Check these COVID-19 risk scores before traveling this holiday season

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If you’re considering a trip to visit friends or family, this map can help you understand where COVID-19 rates are rising. Just how risky is it to travel for the holidays this year? With rising rates of COVID-19, many experts are recommending a moratorium on holiday gatherings. But for those who are trying to decide whether they still want to travel, smart-thermometer company Kinsa has created predictive COVID-19 risk scores for every county in the U.S. Read Full Story

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How to plan a virtual holiday office party that doesn’t suck

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Whatever you do, please don’t make your office holiday party just another Zoom session. Here’s how to have some fun and celebrate the season safely. As COVID-19 continues to change just about everything about work, so, too, is it changing that annual ritual: office holiday parties. With many workers still remote and gathering restrictions expected to increase in many areas as infection rates rise, the thought of throwing yet another Zoom meeting with everyone dressed in ugly sweaters and holding cocktails is downright depressing. Read Full Story

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Despite warnings air travel is the highest since COVID-19 lockdowns

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ICUs in many hospitals are close to or at capacity, yet more people have traveled this holiday season than over the Thanksgiving weekend. The threat of Covid-19 has not deterred Americans from traveling during the holidays. Sunday was the busiest day for US airports since March 15th when the TSA screened nearly 1.3 million people, according to The New York Times . The increase in holiday travel comes as Coronavirus cases remain high and ICUs in many hospitals are close to or at capacity. Read Full Story

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MIT researchers made maps that show your area’s COVID-19 risk score

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The two maps evaluate the vulnerabilities across every county in the U.S. and show how senior living facilities have handled infection outbreaks historically. The coronavirus is moving at a blurring rate. But researchers, doctors, and health officials still have a lot to learn from even the most recent events. That’s why a group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has released a set of tools aimed at helping officials find the people most likely to suffer negative effects from the coronavirus. Included in those resources are a couple of maps that identify the most risk-prone counties all around the U.S. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 brings a ‘perfect storm’ of suicide risk factors: economic stress, isolation, gun sales

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A new report in ‘JAMA Psychiatry’ says that COVID-19 has brought with it a “perfect storm” of risk factors for suicide. Researchers are raising alarms about high suicide risks during the pandemic. A new report in JAMA Psychiatry says that COVID-19 has brought with it a “perfect storm” of risk factors: social isolation, low community support, limited treatment access, nationwide anxiety, increased firearm sales, and poor seasonal timing (suicide rates tend to peak in late spring and early summer). Read Full Story

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Amazon isn’t letting COVID-19 get in the way of its annual Prime Day sale

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It’s not a good look for your company to be willing to put workers at risk for a glorified consumer-capitalist shopping holiday. Despite major tech companies canceling their annual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic (or in Apple’s case, going digital-only ), Amazon appears to be moving ahead with its annual Prime Day sales bonanza, which normally takes place around July. Read Full Story

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See how the death rate from COVID-19 is slowing down, in 3 charts

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There’s reason to be cautiously optimistic. Almost as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began, graphs and many other visualizations charting the rise of the virus started to multiply. Many show the cumulative number of deaths attributed to the virus. This number, of course, will always rise, but will also – eventually – plateau. A cumulative total can never fall. Read Full Story

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Do you live in a COVID-19 hotspot? Harvard created a simple map that will tell you

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The Harvard Global Health Institute was one of eight organizations that created a simple color-coded map to help you identify the risk in your area. How likely are you to contract COVID-19? That’s a complicated question with a lot of variables. Trying to get insight into your personal risk involves parsing state and county data on rates of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths. Read Full Story

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