- HealthThe Week
Harvard University epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch is predicting the coronavirus "will ultimately not be containable" and, within a year, will infect somewhere between 40 and 70 percent of humanity, The Atlantic reports. But don't be too alarmed. Many of those people, Lipsitch clarifies, won't have severe illnesses or even show symptoms at all, which is already the case for many people who have tested positive for the virus.That's precisely why he doesn't think the virus can be stopped. Viruses like SARS, MERS, and the avian flu were eventually contained in part because they were more intense and had a higher fatality rate. In other words, if you were infected by the virus that caused SARS, chances were you weren't out and about. But because the current coronavirus, known as COVID-19, can be asymptomatic, or at least very mild, there's a better chance people will likely go about their day as normal. The down side, though, is that it becomes harder to trace and prevent. In that sense it's similar to the flu, which can also be deadly, but often passes without the infected person seeking medical care.The Atlantic reports Lipsitch is definitely not alone in his prediction. There's an emerging consensus that the outbreak will eventually morph into a new seasonal disease, which, per The Atlantic, could one day turn "cold and flu season" into "cold and flu and COVID-19 season." Read more at The Atlantic.More stories from theweek.com The coronavirus recession? The real third way in 2020 Top member of Trump's coronavirus task force asks Twitter for help accessing map of virus
- PoliticsThe Independent
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has raised concern after he delivered a confused campaign speech in South Carolina, saying he was a “candidate for the United States Senate” and that people could “vote for the other Biden” if they did not like him.His speech at the First in the South Dinner on Monday came ahead of the presidential primary in the state on Saturday.
The conservative radio host declared communists and the media have "weaponized" the "common cold."
No one understands you like your siblings.
- WorldBusiness Insider
A Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for coronavirus, as people are desperately trying to cancel flights on the airline
It is not clear which routes the infected staffer flew on. Meanwhile, people are trying to cancel reservations to South Korea as its outbreak worsens.
- WorldThe Daily Beast
Melania Trump stood in front of the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of devotion to his wife, Mumtaz, and watched her open-mouthed husband bellow to photographers.Her high-necked, ivory jumpsuit matched the exterior of the famed marble mausoleum (CNN’s Kate Bennett identified the one piece as made by Trump’s stylist, Hervé Pierre). It came with a moss green sash made of “vintage Indian textile” that slightly clashed with her husband’s canary yellow tie. Still, the First Lady—known for looking absolutely miserable when out with her husband—appeared happy, or at least flashed a few more step-and-repeat smiles than normal. One tabloid described the pair as “loved-up,” which is as big of a stretch as the notion that burger-loving Trump enjoyed his meatless Monday in India. Still, the Trumps were able to hold hands for a while, and they stood close while watching a flock of birds fly away, like two characters from a gothic poem. Trump Taj Mahal Slashed Security. Then the Murders Started.Ivanka, too, arrived with Jared Kushner in tow, though she kicked her husband out of her own picture. In a poppy-patterned turquoise dress, which matched the reflection pool she stood in front of, Ivanka mugged with her vacant-eyed but determined smile.If you have any doubts about any future political aspirations for this “presidential adviser,” then (take a deep breath and) look at her Taj Mahal photo op. Despite all those "Unwanted Ivanka" detractors, just like the building itself, she endures. In Ivanka’s words, such resilience is “awe inspiring.” Others might call her seemingly ceaseless, free vacations (thinly) disguised as diplomacy, a horror scenario. The Taj Mahal was completed after ten years of construction in 1653, outlasting threats from the Japanese Air Force in World War II and Pakistan’s bomber pilots in the late '60s. But the historic site, frequently referenced as a Wonder of the World, has succumbed to one thing: the rich and powerful using it as a backdrop to make coded statements to the world. The tradition began in earnest with the 1992 image of Princess Diana on a marble bench, her body a lithe strip in a cherry red blazer, nearly dwarfed compared to the gargantuan building behind her. She went to the site alone, without her husband Prince