Then_Campaign7264 t1_j13erlx wrote

On a lighter note, I love when reporters include little tidbits like this:

“This autumn's list saw a 'typo' inaccurately declare a man to be Finland's biggest earner. The man is the founder of a firm called Goofy Unicorn, who said that a "brain fart" made him file fictitious cryptocurrency earnings into a tax form.”


Then_Campaign7264 t1_itlor3x wrote

After reading the 50+ page petition for removal cited in the article, I’m guessing people will be coming out of the woodwork to file complaints against this sheriff.

He is a danger and menace to his community, likely as bad as if not worse than many people he has arrested during his tenure.

Good riddance to him and his ilk.


Then_Campaign7264 t1_itd4din wrote

The immunity gap is real. But the risks early on far outweighed the need to protect children until vaccines were readily available and administered, overall hospitalizations had declined and schools had put in place new measures to prevent infection. Once that happened, parents felt much safer sending children back to school and daycare, regardless of party affiliation.

Unfortunately republicans were pushing to reopen in person learning and daycare before vaccines, before the health care systems had stabilized and before they school systems had adequate staffing and safety measures. So with regard to timing, they were not right. And that was a very real problem.


Then_Campaign7264 t1_itctiaz wrote

Both letters you cite were published more than a year before the Lancet article I cite and have absolutely nothing to do with Covid or immunity gaps. One letter challenges a study on chronic fatigue and the other myalgic encephalomyelitis. What is your point????? The lancet article was used to provide a definition of immunity gap. That’s it.


Then_Campaign7264 t1_itc7plg wrote

While this immunity gap was anticipated, the risk to both children and adults when Covid was ravaging the world and no vaccines were available for children, it made sense to continue to protect children from all illnesses. It took time for medical researchers to understand how to treat and mitigate Covid. It took time to understand what the long term impact the virus might have on infected individuals of all ages.

The pediatric and adult intensive care units and emergency rooms were overburdened. Medical staff was pushed to their limits. Parents were unable to be with children in hospital. That was not the time to take chances with a child’s health.

What is emerging now is never desirable; but, the chances of recovering from the respiratory viruses that are now impacting children are much greater now than they were when the health care system was dealing with the worst of Covid. Children can now be vaccinated against Covid which should mitigate the health challenges facing pediatric care.


Then_Campaign7264 t1_itbn52v wrote

The article provides a link to a publication in the Lancet explaining what is meant by an “immunity gap”. An NPI is a non-pharmaceutical intervention:

“Although many infections and their associated morbidity and mortality were prevented by NPIs, decreased exposure to endemic viruses created an immunity gap—a group of susceptible individuals who avoided infection and therefore lack pathogen-specific immunity to protect against future infection. Decreases in childhood vaccinations with pandemic disruptions to health-care delivery contribute to this immunity gap for vaccine-preventable diseases, such as influenza, measles, and polio. The cumulative effect of new susceptible birth cohorts, waning immunity over time with decreased exposures to usual endemic viruses, and lagging vaccination rates in some settings widens this immunity gap and increases the potential for future outbreaks of endemic viruses.”



Then_Campaign7264 t1_it8re3g wrote

While I applaud any measures to improve the quality of care, staffing, and accountability in nursing homes, according to the article, these new measures are only cracking down on enforcement of our nation’s poorest-performing nursing homes. And they absolutely deserve immediate attention.

However, “the new guidelines announced Friday will apply to less than 0.5% of the nation’s nursing homes.” With regard to staffing levels, only 88 facilities are on a watch list.

This is a massive problem as the number of people requiring care will increase exponentially over the next few decades.

I sincerely hope this is the first step in a long line of measures that will require strict compliance, enforcement and prosecution in the nursing care industry.


Then_Campaign7264 t1_isx81xk wrote

While the company hasn’t taken steps to ensure they aren’t violating child labor laws, perhaps the investment group managing Union pension funds will compel compliance with the law

However, their motivation seems driven by the fact that “child labor and poor workplace health and safety have regulatory and legal repercussions for Hyundai in the U.S. and can cause reputational damage across the globe.”

Recently, the Alabama Department of Labor fined SL Alabama and JK USA, an employment agency, $17,800 each for violating child-labor laws, including allegedly hiring three workers aged 13, 15, and 15 to operate plastic bonding machines and not obtaining proper child-labor permits.

The FLSA only permits children under the age of 14 to work in a limited range of jobs, including delivering newspapers, babysitting, and working for a business owned by their parents. Children aged 14 and 15 are prohibited from being employed in "hazardous" occupations.



Then_Campaign7264 t1_is576b8 wrote

There is a very long and dark history of medicalizing behavior that some group in power wants to control. It has occurred in most all cultures historically and continues in some to this day, as is the case in Iran.

This is a medical crime against humanity committed solely for the purpose of controlling not healing the “patients ”/ hostages.