The New York Post: Nearly all teens treated in intensive-care units for COVID-19 have been unvaccinated: study

Nearly all teenagers who had to be admitted to the ICU for COVID-19 treatment were unvaccinated, according to a new study.

The Pfizer vaccine was 98% effective in preventing hospital intensive-care scenarios and 94% effective against all COVID-related hospitalizations in teenagers, the study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found.

The peer-reviewed analysis, which is backed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and pediatric hospitals, included data on 1,222 hospitalized teens between 12 to 18.

Of the teens included in the study, 445 were hospitalized for COVID-19 and 777 were admitted for other reasons between July 1 and Oct. 25 last year.

In total, 40% — or 180 patients — were admitted to the ICU, and 127 of them (29%) were put on life support in 31 hospitals across 23 states.

Only two patients who were admitted to the ICU had been fully vaccinated, according to the study.

All seven deaths recorded in the study occurred in patients who were unvaccinated.

“Nearly all hospitalizations and deaths in this population could have been prevented by vaccination,” said Kathryn Edwards, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center pediatrics professor involved in the study.

Only 299 of the hospitalized teens included in the study were fully vaccinated against the virus — a figure Edwards described as “distressing” given the “uniform eligibility and widespread vaccine access.”

About 36% of children in the U.S. between 12 and 17 are currently unvaccinated against COVID-19, the latest CDC data show.

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“Although these rates have increased somewhat since the data in this study were compiled, as of December 1, 2021, only 60% of US adolescents had received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and only 50% had been fully vaccinated,” Edwards said.

Public health officials in the U.S. have been encouraging children as young as 5 to get the vaccine.

Nearly three-quarters of the teens involved in the study had underlying medical conditions, including obesity, and 70% were attending in-person school.

The hospitals included in the study are all based in cities and more than half of the teens admitted with COVID hailed from Southern states.

A version of this report has appeared at NYPost.com.

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Outside the Box: How can I protect my baby from unsafe people in their father’s life?

Dear Harry, I’m due to have a baby in a few months. I’d like to have a legal will in place should something happen to me either during childbirth or after. The child’s father and I are unmarried, though we are together. Unfortunately, there are two individuals in his life who present a safety threat, including a person who used heroin in the presence of my partner’s nieces when they were under the age of 10. How can I make sure that these people don’t get involved in the care of my child if I pass away or become incapacitated?

Dear reader, That’s difficult. You can nominate a guardian for your child through your will to step in in the event of your death as well as nominating one in a separate document to step in in the event of your incapacity. But neither takes precedence over your partner’s natural rights as a parent. If the person you nominated went to court on your child’s behalf to seek to terminate your partner’s rights as a parent, your nomination would be given some weight, but would not decide the issue. The court would seek to determine what is in your child’s best interest and would typically give significant weight to maintaining a relationship with his or her father. You may be able to give the person you choose to look out for your child more influence through economics. If you have any savings or own your home, you can create a trust to hold such property for your child’s benefit and name a responsible person to manage the trust assets on his or her behalf. This would at least give the trustee the power of the purse strings to make sure your child has a safe and stable home. In terms of creating your estate plan, you can hire an attorney or use a number of online services such as LegalZoom or FreeWill. I don’t know if they include guardian nomination forms in case of incapacity which are more state specific than wills and trusts. Harry S. Margolis is an elder law and estate planning attorney in Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is author of The Baby Boomers Guide to Trusts: Your All-Purpose Estate Planning Tool and answers consumer questions about estate planning issues at www.AskHarry.info. Harry Margolis practices elder law, estate and special needs planning, and is the majority owner of ElderLawAnswers.com.

Market Snapshot: Wall Street flails for direction after Powell’s ‘kick to the teeth’ on interest rates

U.S. stock futures on Thursday were mixed following Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s press conference that suggested the central bank was planning to make several interest-rate hikes this year.What’s happening
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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slipped 18 points to 34034

Futures on the S&P 500
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rose fractionally to 4343

Futures on the Nasdaq 100
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rose 0.2%, or 29 points, to 14188

Stock futures were well off their overnight lows, when the S&P 500 contract traded as low as 4263.

