Poynter: Fears about vaccines accounted for half of fact checks submitted to the Alliance database in March

Poynter: Fears about vaccines accounted for half of fact checks submitted to the Alliance database in March. “Vaccine falsehoods increased their share of the CoronaVirusFacts Alliance database in March, accounting for 49% of the 455 newly added claims. The database, which combines the work of more than 90 fact-checking organizations from more than 70 countries writing fact checks in more than 40 languages, has compiled more than 12,000 fact checks since the beginning of the infodemic.”

Bloomberg Law: Financial Watchdog Hit With Deluge of Covid-Related Complaints

Bloomberg Law: Financial Watchdog Hit With Deluge of Covid-Related Complaints. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau saw a 60% spike in consumer complaints in 2020, a development expected to lead to an increase in enforcement activity under the Biden administration, which has promised to be tougher on financial institutions. Consumers filed nearly 445,000 complaints with the bureau in 2020—the greatest one-year total on record—compared with 277,366 in 2019, according to a Bloomberg Law data analysis.”

Covid: Australia faces vaccine delays after changing AstraZeneca advice (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Australia faces vaccine delays after changing AstraZeneca advice. “Australia’s vaccine rollout is to be further delayed after local regulators advised limiting use of the AstraZeneca shot – the country’s main vaccine. On Thursday, the government said it now recommended that people aged under 50 get the Pfizer jab over AstraZeneca’s. It follows restrictions in other nations, after Europe’s drug regulator found a rare blood clot risk linked to the vaccine.”

NBC News: Toilet paper, diapers and other consumer products are latest to see price hikes

NBC News: Toilet paper, diapers and other consumer products are latest to see price hikes. “The second-largest toilet paper manufacturer in the U.S. warned that it will soon raise prices on products from bathroom tissue to diapers. Kimberly-Clark said in a news release that the increases “are necessary to help offset significant commodity cost inflation,” reflecting higher supply costs.”

Creative Review: How the Pandemic Graphic Archive is preserving our new reality

Creative Review: How the Pandemic Graphic Archive is preserving our new reality. “The Pandemic Graphic Archive is one of the various online archives and initiatives cropping up in response to our new reality, just as major cultural institutions have scrabbled to add Covid-related objects to their collections. The ongoing project is the brainchild of recent graphic design graduate Charlotte Walker who, faced with the prospect of an unstable employment market, launched the archive after finishing up at Liverpool John Moores University last summer.” A LOT of floor signage.

The Verge: Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions

The Verge: Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions. “As more people get vaccinated against the coronavirus and spring weather coaxes people outside, we’re all thinking about those travel plans we shelved last summer. But with COVID-19 travel restrictions varying by country and by state in the US, it’s difficult to figure out what’s safe and what the latest rules are. Expedia Group — whose online travel agent (OTA) websites include Expedia, Vrbo, Travelocity, Hotels.com, and others — has created a tool to help travelers plan trips while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions at their destinations.”

The Ithaca Voice: Cornell will require vaccinations for students returning to campus in fall; expects full in-person learning

The Ithaca Voice: Cornell will require vaccinations for students returning to campus in fall; expects full in-person learning. “Cornell University announced its fall 2021 return plans Friday, with an ambitious requirement that any students returning to Ithaca, Geneva and Cornell Tech campuses must have received the full doses of one of the various COVID-19 vaccinations.”

New York Times: We Have All Hit a Wall

New York Times: We Have All Hit a Wall. “Call it a late-pandemic crisis of productivity, of will, of enthusiasm, of purpose. Call it a bout of existential work-related ennui provoked partly by the realization that sitting in the same chair in the same room staring at the same computer for 12 straight months (and counting!) has left many of us feeling like burned-out husks, dimwitted approximations of our once-productive selves.”

ProPublica: The Broken Front Line

ProPublica: The Broken Front Line. “As the winter’s surge of coronavirus cases overwhelmed Los Angeles hospitals, EMTs like Michael Diaz were forced to take previously unthinkable measures. What lasting impact will the pandemic have on America’s first responders?”

PsyPost: Belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories linked to increases in anxiety, according to new research

PsyPost: Belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories linked to increases in anxiety, according to new research. “A new study published in Personality and Individual Differences provides evidence that conspiracy theories about COVID-19 can have a negative personal impact on individuals who adhere to such beliefs. The research indicates that COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs predict heightened levels of mental distress.”

Business Insider: Southwest Airlines passengers dance and cheer as couple accused of refusing to wear masks gets thrown off flight

Business Insider: Southwest Airlines passengers dance and cheer as couple accused of refusing to wear masks gets thrown off flight. “A TikTok video shows an entire plane clapping and cheering after a couple is escorted off a Southwest Airlines flight, Newsweek reported. In the video shared by user Brendan Edler, a woman is seen arguing with a crew member.”

Beyond the Pandemic: London’s financial hub seeks a rebirth (ABC News)

ABC News: Beyond the Pandemic: London’s financial hub seeks a rebirth. “Plagues, fires, war — London has survived them all. But it has never had a year like this. The coronavirus has killed more than 15,000 Londoners and shaken the foundations of one of the world’s great cities. As a fast-moving mass vaccination campaign holds the promise of reopening, The Associated Press looks at the pandemic’s impact on London’s people and institutions and asks what the future might hold.”

NBC News: Manufacturers embrace robots, the perfect pandemic worker

NBC News: Manufacturers embrace robots, the perfect pandemic worker. “The latest jobs report shows the manufacturing sector grew at its fastest level since the pandemic began, jumping by 50,000 positions. However, there are still about half a million fewer employed manufacturing workers than there were a year ago. The question is how many of those jobs will come back — and how many have been permanently disrupted by digital processes.”

Talking Points Memo: Vaccine Shipments to Israel Halted Over Government Impasse

Talking Points Memo: Vaccine Shipments to Israel Halted Over Government Impasse. “The Pfizer vaccine issue is part of that same Gordian Knot thicket at the center of the destabilizing political crisis. According to The Jerusalem Post (which is thus far the only English language report of this), Israeli Army Radio is reporting that Pfizer has halted the latest shipment of 700,000 doses of the COVID vaccine because Israel still hasn’t paid for the last shipment of 1.5 million doses. Pfizer reportedly said the situation was akin to something from a ‘banana republic’.”