Tag: Pandemic

Yes, Send Everyone Free Covid Tests

Beyond the moral costs—the loss of life, the searing inequities at home and abroad—there are immense and quantifiable economic costs to prolonging the pandemic. For children, there’s learning loss, potential mental health issues, and negative effects on their future careers. For adults, there’s lost productivity, stultified careers, medical bills, unsteady childcare, and the stress of […]

Read More

America’s Covid Rapid Test Plan Is Appallingly Inadequate

While other countries were making early bets on the very foreseeable infection mitigation strategy I just described—an editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine called for as much over a year ago!—the richest country on earth did nothing to plan for it, even after Biden took office. In the United Kingdom, anyone can order […]

Read More

The Right Wants to Freedom Us to Death

And while this one doesn’t pertain to me personally, it should be obvious to freedom-loving people everywhere that anyone with a sexually transmissible disease should be able to shag whoever they want without telling them about their condition. I mean, you start punishing people for that, next thing you know we’re living in a new […]

Read More

Oslo Omicron Outbreak a Textbook Aerosol-Driven Superspreader Event; Biden “Vax-Only” Policy Totters

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Let’s start with the context: Norway returned to “normal daily life,” as their Prime Minister Erna Solberg put it, on September 25, 2021. Normal life didn’t begin well. From the Associated Press, “Rowdy celebrations erupt in Norway as COVID restrictions end”: Police in Norway on Sunday reported dozens of disturbances […]

Read More

Airlines are taking flight toward revival thanks to data and tech

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more This article was contributed by Mitrankur (Mit) Majumdar, vice president and regional head of services, Americas at Infosys. With global passenger traffic plunging 66% as COVID-19 grounded airlines […]

Read More

How MIT students are transforming the art of narrative

If storytelling was once confined to a single medium — a tale told, for instance, in the pages of a book — the past few decades have seen narratives spill into different platforms and media, spreading across everything from comic books to films to fan-created websites. Scholars such as Henry Jenkins called this “transmedia,” referring […]

Read More

MIT ID cards go digital

MIT community members have a new and easier way to navigate campus life at the Institute: the MIT Mobile ID, a digital version of the MIT ID card for iOS and Android devices. Developed prior to the pandemic and released by Information Systems and Technology (IS&T), the MIT Mobile ID can be used just like […]

Read More

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: No, Covid 19 Is Not an Old Person Problem

Yves here. Nassim Nicholas Taleb shreds the misguided logic behind Covid age-ism. And that’s before getting to the fact that in South Africa, the notion that the old are more likely to get really sick is simply not true: The newscaster starts by describing an “exponential” rise in cases, then interviews the head of ICU […]

Read More

We Don’t Have to Make the Same Mistakes on Omicron that We Made on Delta

If we have a shot at containing omicron, contact-tracing is going to be a linchpin. One of the first failures was contact-tracing, the painstaking process of tracing chains of exposure following infection. From the jump, contact tracing has been stymied by roadblocks inside our highly disjointed public health system, politicization and distrust of public health […]

Read More

Vaccine Politics Not Working to Biden Administration Advantage

After repeatedly claiming that a Biden Administration would “follow the science” on Covid, it now appears to be hoist on its petard of instead relying on least effort approaches combined with better propaganda, aka placing all its bets on vaccines. These headlines illustrate the problem. The first is the lead in the Wall Street Journal; […]

Read More

Energy hackers give a glimpse of the postpandemic future

After going virtual in 2020, the MIT EnergyHack was back on campus last weekend in a brand-new hybrid format that saw teams participate both in person and virtually from across the globe. While the hybrid format presented new challenges to the organizing team, it also allowed for one of the most diverse and inspiring iterations […]

Read More

The Campaign to Protect Christmas Profits from Omicron

Not only have our soi-disant leaders apparently not learned anything since the start of Covid, they are acting as if the disease will bend to their wishful thinking and commercial/political needs. As we’ll explain below, the Anglosphere press and quite a few public health figures who ought to know better are putting the most possible […]

