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Last update: April 12, 2021
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This is a (no longer) relatively short list of most-valuable links I've
found, related to the covid-19 crisis, worth sharing or revisiting.
Vaccination Quicklinks (for Larimer County, CO)
In Colorado at least, you can get the vaccine from any provider,
even if you're not normally their patient, once you are eligible
or get lucky. If you care enough to proactively accelerate your
vaccination, here's a summary of links to:
known local waitlists you "should" get on
(yes, this is actually recommended procedure),
providers to revisit, watching for available appointments
wastelists, a reminder that there are also waste avoidance
waitlists at some places, mostly at Walmarts (but no list included here,
They require a phone call or personal visit, and are usually open only
to eligible people, or if anyone can join (such as at the WM on Magnolia
in FC), they're very long, and the pharmacy usually calls eligible
(Sorry, but I'm focusing only on English-speaking readers here; direct
links to signup pages; and without a lot of added information that you
might find in other places, such as hotline phone numbers.)
Preview each form before filling it out! Some take all your
information before filtering you for eligibility at the end of the
form, so don't waste your time if you can't get on their list yet.
Larimer County Health Department
-- various forms here, choose one.
Waitlist available to providers in the county, apparently used by
at least some to "pull" clients for appointments.
(Few direct updates from LC Health, but we did get an invitation
eventually to make an appointment.)
Health District of Northern Larimer County
-- if eligible, can also call them: 970-221-7144;
also gets referrals from LC Health.
Kaiser Permanente members (sign in and start here for an E-Visit) and
(clinic on east Harmony Road).
Or call 844-951-1932 to register (works only for members) and/or check
your waitlist status (can't find a way to do on the web).
(Note: Kaiser compares daily against state vaccination lists to delete
you automatically after your shot; unlike everyone else.)
-- lottery system for anyone holding a login account with them, even if
not a patient, so long as you're vaccine-eligible.
Just create an account if you don't already have one, or else
log in here, under which you can check your status.
(Same account used for "Associates in Family Medicine" => "My Health
Connection" found elsewhere.)
April 12: No more waitlist? Just log in and look for available
appointments. Lots of screens, but a pretty clear system.
-- at least for non-members; apparently members are already waitlisted.
Salud Family Health Centers
-- fairly nice website overall.
Sunrise Community Health
-- has a Loveland location along with Evans and Greeley (12 total
sites), but signup page has no way to pick a location.
(Loveland) -- has actual waitlist, although long.
-- has actual waitlist, although long.
(Apr 2: Heard 100/week, with 1000 on the list, 1/3 of whom decline even
National Jewish Denver
-- special mention for those willing to travel farther.
Revisit for available appointments:
-- nationwide, from Boston?
Just lists who has vaccine "in stock", not actual appointment
availability, so I like the next one better, more direct:
CO Vaccine Spotter
-- checks many of the pharmacies below around Colorado!
(Or one step higher for many other states.)
Beware, doesn't search or reach all of them, see results near its page
bottom, and go direct to some providers, such as Safeway and Sam's Club.
Also, mostly worthless for the urban corridor because information is out
of date or incorrect when you actually follow the hits.
Larimer County mass vax
-- county fairgrounds or other locations; or 970-498-5500.
-- first enter zipcode, set wider range if you want, pick your store --
then you are stuck with it until returning to the top. Often lies about
availability at the top level versus lower.
-- answer questions for "Barney" including birthday to get to nice
multi-store availability page (that often lies to you); or use
(klunkier) to shop one store at a time, but you can still quickly back
up to Step 1, "Choose Another Pharmacy"...
(Intermittent IT issues, cannot select second appointment, so cannot
confirm first one either.)
-- (requires account, but can check availability first) try various
-- (requires account) try various locations; members can reserve
Doesn't seem to say vaccine type anywhere.
-- scroll down, click on "Colorado" for a status popup; few locations,
but at least it's fast and wide. Hint: If nothing available for CO,
find a state (like FL) that does have some, proceed from the popup,
return to CO; sometimes this does show appointments.
-- (requires account for every client, but can check availability
first) forced to be within 20 miles of specified zipcode.
(Reputedly updating their appointments daily at 11 pm MT.)
