Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon. Most people can remember when they learned of the attacks on New York and the Pentagon and their reactions. So many stories of shock, fear, and loss. Out of town on business and the airspace closed, my grade school son did not understand why Harry Potter could not fly me home. A colleague prepared to meet with families of employees who died in the attack on the World Trade Center. So many stories of shock, fear, and loss — but through it all, the nation came together in unity.
The COVID-19 pandemic may be this generation’s September 11th. Yesterday President Biden issued an aggressive plan to fight the pandemic. The plan includes new vaccine and testing mandates, spurring fierce debates on personal freedom.
This Weekend Reading series begins with Balancing Freedoms with perspectives on vaccine mandates. Next check out Test Time with articles exploring who should pay for the cost of COVID-19 testing and more. In Lives Impacted, Lasting Effects explore a variety of articles remembering 9/11. Last but not least, do not miss Life Changes for a look back at historical moments such as the development of the 911 emergency call system – and my personal favorite, Kitty Genovese.
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. Balancing Freedoms
- Axios: A 9/11 every two days
- Quartz: Do mandatory vaccines violate human rights?
- New York Times: Vaccination Mandates Are an American Tradition. So Is the Backlash.
- JSTOR: What Makes Vaccine Mandates Legal?
2. Test Time
- New York Times: New Mandate Raises Question: Who’ll Pay for All the Covid Tests?
- SHRM: Should Employers Pay for Mandatory COVID-19 Testing?
- Business Insider: Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger will start selling at-home rapid COVID-19 tests at up to a 35% discount starting this week
3. Lives Impacted, Lasting Effects
- Stat: Covid-19 trauma complicates the 9/11 ‘anniversary effect’
- Associated Press: Surviving 9/11 was ‘just the first piece of the journey’
- Newsweek: More People Died of 9/11-Related Illnesses Than in the Initial Attack
- Kaiser Health News: ‘Luckiest Man Alive’: Why 9/11 First Responders’ Outlooks May Improve Even as Physical Health Fails
- Scientific American: Health Effects of 9/11 Still Plague Responders and Survivors
- Explore more
4. Life Changes
- MarketWatch: 9/11 changed air travel forever — will COVID-19 do the same?
- Medium: Why Do We Use 911 For Emergencies?
- History.com: Kitty Genovese
- How Stuff Works: Where Did ‘Shirt and Shoes Required’ Come From?
Enjoy the weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
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