Without firm school mask mandate deadlines, ‘we can sleepwalk into indefinite masking,’ says Harvard professor

Harvard University associate professor Dr. Joseph Allen argued in favor of pulling back on masking children in schools, especially as U.S. drug regulators are set to authorize the Covid-19 vaccine to kids ages 5 to 11. “We have to be careful that, if we don’t set firm deadlines, it’s easy to see how we can …

It’s not just Covid: Amazon’s top doctor on the biggest workplace health challenge of this century

The U.S. is by no means out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic. While booster shots are being approved and the number of deaths may be plateauing, thousands of Americans are still dying each week and we are entering an uncertain cold and flu season with health systems already overwhelmed by Covid …

How rising UK Covid cases could be ‘a compelling argument for boosters’

Former Obama White House policy director Dr. Kavita Patel explained why the surging number of Covid cases in the United Kingdom could be a compelling argument for booster shots.  “What’s happening is … this real world experiment where the efficacy of AstraZeneca is decreasing, and they haven’t rolled out their boosters,” Patel said during a …

Large cash lottery drawings were not enough to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates, study finds

California Gov. Gavin Newsom drew 10 winners in Universal City, California, on June 15, 2021, as part of the final cash prize drawing in California’s $116.5 million Vax for the Win vaccine incentive program. Jay L. Clendenin | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The lottery slogan “You’ve got to be in it to win …

The case for ‘hope punk’ when talking about climate change: ‘To be hopeless is to be uninformed’

Elin Kelsey Photo credit: Agathe Bernard It’s not naïve to be hopeful about climate change. To the contrary, it’s the only responsible attitude. So says Elin Kelsey, a climate change communication scholar, educator and author. Kelsey has a PhD in environmental policy and works on communications projects that affect engagement in environmental efforts. She is …

Facebook captured more than 2,000 hours of first-person video to train next-generation A.I.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Facebook on Thursday announced a research project in which it collected 2,200 hours of first-person footage from around the world …

William Shatner emotionally describes spaceflight to Jeff Bezos: ‘The most profound experience’

“What you’ve given me is the most profound experience I can imagine.” Those were the words of William Shatner moments after returning to Earth from a trip just beyond the edge of space during an emotional talk with Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. The Canadian actor, who famously played Capt. Kirk in the original “Star …

‘It’s scientific nonsense’: Russia denies claims it stole Covid vaccine blueprint from the UK

An employee holds a vial containing Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) made with ingredients and technology supplied by Russia at Brazilian pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica in Guarulhos, Brazil May 20, 2021. Amanda Perobelli | Reuters Russia has vehemently denied new accusations claiming that Russian spies stole the “blueprint” for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and …

Russia’s daily Covid death toll hits grim record as cases rise and vaccinations lag

OMSK, RUSSIA OCTOBER 9, 2021: Cemetery workers in protective gear bury people who died of causes related to COVID-19 at Novo-Yuzhnoye Cemetery. Yevgeny Sofiychuk/TASS (Photo by Yevgeny SofiychukTASS via Getty Images) Yevgeny Sofiychuk | TASS | Getty Images Russia has hit a grim new record in its Covid-19 pandemic, with the number of daily deaths …

Dr. Scott Gottlieb says Merck’s Covid pill ‘can make a real difference’

Dr. Scott Gottlieb explained why he’s optimistic about Merck‘s Covid antiviral pill after the drugmaker asked the Food and Drug Administration Monday to authorize its pill to treat people with mild to moderate Covid symptoms.  “The topline data from this Merck study was probably the best treatment effect we’ve seen from orally available antiviral drug …