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    Where the loved ones of COVID-19 victims still gather in groups to grieve

    On April 11, Oklahoma reported 74 new coronavirus cases and five deaths. In terms of the numbers, it was a pretty average day, if not lower than usual—the state’s curve even appeared to be flattening. Less than two weeks later, the governor would announce plans to begin lifting shutdown orders. But for Megan Adkins, there was nothing normal about […] More

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    The Contagion Detective

    The COVID-19 pandemic was some epidemiologist’s nightmare when Adam Kucharski was writing Rules of Contagion. Released in July, the book, which includes brief mentions of the encroaching COVID-19 storm, draws on ideas from “outbreak science” to illuminate how and why viruses spread. Information from biology, Kucharski expertly demonstrates, has helped scientists understand how misinformation rages like […] More

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    Controversial doctor temporarily suspended from Twitter over coronavirus misinformation

    Dr. Stella Immmanuel, the doctor at the center of a viral video touting hydroxychloroquine, has had her Twitter account temporarily locked for violating the company’s coronavirus misinformation rules. Twitter told the Daily Dot on Thursday that Immanuel’s account, @stella_immanuel, had a tweet in violation of the company’s coronavirus misinformation policy. Read more. More

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    Prominent anti-mask congressman tests positive for coronavirus

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Politico, after repeatedly shunning the use of masks and social distancing during congressional events. Gohmert brushed off guidelines to observe these protective measures during multiple events over the past few months. Read more. More

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    Wearing a mask could mess up facial recognition algorithms

    The coronavirus pandemic has led to many more people wearing face masks in public, and that could wreak havoc on facial recognition systems, a new government study found. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that face masks caused error rates from 5% to 50% among the 89 best commercial facial recognition algorithms. Read more. More

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    Anti-mask groups are still flourishing on Facebook

    Do you wear a mask when you go shopping? If so, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), believes you could be helping “bring this epidemic under control” within the next few months. Or, according to members of the Unmask US Facebook group, you’re a “sheep” participating in the “manufactured plandemic.” Read more. More

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    The Damage We’re Not Attending To

    World War II bomber planes returned from their missions riddled with bullet holes. The first response was, not surprisingly, to add armor to those areas most heavily damaged. However, the statistician Abraham Wald made what seemed like the counterintuitive recommendation to add armor to those parts with no damage. Wald had uniquely understood that the planes that […] More

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    Despite coronavirus scare in February, CPAC is full-steam ahead in 2021

    The largest annual gathering in the country of conservatives is moving ahead with planning their annual conference—as other large conventions have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Conservative Political Action Conference, more commonly referred to as CPAC, is going foward, according to sources familiar with the planning of the event. Read more. More

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    Sen. Ted Cruz photographed without a mask on during flight

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) was spotted not wearing a mask on an American Airlines flight, leaving many people wondering whether he was violating the airline’s coronavirus policies. A photo of the Texas senator was posted on Twitter on Sunday by user @hossenhenad. It shows Cruz sitting, looking at his phone and holding a coffee cup. He does not have a mask on. Read […] More

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    Bill Nye calls face masks ‘a matter of life and death’

    Despite the impassioned, research-backed pleas of credentialed health officials and scientists, many Americans still believe wearing a face mask does not help curb the spread of coronavirus, or worse, will actually make them sick. But perhaps skeptical Americans might be more willing to listen if they were getting their message from somebody with a little […] More

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