Charles, implying a fissure in their not-so-storybook romance. But Diana was not the first celebrity photo op at the Taj Mahal. In 1962, Jackie Kennedy took a solo trip to India and Pakistan, at a time when First Ladies did not often dabble in foreign diplomacy. For her pilgrimage to the spot, she wore a preppy blue and green sheath, projecting the Camelot-era’s sunny confidence. Four years later, George Harrison snapped a selfie in front of the site, looking very anti-Kennedy in his counterculture duds: an unbuttoned cotton shirt and dark sunglasses. Since then, plenty of other young and famous men have come to the mausoleum in search of themselves, or at least a performative version of it.In 2015, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the Taj Mahal was an example of “what people can build—and what love can motivate us to build,” using the elegant language of a good copywriter to plug his company after paying respects. That same year, Leonardo DiCaprio visited too, while in the country working on a climate change documentary. It was a “secret trip;” DiCaprio asked tourists not to take pictures, because he was working. In 1995, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton also sat on one of the Taj Mahal’s benches for photographers, sitting close and smiling, visual code for girl power. Five years after that, the first daughter would return with her father, Bill. In wide-angle snapshots of Donald and Melania strolling in front of the Taj Mahal, the yuge building’s scope leaves the pair looking tiny, nearly as tall as the shrubs which line the monument’s grassy aisles. Trump, who’s got a thing for screaming about his own bigness, might not appreciate how tiny he looks. But for a man who views the presidency as just another prize to show off that he’s won, the Taj Mahal visit was a success. The man whose legacy was once a knockoff-named casino now has got his photo in front of the real thing, joining the star-studded ranks of those who came before him. And as we’ve seen from this optics-obsessed administration so many times before, the facade is all that matters. Samantha Bee Explains How Ivanka Trump Made Her Grow UpRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the latest lawmaker to speak out on the tragic death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors. During a Town Hall in Queens, NY on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez addressed Majors’ stabbing murder in Morningside Park in December. Following the arrests of suspects 13-year-old Zyairr Davis, 14-year-old Rashaun Weaver, and 14-year-old Luchiano Lewis, the Congresswoman called the death a “tragedy on multiple levels.” The latter of the two suspects have also been indicted on murder charges as of February 19, and AOC’s comments were made during a Q&A segment discussing the 2020 census. “You have the horrific tragedy of a young woman’s life being taken and so much potential,” the congresswoman said when asked by a journalist about her thoughts on the case. “But then you have a tragedy of a young boy that was driven to that point, taken to that point. And I think that tragedy is also one of intergenerational poverty, potentially a broken home, a lack of opportunity.”Ocasio-Cortez spoke at length on the effects a child’s surrounding conditions have on their actions. “When you have boys in that scenario, the problem is bigger than them. It’s about the conditions around the child.” The representative went on to suggest investing in the greater wellbeing of at-risk teens as a potential solution to an ongoing issue in New York. “If we want to reduce crime in our cities, we also need to make investments in education, health care and mental health care.”Tessa Majors was stabbed to death during an evening walk near her campus on Dec. 11, 2019. The Barnard College student was allegedly approached by three young men who attempted to rob her before she was fatally stabbed multiple times. According to a police investigation, the group quickly disbanded after that. Majors was found by officers the evening of the attack, between West 116th Street and Morningside Drive, and she was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where she died.Thirteen-year-old suspect Zyairr Davis has not been indicted on murder charges and has instead stood trial in family court. It is not believed he took part in the stabbing and was a witness.Prior to Majors’ death, there was an ongoing effort on the part of Barnard College and Columbia University to quell the violent past of Morningside Park, which has been known for its history of crime in New York City.Related Content:Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?14-Year-Old Boy Charged In Tessa Majors MurderTessa Majors' Family Speaks Out Against NYPDBarnard Freshman Fatally Stabbed In Morningside