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Weekend – slight uptick in cases in Washington State; but a good 6-8 weeks of downward trend now.

Friday – Plenty of reports on mixed boosters – anecdotally it looks like “MMM”, “MMP”, “PPM” in order are the most effective. One of the house is getting Moderna booster (“MMM”) next week. 

Thursday – boosters, mixed boosters – both approved by the CDC and FDA. Children 5-11 will soon be eligible. That’s another big vaccination target to remove transmission vectors. If there can be >80% vaccination Covid will move from being a pandemic to endemic. As noted last year – that means an annual “covid shot”, probably in conjunction with a flu shot, targeted at the current variant of concern. In the UK >50k cases, much discussion about the real, non-symptomatic rate being above 100k. What this looks like (plans B and C) for winter isolation and protecting NHS and other key workers). New variant “AY.4.2” more infectious than delta.

Wednesday – 3% of Washington State employees are gone after not meeting the vaccine deadline. In context – that’s less than the “normal” attrition rate through retirement or moves. School north of Seattle closes because of Covid outbreak.

Tuesday – Washington State University fire their high profile football coach. Multiple Washington State Patrol staff leave WSP.

Monday – Tests for all of the family. Two positive, two negative. Isolating in the home.

This time last year – Continuing ramp of European cases, stable in Washington State.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
18 Oct here here
19 Oct here here
20 Oct here here
21 Oct here here
22 Oct here here
23 Oct here here
24 Oct here