Health experts worry that if second doses are delayed they may not be as effective. The current vaccine efficacy rates are based on subjects receiving a second dose three weeks (Pfizer) or four weeks (Moderna) after the first. Only one COVID-19 vaccine, from AstraZeneca, has tested spacing out its vaccine doses two to three months apart. It’s not clear what kind of protection a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer offers before the booster is administered. Some experts are also concerned that an overly delayed second dose could lead to vaccine resistance. … [Read more...] about The U.S. plans to release its stockpile of COVID-19 vaccines. Experts are worried
But this upheaval was far from unexpected. The pandemic and ensuing economic turmoil of 2020 merely exacerbated a caregiving and childcare crisis that many experts say was already on the verge of boiling over, even if it has often been given short shrift by politicians and the media. “I actually think we’ve been in a child care crisis for a long time,” economist Betsey Stevenson told Politico in July. “The pandemic has just pulled the lid off it, so we’re all staring at that crisis right now.” … [Read more...] about We’re in the midst of a caregiving crisis. Here’s how Biden may address it
A remote book club is another group activity that requires minimal planning or resources but can lead to meaningful collaborations and interactions that boost trust. The idea is simple: Choose a book to read, then organize a Zoom chat to discuss the book once everyone has finished it. The benefits of this initiative are clear, says Jessica McCaughey. The assistant professor of writing at George Washington University suggests: … [Read more...] about 5 fun ways to build trust with a remote team when you’re a new manager
When I (Hana) worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the United States Digital Service—a federal team of technologists—the agency was recovering from the stinging fallout of its Randomizer app, which purported to reduce racial profiling by TSA agents. Instead, it was a $47,000 app that randomly generated an arrow that pointed left or right. When I came on board, the agency was facing another problem—security lines so long that they stretched out of the airport and caused people to miss their flights. TSA leadership proposed solving the problem with . . . an app. This time the team conducted user research, which determined that an app was not the right solution, and the plan was scrapped. … [Read more...] about ‘When can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?’ Why the government can’t answer this simple question
So far, we haven’t experienced much large-scale immunity from those who have had the virus and thus some antibody protection. Current estimates are that about 20% to 25% of the U.S. have had the virus (we still don’t know how long immunity lasts; most estimates right now assume it’s more than eight months). If it’s on the shorter end, we can’t rely on that being a considerable factor in adding to the greater population’s immunity. “That’s playing a role, but that’s a moving target,” says Keri Althoff, associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. … [Read more...] about How many people need to be vaccinated before COVID-19 transmission starts to drop?