TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2022
In Gotham, the Times plays Hamlet: In print editions, the New York Times has a hard-hitting report at the top of today's front page.
Headline included, the report starts off like this:
For Holdouts in Masks, Life Turns Lonelier
Bitsy Cherry had been bracing for the question ever since most of the members of a board game group that had started meeting online during the pandemic began attending in-person meetings a few months ago.
Like many of the dwindling group of Americans still taking precautions like masking indoors and limiting face-to-face interactions, Mx. Cherry, who uses gender-neutral courtesy titles and pronouns, had been fielding nudges to return to pre-Covid routines from all corners...
The report goes on to detail the stresses being placed on "the dwindling group of Americans" who are still wearing masks—on people like Bitsy Cherry.
That report appears on the paper's front page—but hold on! Inside the paper's (weekly) Science Times section, a separate report says this:
It’s Time to Wear a Mask Again, Health Experts Say
Masks are back, and, this time, they’re not just for Covid-19. A “tripledemic” of the coronavirus, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, known as R.S.V., sweeping through the United States has prompted several cities and counties, including New York City and Los Angeles County, to encourage people to wear a mask in indoor public spaces once again.
Nationwide, Covid-19 case rates have spiked by 58 percent since the end of November...
On page A1, Cherry is under societal stress. But by the time we reach D6, it's Hang on, Bitsy, hang on!
Meanwhile, also this: As we sit here typing at 1:15 P.M., the online Washington Post offers this as the featured news report in its NATIONAL section:
100-year-old woman makes custom jackets by hand and gives them away
At present, that's the featured report in the paper's NATIONAL section. On the online Post's endless front page, it appears below this featured report from the LIFESTYLE section:
Do the dishes better and faster with these easy tweaks
People, we're just sayin'.