WOW I allowed the mstdn.ca media cache balloon to 200GB. Time to prune. 😂​

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This Webb caught a giant space tarantula! 🕸️ Take a moment to stare into thousands of never-before-seen young stars in the Tarantula Nebula. @NASAWebb reveals details of the structure and composition of the nebula, as well as background galaxies: go.nasa.gov/3RD7Ldt pic.twitter.com/aSmPDqgKTE twitter.com/NASA/status/156716

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instance block, racist shits 

bikeshed.party
*.handholding.io
sleepy.cafe
*.tkammer.de

All these instances have users harassing a Black person for their antiracism rn #fediblock

It’s official - I’m singing with THE EAGLES later this month! 🦅🎶

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Hello, it's winter where I am but I understand a lot of the world is experiencing extreme heat. As an Australian who has survived weeks of above 40C temperatures, fires, and prolonged drought I have some advice.

- In dry heat close your house. Close windows, draw blinds. Darkness is your friend. Open at night.
- Heat rises, so keep low if able - downstairs instead of upstairs.
- Use fans / aircon if you have them but prepare for possible electricity outages as demand increases.
- Damp towel over forehead.
- Drink water. Have it with you all the time.
- Stay out of the sun. Remain inside or in shade.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, light clothing if you do go out.
- Reduce activity. Rest more. Don't go jogging at midday or anything like that. Heat is physically and mentally exhausting.
- Go out if you need to in the early morning or late afternoon / after dark.
- If you can, keep kids home, & work from home.
- If it's still hot at night take a quick cool shower. Sleep is easier at 20C or below.
- Check on elderly & frail. They are vulnerable.
- Let yourself sweat. But keep up electrolytes with sports drinks or medically appropriate hydrating drinks / something like that.
- Your workplace / school should develop an extreme heat policy for health & safety.
- Don't go sight see near fires. Stay away.
- Keep a radio or access to radio stations available for advice from your emergency services / weather / news services.

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The is a prime example of why we need to critical infrastructure.

It's 28c outside and I couldn't be happier! 😎​

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There's also an onslaught of RSV and croup in children, a concerning resurgence of Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease, strep throat, and the common cold all at once. It very well could be immune systems post all or some of this infection (likely in parents with school and particularly daycare aged children) are reduced, making folks more susceptible to monkeypox infection.
As usual, if you found this useful, let me know by leaving a like so I know I'm not just talking into the void. 😅

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There's theories as to why we're seeing a rash (pun not intended) of monkeypox infection - the most popular among IDs being a weakened immune system post-COVID infection.

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I'll save you the photos of monkeypox pustules but if you want to know what it looks like, Google is more than happy to provide.

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This lead to actual smallpox infection in some immunocompromised folks, skin eczema, psoriasis, and in rare instances myopericarditis.
There is a non-replicating vaccine for small/monkeypox which is safe for this cohort and those with skin diseases... so it might be a good idea to start vaccinating healthcare workers under 50.

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So why are we not vaccinating using the smallpox vaccine? Those of us that were born later than 1972 won't have received one due to a few significant risks. The vaccine was the LIVE smallpox virus. It wasn't inactivated like our flu shots.

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If complicated, it can lead to tonsillitis, nausea and vomiting, pneumonia, and if those pustules lead to skin lesions bacterial infections. 10% of African cases lead to death.

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It takes about twelve days for symptoms to appear. Starting with a fever and chills, and progresses to a rash and swollen lymph nodes. That rash tends to stick to the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Eventually, it progresses into pustules and heals (often with scarring) after up to four weeks.

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