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Home values falling in big
cities because of COVID-19

As prices fall in New York and San Francisco, less
crowded cities see a different story. In Money

The Halloween drive-thru:
Is it worth the car ride?

The new, socially distant trend this season can
be fun for families, but short on scares. In Life

Coach pay
cuts amid
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WASHINGTON – Democrats warned Wednesday
that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s al-
most certain confirmation could launch a new chap-
ter of conservative judicial activism, though the fed-
eral appeals court judge sought to portray herself as a
mainstream jurist without any agenda.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing drew
toward a close Wednesday, several Democrats ac-
knowledged Barrett would be confirmed to succeed
the late liberal Associate Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, most likely by a party-
line vote before Election Day.

“It seems that the fix is in,”
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said.

That would be in time to hear
the latest legal challenge to the
Affordable Care Act, which
Democrats used as their leading
argument against Barrett, 48, of
Indiana. The Trump admini-
stration and states governed by
Republicans seek to topple the
law after Congress eliminated
its tax penalty for those who
lack insurance.

“They are bringing this case
to the court, and you are going to
be sitting on the court,” said Sen.
Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

If Democrats were reconciled
to President Donald Trump get-
ting a third Supreme Court
justice and creating a 6-3 con-
servative majority, they were not sanguine about the

“Your confirmation may launch a new chapter of
conservative judicial activism,” said Sen. Chris
Coons, D-Del. “It could touch virtually every aspect
of modern American life.”

Barrett, a Notre Dame Law School professor and
prolific scholar, sailed through another day of ques-
tioning with the same blank notepad before her. With
the help of Republicans on the panel, she tried to al-
lay fears that she might upend settled law on issues
ranging from health care and abortion to gun control
and voting rights.

After Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., walked
her through what he described as the Supreme
Court’s six-year campaign to crimp the power of pub-

warn of
on court
Amy Coney Barrett will
almost certainly fill seat
Richard Wolf USA TODAY


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to vote.”

Amy Coney

See BARRETT, Page 6A

After the long ride from Jackson,
Mississippi, Kenneth Stokes stepped off
the bus wearing his favorite brown cow-
boy boots and a two-piece suit, much

like the civil rights activ-
ists of the 1960s dressed
in their Sunday best.

He shivered in the
chilly autumn morning as
he joined thousands of
other men heading down
the streets of Washing-
ton, D.C. Two miles

through low-income housing and mil-
lion-dollar row houses until, up ahead, a
majestic view: the U.S. Capitol, seat of
American power, built by slaves in large
part when the nation was only a few
decades old.

Stokes looked out over the National
Mall, amazed at this ocean of Black

men. Most were elbow to elbow. Some
perched on monuments or in trees. Kids
sat on dads’ shoulders. All there for an
event called the Million Man March.

“It was packed, packed, packed,”
Stokes recalls. “There were people ev-
erywhere – from everywhere.”


The controversial march was one of the largest ever in Washington. 1995 PHOTO BY MATT MENDELSOHN/USA TODAY

25 years later, legacy of
first Million Man March
Four men look back on
power, unity of ’95 event

The march’s goal wasn’t
to change America,
says Kokayi Nosakhere,
who attended when he
was a 21-year-old
student. “The goal was
to change us.” 1995


Dennis Wagner, Jordan Culver
and Deborah Barfield Berry


Deep in the Democratic stronghold
of Fairfax County, Virginia, about 50 of
President Donald Trump’s supporters
gathered, wrapping themselves in
American flags and waving Trump
2020 banners as they chanted, “Four
more years! Four more years!”

It was Sept. 19, and the county had
begun early voting. The Republican
volunteers stood on the sidewalk out-
side the county government building.
Steps away, voters lined up on blue so-
cial distancing markers.

As the crowd grew – along with the
chants – county elections officials be-
gan whisking the voters into the build-

ing, despite concerns of spreading CO-
VID-19. County officials explained that
voters felt threatened by the crowd and
requested escorts in and out of the poll-
ing place, though the Trump volunteers
had not violated any election laws.

“We were actually trying to encour-
age people to vote,” said Sean Rastatter,
23, a software engineer who helped or-
ganize the event aimed at increasing
GOP turnout. “The point of it was to re-
mind people that early voting was tak-
ing place, since it had started a few days
earlier. There wasn’t anything close to
voter intimidation.”

Trump’s call for an “army” of sup-
porters to “monitor” voting has raised
concerns during an already vitriolic
presidential election campaign about
voter intimidation and suppression of
minority groups.


‘Army’ of poll watchers
stirs fears of violence

Voting rights activists worry Trump
supporters will intimidate or scare off

Trump, Biden competing
town halls on TV tonight
After a canceled debate, candidates
to hold forums at the same time. 3A

Trump prods supporters
to ‘monitor’ voting sites

Trevor Hughes

See VOTING, Page 3A

Page 2

WASHINGTON – Treasury Secre-
tary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday
that passing another COVID-19 relief
package before the election would be

“I’d say at this point, getting some-
thing done before the election and exe-
cuting on that would be difficult, just
given where we are,” he said at the Mil-
ken Institute Global Conference.

The Republican-controlled Senate
is set to act on a roughly $500 billion
relief proposal next week, an amount
rejected by congressional Democrats
as insufficient to tackle the COVID-19
pandemic. The last White House offer
of about $1.8 trillion also was rejected
by House Democrats, who have held
fast to their $2.2 trillion proposal.

“There are money issues, but
there’s also policy issues,” Mnuchin
said, adding that the Trump admini-
stration supports “immediate help”
through standalone bills for small-
business loans and airline aid while
talks over a large package continue.

Both sides have deadlocked over is-
sues such as the amount of relief for
state and local governments or the
amount of money to give in a federal
unemployment benefit.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-
Calif., and Mnuchin spoke on the
phone for about an hour Wednesday,
talks Pelosi spokesperson Drew Ham-
mill called “productive.” One major
area of disagreement was the “need for
a national strategic testing plan,”
Hammill said. Pelosi plans to speak
with Mnuchin again Thursday.

Pelosi faced some criticism from
Democrats for refusing to budge on the
proposal. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif.,
urged Democrats to take the White
House’s $1.8 trillion deal and build on
it if Democrats win the White House in
November, rather than leaving before
the election without a deal in hand.

