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Forbes: Rhodes College In Memphis Will Charge Unvaccinated Students $1500

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While many colleges across the country are providing incentives to encourage students to get a Covid-19 vaccine, Rhodes College is charging a fee to students who are not vaccinated. The private liberal arts college in Memphis, Tennessee, informed students June 8 that those who are unvaccinated will have to pay $1,500 per semester to cover the costs of weekly testing. Unvaccinated individuals will need to test negative in the 14 days before returning to campus, wear masks indoors and socially distance from others outdoors. A decision regarding whether the fee will apply to unvaccinated employees has not been made yet….

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Deseret News: Here’s how bad the social media ‘echo chamber’ has gotten in politics

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Social media is often criticized for creating echo chambers when it comes to our news consumption and politics, and a new study shows just how deep a partisan divide social media has created. A Pew Research Center analysis of Facebook posts on 25 popular pages found coverage of President Joe Biden’s early days in office depended largely on the partisan affiliation of the pages. “These differences in assessments follow the same pattern found in the broader news media study and are another reminder of the deeply polarized information environment in the country,” Pew wrote. And it explains why it can sometimes feel like we’re…

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Politico: Million-dollar lotteries fail to cut through vaccine apathy

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State efforts to juice Covid-19 vaccination rates through million-dollar lotteries haven’t reversed the steep decline in adults seeking out shots when many pockets of the country remain vulnerable to the coronavirus. While Ohio did see a two-week bump in adult vaccination rates last month after becoming the first state to offer sizable cash prizes, the pace of vaccinations there has already fallen off. And states that followed its headline-grabbing example made some small gains without showing evidence of any comparable surge, a POLITICO analysis of federal and state data shows. State lotteries and giveaways appear to offer diminishing returns in…

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Health Day: One Reason COVID Is More Lethal for Black Americans

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Black COVID-19 patients in the United States are more likely to die than white patients, but there would be 10% fewer deaths among Black patients if they could get the same level of hospital care as white people, according to new research. “Our study reveals that Black patients have worse outcomes largely because they tend to go to worse-performing hospitals,” said study co-author Dr. David Asch. He is executive director of Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Care Innovation. “Because patients tend to go to hospitals near where they live, these new findings tell a story of racial residential segregation and…

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The Daily Pennsylvanian: Penn sponsors ‘Philly Vax Sweepstakes’ to incentivize Phila. residents to get vaccinated

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Penn has partnered with the City of Philadelphia to sponsor a lottery of monetary prizes of up to $50,000 awarded to individuals for getting the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an announcement by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “There’s been a real surge in interest in using financial incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated,” Director of CHIBE Kevin Volpp said. “Efforts like the Philly Vax Sweepstakes recognize that there are a number of people who are reluctant to get vaccinated. It’s a way to try to get people vaccinated because that’s our best path out of the pandemic.” During each entry period, half…

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Canadian Underwriter: How to convince your clients that buying insurance isn’t a waste of money

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One of the biggest challenges for the insurance industry is convincing policyholders that they haven’t wasted their money if they constantly pay premiums but don’t have a claim.  To overcome this challenge, insurers should help policyholders celebrate the fact that they haven’t had a loss, said Dr. Howard Kunreuther, professor and co-director of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He was speaking at the CatIQ Connect virtual conference last week with other experts about decision science, the interpretation of risk, and how to communicate hazards.  “If [insureds] haven’t had a loss, give…

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India Currents: Get A Free Six Pack of Beer With Your Proof of Vaccine!

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There are enormous disparities in the COVID vaccination rate – from state to state, county to county, and community to community. Why is it that when the vaccine is so readily available in this country, so much so that President Biden has promised to send a whole lot (5 million doses) overseas, that states and cities are resorting to lotteries and wild incentives to “sell” the COVID vaccine to their constituents? President Biden has set a target to have 70% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4th.  But as we near that date, it is becoming…

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Science Magazine: ‘This gives hope’: A third COVID-19 vaccine dose can boost protection for organ transplant recipients

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After one dose of a highly effective messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine, just 17% of those patients churned out protective antibodies against the pandemic coronavirus, and after the standard two doses, only 54% did. A third dose of vaccine may help: Among 24 organ transplant patients who had no antibodies after two doses, eight people generated protective antibodies after they sought out a third on their own. Six people who had few antibodies against the coronavirus after two doses all wound up with high levels after a third shot, the researchers reported today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In the United States, people with…

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