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8 TikTok accounts to follow if you’re tired of COVID misinformation

Mashable – “…Increasingly, medical professionals are using the app to share myth-busting information about things like the COVID-19 vaccine, rates of infection, and COVID treatments, all through succinct, engaging videos that will hopefully reach the people who need them. At the very least, they offer a link for other viewers to send to their more stubborn friends and relatives. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation has been a long battle led by government officials, news outlets, and health professionals. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has its own guide to combatting misinformation, and other social media platforms, like YouTube, have even gone so far as banning content that contains vaccine misinformation. TikTok has taken its own steps to ensuring its users get the most accurate information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, like information centers with links to government resources, FAQs, and videos from official health organizations built directly into the app (just search “covid” or “covid vaccine” and click the top link). The app even places information banners on videos that mention the virus. Beyond these resources, though, creators have taken on the task of addressing misinformation in their own comments and on trending videos by fellow TikTok users. The eight accounts highlighted below actively share videos about the COVID vaccine, treatment, and the realities of medical science…”

65 Things You (Probably) Shouldn’t Pay For

Via the Washington Post article – Consumers’ Checkbook – 65 Things You (Probably) Shouldn’t Pay For – “Let’s face it: We often waste money on stuff we don’t really need. Five-dollar lattes. Top-of-the-line appliances and granite countertops to plate up takeout and microwave frozen meals from Trader Joe’s. Golfing gear. Home theaters. Designer clothes, shoes, and… Continue Reading

UK Red list of countries and territories

GOV.UK: “Check the COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules for countries and territories on the red list for international travel to England.” Before you travel to England – red list rules When you arrive in England – red list rules Travelling with children – red list rules Red list of countries and territories Transiting through a… Continue Reading

Unions can’t agree on vaccine mandates. Here’s where nurses, pilots, teachers, and others stand

Fast Company: “Since President Biden announced last month that tougher, farther-reaching vaccine mandates were coming to the United States, thousands of workers in dozens of industries have said they’ll get fired before they get vaccinated. This has put America’s unions in a precarious spot, having to balance the obvious needs to beat the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue Reading

FDA publicly lists ingredients in approved COVID-19 vaccines

This Vaccine Information Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers comprises the Fact Sheet for the authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and also includes information about the FDA-licensed vaccine, COMIRNATY (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA). The FDA-approved COMIRNATY (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA) and the FDA-authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) have the same formulation and can be… Continue Reading

Report – USPS Mail Slowdown plan will not save money

Postal Regulatory Commission Report – ADVISORY OPINION ON SERVICE CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH FIRST-CLASS MAIL AND PERIODICALS – Submitted 7/20/2021 – “…As an initial matter, the Commission finds that the Postal Service’s proposal appears to target mail that consistently fails to meet service performance goals and has the most opportunity for improvement. Expanding the service standard window… Continue Reading

Study – More Than Half of Police Killings Are Mislabeled

The New York Times: “Police killings in America have been undercounted by more than half over the past four decades, according to a new study that raises pointed questions about racial bias among medical examiners and highlights the lack of reliable national record keeping on what has become a major public health and civil rights… Continue Reading

Find & compare nursing homes, hospitals & other providers near you

Care Compare – Medicare.gov: “Find and compare Medicare-certified nursing homes based on a location, and compare the quality of care they provide and their staffing. A nursing home is a place for people who can’t be cared for at home and need 24-hour nursing care. We’ve combined our 8 original provider compare sites, giving you… Continue Reading

Coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines

CDC – “Although data are not available for COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, extensive experience with non-COVID-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone. COVID-19 vaccines were previously recommended to be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or… Continue Reading

COVID-19 boosted open access but preprints are only a fraction of pandemic papers

Science – “Critics of scientific publishing had hoped for a bigger shake-up from the global crisis: “…But nearly 2 years later, hopes for a wholesale revolution are fading. Preprints by medical researchers surged, but they remain a small fraction of the literature on COVID-19. Much of that literature is available for free, but access to… Continue Reading

Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of COVID

CDC: “What is already known about this topic? The incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, hospitalization, and death is higher in unvaccinated than vaccinated persons, and the incidence rate ratios are related to vaccine effectiveness. What is added by this report? Across 13 U.S. jurisdictions, incidence rate ratios for hospitalization and death changed relatively little after the… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States

Overall US COVID-19 Vaccine | Deliveries and Administration; Maps, charts, and data provided by CDC, updates daily by 8 pm ET.  “Represents all vaccine partners including jurisdictional partner clinics, retail pharmacies, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Health Resources and Services Administration partner sites, and federal entity facilities. On August 13th,… Continue Reading