Mnuchin: Passing
COVID-19 relief
would be ‘difficult’
before election
Nicholas Wu


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The nation’s top infectious disease
expert said the United States faces a
“difficult situation” with a rise in posi-
tive coronavirus tests through a wide
swath of northern states as the weath-
er cools.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the
National Institute of Allergy and Infec-
tious Diseases, said the share of posi-
tive coronavirus tests is increasing in
the Northwest, Midwest and other
northern states.

The share of tests that detect the
virus is a key indicator of whether the
virus is spreading or under control.
Public health officials want to see less
than 3% of all tests return positive. An
ideal rate is less than 1%, Fauci said
Tuesday during a College of American
Pathologists meeting.

“We’re starting to see a number of
states well above that, which is often,
and in fact invariably, highly predic-
tive of a resurgence of cases,” Fauci
said. A rise in the share of positive
cases “we know leads to an increase in
hospitalizations and then ultimately
an increase in deaths.”

Data from the COVID Tracking Pro-
ject shows 36 states have a higher rate
of tests coming back positive than the
previous week. Another 41 states have
higher case counts in the past week
compared to a week before, an analy-
sis of Johns Hopkins University data

As the fall weather cools and people
spend more time indoors, public
health experts hoped “we had rather
good control over infection dynamics
in the country,” Fauci said. “As a matter
of fact, unfortunately, that’s not the

Fauci said the nation is averaging
between 40,000 and 50,000 new
cases every day. The United States has
reported more than 7.8 million cases
and 215,085 deaths.

A USA TODAY analysis of Johns
Hopkins data through late Monday
shows 16 states set records for new
cases in a week, while Kansas, North
Dakota and South Dakota had a record
number of deaths in a week.

Fauci said shutting down the nation
again to slow the virus’ spread is
something “we do not want to do.” and
urged Americans to commit to public
health recommendations to slow
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes
COVID-19. People should wear masks,
maintain a distance of at least six feet
from others, avoid crowds and wash
hands frequently.

The nation should know by the end
of 2020 whether there is a safe and ef-
fective vaccine. With five vaccine can-
didates now in the late-stage clinical
studies, Fauci said doses of any Food
and Drug Administration-authorized
vaccine could be shipped by the end of
the year or early 2021, first to those
who are most vulnerable.

And although the development has
been speedy, he said the public should
be confident any vaccine will be thor-
oughly vetted.

An independent group of doctors,
ethics experts and statisticians exam-
ine data from each vaccine candidate
being studied to determine whether
trials should continue. These data
safety monitoring boards investigate
adverse events reported by patients
and doctors.

For example, Johnson & Johnson on
Monday paused its COVID-19 vaccine
trial after an unexplained illness in a
volunteer. Another study, run by As-
traZeneca, was halted Sept. 8 after a
second participant was diagnosed
with a neurological condition.

Fauci said monitoring boards gen-
erally can decide whether a vaccine
appears to harm more people than it
helps or, conversely, whether the vac-
cine appears to be safe and more effec-
tive than a placebo.

Should a company advance to the
next step and seek FDA authorization,
the regulatory agency also consults
with an independent body to review
data and decide whether the vaccine is
ready for widespread use.

“There are a lot of checkpoints in
that process that I believe the general
public should feel comfortable a vac-
cine is not going to be made available
unless it was agreed upon in an inde-
pendent way to be safe and effective,”
Fauci said.

Contributing: Mike Stucka

Fauci said the nation is averaging 40,000 to 50,000 new cases every day. The
US has reported more than 7.8 million cases and 215,085 deaths. AP

Fauci: Positive test
rates signal surge
Officials want to see less
than 3% tests positive

Ken Alltucker


NEW YORK – Amy Cooper, the
white woman in Central Park who
called police on a Black man
bird-watching, called authorities a
second time and falsely accused the
man of trying to assault her, prosecu-
tors say.

The woman was arraigned Wednes-
day and is facing a misdemeanor
charge of falsely reporting an incident
to police after she called 911 in May and
falsely said Christian Cooper, the bird-
watcher who asked her to leash her
dog in an area that requires that dogs
be on leashes, was threatening and
tried to attack her.

The two share a last name but are
not related.

In a previously unreported detail,
Amy Cooper made a second call to 911
in which she falsely said that “an Afri-
can American man ‘tried to assault’
her,” according to a criminal complaint
against her.

After police arrived at the scene,
she backtracked and told an officer
that the man did not try to assault her
or touch her.

Christian Cooper recorded the inci-
dent and shared video of it on
Facebook, which quickly went viral
and led to Amy Cooper’s firing from her
asset management firm.

The video, however, only showed
Amy Cooper falsely saying that Chris-
tian Cooper was threatening her, not
that he “tried to assault her.”

The encounter occurred the same
day that George Floyd was killed in
Minneapolis as a white police officer
dug his knee into Floyd’s neck. Video
of Floyd’s death was also first shared
on social media and sparked weeks of
unrest across the country demanding
racial justice and changes to policing.

“Amy Cooper engaged in racist
criminal conduct when she falsely ac-
cused a Black man of trying to assault
her in a previously unreported second
call with a 911 dispatcher,” Manhattan
District Attorney Cy Vance said in a
statement Wednesday.

“Fortunately, no one was injured or
killed in the police response to Ms.
Cooper’s hoax. Our Office will pursue a
resolution of this case which holds Ms.
Cooper accountable while healing our
community, restoring justice, and de-
terring others from perpetuating this
racist practice.”

Vance’s office first announced they
were pursuing charges in July. Amy
Cooper is facing a class A misdemean-
or, which can carry up to a year in pris-
on, according to New York law. Exec-
utive Assistant District Attorney Joan
Illuzzi said during the Wednesday ar-
raignment that the DA’s office would
work with the defense on a program
for Cooper to take responsibility and
“educate her and the community on
the harm caused by such actions.”

An attorney listed for Cooper did
not immediately respond to USA TO-
DAY’s request for comment. Cooper
did not enter a plea to the misdemean-
or charge and is to appear in court
again in November.

Cooper quickly apologized for the
incident, but her employer, Franklin
Templeton, fired her the next day. The
video garnered national media atten-
tion, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
condemned Cooper’s actions, saying
they exemplified hatred that has “no
place in our city.”

