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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 25

The Economist: A special edition on our coronavirus coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 dicembre 2021

Welcome to our weekly newsletter highlighting the best of The Economist’s coverage of the pandemic and its effects. News of a worrying new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, first identified in South Africa, prompted the EU and several countries to impose travel restrictions on southern African states. Preliminary evidence suggests that Omicron might spread more easily than Delta, the variant that currently dominates cases of covid worldwide.As the holiday season arrived in America, we reported how Thanksgiving was bound to cause a spike in the country’s covid infections. You can blame resistance to getting jabbed and a lack of home testing. Europe, once again, is at the centre of the pandemic and the disease has become the leading cause of death in the continent. Cases are surging as the highly contagious Delta variant makes its way, belatedly, through the population. The World Health Organisation said on November 23rd that deaths from covid-19 across the continent could exceed 2m people by March. The fourth wave in Europe is causing panic and muddled thinking. We propose how leaders could better deal with the situation. Ivermectin—a drug used to treat parasites, including in horses and cows—is not part of the official treatments for covid-19. Its advocates, however, insist there is evidence it works. Could they all be wrong? A new analysis suggests the drug probably does help one subset of covid patients: those also infected by the worms it was designed to fight.Antipodean anti-vaxxers are learning from America’s far right. They are staging noisy protests, waving Trump flags and threatening politicians.Just like humans, honeybees avoid each other amid plagues. A study shows that they move to different parts of the hive to prevent parasites from spreading. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist


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