First: People with cancer are a high-risk group for COVID-19. What are the benefits and risks, then, if they get the vaccine?
Second: It appears that this is not the end of Carson Wentz in Philly. Here’s what the Eagles will have to face.
And: There’s a post-election showdown in Pennsylvania, and it’s not about the presidential election results.
COVID-19 is twice as likely to be fatal for patients who also have cancer than patients who don’t. So is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for this high-risk group given the strain on immune systems?
There’s no quick answer yet because people with cancer haven’t been included in trials for obvious reasons. On top of that, they don’t have priority access, so it could be months before they even get to make the vaccine call. Health reporter Marie McCullough turned to Tracey L. Evans, director of thoracic oncology research at Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, for her expert answers on the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine for those with cancer and those who have finished treatment.
She says that the biggest concern isn’t whether potential side-effects could be worse than the disease, but how well people with cancer will respond to the vaccine.
Getting rid of Carson Wentz is unlikely. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson said as much yesterday when they shot down trade rumblings, insisting that their offseason goal would be “to get him right.”
Whether they can is a question that the Eagles will continue to invest in. A lot. (He’s expensive to keep and he’d be expensive to trade.) Wentz’s performance has elicited some of that trademark rage that true fans are known for. It wasn’t even that long ago that he did get the team in position to win the whole thing at the Super Bowl thanks to some improvisation with backup Nick Foles.
That inspired offense outdid Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots and fans ascended to historic highs aboard greased poles on that deliriously happy night. It ended the endless quest for glory from fans who would never quit their torturous captor of a team. Now, as the Iggles have closed out their 4-11-1 season, it’s the worst it’s been since 2012, and an unhappy picture. But it looks as if they’ll have to find a way to work with Wentz.
Eagles writer Les Bowen analyzes what Roseman and Pederson have to say in his piece about what it could all mean in 2021.
Helpful COVID-19 Resources
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What you need to know today
We told you things were hectic in Harrisburg. GOP leaders in the Pennsylvania Senate are refusing to seat a Democrat certified by the state as the winner.
Who gets the COVID-19 vaccine next, and when? Pennsylvania and New Jersey are working on the particulars of vaccine distribution.
The state lawmaker who died of an aneurysm had COVID-19, but were the two conditions actually related?
This is when several of Philly’s major cultural institutions are reopening very soon.
Several Eagles players and coaches were shocked and outraged at Doug Pederson’s decision to pull Jalen Hurts against Washington.
“She might have had the biggest mouth in the room. She also has the biggest heart.” Daphne Goggins, a Philly activist who urged Black voters to join the GOP, has died from COVID-19.
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💪 After abuse by priests, self-medication turned addiction, and recovery, Mike McDonnell has dedicated his life to helping others.
🇺🇸 This imaginative Philly project is zooming out to the whole country to ask the public who really deserves a monument.
🏡 Do you need more “homecation amenities”? This is what Zillow predicts will make spaces more comfortable in this year.
🧼 Right in the midst of a pandemic, this determined South Philly couple opened an eco-friendly store full of such things as biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes and wrapper-less shampoo bars in jars. This is what they’re banking on.
🍚 It could be the perfect time to cozy up with vegetarian and vegan winter recipes from Philly chefs.
️ 🖥️ It’s a new year of parenting in a pandemic. These trusty online educational sources of fun can help.
“Despite its detail, the report relays observations, but points no fingers at any one individual or office. In fact, the report is like a crime scene with no fingerprints.” — The Inquirer Editorial Board, a group of journalists who work separately from the newsroom, writes that the problem with the report on Philly police handling of protests is that it doesn’t tell us who’s responsible for structural failures, and who needs to pay.
Megan McDonough, the Pennsylvania state director for Food & Water Watch, writes that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman should join the East Pittsburgh community in its stand against fracking.
Adewole Adamson, MD, assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Jules Lipoff, MD, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, write that the University of Pennsylvania must cut all ties with Dr. Albert Kligman, who has a troubling history of conducting experimentation with vulnerable and marginalized people.
What we’re reading
The New Yorker gets at the heart of what everyone can learn from the San Francisco Bay Area’s hyper local response to the pandemic.
If you’re still leaving the holiday lights up into January, NBC Philadelphia has options for recycling your Christmas tree.
Philadelphia Business Journal asked CEOs in the region about their visions for the year.
The man above rides his bike with his best buddy, Bosco, in that bright-blue trailer for 10 miles every single day.
Karl Muehter of Clementon, Camden County, affectionately calls the rescue dog he adopted years ago by multiple power titles, including the king, the mayor, but above all, he’s his companion. Bosco perked up Karl from the beginning, and he’s been finding solace in his bond with the pooch on his lifelong push for sobriety. They’ve been through plenty together. Worst of all, a hit-and-run driver barreled into them both this year, but it hasn’t stopped them.
Muehter will be eligible for a driver’s license again when he’s 62. But they have a pretty sweet ride already.