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Data: Fansure; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Two years after Rudy Gobert infamously triggered a sports shutdown, the Jazz are faring better than any other team amid the NBA's Omicron outbreak.

Driving the news: Before Tuesday — when Joe Ingles entered COVID protocols — the Jazz were the only NBA team that hadn't added a player to that list this season.

By the numbers: 291 players have missed a combined 2,043 days in COVID protocols through Tuesday night.

  • Five teams have missed at least 100 player-days: Bulls (144), Nets (125), Celtics (119), Hawks (117) and 76ers (110).
  • Half the league (15 teams) has sent at least 10 players into protocols, while just two have sent five or fewer: Pelicans (five) and Jazz (one).

Between the lines: The Cavaliers, 76ers and Bucks have been hit hardest in terms of value lost, thanks to Darius Garland, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and other stars missing time, per ESPN.

Where it stands: Sunday was the first day since Dec. 18 that fewer than 100 players were in protocols. That's partly because the outbreak appears to have peaked, and partly because isolation periods are now shorter.

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Jan 15, 2022 - Health

Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron

Three COVID-19 testing companies place testing locations outside Grand Central Terminal on Jan. 14 in New York City. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Experts are warning that subsequent COVID-19 variants are likely to come after Omicron, AP reports.

Why it matters: The warnings come as there's no guarantee that subsequent variants "will cause milder illness or that existing vaccines will work against them," underscoring the need for widespread vaccination, AP writes.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.

The hard math behind America's labor shortage

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, the pandemic has created unusual temporary labor market dynamics. But in the bigger picture, the 2010s were a golden age for companies seeking cheap labor. The 2020s are not.

The big picture: In the 2010s, the massive millennial generation was entering the workforce, the massive baby bo0m generation was still hard at work, and there was a multi-year hangover from the deep recession caused by the global financial crisis.