EScAPE Newsletter, Issue #25

Reports that are of interest for the week

After months of following the science, the Government is now being led by the economy 
Studies found that if the mask mandate were to stay in place in the UK, many people would not go to entertainment events in the public which would cause the economy to lose over $4 billion. This is one of the reasons they are still getting rid of the mandate even though it may not be safe

NTU Singapore study highlights media’s important role in debunking COVID-19 misinformation
This study done by a NTU in Singapore looked at 164 news articles regarding COVID-19 and found that even though there were many articles with false information, most mainstream news sources were able to recorrect that information.

Politics trumps science in Japan COVID-19 emergency
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made the decision to put Tokyo in a state of emergency because they found that the political fallout from not declaring it would be worse than maintaining status quo and following the science, or even just tightening restrictions already in place.

New Zealand, where Covid-19 dormant, fights another respiratory virus and other news from around the world
After the restrictions in New Zealand last year, many children are getting sick with respiratory syncytial virus. In the first five weeks of winter, NZ has reported 969 cases in comparison to an average of 1,743 cases in most years during the entire winter.

Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on July 11
Travel restrictions are opening up in Canada, however, people are still being turned away. Travelers are only allowed if they have been fully vaccinated and the two-week period after the vaccination has fully passed. This information is not getting to the public, and many are still confused.

The US recorded more than 20,000 new COVID-19 cases each of the past four days as the Delta variant spreads
As the Delta variant spreads through the US, it is starting to see spikes in certain areas that haven’t has as many people vaccinated. Fauci asks that US citizens continue to vaccinate themselves to protect not only themselves but also prevent further variants from being created.