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Habrá otra variante del coronavirus. El mundo debe estar preparado
Cada vez que surge una nueva variante del coronavirus, el mundo sigue un patrón similar. Los científicos divulgan sus hallazgos y se desata el pánico. No se toman suficientes medidas entre cada ola para la prevención o preparación ante la próxima.La variante ómicron tomó a gran parte del mundo por sorpresa. No debido a su existencia —así se comportan los virus—, sino debido a lo contagiosa que es y a la rapidez con la que se propaga. Los países trataron de establecer políticas sobre la marcha que debieron haberse implementado desde hace mucho, como garantizar que haya suficientes pruebas disponibles.Ahora que nos acercamos al tercer año de la pandemia de COVID-19, ya es tiempo de que el mundo aprenda de los errores del pasado. Esto comienza con reconocer que las variantes alfa, delta y ómicron no son amenazas nuevas. Todas siguen derivándose del coronavirus. En lugar de arrojar a nuestras sociedades al caos cada vez que surge una nueva variante, tenemos que reconocer que el virus aún no está bajo control y que las naciones necesitan crear mejores estrategias de preparación, detección y respuesta a las futuras olas. Se puede hacer buen uso de todos los conocimientos adquiridos sobre cómo responder a una variante tan letal como la delta o tan contagiosa como la ómicron.
2 hours ago | The NY Times
Rich Countries Lure Health Workers From Low-Income Nations to Fight Shortages
LUSAKA, Zambia — There are few nurses in the Zambian capital with the skills and experience of Alex Mulumba, who works in the operating room at a critical care hospital. But he has recently learned, through a barrage of social media posts and LinkedIn solicitations, that many faraway places are eager for his expertise, too — and will pay him far more than the $415 per month (including an $8 health risk bonus) he earns now.Mr. Mulumba, 31, is considering those options, particularly Canada, where friends of his have immigrated and quickly found work. “You have to build something with your life,” he said.Canada is among numerous wealthy nations, including the United States and United Kingdom, that are aggressively recruiting medical workers from the developing world to replenish a health care work force drastically depleted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The urgency and strong pull from high-income nations — including countries like Germany and Finland, which had not previously recruited health workers from abroad — has upended migration patterns and raised new questions about the ethics of recruitment from countries with weak health systems during a pandemic.
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The Grimness of January
Good morning. It’s Monday. We’ll look at the mood in New York City after three emotionally grueling weeks. We’ll also look at a mural that is leaving Rikers Island after 50 years.For many New Yorkers, the steady drumbeat of terrible news since Jan. 1 has compounded the cheerlessness of the pandemic.There was the 19-year-old Burger King worker who was killed during a robbery in Manhattan. There was the fire in a Bronx high-rise that killed 17 people. There was the woman who was killed when a man shoved her in front of a subway pulling into the Times Square station. There was the 11-month-old baby sitting in a parked car in the Bronx who was hit by a bullet. There were the officers in the Bronx and Staten Island who were shot and wounded.
8 hours ago | The NY Times
These Mothers Were Exhausted, So They Met on a Field to Scream
In Boston, many mothers were exhausted. The pandemic had been so draining that they wanted to scream.But they had to hold it in because they had children to raise, careers to build and chores to finish. For nearly two years, they have been trapped.But on a night this month, about 20 mothers ditched their duties. They left their children and homes behind and headed to a high school football field.One by one, they emerged from the shadows and gathered at the 50-yard line.They stood in a circle under the soft lights, and for 20 glorious minutes they screamed and screamed and screamed, said Sarah Harmon, a therapist, yoga teacher and mother who organized the gathering.Their voices, which carried years of pain and rage that they could finally release, merged into an anguished chorus, according to videos of the gathering.
13 hours ago | The NY Times
Gonzaga revokes John Stockton’s season tickets over his refusal to wear masks.
John Stockton, one of the most celebrated basketball players in history, is barred from attending games at his alma mater, Gonzaga University, because of an unwillingness to comply with the school’s mask mandate. Stockton revealed that his season tickets were revoked in an interview with The Spokesman Review published on Sunday.Stockton described the conversation with the university officials as both “congenial” and “not pleasant.”“Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit,” Stockton said. Stockton added that he was told that officials had “received complaints” about Stockton’s refusal to wear the mask.
13 hours ago | The NY Times
Biden’s Pandemic Fight: Inside the Setbacks of the First Year
WASHINGTON — Dr. Rochelle Walensky was stunned. Working from her home outside Boston on a Friday night in late July, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had just learned from members of her staff that vaccinated Americans were spreading the coronavirus.Vaccines had been the core of President Biden’s pandemic strategy from the moment he took office. But as Dr. Walensky was briefed about a cluster of breakthrough cases in Provincetown, Mass., the reality sank in. The Delta variant, which had ravaged other parts of the world, was taking hold in the United States. And being vaccinated would not, it turned out, prevent people from becoming infected with the variant or transmitting it.
