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Wednesday October 5
Do you feel like a different person than you were at the beginning of the epidemic? A new study finds that many Americans have experienced a personality change within the past three years.
According to NPRThe research found that early in the epidemic, many people saw a decline in traits associated with neuroticism. But as the pandemic continued, researchers were more likely to see a decline in traits such as confidence and creative thinking.
“First year [of the pandemic] “There was this real closeness,” says Sutin. But in the second year, as all that support wears off, and then the animosity and social turmoil around the restrictions fades away… that could be very important for the character.”
About two-thirds of US states have adopted some type of tax credit this year. The trend of tax cuts has been driven by record government budget surpluses and significant growth in state revenue after the initial downturn during the coronavirus pandemic.
Missouri became the latest state to act, when Republican Governor Mike Parson signed the Income Tax Cut Act on Wednesday, Associated Press reports. Republican-led states have been more willing to agree to permanent tax rate cuts. Meanwhile, many Democratic states have opted for one-time tax cuts, including California.
A bipartisan group of states has also stopped gas taxes or lowered sales taxes on groceries.
Tuesday 4 October
If you’ve recently taken a COVID-19 booster dose and are starting to feel sick, you turn to a COVID-19 test at home to explore your symptoms.
But then you look down, you see a positive result. Could the booster vaccine have spoiled the results?
It would be “absolutely impossible” for you to test positive because you got the vaccine, Jeremy Kamel, a virologist at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, said, He told NPR.
This is because the tests are not calibrated to test the same things in the boosters because they are all based on different parts of the COVID virus.
Germany’s Health Minister, Karl Lauterbach, has warned that the country is seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases as autumn approaches and urged the elderly to get a second, modified booster dose to protect against the new variables.
According to the Associated Press, other European countries such as France, Denmark and the Netherlands are also recording an increase in cases. Lauterbach said Germany is “clearly at the beginning of the winter wave”.
German officials recorded 96,367 new cases in the past 24 hours, double the number a week ago.
Starting Saturday, Germany’s 16 states can again impose epidemic restrictions such as requiring masks to be worn indoors.
Monday October 3
After virtually disappearing for two years in the United States as the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down society, there are hints that the flu may reappear this fall, potentially causing an unusually early and possibly severe flu season.
As a result, many experts are urging people to get their flu shots right away to ensure they are protected — but what is the best timing?
The typical flu season begins in November in the United States and peaks in January or February. In general, some doctors may wait until mid-October to get a flu shot, but cases are already on the rise.
According to NPRIt doesn’t matter the exact time you get your flu shot over the next month or so, as long as you do get one — especially this year.
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases said that in a worst-case scenario, the flu could enter up to 560,000 people in the United States this year and kill up to 63,000 people.
Doctors have a message for vaccination-weary Americans: Don’t miss the flu shot this fall.
For the first time, the elderly are urged to have a special kind of extra strength. There’s no way to predict how bad this flu season will be, according to the Associated Press.
Australia just got out of a bad situation. In the United States, annual influenza vaccinations are recommended starting at 6 months of age. Since older adults don’t respond either, the US now recommends getting one of three made with higher doses or an immune-boosting ingredient.
Meanwhile, companies that make the two most widely used COVID-19 vaccines are now testing flu vaccines made with the same technology.
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