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The Coronavirus pandemic shows how Americans are avoiding the risk of growing

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The Coronavirus pandemic shows how Americans are avoiding the risk of growing

Do you remember the Asian flu of 1957-58? Or the Hong Kong flu of 1968-69? I do. I was a teenager during the first, an adult completing law school in the second. But even though I followed the news more than the average person of my age, I could not dredge up more than the faintest memory of the two.

I have no memory of schools being closed, though it turns out, several schools here and there. I have no memory of the lockdowns of cities or countries, of offices and closed factories and department stores, people who are banned from parks and beaches.

But these two influenza have a mortality rate that is roughly comparable to COVID-19. Between 70,000 and 116,000 people in the US die from Asian flu. That’s between 0.04 percent and 0.07 percent of the country’s population, somewhat more than 0.03% of the COVID-19 mortality rate so far.

Asian flu, unlike COVID-19, rarely is fatal to children and is more deadly to parents – and pregnant women.

Hong Kong Flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, more precisely an estimated 100,000 people were killed in the US in 1968-70 (the year that included the Woodstock festival), 0.05 percent of the total population. Both flu has a high mortality rate among parents but, apparently, the proportion is not as high as COVID-19.

Again, there is no closure of national schools, no multi-month closures, no daily presidential news conference. It seems that both the leader of the country and most of his people feel that such drastic action is not necessary.

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Perhaps some of these calm reactions can be ascribed to the belief that vaccines will be developed, because other flu vaccines have been developed after the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19. But the flu vaccine was never fully effective, and nothing was widely available until after the Asian and Hong Kong flux swept the country.

Fundamental attitudes can change in a country for more than half a century, and very different responses to the coronavirus pandemic this year and influenza 50 and 60 years ago show that Americans today are far more risk averse, far more willing to undergo great discomfort and disruption to avoid marginal increases in fatal risk.

At least some of this can be explained by different experiences. Flus Asia and Hong Kong arrived in America in the middle and at the end of what I call the Midcentury Moment. That is my name for a quarter of a century after World War II when Americans enjoyed economic growth in low inflation, and the level of cultural uniformity and respect for institutions that are missed for some time now.

Midcentury Americans have living memories of World War II, with 405,000 American military deaths. They are not particularly troubled by the number of military deaths in Korea (36,000) and Vietnam (58,000) but by the failure of our leaders, after years of effort, to achieve victory.

Compare this with shouts of orders for fewer military deaths in Iraq (4,497) and Afghanistan (2,216). Yes, every death is a tragedy, but those numbers total less than the average number of deaths in America every day (7,707) in 2018. But Americans today, recipients of victories in the Cold War which are almost entirely bloodless, seem to turn pale pay human prices.

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They also seem to expect competent leaders to make policies that protect every life in any way. Such was the high agreement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said that the locking was not in vain if he only saved one life – even if he truly believed, he would impose and strictly enforce the 5 mph speed limit in New York State through the road .

You could argue that Americans at Midcentury Moment are too willing to accept a pandemic or battlefield death, just as they are too willing to accept racial segregation or to stigmatize an unusual lifestyle.

But there is also a strong argument that they have a more realistic understanding of the limits of the human condition and the efficacy of official action than Americans currently have – of course more than the governors stubbornly enforce the lock until the virus is removed and death drops to zero . .

Behind that stand is the assumption that there is an instant and painless solution to every problem, rather than the need to weigh conflicting goals and make tragic choices amid unavoidable uncertainty.

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Thomas Gouveia remains the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge

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Thomas Gouveia remains the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge

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Tournament of the second European circuit.

Thomas Gouveia solidified his status as the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge this Saturday by finishing the penultimate day of the second European round robin in a group of 31st placed golfers.

Thomas Gouveia hit the card with 73 shots, one over par on the course, after two birdies (one under par hole) and three bogeys (one over), after making 71 shots in the previous two days for a total of 215.

Thomas Bessa needed 75 hits, three over par and tied for scarecrows, he finished 48th with 218 total, five short of Vitor Lopez, 60th with 223, after today needs 78, with just one bird . to fit five scarecrows and a double scarecrow.

