7 things: Alabama coronavirus cases on the rise, surge fails to dampen holiday sales, Biden joins “Let’s Go, Brandon!” and more …


7. The case of an Alabama doctor brought to the Supreme Court

  • Dr Xiulu Ruan was sentenced for running a pill mill and was sentenced to 21 years in prison in 2017 for money laundering and drug distribution. He appealed his conviction and the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear his case.
  • Ruan’s case was combined with the case of Dr Shakeel Kahn, who was also found guilty of breaking the Controlled Substance Act. Ruan and Dr. John Patrick Couch, who worked at the same facility as Ruan, were among the top prescribers of painkillers and fentanyl.

6. Lagging standards for teaching history

  • Changes to the Alabama School‘s history and social studies curriculum will be delayed for several years. The Fordham Institute has published a review of the decision, criticizing the delay while affirming that the program is “exemplary”.
  • The institution specifically criticized the coverage of the 14th Amendment and called some of the lessons of the Civil War “unbalanced”. The institution added: “There is a somewhat ambiguous reference to ‘the rights of states’ in the grade five standard on the causes of civil war, which should be removed or more clearly subordinated to the ‘question of the’ slavery ”to avoid any misinterpretation. . “

5. Approval of the second pill against the coronavirus

  • A second form of treatment pill for the coronavirus has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, which has already approved the pill treatment developed by Pfizer. This processing comes from Merck.
  • This treatment was specially designed for people at high risk of hospitalization with the coronavirus, but the drug is intended to be taken at the first sign of symptoms. The pill is less effective than that of Pfizer, and it has already been said that pregnant women should not take it.

4. Flights canceled due to understaffing

  • Over the bank holiday weekend, hundreds of thefts were canceled in the country due to the lack of airline personnel. It was estimated that around 689 were canceled on Friday.
  • That number quickly rose to around 875 canceled flights on Saturday and 200 on Sunday. United, Delta and JetBlue have said Omicron is the reason their airlines are understaffed. Among those airlines, 10% of their flights were canceled on Saturday, according to FlightAware.

3. Biden said “Let’s go, Brandon” on the Christmas Eve call

  • During a phone call on Christmas Eve with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden for Military Families, a man named Jared Schmeck said “Let’s go, Brandon” at the end of the call. This prompted many media outlets to criticize the speech, with some even calling it a “right-wing insult,” showing once again that they are not getting the to joke.
  • Schmeck said: “At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden, but I’m frustrated because I think he can do a better job.” He also denied the accusation of being a “Trumper”. In any event, Schmeck and the persons / entities related to him have been contacted by angry Biden fans who can’t decide if it’s the worst thing ever come or if Biden totally changed the phrasing in a rallying cry.

2. Vacation sales not impacted by Omicron

  • Despite the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disturb Some trips to the United States, vacation sales saw one of the fastest increases in 17 years, according to figures from Mastercard Spending Pulse.
  • Sales this holiday season were also 8.5% higher than in 2020, compared to an expected increase of 7.4%. Compared to 2019, spending from November 1 to December 24 increased by 10.7%.

1. Alabama COVID-19 cases on the rise, but little cause for concern

  • Much like the rest of the nation, the outbreak of COVID-19 fueled by the Omicron variant is hitting Alabama pretty hard with an increase of over 100% over the past two weeks, several days in a row with over 1,000 new cases each day, one day with over 2,000 case and a positivity rate of 16.7% over the past seven days.
  • While there is no reason to be reassured about these numbers, there is good reason to believe that this push will be different from the push caused by the Delta variant. The number of cases has already surpassed the previous wave, but hospitalizations and deaths appear to be late far behind, which is expected with this variant.


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