NY woman
charged in
with birder
Woman called 911 twice
during run-in in May

Ryan W. Miller

Amy Cooper denied accusations
of racism after the incident recorded
on video in Central Park. AP

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10 Medical profes-

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14 Mayo relative
15 ___ and mean
16 State that starts

and ends with the
same letter

17 Sleeveless shirts
18 Teeth-related verb
19 Teeth-related verb
20 Bird hidden in the

name of a bone in
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21 Appetizer filled
with cream cheese
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29 Left waiting
33 Prefix that sounds

like an attempt
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dispenser contents
37 Ironic surname for

someone named

38 Returning a suit,
in a way (calcium,

41 Become allies
42 Brinner, e.g.
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You’re the one I
love . . .”

44 Rent strike

46 City’s smaller

48 Right this minute
49 Days’ counterparts
53 “My So-Called Life”

star (arsenic, lead)
59 “I knew it!”
60 Place to shop
61 Descriptor for a

light cake
62 Word after “dust”

or “handsome”

64 Track shape
65 Reflex hammer

66 Unseals
67 “Hidden Figures”

68 Place at the table
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2 Second-largest city
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3 ___ points
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6 Gymnast Korbut
7 Rosemary, e.g.
8 ___ dryer
9 Undamaged

10 Brushing, nail
shampoo baths,

11 “That’s terrible”
12 “Bye!”
13 “The seeds have

been ___”

22 Witherspoon who
played Cheryl

23 Activist Wadler
25 Selena’s surname
28 Places for RAs
29 Sound of a wet

30 “Hurry up already!”
31 Vases with bases
32 Small cylindrical

33 Vocal inflection
34 Wreck
36 Las Vegas

38 Use scissors on
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40 Unaccom-

45 Little edits
47 Orunmila’s

50 Safe place
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58 Russian “no”
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11 — Is This Anything/Jerry Seinfeld The standup legend and television star features his best comedy work across five decades (NF) (H) Simon & Schuster
12 3 The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook/Steve Doocy, Kathy Doocy Subtitle: “100-Plus Fast and Easy New Recipes That Taste Like Home” (NF) (H) William Morrow Cookbooks
13 — The Testaments/Margaret Atwood The Republic of Gilead is still in control, but its power may be weakening; sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” (F) (E) Nan A. Talese
14 8 The Evening and the Morning/Ken Follett An historical epic set in England’s Middle Ages — ; sequel to “The Pillars of the Earth” (F) (E) Viking
15 12 Midnight Sun/Stephenie Meyer Youth: Retelling of the original “Twilight” love story from vampire Edward Cullen’s perspective (F) (H) Little, Brown Books for Young

16 — Follow the Money/Dan Bongino The conservative political commentator argues there is an organized liberal attack on Donald Trump (NF) (H) Post Hill Press
17 — Elsewhere/Dean Koontz Jeff Coltrane and his daughter, Amity, find themselves targets when they are handed a mysterious object (F) (E) Thomas & Mercer
18 9 Rage/Bob Woodward The veteran Washington Post journalist, who interviewed the president, looks at Donald Trump’s embattled presidency facing a pan-

demic, racial unrest and a suffering economy (NF) (H) Simon & Schuster
19 — The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue /V.E. Schwab Addie LaRue makes a bargain to live forever, but is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets, until a young man remembers her (F)

(H) Tor
20 4 Didn’t See That Coming/Rachel Hollis Subtitle: “Putting Life Back Together When Your World Falls Apart” (NF) (H) Dey Street Books
21 — Spy School Revolution/Stuart Gibbs Children: Ben Ripley faces a new opponent, a mysterious and evil organization called the Croatoan (F) (H) Simon & Schuster Books for

Young Readers
22 — The 99% Invisible City/Roman Mars, Kurt Kohlstedt Subtitle: “A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design” (NF) (H) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
23 — Magic Lessons/Alice Hoffman The story of witch Maria Owens, the matriarch of the Owens bloodline; prequel to “Practical Magic” (F) (H) Simon & Schuster
24 35 Spooky Pookie/Sandra Boynton Children: It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? (F) (H) Little Simon
25 30 Killing Crazy Horse/Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard Subtitle: “The Merciless Indian Wars in America” (NF) (H) Henry Holt and Co.
26 19 Caste/Isabel Wilkerson Subtitle: “The Origins of Our Discontents” (NF) (H) Random House
27 14 The Book of Two Ways/Jodi Picoult Everything changes for Dawn Edelstein after she survives a plane crash (F) (H) Ballantine
28 — Walk the Wire/David Baldacci Amos Decker and Alex Jamison investigate the murder of a woman in a fracking town in North Dakota; sixth in series (F) (P) Grand Cen-

tral Publishing
29 — Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World/Fareed Zakaria CNN host Fareed Zakaria helps readers to understand the nature of a post-pandemic world, from biological risks to digital life (NF) (H)

W.W. Norton
30 — Undaunted/John O. Brennan Subtitle: “My Fight Against America’s Enemies, At Home and Abroad” (NF) (H) Celadon Books
31 17 The Coast-to-Coast Murders/James Patterson with J.D.

While investigating one murder, detective Garrett Dobbs and FBI agent Jessica Gimble stumble upon a series of more (NF) (H) Little,

32 21 Anxious People/Fredrik Backman A desperate parent tries and fails to rob a bank, fleeing into an open house and taking everyone hostage (F) (H) Atria Books
33 36 Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete/James Dean Children: Pete the Cat goes trick-or-treating from house to house (F) (P) HarperFestival
34 — Dragon Masters: Fortress of the Stone Dragon/Tracey West;

art by Matt Loveridge
Children: Drake must find a way to save his friends from a dangerous spell; 17th in series (F) (P) Scholastic

35 38 Little Blue Truck’s Halloween/Alice Schertle; art by Jill McEl-

Children: Little Blue Truck picks up his friends for a Halloween costume party (F) (H) Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

36 52 The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything/Linda
Williams; art by Megan Lloyd

Children: One windy night, a fearless lady encounters scary things in the woods (F) (P) HarperCollins

