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Kim Kardashian wants to keep relationship with Pete Davidson ‘low-key’

Even though Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson are officially dating, they want their budding romance to remain “low-key” for now.

Sources exclusively tell Page Six that the A-list couple — asics shoes who were photographed holding hands just this week — “want to keep it as private and low-key as possible.”

“They’re still getting to know each other, and want as little pressure as possible. They’re trying to keep it under wraps,” a source told us.

We’re told Kardashian, 41, and Davidson’s situation is so new they’re not even calling it anything.

“They’re dating. There’s no formal title. They’re dating and getting to know each other — still figuring it out,” the source added.Pete Davidson, Kim Kardashian, Flava Flav and Kris Jenner

Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian spent the “SNL” star’s birthday with Kris Jenner and Flavor Flav.

But we’re told the 28-year-old comedic playboy — who has dated a bevy of Hollywood beauties including Ariana Grande and Kate Beckinsale — is already a hit with Kardashian’s crew.

“He’s so funny and is a really good person. keen shoes All of the friends love him. He’s the sweetest person,” the source said.

Meanwhile, production sources on the Kardashians’ forthcoming Hulu reality series claim the “SNL” star won’t be appearing on any episodes when the season premieres.

“There are no plans for any filming,” the insider told us.

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson hold hands in California.

Kardashian became “intrigued” by Davidson after she hosted “SNL” last month. Sources told us they started talking “and it started off as a friendship and now they’re spending more time together.”

In recent weeks, they’ve hung out in nike outlet New York and even spent his birthday together.

“They’re having fun, and they make each other laugh. It’s really fun,” the source said.

Kardashian’s ex Kanye West has also moved on recently as Page Six exclusively revealed he’s dating model Vinetria. A source told us earlier this month that the rapper has been “hooking up” with her “for a while now.”

COVID Cases Keep Falling

Benigno Enriquez, right, elbow-bumps Miami Mayor Francis Suarez as Suarez hands out masks to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, at a mask distribution event, Friday, June 26, 2020, in a COVID-19 hotspot of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Florida banned alcohol consumption at its bars Friday as its daily confirmed coronavirus cases neared 9,000, a new record that is almost double the previous mark set just two days ago.

The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in the United States has plunged 57% since peaking on Sept. 1. Almost as encouraging as the magnitude of the decline is its breadth: Cases have been declining in every region.

Forecasting COVID’s future is extremely difficult, and it’s certainly possible that cases will rise again in the coming weeks. But the geographic breadth of the decline does offer reason for optimism.

Past COVID increases have generally brooks shoes started in one part of the country — like the South this summer or the New York region in early 2020 — and then gone national. Today, there is no regional surge that seems to have the makings of a nationwide surge.

Yes, there are some local hot spots, as has almost always been the case since the pandemic began. Several of the hot spots are in northern parts of the country, like Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and a few counties near the Canadian border in New Hampshire and Vermont. This pattern has led to some speculation that the onset of cold weather is causing the increases by moving more activity indoors — and that the entire country will soon experience a rise in caseloads.

That does not seem to be the most likely scenario, however. In most colder regions, including both Canada and the densely populated parts of the northern U.S., cases are still falling. The biggest problem for Alaska and the Mountain West is probably not the weather; it’s the vaccine skepticism. Idaho is the nation’s least vaccinated state, and several other Western states are only slightly ahead of it.

The CDC tracks a range of COVID forecasting models. On average, the models predict that new daily cases in the U.S. will fall roughly another 20% over the next three weeks.

The bottom line: There is no reason to expect another COVID surge anytime soon, but surges don’t always announce themselves in advance.

When the delta variant began spreading this summer, many people worried that it was both much more contagious than earlier versions of the virus and much more severe. Only one of those two fears seems to be true.

Delta is clearly more contagious, which is the main reason that every metric of the pandemic — cases, hospitalizations and deaths — soared this summer. But a typical COVID case during the delta wave was about as severe as a typical case during the earlier stages of the pandemic. During the wave in late 2020 and clarks shoes uk early this year, about 1.2% of positive cases led to death; during the delta wave, the share was 1.1%.

