Ben Parker Fills In On NightSide with Dan Rea - Rundown for Sept. 7, 2021

The Emergence of Mu. A new COVID variant has now been detected in 49 states. Despite the Delta variant being the number one dominant strain of COVID, which represents 99% of cases, the Mu variant is a strain that has been added to the World Health Organization’s “variants of interest” list. Dr. Fauci says the Mu variant is “not an immediate threat” but will it eventually be a bigger threat than the Delta variant? Are these emerging variants enough concern for you to get a booster shot when the time comes? Dr. Mark Siedner joins Ben to discuss.

Back in Session. With the return to school here in Massachusetts, all public-school students and staff are required to wear a mask in the schools regardless of vaccination status. In addition, many colleges are now requiring their students get vaccinated to attend in person learning. How are school administrators dealing with the current situation and planning for any new variants that might be coming their way? Westfield State University President Dr. Linda Thompson joins Ben to discuss.

Out of This World. Space travel has recently expanded over the last year to beyond just astronauts. Billionaires such as Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have hit zero gravity and aim to bring space travel more mainstream. What does the future hold for space tourism? What is the latest space news? CBS News Correspondent Peter King joins Ben to discuss.

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