Biden isn’t betraying Black Americans – he’s just doing what he’s always done

President Biden is following a script that once doomed Black voters — and the party they supported — by not going all out to protect voting rights.
— Read on www.cnn.com/2021/08/01/politics/voting-rights-blunder-democrats-blake/index.html

I know most voters don’t know a ton about the candidates when they vote, but throwing in with Biden as a Black primary voter and then feeling betrayed when he continues his long career of fucking Black people over is some real media and education failure with a big dose of wishful thinking.

We could make better choices

Vaccines are thought to be the best available solution for controlling the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. However, the emergence of vaccine-resistant strains may come too rapidly for current vaccine developments to alleviate the health, economic and social consequences of the pandemic. To quantify and characterize the risk of such a scenario, we created a SIR-derived model with initial stochastic dynamics of the vaccine-resistant strain to study the probability of its emergence and establishment. Using parameters realistically resembling SARS-CoV-2 transmission, we model a wave-like pattern of the pandemic and consider the impact of the rate of vaccination and the strength of non-pharmaceutical intervention measures on the probability of emergence of a resistant strain. As expected, we found that a fast rate of vaccination decreases the probability of emergence of a resistant strain. Counterintuitively, when a relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions happened at a time when most individuals of the population have already been vaccinated the probability of emergence of a resistant strain was greatly increased. Consequently, we show that a period of transmission reduction close to the end of the vaccination campaign can substantially reduce the probability of resistant strain establishment. Our results suggest that policymakers and individuals should consider maintaining non-pharmaceutical interventions and transmission-reducing behaviours throughout the entire vaccination period.
— Read on www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-95025-3

Good news / bad news

Good news: Covid may help us understand how Alzheimer’s works!

Bad news: Covid is making us stupid

Scientists have long known that areas of the brain involved with smell and taste also are involved in memory, thinking, planning, and mood, and public health officials are increasingly concerned about the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on brain function, memory, and cognition, a phenomenon known as “brain fog.” Scientific evidence is emerging that the virus’s neurological impacts are multi-pronged and not necessarily related to “long COVID,” or post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). In a study published in The Lancet journal EClinicalMedicine, researchers from Imperial College London and colleagues examined data from 81,337 people who took exams as part of the Great British Intelligence Test and completed questionnaires regarding self-reports of suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The team found that the 12,689 individuals who had recovered from COVID-19 exhibited significantly more cognitive deficits than their matched counterparts, even among people who said they were no longer experiencing symptoms. Cognitive deficits were found to be especially substantial among those who were hospitalized, those who were hospitalized and on a ventilator, and those who had more severe symptoms but recovered at home.

and demented.

Researchers with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, who recently presented data at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, found that neurological changes seen after COVID-19 mirror those found in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Genetic studies are showing that the genes responsible for increasing the risk of more severe COVID-19 also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. Additionally, anecdotal reports suggest Alzheimer’s diagnoses appear to be more common among people in their 60s and 70s who have had severe COVID-19. Further research is ongoing to determine COVID-19’s longer-term impacts on neurological function, including cognition, intelligence, and risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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I’m really curious to find out how protective the vaccines are against these effects.