37 16 One Vote Away/Ted Cruz Subtitle: “How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History” (NF) (H) Regnery Publishing
38 5 The Meaning of Mariah Carey/Mariah Carey The award-winning music icon tells the story of her life, unfiltered, in her own words (NF) (H) Andy Cohen Books
39 32 Untamed/Glennon Doyle The author instructs readers on how to find their own inner voice and inner peace (NF) (H) The Dial Press
40 7 The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary/Robb Pearl-

man; art by Melanie Demmer
Children: Adaptation of the television series in which a young Michael Scott tries to perform his duties as line leader at Dunder Mifflin
Elementary (F) (H) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

41 27 The Vanishing Half/Brit Bennett The Vignes twin sisters become adults in two different worlds: one black and one white (F) (H) Riverhead
42 20 Total Power/Vince Flynn, Kyle Miles Mitch Rapp and his team are on the case when ISIS takes out the nation’s power grid and throws the country into chaos (F) (E) Atria/

Emily Bestler Books
43 53 You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie/Natalie Marshall Children: Tale for little ones about a pumpkin along with a black cat, a ghost and a bat (F) (H) Silver Dolphin Books
44 73 The Home Edit/Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin Subtitle: “A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals” (NF) (H) Clarkson Potter
45 45 White Fragility/Robin DiAngelo Subtitle: “Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” (NF) (P) Beacon Press
46 — Trust/Pete Buttigieg Subtitle: “America’s Best Chance” (NF) (H) Liveright
47 44 The Guest List/Lucy Foley A wedding on a remote island in Ireland turns deadly (F) (E) William Morrow
48 — My Hero Academia, Vol. 25/Kohei Horikoshi Tomura and Re-Destro, the leader of the Meta Liberation Army, battle for supremacy; 25th in series (F) (P) VIZ Media LLC
49 49 Where the Crawdads Sing/Delia Owens The reclusive Kya Clark is suspected in the death of Chase Andrews (F) (H) G.P. Putnam’s Sons
50 57 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book/Eric Carle Classic children’s story of a caterpillar that eats all the time and turns into a butterfly (F) (H) Philomel

The book list appears
every Thursday.
For each title, the format
and publisher listed are for
the best-selling version of
that title this week.
Reporting outlets include, Amazon
Kindle, Apple Books,
Barnes &,
Barnes & Noble Inc., Barnes
& Noble e-books,,
Books-A-Million, Costco,
Hudson Booksellers,
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
(Lexington, Ky.; Cincinnati,
Charlotte, Cleveland,
Pittsburgh), Kobo, Inc.,
Powell's Books (Portland,
Ore.),, R.J.
Julia Booksellers, Schuler
Books & Music (Grand
Rapids, Okemos, Eastwood,
Alpine, Mich.), Target,
Tattered Cover Book Store


1 — Modern Comfort
Ina Garten

A collection of 65 comfort food recipes from the “Barefoot
Contessa” (NF) (H) Clarkson Potter

2 — The Trials of Apollo:
The Tower of Nero
Rick Riordan

Children: Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth as a
teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, regain his place on
Mount Olympus? (F) (H) Disney Press

3 — Humans
Brandon Stanton

The “Humans of New York” blogger photographs and in-
terviews humans from around the world (NF) (H) St. Martin’s

4 — Troubles in Paradise
Elin Hilderbrand

The truth about the secrets and lies that brought Irene and
her sons to St. John will finally come to light; final in trilogy
(F) (E) Little, Brown

5 — The Searcher
Tana French

Retired Chicago cop Cal Cooper moves to an Irish village
where a kid named Trey asks for help in his brother’s disap-
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(N) New episode.


Haunt O’ Ween (a family-friendly expe-
rience) in Woodland Hills.

The good: Live entertainment

Each drive-thru had some sort of art-
ist taking the stage. At Nights of the
Jack, a pumpkin carver crafted an im-
pressive sculpture to honor the late
Chadwick Boseman. At Halloween
Road, the Sanderson sisters lip-synced
a song from “Hocus Pocus.” Haunt O’
Ween had a band playing Halloween
songs. Apparently, I really missed in-
person shows! I watched the sculptor in
awe, blushed when Winifred Sanderson
wished me a happy holiday and rocked
out to a holiday song I’ve never heard
before while driving about 5 mph. Inter-
acting with other humans outside of my
quarantine bubble (and from a safe dis-
tance inside of my car) so excited me,
that I accidentally promised a witch,
who was giving out candy, that I’d bring
her back a tasty child.

The bad: Waiting in lines of cars

The actual drive to the drive-thrus
isn’t so bad because at least in LA, traffic
has been tame in the last few months.
But when you get to your destination,
expect lines. At Haunt O’ Ween, there
was congestion even mid-way through
the experience. Of course, waits are ex-
pected for every desirable holiday activ-
ity, but I haven’t been out at a public
event so long that I forgot queues exist-

ed. I didn’t miss them.
Also of note: Not all drive-thrus are

created equally. Nights of the Jack,
which runs through Nov. 1 at $69 per car,
took me on a spellbinding trip through
Hollywood, under the sea and into an
alien invasion all via meticulously-cut
pumpkins. I kept announcing how awe-
some the outing was while still there.
But Haunt O’ Ween, which runs through
the end of the month for $70 a car, felt a
little more random with skeleton props
that didn’t tell any obvious story, cos-
tumed actors that didn’t seem follow
any particular theme and arbitrary
branding throughout. That said, it was
still a hoot and every car got a free, dis-
infected pumpkin. And Halloween Road
in Los Angeles – which, sadly, already
finished its limited-run – was a ball
from start to finish with a prize wheel,
opulent “Nightmare Before Christmas”
displays and focused “Addams Family”
actors who refused to break character.

Short on scares, big on fun

None of the drive-thrus I went to
were frightening. That makes sense,
considering that the driver of a moving

vehicle may not react safely to a jump
scare. But the spooky safaris were total-
ly festive and fun. (I didn’t get to experi-
ence the scarier Fright Farms which
opens later this month in Norco, Califor-

Though I normally want the scariest
Halloween experience I can get, I was
happy to get a dose of levity at a place
that felt safe amid a raging pandemic.
Joke gravestones that I’d usually roll my
eyes at – “Barry De Live” and “Dee
Cayen” among them – had me snort-
laughing at Nights of the Jack. And the
fact that my car was part of a photo mo-
ment at Halloween Road, sitting atop
Jack Skellington’s spiral hill, has already
cracked me up a dozen times.

