Looking Back at One Year of COVID #110

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Deepnews Digest #110

Looking Back at One Year of COVID

Editor: Christopher Brennan
News outlets around the world this week have been marking the one-year anniversary since the WHO declared a pandemic, an occasion to look at how our lives have changed the last 12 months. This week our Digest seeks to pick out some of the excellent reporting in those pieces, from local news outlets covering the effect on their communities to the changes in the worlds of entertainment and sports. All articles scored by our algorithm for the real reporting and analysis they contain.

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STAT News

The short-term, middle-term, and long-term future of the coronavirus

When experts envision the future of the coronavirus, many predict that it will become a seasonal pathogen that won’t be much more than a nuisance for most of us who have been vaccinated or previously exposed to it.

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Houston Chronicle

The day ‘everything changed’ for the Rockets and the NBA because of COVID-19

Christian Wood, then the Pistons’ up-and-coming young center, had never played better but knew something was not right.

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Al Jazeera

‘Nothing could have prepared us for what we saw’

It is 10 years since a 15 metre tsunami crashed into Japan’s northeastern coast. Steve Chao was Al Jazeera’s Senior Asia Correspondent and one of the first reporters to reach the disaster zone.

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Editor’s Note:

In addition to the anniversary of COVID, yesteray was the 10-year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. Here our algorithm highlighted one from Steve Chao reflecting on the day but reporting that the focus in Japan has shifted to coronavirus. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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VentureBeat

The autistic bliss of Zoom

I speed-walked to one of the last meetings I had in the office before we all transitioned to working from home, not because I’m rude, but because I’m autistic. I was hoping to avoid Tyler popping over to tell me more about his deck renovation project.

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Deseret News

Learning to live without him

“The one thing that has terrified me after my sweet Willard suddenly passed away in January was fear of the unknown length of my new journey. It wasn’t a fear of being single or how to take care of myself, I know how to do that, I was and did for many years after my divorce from my first marriage. But then I found my sweetheart, my love, my echoing heartbeat. He was my reason to live joyfully. He brought so much happiness, joy and laughter into my life in the few short years we were blessed to be together.

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Kaiser Health News

For Covid ‘Long Haulers,’ Battling for Disability Benefits Adds Aggravation to Exhaustion

Rickie Andersen took a brief break from work in March after she fell ill. Her cough, fever and chills were typical covid-19 symptoms, but coronavirus tests were so scarce she could not obtain one to confirm the diagnosis.

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The Verge

COVID-19 took disease tests out of the lab — and may keep them there

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, medical technology company Lucira Health was starting to fine-tune its at-home flu test.

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CNBC

A Year After the Pandemic Struck, the U.S. Economy Is Still Struggling But Coming Around Quickly

Shutting down a $20 trillion economy in full swing seemed a daunting enough task by itself. Restarting that massive machine has proven still tougher.

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NJ Advance Media

Thousands sit in jail awaiting trial as N.J. courts wait for signs to reopen safely

Will El-Bey’s mother didn’t tell him his grandfather died recently because she knew he couldn’t attend the funeral.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A year changed some of what we knew about COVID and who it affects most. But heartbreak was the constant.

A year ago, as deaths from the coronavirus soared in New York, Seattle and elsewhere, people in Wisconsin waited and wondered. The first case of the virus had been confirmed in the state in late January 2020. It seemed just a matter of time before COVID claimed a life in Wisconsin. On March 19, it took three.

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Irish Independent

‘You are the last person with them, the last person to see them and talk to them’ – Kerry hospital staff on a year of Covid-19

Staff at UHK have been at the Coal-face of the pandemic, treating very ill patients during a hugely challenging year. Sinead Kelleher speaks to some of the staff on the reality of Covid behind the scenes at the hospital

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Editor’s Note:

Hospitals, and the people who work in them, were on the frontline last year as the world began to struggle with the virus. Here the Independent speaks to those workers one year later. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Euronews

It’s a year since COVID was declared a pandemic. Did WHO act too late?

Exactly one year ago, during a cramped media briefing that would look out of place today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 was a pandemic.

