20+ min read · 2020-03-20 · The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2008 financial crisis changed how Americans perceive their country and the world. The coronavirus pandemic has quarantined people in their homes, and altered their relationships and how they view the institutions that govern them. As with earlier crises, the coronavirus crisis may change people and US society as a whole in fundamental and lasting ways. No one can predict how this will play out. Politico Magazine asked experts and thinkers for their visions of the future.
~12 min read · 2020-02-24 · You’re washing your hands, practicing social distancing and coughing into your arm like a good citizen, but will this stop the spread of COVID-19? Your efforts may slow the spread, which offers social benefits, but the ship probably already sailed when it comes to actually stopping the virus. So will the world be able to pull it together and limit impending global disaster? James Hamblin, MD explains the barriers to a happy COVID-19 resolution in this article from The Atlantic, and describes what would be necessary for effective global responses to future pandemics.
7 min read · Oct 1st · Portugal is among the most highly vaccinated countries in the world. Vice Adm. Henrique Gouveia e Melo, who led the campaign, said there was a key to his success: Keep politics out of it.
Portugal ended nearly all of its coronavirus restrictions. There has been a sharp drop in new cases, to about 650 a day, and vanishingly few deaths.
There have been worrying signs from Israel and elsewhere that protection offered by vaccines can fade over time
Asked what other countries can do to bolster their own vaccination efforts, he did not hesitate to offer his best advice. “They need to find people who are not politicians,” he said
7 min read · Oct 14th · People who have previously recovered from COVID-19 have a stronger immune response after being vaccinated than those who have never been infected. Scientists are trying to find out why.
It’s very likely they will be effective against any future variant that SARS-CoV-2 throws against them
5 min read · Oct 1st · With the virus “defanged” by high vaccination rates, the Danish government dropped all remaining restrictions this month
The models also didn’t include a key wild card: the emergence of nasty new variants of the virus.
given SARS-CoV-2’s high transmissibility and the low vaccine uptake in the United States, he thinks it might well infect one-third of the U.S. population every year, causing 50,000 to 100,000 deaths, after society fully reopens
the United States routinely tallies 30,000 deaths each year from flu