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December 8, 2020
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The New York Times

Some states balk after C.D.C. asks for personal data of those vaccinated

Tracking immunizations, including collecting personal data, is not a new practice, and experts say it is especially important with a vaccine that requires two doses. But in the United States, it has been a purely state-by-state effort. A push two decades ago to develop a federal registry imploded after an uproar over patient privacy and how the data would be used. "The general philosophy in this country is states manage public health, so the concept that federally we are going to be tracking identified information is concerning," said Dr. Shaun J. Grannis, a professor of medical informatics at Indiana University, who has advised the C.D.C. on data gathering. "We are 50 different states with a patchwork quilt of regulations and different perspectives on privacy and security," Dr. Grannis added. "And I think people are going to be asking the question: What does the C.D.C. do that we can't do regionally?"


8 coronavirus vaccine myths, debunked

No, the vaccine will not give you the disease, says Dr. Thomas J. Duszynski, the director of epidemiology education at Indiana University. It's just like the flu vaccine can't give you the flu. And you can't get HPV from the HPV vaccine, and so on. However, because of the way vaccines work, people might have a false perception that a vaccine can give them the virus it's supposed to protect against, Dr. Dusznynksi says. "Some people may believe that as soon as you are vaccinated you are protected from the disease and that is not correct. When you get vaccinated, we have to wait for something called sero-conversion," he explains. During sero-conversion, your body recognizes the vaccine contents as an invader and begins to ramp up its attack on the invader. This eventually leads to the development of antibodies that protect you from the virus.


How much exercise do you need, really?

Break it down: Vanessa M. Kercher, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist and clinical assistant professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, told "Today" that it's not necessary to try to squeeze in all activity at once. "Identify times throughout the day to accumulate short bursts of movement to start," she said. "If you're successful, add in some more specific goals related to time and intensity." Try a family challenge: "In our family we have interchangeable daily push up and body squat goals," said Kercher. "You can do these anytime when you're at home whether you're cooking or doing laundry."


Here's how your taxes would change if Schumer's call for $50,000 student loan forgiveness is adopted

Congress could also draft legislation that ensures only borrowers below a certain adjusted gross income receive tax-free forgiveness, said Leandra Lederman, director of the tax program at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. "You could do that here," she said. "Exclude from income up to $50,000 of cancellation of indebtedness if the adjusted gross income is under a certain level and then phase it out."

The Times of Northwest Indiana

Region's manufacturing sector grapples with COVID-19 and its repercussions

It was a rough year for heavy industry in the Region after COVID-19 swept the globe. ... "2020 has been an extremely challenging year for both retail and manufacturing," Indiana University Northwest Assistant Professor of Economics Micak Pollak said. "Job losses in manufacturing were initially less severe (than in other sectors) but there has been much less recovery since. Unfortunately, there’s no immediate end in sight to the challenges the sector faces." In April, Northwest Indiana lost 31,300 jobs overall to COVID-19, or roughly 11.3% of total employment in the Gary metropolitan area. The Region's manufacturing sector lost about 7.5% of its factory jobs after COVID-19 first spread and shutdowns were imposed. "Manufacturing fared somewhat better than other sectors at first, losing 2,700 jobs," Pollak said. "But manufacturing has recovered only 11% of the jobs lost."

Fox 59

Fountain Square singing quartet discovers COVID-friendly way to bring Christmas cheer

The pandemic is forcing people to get creative when it comes to "COVID-izing" their holiday plans this year. A Fountain Square singing quartet believes they have one solution in mind by forming a small, socially distanced caroling group. ... The group will be caroling through Fountain Square neighborhoods on Saturday night. They plan to sing from the sidewalk with each person masked, and spread apart. They are encouraging homeowners to listen from their open front doors. ... "If they are going caroling that would probably be the safest way to do it," explained Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology for the Fairbanks School of Health IUPUI. "Now is not the time to be gathering together in large groups still. Being outdoors is safer, obviously, than being indoors. Even then if there is a large amount of people outdoors on a skating rink, on the sledding hill waiting to go down, that still puts you at risk. With that high community spread, and that presumption that everyone has the disease, everyone should be wearing their mask all the time, even when outdoors."


The people and communities impacted by coal plant closures

The electric power sector consumed 30% less coal in the first-half of 2020 than it did in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. A growing number of coal plants are closing across Indiana and the country. Today we talk about the effect plant closures have on the people and communities around them, and how some are working to transition to something better. We talk to a researcher who studied economic impacts, and leaders of Just Transition NWI about the work they're doing to create a new, regenerative economy. Guests (include) Tom Guevara, director of Indiana University Public Policy Institute, Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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