Life in 2020 has been full of enough
terror as it is, that it feels good to instead
embrace the absurdness and joy of the
holiday of ghosts and monsters. This
October, I’m delighting in the ridicu-
lousness of receiving a shovel full of
candy (social-distanced style), chatting
with friendly witches and admiring a
Spongebob Squarepants made out of
pumpkins. I’m currently seeking a
fourth drive-thru experience to help
sustain the silly, magical feeling.

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News from across the USA

ALABAMA Montgomery: A federal
appeals court on Tuesday blocked a
judge’s order that would have lifted
witness and photo ID requirements
for absentee voting for Alabama vot-
ers who are at high risk for contract-
ing a severe case of COVID-19.

ALASKA Girdwood: The state’s big-
gest ski resort, Alyeska Resort, is set
to open this season with an opera-
tions plan including health precau-
tions like mandatory face coverings.

ARIZONA Phoenix: Democratic Sec-
retary of State Katie Hobbs and two
advocacy groups have agreed to put
an early end to an extension of the
state’s voter registration deadline
that was ordered by a judge after
pandemic restrictions led to a de-
crease in people signing up to vote.

ARKANSAS Little Rock: Gov. Asa
Hutchinson on Tuesday ruled out
rolling back the state’s reopening
despite a recent surge in coronavirus
hospitalizations. “There’s not really
an option to go back on our opening
of businesses,” he said.

CALIFORNIA Beverly Hills: The city
has banned trick-or-treating this
Halloween to try to prevent spread of
the coronavirus. People are also pro-
hibited from spraying shaving cream
on others, except inside their own
homes. Licensed barbers are exempt-
ed so that they may shave customers.

COLORADO Denver: The state is
experiencing another surge of coro-
navirus cases and hospitalizations,
prompting Gov. Jared Polis to plead
with residents to wear masks, stay
home as much as possible and main-
tain social distancing practices.

CONNECTICUT Avon: Coronavirus
outbreaks at two long-term care cen-
ters in the town have been linked to a
resident of one of the facilities and
staff who work at both locations,
health officials said Wednesday.

DELAWARE Newark: The state’s re-
sponse to COVID-19 was on center
stage when Democratic Gov. John
Carney and his Republican challenger
faced off in a virtual debate. GOP
candidate Julianne Murray argued
the governor has overreached, saying
safety measures have had a negative
effect on businesses and people,
news outlets report. Murray also said
the coronavirus was “not fatal.”

ton: Ford’s Theatre Society and the
National Park Service plan a phased
reopening for Ford’s Theatre and the
Ford’s Theatre Museum beginning
Wednesday, WUSA-TV reports.

FLORIDA Tallahassee: Florida A&M
University’s position as a key center
in combating the spread of the coro-
navirus in underserved communities
got a major financial boost Tuesday
from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun-
dation. FAMU will receive $1.5 million
over three years to hire staff and op-
erate its hub at its Center for Viticul-
ture & Small Fruit Research. Collected
specimens will be tested in the cen-
ter’s laboratory, the university said.

GEORGIA Athens: The number of
COVID-19 cases reported by the Uni-
versity of Georgia rebounded this
week, though the numbers are still
far from their peak in August. The
tracking page at the UGA University
Health Center lists 92 coronavirus
cases in the week ending Oct. 9.

IDAHO Boise: Health care experts say
coronavirus is increasing as kids
return to school, but most of the new
infections aren’t happening in school
buildings. Instead, many people are
treating the return to school like a
return to normalcy and slacking off
on precautions, said Dr. Joshua Kern,
vice president for medical affairs for
St. Luke’s hospitals in Jerome, Twin
Falls and Ketchum.

ILLINOIS Chicago: Low-income im-
migrants 65 and up in the state will
be eligible for health coverage similar
to Medicaid despite their immigration
status. The Illinois Legislative Latino
Caucus supported the program in
response to data showing uninsured
older people who contracted corona-
virus could be at risk for more severe
complications, resulting in more
medical bills the state would pay for,
said Rep. Delia Ramirez, D-Chicago.

INDIANA Indianapolis: A statewide
mask order will remain in place, but
tougher restrictions on businesses
and crowds aren’t being reinstated,
despite recent sharp increases in
COVID-19 hospitalizations and rates
of new infections in the state, Gov.
Eric Holcomb said Wednesday.

IOWA West Des Moines: The family
of Jennifer Crawford, the Indian
Hills Junior High School special
education assistant who died this
month from COVID-19, released a
statement Tuesday saying she was
exposed at school.

KANSAS Topeka: Gov. Laura Kelly
said Tuesday that she doesn’t plan
to have the state health department
use its power to manage disease
outbreaks by shutting down busi-
nesses or imposing other restric-
tions in local coronavirus hot spots.

KENTUCKY Bardstown: This year’s
Kentucky Bourbon Festival that was
postponed and then moved online
because of the pandemic begins
Thursday. Registration is free for
online programs on topics ranging
from food and whiskey pairing to
the art of whiskey making.

LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: New
Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell
came to the Capitol on Tuesday to
ask for money to help the city’s
coronavirus-damaged budget, but
Republican lawmakers questioned
her economic reopening decisions
rather than offering her aid.

MAINE Auburn: About 30 inmates
at Androscoggin County Jail held a
short-lived hunger strike Monday to
Tuesday to demand more coro-
navirus testing, officials said.

MARYLAND Annapolis: Less than
half of the state’s residents would
agree to get a COVID-19 vaccine
when one becomes available, new
Goucher College Poll results show.

MASSACHUSETTS Boston: A recent
uptick in COVID-19 cases in the
state doesn’t amount to a new
surge, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tues-
day, and the state has done the
needed work to prepare for any
increase in coronavirus infections.

MICHIGAN Lansing: The state’s
chief health officer warned Tuesday
that the state could be beginning a
second wave of the coronavirus as
cases and hospitalization rise.

MINNESOTA Minneapolis: The
state will expand its offering of sali-
va tests for the coronavirus into a
statewide mail-in program that will
be available free to all residents,
Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday.