Good Day Pharmacy
-- Several locations listed, link is gray unless available, but often
one location's subsidiary calendar is still blank; very long signup
(Wellington) -- strange pulldown list, watch for Wellington, else remote.
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The Tip of the Iceberg
-- (3/20) Caltech virologist David Ho speaks about COVID-19; very
educational and well-presented
Caltech Science Exchange
-- Science Explained... brings expert insight to the scientific
questions that define our time (including covid-related)
-- excellent short series of long blogs by an MD
Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance
-- (3/19) very clear and insightful models, and some good related links
These Coronavirus Exposures Might Be the Most Dangerous
-- (4/1) excellent opinion piece, based on science, on how much viral
dose matters, and how to minimize it
What Happens Next?
-- COVID-19 Futures, Explained With Playable Simulations; a really
excellent narrative with embedded, pre-programmed playable simulations
that you can modify
How the Pandemic Will End
-- (3/25) insightful if dreary
Lockdown Can't Last Forever
-- (4/6) "here's how to lift it"; especially clear opinion piece that
clarifies some terms and concepts about epidemic vs economic
tradeoffs, and suggests how we should approach the longer-term
Optimum/Efficient Tradeoff Curve
-- (PDF) a one-page drawing by Alan trying to illustrate how we make
A/B tradeoffs all the time, in this case between health and freedom,
and how if we are inefficient, we can "fall off the curve" for a worse
result than optimal
Fun epidemic simulations
-- long video (23:11) with interesting explorations of various
anti-pandemic measures through cute simulations
Inexpensive Action Lowers Hospital Infections...
-- (Oct 2019) older, not too long, explanation of why dry air
The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them
-- (5/6 but updated) relatively brief and very useful essay by a
biology professor; in short, beware long times in crowded indoor
spaces with poor ventilation
The Masks Masquerade
-- (6/14) the author of "The Black Swan" weighs in (with some heavy
math) on fallacies propagated by people saying masks should not
be required; relatively brief if dense
Do Re Mi - Covid 19 version
-- video (5:40) using movie footage + well-done modern lyrics, good
for kids, although it's basically a cute propaganda campaign
Stay the F*ck at Home
-- short (1:22) musical number (original lyrics) featuring a guy
singing and playing piano
Thou Shalt Stay the Hell Home!
-- (4:33 video) "America's Best Christian" delivers a funny lecture to
the masses who continue to crowd into church
We Are Living in a Failed State
-- long, poignant opinion essay including scathing commentary on the
Trump's Coronavirus Calendar
-- (1:22 video) short but damning, reveals Trump's utter idiocy, using
his own words in short clips
The Liar Tweets Tonight
-- (2:36 video) well-executed parody that's a blunt but hilarious
attack on our commander-in-thief
How to testing
-- (0:59 video, 5/9) humorous mocking of Trump's stupid pronouncement
about testing, cleverly done
Concert in the Driveway
-- (4:09 video, 5/9) local (Loveland, CO) duo performs a favorite,
Stonehaven, in their minivan on their driveway!
-- free source
Why some heart patients may be especially vulnerable to COVID-19
-- "people with hypertension and cardiovascular disease risk severe
bouts of the disease", crap, that includes me, I'm on 20 mg/day
lisinopril (ACE inhibitor) for moderate high BP
FCUU Circle 23 Doc
-- Google Doc listing needs of people in our local UU circle
For what it's worth, here's a March 28 commentary from yours truly:
No matter what they say now, it's too late for the Trump
administration to fix their astonishing blunders (and denial) from the
last few months. As a nation we had plans in place, but they were
ignored, and the relevant experts were fired, reorg'd out of power, or
muzzled. I hope history will hold Trump & co accountable, even if
their cultish see-no-evil followers do not.
Worse, while we squandered a lot of precious time in Jan-Feb until
getting serious this month, and now we are hopefully buying more time
at tremendous cost (to society and to the national debt), I see little
evidence showing that time is being wisely used top-down to do now
what should have been done earlier: Marshalling national resources in
an efficient and organized way to create more and better tests, PPE
and ventilators, and vaccines. What is going on looks to me like a
patchwork mosaic of bottoms-up efforts, while Trump & co fiddle to his
base, and Rome burns.