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QuoteCOVID-19 has provided a silver lining for WA musicians and audiences as more local artists take the stage, filling the gaps left by a lack of national and international tours......There have been more opportunities for local players — whether in cover bands or playing originals — at the Indi Bar, Mojos, Freo Social, Rosemount, Clancy's, Rodney's, The Milk Bar, The Bird, The Aardvark or regional venues.For Andrew Ryan, managing director of Mojos, it's a perfect moment for any new act with more than half an hour's worth of good songs."It's been an extremely good time to start a new band," Mr Ryan said."There's still no national or international acts, so it's been actually positive as a breeding ground [for talent]."You might hear people talk about COVID babies, but there's a lot of COVID baby bands."The next national or international success from WA could emerge out of the pandemic."Gyroscope, Jebediah, Tame Impala, Sleepy Jackson, Katy Steele, Stella Donnelly, [they] all started in the small rooms," Mr Ryan said.Artists have welcomed the ability to say they've sold out a gig, even if audience numbers have been slashed due to restrictions.
QuoteAmid the stress and unknowability of the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic – which continues to wreak daily havoc and decimate arts industries around the world – there was a moment when some Australian musicians actually felt lucky."A lot of my friends overseas weren't getting any sort of stimulus or funding from [their] governments, and we were," recalls Harriette Pilbeam, who records as Hatchie. After months of lobbying, the state and federal governments had begun drip-feeding the industry with rescue packages, and some musicians found themselves eligible for fortnightly jobkeeper supplements (although many working behind the scenes were not)."We were so grateful to be here – for [nearly] a year, we thought 'God, we're so lucky'," she says. "It felt like it would be silly [to complain] while everyone else was so much worse off."Fast-forward to June 2021, and that moment has passed. Where Australian musicians may once have felt protected from the worst of the global crisis, they now feel left behind by a government that has botched the vaccine rollout, scrapped jobkeeper, and allowed sporting matches to continue while the music equivalents – stadium shows and festivals – have been cancelled repeatedly, often with no insurance.Those who would ordinarily make their money from touring internationally or locally are faced with the worst of both worlds. While the US and Europe tentatively look forward to the return of live music later this year, some artists in Australia feel shut out from career-making global tours and festival slots. Meanwhile, the local touring circuit has been made unsustainable due to snap lockdowns, capacity reductions, and little ability to forward plan.
21) The #DeltaVariant is now causing an "exponential" rise in hospital admissions in the UK 🇬🇧— despite decent vaccination rates in UK. This means we can't stop vaccinations until we hit 80% fully vaccinated. Until then we are vulnerable still as a society. https://t.co/2MKI3wjCQQ— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) June 9, 2021
21) The #DeltaVariant is now causing an "exponential" rise in hospital admissions in the UK 🇬🇧— despite decent vaccination rates in UK. This means we can't stop vaccinations until we hit 80% fully vaccinated. Until then we are vulnerable still as a society. https://t.co/2MKI3wjCQQ
QuoteDie Gesundheitsämter in Deutschland haben dem Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) binnen eines Tages 652 Corona-Neuinfektionen gemeldet. Zum Vergleich: Vor einer Woche hatte der Wert bei 1204 Ansteckungen gelegen. Die Sieben-Tage-Inzidenz gab das RKI am Dienstagmorgen mit bundesweit 15,5 an (Vortag: 16,6).(...)Generell müsse man aber wachsam bleiben, mahnte Walger. Den Sommer sollte man nutzen, die Erfahrungen der dritten Infektionswelle zu analysieren. Der Experte verwies auf die sich in Großbritannien ausbreitende Delta-Variante des Virus. Dort sei der Fehler gemacht worden, möglichst früh vielen Menschen eine Erstimpfung zu geben und die Zweitimpfung weit rauszuschieben. Das habe eine Lücke im Impfschutz verursacht. Diesen Fehler habe man im Deutschland aber nicht gemacht.
QuoteNo, we can't treat COVID-19 like the flu. We have to consider the lasting health problems it causes — Zoë Hyde (The Conversation): "Many people who have had COVID-19 and survived haven't returned to their previous state of health ... A Sydney study found one-third of people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 were left with persistent symptoms lasting at least two months, including fatigue and shortness of breath. More than 10% had impaired lung function.""The UK's Office for National Statistics has calculated about one in seven people who contract COVID-19 will experience persistent symptoms lasting at least 12 weeks. They estimate nearly one million people are currently living with long COVID in the UK, and 40% of them have been living with the condition for over one year."
