The Daily Dose: Faced with outbreak, MLB commissioner says current protocol is ‘adequate’

Major League Baseball has experienced its first major outbreak among one of its teams. Yesterday, fourteen members of the organization (11 players) tested positive for COVID-19. Appallingly, they were allowed to play another team on Sunday even though a number of positive results had already come in. Today, more players tested positive. Per, “Four more members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for the coronavirus after the latest round of testing, sources familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN… The Marlins have now had 17 people test positive in the past five days. On Monday, the total of confirmed cases stood at 11 players and two coaches.” Clearly, something isn’t working, yet the league commissioner went on record today saying he believed current protocols are “adequate.” Good luck with that.

The international race toward a COVID-19 continues to break all sorts of best-practice precedents. This time, the news comes from China where a high ranking government member has gone on the record and admitted that he has been administered one of the country’s nearly two dozen experimental vaccines. According to the Associated Press, “The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says he has been injected with an experimental coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to persuade the public to follow suit when one is approved… ‘I’m going to reveal something undercover: I am injected with one of the vaccines,’ Gao Fu said in a webinar Sunday hosted by Alibaba Health, an arm of the Chinese e-commerce giant, and Cell Press, an American publisher of scientific journals. ‘I hope it will work.’” Unusual to say the least since the vaccine has yet to be completely proven safe during clinical trials. Maybe it was some kind of atoning for initially mishandling the coronavirus outbreak?

While we’re on the topic of vaccines, Facebook continues to be the public face of social media’s inability to reign in harmful misinformation about vaccines or anything else health-related. Per Stat News, “Since the outset of the pandemic, vaccine-related falsehoods have ballooned on the platform — and recent research suggests some of those inaccurate posts are gaining traction among people who weren’t previously opposed to vaccinations. Part of the problem appears to be the way Facebook’s algorithms capitalize on divisive or extremist content.” If anyone believes Zuckerberg’s monster will suddenly see the light regarding conspiracy theories, don’t hold your breath. There’s still too much money to be made there.

If there’s any doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a horrible human toll, physically, mentally, and economically, a visit to Corona, Queens in New York City should dispel any ideas that the virus is “just like the flu” or not as deadly as the “MSM’ claims it is (looking at you Alex “Misinformation” Berenson).“It is pure coincidence that the neighborhood, where more than 440 people have died, shares its name with the coronavirus. But it’s no coincidence that the virus picked Corona and other neighborhoods like it in the city to reap victims… City data shows that poor immigrants and Black New Yorkers were hit harder than wealthy, white sections of the city. Health officials have attributed that partly to the virus spreading easier in cramped apartments among laborers who can’t telecommute to work.” People have died and families have lost loved ones. Their suffering shouldn’t be used to score political points or win silly semantic arguments.

We’ve gotta admit. We LOVE the combination of science and history. They compliment each other so well and, more often than not, reveal useful discoveries. A new study turns the scientific lens toward the William the Conqueror led Norman Conquest of what is now Great Britain. According to the study in PLOS One, “…human tooth dentine and palaeopathological analysis of human skeletal remains has revealed a broad pattern of increasing intensification and marketisation across various areas of economic practice, with a much lesser and more short-term impact of the Conquest on everyday lifestyles than is suggested by documentary sources. Nonetheless, isotope data indicate short-term periods of instability, particularly food insecurity, did impact individuals. Evidence of preferences for certain foodstuffs and cooking techniques documented among the elite classes were also observed among lower-status townspeople, suggesting that Anglo-Norman fashions could be adopted across the social spectrum.” The 11th Century invasion by the Duke of Normandy remains one of the pivotal moments in European history.

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