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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fell 130 points, or 0.38%, to 34168, the S&P 500
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declined 7 points, or 0.15%, to 4350, and the Nasdaq Composite
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gained 3 points, or 0.02%, to 13542.What’s driving markets While the statement from the Federal Open Market Committee issued Wednesday afternoon didn’t surprise investors, the tone of Powell’s comments did. The central bank chief didn’t reject the notion that the Fed could hike at each of its meetings this year, and talked of the need to be “nimble.” He also said there was “quite a bit of room to raise rates without hurting jobs.” Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors, called that remark about the ability to lift rates without hurting the jobs market a “real kick to market teeth.” The yield on the 2-year Treasury
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at 1.036% five minutes before the Fed decision, vaulted up to 1.195% early Thursday. Powell’s comment that his core PCE inflation forecast had increased by about 20 basis points since December equates to a roughly 30 basis point increase in projected Fed funds rate, said Lawrence Dyer, head of U.S. rates strategy at HSBC. He said fed funds futures for the end of 2022 are up a bit more than that, which could mean that the yields could reverse in the next few days. There’s more earnings on tap, with Apple
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the major report coming after the close. Investors had a muted reaction to Tesla’s
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report showing a stronger profit than forecast but cautious guidance on the supply-chain snags in microchips. Microchip equipment maker Lam Research
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said supply-chain conditions worsened in late December.

Kelley Blue Book: The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is loaded with personality and rugged capability

Pros
Distinct Bronco aesthetic

Standard AWD

Clever interior storage solutions

Composed on-road and capable off-road

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Cons
Most rivals are more fuel-efficient

Gets expensive in the upper trims

Tight back seats

What’s new?
Some reshuffling of content between trims and packages

Price: The Ford Bronco Sport has a starting MSRP of $27,265. The top Badlands trim starts at $33,935. The Ford
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Bronco Sport was introduced alongside the new Bronco, debuting for the 2021 model year. The difference is that the Bronco Sport is only available as a 4-door, and it’s more oriented for daily street use than the more rugged, truck-like Bronco. If you like the look and personality of the Bronco but don’t intend to do a lot of off-roading, the Bronco Sport could be the perfect SUV for you. That said, the Bronco Sport is no slouch off-road, thanks to standard 4-wheel drive.

On top of its stylish aesthetic and rugged capabilities, the Bronco Sport impresses with its user-friendly tech features and turbocharged engines. The standard turbocharged 3-cylinder engine delivers a satisfying balance of power and efficiency, while the turbo 4-cylinder offers a nice boost in performance.

