Reddit users protest misinformation, pediatric cases tend to increase and countries are changing travel advisories. Here’s what you need to know:
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Reddit moderators protest rising misinformation about Covid online
Over the past week, dozens of Reddit moderators have coordinated a blackout to protest the lax policies on Covid disinformation, making their subreddits private and posting messages critical to the platform. Reddit initially responded with statements about the importance of free speech, but on Wednesday turned the tide and quarantined 54 Covid denial subreddits, adding more hoops people need to jump through to join and limiting the spread. content. It also banned / r / NoNewNormal, a large subreddit that has been quarantined since mid-August for spamming other communities with lies about the virus.
An example of misinformation that has spread on Reddit and elsewhere is the tendency to be reluctant to vaccinate people taking ivermectin, an antiparasitic commonly used in cattle to treat or prevent disease. While the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned against drug use, which has not been shown to be a cure and can cause serious illness, this week alone podcast host Joe Rogan said he took it after testing positive for Covid-19.
Pediatric cases continue to worry parents and authorities
Last week, children made up 22.4% of weekly Covid-19 cases reported in the United States, and the child case rate is increasing. Coupled with the start of the school year and a outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), we are increasingly worried about the the urgency to protect children, especially since pediatric hospitals are experiencing a “Unprecedented strain”. The CDC has recommended universal interior masking for all students, teachers, staff and visitors to schools, regardless of their immunization status. And the US Department of Education is five state survey over concerns that their mask warrant bans could discriminate against students with disabilities and health issues that make them more vulnerable to Covid-19.
As pediatric cases increase, some parents, doctors and scientists are debating the ethics of immunizing children by prescribe “off-label” injections, or offer a drug for some reason or group not studied during the approval process. Now that Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine is fully approved by the FDA, it may be possible, but most experts and officials strongly advise against it.
Changing restrictions and a holiday weekend impact travel
Earlier this week, the European Union voted in favor of change travel restrictionsincluding removing the United States from its list of safe countries for non-essential travel. These are recommendations, and it is up to each member country to decide if and how to implement them. The change will most likely affect unvaccinated Americans. The US has yet to reopen its doors to tourists from the EU and the CDC added seven new places to his list of the riskiest destinations this week, including Switzerland and Puerto Rico. The agency also urged Americans to be careful this bank holiday weekend, especially those who are not vaccinated.
All of the changing protocols and uncertainty surrounding pandemic travel have been a boon to one industry: Travel advisers. A recent survey of American tourists found that about 17% were likely to get professional help booking travel for the first time after the pandemic is over.
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