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2021 > SARS-CoV-2 virus > COVID-19 disease / outbreak in the U.S.
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Dying in the Name of Vaccine Freedom NYT 23 August 2021
Dying in the Name of Vaccine Freedom | NYT Opinion Video NYT 23 August 2021
In the video above, Alexander Stockton, a producer on the Opinion Video team,
explores two of the main reasons the number of Covid cases is soaring once again
in the United States: vaccine hesitancy and refusal.
“It’s hard to watch the pandemic drag on
as Americans refuse the vaccine in the name of freedom,” he says.
Mr. Stockton travels to Mountain Home, Ark., in the Ozarks,
a region with galloping contagion and — not unrelated —
abysmal vaccination rates.
He finds that a range of feelings and beliefs underpins the low rates
— including fear, skepticism and
a libertarian strain of defiance.
where about half of the medical personnel are not vaccinated
— even while the intensive care unit is crowded
with unvaccinated Covid patients fighting for their lives.
Mountain Home — like the United States as a whole —
is caught in a tug of war between private liberty and public health.
But Mr. Stockton suggests
that unless government upholds its duty to protect Americans,
keeping the common good in mind, this may be a battle with no end.
An Easy Way To Understand Variants -- Using Puzzle Pieces NPR 6 May 2021
VIDEO: An Easy Way To Understand Variants -- Using Puzzle Pieces Video NPR 6 May 2021
The world is very worried about coronavirus variants.
As the virus mutates — which all viruses do — variant strains emerge.
Some of these variants are more effective
at infecting humans and may even cause more severe disease.
Variants that appear to fall into this category have been identified
in Brazil, South Africa, the United Kingdom — and now India.
And in an interconnected world, they can spread from one country to another.
How does a mutated version of the virus
improve its chances of being transmitted to humans?
If you imagine viruses as puzzle pieces,
as this video does,
that can help explain what is happening
when a coronavirus variant comes into contact with human cells.
Inside a Covid I.C.U., Through a Nurse's Eyes NYT Opinion 25 February 2021
Inside a Covid I.C.U., Through a Nurse's Eyes Video NYT Opinion 25 February 2021
The short film above
allows you to experience the brutality of the pandemic
from the perspective of nurses inside a Covid-19 intensive care unit.
Opinion Video producer Alexander Stockton spent several days
reporting at the Valleywise Medical Center in Phoenix.
Two I.C.U. nurses wore cameras to show
what it’s like to care for the sickest Covid patients
a year into the pandemic.
So many Americans have died in hospitals
without family by their side,
but they were not alone.
Nurses brush patients’ teeth,
change their catheters and hold their hands
in their final moments.
In just a year
we’ve lost half a million Americans to Covid-19.
Vaccinations may be offering some relief,
but inside I.C.U.s, nurses continue to contend
with the trauma and grief of America’s carousel of death.
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