Florida accounts for nearly one-third of the country’s new Obamacare sign-ups
WASHINGTON — Florida leads the country in new Obamacare sign-ups during an ongoing six-month special enrollment period announced by President Joe Biden shortly after he took office. The state saw 264,088 new people enroll in the healthcare.gov marketplace between Feb. 15 and April 30, higher than the number of new enrollees during the shorter enrollment periods of 2020 and 2019 combined, the White House told McClatchy on Tuesday. Florida accounts for nearly a third of all new enrollees so far this year in the entire country. The special enrollment period ends on Aug. 15, so the final tally wil...
COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs increased among conservative and social media users, Penn study finds
People who were heavy users of conservative or social media during the early months of the pandemic experienced increased belief in conspiracies surrounding COVID-19, a new study from researchers with the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research last week, built upon previous research in which 840 adults were surveyed about their views on three popular coronavirus conspiracy beliefs, their media habits, intention to get vaccinated and other COVID-19 precautions in March 2020 and again in July. Parti...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Our 36 favorite novelty songs of the past 60 years
What makes a hit song memorable is often how it evokes certain emotions, typically big ones like joy, heartache and sexual desire. On much rarer occasions, a tune gets released to the universe to evoke a chuckle, a raised eyebrow, a “what is that doing on the radio, and why do I like it?” Those in the latter category are often called novelties or oddballs, or in more modern parlance, viral sensations. They pop up in every decade under different circumstances, sometimes capturing a pop culture zeitgeist or the public’s momentary lunacy. None are featured in Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 songs of...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Expert who spoke to Whitmer on new orders: Michigan is 'losing the race to the virus'
DETROIT – Two of the top national health experts who Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says advised her the state's third COVID-19 surge is not a policy problem warranting more public health mandates told the Free Press tighter restrictions actually would help to flatten Michigan's worst-in-the-nation curve. "As a matter of disease mitigation, there's no question" shutting down activities like dining inside restaurants, youth sports and moving high schools to virtual learning would be effective in slowing transmission in the state, said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, associate dean for public health practice and ...
Detroit Free Press
COVID-19 racial disparities loom large in rural counties
CLARKSDALE, Miss. — In the early days of the pandemic, Greenwood, Mississippi, native Jackie Hawkins, a longtime rural public policy expert, expected that rural people of color would be hurt at higher rates than their urban and white counterparts. As the pandemic set in, fear and hesitancy settled into Black communities relatively quickly, she said, because of the lack of information around the coronavirus, and because of years of fraught relationships with health care providers. The Trump administration’s scant coronavirus prevention efforts alarmed Black communities, said Hawkins, who spent ...
New focus for vaccine push: Republican men
ATLANTA — For some, vaccination has become another political litmus test Jerry Kotyuk knows he’s in a vulnerable age group for COVID-19. He knows his doctor hopes he’ll get vaccinated. He’s still leaning against it. “I’m not going to believe everything I’m told,” Kotyuk said. “I’m going to wait and see.” Jack Wynn of Johns Creek agrees. “I’m just trying to figure out for myself who to believe,” he said. The two men have something in common: Both tend to vote Republican. And recent polls show the demographic group most likely to balk at vaccination are Republican men. A Marist poll in mid-March...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution