Covid-19 Global Live Updates on Variants, Case and Vaccines – The New York Times

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.

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— Read more about a covid resurgence on www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/17/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases

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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

Collaborative spaces, hot desks, and hybrid work models: Fintech firms gear up for work in a post-pandemic world – Tearsheet
— Read on tearsheet.co/culture-and-talent/collaborative-spaces-hot-desks-and-hybrid-work-models-fintech-firms-gear-up-for-work-in-a-post-pandemic-world/

Mask adherence and rate of COVID-19 across the United States

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.

— Read on journals.plos.org/plosone/article

Coronavirus variant P.1 is twice as transmissible as earlier strains | Science News

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

Indigenous communities demonstrate innovation and strength despite unequal losses during COVID-19

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/

Biden holds press conference: Live updates – The Washington Post

The president answers questions from the media as his fledging administration grapples with mass shootings, an influx of migrants at the border and an ongoing battle with the coronavirus pandemic.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/03/25/joe-biden-live-updates/

Personality trait predictors of adjustment during the COVID pandemic among college students

Personality trait predictors of adjustment during the COVID pandemic among college students
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