Reinfections More Likely With New Coronavirus Variants, Evidence Suggests

Back in April, COVID-19 hit the city of Manaus, Brazil, extremely hard. In fact, the outbreak there was arguably the worst anywhere in the world. One study, published in the journal Science , estimated that so many people were infected that the city could have reached herd immunity — that the outbreak there slowed down because up to 76% of the population had protection against the virus. Now the city of Manaus is seeing another massive surge in cases. This time around, the outbreak appears...

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WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Jan. 18

North Carolina's Department of Public Safety announced on Wednesday it has received about 1,000 doses of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine for inmates and prison staff.

The Durham City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that aims to protect workers from discrimination against hairstyles such as braids, dreadlocks or afros.

It also passed an ordinance that broadly protect members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination.

It can be hard to keep pace with life's restless forward motion – chores and news, friends and family, work and play. At the very least, let us help you find some new music via Press Pause, a regularly updated playlist keeping track of new songs deemed absolutely essential by the NPR Music staff.

The presidential inauguration ceremony on Wednesday looked a lot different than in previous years. Masks were a reminder of a pandemic still raging. The ceremonial parade was canceled and some customs went virtual.

We've seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,

Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.

And this effort very nearly succeeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed,

It can never be permanently defeated.

President Biden is preparing to reverse a Trump administration policy that prohibits U.S. funding for overseas groups that provide or refer patients for abortions – the first of several moves reproductive rights advocates are hoping to see from the Biden administration.

In prepared remarks released by the White House on Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci tells the World Health Organization's executive board that Biden will soon revoke the Mexico City Policy "as part of his broader commitment to protect women's health and advance gender equality at home and around the world."

The number of Americans filing for new state unemployment benefits dipped to 900,000 — down from the previous week but still high by historical standards, signaling the economic challenges facing the Biden administration.

The latest weekly data from the Labor Department was likely distorted somewhat by the ebb and flow of government relief programs, but the overall picture continues to show a struggling U.S. job market as President Biden takes office.

Thistle & Shamrock: Wintersong

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Monochrome landscapes, wild weather, long dark nights — they all find their way into music of the season. But don't worry! The warm glow of our music lights even the darkest corners of winter on Thistle as Fiona Ritchie curates an hour of Wintersong. Artists include Maddy Prior, Atwater Donelly and Kim Robertson.

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

This essay contains major spoilers for Promising Young Woman and other works including the film Hard Candy and the series I May Destroy You, as well as discussion of sexual assault.

How do you like your revenge served on screen – via torture? In flames? A massive bloodbath?

How about ... via text message?


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Last March, when the public still grasped the reality of a pandemic, Katie Jones looked at the calendar and thought the Asheville Fringe Festival, which she directs, might have to do things differently in 2021.

“Our initial thoughts were actually that we might just cancel altogether,” Jones said.

Over the next several months, Jones watched how Fringe Festivals elsewhere handled the realities of social distancing.

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While coming of age in London, Farhad Kanuga felt pulled in two directions: Taking part in the political and social protests pervading the city and documenting those protests with his camera.

“I felt I was a photographer as well as being part of the demonstration, which as I grew older, I learned it goes one or the other—don’t go as both,” he said. “Just missing moments when you’re cheering or what have you, doing something other than keeping your eye on what’s going on, being ready for that click.”

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Resúmenes para la semana del 9 de noviembre

Nov 13, 2020

COVID y Seguro Médico
Más de 250.000 habitantes de Carolina del Norte han perdido su seguro de salud durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Así lo anuncia un estudio publicado recientemente en el periódico de medicina de Carolina del Norte. El autor, Mark Holmes, de la Escuela de Salud Pública de la universidad UNC Gillings School, confirmó que dicha cifra corresponde a un aumento del 3% comparado con el promedio de otros años. El estudio también confirmó un aumento de 7% de habitantes de Carolina del Norte que se han afiliado al sistema público Medicaid. 

Resúmenes para la semana del 26 de octubre

Oct 31, 2020
Illustration by Luis Martinez


Actualización COVID-19  

El Departamento de Salud Pública de Carolina del Norte ha confirmado 1.600 nuevos casos de COVID-19 el pasado lunes, una cifra menor al domingo anterior con 1.700 casos. El viernes de la semana pasada se registró un récord con 2.700 casos.
Hasta el momento se han confirmado 261.000 casos de personas contagiadas con coronavirus desde que comenzó la pandemia. Cerca de 11.000 personas han sido confirmadas con COVID-19 en el área donde se escucha la transmisión de BPR. 

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