Scientific studies trying to answer the severity question more precisely have come to conflicting conclusions. Some have found delta to be more severe than other versions of the virus, and others have found that it is not. Until the research becomes clearer, the best guess may be that delta is modestly more severe, which could explain why hospitalizations and death rates have held steady even as vaccination rates have risen.

“Delta may be a little more serious, but not materially so,” Dr. Robert Wachter, chair of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, said.

This pattern can influence how you think about your day-to-day activities. If you are vaccinated (and boosted, if eligible) and you were comfortable socializing indoors and without a mask last spring, you can probably feel comfortable doing so again, now or soon. Wachter adds: “Some older people or those with medical conditions may want to be sure that everybody else indoors with them is vaccinated before removing their mask.”

Despite all the encouraging news, one shadow still hangs over the U.S.: The pandemic does not need to be nearly as bad it is.

About 1,500 Americans have died of COVID every day over the past week. For older age groups, the virus remains a leading cause of death. And the main reason is that millions of Americans have chosen to remain unvaccinated. Many of them are older and have underlying medical conditions, leaving them vulnerable to severe versions of COVID.

For older people, the effects of vaccination are profound. In late August, near the height of the delta wave, 24 out of every 10,000 unvaccinated Americans 65 and above were hospitalized with COVID symptoms, according hey dude shoes to the CDC. Among fully vaccinated Americans 65 and above, the number was 1.5 per 10,000.

Even so, many Americans are saying no to a shot. Among affluent countries, the U.S. is one of the least vaccinated, trailing Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and others. Less vaccination means more death.

The low vaccination rate in the U.S. is another consequence of the country’s polarized politics and its high levels of socioeconomic inequality. Only 67% of American adults without a four-year college degree have received a shot, compared with 82% of college graduates, according to the most recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll. And only 58% of self-identified Republicans are vaccinated, compared with 90% of Democrats.

It is a triumph of misinformation: Offered a lifesaving vaccine to counteract a highly contagious virus, many Americans are instead choosing to take their chances.

Hollywood faces new crisis in strike threat from off-screen workers who keep productions running

LOS ANGELES – They never appear on-screen, but Hollywood couldn’t function without the set builders, costume designers, video engineers and other behind-the-scenes workers who keep the lights on and cameras rolling for the stars.

Now, for the first time in decades, these workers are threatening to go on strike in a move that could cripple the entertainment industry – even as it has vastly ramped up production to feed viewers’ seemingly insatiable desire to stream movies and TV shows on demand.

The union, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, began voting Friday morning on whether to authorize a strike, with electronic balloting continuing through Sunday night and an announcement expected Monday. A vote to authorize a strike doesn’t guarantee a walkout, steve madden shoes but would hand union leaders a powerful tool to try to exact better terms in negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. And if the crew members did end up striking, it would be the biggest work stoppage in Hollywood since TV and movie writers went on strike for 14 weeks in late 2007.

“In the short run it would shut everything down,” said Glenn Williamson, a producer and former studio executive who teaches at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “The people in the guilds – they’re the lifeblood of a production.”

At the heart of the dispute is how workers are compensated for the content available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Apple TV Plus, HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video.

These streaming services have dramatically altered the landscape in Hollywood in recent years, turning production into a year-round endeavor with no downtime, instead of a seasonal one with slow periods built in. The pressure on the workforce has grown intense, especially as the industry works overtime to make up for lost production during the pandemic and satisfy the demand for content that emerged while Americans were stuck at home.

“The pressures of the industry and the feeling of this hamster wheel of work have just increased and increased because of the ever-expanding need for content because of all of the additional streaming platforms,” said Marisa Shipley, an art department coordinator who is vice president of Local 871 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. “Right now it does feel like we as crew are being asked to work as much as possible as quickly as possible to give them all the content possible, and crews are at a breaking point.”

