With widespread COVID vaccine hesitancy, the US may never reach herd immunity. Where will that leave us?

With widespread COVID vaccine hesitancy, the US may never reach herd immunity. Where will that leave us?

For COVID-19, the herd-immunity threshold is estimated to be between 60 and 90 percent. That’s the proportion of people who ...
Why the mounting number of coronavirus mutations portends a potentially troubling future

Why the mounting number of coronavirus mutations portends a potentially troubling future

For most of 2020, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 jumped from human to human, accumulating mutations at a steady rate ...
How the coronavirus is mutating, evolving—and getting more difficult to contain

How the coronavirus is mutating, evolving—and getting more difficult to contain

Each day, [the new UK COVID variant] B.1.1.7 is being found in more people in more places, including all around the United States. Experts ...
Over 60 years, vaccines have prevented 4.5 billion cases and saved 10 million lives. Now anti-vaxxers want to roll back the clock

Over 60 years, vaccines have prevented 4.5 billion cases and saved 10 million lives. Now anti-vaxxers want to roll back the clock

The misleading claims Americans will soon hear about the newly released COVID-19 vaccines are nearly identical to claims made about smallpox ...
Should you abort a fetus with Down syndrome as the Danish do almost universally?

Should you abort a fetus with Down syndrome as the Danish do almost universally?

[I]n 2004, Denmark became one of the first countries in the world to offer prenatal Down syndrome screening to every ...
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Bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel makes his case for why he wants to die at 75

By the time I reach 75, I will have lived a complete life. I will have loved and been loved ...
What you should and shouldn’t worry about in the small print when a COVID vaccine is approved

What you should and shouldn’t worry about in the small print when a COVID vaccine is approved

Over the next few months, the companies behind the leading [COVID] vaccine candidates will start releasing the first data from ...
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Right to protection against infection? Do masks and stay-at-home orders violate the Constitution? Check out the Third Amendment

[P]rotesters have resisted [COVID] safety measures under the belief that they violate constitutionally guaranteed liberties… But a profound historical counter-vision ...
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Vaccine chaos: Doses likely released first are the hardest to deploy

[T]he COVID-19 vaccine will be a whole new challenge. “The COVID situation is significantly different and more complex than anything ...
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Trump did not ‘beat COVID’: Recovering from an illness is not a form of warfare

“Our president is strong and will beat the virus,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “He’s a fighter,” said former press secretary Sarah Huckabee ...
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Don’t expect closure on the pandemic. COVID is here for a while even if vaccines prove to work

Whatever the end of the pandemic might look like, the United States is nowhere close to it at the moment; week ...
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Why going for herd immunity to fight COVID won’t work

The idea of abandoning preventive measures and letting the virus infect people has already gotten traction in [US] administration. [Recently, ...
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Behold the sturddlefish: ‘It’s like if a cow and a giraffe made a baby’

“Sturddlefish,” as these [Russian sturgeon and American paddlefish] hybrids were nicknamed after researchers in Hungary announced their creation last month, go shockingly ...
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Permanent readjustment: Why COVID-19 is here to stay

If there was ever a time when this coronavirus could be contained, it has probably passed. One outcome is now ...
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Viewpoint: How COVID-19 has brought America to its knees

Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus. And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical ...
Having your period can be painful, messy, expensive - and optional?

Having your period can be painful, messy, expensive – and optional?

Menstruation has now become an elective bodily process. “Once your periods are established, we can turn them off,” Sophia Yen, ...
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Latest partisan flashpoint: Gap between rising confirmed coronavirus infections and relatively flat death rate

President Donald Trump has brushed off the coronavirus surge by emphasizing the lower death rate, saying that “99 percent of ...
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Quest for a coronavirus vaccine ‘reinvigorating’ anti-vax conspiracy theories

There is no COVID-19 vaccine, but there are already COVID-19 vaccine conspiracies. Even as vaccines for the disease caused by ...
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Prebiotics: How best to protect your skin and why daily showers may not be a good idea

Now couldn’t be a weirder time to question washing. I’ve spent the past three years reporting on how our notions ...
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30 years later in Romania: What happened to the babies deprived of human contact?

In 1990, the outside world discovered [Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu’s] network of “child gulags,” in which an estimated 170,000 abandoned ...
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‘This virus has ruined my life’: Some COVID-19 patients have suffered through symptoms for months—with no end in sight

About 80 percent of [COVID-19] infections, according to the World Health Organization, “are mild or asymptomatic,” and patients recover after ...
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‘Diagnostic conundrum’: COVID-19 pandemic has given us a lot of clinically depressed people

As a rough average, during pre-pandemic life, 5 to 7 percent of people met the criteria for a diagnosis of ...
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‘High-stakes information battle’ brewing over which coronavirus experts to trust

Determining who is an authoritative figure worth amplifying is more challenging than ever. Curated, personalized feeds enable bespoke realities. Trump ...
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Unanswered COVID-19 questions multiply: Why some people get really sick and others not? Does social distancing really matter? Are models right?

In a pandemic characterized by extreme uncertainty, one of the few things experts know for sure is the identity of ...
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Are we facing a ‘more transmissible’ coronavirus strain? Not so fast, researchers say

As if the pandemic weren’t bad enough, on April 30, a team led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...
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How America is neglecting its growing elderly autistic population

[E]merging research suggests that autistic adults are at high risk of a broad array of physical and mental health conditions, ...
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There are 7 coronaviruses that infect humans. Here’s what makes SARS-CoV-2 so dangerous

SARS-CoV-2 is not the flu. It causes a disease with different symptoms, spreads and kills more readily, and belongs to a completely ...
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There are 3 possible endgames for the coronavirus pandemic

Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country... . It ...
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