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Share Your Stories About Returning to Work if You Don’t Sit at a Desk

Share Your Stories About Returning to Work if You Don’t Sit at a Desk

Business
Millions of Americans are preparing for a return to the office. But millions more are returning to work at hospitals, retail stores, restaurants, schools and other non-office jobs (or office support jobs). For a short series, we are soliciting stories from those workers about their concerns and hopes for the future.If you are one of them, please share your stories and thoughts below. We may feature them in our return to work series. We will not publish any part of your submission without contacting you first.
2 Passengers Test Positive for Virus on Caribbean Cruise

2 Passengers Test Positive for Virus on Caribbean Cruise

Travel
Just as cruises resume after more than a year on pause, the industry is facing an immediate setback.Two passengers sharing a stateroom aboard the Celebrity Millennium, operated by Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. The ship, billed as the first fully-vaccinated cruise in North America, has one more day at sea on Friday before returning to St. Maarten to disembark.All guests will take an antigen test as part of their disembarkation process, said Susan Lomax, the company’s associate vice president for global public relations.In a statement, the cruise line said that the passengers tested positive during required testing before leaving the ship. The travelers are asymptomatic and are in isolation under...
U.S. Experts Call on China to Allow More Inquiries Into Pandemic’s Origin

U.S. Experts Call on China to Allow More Inquiries Into Pandemic’s Origin

Technology
With new attention on the origins of the coronavirus, experts and officials on Sunday called on China to provide greater transparency and speed inquiries into whether the devastating pandemic began with a leak from a lab.“There’s going to be Covid-26 and Covid-32 unless we fully understand the origins of Covid-19,” Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, said on the NBC program “Meet the Press.”Last Wednesday, President Biden ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble their efforts” to find out where the virus originated, giving them 90 days to examine two theories: that the virus was accidentally leaked from a lab in China or that it was first transm...
Germany to Ban Most Travel from UK Over Variant Concerns

Germany to Ban Most Travel from UK Over Variant Concerns

Travel
Germany is banning most travel from Britain starting on Sunday amid concerns about the spread of a coronavirus variant first discovered in India, the German authorities said on Friday.German citizens and residents of Germany will still be allowed to enter the country from Britain but will be required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, Germany’s public health institution said as it classified Britain as an area of concern because of the variant.The move came just days after Britain reopened its museums and cinemas and resumed allowing indoor service in pubs and restaurants. Many people in Britain have been looking forward to traveling abroad in the coming months, and Spain is set to welcome visitors arriving from Britain without a coronavirus test starting on Monday.The spread in Bri...
Cases of unruly airline passengers are soaring, and so are federal fines.

Cases of unruly airline passengers are soaring, and so are federal fines.

Travel
Four people are facing nearly $70,000 in civil fines for clashing with airline crews over mask requirements and other safety instructions on recent flights, part of what the Federal Aviation Administration called a “disturbing increase” in the number of unruly passengers who have returned to the skies with the easing of pandemic restrictions.The latest round of proposed fines, which passengers have 30 days to contest, came just days after the F.A.A. said that it had received more than 1,300 unruly-passenger reports from airlines since February. In the previous decade, the agency said, it took enforcement actions against 1,300 passengers total.“We will not tolerate interfering with a flight crew and the performance of their safety duties,” Stephen Dickson, the administrator of the F.A.A., s...
Empty Middle Seats on Planes Cut Coronavirus Risk in Study

Empty Middle Seats on Planes Cut Coronavirus Risk in Study

Travel
Keeping the middle seats vacant during a flight could reduce passengers’ exposure to airborne coronavirus by 23 to 57 percent, researchers reported in a new study that modeled how aerosolized viral particles spread through a simulated airplane cabin.“Farther is always better in terms of exposure,” said Byron Jones, a mechanical engineer at Kansas Sate University and co-author of the study. “It’s true in airplanes, it’s true in movie theaters, it’s true in restaurants, it’s true everywhere.”But the study may have overestimated the benefits of empty middle seats because it did not take into account mask-wearing by passengers.“It’s important for us to know how aerosols spread in airplanes,” said Joseph Allen, a ventilation expert at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who was not involv...
Yosemite National Park Will Limit Visitors This Summer

Yosemite National Park Will Limit Visitors This Summer

Travel
Reservations will be required for day visitors to Yosemite National Park beginning next month, the park said on Thursday, a system that officials hope will reduce the risk of Covid-19 exposure as the demand for domestic travel increases around the United States.Yosemite, in central California, has seen more than four million annual visitors in recent years, with people drawn to its giant sequoia groves, wilderness and waterfalls. Last year, that number was cut nearly in half, according to the National Park Service.Day-use reservations will be required for all visitors this year, including annual and lifetime pass holders, the park said in a news release. Reservations will be valid for three days and will be required from May 21 through Sept. 30, or until local public health conditions impr...
Vaccinated Americans Can Travel, C.D.C. Says

Vaccinated Americans Can Travel, C.D.C. Says

Technology
Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can travel “at low risk to themselves,” both within the United States and internationally, but they must continue to take precautions like wearing a masks in public to avoid possibly spreading the virus to others, federal health officials said on Friday.The new recommendations are a modest departure from previous advice. Federal health officials have been urging Americans not to travel at all, unless they absolutely must. That recommendation still applies, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters at a White House news conference on Friday. New virus cases, hospitalizations and new deaths have declined significantly since their January peaks, but new infections have remained a...
Ex-C.D.C. Director Favors Debunked Covid-19 Origin Theory

Ex-C.D.C. Director Favors Debunked Covid-19 Origin Theory

Technology
The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a CNN clip on Friday that he favored a theory, decried by many scientists and rejected as “extremely unlikely” by at least one World Health Organization international expert, that the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan. The former official, Dr. Robert Redfield, offered no evidence and emphasized that it was his opinion.“I am of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory, escaped. The other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out,” Dr. Redfield told Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the video clip, referring to the origin of the virus. A formal report from the W.H.O. team and the Chinese scientists it worked with, on th...