Some 60,000 union members, the majority on the West Coast, are participating in the strike vote, which comes after months of rancorous and collapsed negotiations. For their part, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) argues they’ve already made generous concessions, including agreeing to improvements in rest periods, and paying nearly $400 million to address a pension and health plan deficit. They contend the union is walking away from a good deal.

“The AMPTP put forth a deal-closing comprehensive proposal that meaningfully addresses the IATSE’s key bargaining issues,” the AMPTP said in a statement. “In choosing to leave the bargaining table to seek a strike authorization vote, ecco shoes the IATSE leadership walked away from a generous comprehensive package.”

Some of the core issues in the dispute are the same ones that emerge in many labor fights – compensation, pension and health care security, and break time.

What’s different is that crew members say their contracts haven’t caught up with the new reality in Hollywood, where major streaming services reap billions and pour big money into high-end productions- yet some of the workers make just at or slightly above minimum wage. Pay scales for streaming platforms tend to be lower than traditional media productions because of terms that were negotiated before streaming services established the dominant position they now hold in Hollywood. Union members argue it’s time for that to change.

“Nobody who works on a multimillion-dollar big-budget picture should have to work out of their car and choose between food and electricity,” said Jonas Loeb, who serves as communications director for the IATSE union. “What nobody can doubt at this point is the pandemic has got folks thinking, and it’s changed our relationship with how we work, when we work, and how we want to work.”

Crew members complain of exhaustion from working long hours, of getting paid so poorly they can’t make rent and of intense pressure to skip meals so they can stay on-set and keep working.

However, it’s not just behind-the-scene workers who are fighting Hollywood over payment from streaming content. nike sneakers Scarlett Johansson just settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Disney over her compensation from starring in Black Widow after the studio released the film on streaming service Disney Plus at the same time it was unveiled in theaters. Big-name actors like Danny DeVito and Jane Fonda have rallied to the side of the workers’ cause.

Union members says their gripes are not with actors or writers, as they are represented by different unions under different terms. But there is a parity issue since actors, writers and showrunners often are allowed more rest time and are paid more than the crews who make it possible for the show to go on.

Shipley said that actors and the other better-compensated workers may not have fully understood the plight of the crew members working by their side until the labor dispute put it front and center.

The unions says they hope they can avoid a strike. But if they strike, it would be the first by behind-the-scenes crew members since World War II, when violent clashes broke out outside studio headquarters in Burbank in a confrontation known as “Bloody Friday.”

‘Keep your guard up’: CDC studies show waning COVID-19 vaccine efficacy as delta variant sweeps US

Immunity to COVID-19 from vaccines might be declining over time as the highly contagious delta variant surges across the country, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A study released Tuesday showed vaccine effectiveness decreased among health care workers who were fully vaccinated since the time the delta variant became widespread, which could be due to the waning effectiveness of the vaccine over time, the higher transmissibility of the delta variant, or other factors, experts said.

The CDC said the trend should also be “interpreted with caution” because a decline in vaccine effectiveness could be due to brooks shoes “poor precision in estimates due to limited number of weeks of observation and few infections among participants.”

The delta variant now accounts for more than 95% of U.S. cases, according to the CDC, and has led to a rise in the death rate in 43 states, the worst tally since December, before America’s deadliest month of the pandemic, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

A second study found about a quarter of COVID-19 cases between May and July in Los Angeles were breakthrough cases, but that hospitalizations were significantly lower for those who had been vaccinated. Unvaccinated people were more than 29 times more likely to be hospitalized than vaccinated people, and about five times more likely to be infected.

The studies show the importance of being fully vaccinated because the benefit of being vaccinated when it comes to hospitalization did not decline even with the recent wave, Dr. Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine and vice president for research at the Scripps Research Institute, told USA TODAY.

“If you take these two studies together, and everything else that’s been reported… you see consistent attrition of protection with people who are fully vaccinated,” he said. “But the benefit of vaccination is still there despite the breakthrough infections because hospitalizations are really markedly protected.”

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Let the mandates begin: FDA approves of first COVID-19 vaccine

The research comes as the Food and Drug Administration has given its full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and soon after the agency and the CDC recommended a third vaccine dose to those who have compromised immune systems. skechers uk A booster shot is expected to be available to fully vaccinated Americans who got their second dose at least eight months prior beginning on Sept. 20, according to the White House.

