So is Aaron Rodgers' toe problem connected to Covid? He said it's not turf toe, and it didn't become an issue until after he got Covid. And for some ppl, "Covid toe" - swollen toes, often with lesions - is so painful that they find it hard to wear shoes.…
In fact, though I missed this at the time, Rodgers actually said last week on The Pat McAfee Show that the toe "was a Covid injury." But no one thought he was being serious - in fact, he got attacked on Twitter by ppl who thought he was mocking Covid.
If true, this is kind of fascinating, since if Rodgers had gotten vaccinated this summer, he would have dramatically reduced his chances of developing symptoms like Covid toe. And interesting that all the treatments he took - ivermectin, MaB - apparently did nothing to help.
The other interesting question is what's going on with Lamar Jackson. He was sick with flu-like symptoms during the week, got better, then got sick all over again. He tested negative for flu and for Covid (which he's already had twice).…
This is Jackson's third bout of "illness" this season, though the first one to make him actually miss a game. Not clear what's going on, but it's becoming something the Ravens (and bettors, for that matter) can't really ignore.

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14 Nov
1. US vaccination data is a mess. The New York Times, relying on data from the CDC, says that 99% of senior citizens have received at least one dose, as you can see below. That would mean there are only ~550,000 seniors in the whole US who haven't gotten at least one shot.
2. But the NYT also says that 17 different states have vaccinated 92% of their senior citizens or less, including big states like Texas, Ohio, and Michigan, and collectively, the number of unvaxxed seniors in those states alone add up to well over 550,000.
3. As I tweeted yesterday, these state-level estimates are already way too high (it claims 20 states have vaccinated more than 98% of seniors). But even if you accept those, the NYT's (which is to say, the CDC's) national estimate conflicts with its own state-level estimates.
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13 Nov
The CDC’s numbers for vaccination coverage of senior citizens in the US are improbably high. The CDC now claims 99.9% of seniors aged 65-74 have gotten at least one shot. That’s much higher than state depts of health estimate, and improbably, impossibly high.
Getting 99.9% of people to do anything is incredibly difficult, and the idea that we’ve managed to do it with something as politically polarized as the Covid vax just doesn’t pass the smell test.
Some of the difference between CDC data and state data has to do with vaccines administered by federal entities, but it’s hard to see how that explains Kansas, for instance, saying 85% of its seniors have gotten at least one dose while CDC says 99.9% have.
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11 Nov
1. Important article about the UK. Covid cases have now fallen, week over week, for 18 days. New hospitalizations and deaths have barely risen over the past month, and are far lower than they were last yr at this time, even though the UK is far more open.…
2. Last year at this time in the UK, cases were rising at a fast clip, as were hospitalizations and deaths, and they continued to rise for more than 2 months. Right now, cases are falling, and hospitalizations and deaths are relatively flat. And it's because of the vaccines.
3. One thing the UK has done very well is vaccinate senior citizens, and it's now doing a good job of getting them boosters. (80% of 80+ have gotten boosters, and 69% of 70-79 have.) That's protecting them against infection, and also against severe illness and death.
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11 Nov
If you just learned yesterday that the people Kyle Rittenhouse shot were white, you have paid no attention to the case at all since it happened.
I don’t even know what the complaint here is: that the mainstream media should have made sure people who were no paying no attention at all to the case knew that the ppl Rittenhouse shot were white? How? CNN ran a big piece on the three guys when the trial started, with photos.
I will not be surprised if Rittenhouse gets off, and I have no idea if he’s a white supremacist or not. But the race of the people Rittenhouse shot has nothing to do with that question either way.
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8 Nov
Most Covid stories are about failure. Here's a new post about a success story: Puerto Rico. Despite having the highest poverty rate in the US, and a fragile healthcare system, it has one of the US' lowest Covid fatality rates:…
Puerto Rico had a summer surge like other Sun Belt states. But it was much less devastating in its effect than in places like Mississippi, Tennessee, and Florida, in part because Puerto Rico has the highest vaccination rate of any U.S. state or territory.
Puerto Rico's performance was not something most people would have predicted, given the island's financial troubles, its still ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria, and its poverty and college-grad rates, and the fact that in the US, Latinos have a higher Covid death rate.
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8 Nov
New piece from me about the "12 gallons of milk a week" segment and why, after more than a decade of people predicting inflation, we've finally seen it appear.

I don't think, btw, that the inflation we're seeing is a good thing. That's what the tweet says, not my article.
The thing that's often left out of inflation stories (and the CNN piece was no exception), is how unusual the Covid recession was, in the sense that lots of ppl, and not just rich ppl, came into the recovery with more money than they had when the recession started.
Ppl usually come out of recessions poorer. But in the case, the stimulus payments and enhanced UI benefits, coupled with a sharp reduction in consumer spending and a booming market made things v. different this time around.
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