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport

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Some more mainstream subcompact SUVs like the Honda HR-V
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have roomier back seats, better fuel economy, and lower pricing. Other good off-roaders in this segment include the Jeep Compass and Subaru
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Crosstrek. Still, few SUVs in this class have as much personality as the Ford Bronco Sport.2022 Ford Bronco sport pricing The base trim of the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport starts at $27,265. The mid-range Big Bend model starts at $28,825, the upscale Outer Banks trim begins at $33,075, and the most off-road capable Badlands model starts at $33,935. The Ford Bronco Sport is priced a little above average for a compact SUV. It’s priced close to the bigger Jeep Cherokee, another of the more off-road-capable SUVs in this class. If you’re looking for a small SUV with standard AWD and decent off-road chops at a lower price point, the Subaru Crosstrek is a strong value.Driving the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport The idea of the Ford Bronco Sport is to be a more practical, road-friendly version of the regular Bronco. Ford has done an excellent job striking that balance between on-road comfort and off-road capability. In everyday driving on paved roads, the Bronco has a pleasant and comfortable ride. There’s a bit of body roll in corners, but it won’t bother you if you aren’t looking for sporty agility in your SUV. The base turbocharged 3-cylinder engine is adequate for the daily commute. There’s nothing particularly inspiring about its performance, and its 8-speed automatic transmission does its job well with little fuss. If you want a boost in performance, the optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine packs an extra punch, but its fuel economy is unimpressive. When the pavement ends, the Bronco Sport is up for adventure. Thanks to standard all-wheel drive and a terrain management system with G.O.A.T. (goes over any type of terrain) modes, off-roading is easy for novices and experts alike. Just switch to the G.O.A.T. mode that’s most appropriate for the terrain beneath you, and you’ll be impressed by what the Bronco Sport can do. Check out: Onyx, nightfall, midnight—call it what you want, black is the new black in carsInterior comfort The interior of the Bronco Sport represents the SUV’s personality of rugged yet comfortable. It’s a simple interior design with controls that are easy for the driver to use. Many hard plastics in this interior might make it feel cheap, but it’s intended to be easy to clean after an off-road adventure. The seating space is roomy in the front, with plenty of legroom and headroom. The back seats have a lot of headroom thanks to the boxy shape of this SUV, but the rear-seat legroom is a little tight. The cargo area is pretty spacious, and it’s tall enough to accommodate two mountain bikes standing up. The cargo hold opens up more if you can afford to fold down the back seats. The rear windshield can roll down while the liftgate is in place, making it easy to load and unload small items. Also see: The 2022 Honda Pilot does just about everything rightExterior styling The aesthetic of the Ford Bronco Sport is so similar to the regular Ford Bronco that the untrained eye might not notice the difference. The most significant difference is that the Bronco Sport is exclusively available as a 4-door, but you can get the Bronco with four doors or two. It has a boxy shape with an upright position, making it taller than many of its competitors. It has the distinct look of an off-roader and the capabilities to match. It was designed with ground clearance and approach/departure angles that are conducive to off-roading. The Bronco Sport is on the smaller side of compact SUVs. Its dimensions are similar to the Jeep Compass, Nissan
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Rogue Sport, and the 2-door variant of the Ford Bronco. Check out: This little pickup truck is back on the scene and winning awardsFavorite features G.O.A.T. modesSand, Slippery, Sport, Eco, and Normal modes come standard on every Bronco Sport. The Badlands trim adds Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl modes. Standard AWDAll-wheel drive with a terrain management system comes standard on every Ford Bronco Sport, making it suitable for snowy climates and off-road adventure. You might like: Here comes GM’s Hummer electric pickupStandard features Standard features in the base model of the Ford Bronco Sport include a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, a terrain management system with five G.O.A.T. modes (Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand), air conditioning, a driver information screen, and LED headlights. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system has an 8-inch touchscreen loaded with Android Auto and Apple
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CarPlay. USB-A and USB-C ports are in the media hub, inside the center console, and behind the center console. The standard Ford Co-Pilot360 safety tech suite includes automatic high-beams, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keeping system, automatic emergency braking, and a backup camera. Post-collision braking is also standard. See: The popular Ford Bronco Sport features a tiny, potentially industry-changing part that no other vehicle hasFactory options The Big Bend trim adds some nice creature comforts to the Bronco Sport. Features include a carbonized gray grille with white “Bronco” lettering, 17-inch wheels, extra sound-deadening, automatic climate control, unique cloth seats, a rear center armrest, a MOLLE strap system, heated mirrors, push-button start, and SiriusXM. There aren’t many options available for the base trim, but the Big Bend trim has a Convenience Package and a Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package available. The Convenience Package adds a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, LED fog lamps, rear parking sensors, a wireless charging pad, and more. Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ adds full-speed adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, evasive steering assist, and navigation. Read: Buying a car from the factory sounds expensive, but it can actually save you money. Here’s how to do it. The upscale Outer Banks trim builds on the Big Bend trim by adding many of the contents of the Convenience Package plus sport contour leather seats, a power front passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, black exterior trim, 18-inch wheels, remote start, LED signature lighting, rain-sensing wipers, and more. Outer Banks offers the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package plus a Tech Package with B&O premium audio, HD Radio, a universal garage door opener, and a wireless charging pad. The Badlands trim is the most off-road-ready model in the Bronco Sport lineup. On top of the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, it adds an advanced AWD system, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl G.O.A.T. modes, off-road suspension, metal skid plates, front tow hooks, a unique grille and roof rack side rails, a 110-volt power outlet, unique floor mats, a 6.5-inch digital screen in the instrument panel, a rubberized floor, special cloth seats that are easy to clean, an under-seat storage compartment in back, a front 180-degree camera, and Trail Control, which is like cruise control for low-speed off-roading. The Badlands trim is available with the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package plus a Premium Package that adds leather 2-tone seats, an auto-dimming mirror, B&O audio, body-color door handles, remote start, rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, and a universal garage door opener.Engine and transmission There are two turbocharged engines available for the Ford Bronco Sport. The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder. This engine is more than adequate for daily commuting and occasional off-roading, with a nice balance of power and efficiency. The available 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is standard on the Badlands trim and optional on the three lower trims. This adds a lot of muscle to the Bronco Sport, making it more exciting to drive on-road and off. However, it returns subpar fuel economy for an SUV this size. Every Ford Bronco Sport is equipped with all-wheel drive. Power is delivered to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3181 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm190 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/28 mpg 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4250 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm277 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/26 mpg This story originally ran on KBB.com. 

