EScAPE Newsletter, Issue #24

Reports that are of interest for the week

Have a pandemic plan? Most people did not
A study done by researchers at the University of Houston found that 98% of healthy, educated adults did not have a pandemic plan put into place before the pandemic started. They also found that it is difficult for unhealthy people to find good advice about how to be prepared for a pandemic and prevent further risks.

Fact check: What so we know about the coronavirus delta variant
This article gives specific information about the delta variant including how it is affecting the UK, if being vaccinated helps, and how deadly it is in comparison to the other “variants of concern”.

Discourse on behavioral science in times of COVID-19: The two distinct and divisive perceptions that exist in the media and among the public
According to this article, people reacted negatively to behavioral scientists in the UK during the pandemic, making it harder for this group of scientists to help. In the future, behavioral scientists and their roles should be described to the public more as many did not understand what their goal was.

City of New Orleans receives $3.9M federal grant to improve vaccine information, options for underserved communities
The US Government is currently giving out grants for the Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19, to respond to the impacts of the pandemic and continue to get people vaccinated.

Scientists quit journal board, protesting ‘grossly irresponsible’ study claiming COVID-19 vaccines kill
The journal Vaccines posted a publication of a peer reviewed article causing several scientists to resign as editors. Protesters of this article feel the information is incorrect and it is fueling anti-vaxxers and COVID-19 deniers.

When stopping COVID mattered most, Washington state officials failed badly
According to author Todd Myers, Washington state officials did not do a good job protecting their citizens from the virus in three different areas: COVID testing, contact tracing, and vaccine rollout. They failed to meet their goals in each of these areas while the people did their part to limit the spread.

PM to confirm 19 July end to Covid rules despite scientists warnings
The English Prime Minister plans to lift most COVID restrictions on July 19 despite the continuous rise in cases. Last week, the UK reported 24,248 cases which rose from the number of cases the week before which was 15,953 cases. There were also 15 deaths during this time.

Brazilians take to streets to demand removal of Jair Bolsonaro
This article goes into depth about the protests in Brazil stemming from the overwhelming amount of COVID deaths caused by the lack of action from President Bolsonaro. The official count reports more than 522,000 deaths, which is still climbing daily.

As it happened - coronavirus updates: Russia sees five-day spike in deaths; South Africa reports record daily cases
According to this blog, Russia is reporting a rise in cases, France is preparing for a fourth covid wave, and South Africa reports 26,000 new cases which is the highest their daily number has ever been