Quote from: undefinedGöttinger Forscher des Max-Planck-Instituts vermelden Vielversprechendes: Sie haben Mini-Antikörper entwickelt, die das Coronavirus und seine Varianten binden und neutralisieren.Die Baupläne dafür haben Alpakas geliefert. Die Vorbereitungen für klinische Tests laufen bereits.
QuoteBritain's early handling of the coronavirus pandemic was one of the worst public health failures in UK history, with ministers and scientists taking a "fatalistic" approach that exacerbated the death toll, a landmark inquiry has found."Groupthink", evidence of British exceptionalism and a deliberately "slow and gradualist" approach meant the UK fared "significantly worse" than other countries, according to the 151-page "Coronavirus: lessons learned to date" report led by two former Conservative ministers.
QuoteHow five guys and a Google Doc killed ivermectinLast week was the nail in the coffin for the idea that COVID-19 deaths can be prevented using ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug lauded by the right, anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists.The BBC reported that recent analysis shows none of the 26 major trials of the drug revealed promising results, and a third of those trials showed serious errors or evidence of fraud. The source of this analysis was a handful of guys spread across the globe — an epidemiologist, a medical researcher, a student, a data analyst and a chief science officer — who have been using Google Docs, Dropbox and Twitter to tackle and expose bad science in their spare time.The idea that anyone can debunk bullshit is cool. On the other hand, it feels a bit grim that the burden of overturning evidence for the biggest problem in the world right now fell to five guys and not, like, the World Health Organization. I spoke to two Aussie members of the group, Kyle Sheldrick and Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, who explained to me how the world wide web changed everything about how science works now.It used to be that you would submit something to a publication like Science and, after jumping through enough hoops, your research could be published. If you had doubts about a published study, you could respond by writing a letter to the publication. Months would pass before anything happens, if something happens.When the internet killed the gatekeeper, it opened the floodgates. Publishing your research became as easy as uploading it the internet — the eggheads call these "pre-print publications"— without the need for something as time consuming as a "peer review".Since the beginning of the pandemic, dodgy preprint studies have been going viral online as people search for answers. (Peer-reviewed work still happens and is important to legit journals, but it suffers from being too slow.)People — like misinformation super-spreader Craig Kelly — can then shop around for a legit-looking PDF that "proves" what they already believed."There's hundreds of papers coming out a day. If you were to publish fake ivermectin research, the chance of ever being found out is quite low," Kyle told me.The flipside is that a ragtag team of medical research mercenaries can shape scientific knowledge using a shared spreadsheet of studies to coordinate their checks on study methodology, and some nifty statistical analysis based on publicly available results and data requested from research authors.Once they've done this work, they publish on Twitter and on their personal blogs. They engage with people on social media to explain what they did and review other people's work. All this took was a bit of knowhow and curiosity on their parts.Their reward? "I get no financial incentives, there are no career incentives. You get paid in hate mail and death threats even if you're successful getting fraudulent research looked at," Gideon said.Whether this model of "a good guy with a spreadsheet is the solution to a bad guy with the spreadsheet" trumps our pre-internet scientific publishing model is moot — the internet genie is well and truly out of the bottle — and also a false choice. That's because gate-kept science had its problems with fraud too! It's just that the traditional methods of gatekeeping aren't screening for fraud like Kyle and Gideon's crew are.This is a major problem with scientific rigour and the internet. How are we supposed to know what's real? What chance does a mere mortal have to understand medical research when the world's top experts haven't been spotting fraud? Even with Kyle and Gideon's analysis, I'm just taking their critique in good faith. They are transparent, but all the details are gobbledygook to me.And in case you didn't realise, this same problem is happening in just about every other domain of life too.But their story gives me hope. The world could have ignored Gideon and Kyle's analysis. Instead, the world's most read publishers are reporting that the reputation of ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment is in tatters because of their work.Sure, the internet is the problem here. But it's offering us solutions too.
QuoteDrugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world's arsenal against the pandemic.If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration — a decision that could come in a matter of weeks — it would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19. All other FDA-backed treatments against the disease require an IV or injection.
QuoteAber die Prognose ist: Omikron wird durchrauschen, es findet also derzeit eine Durchseuchung statt.Ja, über kurz oder lang wird jeder mit dem Virus in Kontakt gekommen sein. Entweder geimpft oder ohne Schutz infiziert.