The Supreme Court shoots down the federal mandate for testing/vaccines for companies employing over 100 people, but upholds mandates for health care workers:
BREAKING: The Supreme Court BLOCKS the federal government's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large workplaces. The court ALLOWS a vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect nationwide.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) January 13, 2022
Poland says the risk of war with Russia is higher than it’s been in decades:
— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) January 13, 2022
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is forming a Domestic Terrorism Unit. Although it’s clear that polarization is producing violent radicalism in multiple factions in this country, I’m not convinced the DOJ has been immune from polarization, either.
Areas of the globe at risk for hurricane damage will expand with climate change. Mid-latitude regions (like NYC and Boston) which rarely suffer hurricane strikes will increasingly become prone to them.
Allowing livestock to graze in overgrown areas is a great practice for reducing wildfire risk, and it’s also a great way to encourage reforestation and local temperature control. Grazing animals mow down what later becomes tinder, but their footfall also tamps down plant growth. This helps hold moisture in the ground, reducing desertification. The fertilizer they leave behind helps large tree growth, which provides shade—and if plentiful enough releases enough moisture into the air to precipitate cloud formation.
Hundreds of thousands are without power in Argentina as extreme heat slams the electric grid:
ARGENTINA BLACKOUT: About 700,000 households lose power supply in Buenos Aires, the Argentinian capital, as a heatwave sends electricity demand for cooling sharply up https://t.co/0QJ9TUBWBv
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) January 11, 2022
The world has 320.5 million COVID cases. The world has gained a staggering 20 million cases in the last week. There have been over 5.5 million deaths in total. The US has had a cumulative 65.1 million cases—about 5.6 million cases were added in the last week. Over 868,000 Americans have died—about 13,000 in the last week. The US is still leading global daily case gain followed by India, Brazil, the UK, and France. The US added over 854,000 new cases Wednesday and about 673,000 by late afternoon Thursday. Wastewater measurements of the presence of SARS-CoV-2 have peaked and are already declining in Boston and DC, so I’m hopeful the US is approaching an Omicron case peak soon:
With infections spiking, can be hard to see the light
But the peak of this wave is coming into view
Cases now falling in NYC, DC
MA wastewater shows big declines
Yes, parts of US still rising. And hospitals have many tough weeks ahead
But nationally, wave will crest. And soon pic.twitter.com/KjHVnbCwah
— Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) January 12, 2022
Health care workers aren’t the only workers being forced to work while infectious with COVID—Australian meat plant workers are in the same boat. At least most (but not all) in that situation in Australia require a negative COVID test. In the UK, you need two consecutive negative tests. And, just to be clear, there is evidence that with Omicron peak infectiousness and peak viral load occur on days three to six after discovery, with infectiousness still quite possible beyond day seven. In the last two years I don’t think I’ve seen anyone test negative only five days out from initially testing positive…:
1/6 Important new study from Japan finds that with Omicron, infectious viral loads peak 3-6 days after symptom onset/diagnosis.
So many people are ending isolation & returning to work & school at peak infectiousness. Thanks, @CDCgov.
— Ryan Hisner (@LongDesertTrain) January 9, 2022
Salt Lake County is offering respirator-style masks at local libraries! This is what I like to see:
Whaaat!? Salt Lake not only returning 30-day mask mandate, but requiring "high-quality masks e.g. N95, KN95 or KF94" AND will be providing them
— Dr. Alex Huffman (@HuffmanLabDU) January 11, 2022
Struggling to get a COVID test? The White House plans to get more tests to American households, but fears the USPS won’t be able to handle the load. Struggling to get COVID test results in a timely manner, too? That supply chain might also be borked from over-demand:
INBOX: @ACLAlabs warns that the supply chain for Covid testing could be in trouble.
"While testing supplies are currently stable, a sustained increase in demand for testing could lead to shortages, particularly in consumables such as specimen collection tubes and pipette tips."
— David Lim (@davidalim) January 12, 2022
Horrible shipping delays are also contributing to the timely test result problem:
Orange County residents who are desperate for their test results have received emails, according to Supervisor Katrina Foley, that retesting is now recommended https://t.co/UbINR5bFtX
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) January 13, 2022
China is employing millions to fight COVID, and they are not messing around:
An army of millions is enforcing China’s 'zero-Covid' policy, at all costs. As the lockdown in the massive mega-city of Xi’an has shown, many Chinese people remain willing to work diligently toward the govt’s goal of eliminating the virus, no matter what https://t.co/JAhN6gSrGq pic.twitter.com/zLEc4pgACV
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) January 12, 2022