WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The U.S. reported its lowest average of daily COVID-19 infections and deaths since March 2020. About 42% of Americans are fully vaccinated, while nearly 52% have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Stock futures indicated tepid gains at the open as investors monitor the reopening of the economy and rising inflation concerns.
- The Delta variant, first detected in India, now accounts for more than 6% of all infections in the U.S. and may be responsible for more than 18% of cases in some Western states. Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the Delta variant may be associated with more severe disease and a higher risk of hospitalization. A new study showed that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may prevent severe disease, even in the face of coronavirus variants.
- Coronavirus delta variant: What we know – The Washington Post
- China’s Guangzhou fights Delta Covid variant with lockdowns, mass testing – CNBC
- J&J vaccine drive stalls out in U.S after safety pause – Reuters
- “Despite increasing incentives, the US vaccination campaign is really struggling. Notably, the top 5 states are approaching 60% total population fully vaccinated which should provide strong protection vs the delta variant. A different story for the bottom 5 states” – @EricTopol
- A Houston-based hospital system suspended more than 170 healthcare workers who did not comply with the organization’s vaccine mandate, one day after dozens of employees protested the requirement outside a medical center. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends health care workers get a flu shot, and some require it, few have required the COVID-19 shots, despite federal guidance.
- As the pandemic’s impacts begin to recede, the push by some employees to return to the office is clashing with workers who’ve embraced remote work. One study found 39% of U.S. adults surveyed would consider quitting if their employers weren’t flexible about remote work moving forward.
- The Cut How Is Returning to the Office Supposed to Work, Exactly? – The Cut
- Compelling Reasons to Return to the Office – The New Yorker
- What Working From Home Taught Us About Our Office Setups – The Wall Street Journal
- After the pandemic hit, the U.S. saw sales of plexiglass triple as offices, schools, restaurants and retail stores sought protection from the droplets that health authorities suspected were spreading coronavirus. However, not a single study has proven that the clear plastic barriers actually control the virus. Iowa State University students are brainstorming ways to reuse the nearly 500 plexiglass barriers on campus, which are made of acrylic material and cannot be recycled. Ideas include rechargeable laptop desks and large-scale art installations.
- How to donate plexiglass barriers – KVUE
- Demand drops for masks, plexiglass in Las Vegas as pandemic eases – FOX 5
- “The updated page also has accurate info about spread through HVAC systems (unclear), air cleaning devices (stick with proven technologies), humidity (40-60% maybe), proper use of fans (air flow direction), plexiglass barriers (can help isolate but can hinder good ventilation).” – @linseymarr
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