The microblog: 2022.05.09 01:48:04

2022.05.09 01:48:04 (1523449687918866432) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

Is there any scientific basis for today's "Catch COVID once and that's the end of it" narrative? Why shouldn't COVID mutations keep escaping immunity, creating big new waves every year that, in the US, kill hundreds of thousands of people and inflict #LongCOVID on millions more?

2022.05.09 02:31:29 (1523460615607529472) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

There's ample evidence of vaccination reducing typical severity + reducing #LongCOVID rates, but reducing isn't eliminating. Mutation is now much faster than vaccine updates. Improved treatments have been reducing short-term death rates but so far doing little against #LongCOVID.

2022.05.09 02:45:39 (1523464178949783552) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

If another big wave brings millions of new #LongCOVID cases, will the it's-over narrative disintegrate? Or will we see more downplaying and denial (there aren't many of these people, they're imagining their symptoms, etc.), and vociferous insistence that nothing else can be done?