Take a look at this lede for AP: “Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases.” (As I said yesterday, 2020 was the earthquake, but the crazy aftershocks keep coming.)

+ This is a far too common story: A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst.

+ “For years, Bob Enyart used his conservative media platform in Denver to mock those who died of AIDS by name or call for women who receive abortions to face the death penalty. Recently, the radio talk-show host – who had successfully sued the state over mask mandates and capacity limits in Colorado churches last year – joined a chorus of conservative voices who have bashed the coronavirus vaccine and vowed to stay unvaccinated.” Bob spurned vaccines and mocked AIDS patients. Bob died of Covid-19.

+ Gorillas at Atlanta’s Zoo have contracted Covid, probably from a zoo worker. (When a veterinary vaccine is available, the gorillas will take it.)