13 hours ago | The NY Times
Your Monday Briefing: A U.K. Accusation
Good morning. We’re covering reports of Russia’s positioning in Ukraine, Beijing’s hard-line Olympic strategy and miserable conditions at a Chinese tire factory in Serbia.The British government said that the Kremlin appeared to be developing plans to install a pro-Moscow leader in Ukraine.The highly unusual public statement, backed by U.S. officials, comes at a pivotal moment in high-stakes negotiations. Moscow has deployed more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders that could, according to American officials, attack anytime.According to the assessment, Russian planners are considering installing Yevgeniy Murayev, a former member of Ukraine’s Parliament, as leader of a pro-Kremlin puppet government. The new accusations provided few details about how Russia might impose a new government and did not say whether such plans were contingent on an invasion.
14 hours ago | The NY Times
New Zealand Imposes Its Highest Level of Covid Restrictions
The restrictions were put in place after several cases of the Omicron variant were reported in a single family that had attended a large wedding and other events in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.
15 hours ago | The NY Times
Fauci cautions against overconfidence but says the U.S. wave looks like it’s ‘going in the right direction.’
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s top medical adviser for Covid-19, sounded cautiously optimistic on Sunday that the current Omicron wave was peaking nationally in the United States and that the coronavirus cases could fall to manageable levels in the coming months.“What we would hope,” Dr. Fauci said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” “is that, as we get into the next weeks to month or so, we’ll see throughout the entire country the level of infection get to below what I call that area of control.”That did not mean eradicating the virus, Dr. Fauci said. Infections will continue. “They’re there but they don’t disrupt society,” he said. “That’s the best case scenario.”
17 hours ago | The NY Times
A Shrinking Band of Southern Nurses, Neck-Deep in Another Covid Wave
PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Bobbie Anne Sison was heading to the hospital just before dawn when she got a panicked call from one of her best nurses saying she couldn’t come to work because her car had overheated on Route 63. Ms. Sison, a nurse manager at Pascagoula Hospital, slammed on the brakes, made a U-turn and raced to fetch her.“We have staff members dropping like flies from Covid so there was no way I was going to leave her on the side of the road,” Ms. Sison said a few hours later as she walked the corridors of her 350-bed hospital, which has been steadily filling with Covid patients after a monthslong lull.On Sunday, 106 coronavirus patients were being treated at Singing River Health System, a county-owned network of three small hospitals along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, up from a dozen or so patients at the beginning of the month. With 40 percent of all Covid-19 tests in Pascagoula coming back positive and about 100 hospital employees out sick, Ms. Sison was trying not to think about what the coming days would bring.
18 hours ago | The NY Times
In Wuhan, China, the anniversary of the world’s first lockdown passes quietly.
Wuhan, the Chinese city where Covid-19 first emerged in late 2019, began the world’s first coronavirus lockdown two years ago Sunday, shutting down public transportation and restricting departures for what proved to be 76 days. Since that move — stunning at the time — lockdowns of varying sizes and strictness have been carried out around the world.Now China, which has largely kept the virus at bay since quashing that first wave in Wuhan and other cities, is battling the far more contagious Omicron variant, shortly before the Winter Olympics are set to begin in Beijing. Earlier this month, at least 20 million people in three Chinese cities were under full lockdown. No deaths have been reported from the current wave, but Omicron threatens to challenge China’s goal of eliminating the coronavirus within its borders.
18 hours ago | The NY Times
Social Security Opens to Survivors of Same-Sex Couples Who Could Not Marry
Helen Thornton and Margery Brown began dating in 1979. After just a few months, Ms. Thornton said, “I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this person, and Margie felt the same way.”Over three decades, they bought a home in Olympia, Wash., took out loans together, shared a checking account and attended family gatherings and community events. They raised a son whose birth certificate carried both their names. They talked about traveling after retirement, maybe kayaking in Ireland.But in 2003, Ms. Brown received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Ms. Thornton cared for her through repeated rounds of chemotherapy and intensifying illness until Ms. Brown died in 2006, at age 50.In 2015, shortly before Ms. Thornton turned 60 — the age at which most widows and widowers are eligible for survivor’s benefits from Social Security — she walked into the agency’s local office, carrying bank statements and the title to their house, and applied.
