What We Know About “Stealth Omicron”

The omicron wave is beginning to slow in some parts of the country (though hospitals in many places remain overwhelmed). But you may have recently heard about a new member of the COVID cast: BA.2, a relative of omicron. This new relative of the variant we’ve all gotten to know is popping up in dozens of countries, and its nickname, “stealth omicron,” is causing alarm for some; tabloids in the U.K. are getting particularly fear-mongery about it. But how much do you really need to worry about it? So far, not much. Here’s what we know.

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What We Know About “Stealth Omicron”

The omicron wave is beginning to slow in some parts of the country (though hospitals in many places remain overwhelmed). But you may have recently heard about a new member of the COVID cast: BA.2, a relative of omicron. This new relative of the variant we’ve all gotten to know is popping up in dozens of countries, and its nickname, “stealth omicron,” is causing alarm for some; tabloids in the U.K. are getting particularly fear-mongery about it. But how much do you really need to worry about it? So far, not much. Here’s what we know.

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He Lost More Than 100 Pounds Before Catching Covid. It Likely Saved His Life

Mick Nardelli knew something had to be done. After weeks of pandemic apathy, wherein incentivized sedentary lifestyles at the onset of Covid introduced the “Quarantine 15,” Nardelli was nearing 300 pounds and had an uncertain future.
At 5’9″ and 295 pounds in his mid-40s, the D.C. suburban father of a 3-year-old watched with a body mass index of nearly 44, (14 points above the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s threshold for “obesity” and therefore qualified as medically “severe”) while the Wuhan virus wreaked havoc on patients who carried excessive weight.

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Biden proposes saddling an already struggling Federal Reserve with two political activists

Cook is a Michigan State University professor whose peer-reviewed academic writings pertinent to monetary policy are, to be polite, thin. The White House noted that she “is on the Board of the Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.” She was put there two weeks before Biden proposed promoting her. But she strokes progressivism’s erogenous zones: She appears to favor racial reparations.

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The New Orleans funeral reminds us that grief is a burden that can be shared

Part of the Memory Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world.
Every part of a ritual funeral procession in New Orleans is sacred.
Stafford Agee says it just feels different when he performs one in his hometown. As a musician, his responsibility is to honor the life of the deceased and give the family a little more joy in the transition. “I never liked considering a funeral being a gig,” he says. “I’m performing for somebody’s homegoing ceremony.

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The New Orleans funeral reminds us that grief is a burden that can be shared

Part of the Memory Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world.
Every part of a ritual funeral procession in New Orleans is sacred.
Stafford Agee says it just feels different when he performs one in his hometown. As a musician, his responsibility is to honor the life of the deceased and give the family a little more joy in the transition. “I never liked considering a funeral being a gig,” he says. “I’m performing for somebody’s homegoing ceremony.

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The New Orleans funeral reminds us that grief is a burden that can be shared

Part of the Memory Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world.
Every part of a ritual funeral procession in New Orleans is sacred.
Stafford Agee says it just feels different when he performs one in his hometown. As a musician, his responsibility is to honor the life of the deceased and give the family a little more joy in the transition. “I never liked considering a funeral being a gig,” he says. “I’m performing for somebody’s homegoing ceremony.

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