By doing its job of stabilizing the financial system, it has reduced the sense of urgency for lawmakers to help ordinary Americans.
The UpshotA bizarre two-tiered economy: The number of workers filing new jobless claims each week remains higher than at its peak during the Great Recession, while the portfolios of wealthy Americans are in great shape.
Scientists float a provocative — and unproven — idea: that masks expose the wearer to just enough of the virus to spark a protective immune response.
The UpshotMasks protect the people around you. Could they also benefit the wearer by increasing the chance of a symptom-free infection? A provocative new commentary argues yes — and theorizes that these mild infections could drive immunity, too.
Inspired by a mother’s question, the new method will be introduced across Israel this fall, just in time for flu season, and could be coming soon to the U.S.
The UpshotFaster, cheaper and still accurate: Israeli immunologists have developed a Covid-19 testing procedure using pools of as many as 48 samples. It's rolling out to labs across the country. And a scientist's mother came up with the idea. By @halbfinger
Ending racial preferences in a state university system harmed Black and Hispanic students while not lifting whites and Asian-Americans, a study asserts.
The UpshotThe study used an anonymized database of every student who applied to eight campuses in the University of California system from 1994 to 2002, including high school grades, demographics, income and SAT scores.
Slowing the coronavirus has been especially difficult for the United States because of its tradition of prioritizing individualism and missteps by the Trump administration.
The Upshot"When it comes to the virus, the United States has come to resemble not the wealthy and powerful countries to which it is often compared but instead to far poorer countries, like Brazil, Peru and South Africa."
Experts are revising their views on the best methods to detect infections, setting aside long-held standards so that the spread of the virus can be more quickly tracked and contained.
The Upshot“Our backs are against the wall, and it’s Hail Mary time,” one expert said of endorsing less accurate, but faster antigen tests to ease the protracted delays in getting Covid results, both for patients and for those tracking U.S. outbreaks.