MISSISSIPPI Jackson: The Mis-
sissippi State Department of Health
is making free rapid testing avail-
able at its drive-thru community
test sites, State Health Officer Dr.
Thomas Dobbs announced Monday.
Test results will be returned within
15 minutes, but it’s unclear how
accurate they will be, Dobbs said.

MISSOURI St. Louis: The state is
outsourcing contact tracing to pri-
vate companies as part of the effort
to contain the coronavirus’ spread.

MONTANA Helena: Gov. Steve Bull-
ock said he will provide resources to
counties to increase enforcement of
coronavirus-related restrictions, as
Montana experiences one of the
nation’s largest COVID-19 out-
breaks. According to a White House
Coronavirus Task Force report Sun-
day, Montana had the third-highest
rate of new cases per capita last
week and second-highest test posi-
tivity rate in the country, at 10.1%.

NEBRASKA Omaha: The state set
another record for COVID-19 hospi-
talizations Wednesday at 315. The
state said 24% of Nebraska’s in-
tensive care beds and 76% of its
ventilators remained available

NEVADA Carson City: State health
officials said they would resume the
use of rapid “point of care” tests
after federal health officials chided
them for banning their use and ac-
cused them of violating federal law.

elementary school students who
were kicked off a school bus last
week for not keeping their faces
covered will be allowed to return to
the bus. The Monroe Consolidated
School Board convened an emer-
gency meeting Monday to say JPI
Transportation had backed down
from its decision to ban the boys,
ages 9 and 10, from the bus for the
rest of the school year, the Caledo-
nian-Record reports.

NEW JERSEY Hillsborough: State
officials aren’t aware of any
COVID-19 outbreak stemming from
the campaign fundraiser President
Donald Trump held recently at his
Bedminster golf club, Gov. Phil Mur-
phy said Tuesday.

NEW MEXICO Albuquerque: Gov.
Michelle Lujan Grisham announced
Tuesday that she will renew public
health restrictions and warned that
more stringent rules could be im-
posed because of a rise in COVID-19
cases. The updated regulations, to
take effect later this week, will in-
clude limiting gatherings to five
people or fewer, a mandatory 14-day
quarantine for visitors from states
deemed high-risk, reduced hotel
capacities, and a 10 p.m. closing
time for food or drink establish-
ments serving alcohol.

NEW YORK Albany: Gov. Andrew
Cuomo condemned the federal gov-
ernment’s coronavirus response and
lauded his own leadership efforts in
a book released Tuesday that offers
a few new details – but not many –
about New York’s battle against the
pandemic. “American Crisis: Lead-
ership Lessons from the COVID-19
Pandemic” delivers a retelling of his
efforts to contain the virus as it
ravaged his state in spring. As for
his mistakes, Cuomo concedes only
a few, such as waiting too long to
mandate mask-wearing.

from the end of the election, three
of the state’s most populous coun-
ties are often taking two weeks or
more to send absentee ballots out to
voters who request them, an Asso-
ciated Press analysis shows. Un-
derstaffing, outdated technology
and voter registration groups are
straining a system that has strug-
gled to handle an unprecedented
surge of requests as many seek to
avoid the risks of in-person voting
during the coronavirus pandemic.

NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: State
health officials on Wednesday con-
firmed 713 new positive COVID-19
cases and 159 new active cases,
along with eight additional deaths.
It was the state’s seventh straight
day of record active cases, putting
the total at 4,750.

OHIO Cincinnati: In the spring, when
the pandemic darkened live music
venues, local guitarist Carl Fichten-
baum organized “Quarantunes,” a
one-time live Facebook concert. But
the raves of friends and fans pushed
“Quarantunes” to become a monthly
series, and the eighth concert is
scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday. The
musicians all have day jobs that have
worked them hard through the pan-
demic at UC Health or the University
of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: The
state remains in the red zone for
newly reported coronavirus cases,
according to the White House Coro-
navirus Task Force.

OREGON Salem: The state marked a
grim milestone Tuesday as health
officials announced it had surpassed
600 deaths from COVID-19.

PENNSYLVANIA Harrisburg: The
state is “at the start of the fall re-
surgence” of COVID-19, its health
secretary said Wednesday. Wednes-
day marked the ninth consecutive
day that Pennsylvania’s daily case
count surpassed 1,000, and the aver-
age daily number of new confirmed
cases is up by more than 50% over
the past two weeks, according to the
COVID Tracking Project.

RHODE ISLAND Providence: Gov.
Gina Raimondo is appealing to the
state’s retired teachers to get back in
the classroom to address a severe
statewide shortage of substitutes
brought on by the pandemic.

state Supreme Court will give six
hours of training credit to any at-
torney who volunteers to be a poll
worker on Election Day. The court
said finding poll workers is especially
important because some people who
traditionally work elections are opt-
ing out because of the pandemic.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: Gov.
Kristi Noem on Tuesday blamed the
state’s recent surge in coronavirus
cases on an increase in testing, even
as the state saw a new high in the
number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

TENNESSEE Nashville: Gov. Bill Lee
said he is in quarantine after a mem-
ber of his security detail tested posi-
tive for the coronavirus.

TEXAS Austin: State health officials
reported the number of confirmed
cases of the coronavirus broke
through the 800,000-case level Tues-
day amid a new surge of cases.

UTAH Salt Lake City: The state will
move away from its color-coded
health system and place counties
under restrictions based on their
COVID-19 transmission rates, Gov.
Gary Herbert said Tuesday. The state
ranks fifth in the country for newly
confirmed infections per capita, ac-
cording to data from Johns Hopkins.

VERMONT Montpelier: Health offi-
cials are encouraging Vermonters to
limit out-of-state travel as coronavi-
rus cases increase in New England.

VIRGINIA Richmond: Enrollment at
the state’s colleges and universities
declined 1.3% this year. The Rich-
mond Times-Dispatch reports the
figure amounts to a large sigh of relief
because university leaders and state
officials feared a drop of as much as
20% as a result of the pandemic.

WASHINGTON Olympia: Gov. Jay
Inslee says five counties in central
and eastern Washington still under
the tightest COVID-19 restrictions will
be allowed to resume more activity.

WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: The last
county in the state to report a coro-
navirus case is now deemed the most
critical by health officials as the num-
ber of weekly cases statewide
reached a record high. Doddridge
County on Wednesday became the
only county in the red category on
the state’s color-coded map.

