Doomscrolling COVID news takes an emotional toll – here’s how to make your social media a happier place (The Conversation)

The Conversation: Doomscrolling COVID news takes an emotional toll – here’s how to make your social media a happier place. “Picture this: it’s April 2020, you’re between Zoom meetings, and scrolling through your social media newsfeed. Headlines like ‘Death toll continues to rise’, ‘COVID-19 may cause long-term health implications’ and ‘Health-care systems overwhelmed’ flash across your screen. Your mood takes a dive, but you can’t stop scrolling.”

Yahoo News: CDC recommends masks stay on in schools

Yahoo News: CDC recommends masks stay on in schools. “Even as the Biden administration is preparing to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children as young as 5, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, indicated on Wednesday morning that her agency would not be changing its guidance that all teachers, students and staff wear masks in schools.”

Delta ‘Plus’ Covid variant may be more transmissible (BBC)

BBC: Delta ‘Plus’ Covid variant may be more transmissible. “A new mutated form of coronavirus that some are calling ‘Delta Plus’ may spread more easily than regular Delta, UK experts now say. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has moved it up into the “variant under investigation” category, to reflect this possible risk. There is no evidence yet that it causes worse illness.”

Covid: Dogs bought in lockdown being abandoned (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Dogs bought in lockdown being abandoned. “People have tried to sell their lockdown dogs on Gumtree before disguising them as strays so rescue centres take them in, a charity warned. More than 3.2 millions pets were bought by UK household during lockdown, figures from March showed. Hope Rescue, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, said the number of dogs being dropped off at its rescue centre in Pontyclun was the highest in its 15-year history.”

Washington Post: Japan and South Korea never did full lockdowns. It left lessons on how to coexist with the virus

Washington Post: Japan and South Korea never did full lockdowns. It left lessons on how to coexist with the virus . “Like many countries, both are navigating a way to safely coexist with the coronavirus in the face of increasing economic pressures and a potential new wave of infections in the winter. But unlike many other countries, neither Japan nor South Korea imposed a full lockdown and have been trying to coexist with the virus all along. They pursued a middle ground — consider it lockdown lite — that relied on the cooperation of citizens already accustomed to mask-wearing and social distancing in response to previous respiratory epidemics. Businesses, more or less, voluntarily closed early to help keep the virus at bay.”

Alaska Public Media: Alaska’s COVID hospitalizations have hit a new high

Alaska Public Media: Alaska’s COVID hospitalizations have hit a new high . “The state of Alaska logged 1,024 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, continuing its ranking as the state with the highest case rate in the nation. The state is also seeing its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began. On Thursday, there were 242 patients with the coronavirus in Alaska hospitals, 30 of them on ventilators. Roughly 1 in 5 patients in Alaska has COVID-19. On a Zoom call with reporters, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink noted that the hospitalizations aren’t necessarily all Alaska residents, some are nonresidents hospitalized in the state.” That seems very low compared to many other states, but remember Alaska’s population is less than 750,000.)

Nature: Rather than inducing psychological reactance, requiring vaccination strengthens intentions to vaccinate in US populations

Nature: Rather than inducing psychological reactance, requiring vaccination strengthens intentions to vaccinate in US populations. “In a survey and three experiments (one preregistered with a nationally representative sample), we examined if vaccination requirements are likely to backfire, as commonly feared. We investigated if relative to encouraging free choice in vaccination, requiring a vaccine weakens or strengthens vaccination intentions, both in general and among individuals with a predisposition to experience psychological reactance. In the four studies, compared to free choice, requirements strengthened vaccination intentions across racial and ethnic groups, across studies, and across levels of trait psychological reactance. The results consistently suggest that fears of a backlash against vaccine mandates may be unfounded and that requirements will promote COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the United States.”

To Mask or Not to Mask: Study Provides Mechanism to Test Materials (Stony Brook University)

Stony Brook University: To Mask or Not to Mask: Study Provides Mechanism to Test Materials. ” In a study that used inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry to mimic respiratory droplets that can carry viruses, researchers demonstrated a mechanism that enables multiple mask materials to be protective. Led by Stony Brook University Professor Amy Marschilok, PhD, the study findings suggest that adsorptivity of mask materials is an important feature in providing protection from viruses such as SARS-CoV-2. The paper is published in Applied Materials & Interfaces, a journal of the American Chemical Society.”

Washington Post: A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind. A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’

Washington Post: A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind. A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’. “In September, a California man said he wished he and his wife had been vaccinated after their unborn child died as the mother lay hospitalized on a ventilator. That same month, an Illinois woman died soon after missing her scheduled wedding day because she was hospitalized with covid. And around the same time, a Southern California couple died two weeks apart, leaving behind five children. Social media platforms have struggled to control the flow of misinformation, which has ranged from the promotion of unproven therapies to questioning vaccine safety and the coronavirus’s existence.”

The Guardian: Victorian government used ‘low grade’ mask study to justify mandate, experts say

The Guardian: Victorian government used ‘low grade’ mask study to justify mandate, experts say. “The study, published in the medical journal Plos One in July, used newspaper photographs and surveys to assess mask compliance and its effect on Covid rates. The mask mandate in Victoria has been controversial because it requires people to wear masks at all times, including when outdoors in open spaces, despite strong evidence that the risk of indoor transmission, especially within households, is significantly higher.”