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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

The Economist: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 Maggio 2021

This week we look forward to the Olympics, due to start in Japan in July. As their country endures a wave of infections, 60% of Japanese tell pollsters that they would sooner not host the games at all. One of the worries is that athletes arriving from across the world could help spread dangerous new variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. A cautionary tale is unfolding in Britain, which sequences the genes of circulating viruses more assiduously than any other country. B.1.1.7, the variant first identified in Kent, is being displaced by a variant from India, B.1.617.2, especially in Bolton—where a community with ties to the Indian subcontinent also happens to have taken up vaccines less readily than the national average.Levels of protection are also a worry in America, where the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have issued advice that vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear a mask in most situations. Only 38% of Americans are fully vaccinated. Given that the threshold for herd immunity could be 70-80%, that leaves plenty of scope for further spread of the virus.New Zealand and Australia face an entirely different problem. Having successfully followed zero-covid strategies they have imposed semi-permanent restrictions on foreign visitors, who risk bringing the virus in with them. As the pandemic eases in some countries, economic activity is partly returning to something closer to normal. Our data team reports that shoppers are going gangbusters. But as recovery creates jobs in industries that have been locked down, there seems to be a severe shortage of workers to fill them. What has gone wrong? Our economics staff investigate this conundrum.On Economist Radio we have been expanding on our work to show the real death toll from covid-19—which we released last week. Officially a little over 3.4m people have died, but we have designed a statistical model that estimates how many people went uncounted—and reached a central estimate of 10m. Our weekly podcast on vaccination, “The Jab”, discusses what we found and its significance, and “The Intelligence”, our daily news podcast, contains a segment on how to vaccinate the world.Finally, getting oxygen into people with covid-19 has been a problem throughout the pandemic. Ventilators have been in short supply. And the intubation of patients has caused them harm. Our science section reports on an alternative—oxygen enemas. It sounds mad—and painful—but it really could work. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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