WISCONSIN Madison: The Depart-
ment of Corrections says there’s been
another coronavirus outbreak in a
state prison. The Racine Correctional
Institution/Sturtevant Transitional
Facility had 124 active inmate cases
Tuesday, according to the DOC. Kettle
Moraine Correctional Institution and
Oshkosh Correctional Institution are
still in the midst of large outbreaks.

WYOMING Jackson Hole: There will
be no guest lodging at Yellowstone
National Park’s largest concession-
aire for the winter due to the coro-
navirus pandemic, officials said.

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Honolulu: The state’s public schools will stop using a distance learning program
after parents complained about racist and sexist content. The state Department
of Education completed a review of Acellus Learning Accelerator, and reviewers
recommended discontinuing its use as a primary curriculum resource “due to its
inconsistency in quality and rigor,” Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said in a
letter to parents Monday. Complaints included misspelling and mispronuncia-
tion of Queen Lili’uokalani – the last monarch to rule the Hawaiian Kingdom –
and racist depictions of Black Americans and Islamophobic stereotypes.

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On the afternoon of Sept. 22, I be-
came a data point in the search for a
vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

That’s when I received the first of two
shots in a clinical trial to develop a vac-
cine and became one of 30,000 volun-
teers to take a needlestick for science.

Why am I doing it? A combination of
altruism, curiosity, and a sense of duty
as a journalist. But more on that later.

Aside from the nurse who injected
me and the hospital pharmacy that sup-
plied her with the injection, no one else
knows whether I received a placebo or
the would-be vaccine. Not me. Not even
Dr. Bindu Balani, the principal investi-
gator in the trial at Hackensack Univer-
sity Medical Center, one of 89 study
sites around the country.

This is called a double-blind study
because both the researchers and the
participants are blind to what was in-
side that syringe.

I admit, I have a hunch. But I won’t
share it, in case the team monitoring me
reads this.

The vaccine being tested was devel-
oped as part of America’s Operation
Warp Speed by ModernaTX, a decade-
old Cambridge, Massachusetts, biotech
company. Moderna has been awarded
$955 million in government funding for
the project, although it has never
brought a vaccine to market. If this vac-
cine is shown to be safe and effective,
the federal government has contracted
to buy 100 million doses, with an option
for 400 million more.

For seven days after my injection, I
took my temperature each evening,
measured the size of the mosquito-bite-
sized bump on my arm as it faded away,
and noted that at first, my arm hurt a lit-
tle, but “not enough to affect daily activ-
ities.” I recorded this and other informa-
tion – including my lack of headaches,
fatigue, muscle aches and nausea – on a
secure phone app that sends the data to

Weighing the pros and cons

My journey to the curtained cubicle
where I received the first injection be-
gan on the job. I’m a health care reporter,
and I had been covering the pandemic
for six months when I wrote a story
about clinical trials for the vaccine
starting in New Jersey.

I wanted to do something to help and
was fascinated by how a vaccine could
be developed and brought to market so
rapidly amid a pandemic. I thought a
first-person account of what it’s like to
be a guinea pig these days might make a
good story.

So I completed an online question-
naire declaring my interest in volunteer-
ing. A few weeks later, a nurse followed
up with a phone call.

Her enthusiasm was contagious. She
and other nurses had volunteered to
work weekends to recruit volunteers,
she said. She was excited to be part of a
project to bring an end to the pandemic.

Chances were 50-50 I’d get a placebo,
I knew, so no harm there. If I did get a
vaccine and it was approved, I was
ahead of the game. But if I got the vac-
cine and it was not approved – that
made me pause.

These were my doubts: After having
received a vaccine that didn’t make the
cut, could I still get an approved vaccine,

or might the two interact in harmful
ways in my body? And if I did get
COVID-19, could the test vaccine I re-
ceived potentially cause an overreac-
tion in my immune system and make a
potentially mild case more severe?

When I told the nurse I had ques-
tions, Balani called me back.

There isn’t enough data to answer
those questions, she told me. I was free
to withdraw at any time before the
planned end of the study in 25 months.
If another vaccine was approved and I
wanted to get it, she would ask to “un-
blind” my status. If I got sick, they
would communicate with my doctors.

There were other factors to consider
as well. As a health care writer, I’d been
reporting for months about the devas-
tation coronavirus has wrought in New
Jersey, from the scramble for hospital
beds to the incalculable loss of life. I wit-
nessed more grief and fear in seven
months than in my prior 40 years of re-
porting combined. Assisting in the re-
search for a vaccine felt like a small act
of defiance and a personal expression of

Plus, I was interested in the science
and its translation to public health: The
breakneck pace, the breakthroughs in
understanding, the sheer magnitude of
the logistics to produce and distribute
vaccines to an entire nation, let alone
the world.

It feels historic, like the Manhattan
Project – arguably the last time the U.S.
government, science and industry
worked together on such a scale. I’d in-
herited a sense that science can change
the world from my father, who worked
as a nuclear scientist at Hanford, the
Manhattan Project’s former outpost in
Washington State.

I decided to go for it.
On the day of my appointment, I read

and signed the 22-page consent form.
Balani took my medical history, gave me
a physical and swabbed me to see if I
had an active COVID-19 infection. A
nurse took my vital signs and eight vials
of blood. I downloaded the app and
learned how to use it.

The injection into my right arm was
quick and easy.

I had become a statistic.

How the vaccine would work

Moderna’s vaccine relies on a new
method of generating an immune re-
sponse in the recipient. It uses messen-
ger RNA (mRNA), a component of cells
that transmits genetic information, to
cause the body to produce coronavirus
antigens and thus stimulate the im-
mune system. Unlike previous vaccines
for other illnesses, it doesn’t use whole
virus, either live or inactivated.

Moderna’s first tests of the vaccine
on humans – Phase 1 – had 45 partici-
pants. Phase 2 had 600. I’m in Phase 3.

Phase 1 recipients developed a good
immune response against the disease –
lots of antibodies – according to a report
published in the New England Journal
of Medicine.

Three dose sizes were tested to deter-
mine which was best. Three of the 14
people who received the highest dose of
vaccine reported severe adverse events
after the second dose, including one
man who had a high fever, vomited and
fainted the following day.

