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November 15, 2021

Weekly review: 8 Covid-19 myths—and how many Americans believe them, charted

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    The battle to attract workers at two health care organizations, how Covid-19 affected life expectancy, and more.

    How Covid-19 affected life expectancy worldwide, in one chart (Monday, Nov. 8)

    More than 28 million more years of life were lost than expected in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with Russia and the United States seeing the largest drops in average life expectancy, according to a recent study published in BMJ. See how 37 countries fared on our chart.

    Inside the battle to attract workers at 2 health care organizations (Tuesday, Nov. 9)

    Here's how two heath care organizations in Ohio are changing their benefits packages, increasing sign-on bonuses, and testing creative new strategies to attract workers amid a nationwide staffing crunch, Lydia Coutré reports for Crain's Cleveland Business/Modern Healthcare. But according to Advisory Board's Kate Vonderhaar-Johnson, there is one near-term solution that is far simpler.

    How did 25,000 tons of Covid-related plastic waste end up in the ocean? (Wednesday, Nov. 10)

    More than 25,000 tons of Covid-related plastic waste have polluted the world's oceans—and it largely consists of hospital waste, such as masks, gloves, and face shields, according to a new study published in PNAS.

    8 Covid-19 myths—and how many Americans believe them, charted (Thursday, Nov. 11)

    More than three-quarters of Americans either believe or are unsure about various myths about Covid-19 or Covid-19 vaccines, according to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. See the myths—and their levels of support—on our interactive chart.

    Another vaccine mandate lawsuit: 10 states sue over CMS' vaccine requirement (Friday, Nov. 12)

    On Wednesday, 10 states filed a lawsuit over CMS' vaccine requirement for health care workers—but legal experts have argued that the agency has the legal authority to implement a vaccine mandate.

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