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Are we numb? Handling the collective trauma of police violence, mass shootings and a pandemic

By Matt Villano A reckoning with the deaths resulting from institutionalized racism, a resurgence of almost-daily gun violence and 3.1 million pandemic deaths worldwide, there has been trauma piled upon trauma upon trauma. It turns out these collective traumas are taking a toll on all of us, according to Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychological science, medicine and mental health at the University of California, Irvine. Over the course of her 40-year career, Silver has studied the effects of trauma on individuals and on society as a collective whole. The traumas of the past year — which are ongoing

Former CDC director: We can prevent the next pandemic

By Dr. Tom Frieden As the United States and the world continue to struggle in the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic, one truth has emerged — it didn’t have to be nearly this bad. Preparedness can prevent epidemics. Covid started as single and potentially containable outbreak before spreading rapidly across the globe and changing life as we know it. But every year, there are many near misses — outbreaks that are controlled before they become epidemics. Much like the “curious incident” of the dog that didn’t bark in the night in the Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze,” these epidemics

How the US went from having one of the worst Covid responses to being a global leader in vaccinations under Biden

By Ashley Semler For the last 100 days, President Joe Biden and his top advisers have mounted an urgent, wartime effort to get millions of coronavirus vaccines into the arms of Americans in order to beat back a pandemic that has upended the world for the better part of year. The effort, described to CNN during in-depth interviews with three of the administration’s top Covid advisers and two other White House officials, has allowed the US to go from having one of the worst Covid responses in the world to being a global leader in getting shots in arms. The

Biden will announce new CDC mask guidance Tuesday, sources say

By Kaitlan Collins and Kate Sullivan President Joe Biden is expected to announce Tuesday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for wearing masks outdoors, three people familiar with the expected announcement said. Ahead of his first address to Congress on Wednesday, the President will give remarks on the state of the pandemic on Tuesday. The three people familiar with the expected announcement said Biden will announce new CDC guidance on whether vaccinated people need to wear masks outdoors, though the final language of the expected announcement is still unclear. One of Biden’s top

US Covid-19 vaccination efforts may start to slow now, official says. Here’s why

By Christina Maxouris Covid-19 vaccination efforts may begin to slow down as more Americans get vaccinated, one US official told CNN on Sunday. More than 42% of the United States population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 28.5% of the population is fully vaccinated. “We’re going continue to make progress, it might not be as fast as the first 50% (of the population vaccinated), I think that it’s going to be slower. But I think we’re going to continue to get there,” Andy Slavitt, White

The US tax code can make things even harder for Black Americans


By Jeanne Sahadi Racial and ethnic inequities exist in nearly every system of society. And when it comes to ways in which Americans typically build wealth, the US federal income tax code may be helping to increase those disparities. The code has been designed with the intention of being broadly progressive — meaning the less you make, the less you are taxed. Or put another way, those with the ability to pay more should be taxed more. At the same time, it also rewards certain economic and wealth building activities, such as home ownership, retirement savings and investing. But it

New study shows why vaccinating everybody against Covid-19 is essential

By Madeline Holcombe Although there’s a growing sense that normalcy is within reach after the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, experts are continuing to push for more vaccinations — particularly as new research details the long-term consequences for those who are diagnosed with the virus. In what the authors say is the largest study to date of the long-term impact, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis found that people who had Covid-19 seem to face a much greater risk of death and need more medical care in the six months after their diagnosis, even if they had a milder form of

Sighs of relief at the Chauvin guilty verdict, but activists say the work on racial justice is far from over

By Madeline Holcombe, Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper While the nation paused for the reading of the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin — and many rejoiced — activists say now is a moment to keep moving forward in addressing racial injustice. “It’s a relief, but the celebration is premature,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson told CNN. “We must break the backbone of legal lynching forever. Police killing people is getting away with legal lynching,” Jackson said. “So, we still have a lot of work to do, this is a first down, not a touchdown.” The evidence of

US has the opportunity to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic but a major challenge lies ahead, expert says

By Christina Maxouris On the road toward a return to normalcy, the rapidly climbing number of Covid-19 vaccinations is good news. But a major challenge may lie ahead, a leading health expert says. Tens of millions of Americans haven’t started their vaccinations yet, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told CNN on Wednesday, and “a lot of those folks are still not sure that they want to take part in this amazing opportunity to put this virus behind us.” “We have to really figure out how to get the messages out there so that those who are still

The US is vaccinating millions of Americans daily. But here’s why Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are up

By Christina Maxouris Experts say Covid-19 vaccinations in the US are continuing at an impressive pace, and now all Americans 16 and up can get a shot. But a leading health official said that the country remains in a “complicated stage” of the pandemic. “More people in the United States are being vaccinated every single day at an accelerated pace,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House Covid-19 briefing on Monday. “On the other hand, cases and hospitalizations are increasing in some areas of the country and cases among younger people

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