By mid-century, 10 million people a year are projected to die from untreatable infections. Can Cassandra, an ethnobotanist at Emory University convince Steve that herbs and ancient healing are key to our medical future?
Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba’s Health System Is Reeling
— Read on www.google.ca/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/world/americas/cuba-coronavirus-healthcare-collapse.amp.html
Facebook said Tuesday that it has removed hundreds of accounts linked to a mysterious advertising agency operating out of Russia that sought to pay social media influencers to smear Covid-19 vaccines.
— Read on www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/facebook-says-russia-linked-ad-agency-tried-smear-covid-vaccines-rcna1645
Those who worry about infringement on freedoms should give their heads a shake. The principle that communities have a right to protect their collective health through public health measures is long established. And any loss of freedom by the noisy anti-vax crowd must be balanced against the immense loss that all of us have suffered over the past year and a half.
Governments — starting with the Ford administration in Ontario — should listen to the fed-up majority and do what must be done to keep the damage from COVID’s fourth wave under tight control.
Five months before the regular season starts, the N.F.L. and its players are facing their first clash over playing in the pandemic, with players for nearly half of the teams vowing to skip voluntary off-season workouts.
Players on 14 of the league’s 32 teams, including the Giants, the Jets and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said in statements released by the N.F.L. Players Association that they would not participate in the workouts scheduled to begin Monday because of concerns it would be unsafe to gather.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was among players who spoke out to the news media and on social media.
“We feel very strongly about the game, the short- and long-term health of the players, and there is no game without strong, healthy players,” Brady said in a conference call with The New York Times and the union’s leadership. “People within the league may think, ‘Oh, let’s just get back to business, let’s go back to what we’ve usually done.’ But I think it’s really smart for people and players to think, ‘Is this the best possible way to do things?’ Not, ‘Is this tolerable, but is it the best way to deal with the situation?’”
The N.F.L. declined to comment.
— Read more about a covid resurgence on www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/17/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases
The wrath of COVID-19 will likely stretch into the years ahead, and it’s plausible that the debate over risks related to COVID-19 vaccines will do the same. The 2009 swine-flu strain never really went away, and many scientists now believe that this coronavirus is here to stay as well. But the current pandemic is unlike any public-health crisis in our lifetimes, and it has led to an unprecedented pace of scientific progress. This could lead us to a quicker, more definitive resolution of the vaccine-related clotting issue. If that happens, what’s been learned will help us continue to navigate the promises and pitfalls of new vaccine technologies, and it might even shed light on how clotting goes awry because of COVID-19 itself.
Collaborative spaces, hot desks, and hybrid work models: Fintech firms gear up for work in a post-pandemic world – Tearsheet
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Our analysis suggests high adherence to mask wearing could be a key factor in reducing the spread of COVID-19. This association between high mask adherence and reduced COVID-19 rates should influence policy makers and public health officials to focus on ways to improve mask adherence across the population in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
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Coronavirus variant P.1 is twice as transmissible as earlier strains | Science News
— Read on www.sciencenews.org/article/covid-coronavirus-p1-variant-brazil-strain-transmission-immunity
Victoria O’Keefe and Melissa Walls find that indigenous communities have demonstrated immense strength and leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that can provide key lessons for now and in the future.
— Read on www.brookings.edu/blog/how-we-rise/2021/04/02/indigenous-communities-demonstrate-innovation-and-strength-despite-unequal-losses-during-covid-19/