The Post has reported that the United States recorded about 37,100 excess deaths in March and the first two weeks of April, nearly 13,500 more than were attributed to covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, during that time. The report was based on an analysis of federal data conducted for The Post by a research team led by the Yale School of Public Health. … [Read more...] about Covid-19 death toll rivals fatality rate during 1918 flu epidemic, researchers say
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At noon, curious passersby began to trickle in. Unlike most cemeteries, this one has no visible gravestones, just a lawn. The vaults are underground, in rows, marked with plaques set into the surrounding walls. A few of them display familiar names: Scribner, Auchincloss, Van Wyck. A visitor named John Tymkiw, wearing headphones, stepped up to the table and reached for a brochure. “Are people still buried here?” he asked. … [Read more...] about How Do You Sell the Last Two Burial Plots in Manhattan?
When the body encounters a new germ, it makes proteins called antibodies that are specially targeted to fight that particular infection. The antibodies float in plasma — the yellowish, liquid part of blood. Because it takes a few weeks for antibodies to form, the hope is that transfusing someone else’s antibodies could help patients fight the virus before their own immune system kicks in. … [Read more...] about Study hints, can’t prove, survivor plasma fights COVID-19
And yet it is just as important, I think, to note that we are witnessing, simultaneously, another kind of normalization, indeed a good normalization — the normalization of climate alarm. Because even as we fail to make time to reckon explicitly with the present tense of the climate crisis, intuitions about it, and the future it portends for us, have grown much more central to political and social discourse, in America and elsewhere. Indeed, while the world’s attention has been focused on the coronavirus, with little apparent appetite for discussion or debate about the threat of warming, our collective, planetary response to the pandemic has brought along with it a sort of secret sidecar of unprecedented climate action. Fully 30 percent of the European stimulus package passed last month is earmarked for climate initiatives — which, while far short of the more than $2 trillion many believe is necessary to complete Europe’s green transition and allow the continent … [Read more...] about What Climate Alarm Has Already Achieved
Much attention has been focused on the coronavirus threat to college sports, with good reason. Since Hutchins’ day, the alumni remain devoted to sports but the social and economic importance of the games reaches vastly beyond the circles of the campus. … [Read more...] about Our Views: Huge dangers if campus safety plans don’t work out