- What does it mean to be present three years after COVID-19 sent us home? – The Daily Princetonian: Three years ago, Princeton’s administration made the shock decision to send students home for spring break instead of temporarily, prompting an early wave of COVID-19 among undergraduates. Now, after three years of quiet, the campus is vibrating again with students returning and living and learning life resuming.
- How did COVID affect students’ course reviews? We broke it down. – The Daily Princetonian: The Daily Princetonian conducted an analysis of nine years of course reviews from the Princeton Courses website to examine how course satisfaction has changed before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Results showed that while some departments saw improvements in ratings, others experienced steep declines. The data also revealed that student evaluations of courses have become more positive overall since the pandemic began.
- COVID mask rules eased in Japan, wearing left up to individual – Kyodo News: Many people in Japan are still wearing masks despite the government’s easing of coronavirus guidelines, as they are still cautious about the risk of infection. People such as Shiori Ogino are waiting for the government to downgrade the alert level before taking off their masks.
- Glenn Close exits 2023 Oscars as presenter after COVID diagnosis | EW.com – Entertainment Weekly: Glenn Close has tested positive for COVID and will no longer be presenting with Harrison Ford at the 2023 Oscars. Her representative confirmed that she was looking forward to taking part in the ceremony.
- Thornton man given 1% chance of surviving COVID, close to making full recovery – Denver7: Jaime Gonzalez, a Thornton man, has been recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 for two years. After being given a 1% chance of survival, he is close to making a full recovery. His family was devastated by the diagnosis, but are now relieved that he is close to returning to a normal life.
- House GOP members claim Biden may have cut corners to approve COVID vaccine sooner: Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, a member of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic and a physician, has stated that the FDA expedited the approval process for COVID vaccines.
- Kaua’i COVID-19 update: “Kraken” subvariant in the wastewater – The Garden Island: The state Department of Health reported 34 new COVID-19 cases on Kaua‘i between Feb. 28 and March 6, with a test positivity rate of 8.9%. Four deaths have been reported on the island in the past two months, and wastewater sampling showed the presence of the XBB and XBB1.5 strains of the virus.
- Sudden, unexplained deaths rose unexpectedly for Black infants, research finds: A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a 15% increase in unexplained deaths of Black infants during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, with the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rising from 33.3 deaths per 100,000 babies born in 2019 to 38.2 such deaths in 2020.
- Length of Hospital Stay in Deceased Covid-19 Patients | IJGM – Dove Medical Press: The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the existence of a novel coronavirus, SARS CoV-2, in Wuhan, China in December 2019. WHO declared COVID-19 an international public health emergency on January 30 and a pandemic on March 11, with cases reported in 113 countries. The genetic sequence of the virus was identified on January 12.
- Public perception toward COVID-19 in Yemen | JMDH – Dove Medical Press: COVID-19 is a highly transmissible disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. Symptoms range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Complications such as pneumonia can occur in severe cases.
- Can the rats of New York City carry COVID? Study says yes – The Jerusalem Post: A recent study published in mBio has raised concerns about the potential for rats to spread COVID-19 to humans, as they have been known to spread other zoonotic diseases throughout history. The study stresses the need to monitor COVID in rats and highlights the importance of taking preventative measures to protect against a potential second zoonotic outbreak.
- Pilot may determine viability of long COVID management models – RACGP: In my experience with the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport’s Inquiry into long COVID and repeated COVID infections, it was clear that there is a lot of confusion and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. Decision making with limited data has been difficult, but necessary.
- NYPD court officers must mask up for COVID despite end of mandates – Police1: A group of 500 NYPD Court Section officers are still required to wear masks in borough courthouses, despite the lifting of mask mandates for most New Yorkers. The officers are unhappy about this rule, as everyone else in the building does not have to wear masks.
- Here’s how San Diego County spent $1.4 billion in COVID-19 aid, and what it could mean …: San Diego County has spent over $1.4 billion in federal funding to combat the spread of COVID-19 and its effects on the community. This spending has gone towards public health measures, rental assistance, business stimulus, and food aid. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has taken the lead on pandemic response since 2020.
- Covid experts today: Eating out, masking less, even booking cruises – The Washington Post: Medical experts have been interviewed by The Washington Post over the past three years to see how the pandemic has affected their personal lives. Most of them still wear masks, but they also recognize that it is important to take moments to enjoy life without thinking about the pandemic.
- Is it time for another COVID booster shot? Here’s what officials are saying: The CDC is recommending only one bivalent booster shot for all Americans to guard against the original coronavirus strain and recent BA.4/5 omicron subvariants, despite studies showing that protection wanes after a few months. There is no timeline yet for the next round of shots in the US, but advisers suggest that older people and those with weakened immune systems may need additional boosters.
- NYPD court officers must mask up for COVID despite end of mandates – Police1: A group of NYPD officers are still required to wear masks in courthouses, despite the fact that mask mandates have been lifted for most New Yorkers. The officers are part of a class action lawsuit over conditions at borough courthouses, and are unhappy about having to follow rules that have been dropped for everyone else.
Daily News Pulse for March 13, 2023
Summary: Princeton students have seen an overall improvement in course satisfaction since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Japan, many people are still wearing masks despite the government’s easing of guidelines.