Let's Talk About Elastomeric Masks!
As has become abundantly clear recently, COVID-19 isn't going away; in fact, it's striking more
and more of my friends and family who had successfully avoided it for years.
At this point, we have ample
masks work to drastically reduce the spread of COVID;
of the local,
federal governments are willing to take
the low-cost, high-return step of requiring mask usage in public settings, so most people just don't bother. The
fact that I'm usually the only one wearing a mask in any given space,
combined with the increased contagiousness of the Omicron family …
COVID-19 Finally Hits at Home
After more than two years of
successfully dodging it,
COVID-19 finally hit
my family the week. On Tuesday my wife woke up with a migraine, which isn't
unusual for her; on Wednesday morning, she woke up with a low (100.4°F
fever) and we belatedly realized that she might be sick. She took an antigen
test and the TEST line turned blue basically instantly.
Quarantine ensued. Isaac (our son) has been home from school and we've all been
cooped up on the property for the past few days.
So far, Isaac and I have continued to …
CDPH Digital Vaccine Record
Yesterday, California released their Digital Vaccine Record system for securely verifying residents'
COVID-19 vaccination status. I took a look at it and thought I'd write up my findings here. At a high level, the DVR consists of a QR code which contains a cryptographically-signed assertion in JSON Web
Token (JWT) format. I'll walk you through how to get one, how to
decode it, and what it contains in the rest of this article.
Getting one of the tokens is pretty easy; you just go to the Digital Vaccine Record website and put in your
name, date of birth, and the …
More ModeRNA: Vaccinated (part 2)
Yesterday around 10am, I got my second shot of the ModeRNA COVID-19 vaccine
(unsurprisingly, I got my
first show four weeks ago);
at this point I'm in the countdown to be "fully vaccinated". So far, the side effects have been pretty mild:
- I was maybe a little tired yesterday afternoon
- Yesterday evening I had an elevated temperature of 99.7°F, but no clinical fever
- This morning my arm feels like I lost a really intense game of Punch Buggy
I know the pandemic is nowhere near over and people are dying by the thousands around the world, but …
Vaccinated (part 1)
As of yesterday morning, I've gotten my first shot of the ModeRNA COVID-19 vaccine!
I'd been trying to get an appointment since Berkeley opened them up to all adults on April
9th, and had no luck until 3am on Friday morning, when I managed to get one of the spots
released by the CVS near my house (they were all gone a few minutes later). I was surprised to find when
I arrived at CVS that, despite the intense competition to get vaccinated, supply is so tight that they were only
being issued 10 doses (one vial) per day …
Hello hypothetical readers; sorry for my absence, but I've spent the last weeks pretty well busy – as I foreshadowed
in May, I have a son now!
It's been quite an adjustment. Isaac was born on August 7, 2020 after a very long labor, but he's happy and
healthy now. I got 3 weeks off of work, which I spent with my wife doing intensive child care. Let me tell you, I have a
whole new respect for single parents. Caring for an infant with just the two of us (since none of our families or
friends can visit or …