Route Fifty: The Most Likely Timeline for Life to Return to Normal

Route Fifty: The Most Likely Timeline for Life to Return to Normal. “The end of the coronavirus pandemic is on the horizon at last, but the timeline for actually getting there feels like it shifts daily, with updates about viral variants, vaccine logistics, and other important variables seeming to push back the finish line or scoot it forward. When will we be able to finally live our lives again?”

PsyPost: New “COVIDiot” study explores the impact of using an aggressive style to convey public health messages

PsyPost: New “COVIDiot” study explores the impact of using an aggressive style to convey public health messages. “New research indicates that aggressive messages from science communicators can amplify the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and increase compliance with measures intended to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. But the study, which appears in Public Understanding of Science, also suggests that such messages can backfire among those who feel psychologically distant from the communicator.”

Brief13: Major NIH-Funded Trial of Convalescent Plasma in Covid-19 Outpatients Stopped Early Due to Futility

Brief13: Major NIH-Funded Trial of Convalescent Plasma in Covid-19 Outpatients Stopped Early Due to Futility. “In another blow to convalescent plasma, the much-hyped proposed treatment for covid-19, the “Convalescent Plasma in Outpatient with COVID-19,” or ‘C3PO’ trial has stopped recruiting new patients and has been halted early, Brief19 has learned.”

PR Newswire: FIU study finds women who just gave birth, menopausal women among those at higher risk of death from COVID-19

PR Newswire: FIU study finds women who just gave birth, menopausal women among those at higher risk of death from COVID-19. “More men than women are dying from COVID-19. Many studies suggest that hormones may give women the upper hand. But not all women seem equally protected – those who have just given birth or are menopausal are at a higher risk of dying, according to FIU medical researchers.”

Covid-19: India in a ‘delicate phase’ of its coronavirus battle as cases surge (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: India in a ‘delicate phase’ of its coronavirus battle as cases surge. “In early February, physicians in Amravati district, some 700km (435 miles) from India’s commercial capital, Mumbai, noticed a sudden surge in the number of people suffering from Covid-19. Life in this cotton-growing district in the western state of Maharashtra had almost returned to normal after the first wave of infections last summer. The ICUs of the 1,600-bed state-run hospital and half-a-dozen private hospitals were nearly empty.”

PsyPost: Coronavirus shelter-in-place orders were less effective in states with a greater share of Trump voters

PsyPost: Coronavirus shelter-in-place orders were less effective in states with a greater share of Trump voters. “A new study that examined anonymous cell phone tracking data shows that shelter-in-place orders worked better in some regions of the United States than others. The findings, which appear in PLOS One, suggest that political partisanship and other factors played an important role.”

Los Angeles Times: For a rural family, COVID-19 felt like a distant threat. Until it devastated them

Los Angeles Times: For a rural family, COVID-19 felt like a distant threat. Until it devastated them. “Last summer, everyone in the house [Sonia] Bravo shares with eight family members got COVID-19: Bravo, her husband, her 7-year-old twin boys. Her mom and dad. Her two sisters. Her brother…. Now, the family hopes their story can be a cautionary tale for rural California, where skepticism of the virus’s severity and of the vaccine’s effectiveness runs deep.”

PsyPost: Your adherence to COVID‐19 rules depends more on your social circle than your own opinion

PsyPost: Your adherence to COVID‐19 rules depends more on your social circle than your own opinion. “New research published in The British Journal of Psychology provides insight into some of the factors associated with compliance with COVID-19 regulations. The findings indicate that people are significantly more likely to follow such guidelines when their close friends and family members also do.”

The Guardian: Vaccine scepticism is as old as vaccines themselves. Here’s how to tackle it

The Guardian: Vaccine scepticism is as old as vaccines themselves. Here’s how to tackle it. “Nineteenth-century doctors tried to maintain boundaries between scientific journalism and the media, but were unable to prevent the public and journalistic demand for health information. That desire remains with us today. The flow of medical knowledge works best when researchers, journalists and the public are better connected and considerate of one another. Preventing misinformation is a shared responsibility.”