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USA Today

Pandemic anniversary: How COVID-19 changed how TV was made, and what we watched

This week unofficially marks the one year-anniversary of the pandemic for many Americans. Although the virus had been circulating for months, it was a year ago when many states issued stay-at-home orders, when schools closed, when the NBA suspended its season, when Tom Hanks announced he had COVID-19, and when much of Hollywood production shut down.

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CBC

OPINION | 1 year after shutdown, sports industry continues risky push to return to old normal

On the last Saturday in February, Joseph Parker and Junior Fa engaged in a fairly hard-fought, fairly high-stakes, but otherwise unremarkable heavyweight boxing match.

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WSJ ($)

Many Europeans Have Been Paid Not to Work for Years

Tapping a partially state-supported program, the company put him sporadically on paid furlough in 2004, and the periods without work increased beginning in 2008. Mr. Ughetto, 48 years old, who takes home €1,300 a month ($1,547) when fully employed, usually gets less than €800 a month while on furlough.

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New York Times

A Family’s Search for Answers: Did Their Brother Die of Covid?

MIAMI — The Hidalgo siblings buried their younger brother, Patrick, six days after he had texted them in the middle of the night last March to say that something was wrong: He was gasping for air. Two days after that, paramedics found his body in his Miami Beach apartment. One of his hands still held a rosary.

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UC Berkeley

After COVID-19, work will never be ‘normal’ again

A year ago, just after Bay Area governments imposed a shelter-in-place order to check the spread of a mysterious new coronavirus, Cristina Banks worried about how she would work from home. She would miss her office at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. She would miss interacting with colleagues and students. She would miss her books and her papers.

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City AM

Nightingale Hospitals were meant to save us, but the £500m idea was dead on arrival

NHS England announced yesterday that four out of seven Nightingale Hospitals will shut permanently from next month as coronavirus cases and hospitalisations continue to decline. The remaining three, including the site at London’s Excel Centre, will remain open as vaccination centres.

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Mississippi Clarion Ledger

In the South, COVID-19 forced churches to innovate yet keep their age-old traditions

Charles F. Lomax Jr. is often the only one at church when he preaches. He turns on the power, sets up the camera, adjusts his microphone and gives a sermon to no one.

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California Healthline

Without a Pandemic Safety Net, Immigrants Living in US Illegally Fall Through the Cracks

Ana’s 9-year-old son was the first in the family to come down with symptoms that looked like covid-19 last March. Soon after, the 37-year-old unauthorized immigrant and three of her other children, including a daughter with asthma, struggled to breathe.

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Boston Herald

One year after Charlie Baker declares coronavirus state of emergency in Massachusetts: Officials, communities leaders reflect

The coronavirus outbreak hit a “critical point” one year ago Wednesday as cases took on an exponential rise and Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, setting in motion a series of events that changed life in Massachusetts as we know it.

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Bustle

Why The One-Year Anniversary Of The Pandemic Brings Up So Many Emotions

A whole year has passed since COVID hit the U.S. and lockdowns and case counts became a part of everyday vocabulary. It’s been a traumatic 12 months for many people, with health worries, layoffs, isolation, and anxiety and depression changing lives left and right. As the one-year point COVID passes, experts tell Bustle that, like many traumatic anniversaries, it might bring up a lot of unexpected emotions — even if you believe you’ve made your peace with the pandemic.

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Associated Press

One year later: How life has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic

However, for Dr Christina Mackaill it could well become a reality despite being literally millions of miles away from her day job on a busy emergency unit with NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

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Denver Post

“People were stopping to stare”: First Coloradan who tested positive for COVID-19 tells her story

When Nan Breen came down with extreme fatigue and flu-like symptoms last March, she knew neither what the coronavirus was nor what havoc it was already wreaking around the world.

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Editor’s Note:

The stories of the year are also of course individual stories. Here our algorithm highlighted a local article from Colorado focusing on one woman, and the article below from Buzzfeed digs into the perspectives of dozens on the anniversary. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Buzzfeed

Tom Hanks, The NBA, And COVID’s Day Of Reckoning In The US: An Oral History

More than 60 people — from Anthony Fauci to Chet Hanks — told us what it was like in the Oval Office, in the Utah Jazz locker room, and backstage on Broadway on March 11, 2020, the day COVID swallowed everything.

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