With winter coming right around the corner and the election out of the way, the next concern for people around the globe is what winter this year is going to look like. Since COVID-19 is still a new concept within the science world, it’s understandable for people to be curious as to what will happen during the coldest months of the year. Research journal by the name of Nature discusses the possibility of how the coldest temperatures will inevitably lead people to be indoors more often:

“People will be interacting more often indoors in places with poor ventilation, which will increase the risk of transmission, says Mauricio Santillana, a mathematician at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, who models disease spread.”

I found that this article did its job in informing their audience and other readers to the best of its ability considering that new developments surrounding COVID-19 still pop up very frequently. The conditions that stand today are not the same conditions that stood a few days ago or even a few weeks ago. The article also did well in including different types of experts within the medical/science field because in my opinion, it wouldn’t have made sense to interview other types of people considering those in the field are those that know the most. In turn, I left feeling more informed prior to reading the article. Additionally, while on the longer side, the New York Times came out with an article that discussed COVID-19 but more on the rhetoric of how politicized the virus has become, especially with anti-maskers. The article also talked more in detail about the new vaccines that have come out and how hopeful the vaccines are looking, even though there is a common and shared sentiment that the winter months are going to be harsh on the human population:

“This juncture, perhaps more than any to date, exposes the deep political divisions that have allowed the pandemic to take root and bloom, and that will determine the depth of the winter ahead.”

Furthermore, the New York State website posted about what Governor Cuomo has in store for the winter, thus addressing his plans for New Yorkers on how to combat COVID-19 during the coldest months in the year and including five main goals to help in doing so:

  • Continue and Strengthen New York’s Targeted Micro-Cluster Strategy while Managing Hospital Capacity to Enhance and Equalize Care;
  • Increase and Balance Testing Resources and Availability;
  • Keep Schools Open Safely;
  • Prevent Viral Spread from Small Gatherings; and
  • Operationalize an Equitable and Safe Vaccination Program

The article itself was exceptionally helpful in going into detail on each method and strategy would pan out, therefore leading the reader to not feel as if a question was left unanswered. A multimedia element was provided, which showed the governor speaking on behalf of this plan specified for New Yorkers during a time that will be difficult for a lot of people. The link to it is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSvyrOZi2lw&feature=emb_logo

It is imperative for me to point out that all three articles used credible and important sources, told the distinct narratives (in a journalistic sense) well, and did a nice job in informing their readers.