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Our World 2022: Stepping Forward: Covid-19 Challenge

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COVID-19 CHALLENGE

                                  COVID-19 Challenge (2022)

This regularly updated page is a source of the effects that the  COVID-19 pandemic has had on Rhode Island, the United States, and the world as a whole. It includes facts and statistics along with articles and documents of interest. The research is branched into multiple relevant topics that contribute to the overarching themes of poverty and social justice, as well as awareness. Please visit the links to learn more information or to help make a change. Because the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, this page is never truly "completed" --  there is always more research being done! Visit the links below to see 2021 and 2020 information.

by Gianni Diarbi

POLL: COVID-19 DIFFICULTIES

For you, what has been the hardest part of COVID-19?
Missing Family/Friends: 43 votes (23.76%)
Social Distancing/Safety Precautions: 18 votes (9.94%)
Health Risks: 26 votes (14.36%)
Hybrid/Virtual Learning: 59 votes (32.6%)
All/Other: 35 votes (19.34%)
Total Votes: 181

COVID-19 CHALLENGE PAGE ARCHIVE (2021)

Visit this link to see an archive of all COVID-19 related research done by the Our World members in 2021.

COVID-19 CHALLENGE PAGE ARCHIVE (2020)

Visit this link to see an archive of all COVID-19 related research done by the Our World members in 2021.

EMBRACING THE ERA

CURRENT VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

For regularly updated information about vaccine distribution, check out NPR's tracker below.

NPR Vaccine Tracker

  • As of February 26, 2022, 76.3% of people in the United States have received at least the first dose. 64.8% have been fully vaccinated.
  • As of February 26, 2022, Rhode Island leads the national vaccination rollout as 95% of people in the state have received at least one dose and 80.5% of people have been fully vaccinated. States such as Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut are not far behind these rates.

MASK MANDATES: ARE THEY BACK?

  • For the 2021-22 school year at La Salle, all students are currently required to wear masks inside of all school buildings. Though the technicalities have changed, social distancing and contact tracing are both still in place. On March 14, this will be lifted and masks will be optional.
  • In February of 2022, many cities and states have decided to end the mask mandate in stores and other public settings. Following peaks during the New Year's holidays, case numbers have begun to decline. However, some are skeptical as to how long this trend will last.

OMICRON UNCERTAINTY

Due to a surge in cases, many government leaders have become uncertain about society's operations. Some have pushed for schools to close again, as the U.S. reported almost 1.1 million new cases earlier this month. This surge may be the result of holiday get-togethers.

SERVICE OPPURTUNITIES

Ways to Help Your Community

1. Donate money or food items to local food banks.

2. Donate masks to vulnerable communities.

3. Support local businesses. 

4. Connect with organizations such as Fork Over and SaveOurFaves that directly impact those who are financially suffering.

EarthJustice: "8 Ways You Can Help Your Community Amid the COVID-19 Crisis"

KATELYN JETELINA & THOSE NERDY GIRLS ANALYSIS

Katelyn Jetelina, an epidemiologist and biostatistician out of the University of Texas, has focused on Covid throughout the past two years.  She regularly posts a blog about her analysis of the numbers/studies presented and shares in the US and worldwide. Take a peek at her Archive!

RI COVID DATA

Rhode Island Covid-19 Data 

RI Department of Health COVID-19 Data Tracker by Date

Read the latest data about Covid-19 testing and vaccine distribution!