That dose was 21⁄2 times the dose my
trial group receives. It was set at a lower,
more tolerable level for Phase 3.

Moderna hasn’t reported whether
anyone developed COVID-19 after re-
ceiving the vaccine.

That question – whether the vaccine
actually prevents its recipients from de-
veloping COVID-19 – is to be answered
by the Phase 3 trial, which started in late
July. We volunteers are to receive two
injections of 100 micrograms each, 28
days apart. Half of us get a placebo – salt
water – and half get the real thing.

So far, Moderna has recruited 28,043
participants. More than 19,000 have al-
ready received their second dose.

We’ll be followed to see if we develop
COVID-19, and if we do, how severely ill
we become and whether we need to be

As soon as 53 people receive con-
firmed diagnoses of COVID-19, the
sponsors – and an independent, exter-
nal advisory group called a “data and
safety monitoring board” – will do the
first, interim assessment to compare
how many people with and without the
vaccine became infected. Another as-

sessment is planned after 105 cases
among participants, and the final as-
sessment is to come after 151 cases.
Safety monitoring will go on for some
time after that.

The vaccine will be considered effec-
tive if it reduces the risk of getting
COVID-19 by 60% – that is, if it prevents
six out of 10 recipients from developing
COVID-19. (The flu vaccine generally is
40% to 60% effective.) Moderna may
ask the federal Food and Drug Admini-
stration for an emergency use authori-
zation (EUA) if the evidence of efficacy
and safety is strong after the first in-
terim assessment.

Moderna’s CEO, Stéphane Bancel,
said Oct. 1 that the earliest the company
could apply for an EUA would be
Nov. 25, assuming the safety data was

An emergency use authorization is
more flexible than full vaccine approval
by the FDA. Recent months have shown
how it can be politicized. Early in the
pandemic, after President Donald
Trump touted the use of hydroxychloro-
quine to treat COVID-19 patients, it re-
ceived an EUA. It was later rescinded
when studies showed it was ineffective
and could in certain cases cause harm.

The president also announced an
EUA for convalescent plasma, the anti-
body-rich serum extracted from the
blood of COVID-19 survivors, on the eve
of the Republican National Convention,
based on data that some experts say
was shaky.

Full vaccine approval, which requires
long-term monitoring, takes years.

The Moderna study is designed to
take 25 months. After my second shot,
I’ll make four more visits to the clinic,
enter data into the phone app at various
points, and receive regular follow-up
phone calls. Researchers will monitor us
for side effects and harmful outcomes
for two years.

In an unusual step, Moderna and
Pfizer released their detailed study pro-
tocols in September. The apparent goal
was to reassure the public about the sci-
entific integrity of the process

Slowing the research

To answer one question I get a lot: No
one will deliberately expose me to the
virus as part of this study.

Dramatically higher risk is not part of
the deal. I have no plans to stroll unpro-
tected through an intensive care unit. To
be honest, I don’t even plan to dine in-
doors at a restaurant.

That caution, which experts say is
shared by other trial volunteers, may ac-
tually slow the research; the faster that
cases accumulate, the faster experts
can see whether the vaccine works.

Unfortunately for research science,
people who volunteer for studies like
this tend to be better educated and more
health-oriented, said Dr. William
Schaffner, a professor of medicine at
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
and member of the Advisory Committee
on Immunization Practices at the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and Prevention.

They are therefore more likely to pro-
tect themselves from COVID-19, which
means it will be a while before a suffi-
cient number of infections piles up.

Not since the polio epidemic has the
public been more fixated on the race for
a vaccine. Who will get the first batch-
es? How it will be distributed? How ef-
fective will it be? How will the public ac-
cept it?

All these questions remain unan-
swered. But I feel like I’m part of history

I’ll let you know what happens.

Being part of trial opens window to process
Participation also feels
like act of defiance, hope

Lindy Washburn


A participant in Moderna’s clinical trial of a vaccine for COVID-19 receives an
injection. Half of the participants received the vaccine, and half received a

We’ve already seen stories about how
the COVID-19 pandemic and the accom-
panying financial insecurity of fur-
loughs and layoffs have sent big-city
dwellers fleeing to less-crowded areas
with a lower cost of living.

Now, according to a new survey from, all that turmoil also has more
Americans considering getting rid of
their homes in favor of van life and a
cheaper, more nomadic experience.

The moving company review site
asked hundreds of respondents about
how they felt about van life and found
that 52% of Americans are now more
open to van life, in which practitioners
live full or part time in modified vehicles
with basic amenities like beds, storage,
toilets, cookstoves and Wi-Fi, allowing
occupants to work anywhere.

Seventy-two percent said they’d try

the van life thing if it meant they could
pay off all their debt, and 74% said
they’d try it if it meant they could retire
comfortably. Another 23% said their
primary motivation would be not hav-
ing to pay rent or a mortgage.

A quarter of respondents said they’d
be willing to live on the road for six
months to a year, and 24% said they’d
do it for up to two years. Seven percent
weren’t willing to do it under any cir-

Finances weren’t the only draw for
some respondents: The poll found that
35% liked the idea of living by the beach
or spending more time outdoors. Anoth-
er 33% said their prime motivation
would be the opportunity to travel.

So who are these would-be nomads?
“One interesting correlation from our

data is that most of those who would
consider van life because of COVID-19
were millennials,” the group said in a
post on its website. “To break it down

further, 31% of those considering van
life because of the pandemic were in the
35-44 age range and 29% were in the
25–34 age range. One thing is clear: van
life definitely isn’t as fringe as it used to
be, especially among younger adults.”

Now committing to van life does
come with some upfront expenses,
though the costs vary depending on
how new or fancy your home on the road
is. Custom setups can run upwards of
$70,000. But according to city-life blog, the average cost of some of
the most-popular live-in vans is just un-
der $34,000.

“The key takeaway is that if you’re
okay living in a space that is smaller
than a studio apartment, living in a van
is much cheaper than buying a home, no
doubt about it,” concluded.
“And the perks of constant travel, close-
ness to nature, and minimalistic living
are nice cherries on top of this afford-
able sundae.”

Survey: More Americans ready for nomadic van life
Jayme Deerwester

Custom setups can run upward of
$70,000. According to, the
average cost of some popular live-in
vans is just under $34,000. ALAINA ANN

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