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NEWS VARIANCE IN COVID-VARIANTS
As of last night, more than2.5 million New Yorkers have received a first vaccine dose—about 12.8 percent of the state’s population and 7% of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated.
With numbers going steadily down, and the weather starting to warm up, it feels like hope is on the horizon! While we’re excited, best believe we’ll still be double masking, social distancing, and microwaving our takeout.
BUT HOLY SH**, WHAT ABOUT THESE NEW COVID VARIANTS?!!!!
First off, daddy, chill.
The New York Timesreported on a new variant this week – B.1.256 that was unleashing a deadly grasp amongst New York City. The article alludes to new variants making up 25% of cases and cites two studies byCaltechand Columbia.
But…there was a very noticeable line that stood out in the article:
“Neither study has been vetted by peer review nor published in a scientific journal. But the consistent results suggest that the variant’s spread is real, experts said.” – NYT
How is one of the leading journalism sites sourcing an unproven, unvetted survey as a source? It’s the equivalent of your mom sharing those Facebook or WeChat articles about how aiming a hot blow dryer at your mouth will kill the CoronaVirus. Kind of. Ha.
The study is a preprint – which reports new medical research that hasn’t been approved or peer reviewed by the Scientific community or the health department yet. The scientific community has called it “pandemic porn” and fear-mongering.
“Why are academic groups forwarding “preprints” that are not posted directly to the media without the biomedical community having a chance to review? Isn’t a preprint enough? is this a new pre-pre-print trend? Concerning”
The media as a whole has a responsibility to provide YOU with the most trusted resources – not force you to doom scroll for clicks. On average, we research over 30 different sources for each newsletter, so we’ll always do our best to double and triple check for ya. We try to be discerning about the news, not everything is real or fake, we just triple check as best we can.
IN THE MEANTIME, HERE’S WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE NEW VARIANTS
Double mask. Get tested. Social distance. Meditate. Eat healthy. Get some sleep. Be nice to yourself. Don’t kiss strangers.
Plus if you’re eligible for the vaccine – more appointments are available:
• More overnight shifts at Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bathgate and Citi Field
• Doubling appointments at Teachers Prep and Martin Van Buren
• Pop-up sites in East Harlem and Mill Basin
Here’s some more resources from our Corona series:
- Here’s how to stay safe at home (especially if you live with roommates).
- Fastest Places You Can Take a Rapid Covid Test in New York City
- That Weird Emotion You’re Feeling? It’s Grief.