19 hours ago | The NY Times
Badal Roy, Who Fused Indian Rhythms With Jazz, Is Dead at 82
Badal Roy, an Indian tabla player whose drumming propelled East-West fusions for some of the most prominent musicians in and out of jazz, died on Tuesday in Wilmington, Del. He was 82.His son, Amitav Roy Chowdhury, said the cause was Covid-19.Mr. Roy was largely self-taught. He was not trained in the Indian classical apprentice tradition of gurus and disciples. Where classical tabla players use a pair of differently tuned drums, Mr. Roy sometimes used three or four. His improvisational flexibility and his skill at sharing a groove made him a prized collaborator for jazz, funk, rock and global musicians.He first became widely known for his work in the early 1970s with the English guitarist John McLaughlin and Miles Davis, appearing on Davis’s pivotal jazz-funk album “On the Corner” and its successors. He went on to many other collaborations,— recording with Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Yoko Ono, Bill Laswell and Richie Havens — and spent more than a decade as a member of Ornette Coleman’s electric band, Prime Time.
22 hours ago | The NY Times
Quiero que mi hijo aprenda a ser perezoso
“Abba, tengo una idea”, dijo mi hijo de tres años. “Ponte la pijama y tu antifaz grandote, apaga la luz y acuéstate en la cama”.“Qué buena idea”, respondo, con sinceridad. Me pongo el antifaz para la apnea del sueño, me pongo una pijama vieja de algodón suave y me meto con mi hijo bajo el acolchado edredón blanco. En cuestión de segundos, el suave silbido de mi respirador lo arrulla. Conoce bien la imagen y el sonido de mi cuerpo dormido; padezco lupus, una enfermedad autoinmune que provoca fatiga crónica. En un buen día, puedo arreglármelas con unas 10 horas de sueño. Cuando mi enfermedad empeora, a veces durante semanas, necesito dormir gran parte del día y de la noche.
Jan 23, 2022 | The NY Times
For Small Towns With Small Work Forces, Omicron Means Small Margins for Error
In Marvell, Ark., a tiny Mississippi Delta town of 855 residents tucked into a sea of cotton, soy bean and corn fields, Lee Guest is a particularly essential essential worker.He is the mayor and the assistant fire chief, and his day job is as a rural mail carrier. If the four employees of the local water utility don’t show up, he knows enough about the system to keep the water flowing, too.“There’s a handful of us — we can go get stuff taken care of,” he said.So when he was away from work for a week after contracting Covid-19 at the beginning of the year, the worn engine of small town governance and administration in Marvell, about a 90-minute drive southwest from Memphis, sputtered and coughed, but it chugged on.
Jan 23, 2022 | WebMD
France’s New COVID-19 Vaccine Pass Begins Monday
Jan. 23, 2022 -- France’s new COVID-19 vaccine pass goes into effect on Monday, requiring ages 16 and older to show proof of vaccination to enter public places such as bars, restaurants, sports events, theaters, museums, entertainment venues and domestic flights and trains.The COVID-19 vaccine pass is replacing a health pass that allowed people to show proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or past infection.The vaccine pass “clearly puts constraints on the unvaccinated,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex said during a press conference on Thursday.However, it is “necessary if we want to preserve and increase our vaccination coverage in the event of new variants,” he said.Also starting Monday, children between ages 12-17 will be eligible for a booster shot. Those between ages 12-15 will continue to be required to show the health pass to access restaurants, entertainment venues and interregional public transportation.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
N.F.L. drops coronavirus testing requirement for unvaccinated players.
With only a few weeks left in the season, the N.F.L. and N.F.L. Players Association dropped extra testing requirements for unvaccinated players.In a memo sent on Friday to the eight clubs still playing, the league said there was no longer a distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated players when it comes to testing, and all players and staff that work with them “will be subject to strategic and targeted testing.”The new rules only affect about a dozen or so players who are unvaccinated or not on a 90-day testing holiday because they had tested positive, according to the league.The league previously reduced its testing cadence in December, agreeing with the players’ union to only test players when they are considered close contacts or show symptoms. It also mandated that essential staff who interact with players receive booster shots. Asymptomatic vaccinated players can also “test out” of protocols and return to play as soon as 24 hours after a positive test if they are no longer deemed contagious.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
Why Boris Johnson May Finally Have Gone Too Far
Boris Johnson, long famed for brushing off accusations of distorting, misleading or outright lying that, far from slowing his rise, seemed to only bolster his image as an incorrigible scamp, suddenly faces potential political death over the very charge to which he had seemed immune.Even his detractors appear surprised by the speed with which the public and political class have turned against Mr. Johnson, the British prime minister, over charges that he lied about attending parties at his official residence in May 2020 that violated his own government’s lockdown orders.But even if some of his past fibs may have arguably been more harmful to others around him, this one hits on a particular sensitivity that, psychologists have found, holds special power to enrage.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
The Olympic torch relay shrinks to ‘prioritize safety.’
