The last year the COVID-19 pandemic has left many with questions.
For the past decade or so, "brain drain" — in which the young and educated flee their hometowns, taking their brains and economic potential with them — has been the dominating narrative for the rural south. The problem is a vicious cycle, as the more people leave, the fewer reasons there are for the next generation to stay.
On Monday, Alabama moved to its next phase of vaccine allocation, broadening eligibility to more than half of adults including, as workers in media, every member of this newsroom.
Sometimes we overestimate danger and sometimes we underestimate it. Last March, top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci estimated the pandemic could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, and the nation gasped. Last month, U.S. COVID-19 deaths surpassed half a million.
Last week, when Alexander City Schools went virtual due to another rise in COVID-19 cases, several parents shared their childcare concerns with The Outlook.
As Alabama COVID-19 hospitalizations reached their second peak this month, the police scanner is starting to sound like a broken record of calls for hospital patient transfers.
It’s that time of year when The Outlook starts thumbing through the archives in preparation for its ‘Year in Review’ section. Looking back this year, we got off to the wrong start on covering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, The Outlook reported Alexander City Schools teachers and staff would be receiving a $500 bonus for pandemic-related challenges — not for the past semester, but anticipated challenges in the upcoming semester.