As expected, the first full winter of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States has been brutal, bringing the total death toll approaching the half-million mark . There are also reasons to be hopeful: The daily average of new Covid cases is now declining in 43 states , and, while off to a shaky start, the rollout of Covid vaccines is underway. But this is SARS-CoV-2 we’re talking about, and the virus doesn’t care about fitting into any tidy little narrative where spring comes and everyone gets vaccinated, ultimately leading to the end of the pandemic and everyone frolicking maskless in a field. Along with the positive news, there have also been reports confirming cases of infections and deaths caused by new variants of the virus that causes Covid-19. While it’s clearly not a step in the right direction, what exactly does that mean? Will the existing vaccines be effective against these new strains? And should we be doing anything differently to protect … [Read more...] about New Covid-19 Strains: What We Know
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Sunday AM Final: A year after Covid-19 raged in China, the country’s box office is all sewn up and back together, with Detective Chinatown 3 besting Avengers: Endgame ‘s U.S./Canada all-time opening with a $394M weekend. But here in the States, we’re still trying to get the pandemic under control, and winter storms that impacted 100 million Americans, according to the National Weather Service, didn’t help over a four-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend, which historically is a lucrative time. This weekend, the wide entries were essentially last-minute awards contenders before the Oscar-qualification period closes at the end of the month: Warner Bros.’ Judas and the Black Messiah , about the killing of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, and Focus Features’ Robin Wright feature-directorial debut drama, Land , which respectively made $2.4M and $1.07M over four days. Related Story ‘Detective Chinatown 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Release ‘Croods: A New Age’ Tops Presidents Day Weekend Box Office, Challenged By Snow & Covid
As Hollywood continues to grapple with the far-reaching and damaging effects of Covid-19 , on the other side of the world Australia and New Zealand are bucking the downward trend. The countries are no stranger to major international productions — in part thanks to lucrative tax incentives — but they are currently benefitting from a production boom unlike anywhere else thanks to their governments’ swift and stringent response to the virus (in addition to geographic and demographic factors). Equally as encouraging, their distribution sectors are showing some glorious glimmers of hope that demonstrate that audiences are keen to return to theaters when it’s safe to do so. “Go Hard, Go Early” Related Story LA Cancels Thousands Of Covid-19 Vaccinations For Friday Due To New Vaccine Shortage Much like the rest of the world, Australia and New Zealand were crippled by the onslaught of Covid-19 nearly a year ago. Productions shut down (a total of 119 in Oz), … [Read more...] about Hollywood Heads Down Under: How Australia & New Zealand’s Screen Sectors Are Thriving Despite The Pandemic
Refresh for more analysis and top 10 chart: A year after Covid raged in China, the country’s box office is all sewn up and back together with Detective Chinatown 3 besting Avengers: Endgame ‘s U.S./Canada all-time opening with a $394M weekend. But here in the states, we’re still trying to get the pandemic under control, and winter storms which impacted 100 million Americans according to the National Weather Service didn’t help over a four-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day weekend which is historically a lucrative time. This weekend, the wide entries were essentially last-minute awards contenders before the qualification period closes at the end of the month: Warner Bros.’ Judas and the Black Messiah about the killing of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, and Focus Features’ Robin Wright feature-directorial debut drama Land which respectively made $2.4M and $1.07M over four days. But neither of them was No. 1, rather it was Universal/Dreamworks … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Release ‘Croods: A New Age’ Tops Presidents’ Day Weekend Box Office, Challenged By Snow & Covid
Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links; the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. As cases of coronavirus continue to surge across the nation, many have made the decision to start doubling up on face masks if they have to leave the house. Dr. Anthony Fauci recently discussed the trend on the Today show and during a town hall appearance on CNN. Even President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are often seen with surgical masks under fabric face coverings while out and about in public. But the question still remains even as the idea gains more traction—just how effective is double-masking, really? Almost a year into the pandemic, there is now a seemingly endless variety of face mask options available, from lightweight picks for sports, heavy-duty fabric masks for colder weather, and even more stylish additions. Many masks on the market right now are … [Read more...] about Is Double-Masking Effective Against Covid-19?