wuhan’s wet markets; animal reservoirs for SARS-CoV-2; and animal vaccinations. Plus the usual frippery, this one animal-themed as well. A vaccine for zoo animals We have discussed Continue reading →

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This blog is a weekly current awareness service for the pandemic, with occasional feature articles. It began as a group blog chronicling lives in the Twin Cities in the time of coronavirus social dis­tancing, quar­antine, working from home, and distance learning. For nine months the blog posted pandemic awareness content twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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