Different Virus Responses – The New York Times

first_imgWant to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up.Good morning. The U.S. and Europe are responding to the latest virus waves differently, and one approach is working better than the other. Make pan-seared gyoza — Japanese dumplings filled with ground pork, cabbage, chives, ginger and garlic.What to Listen to15 new tracks by Foo Fighters, Shania Twain, Billie Eilish and more.Fine ArtA new building at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston showcases works by Latin American and Latino artists who are rarely shown in the U.S. (In Opinion, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican former member of Congress, and Ken Salazar, Barack Obama’s former interior secretary, argue that the country should create a museum honoring American Latino history and culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.) “I’m sure the Europeans didn’t want to restrict their activities any more than we do,” Janet Baseman, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, told me over the weekend. “Everyone is tired and ready for this to end, but we have to accept the reality of the data before us.”Many Americans have resisted accepting that reality. Across much of the country, restaurants remain open for indoor dining. Last week, New York State announced a new policy that public health experts consider to be a bizarre middle ground: Businesses with a liquor license can stay open until 10 p.m.- Advertisement – As you can see, both the U.S. and Europe have been coping with severe outbreaks, with caseloads rising even faster in much of Europe than in the U.S. during much of this fall. But over the past two weeks, France, Germany, Spain and Britain have managed to reduce their growth rates.- Advertisement – What is Europe doing differently? It is cracking down on the kind of indoor gatherings that most commonly spread the virus. England closed pubs, restaurants, gyms and more on Nov. 5 and announced they would remain closed until at least Dec. 2. France, Germany’s regional governments and the Catalonia region of Spain have also shut restaurants, among other businesses. Morning ReadsTrilobites: Platypuses glow under black light. Scientists have no idea why.Lives Lived: Lee Hyo-jae championed women’s rights and democracy in South Korea, helping abolish the country’s patriarchal naming system and standing up to its military dictatorship in the 1980s. She died at 95.Subscribers make our reporting possible, so we can help you make sense of the moment. If you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today. The European approach seems to be working better.Look at this chart, which shows the number of new daily virus cases in five countries, adjusted for population size:center_img And the virus is now spreading so rapidly in the U.S. that keeping schools open does pose risks, including the chance that teachers, janitors and other workers infect one another. To keep schools open in a safe way, the U.S. would probably first need to close other public places. Only a few states — including Michigan, Oregon, New Mexico and Washington — have closed indoor dining recently.“The U.S. case and hospitalization numbers we’re seeing right now are chilling,” Baseman said.But if there are no perfect solutions to the pandemic, there are better and worse ones. Right now, the U.S. seems to be falling well short of what’s possible.THE LATEST NEWSThe Virus – Advertisement – At last, Princess Diana entersSince Netflix’s “The Crown” began airing in 2016, fans have excitedly anticipated Princess Diana’s character. This weekend, she arrived, in the first episode of the show’s fourth season.It covers Diana from age 16 to 28, starting in the late 1970s. Emma Corrin, in her first prominent role, is playing the part. Sarah Lyall, a former London correspondent for The Times, writes that Corrin nails “the princess’s seductive signature gesture — head tilting to the side, eyes glancing coquettishly upward through her bangs.”The portrayal is based on interviews, news media accounts and a tell-all 1992 biography by Andrew Morton. Diana made revisions to the manuscript in her own handwriting and personally approved every page, Morton has said.One new challenge for this show: A large part of its audience will have lived through the events it’s depicting, like Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as prime minister. Can the show still feel like the escape that the first three seasons were? “As always, they have taken many cinematic liberties,” Sarah writes. “‘Crown’ watchers in Britain are already debating what is accurate and what has been changed for dramatic purposes.”PLAY, WATCH, EATWhat to Cook The one indoor activity that appears to present less risk is school, especially elementary school. Why? Young children seem to spread the virus less often than adults do. “Research has shown that if you put social-distancing protocols in place, school is actually quite a safe environment,” Andreas Schleicher, who studies schools for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, told NPR.Closing schools and switching entirely to remote learning, on the other hand, has big social costs. Children are learning less, and many parents, mostly mothers, have dropped out of the labor force. The U.S. is suffering from both of these problems and from a raging pandemic.There are no easy answers, to be sure. Closing restaurants and other businesses creates economic hardship (which some European countries are trying to reduce through government aid). As the coronavirus has surged again in recent weeks, much of the United States has chosen to keep restaurants open and schools closed. Much of Europe has done the opposite.- Advertisement –last_img read more

