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- Applications for U.S. state employment insurance rose for the first time since late April, though experts said it’s likely a temporary blip for a labor market that’s otherwise improving. The numbers preface the ending of pandemic-era federal unemployment benefits in multiple states. Stock futures edged lower following the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it raised its expectations for inflation this year and brought forward the time frame on when it will next raise interest rates.
- As coronavirus cases fall, common viruses are showing up at a distinctly uncommon time of the year. The comeback of ordinary viruses, like the common cold, is growing as people shed masks and abandon social distancing. A new study found that exposure to the rhinovirus can protect against infection by the virus which causes COVID-19 by jump-starting early-response molecules in the immune system. However, researchers caution the efficacy is very dependent on timing.
- 5 Ways To Stop Summer Colds From Making The Rounds In Your Family – NPR
- Is It Just Me Or Does Everyone Have A Cold Right Now? – Refinery29
- “I have a wicked cold, and I’m not the only one! So what gives!? I spoke to Dr. Rebecca Kurth to understand why common illnesses are on the rise.” – @katiecouric
- Royal Caribbean’s launch of its new megaship was delayed after eight crew members tested positive for the coronavirus. The Odyssey of the Seas had been scheduled to make its debut sail with paying passengers at the beginning of July, more than a year after the pandemic hobbled the cruise ship industry. Under new guidelines, cruise ships will be able to operate under near-normal conditions if a large portion of passengers and crew are fully vaccinated.
- As routines return to normal, pollution is rebounding and climate change is accelerating. When the pandemic initially upended daily life, there was a moment when it seemed to be making a dent in the climate crisis and energy-related pollution plummeted almost 6% globally. Despite changes made throughout the pandemic, carbon and methane concentrations are reaching their highest-known levels and fossil fuels still reign in the transportation and power sector.
- Customized pandemic cookbooks are popping up across the country after being stuck in a house for prolonged periods gave some people time to resurrect long-deferred plans of compiling favorite recipes. Many often recount events and stories from the height of the pandemic, allowing cookbooks to serve as a sort of a time capsule.
- Chef Jacques Pépin got through the pandemic with kitchen utensils, a video camera, and a great wardrobe – The Counter
- Covid Survivors Smell Foods Differently – The New York Times
- “It’s airplane food, but homemade. Nik Sennhauser started cooking meals he’s had on flights before the pandemic, to recreate a part of the travel experience.” – @cbcradio
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