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4 hours ago, HR_Poke said:

Outside of PTSD issues a lot of them are moving to traveling nurses.  They are making 200K+ going to covid hotspots.  My wifes hospital group just banned internal letters of recommendation for nurses wanting to become traveling nurses.  Not sure thats the best way to go about retention but they feel it's necessary.  Also gave all their nursing staff a $15k bonus if they sign long term contracts.

The FEMA nurses at our hospital are getting 10k per week. As you can imagine, those jobs are highly sought after. They bus you in, bus you to the hotel and bus you to the hospital. I think they’re there for 2 weeks straight.

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1 minute ago, NMpackalum said:

The FEMA nurses at our hospital are getting 10k per week. As you can imagine, those jobs are highly sought after. They bus you in, bus you to the hotel and bus you to the hospital. I think they’re there for 2 weeks straight.

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42 minutes ago, Bob said:

A great article by the incomparable el gato malo:

https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/a-pandemic-so-bad-that-if-we-stop

Pandemic of the century of the millennium in Sweden

Was pretty much a nothing burger there

Over 15,000 dead in a country with 10 million people.

If they were a US State they'd be 9th best in deaths per capita.

Wyoming has almost twice as many deaths per capita. Because Sweden is at 82% adults vaccinated.

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49 minutes ago, bsu_alum9 said:

Over 15,000 dead in a country with 10 million people.

If they were a US State they'd be 9th best in deaths per capita.

Wyoming has almost twice as many deaths per capita. Because Sweden is at 82% adults vaccinated.

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Per capita Wyoming has the most deaths in nursing homes in the country.  https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/health/wyoming-covid-19-nursing-home-deaths-highest-in-nation/article_9a2daaad-5f5f-563c-b7bb-d56d85458d9b.html

 

Horrible record on dealing with Covid.

 

Given modern medical knowledge most of those old Sweden pandemics would have had a very low death rate, other than maybe the Spanish Flu which was a killer.

 

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6 hours ago, Bob said:

A great article by the incomparable el gato malo:

https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/a-pandemic-so-bad-that-if-we-stop

Pandemic of the century of the millennium in Sweden

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Was pretty much a nothing burger there

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5 hours ago, smltwnrckr said:

California seems to be doing pretty well, btw. Had an uptick like last week, and then leveled out. 

1800 deaths per million in California vs. 2300 deaths per million in Wyoming since the beginning.

So 40,000-ish lives saved in California compared to if they would have done the same thing as Wyoming.

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Scientists have voiced concern about a new COVID variant that has a "really awful" combination of mutations that could possibly cause the virus to evade immunity.

The variant, now called B.1.1.529, was reported on just days ago after a small cluster of cases were spotted by Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London in the U.K.

As of Wednesday this week, the variant had been detected in Botswana, South Africa, and Hong Kong, and there were only 10 cases reported, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Sequencing data does not yet appear to be listed on variant tracking platforms like GISAID or Outbreak.info.

Despite the low number of cases, B.1.1.529 has some experts worried due to the mutations it has.

In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Peacock said the variant had a number of notable mutations such as K417N, S477N and E484A among several others associated with the virus' spike protein. The virus uses this protein to enter human cells.

Peacock wrote: "Worth emphasising this is at super low numbers right now in a region of Africa that is fairly well sampled, however it very very much should be monitored due to that horrific spike profile (would take a guess that this would be worse antigenically than nearly anything else about)."

https://www.newsweek.com/b-1-1-529-new-covid-variant-evade-immunity-countries-cases-south-africa-1653257

 

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38 minutes ago, retrofade said:

Scientists have voiced concern about a new COVID variant that has a "really awful" combination of mutations that could possibly cause the virus to evade immunity.

The variant, now called B.1.1.529, was reported on just days ago after a small cluster of cases were spotted by Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London in the U.K.

As of Wednesday this week, the variant had been detected in Botswana, South Africa, and Hong Kong, and there were only 10 cases reported, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Sequencing data does not yet appear to be listed on variant tracking platforms like GISAID or Outbreak.info.

Despite the low number of cases, B.1.1.529 has some experts worried due to the mutations it has.

In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Peacock said the variant had a number of notable mutations such as K417N, S477N and E484A among several others associated with the virus' spike protein. The virus uses this protein to enter human cells.

Peacock wrote: "Worth emphasising this is at super low numbers right now in a region of Africa that is fairly well sampled, however it very very much should be monitored due to that horrific spike profile (would take a guess that this would be worse antigenically than nearly anything else about)."

https://www.newsweek.com/b-1-1-529-new-covid-variant-evade-immunity-countries-cases-south-africa-1653257

 

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I think south Africa was up to 100+ cases of it last I saw this morning.

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49 minutes ago, retrofade said:

Scientists have voiced concern about a new COVID variant that has a "really awful" combination of mutations that could possibly cause the virus to evade immunity.

The variant, now called B.1.1.529, was reported on just days ago after a small cluster of cases were spotted by Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London in the U.K.

As of Wednesday this week, the variant had been detected in Botswana, South Africa, and Hong Kong, and there were only 10 cases reported, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Sequencing data does not yet appear to be listed on variant tracking platforms like GISAID or Outbreak.info.

Despite the low number of cases, B.1.1.529 has some experts worried due to the mutations it has.

In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Peacock said the variant had a number of notable mutations such as K417N, S477N and E484A among several others associated with the virus' spike protein. The virus uses this protein to enter human cells.

Peacock wrote: "Worth emphasising this is at super low numbers right now in a region of Africa that is fairly well sampled, however it very very much should be monitored due to that horrific spike profile (would take a guess that this would be worse antigenically than nearly anything else about)."

https://www.newsweek.com/b-1-1-529-new-covid-variant-evade-immunity-countries-cases-south-africa-1653257

 

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9 minutes ago, HR_Poke said:

I think south Africa was up to 100+ cases of it last I saw this morning.

Ugh. Almost makes me want to dig up those mobility models I used in mid-Jan 2020 to determine SARS-CoV-2 was already stateside. :facepalm:

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13 hours ago, bsu_alum9 said:

1800 deaths per million in California vs. 2300 deaths per million in Wyoming since the beginning.

So 40,000-ish lives saved in California compared to if they would have done the same thing as Wyoming.

Take Fresno out of that, and it's even better.

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