Read More

Report: 76% of U.S. startups feel confident about entering 2022

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more According to a new report from Angel Investment Network, confidence has strongly returned to the startup ecosystem in the U.S. and in the U.K. 18 months since the […]

Read More

How the Pandemic Helped Spread Fentanyl Across the US and Drive Opioid Overdose Deaths to a Grim New High

Yves here. This informative if disheartening article explains how specific Covid-induced changes in distribution of heroin and fentanyl, as well as reduced access to treatment programs, pushed overdose fatalities above what were already high levels. By Andrew Kolodnym, Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research, Brandeis University. Originally published at The Conversation For the past 20 years, […]

Read More

Here Come the Thanksgiving Covid Fights

It’s acknowledging, too, that some emotional decisions are valid as well, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone. If someone reaches a different conclusion about what’s acceptable for them, Gold said, “you should be empathetic and understanding of everything that your friends and family are choosing, and try your best to help and support that.” […]

Read More

In MIT visit, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston ’05 explores the accelerated shift to distributed work

When the cloud storage firm Dropbox decided to shut down its offices with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, co-founder and CEO Drew Houston ’05 had to send the company’s nearly 3,000 employees home and tell them they were not coming back to work anytime soon. “It felt like I was announcing a snow day or […]

Read More

New 10-minute test detects Covid-19 immunity

Researchers have successfully developed a rapid point-of-care test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies (NAbs). This simple test, only requiring a drop of blood from a fingertip, can be performed within 10 minutes without the need for a laboratory or specially trained personnel. Currently, no similar NAb tests are commercially available within Singapore or […]

Read More

Biden’s OSHA Workplace Vaccine Mandate, Now Stalled in Court, Rejects the Layered “Swiss Cheese” Model for Covid Protection

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1555 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser, what […]

Read More

The one thing we’re NOT doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more By Paul Taylor, former FEMA regional director  Despite the opportunity provided by a deluge of recent federal funding for COVID-19 and infrastructure, we are failing to properly mitigate […]

Read More

Jobs Grow — Along With the Pandemic Gap Between Rich and Poor New Yorkers

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1489 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser, what […]

Read More

Austria Imposes Full Covid Lockdown and Plans Mandatory Vaccination Early Next Year

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1482 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser, what […]

Read More

New, Radically Different Covid Variant Getting Footholds Now as Media and Officials Remain Complacent

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1481 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser, what […]

Read More

Covid Antiviral Pills Could Be a “Game Changer”—if Only Our Health Care System Actually Worked

Is a new dawn breaking in the fight against the global pandemic? Now that two major pharmaceutical firms have filed for emergency use authorization for new antiviral pills, we may soon have some valuable arrows in our quiver to fight Covid-19. Per company reports, a short course of Merck’s molnupiravir regimen reduces hospitalizations among infected […]

Read More

Experts on Inflation: Prognosis, Political Fallout and Who’s Really to Blame

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1480 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser, what […]

Read More

Stellar Cyber raises $38M to provide 360-degree visibility across attack surface

Stellar Cyber, the innovator of Open XDR, has raised $38 million in an oversubscribed series B funding round led by Highland Capital Partners, with full participation from all existing investors including Valley Capital Partners, SIG, and Northern Light Venture Capital, and new strategic investor Samsung. This new round brings Stellar Cyber’s total funding to more […]

Read More

The Enduring Cruelty of America’s Sanctions Regime

“We try to advocate going after the commercial interests of those either engaged in corruption or perpetrating atrocities. Hitting their pocketbooks is where it really hurts, as opposed to the purely symbolic action,” says Justyna Gudzowska. Gudzowska works at the Sentry, an organization dedicated to tracking “the dirty money connected to African war criminals and […]

Read More

Studying learner engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic

While massive open online classes (MOOCs) have been a significant trend in higher education for many years now, they have gained a new level of attention during the Covid-19 pandemic. Open online courses became a critical resource for a wide audience of new learners during the first stages of the pandemic — including students whose […]

Read More

As Big Pharma and Hospitals Battle Over Drug Discounts, Patients Miss Out on Millions in Benefits

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1268 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser, what […]

Read More