Science reporters say the new Covid-19 surge is a ‘collective problem’

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By Brian Stelter, CNN Business

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.

People in major cities waited in long lines for Covid tests over the weekend… but millions also lined up to see “Spider-Man” in crowded cinemas.

On Sunday, New York state broke its highest number of cases in a single day for the third day in a row… but the governor emphasize that “this is not March 2020”.

Saturday’s “SNL” has essentially been dropped… but the streets outside 30 Rock are packed with tourists visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Ten Broadway productions Canceled concerts thanks to the positive Covid results… but about 20 other performances have continued.

I’m sure you’re also noticing some of these contrasts. Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi tweeted one on Sunday: “Watch the dire TV news about the omicron … followed by commercials for travel.”

Vivid confusion is the theme of the moment. Where are the tests? How often should you check if you have the right to test? What should you do if you test positive, even if you have no symptoms? What regimens should be used for adults who receive vaxx and are healthier compared with those who are not vaccinated of choice? Does anyone answer these questions?

It’s time for a change

Specifically, the diversion focuses on severity rather than number of cases. An increasing number of adults are vaccinated and immunized reinforces the notion that everybody will eventually be infected by Covid. Vaccinations often provide a little relief for a powerful beast. So will American officials help redirect thinking on the subject?

CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Jeremy Diamond report that “some of Biden’s advisers are encouraging the administration to begin a public discussion about how to live with a virus that shows no signs of going away.” However, “directing the public’s attention away from the total number of infections and only toward the severe cases – as some of Biden’s advisers have encouraged – can prove a challenge after nearly two years.” year of intense focus on every moment of the pandemic”.

This is the point I tried to make on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources:” We’ve been hearing the words “living with Covid” all year long. The keyword in that phrase is not Covid. The key word is live!

Recommended reading

– Jake Tapper opens the door for “State of the Union” on Sunday: “Our state is… expecting to get Covid.”

– Ashish K. Jha: “The next wave of the pandemic requires mapping out an intermediate route between demoralization and layoffs…” (Atlantic)

– Intraday chart provided by Scott Gottlieb, who says we’re “lucky to see an impressive disparity between new Covid cases and ICU admissions and deaths” in South Africa… (Twitter)

– Nate Silver: “I don’t know how well it will extrapolate to the rest of the world but the data in South Africa is certainly encouraging. I think it’s important that public health officials and journalists share the good news as well as the bad news; otherwise, they risk squandering credibility…”(Twitter)

And but: Monday’s WaPo speak Top US health officials warn that the country “will likely see record numbers” of cases and hospitalizations as the new variant “spreads rapidly…”WaPo)

How news agencies react to the increase

Here are a few examples:

– CNN reverted to 2020 office protocols speak employees who are not required to work from home, in part to “protect those who will be in the office by minimizing the number of people there.” Logically, the priority for every TV network owner is to make sure the network stays on at all times, even if multiple employees test positive…

– The Washington Post resumed mask-wearing duty at its offices on Saturday and told employees, “Whenever possible during the holiday period, we recommend holding meetings meeting via Zoom …”

– MediaDC, publisher of the conservative Washington Examiner, asked employees to work from home through the New Year over the weekend after an employee who attended the company’s recent holiday party tested positive for coronavirus. Covid…

Three rounds of risk

Journalists, most of whom are vaccinated, are simultaneously writing and reporting on Covid for different audiences. Derek Thompson of the Atlantic Told me he found three rings of risk: Healthy adults with enhanced health and wellness were in the “risk loop” the least vulnerable; immunocompromised people and elderly people of average age; and the unvaccinated are the most vulnerable. “I think it is important for the media to address each of them individually,” speak, “And say when we write to bell one and when we write to bell three.”

>> Related: One of his colleagues, science writer Katherine Wu, told me she was “Deep, deeply concerned” about the current increase. “This is a collective issue,” she said, and “the decisions people make, regardless of vaccination status, affect those around them. Not everyone who gets vaccinated and boosted is completely clear…”

>> In the same segment, David Leonhardt said he doesn’t think the current Omicron news cycle is an overreaction. “For most people who are motivated,” he said, “the risk is actually still pretty low,” but the number of cases is growing rapidly and “most likely we will overwhelm the hospitals…”

Some undisturbed adults are still convincing

Gregory Zuckerman, author of “One shot to save the world: The Inside Story of the Life and Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine,” delivered speeches regarding his book.

“Some in the audience were hesitant about the vaccine,” he told me. “I see when the real/full story of how vaccines are developed is told, and I explain that they are the result of years of brave/revolutionary work and that there is no rush. yellow, many people feel more secure and are more willing to roll up their sleeves.” In other words: Some adults who are not confused can still be persuaded. “It is my view,” said Zuckerman, “that governments around the world can/should do a better job of explaining the development of these vaccines to put vaccine skeptics on board. flying, which is really important to stop this pandemic.”

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