What elderly care facility caretakers deal with every day

I’m a Longtime Union Organizer. But I Had Never Seen Anything Like This. The RawlinCredit... By Vanessa Veselka Photographs by Clayton Cotterell Ms. Veselka is a writer and former union organizer. Jan. 14, 2022 Last winter, workers at a memory care facility in western Oregon decided they were done watching the residents suffer. Conditions at the Rawlin … Continue reading What elderly care facility caretakers deal with every day

Even highly vaccinated places in U.S. haven’t been able to avoid omicron

https://www.vox.com/22870713/puerto-rico-omicron-covid-vaccine-travel-restrictions Why one of the most vaccinated places in America couldn’t avoid omicron Puerto Rico has been hit hard by omicron, but it’s still a model for how the US can beat the pandemic.By Nicole Narea@nicolenarea  Jan 9, 2022, 9:00am EST In early December, after a two-year hiatus from the stage, Bad Bunny went home to Puerto … Continue reading Even highly vaccinated places in U.S. haven’t been able to avoid omicron

What to do if you’re exposed to COVID

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/22872159/omicron-exposure-testing-masking-quarantine-cdc Omicron is exploding. Here’s what to do if you’ve been exposed. How to handle quarantining, testing, and masking after a Covid-19 exposure.By Sigal Samuel  Jan 11, 2022, 7:00am EST Share this story Share this on Facebook (opens in new window)Share this on Twitter (opens in new window)SHAREAll sharing options People line up for a Covid-19 test in Los … Continue reading What to do if you’re exposed to COVID

What the pandemic has done to our mental capacity to remember/cope

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/pandemic-memory-problems-omicron-stress-rcna9686 What the pandemic has done to our memories When every day seems the same and stress is unrelenting, it can affect people's cognitive skills. Experts offer coping strategies. Dec. 29, 2021, 1:59 PM EST / Updated Dec. 29, 2021, 8:38 PM ESTBy Jacqueline Stenson Covid-19 turned the world upside down two long years ago, and the omicron variant is giving … Continue reading What the pandemic has done to our mental capacity to remember/cope

Vanity Fair’s favorite N95 and KN95 masks

https://apple.news/AlS6jPvZoRmazYSA12DmJKA Our Favorite N95 and KN95 Face Masks to Help Keep You Safe in 2022 Mask up (and mask up properly) to protect yourself against COVID-19 this year. BY ARIEL KANTERJANUARY 7, 2022 Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve learned a lot. The most important: We’re more in control than we think. Getting vaccinated and boosted are … Continue reading Vanity Fair’s favorite N95 and KN95 masks

How long can you wear an N95, KN95 or mask before (cutting elastic and) discarding?

Do CUT THE ELASTIC before throwing out your mask. https://apple.news/AfEXRkkahSRObKHJ-BXj6LA How Long Can You Wear a KN95, N95, or KF94 Mask Before Replacing It? These medical-grade face masks don't need to be thrown out after each use—but you can't use them indefinitely, either. By Ashley AbramsonJanuary 06, 2022 In just a few weeks' time, the Omicron variant has … Continue reading How long can you wear an N95, KN95 or mask before (cutting elastic and) discarding?

New COVID variant in Europe and Africa

This should be in NYC any day since so many international visitors come in thru our airports. https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1544345/covid-warning-new-variant-detected-southern-france-coronavirus-cases-uk-cameroon EXCLUSIVE: New Covid variant reaches UK after 'severe' mutated virus detected in France A COVID warning has been issued for Britons as a new variant of the virus with "46 mutations" has already been found in the … Continue reading New COVID variant in Europe and Africa

Newly effective laws affecting New Yorkers and those in NYC

https://patch.com/new-york/upper-west-side-nyc/s/i0vqu/new-nyc-laws-that-could-impact-you-in-2022? New NYC Laws That Could Impact You In 2022 From legal weed to a styrofoam ban to new protections for delivery workers, here are the city and state-level laws taking effect in 2022. Nick Garber andAlex Costello,Patch Staff Posted Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 10:58 am ETReplies (10) Scores of new laws that were passed in recent … Continue reading Newly effective laws affecting New Yorkers and those in NYC

NYC residents handling omicron contagion with usual perseverance, actions and attitudes

Will Omicron Meet Its Match in the Perseverance of New Yorkers? A new variant is surging, but vaccination rates are high, face masks are ubiquitous and residents are finding ways to soldier on. New Yorkers, with some of the highest vaccination rates in the country, have also perfected the art of lounging and socializing al … Continue reading NYC residents handling omicron contagion with usual perseverance, actions and attitudes

In NYC, 1 of 1,000 unvaccinated (and 74% of COVID patients) is in the hospital — vaccinated patients are largely immuno-compromised

Because of the large number of people living in NYC, our widespread testing facilities and network of hospitals, NYC can produce almost immediate COVID statistics (other than positive results from home tests which are not always reported). Thus the statistics below provide factual support (yet again) for the efficacy of the vaccines. https://nypost.com/2021/12/30/nyc-hospitalization-rate-for-unvaccinated-nearly-1-in-1000/ NYC hospitalization … Continue reading In NYC, 1 of 1,000 unvaccinated (and 74% of COVID patients) is in the hospital — vaccinated patients are largely immuno-compromised

NYC about to require at least one closed caption showing of movies

https://katherinebouton.com/2021/12/28/some-good-news-for-a-change/ Some Good News, for a Change December 28, 2021 Katherine Bouton It’s nice to be able to end this generally awful year with some good news. On December 15th, New York’s City Council passed a bill that requires movie theaters to provide daily showings of movies with open captions. Goodbye Gooseneck! That means no more … Continue reading NYC about to require at least one closed caption showing of movies

What does it mean to be an American?

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/26/us/oklahoma-masks.html? First They Fought About Masks. Then Over the Soul of the City. In Enid, Okla., pandemic politics prompted a fundamental question: What does it mean to be an American? Whose version of the country will prevail? By Sabrina Tavernise Dec. 26, 2021 ENID, Okla. — On a hot night in July, the first summer of … Continue reading What does it mean to be an American?