Covid-Related Links

Some suggested stories.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Mike in Arlington says:

    I don’t know if this will help anyone, but in case it does:
    When I caught COVID in May of 2020, I noticed that my lymph nodes were swollen and tender, both in my neck and in my armpits, and I think it happened roughly a day before symptoms first hit. I noticed something similar when I got the flu the year before. I suspect that because COVID hits your lungs, the lymph nodes nearest to my lungs would get inflamed.

    I don’t know if being vaccinated changes this or not (I presume not, but ya never know).

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Three U.S. Senators Test Positive in Breakthrough Infections.

    A GOP, a DEM, and an IND. I guess the covid is nonpartisan.

  3. Stormy Dragon says:

    @Mike in Arlington:

    When I caught COVID in May of 2020, I noticed that my lymph nodes were swollen and tender, both in my neck and in my armpits, and I think it happened roughly a day before symptoms first hit

    By that measure, I’ve had COVID19 roughly twice a year for about three decades now.

  4. inhumans99 says:

    I gave the comment a thumbs up because it honestly made me chuckle. I also read the story earlier this morning. I guess you could also call Covid bi-partisan, in that it is happy to leave its mark on both sides of the political isle. I saw all the headlines Steven linked too earlier this morning, yeah…we are need of a story about a motorist hitting the brakes when they noticed a line of baby ducklings following their mother to get from one side of a road to the other, that type of story would be nice.

  5. liberal capitalist says:

    Here’s one that will twirl you hair…

    Poll: More unvaccinated Americans blame vaccinated Americans for the Delta surge than blame themselves

    To me this says that our leaving education standards and funding up to local communities is an abject failure.

  6. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    Not good news for me on the Covid symptom front. As a patient with both COPD and asthma, all but about 3 of the several listed are always present for me.

  7. gVOR08 says:

    @liberal capitalist: At your link 7% of the unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated blame the vaccinated versus 6% who blame the unvaccinated. So the difference there is down into margin of error. What I find confounding is that 25% blame people who don’t mask and take other precautions and 21% blame misinformation. These are the people who haven’t taken the precaution of getting vaxxed, some presumably because of misinformation. But they blame people who don’t take precautions and apparently recognize misinformation. WTF?

  8. Scott says:

    Personal responsibility should be tied to consequences.

    The Cost Of Being Unvaccinated Just Went Up — Most Insurers Are Passing Costs Back To Patients As Covid Hospitalizations Soar

    With highly effective coronavirus vaccines available and hospital admissions soaring, many Covid-19 patients are facing bigger bills as most insurance companies have ended waivers on out-of-pocket costs that they introduced earlier in the pandemic, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a cost that will be primarily borne by the unvaccinated people more likely to require hospital treatment.

    While Covid-19 vaccines and most coronavirus tests are supposed to be free, Americans hospitalized with coronavirus can still be billed for care. Even with comprehensive coverage, the usual suite of deductibles, copayments and coinsurance apply, and many of those admitted to a hospital have received surprise bills of astronomical sizes upon leaving. With Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions surging—primarily among unvaccinated people across the country—and waivers coming to an end, it is likely that many people will be receiving bills for treatment.

    Many believe vaccine holdouts should have to pay more for their health insurance and employers are reportedly considering raising premiums to try and employees to get the shot. Polling suggests Americans are neatly divided on the issue, with around half (49%) in favor of employers charging unvaccinated people more for insurance. Of those opposing, 73% were not vaccinated.

  9. Scott says:

    Another via As Cullman prepares for Trump rally, city declares COVID state of emergency

    With Cullman Regional experiencing overcrowding due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Cullman will be providing more first responders to this weekend’s Alabama GOP rally.

    The Cullman City Council passed a resolution during a special called meeting Thursday morning to declare a State of Emergency due to threat that COVID-19 continues to pose to the city’s residents.

    The declaration of the State of Emergency allowed the city to provide the additional personnel and equipment for this weekend’s political rally after it was requested by Cullman Regional.

    Hope they got Trump’s money upfront.