With about 16% of the US population fully vaccinated and cases of Covid around five times less than it was at its peak in January, things are looking up when it comes to beating the pandemic. Right? Wait, no? Ah shit. On CNN today Dr. Michael Osterholm, epidemiologist and Covid advisor to the White House, gave us a buzzkill reality check: "Right now get ready for the surge. I take no comfort at all, but I'm telling you right now, we are just beginning this surge. And denying it is not going to help us. We are walking in the mouth of this virus monster as if somehow we don't know it's here. And it is here." In other words, don't throw away those damn masks quite yet.
On January 20, 2020, When Covid-19 was in its infancy stage, a Diamond Princess cruise ship carrying 3,711 people (2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members) departed from Yokohama, Japan. The cruise, which was supposed to be a 16-day tour through Asia, turned into a disaster when the novel coronavirus began to spread throughout the ship.… READ THE REST
The CDC has just released a set of guidelines on what people who have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 can do safely (after two weeks of receiving said shots) – and after a year of lockdowns and mask mandates, what a relief. The best bullet point in their press release says fully vaccinated people can… READ THE REST
Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX) died last night from Covid-19. The 67-year-old, who became a congressman in 2019, had been battling cancer. He tested positive for the coronavirus on January 21, and is the first member of congress to die from it. Via CNN READ THE REST
Ear cleaning is one of the most misunderstood personal grooming steps around. We've all heard the warnings about the potential dangers of using a cotton swab to clean the interior of our ear canals. But since we all assume we'd never be the one to accidentally push too hard and perforate an eardrum, we all… READ THE REST
Hermetic. Temperamental. Iconoclastic. Unique. For centuries, those types of stereotypes have typically grown up around writers because…well, writers are often a bit of a different breed. Most march to their own drums. Most do things their way. And most are fairly unrepentant about defiantly walking their own path. Trying to make writers agree on much… READ THE REST
If you want to change the look and feel of a room, there's one immediate upgrade that can shift the entire vibe almost instantly. A new lamp, preferably one with some personality and maybe even some smart-enhanced versatility, can be an insta-game-changer, assuming you make the right choice, that is. It isn't always easy finding… READ THE REST