(J. Harris: I’d follow every variant case possible for a while yet. Maybe the CDC can develop better tracking skills and systems in the meantime.)


1. Intelligence on Sick Staff at Wuhan Lab Fuels Debate on Covid-19 Origin (WSJ) Three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report that could add weight to growing calls for a fuller probe of whether the Covid-19 virus may have escaped from the laboratory. The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.” The disclosure of the number of researchers, the timing of their illnesses and their hospital visits come on the eve of a meeting of the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, which is expected to discuss the next phase of an investigation into Covid-19’s origins.

2. C.D.C. Is Investigating a Heart Problem in a Few Young Vaccine Recipients (New York Times) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into reports that a very small number of teenagers and young adults vaccinated against the coronavirus may have experienced heart problems, according to the agency’s vaccine safety group. The group’s statement was sparse in details, saying only that there were “relatively few” cases and that they may be entirely unrelated to vaccination. The condition, called myocarditis, is an inflammation of the heart muscle, and can occur following certain infections. The C.D.C.’s review of the reports is in the early stages, and the agency has yet to determine whether there is any evidence that the vaccines caused the heart condition. The agency has posted guidance on its website urging doctors and clinicians to be alert to unusual heart symptoms among young people who had just received their shots.

3. WEBINAR (for city, county, and education officials

Infection Prevention and Control in Schools The National Association of County and City Health Officials invites local health department leadership and staff to participate in a webinar, Infection Prevention and Control in Schools, on Thursday, June 10, 3:00-4:00 pm ET. As more schools return to in-person learning, the work of balancing the best possible education while keeping students and staff safe has become even more challenging. The Infection Prevention and Control in Schools Task Force, led by Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, will discuss a roadmap that will support education and public health leaders in building the organizational capacity and partnership needed for maintaining healthy schools in this pandemic and the next. (NACCHO, 6/10/2021)


PERSONAL NOTE: My 8-year-old Mac Book Pro developed pointer problems yesterday (after a certain rapidly recovering Norweigan housekeeper had used it to Zoom). It won’t highlight, cut, and paste. Only Apple and various dieties have the proper size screwdriver to open the back of the computer to fix what is generally said to be a minor problem. But, fortunately, I had just put a new hard drive in my old, old IMac, and I can’t as yet retrieve my Joke File which was not saved in the clouds. No joke! Here are a few old headlines, probably from the Longview paper:


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