Wednesday – King County Omicron cases are dropping, by over 40% in the last week, hopefully a positive sign that vaccinations, boosters, immunity will give us a healthier summer. Many places emerging from Omicron and removing restrictions.
Tuesday – Possible conflict in Ukraine and the woes of Boris Johnson are pushing Covid news below the fold.
Monday – US federal and state governments are shipping N95/KN95 masks and lateral flow tests to homes. Our WA State tests arrived within 2 days, via Amazon.
This time last year – vaccines, supply and demand, variants and testing. Watched the documentary "76 Days". Mask wearing is hyper partisan.
This time 2020 – the daily blog pre-amble. Looking back at diaries, planners and notes – this was still "in the office" and there was some nervous talk about the "Chinese flu" and the recent case in Washington. One of the team had recently flown through SE Asia returning from vacation, and spread a virulent cold/cough through the team.
Weekend – Omicron is spreading in New Zealand; hopefully the previous lockdowns and vaccination drives (>93% fully vaccinated) mean this is as uneventful as possible.
UK Omicron cases peaked in adults, continue to build in kids, who are now passing it back to parents. (@ProfColinDavis)
Weekly look at Washington State. A couple of days lag on the reported data; but hopefully the peak in cases has passed us.
Still only 63% of the State fully vaccinated; still very patchy and closely aligned with voting patterns.
Friday – "2 shots and a booster"; or to be more succinct – a three course immunisation. New Omicron variant "BA.2" in the wild.
Thursday – US Gov starts to provide N95 masks and lateral flow tests; good, but tbh three+ months late. Looking forward, there is a distinct "post omicron" sense that masks, restrictions and testing are going to go away, and Covid just becomes endemic. I predict a quiet summer and another combined "flu/covid" winter. Boosters and flu shots delivered in one.
Wednesday – We managed to get lateral flow tests from Target (a miracle!) negative on both. PCR tests done yesterday, waiting for those results.
Tuesday – 500k new cases in France, Italy 230k cases. UK on the down side of the curve. More Covid exposure in the house; and similar "numb nose, strange smell" symptoms. PCR test done.
Monday – "majority of Seattle areas 200k unvaccinated, will not get the vaccine" meaning variants, breakouts and one of the mutations will kill thousands.
This time last year – two years sine the first COVID case in Washington State. Mutations and concern about breakouts. Vaccinations ramping up. The Seattle Times link naming goes around again – adding -2 to urls.
Weekend – the usual glimpse at state data, and there are a lot of cases, hospitalisations, and the death rate is flat. 77% omicron. UK case rates are still 80k+; but falling rapidly.
Friday – school districts locally continue to move to remote learning due to staff shortages. That rapid peak of cases, the wave of hospitalisations and deaths is coming behind.
Thursday – UK cases are dropping; virus traces in sewage in Boston, MA show that cases may also have peaked.
Wednesday – rapidly approaching the two year anniversary of the first cases of Covid in the US, here in Washington State. Schools are closing because of cases in teachers, support staff, bus drivers, etc.
Tuesday – record breaking case counts across Western Europe; UK looks to be declining; SA see omicron rapidly burning out. CDC now recommending N95/KN95 masks. “Up to 60% of KN95 masks are counterfeit”
Monday – record hospital admissions in the US – over 132k hospitalised. Work from home mandate in Sweden. New Zealand preparing for omicron; there’s a lot that can be learned.
This time last year – “will variants evade the current vaccines”, the shock of 60k+ cases per day in the UK, 2500 cases in Washington State.
On Zoom because of COVID concerns; lots of good discussion.
Levy Development Committee 2022 (wednet.edu)
Weekend – let’s take a look at local, Washington state data. Oh boy.
Friday – news of possible Covid exposure; so one of the household is off to get a PCR test tomorrow. Another look for rapid, at-home, lateral flow tests – and there are none to be had at any local pharmacy within ~75 miles; what stock comes in is gone within 5 minutes.
Thursday – boosters approved in the US for 12-15 year olds; last in the house scheduled for that. UK NHS declaring critical situations.
Wednesday – every day brings a new eyewatering record, 200k+ cases per day in the UK, 1M in the US, 1 in 15 had Covid in England last week.
Tuesday – over 1 million new cases in the US, 220k new cases in the UK. “Fourth shot gives 5x antibody boost”
Monday – UK NHS trusts buckling under the pressures of staff illness, staff burnout and the numbers of folk being hospitalised. Boosters to be approved in US from mid-week for all over 12.
Continued vast case numbers in the UK; and a large upward pressure on hospitals.
This time last year – looking back at the huge wave in cases, hospitalisations and deaths in the UK. Washington State was starting the planning for mass vaccination sites.
Find My Past have the exclusive release of the 1921 England & Wales Census – and as many know this is a big one.
The 1931 Census was destroyed by fire in 1942, there was no 1941 Census, and the next one to be released will be 1951 in 2051! The 1939 Register is a half-way house, it’s got some great detail (like dates of birth and some married name tracking) – but none of the other information that is useful.
I was concerned about the micro-transaction nature of this – £2.50 per transcript, £3.50 for each image – even for Pro users. I’ll be carefully selecting which records to view; might be just six.