News roundup for Tue, Oct 5, 2021

Did a worker shortage impact yard waste, garbage, and recycling services in Virginia

The US is having to temporarily suspend international delivery of mail and parcels to New Zealand and a few other countries as it lacks the needed air transportation. Australia and Samoa are also impacted.

Expect price increases on chicken and tomatoes (and maybe even some barer shelves) in the upcoming months. Diapers may also be on short supply soon—it’s time for a certain toddler I know to get hip with potty training.

A worker shortage has stymied yard waste, garbage, and recycling services in Northern Virginia.

There’s been a lot of air activity near Taiwan:

Venezuela is suffering from serious hyperinflation and just subtracted six zeros from its currency. It’s the second time the country has had to do this.

Southern California has had a massive oil spill off the coast, and many area beaches are closed. Hundreds of thousands of gallons were spilled from a pipeline leak. Marine life is being badly impacted. Fisheries stretching all the way from Long Beach down to Dana Point are being shuttered within a 6-mile coastal band to prevent contaminated fish from being consumed.

The British Army is having to help with petrol distribution:

The world has over 236 million COVID cases. The world has gained 3 million cases in the last week. There have been over 4.8 million deaths in total. The US has a cumulative 44.6 million cases. The US gained over 680,000 cases in the last seven days. Over 721,000 Americans have died during the pandemic. The US gained over 50,000 new cases on Sunday, and over 48,000 by late afternoon Monday. 1,500 people are dying per day in the US based on a 7-day average. The US, UK, Turkey, and Russia have had the largest case gains over the last week. Most COVID metrics are on a downtrend in the US.

Merck has got a promising-looking COVID antiviral pill. All other COVID treatments require an injection or intravenous administration. This new experimental drug, molnupiravir, reduced hospitalizations and death by about half. Merck is seeking an EUA.

Governor Newsom says all kids attending schools will need to be vaccinated. The mandate is the first in the nation, similar to the soft mandate made for teachers earlier this year. Teachers in California must be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing:

Nearly half of COVID patients in Wuhan still have symptoms one year later—a phenomenon dubbed “Long COVID” in the West. Studies in Norway and the UK have also found that most COVID survivors developed Long COVID. Although men have higher mortality rates from COVID, women are more likely to develop Long COVID. These are observational and phenomenological studies without control groups, but the data is still important and something to keep tabs on.

Vaccination might help with the remission of the symptoms of Long COVID:

Moderna is trailing a Delta-specific booster!

Israel says you have to have had your booster if you want to be considered fully-vaccinated:

More and more airlines are jumping on the vaccine mandate bandwagon:

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