NerdWallet: Some cities and states want to pay you thousands to move there, but is it worth it?

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.  Cities and states are shelling out serious cash to lure remote workers. Tulsa, Oklahoma, will pay you $10,000 to move there and telework. West Virginia is offering $12,000 and two years of free outdoor gear rental. Move to Maine, and the state will help you pay off your student loans.

These incentives are appealing, especially for newly minted remote workers who want to capitalize on their newfound flexibility. But a snap decision could cost more than the money you’re chasing. Read the program fine print, talk to your employer and assess your own deal breakers before you pack your bags and head to Topeka, Kansas, where remote workers can get up to $10,000. More: These 13 cities, states, and countries will pay you to move thereUnderstand the process, requirements Most remote relocation programs have an application process with several rounds of interviews to screen prospective residents. Only a fraction of applicants are accepted. Tulsa Remote accepted just 3% of its 30,000 applicants in 2021, according to Justin Harlan, managing director of Tulsa Remote. The Opportunity Maine Tax Credit doesn’t cap participation, but it does have a host of other stipulations. Whether the tax credit is refundable, for example, depends on the year you graduated and your field of study. And the Ascend West Virginia program only accepts applicants for certain cities, at certain times of the year. Relocation incentives are designed to boost the local tax base, so most programs pay the benefit over a year or two. And many encourage you to put down roots. Tulsa Remote will pay the $10,000 in a lump sum if you buy a home (the cash is otherwise spread out over the first year). In Topeka, remote work applicants need to buy a home to get the full $10,000. And don’t forget, any bonus may be taxed as income, so you need to set some money aside for the IRS. See: Feeling restless or need a change? Here are 7 places great for soul searchingAssess impact to your current, future employment Remote work still has some limits. Understand your employers’ expectations before applying or moving, as certain things can impact your quality of life in your new locale. If your company and colleagues are all on the West Coast, for example, you may be expected to keep those hours, even if you relocate to Maine. That can make for some late nights. Your new city may have a lower cost of living than your current home base — that’s typically part of the appeal. Will your company adjust your salary to your new cost of living? You want to be crystal clear on that before taking the leap. “Financially, you should be prepared to take a pay cut if you’re relocating from a major city to somewhere less costly,” says Tina Hawk, senior vice president of human resources at GoodHire, which provides employee screening and background checks for businesses. Check out: The best little cities to live in the U.S. in 2021 Most relocation programs are only open to those who already have full-time employment with an out-of-state company (Maine is an exception). But no job is guaranteed forever, so you need to research the local job market. How easy will it be to find a new gig if you are laid off? Are there opportunities locally if you outgrow your current company? If you dream of someday starting a business, is your potential new home friendly to entrepreneurs? Related: 6 small cities where you can work less and earn moreDetermine your deal breakers While money is important, it’s not what makes a place livable. Take stock of what’s important to you — things like restaurants, networking, walkability or outdoor activities — and identify your deal breakers. “The incentive can get your attention, but the meat of the matter is, when you get there, you gotta stay,” says Nate Wildes, executive director of Live + Work in Maine. Even “Vacationland” is not for everyone, Wildes admits. “We’re a four-season place. If you hate snow and you hate snow shoveling, look somewhere else, please.” Don’t just assume you’ll like or dislike a place. Experience it firsthand to get a true sense of the city’s vibe. You might be surprised. Maria Kim, 28, certainly was. The former Washington, D.C., resident moved to Tulsa as part of the Tulsa Remote program in March 2021. Also see: Omicron is whacking local governments already stretched too thin Initially on the fence, Kim decided to take the leap after visiting the city and meeting with other members of the program, which puts a strong emphasis on networking and community. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised,” says Kim, who freelances full time as a copywriter. “The city is busy. You’re able to get the small-town benefits with big-city energy, and you can explore without so much excess.” More From NerdWallet Kelsey Sheehy writes for NerdWallet. Email: ksheehy@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @KelseyLSheehy.