The container ship bottleneck on the West Coast continues to grow:
The supply chain bottlenecks are only getting worse. The armada of container ships waiting off the Southern California ports has swelled to 49 ships, according to the Marine Exchange of SoCal. It was below 10 in mid June.
— Paul Page (@PaulPage) September 10, 2021
Medicare might cover vision, hearing, and dental soon. The proposal to expand Medicare still must pass multiple legislative hurdles:
Ways and Means approved addition of Medicare vision, hearing, dental benefits on 24 to 19 vote. Would be biggest expansion of program since Part D drugs under Pres. Bush two decades ago
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) September 10, 2021
The Gulf Coast just cannot catch a break:
Tropical storm Nicholas is not well organized. Center not well defined. Forecast to ride up Coast of Texas. Track has shifted farther East. We are in cone. Concerns for locally heavy rain. @wdsu #nola #lawx pic.twitter.com/ZbMIm6rOq5
— Margaret Orr (@MargaretOrr) September 13, 2021
Here’s a breakdown of where storm damage is likely to be the worst:
The next 24-36 hours will be critical in terms of the excessive rainfall & flash flood risk across southeast #Texas.
Reminder: Harvey-level rain totals are not needed to result in extensive flooding in Houston metro. Think of the impacts from Imelda (2019) and Allison (2001). pic.twitter.com/vrtmBJUsTC
— Steve Bowen (@SteveBowenWx) September 13, 2021
Japan warns of imminent suicide bomb attacks in Southeast Asia, and the warning is a surprise to multiple countries in the region.
Chinese warships are making a show of force off the coast of Alaska in much the same way ours do in the South China Sea. Everyone is just taking a nice jaunt around open, international waters (read: mild sarcasm).
Drought conditions in Syria and Iraq are dangerous and are threatening food supplies that sustain millions. Water scarcity is already causing people to migrate within these regions. Pressure is mounting for Turkey to release dam water downstream—there could be cause for conflict here.
The world has over 226 million COVID cases. The world has gained 4.1 million cases in the last week. There have been nearly 4.7 million deaths in total. The US has a cumulative 42.1 million cases. The US gained over 1.1 million cases in the last seven days. Nearly 680,000 Americans have died during the pandemic. The US gained almost 100,000 new cases on Sunday, and over 78,000 by late afternoon Monday. 1,400 people are dying per day in the US based on a 7-day average. The US, UK, India, and Iran have the largest case gains over the last week. The COVID toll in the US has surpassed that of the 1918 flu (675K deaths by 1920):
The number of reported deaths from Covid in the US will surpass the toll of the 1918 flu pandemic this month. We cannot become hardened to the continuing, and largely preventable, tragedy.
— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrTomFrieden) September 13, 2021
Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the largest school districts in the world, plans to mandate COVID vaccines for students aged 12 and up. Unvaccinated students may opt for distance learning options.
COVID mitigations strategies in Australia continue to stray way into “Nanny State” territory:
New COVID lockdown rules limit alcohol possession for certain Australians https://t.co/0Y0q6VTbyP
— Boing Boing (@BoingBoing) September 11, 2021
There’s some evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can persist in the gut (and be shed) for a very long time:
More residual gut persistence of sars-cov-2 up to 180 days out
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) September 10, 2021
A New York hospital had to pause L&D services after staffing shortages became so severe the service could not function. The hospital lost staff to resignations after vaccines mandates.
Many countries are over the hump with Delta, but they’re still not back down to baseline. Generally you begin to see exponential decay in the curve once the peak has passed. The fact that that is not happening in many places means something, but what that something is I don’t exactly know. The start of the school year for children might be explain some of it:
Different patterns of descent after a Delta wave
—None have come back to baseline
—Some are heading back up
(the original notion of a full, quick descent seems to be, for the most part, an illusion) pic.twitter.com/FKZSZbeN7V
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) September 12, 2021
Pfizer/BioNTech plan to seek EUA for children ages 5-12 in the next few weeks:
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) September 13, 2021
The fight over the booster plan is still raging, this time with the CDC saying that the White House is being too ambitious in its desired timeline. The counterargument is that the CDC, slowed by bureaucracy, is not agile enough to follow the science (like data from Israel) in a timely manner. Ultimately, boosters will be helpful:
This is the real-world data from Israel: people with boosters catch the virus less and are hospitalised with severe disease less. pic.twitter.com/kaur2Yi765
— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) September 13, 2021