The Swiss Challenge, which concludes on Sunday in Folgensburg, France, is still led by France’s Chung Veon Ko with a total of 206 shots, one short of Denmark’s Martin Simonsen in second place.

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Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.

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Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (KTM) qualified this Saturday in eighth position at the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix, 16th of 20 races of the season, despite a last-minute crash.

The Portuguese from the Austrian brand set his best lap of 1.55.895 minutes, finishing 0.681 seconds behind fastest Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda). France’s Johann Zarco (Ducati) was second with 0.208 seconds and South African Brad Binder (KTM) was third with 0.323 seconds.

“I had good speed and potential in the second quarter and on this particular lap. [a última], but I was on the floor in the ninth turn. It was a shame, but I have confidence in tomorrow (Sunday),” commented the Portuguese rider in statements released by the KTM team. “It was difficult to prepare for the race, but we’ll see.” [o que vai acontecer]”- concluded Miguel Oliveira.

The Portuguese left the third row of the grid after falling just three minutes before the end of the session, marred by rain that caused a delay of more than an hour and had already forced the cancellation of the third free game. training session, at night. The fall of the Portuguese rider occurred in the third sector of the track, at a time when his results were improving. When 15 minutes of this second qualifying stage (Q2) ended, Oliveira finished in fourth place.

However, several riders were still halfway to the last lap and the Almada rider ended up being overtaken by Spaniards Jorge Martin (Ducati), Brad Binder and Aprilia Spaniards Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.

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Pole position was won by Marc Marquez 1,071 days after he was the fastest in qualifying for the MotoGP World Championship, namely the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

“I am very pleased with the pole position. This morning I felt very strong on the wet track and decided to give it a try. This is very important for us and for the future. Tomorrow, on a dry surface, everything will be different. history,” said the Spanish rider, who has already become world champion eight times.

The rain that hit the Motegi track became a headache for the riders and the organization, which was forced to interrupt the Moto2 qualifying nine minutes before the end and cancel the third free practice in MotoGP.

Traffic on the track only resumed after more than an hour, and the wet track was the cause of several accidents, including that of a Portuguese KTM rider who slid off the pavement without physical consequences.

Johann Zarco’s Ducati was the fastest today, reaching 302 kilometers per hour, while Oliveira’s KTM lost 30 kilometers per hour in a straight line (the maximum speed achieved by the Portuguese was 270 kilometers per hour). Luca Marini’s Ducati was the slowest, reaching 255.9 kilometers per hour, leaving the Italian in 10th place.

Champion and championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) of France finished ninth behind Miguel Oliveira, while World Cup runner-up Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) of Italy finished 12th and last in the second quarter, bringing together the top 10 fastest in free practice and the top two in the first quarter.

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Already the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati), the winner of the previous stage in Aragon, remained in Q1, where he fell without physical consequences.

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Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: “You learn and laugh” | alagoas

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“You learn and you laugh” is how Erivaldo Amancio defines the Portuguese language content he offers online. Born in Arapiraque, Alagoas, he humorously gives advice and answers questions about the Portuguese language.

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Erivaldo has 767k followers on Instagram and over 17.5k followers on YouTube. It all started a year and a half ago when he got scolded in a comment on social media.

Because the swearing contained several grammatical errors, Erivaldo responded by posting a video teaching a “lesson” to the hater.

“It happened more than once. Some of these videos were posted on humorous Instagram profiles. It made me stand out,” he said.

A literature student at the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal), Erivaldo wants to prepare even more for face-to-face classes when he is near the end of the course. He says the purpose of the profile is to encourage followers to seek out more knowledge.

“Tips on the web are just a seed, the fruit of which can be curiosity about objects,” he explained.

Through social media, Erivaldo responds to his followers’ doubts about the Portuguese language.

Erivaldo’s profile is also in demand by contestants and students preparing for Enem.

“[Os seguidores] it is said to be a very interesting way of learning. Many regret not learning from teachers who use humor in the classroom,” he said.

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