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How Do Pandemics End? Diseases Fade But Are Almost Never Truly Gone

Epidemiologists and public-health specialists have been using mathematical models to forecast the future in an effort to curb the coronvirus’ spread. But infectious disease modeling is tricky. Epidemiologists warn that “[m]odels are not crystal balls,” and even sophisticated versions, like those that combine forecasts or use machine learning, can’t necessarily reveal when the pandemic will end or how many people will die.

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Mississippi Doctors to Big Pharmacies: Give Us the Vaccines. Let Us Vaccinate our Patients.

It does not appear to be much of a priority to CVS and Walgreens to vaccinate long-term care residents, who are our patients and someone else’s mother or father. These large retail pharmacies have had the vaccine since last month, and while improving a little on the volume they have been able to vaccinate, they have been far outpaced by MSDH and physicians statewide.

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Neighborhoods with MLK Streets Are Poorer Than National Average and Highly Segregated, Study Reveals

Most of America’s MLK neighborhoods, from east Montgomery, Alabama, to Harlem in New York City, were born of legal or de facto racial segregation. And in the second half of the 20th century, they experienced the sharpest decline in urban industry, sending local jobs from the cities to suburbs. These historic events first caused, then structurally perpetuated, deprivation in MLK neighborhoods.

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Using Our Superpowers: Multi-tasking is Mandatory for Bold Climate Action

Parents across America are no strangers to making hard decisions, and we expect our leaders to do no less. We cannot fail to address the clear and present danger of injustice, white supremacy and its effect on our nation’s government. We cannot afford to allow one second to pass without solid, transformative, science-based climate action. We can and must do both at the same time.

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Vengeful Nostalgia: The Deadly Bargain of Donald Trump’s Lost Cause

Trump’s Lost Cause creates its own brutal trap for those who will not acknowledge that he lost a standard, legal, legitimate election. Good losers aren’t happy about losing, but because they share a devotion to the community, they concede and move forward instead of burning everything down in a frenzied tantrum.   

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Mississippi Voted Out Its Electoral College-Like Election Process

Mississippi voters decided to end the electoral college process and replace it with the requirement that a candidate get a majority of the votes cast or face a runoff election if nobody gets more than 50% of the vote. In other states, this process has its own racist history as a way to limit Blacks’ political power.

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