Healthcare

A water drop and ripples

State Senator Alana DiMario is right, you know.

By Justin Katz | September 9, 2021 |

We should definitely reduce the ridiculously long quarantine timeline.

A water drop and ripples

Unpaid leave for unvaccinated healthcare workers is slightly better than firing them, I guess.

By Justin Katz | September 9, 2021 |

But in making this move, it seems Democrat Governor Dan McKee is only shining more on the arbitrary power he’s claiming to have: They will be placed on leave without pay during that time and barred from working in a state-licensed health-care facility until they get inoculated against COVID-19, according to an email from the…

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Two-thirds of people hospitalized in Rhode Island with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

By Justin Katz | September 9, 2021 |

People on both sides of the argument over our response to COVID-19 are tending to act on emotion, but as often happens, review of the facts brings the topic back to individual decisions about risks and consequences.  Of course, the realization that a topic is up for debate counts as an argument against those who…

A chemistry model

Apparently, the vaccine isn’t a waste if you’ve had COVID.

By Justin Katz | September 8, 2021 |

Michaeleen Doucleff reports for NPR (via Instapundit) that studies are finding that people who had COVID and then get vaccinated have a sort of super-immunity: Over the past several months, a series of studies has found that some people mount an extraordinarily powerful immune response against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Their…

A water drop and ripples

Here’s a response when people tell you the Delta variant is more dangerous for children.

By Justin Katz | September 8, 2021 |

Like a rumor about some new threat, the common wisdom is out there that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more harmful for children than earlier versions.  A CDC study, however, suggests that current evidence suggests it’s not the case. After examining 3,116 hospital records from the period before Delta, and comparing them to 164…

Great Depression bread line

Hospital wait times result from bigger policy failures than failing to vaccinate everybody.

By Justin Katz | September 8, 2021 |

Credit is due to WPRI’s Courtney Carter for including at least this much nuance in her article about increasing wait times in hospitals in Rhode Island and across the country, although it takes several paragraphs and scary visions of up to 48-hour delays for emergency care to get to this: [Dr. Laura Forman, chief of…

A water drop and ripples

Let the students have their vaccine exemptions.

By Justin Katz | September 7, 2021 |

To watch RI political Twitter last week was to see a desire for outrage that around 1,080 students at URI (about one out of every 14 people in a classroom) has filed a religious exemption form from COVID vaccinations.  How could this have been permitted, the incredulous voices asked?  (Never mind that students who did…

Vaccine freedom protesters

Healthcare workers are not backing down, despite media ambivalence.

By Justin Katz | September 6, 2021 |

Healthcare workers (many of whom have no doubt had COVID and are therefore immune) continue to protest Democrat Governor Dan McKee’s mandate that they get vaccinated or lose their jobs.  John DePetro has video. The contrast with mainstream media coverage is striking. DePetro’s headline is “Front line protesters takeover WaterFire.”  The only coverage I see…

Viruses on a cell

Increased obesity is one thing that could make COVID more dangerous for children.

By Justin Katz | September 4, 2021 |

People keep making the claim, so I keep looking for evidence that the Delta variant is harming children more, but every data point I’ve seen has been flawed, explainable, or not applicable.  (Sincerely, if I’m missing something, send it my way.) If we do start seeing worse outcomes for children, however, this finding from a…

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Vaccine resistant COVID variants highlight the need to secure our rights now.

By Justin Katz | September 3, 2021 |

At least, that’s my reaction upon seeing this on NewsMax: The World Health Organization says it is monitoring a new vaccine-resistant variant of COVID-19 called “mu” that appears to be rising in Colombia. Even putting aside claims, like that of Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche at the end of the article, that our mass vaccination program is…

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