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  • The Sounds performing a live show: When will indoor concerts be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?
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    The eventual return of indoor concerts might be safer than we think

    Live music seems like one of the last events likely to return in a post-pandemic world, given the close proximity of screaming fans at concerts. After months of canceled music festivals, closed venues, and virtual gigs, however, new research has people wondering if indoor concerts are safe to attend during the pandemic. In early November, German […] More

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    Amazon is generating gargantuan profits during the pandemic

    Amazon collected more profits in the first nine months of 2020 than it did in all of 2019, according to the company’s third-quarter earnings report.  The giant online marketplace continues to benefit from a pandemic-induced increase in e-commerce spending. According to data from IBM’s U.S. retail index and the U.S. Census Bureau, department store sales […] More

  • MIT diagnose coronavirus - cough
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    Can AI detect the coronavirus by the sound of your cough?

    A new algorithm can accurately give a coronavirus diagnosis solely through the sound of a cough.  Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Auto-ID Laboratory, the artificially intelligent technology was recently tested on 2,500 people. It correctly identified 97.1% of those with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 100% of those with asymptomatic cases.  Researchers behind […] More

  • d614g mutation
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    Is the D614G coronavirus mutation more contagious than the original strain?

    An altered version of the coronavirus called the D614G mutation now accounts for close to 85% of all COVID-19 cases in the world. Experts believe new research suggests the mutation is more contagious than the original COVID-19 strain.  A recent study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal mBIO surveyed more than 5,000 coronavirus patients at […] More

  • Fauci- herd immunity percentage
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    Fauci says herd immunity is an ‘unacceptable pathway’ that will kill too many people

    In a single week, the United States broke its coronavirus case record and the White House claimed to “end” COVID-19. Now, rumors are swirling that President Donald Trump’s administration is adopting a herd immunity strategy.  According to the Daily Beast, President Trump’s COVID-19 advisors are pushing for the controversial strategy.  The White House has denied […] More

  • regeneron coronavirus trump
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    The experimental coronavirus cocktail Trump received has been proven to work—there’s just not enough of it to go around

    Drugmaker Regeneron said in late October that patients who received its experimental COVID-19 cocktail made about 57% fewer coronavirus-related medical visits than those who received a placebo during a 29-day period.  The antibody therapy made headlines earlier this month after it was revealed that it speeded up President Trump’s recovery time from COVID-19.  “They gave […] More

  • COVID-19 vaccine risk of HIV
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    Could some of the COVID-19 vaccine candidates make people more vulnerable to HIV?

    Four prominent COVID-19 vaccines currently in development could increase the risk of HIV, according to a report published in medical journal The Lancet.  The vaccines in question use a modified virus called adenovirus 5 (Ad5) as a vector to administer the protein gene SARS-CoV-2—the viral cause of the coronavirus—into the body.  Scientists are concerned because […] More

  • in-person learning coronavirus
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    Is in-person learning creating more coronavirus cases?

    As more schools reopen around the world, growing evidence suggests little correlation between in-person learning and the spread of the coronavirus.  In the U.S., 24 of the 50 largest school districts in the states have resumed in-person schooling, and 11 more plan to do the same in the coming weeks. Although school teachers have died […] More

  • Long COVID
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    What is ‘long COVID,’ and who is most at risk of experiencing it?

    A recent study by researchers at King’s College London revealed that older people, women, and those with a myriad of symptoms in their first week of COVID-19 are more likely to develop “long COVID.”  The paper defines “long COVID” as having symptoms for more than four weeks. A shorter bout of COVID-19 typically causes symptoms […] More

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