TENNIS : SU overcomes scrappy Cornell squad to win 20th straight home match

first_imgAlessondra Parra knew that Cornell was going to do everything in its power to defeat Syracuse, but she didn’t expect the competition to begin in warmups.Parra’s opponent Sinziana Chis wanted to alter the routine warmups interrupt Parra’s usual habits. It was an attempt to get under SU’s skin by hitting shots with topspin prior to the match.‘They did things that they normally wouldn’t have done,’ Parra said. ‘They picked an opposite side that they wouldn’t have picked and they asked us to change up our warm-up because they wanted to hit more ‘groundies,’ which no one does.’But Parra and her teammates stuck to their normal preparation. The Orange stuck to its game plan to overcome four three-set matches to defeat the Big Red 5-2 at the Drumlins Tennis Center on Thursday. The victory was the 20th consecutive at home for SU (10-2, 4-0 Big East).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCornell’s antics were sly, but Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen explained that the Orange was able to stay headstrong and prevailed using its standard methods. The Orange didn’t need creative tactics or unusual strategies to outlast the Big Red.‘They kind of tricked themselves and threw themselves off,’ Jensen said. ‘If you’re worried about how the other person is warming up, it doesn’t matter, we’re ready, game on.’SU played in one of its closest matches of the season. The Orange dropped the doubles point, but maintained it focus heading into the singles portion of play.Emily Harman and Maddie Kobelt each won their matchups in straight sets (7-5, 6-4) at the No. 1 and 2 positions, respectively. The bottom of the lineup, however, got pushed to the brink. Parra, Christina Tan and Simone Kalhorn each played to three-set tiebreakers that decided the match.At the No. 3 singles position, Parra dropped her first set 2-6. Parra knew that changes had to be made to shift the momentum in her favor.Parra explained that in the first set, she was playing into her opponent’s strength. Parra was trying to overpower her opponent, which led to more unforced errors. She changed her focus to a more finesse style in the second and third set, and it paid dividends. Parra won the second set 6-3 before winning the third set in a tiebreak, 7-5.‘She liked stepping on the ball and hitting it flat,’ Parra said. ‘If I hit it with spin and made her work more she made more errors. It took a lot of tenacity to hang in there in the second set and I knew if I hung in and made her play that I could pull it out.’Kalhorn was able to rally from down 5-2 to push the game to match point. After struggling to hold serve in the third set, Kalhorn made her move to the net and won four straight sets to force match point. However, Kalhorn was unable to hold on and lost to Ruxandra Dumirescu 6-0, 2-6, 6-7 (5-7).Kalhorn explained that down the stretch she was playing the style that she wanted, but she was unable to execute the shots when it mattered.‘I had chances that I didn’t make, and I missed them at crucial times,’ Kalhorn said. ‘In the third set I was down so I had to dig deep and make sure I made every single shot and I had to play bigger to put more pressure on her.’But Tan and Aleah Marrow’s three-set victories ensured the team win. The Orange was on the verge of losing its match to Cornell, but down the stretch Syracuse succeeded in the face of adversity.‘They wanted to throw us off,’ Parra said. ‘The point of it all was they wanted to come in here with everything. Everyone did such a good job keeping their cool and confidence and battling it out.’adtredin@syr.edu Comments Published on March 10, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USG to vote on providing free menstrual products

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government Senate will vote next week on a resolution to distribute free menstrual products in women’s restrooms and gender-neutral restrooms across campus. A USG meeting. Photo by Catherine Liang | Daily TrojanUSG’s Director of Wellness Affairs Marina Hrovat, who introduced the resolution to USG on Tuesday, co-wrote the resolution with Senator Debbie Lee.While the Engemann Student Health Center currently provides free menstrual products, Lee and Hrovat emphasized the inaccessibility of these products in their resolution. “The current university effort to supply these products to students is provided through Engemann Student Health Center, which is distant on campus, ultimately failing to meet the immediate need of students,” They wrote in the resolution.Hrovat and Lee also noted that menstrual products are taxed as luxury items when purchased in stories, increasing the financial burden on students who need menstrual supplies.“We realized that there are a lot of universities that are stepping up and taking care of this financial burden,” Marina Hrovat said. Lee cited Brown, Princeton and Stanford as universities that provide useful frameworks for a USC program.In November, Hrovat organized a week-long trial run of free menstrual products with the help of Paula Swinford, director of the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion. According to Hrovat, the products were installed in restrooms in buildings like the Gwynn Wilson Student Union and Mark Taper Hall of Humanities. Following their trial run, Hrovat and Swinford received positive student feedback. “We used a texting survey to measure student feedback,” Marina Hrovat said. “We had 99 percent full support from students who were participating in that texting-in survey. And we used a substantial amount of products that were put out for the week.”With several students supporting the need for free menstrual products in the women’s and gender-neutral restrooms, Hrovat said that the next step for this initiative is deciding on a supplier for the feminine hygiene products. While the University will be paying for the menstrual products, Hrovat is looking to contract a specific supplier so that there will be no “roadblock of having to change or switch the supplier company.” Currently, Hrovat has been in communication with two suppliers. She and Lee are meeting with Tampon Tribe, a tampon supplier, next Tuesday with hopes of a potential partnership with USC.Hrovat said her goal is to have the products in restrooms by the beginning of Fall 2018. Since there has been a lot of urgency on the University’s end, a supplier will be chosen soon.“[The initiative]’s moving quickly — there’s a lot of support, there’s a lot of urgency, so I don’t believe this will take long to accomplish because there is so much support,” Hrovat said. “Companies work at their own speed. We can do our best, but it’s a two-way deal.”Juliana Hrovat, parliamentarian for the legislative branch of USG and Marina’s sister, said that while it is normally challenging to have the University allocate the funds to pursue it, installing these products into campus restrooms is a matter of lending equal access to all students. “I think this initiative is extremely important for all women on this campus because it provides them with the resource that maybe some students on this campus aren’t able to get,” Juliana Hrovat said. “Giving all students access to this … will really help the female population at USC.”last_img read more

