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Louisiana Delta Variant and Ida Storm Surge

by Oui Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 07:04:24 PM EST

Dutch storm surge expertise helps Louisiana, Texas, New York and New Jersey |  Ajot - July 2019 |

The $165 million Seabrook Floodgate Complex, completed in 2012, protects New Orleans by reducing storm surge entering from Lake Pontchartrain.

Upgrades to storm surge barriers and pumps completed in 2011 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have made New Orleans more resilient to storms and hurricanes, according to Piet Dircke, a water management consultant for the Dutch firm Arcadis.

Arcadis was a consultant to the Corps in Louisiana and also advises officials in Texas, New York and New Jersey.

In July, the storm surge defenses kept New Orleans safe when Hurricane Barry drenched New Orleans and Louisiana with heavy rains and high winds.


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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 07:05:09 PM EST
Everybody (globally) is already suffering COVID-19 fatigue, what happens when we are suffering climate change fatigue? Like multiple massive hurricanes and fires and droughts and floods every year...
by asdf on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 02:58:03 AM EST
Louisiana Emergency Manager said they were not going to separate people with Covid from people who do not have Covid.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 03:44:18 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 07:22:54 PM EST
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Biden's Response To The Coronavirus Crisis | Poll 538 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 04:38:43 PM EST

Israel, the US, and three other countries were officially removed from a list of nations deemed "epidemiologically safe" by the European Union on Monday, due to rising COVID-19 cases.

EU travel restrictions will be in place for the following five nations: Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and the United States of America.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 31st, 2021 at 06:54:00 AM EST

Central Texas School District Closes After 2 Teachers Die of COVID-19 | NPR |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 06:47:07 PM EST
Mu [μ, mean] COVID variant: All you need to know about the new ["]UK["] coronavirus strain
A new coronavirus strain has been added to the World Health Organization's (WHO) watchlist. The Mu strain, also called B.1.621, has been listed as a 'variant of interest' as of 30 August 2021.

There have been 48 cases of the Mu strain in the UK, with two cases occurring in the week leading up to 25 August 2021. The strain shares mutations with variants of concern, including the Delta variant which is currently dominating in the UK and USA.
The Mu variant was first documented in Colombia, in January 2021. There, it has been responsible for 852 cases, according to the GISAID COVID tracking initiative.

According to data from GISAID, the strain has been detected in at least 40 countries and in 49 states across the USA.

UK version What is C.1.2, the new Covid variant in South Africa, and should we be worried?

On Monday the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa issued an alert about the "C.1.2 lineage", saying it had been detected in all provinces in the country, but at a relatively low rate.

C.1.2 was first detected in May, the alert said, but Delta is still the dominant variant spreading in South Africa and the world.

A pre-print, non peer-reviewed paper published about the variant said C.1.2 "has since been detected across the majority of the provinces in South Africa and in seven other countries spanning Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania".

USA version C.1.2 variant has concerning mutations, experts say, but Americans shouldn't panic: 'I wouldn't lose any lose sleep'
International health agencies don't list it as a "variant of concern." It's not even a "variant of interest." Still, as the the pandemic continues, scientists are keeping a close eye on mutations of the original coronavirus that might turn more dangerous.

Coincidentally, "Antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae has reached an alarming level, severely impacting the effective treatment of gonorrhea."

by Cat on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 07:20:52 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 at 09:06:51 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 at 09:07:57 PM EST
Get vaccinated ... across the globe where infection rates are high, this includes in the UK and US. The Coronavirus loves the unvaccinated in Red States with Governor ban on masks ... just lovely.

New WHO group aims to improve efforts to find pathogen origins

WHO Call for experts to joint Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO)

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 10:02:28 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 10:03:04 AM EST
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Florida judge orders immediate lifting of DeSantis ban on school mask mandates | NBC News |

AP urges DeSantis to end bullying aimed at reporter

Pushaw denied trying to direct the governor's followers to target AP's reporter despite retweeting his article and writing "drag them" in a now-deleted post.

She had objected to Tuesday's story by AP's Tallahassee, Florida-based reporter Brendan Farrington, which pointed out that one of DeSantis' multimillion-dollar donors invests in a company making the COVID-19 treatment drug Regeneron. DeSantis has been touting the monoclonal antibody treatment throughout the state.

In another tweet, she wrote that if Farrington didn't change the story, she would "put you on blast." She also retweeted a message that said "Light. Them. Up." in reference to the AP.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 10:15:16 AM EST
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TikTok Star Megan Alexandra Blankenbiller Begs Others to Get Vaccinated Before Dying of COVID in Hospital

In a later TikTok, Alexandra revealed that her hospital experience has been frightening. "I've been here since for early Friday morning," she said. "All I've been hearing are the moans and screams of people in pain. People, I'm assuming, that have lost people that they love because I know what that's like personally and what that sounds like."

"It's no secret this is something that should be taken seriously," Blankenbiller's sister, Cristina Blankenbiller, told WebMD. "But there's so much misinformation out there."

Cristina shared that she, Alexandra, their mother, and their sister made appointments to get vaccinated, but they all came down with COVID-19 before their shots. "Her final video really showed a lot of who she was," sister Rachel Blankenbiller said. "She was selfless--the type of person who used her final days to help others."

Unfortunately, her case is not unique. According to CDC data, Florida is seeing its deadliest surge of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Only 54% of the state population was fully vaccinated as of Sept. 3.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 12th, 2021 at 06:49:09 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 02:18:27 PM EST
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The US is returning to it's intellectual roots: pig ignorance

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 04:58:36 PM EST
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and damn proud of it

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 04:58:53 PM EST
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