Opinion The Atlantic Daily: A New Phase of Pandemic Uncertainty

20:50  16 september  2021
20:50  16 september  2021 Source:   theatlantic.com

Union urges NFL to adopt daily COVID-19 testing for vaccinated players

  Union urges NFL to adopt daily COVID-19 testing for vaccinated players There’s a decent chance that the COVID-19 pandemic will play more of a role during the 2021 NFL season than last year. We’re seeing relaxed protocols from the league as it relates to fully vaccinated players with Week 1 of the campaign slated to get going Thursday evening. It has already led to some COVID-related issues for teams. That includes star guard Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys with their opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mere days away. Despite being fully vaccinated, Martin tested positive for the virus and will miss the game.NFLPA president JC Tretter of the Cleveland Browns touched on this recently.

Daily pandemic data are, and have always been, riddled with quirks. They’re subject to holiday lags (remember Labor Day?), weekend lags, general lags, inconsistencies, and all kinds of denominator problems. They’ve become a language few speak fluently, while the rest of us are bumbling around like tourists asking for directions.

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This spring, we shared with you five expert tips for reading COVID data like a pro. That was before the Delta variant changed everything. Consider today’s newsletter a metaphorical booster shot for your data fluency.

  • A reliable pandemic metric is maybe not as stable as was once thought. Although cases don’t always capture who is sick—especially as Delta has prompted more asymptomatic and mild cases in vaccinated people—hospitalizations are supposed to paint a more accurate picture. But still-early research suggests that even that metric may come with caveats.

    Allies embraced Biden. Did Kabul lay bare "great illusion"?

      Allies embraced Biden. Did Kabul lay bare BRUSSELS (AP) — Well before U.S. President Joe Biden took office early this year, the European Union's foreign policy chief sang his praises and hailed a new era in cooperation. So did almost all of Washington's Western allies. The EU's Josep Borrell was glad to see the end of the Trump era, with its America First, and sometimes America Only policy, enthralled by Biden's assertion that he would “lead, not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.” © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this June 11, 2021 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, and U.S.

  • Breakthrough case counts sometimes include asymptomatic infections. “That means breakthroughs writ large aren’t the most relevant metric to use when we’re evaluating vaccines,” my colleague Katherine J. Wu wrote back in July.

  • No one knows what “booster bandits” mean for vaccination data. Even the CDC says it can’t tell how many people got an illicit third shot, but that behavior could cause “public-health authorities [to] think more people have gotten their first or second shots than is actually the case,” our senior associate editor Rachel Gutman warns.

  • We’re in the messiest phase of the pandemic yet. The ways the virus is changing are forcing us to rethink what we do and don’t know, Alexis C. Madrigal, a contributing writer and a co-founder of the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, wrote last month.

    Mike Pence tears into Biden's COVID speech

      Mike Pence tears into Biden's COVID speech Mike Pence on Friday tore into the tone of President Joe Biden's COVID speech, while blaming the current president and vice president for some Americans' vaccine hesitancy.'I have to tell you the president's speech yesterday was unlike anything I've ever heard from an American president,' Pence said on Fox & Friends. 'I mean to have the president of the United States say that he's been patient but his patience is wearing thin. That's not how the American people expect to be spoken to by our elected leader.

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The news in three sentences:

(1) After the January 6 riot, a top general feared former President Donald Trump could “go rogue” with America’s military, according to a new book. (2) Tropical Storm Nicholas is bringing intense wind and rain across the southern United States. (3) Californians are voting in the gubernatorial recall election today (more on that below).

What to read if … you’re staying up late tonight to watch the California recall results:

Polls close at 8 p.m. PT. While you wait, read Ronald Brownstein on how Gavin Newsom will have set a model for Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterms if he survives the recall. Or learn more about Newsom’s highest-polling Republican challenger, the talk-radio host Larry Elder, and his motivations for running.

What to read if … you’re still gawking at all the outfits from last night’s Met Gala:

Venice Film Festival 2021: Penelope Cruz wows at the closing ceremony

  Venice Film Festival 2021: Penelope Cruz wows at the closing ceremony Penelope Cruz and Maggie Gyllenhaal led the stars on the red carpet at the closing ceremony of the 78th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday. The Vanilla Sky actress, 47, stunned in a shimmering silver off-the shoulder gown as she posed for the cameras on the final day of the annual event.As Donnie Darko star Maggie, 43, looked as glamorous as ever in a plunging white gown as she worked her best angles for the camera.

“The headlines generated by yesterday’s gala were about a new trend: activist couture,” Helen Lewis writes.

Tonight’s Atlantic-approved activity:

Instead of waiting around for your soul mate, learn what research tells us about “destiny beliefs.”

A break from the news:

Hollywood is selling out to Beijing.

Polluters pick up tab for restoration of threatened cedar .
WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey plans to restore vast tracts of a coastal tree species threatened by climate change, and will pay for it with money from polluters of groundwater. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday its plan to restore 10,000 acres of Atlantic white cedar would be the largest restoration effort involving the species in U.S. history. The $20 million project will span 10 years and will be paid for from court settlements with manufacturers and distributors of a now-banned gasoline additive that has polluted groundwater throughout the country.

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