• COVID tips

    With so many of us now, simply shrugging and giving up on being careful about COVID - prompted by government and business leading the way down this dangerous path (especially dangerous for the many of us who cannot get vaccinated) - it’s sad that the reality at this stage, is that you’d have to be in a bubble to avoid getting it.   N95 masks provide decent protection - to the people on the outside of the mask. That’s the best we’ve got - and many of the people who should most be wearing them, are the people who care the least, so aren’t.

    So we’ll all likely get it - and with that in mind:

    • get all the boosters you can, as soon as they’re available to you
    • don’t wait on a booster since this will increase your risk AND delay your ability to get the next one, which may be even better and/or more targeted
    • manage risk as best possible; minimize time in closed rooms, especially with poor ventilation
    • for recent variants, the amount of exposure to become infected, is about 60 seconds
    • test early and often, especially after anything you think even MIGHT have been risky
    • tests are generally covered by healthcare plans, or otherwise available at no additional cost - get as many as you are allowed, and use them
    • PCR tests are the gold standard, and pick up infection sooner than antigen tests
    • PCR tests will also show positive, for awhile afterward (because you’ve still got it in you)
    • there are no at-home PCR tests; they require more advanced lab equipment and expertise
    • LAMP tests are _similar to PCR; they look for the same thing in a different way
    • PCR tests are still available at no additional cost, usually run by the state
    • antigen tests are useful to show if you’re at a high enough level that you should isolate
    • antigen tests will take awhile after infection, to show positive; test >5 days after exposure
    • antigen tests are also useful after you’ve had it, and are no longer symptomatic, to show when it’s safe to exit isolation (even when a PCR might show positive)
    • test results are no longer tracked in even a remotely comprehensive way, so those stats are dubious at best
    • we DO have treatment options - and you need to prepare NOW to be able to use them
    • for instance, Paxlovid is apparently most/only useful, immediately after infection
    • so have that conversation with your doctor NOW, to know how to get it as soon as you need it, since you can get it only on their say-so
    • the treatments (like Paxlovid) have significant potential side-effects and drug interactions; check those carefully - also good to do NOW, before you’re in the throws

    Last: Please point out any errors I’ve made above, or any additions / questions / comments - best way to get through this, is TOGETHER. ❤️

  • another nudge to get any tests and boosters you’re eligible for, ASAP:
    Fauci signaling that [due to GOP opposition to COVID funding], the US is going to start running out. :(
    this, as we appear to be in a surge in the NorthEast, and likely country-wide by Fall (if not sooner).

  • do yourself (and everyone else) a favor - get some of these N95 masks:
    why? excellent breathability, excellent fit, excellent protection.
    BTW: also works very well, for those of us with beards - for a solid (and safe) fit

  • we will not be deterred! 😉

  • Leah Elliot’s remix of Scott McCloud’s 2008 discussion of Google Chrome - should be required reading for anyone using it. And the rest of us, too.
    “What are you going to do about it?” contrachrome.com/comic/pag…

  • Books Unbanned - thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library 👏🏽


  • whoever made this, gets 1,000 internet points

  • more painful evidence that many officials - yes; “even” in VT - are making decisions heavily weighted on political considerations vs. science (but ham-handedly abusing science, to justify): vtdigger.org/2022/03/3…

  • One of the most reliably wrong voices in VT (yes; more than McClaughry) - full of short-sightedness & GOP / Libertarian “values”


  • spare a thought for my family: our fourth hospice, and death, in the past six years


  • “Thus far, only the state’s larger hospitals… have filed rate adjustment requests”

    Oh; but “economies of scale”!


  • brilliant explanation of why - especially for some of us - it’s hard to switch tasks: eisforerin.com/tag/adhd/

  • Wow; the new Spatial Audio feature (AirPods) is cool - though rather disorienting in some situations; here’s how to control it: support.apple.com/guide/air…

  • Bolling’s brilliant take, on Putin’s abuse of his country, to abuse the people of Ukraine


  • “market forces” and healthcare - forcing many of us, to get neither health, nor care vtdigger.org/2022/03/1…

  • The kids, are a whole lot better than alright: “teen wanted COVID vaccine; had to hide it from parents”

  • Oh for the love of… Zoom on Mac may be recording you even when you’re not using it. How many “oops” does one org get?!

  • Poor form, folks - from the Ladders Privacy Policy

    Our Services do not respond to Do Not Track signals.

    Sure; thanks for being honest - even better, to actually show some respect.

  • brava, gail.com - well done indeed

  • finally reading DFW’s (David Foster Wallce) “Infinite Jest” - and have had to employ a third bookmark — so far. lordy!

  • as usual, Wiley nails it

    btw, and not sure if it’s intentional: some of us, are just “them” :/

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