The Olympic torch’s public journey to the opening ceremony of the Winter Games will be much more lonely and with much less fanfare.The torch relay, usually global and lasting for months, will be just three days, mostly local, and open only to select members of the public, according to organizers of the Beijing Olympics. “This torch relay will always prioritize safety,” Yang Haibin, an official from the organizing committee, said at a news briefing on Friday. The route will feature stops at the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, and the Olympic Village in Beijing. The relay is scheduled to start Feb. 2 and finish on Feb. 4, when the Games begin.Vaccinations are required for the torchbearers, who will be tested for coronavirus and are having have their health closely monitored until the torch relay begins.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
Rapid Inflation Fuels Debate Over What’s to Blame: Pandemic or Policy
The price increases bedeviling consumers, businesses and policymakers worldwide have prompted a heated debate in Washington about how much of today’s rapid inflation is a result of policy choices in the United States and how much stems from global factors tied to the pandemic, like snarled supply chains.At a moment when stubbornly rapid price gains are weighing on consumer confidence and creating a political liability for President Biden, White House officials have repeatedly blamed international forces for high inflation, including factory shutdowns in Asia and overtaxed shipping routes that are causing shortages and pushing up prices everywhere. The officials increasingly cite high inflation in places including the euro area, where prices are climbing at the fastest pace on record, as a sign that the world is experiencing a shared moment of price pain, deflecting the blame away from U.S. policy.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
‘A Recipe for Hatred’: Why Boris Johnson May Finally Have Gone Too Far
Boris Johnson, long famed for brushing off accusations of distorting, misleading or outright lying that, far from slowing his rise, seemed to only bolster his image as an incorrigible scamp, suddenly faces potential political death over the very charge to which he had seemed immune.Even his detractors appear surprised by the speed with which the public and political class have turned against Mr. Johnson, the British prime minister, over charges that he lied about attending parties at his official residence in May 2020 that violated his own government’s lockdown orders.But even if some of his past fibs may have arguably been more harmful to others around him, this one hits on a particular sensitivity that, psychologists have found, holds special power to enrage.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
Omicron Cases Appear to Peak in U.S., but Deaths Continue to Rise
CHICAGO — New coronavirus cases have started to fall nationally, signaling that the Omicron-fueled spike that has infected tens of millions of Americans, packed hospitals and shattered records has finally begun to relent.More and more states have passed a peak in new cases in recent days, as glimmers of progress have spread from a handful of eastern cities to much of the country. Through Friday, the country was averaging about 720,000 new cases a day, down from about 807,000 last week. New coronavirus hospital admissions have leveled off.Even as hopeful data points emerge, the threat has by no means passed. The United States continues to identify far more infections a day than in any prior surge, and some states in the West, South and Great Plains are still seeing sharp increases. Many hospitals are full. And deaths continue to mount, with more than 2,100 announced most days.
Jan 22, 2022 | mindbodygreen
Reviewers Are Saying This Body Lotion Saves Dry, Winter Skin
Finding good skin care products is a personal thing—what works for your needs will not always work for someone else. Not to mention, everyone craves a different sensorial experience. Honestly, a good comparison is in the culinary arts: Everyone has different dietary requirements and nutrition needs, which will affect what a person eats day-to-day. But on top of that, most people have unique taste preferences. So how we feed our bodies will reflect both aspects. The same is said about how we feed our skin.And to offer insights in what sort of products to look into for yourself, personal reviews can shed some light on the product. A user’s honest feedback on an experience can help guide you when evaluating if something will work. On that note, we’ve been getting some pretty thoughtful and exciting feedback on our postbiotic body lotion. The body hydrator is a blend of coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, oat oil, and moringa seed oil as a conditioning base. These rich moisturizers offer loads of humectants, emollients, fatty acids, and lipids to cushion the skin’s moisture barrier, resulting in lasting hydration. Additionally, the formula folds in some high-powered antioxidants (a stable coenzyme q10 and a fruit complex) to help the skin fight off free radicals. These antioxidants also offer aesthetic benefits, like brightened tone, reduced irritation, and smoothness. But the stars of the show are the biotic ingredients, the pre- and postbiotics. These support your body’s crucial skin microbiome—which in turn can help reduce skin irritation, improve epidermal framework reconstruction, and overall improve hydration levels. It’s a multifaceted product that delivers on hydration.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
Charting an Omicron Infection
Following the course of a typical Omicron infection.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
China’s Games: How Xi Jinping Is Staging the Olympics on His Terms
When the International Olympic Committee met seven years ago to choose a host for the 2022 Winter Games, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, sent a short video message that helped tip the scale in a close, controversial vote.China had limited experience with winter sports. Little snow falls in the distant hills where outdoor events would take place. Pollution was so dense at times that it was known as the “Airpocalypse.”Mr. Xi pledged to resolve all of this, putting his personal prestige on what seemed then like an audacious bid. “We will deliver every promise we made,” he told the Olympic delegates meeting in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.With the Games only days away, China has delivered. It has plowed through the obstacles that once made Beijing’s bid seem a long shot, and faced down new ones, including an unending pandemic and mounting international concern over its authoritarian behavior.
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