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Times They Are A-Changing

What You Can and Can’t Do Once You’re Fully Vaccinated

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do post-vaccination, according to health experts

by Michelle Crouch, AARP, March 19, 2021 | Comments: 304

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En español | If it has been at least two weeks since you received your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, congratulations! You are now considered “fully vaccinated.” You are armed with our best weapon against a virus that has killed more than 2.6 million people worldwide and upended our lives in unimaginable ways.

That is truly something worth celebrating.

But before you toss aside your mask and throw a party, it’s important to remember that the coronavirus is still spreading and the majority of Americans have yet to be vaccinated — so precautions continue to be necessary to protect yourself and the people around you.

Source: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2021/fully-vaccinated.html

Household wealth grew 135% for one income group since 2009

Wealth is rising, but at different rates

The nation is facing a pandemic-fueled economic recession, but so far, household wealth has not decreased the way it did during the Great Recession. What’s different about household wealth now?

USAFacts breaks down how wealth has grown in America since 2009 in this new report.

Source: Household wealth grew 135% for one income group since 2009

Microsoft revealed the latest truths about working from home. One is truly disturbing | ZDNet

As many drift from working from home to a more hybrid model, what has been lost? And who has really, really gained? Microsoft knows things aren’t good.

Solving for the impossible?

By Chris Matyszczyk for Technically Incorrect | April 4, 2021 — 12:00 GMT (05:00 PDT) | Topic: Working from home: How to get remote work right

The headline wasn’t all that promising: “The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work — Are We Ready?”

No, of course we’re not ready. We were never ready for the pandemic. We were never ready for mass working from home. We’re never ready.

This headline came from a company that itself wasn’t exactly ready for working from home, Microsoft. Right beneath its nostrils, a company called Zoom came along and stole hegemony over a means of communication that Microsoft might, itself, have already mastered.

Source: Microsoft revealed the latest truths about working from home. One is truly disturbing | ZDNet

Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines Are Very Effective, Report Says – The New York Times

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The coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are proving highly effective at preventing symptomatic and asymptomatic infections under real-world conditions, federal health researchers reported on Monday.

Consistent with clinical trial data, a two-dose regimen prevented 90 percent of infections by two weeks after the second shot. One dose prevented 80 percent of infections by two weeks after vaccination.

There has been debate over whether vaccinated people can still get asymptomatic infections and transmit the virus to others. The study, by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggested that transmission may be extremely unlikely, as infections were so rare.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/29/world/pfizer-moderna-covid-vaccines-infection.html

Public Libraries and the Pandemic

Digital Shifts and Disparities to Overcome

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By: Lisa Guernsey and Sabia Prescott and Claire Park

Last updated on March 1st, 202

This report discusses findings and recommendations from New America’s national survey on public libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the fall and winter of 2020, New America embarked on a snapshot study to gather data on how—or if—people were discovering, accessing, and using their public libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on materials that libraries made available online. Our findings, which include data from a national survey of 2,620 people, highlight the need for more inclusivity, more focus on providing internet access, and more awareness-raising initiatives with local organizations and schools. The stories in this report—of libraries developing mobile Wi-Fi options, creating digital navigator programs to support digital literacy, launching more online programs, and making use of outdoor spaces—show the possibilities of transformation and partnership. The report concludes with eight recommendations for investment in library transformations, expansion of policies such as E-Rate and the Emergency Broadband Benefit to provide better internet access at home, and more collaboration with local schools and organizations. With these changes, libraries can leverage the lessons of the pandemic to help launch more equitable ecosystems of learning across communities, providing access to knowledge, resources, and training, online and off.

Source: Public Libraries and the Pandemic