Trapped By India Travel Bans: Workers, Expats, Families … An Aussie Cricket Team

Starting Tuesday, the United States will restrict Indian nationals from flying into U.S. airports. It’s part of a growing global ban on travel to and/or from India in the wake of the catastrophic COVID surge that is setting records for daily cases – 400,000 and up reported. And health officials believe the numbers are vastly… Continue reading Trapped By India Travel Bans: Workers, Expats, Families … An Aussie Cricket Team

To return to business as usual would be a loss’: How companies can keep workers connected post-pandemic

After a year of living through a pandemic that’s upended how we interact with the world around us, it’s safe to say that many of our personal and professional relationships have changed. In the absence of being able to see coworkers in person, let alone just about anyone outside your household, workforce connection consultant Lakshmi… Continue reading To return to business as usual would be a loss’: How companies can keep workers connected post-pandemic

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1st Time Gun Buyers Help Push Record U.S. Gun Sales Amid String Of Mass Shootings

First time gun owners, young and old from across the country, are helping to push record levels of gun sales for what looks like the second year in a row. “My gun store has had a run like I’ve never seen before,” said Todd Cotta, the owner of Kings Gun Center in Hanford, Calif., in… Continue reading 1st Time Gun Buyers Help Push Record U.S. Gun Sales Amid String Of Mass Shootings

Losing It All: Mobile Home Owners Evicted Over Small Debts During Pandemic

It was a pretty brutal holiday season for Barbara Gaught in Billings, Montana. Back in December, just a week before Christmas, she got an eviction notice. “It was at like six thirty at night that a sheriff came and taped a notice on the door,” she says. “On a Friday night.” Gaught hadn’t responded to… Continue reading Losing It All: Mobile Home Owners Evicted Over Small Debts During Pandemic

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The Viral TikTok That Explains Vaccine Science — And Makes You Laugh

I’ve spent 30 years trying to make complicated science understandable. Explaining how vaccines work can be especially tricky. Explaining the new technology used in COVID-19 vaccines can be trickier still. So my heart filled with joy and delight when I saw Vick Krishna’s TikTok explaining how the vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna work. So… Continue reading The Viral TikTok That Explains Vaccine Science — And Makes You Laugh

WHO Report: Wildlife Farms, Not Market, Likely Source Of Coronavirus Pandemic

The highly anticipated World Health Organization report on the origins of the coronavirus that sparked a global pandemic is due out Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with NPR, Peter Daszak, part of the investigative team that did two weeks of research in China, said they found evidence that wildlife farms may be a potential source… Continue reading WHO Report: Wildlife Farms, Not Market, Likely Source Of Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus FAQ: To Travel Or Not To Travel? Plus, Tattoos And Vaccines Can Mix

The JetBlue flight from JFK to Boston is almost empty on March 21, 2020.

Airports are getting busier, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t issued new guidelines for people who are vaccinated. So, what’s a vaccinated wannabe traveler to do? That question can best be answered with a healthy chorus of that depends. With 26% of the population at least partially vaccinated, the temptation to return… Continue reading Coronavirus FAQ: To Travel Or Not To Travel? Plus, Tattoos And Vaccines Can Mix

Why Pandemics Give Birth To Hate: From Bubonic Plague To COVID-19

The pandemic has been responsible for an outbreak of violence and hate directed against Asians around the world, blaming them for the spread of COVID-19. During this surge in attacks, the perpetrators have made their motives clear, taunting their victims with declarations like, “You have the Chinese Virus, go back to China!” and assaulting them… Continue reading Why Pandemics Give Birth To Hate: From Bubonic Plague To COVID-19

The Future Of The Pandemic In The U.S.: Experts Look Ahead

A year after the pandemic shut down the country, a growing number of infectious disease experts, epidemiologists, public health officials and others have started to entertain a notion that has long seemed out-of-reach: The worst of the pandemic may be over for the United States. No one thinks that’s guaranteed by any means. There are… Continue reading The Future Of The Pandemic In The U.S.: Experts Look Ahead

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St. Louis Pastors Encourage Black Congregations To Get Vaccinated

On a biweekly virtual conference call in early March, Bishop Lawrence Wooten of Williams Temple Church of God in Christ in St. Louis asked county health officials to use churches to help bring the COVID-19 vaccines to predominantly Black neighborhoods in north St. Louis County. Wooten recommended a few worship facilities and recreational sites, because… Continue reading St. Louis Pastors Encourage Black Congregations To Get Vaccinated