That’s too long to wait, Topol said. Based on the research, Topol said immunity may begin to go down at around the five- or six-month mark, leaving vaccinated people more vulnerable to infection.

Justin Bishop, 13, receives the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on May 14, 2021, at the Mount Sinai South Nassau Vaxmobile in Freeport, N.Y.
Justin Bishop, 13, receives the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on May 14, 2021, at the Mount Sinai South Nassau Vaxmobile in Freeport, N.Y.

“If you wait until eight months, you’re two or three months vulnerable while delta is circulating. Whatever you’re doing in life, unless you live in a cave, you’re getting incremental exposures,” Topol said.

The study among health care personnel and other front-line workers was conducted in eight locations across six states beginning in December 2020 and ending Aug. 14. The research shows vaccine effectiveness was 91% before the dominance of the delta variant, and it has since dropped to 66%.

Topol said he doesn’t believe the decline in effectiveness can be solely attributed to waning hey dude shoes immunity over time but has a lot to do with the delta variant’s contagious nature. Other factors, such as laxed mitigation measures – relaxation of masking and distancing – could contribute, but are harder to quantify.

No, a vaccine doesn’t make you ‘Superman’: Breakthrough COVID-19 cases are increasing amid delta variant.

“Although these interim findings suggest a moderate reduction in the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing infection, the sustained two-thirds reduction in infection risk underscores the continued importance and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination,” the CDC said.

Topol said the research underscores the need for vaccines for all, but also the need to protect vaccinated people. The delta wave will pass eventually, but even those who are fully vaccinated need to “keep your guard up,” he said.

“We’re not getting the word out enough that people who have been vaccinated are not protected as much as they think. They need to mask up, they need to do everything they can. Make-believe that there wasn’t a vaccine,” he said.

OLIVIA WILDE, HARRY STYLES PLAN TO VISIT ENGLAND, HER KIDS TOGETHER, MORE NEWS

With filming complete for their upcoming movie, “Don’t Worry Darling,” lovebirds Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles are reportedly planning to jet off to England together in the near future. According to the Daily Mail, Olivia will reunite with her kids, Otis, 6, and Daisy, 4, on the trip to Harry’s native home. Otis and Daisy have reportedly been staying with their dad, Olivia’s ex, Jason Sudeikis, who’s been shooting the second season of “Ted Lasso” in London. (It’s unclear if the two will also carve out family time with Harry’s relatives, but he grew up in Redditch, just a few hours north west of London.) Olivia, 36, and Harry, 26, began dating after the singer/actor joined the cast of Olivia’s second directorial project, replacing Shia LaBeouf. “Little known fact: most male actors don’t want to play supporting roles in female-led films,” the director and actress shared on Instagram after the film wrapped this week. “The industry has raised them to believe it lessens their power (i.e financial value) to accept these roles, which is one of the reasons it’s so hard to get financing for movies focusing on female stories,” she continued. She went on to gush about Harry, praising him for “[jumping] on board with humility and grace, and blew us away every day with his talent, warmth, and ability to drive backwards.”

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Final Cook Political Report projection picks Democrats to keep House, gain 10 or more seats

Democrats are poised to retain and expand their House majority, The Cook Political Report predicts just a day ahead of the 2020 election.

Cook issued its final House race predictions for the 2020 election on Monday, and all eight of its ratings changes moved in Democrats’ favor. That leaves Democrats safely in expansion territory, with Republicans at high risk of losing twice as many seats as Democrats.

In all, Cook predicts Democrats will add between 10–15 seats to their 34-seat majority, though as few as 5 and as many as 20 could swing. Just eight Democratic House seats are considered tossups with a 50/50 chance of being lost, while 17 Republican and one Independent (formerly Republican) seats are considered tossups.

Cook also predicts Democratic nominee Joe Biden will capture the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the election, while nine Republican Senate seats either lean Democratic or are considered tossups.