Wisconsin adjusts to life without star Johnson

first_imgDec. 4 against Miami, with 11:50 left in the first half, redshirt senior and leading scorer Michala Johnson took an awkward misstep, twisting her left knee. An MRI later confirmed she had torn her ACL for the third time in her playing career.The 66-54 loss that day became a side note as head coach Bobbie Kelsey described a devastated locker room, not because they lost a star player that helps them win, but because Johnson, who many players look up to, might have played her last game as a Badger.After giving few days to let the dust settle, redshirt senior Cassie Rochel said the team knew they had to stop dwelling on the setback and view it as an opportunity to come closer together. The reality was that it was time for others to step up and fill the void. Players with originally smaller roles, like junior guards Dakota White and Nicole Bauman, now had the chance to show their full value to the team and maximize their opportunities on the court.“When Michala is shooting 15 shots per game, that’s 15 shots that other people need to pick up the slack for,” Rochel said.Kelsey echoed the thoughts of Rochel, adding that every team suffers a significant injury at one point or another. What really defines a team, Kelsey emphasized, was not how they do when everything is going their way, but how they respond to adversity.“The thing you learn about your team is if people buck up and play, and really step up to the plate and challenge themselves to get out of their comfort zone and do more. Just when you think you’re doing more, do more,” Kelsey said. “Everybody experiences something; you can’t just quit. It’s either fight or flight.”Johnson’s injury thrust junior guard Tessa Cichy into the starting lineup, who is averaging 8.0 points per game, while Bauman (12.9 ppg) and junior guard Dakota Whyte (10.4 ppg) have shouldered the bulk of the scoring load.As Johnson’s roommate, Rochel said the reality of the injury hit Johnson hard at first, but she has since come to terms with her new role as a supporter of the team from the sideline, with valuable experience she can still bring to the table as a member of last season’s All-Big Ten Team.“She’s such a mature person that she would never bring anyone down because of it, and that’s one thing that speaks volumes about her and her leadership,” Rochel said. “Leading from the sideline is something she does really well—everyone looks at her when she speaks and she has so much maturity and experience. Everything she says is for a reason and it really shows.”Rochel said Johnson’s younger sister, sophomore Malayna Johnson, has had difficulty witnessing her sister go through the injury again, but has ultimately given her more of an opportunity to gain some experience and hone her skills against Big Ten competition.While the intriguing prospect of the two sisters being on the court together again next year remains a possibility, it will require approval from the NCAA committee to grant Johnson a second redshirt senior season, which is not guaranteed.One thing Rochel noted about Malayna was her improved tenacity on both sides of the ball, a trait that her older sister has mastered on the court. Against rival Minnesota Jan. 4, Malayna scored a season-high nine points off the bench in a 72-60 loss.“She’s grown leaps and bounds from when she started, and she’s a lot more aggressive,” Rochel said. “I think it motivated her to do it for her sister in a way, so as unfortunate as it was, it really was a positive thing for Malayna.”From a basketball perspective, Kelsey said Johnson’s versatility on the offensive side of the ball is the most difficult aspect of her game to replace for the rest of the season.“We just knew that when we gave her the ball, she would be able to put a lot of pressure on the defense to score. She’s very crafty around the basket and can hit a 15-footer. She can put it on the floor and get to the rim and finish, make free throws,” Kelsey said. “She’s had to have a lot of attention, so that takes some pressure off of other people.”Senior Jacki Gulczynski said while the loss is obviously tough, the Badger’s ultimate goals haven’t wavered as they look to finish the season stronger than ever.“The games are dwindling down, but obviously each one is important,” Gulczynski said. “At the end of the day you have to put five out there, and it hurts not having Michala out there, but we’re doing what we can without her.”last_img read more