Jan 15, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond warms up wearing a t-shirt honoring Martin Luther King Jr. before a game against the New York Knicks at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

In March of 1966, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed the health care disparity across the United States. He said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

In a speech today, the World Health Organization’s Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned of a “catastrophic moral failure” due to the inequitable global vaccine roll-out. 

The slow global availability of the vaccine is causing significant concern as new mutations emerge. These mutations are more contagious than the prevailing strain due to their significant increase in their “viral load.” 

Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, announced the Summer Olympics would go on as planned, though 80 per cent of the Japanese people expressed doubt and concern over holding the event. 

As cases and deaths continue to climb in the US, a new variant has been identified in Los Angeles. The city’s health care infrastructure is reeling from the surge in post-holiday cases. 

The comedian, Steve Martin, hoping to keep spirits up during the pandemic, posted a self-effacing “good news/bad news” humorous update on his social handle

NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC

A year of blursdays: how coronavirus distorted our sense of time in 2020 – The Conversation – 1/18/2021
Does it feel like 2020 went on forever? Did lockdown drag, and can you even remember how you spent your time when you weren’t living under coronavirus restrictions? You are not alone. For many, 2020 has been the year in which the constancy of time was lost to the upheaval of coronavirus.

Amid access hurdles, grassroots efforts underway to get COVID-19 vaccine to at-risk people of color – USA TODAY – 1/18/2021
As states open vaccinations to those 65 and older and those with health issues that put them at greater risk of serious illness, groups nationwide are strategizing grassroots efforts to ensure access for people of color who have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic.

Vaccines Need Not Completely Stop COVID Transmission to Curb the Pandemic – Scientific American – 1/18/2021
The question of whether immunization prevents recipients from becoming ill and from infecting others is not unique to the current pandemic. According to Dawn Bowdish, a professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster University, this so-called sterilizing immunity was a key factor in eliminating smallpox.

What Has the Pandemic Done to Our Eyes? – Intelligencer – 1/17/2021
Shoaib has observed that many of her nearsighted patients are becoming more myopic due to increased screen time. She’s also had patients who didn’t realize they were farsighted are having issues seeing up close. Indeed, an analysis of myopia studies published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology last year found that myopia “could potentially be aggravated during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak period.”

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

Debbie Wasserman Schultz @DWStweets 18 Jan “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay https://t.co/mg7PARSqCr

Gov. Mike Huckabee @GovMikeHuckabee 18 Jan As America observes MLK Day today, please listen to what I believe was his greatest sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct.” Powerful reminder of why and how he impacted the world. His message more relevant now than ever. https://t.co/iPFstUDLEm

Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) @hgse 18 Jan “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” -Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964 #MLKDay https://t.co/8ieM5ak0Zb

Mashable @mashable 18 Jan It’s “a day on, not a day off” https://t.co/TVtgdSp4AD

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