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Some Covid Links

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, economists Casey Mulligan and Tomas Philipson explain that the source of humanity’s Covid-19 woes is government, and that much of the relief from these woes comes from the private sector. Two slices: American capitalism supported decades of innovation that created conditions conducive to the rapid development of the Covid vaccines. About 70% of the returns to medical research and development across the world come from the U.S., where price controls are...

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Some Covid Links

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Drs. Marty Makary and H. Cody Meissner make the case against masking children. A slice: Do masks reduce Covid transmission in children? Believe it or not, we could find only a single retrospective study on the question, and its results were inconclusive. Yet two weeks ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sternly decreed that 56 million U.S. children and adolescents, vaccinated or not, should cover their faces regardless of the prevalence of...

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Some Covid Links

Jay Bhattacharya talks about the Delta variant. Amelia Janaskie and Ryan Yonk rightly lament the refusal these days to acknowledge the inescapability of trade-offs. Here’s their conclusion: As Thomas Sowell famously wrote, “There are no solutions, only trade-offs,” and this scenario is not different. No policy is costless, and no policy is only to the upside. In every policy discussion including those around public health, understanding that trade-offs will occur is an important part of...

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Some Covid Links

Todd Zywicki, my friend and GMU colleague over in the law school, explains in today’s Wall Street Journal why he’s suing GMU officials over their vaccine mandate. Here’s his conclusion: If I were not already naturally immune to Covid, I would have long ago gotten vaccinated at the first opportunity. But for those of us who have acquired natural immunity, vaccination provides none of the benefits of vaccination with all of the costs. George Mason University’s vision aspires to “bring new...

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Some Covid Links

The New Civil Liberties Alliance is suing George Mason University officials over their refusal to recognize Prof. Todd Zywicki’s naturally acquired Covid immunity. Go Todd! (UPDATE: For some reason unknown to me, this page cannot now be found. I suspect it’s a simple technical issue that will soon be fixed. So for now I’ll keep the link up.) As reported here, a fact key to the above-mentioned lawsuit is strongly in favor of the plaintiff. A slice: A new study has found that individuals...

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Three ‘Small’ But Important Points

Charley Hooper is on a small listserv on which I also am sometimes active. I share here (with his kind permission) a note that he sent out earlier today in a thread discussing naturally acquired immunity to that which is gotten through vaccination. Three small points that might help: The normal goal of vaccines is to replicate natural infections without the actual infection. In other words, natural infections are the gold standard and good vaccines equal or come close to the immunity...

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Some Covid Links

At Jeffrey Tucker’s new Brownstone Institute, the great Harvard Medical School professor Martin Kulldorff again offers his twelve core principles of public health. A slice: 6. Public health should focus on high-risk populations. For Covid-19, many standard public health measures were never used to protect high-risk older people, leading to unnecessary deaths. More. 7. While contact tracing and isolation are critically important for some infectious diseases, it is futile and...

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Some Covid Links

Jacob Sullum criticizes the Biden administration for its mixed messages on Covid. A slice: That point was frequently lost in the breathless reporting on the CDC’s decision to recommend that vaccinated Americans who live in “areas of substantial or high transmission” resume wearing face masks in public places. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and Ben Wakana, deputy director of strategic communications and engagement for the White House COVID-19 Response Team, contributed to the confusion by...

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Some Covid Links

In today’s Wall Street Journal are two letters-to-the-editor by Australians expressing their dismay over the dystopia that now exists down under. Here’s one of the letters: Sadly, Mr. Morrow is spot on when he refers to Australia turning itself into a nation of prisoners as a result of Covid mania. From our self-imposed cages, it is very strange to watch the rest of the world opening up while our businesses go bust and millions of our kids are kept out of school. Through my questioning...

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