Making America great again

The covid vaccine way.

The US and a few other wealthy nations have announced intentions to give booster shots to their fully inoculated citizens from September in a bid to improve their immunity. This is at at time when about 5 billion humans are yet to receive the vaccine and there are people who believe this is a moral outrage.

Let’s pretend for a moment you were the policy maker and is intent on vaccine uptake at home and elsewhere, especially faced with a situation where there are vaccine skeptics, would you encourage a booster shot for the fully inoculated or would you persuade the unvaccinated to get their shots thus improving the chances of the community?

In the meantime, keep safe. And if you can, avoid staying in crowded places for long, among many other things you can do to protect yourself.

An example of misinformation

Being perpetrated online on Covid-19 and the responses by many leave me worried for some.

And it seems some section of the population is going berserk. There are at least 10 or so vaccines that are mandatory that I believe, unless you live in a cave, we have all received before age 5 and only few people refuse to get them & usually evidence is required when you start school. Now that several places are asking for evidence for covid vaccination, there are suits in courts about my body my choice freedom which I find interesting.

Anyway, I hope vaccine nationalism will pave way to universal access 😀 especially as I have heard prices of the vaccines have gone up by between a quarter and a tenth. I think so far only the J& J or Astra Zeneca shots are available here. I will wait for the more expensive jabs n tell you all how it goes.

Meanwhile keep safe everyone.

Thoughts around Covid-19

You, dear reader, has probably received your covid jab and if you are Ron, let your opportunity pass so others might get it. And if you are in India, yours truly hopes the government is doing all it can to check the deaths and spread of the infection.

I have in the recent past since this pandemic began seen a lot of talk about covid responsive spaces. You meet a client and they are asking if the office space you are proposing meets the covid protocols and I am getting tired. As a space planner, it seems to me this pandemic went with common sense of most people. It is not like this is the first airborne disease we have to deal with. How does one deal with TB?

Proper ventilation. Where AC is used, the need for filters that purify the air and faster air change is all you need. Reduce congestion in office spaces. I don’t see any sense in increasing hand washing points in office buildings besides those provided in wash rooms.

The interesting question is whether health care facilities, apart from doing the above, need to do more for health care staff? Do we need screens around beds so they take vitals remotely? Send a robot to inject the patient, have intubation done remotely and all? Maybe not. I think the common sense solutions above should be sufficient.

Maybe I am missing something and there are special design considerations that are required. Do weigh in below with your thoughts.

On ubiquity of google

Or is it algorithms.

Sometimes I know it makes life easy. You search for an answer to a question and Google remembers so your next search for the same is much easier but must it show up everywhere. The other day I was researching on cement plaster failure and now the mails I get from quora always has something on cement plaster or something on fitness & weight loss.

In other news, covid spread & morbidity seems to have increased in my hood and Jayden has imposed tougher measures indefinitely: no bars, no dining in, no team sports, few attendees at funerals and weddings among others. Yours truly will continue running and cycling. These I am sure are not covered in the directives.

All this is just to say I don’t have something serious to tell you good people.

Have a good week.

Ethiopia is at war

With itself and the Nobel Peace prize winner prime minister is dropping bombs the way Obama released drones to wherever he thought there were terrorists lurking. Any bystander death was collateral damage for the greater good.

Some country in the old soviet Union is at war too.

Everywhere there is war or rumours of a war. Can’t we choose our struggles wisely. Maybe deal with the pandemic before we start killing one another for territory.

I saw in the news there is a vaccine that is 90% effective. While I am no doctor, I am a little clever. All the known Coronaviruses that attack us mutates so fast you will need a vaccine every year. And while we have been told how effective, we don’t as yet know what would be the side effects of this vaccine. I hope they don’t try it on Africans first. The history of botched vaccination on the continent reads like a horror story.

Have a peaceful day, won’t you!