Just received my second jab of Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday. But what is up with all those empty chairs? I spoke with the injector afterwards and asked her about it. She said that they are dimensioned for 1500 people per day, but currently only had about 400 through the doors each day. She hoped it was just due to holidays, but I am afraid it is just laziness or ignorance on behalf of the invited. I hope I am wrong. It really is flabbergasting to think about about the level hesitancy there is with these vaccines. We are so fortunate in Denmark, that all who wants a vaccine can have one. What about some consideration for all the places around the world where there is dire need for vaccines. The main argument I read in the news is that people are concerned over long-term health issues if thry receive a vaccine. What a lame excuse…
What about the long-term health concerns of catching COVID-19? That has actually been seen in all to many cases and this is okay to you? What the hell?
And even if you are dumb enough to think that the health risk is somehow lower for catching COVID-19, then you should still feel obliged to do it for the most vulnerable and those who actually are allergic to vaccines. Vaccination is such a rare instance of doing what is best for you is also what is best for society at large. Win-win. It is as simple as that.
I am not going to convince anyone with this rant. It is just not very constructive. If you know of anyone who are either a sceptic or hesitant, please urge them to listen to the latest podcast episode from Sam Harris. In contrast to his other episodes, this one is free in order to increase awareness about the misinformation regarding the vaccines and COVID-19 that keeps circulating social media. The link is here.
What strange times. So many internet “experts” around, so little actual information. Therefore, I will spare you my two cents 🙂 Luckily, much covid data is available for free and I must admit that it is difficult not to play around with the data myself. Have been working from home as so many others to reduce contamination risk and it seems to be working alright here in Denmark. My son started daycare a few weeks ago. Almost simultaneously, I started an ongoing cough that still persists today. I of course went straight to the testing facility here in Aarhus, but they could not detect any virus. At least not covid19…Anyway, I am now officially part of the statistics. Look me up.
In other news. I just joined the editorial team of the GEUSbulletin.org as a subject editor of geophysics and geostatistics. The journal is a revamped version of the old GEUS bulletin now focusing on geoscience manuscripts with a focus on Denmark, Greenland and the Arctic region. The journal peer-reviewed and open access journal. Very excited to start this chapter of work. Probably time consuming, but also gratifying to read some nice manuscripts. The journal also do not charge publication fees and articles can be freely downloaded online, which I am a big fan of. I generally hope this is a way forward for science. Too much power still resides at the big publishers.
Two manuscripts are about to leave the birds nest (One in RESPROB and one in MAPFIELD). Should hopefully be able to fly. More news on that as soon as I know more. I will also be presenting a poster at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition. My first one actually. For some reason I always end up doing oral presentations at conferences. Looking forward to try out a poster. The conference has been rescheduled to May 2021. In similar fashion, geostats2020 has been postponed to July 2021. Here, I am scheduled for 2 oral presentations. Hope everything works out. Difficult to predict these days.