New York Is Trying Targeted Lockdowns. Will It Curb Covid?

New York—unlike Meyers’ home state, she notes, and most of the US—is currently in the stage of containing flare-ups, and there are advantages. It’s possible to hurl resources at a localized problem, testing and tracing aggressively, or targeting education and, if absolutely necessary, enforcement, like fines or citations. (Cuomo has blamed a lack of enforcement […]

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A Superspreading Presidency, Experimental Treatments, and More Coronavirus News

Covid continues its spread through the White House, researchers look at new treatments and symptoms, and the scientific community takes on politics. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here! Headlines The superspreading presidency of Donald Trump In the week since Donald Trump announced via […]

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A Super-Spreading Presidency, Experimental Treatments, and More Coronavirus News

Covid continues its spread through the White House, researchers look at new treatments and symptoms, and the scientific community takes on politics. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here! Headlines The super-spreading presidency of Donald Trump In the week since Donald Trump announced via […]

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The Superspreading Presidency of Donald Trump

So does that mean…? “I would say the president is a superspreader,” Scarpino says. “I’m happy to say that.” Things didn’t have to be this way. Have tight lockdowns, keep everybody from coming into contact with anybody, and R0 goes down. Even the people who are better at transmitting (they’re carrying more virus, they’re at […]

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A Common Plant Virus Is an Unlikely Ally in the War on Cancer

A familiar example of this is flu shots, which are delivered in your arm but trigger an immune response that protects against a respiratory infection. Fiering started to wonder if a similar approach might be taken with cancer. His idea was that if doctors injected something into a tumor that would cause the body’s immune […]

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How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

Still: It’s probably not simple household spread. For one thing, all these people don’t actually live together. “I think it’s definitely not a classic case of household spread because it’s not a classic household,” says William Hanage, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The White House is a […]

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Trump Tests Positive, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

President Trump tests positive, new developments in contact tracing and testing, and America’s largest school districts navigate reopening. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here! Headlines President Trump tests positive for Covid-19, and the country plans for an uncertain future Late last night, President […]

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Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

President Trump tests positive, lawmakers consider new approaches to contact tracing and testing, and America’s largest school districts navigate reopening. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here! Headlines President Trump tests positive for Covid-19, and the country plans for an uncertain future Late last […]

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Who Did Trump Infect? Tracing His Contacts Is a Big Task

President Trump is isolating himself in the White House, having tested positive for the coronavirus last night. He and the first lady, Melania Trump, are experiencing “mild symptoms,” according to Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff. The president’s diagnosis will spark a mammoth contact tracing effort, to identify everyone who came close to […]

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President Donald Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet late Wednesday night that he and his wife Melania have tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19, the pandemic disease that has killed more than a million people worldwide in just nine months—and one whose severity the president has consistently downplayed. It’s an extraordinary turn of events […]

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This Congresswoman Wants to Rev Up Covid Testing

The US’s Covid-testing failure has unfurled in stages. First, there weren’t close to enough tests, thanks to cascading policy failures and supply chain issues. Once the supply problem gradually came under control, it was replaced by processing backlogs: as cases soared over the summer, many people were having to wait a week or more to […]

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This Congressperson Wants to Rev Up Covid Testing

The US’s Covid-testing failure has unfurled in stages. First, there weren’t close to enough tests, thanks to cascading policy failures and supply chain issues. Once the supply problem gradually came under control, it was replaced by processing backlogs: As cases soared over the summer, many people were having to wait a week or more to […]

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WIRED25 Day 3: Look at Problems in a New Way

Conversations on the final day of this year’s WIRED25 event revolved around the existential mess that has characterized 2020: Covid-19, election integrity, California wildfires. But the experts who came together to share their insights into these problems, and the work they have been doing to confront them, also communicated a sense of genuine optimism. National […]

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Taiwan’s Digital Minister Knows How to Crush Covid-19: Trust

The US recorded its first coronavirus case on January 20, 2020. Taiwan recorded its first case the next day. Now, more than eight months later, as the virus has infected 7.2 million Americans and killed more than 205,000, Taiwan has all but returned to normal. Movies, baseball games, concerts attended by tens of thousands of […]

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Anthony Fauci Has Some Very Good Reasons to Be Optimistic

In an alternate universe, where the WIRED25 event could safely have been held in person, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci would have been greeted like a rock star. A strange combination of A-list celebrity and level-headed grandfather, Fauci has gamely taken up the position of trusted voice amid the maelstrom […]

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The Coronavirus Dashboard Creator Has a New Target: Elections

The last nine months—the Long March of 2020—have been a litany of disasters. Pandemic coronavirus; uncontrolled wildfires; punishing hurricanes and a derecho; paramilitary violence at protests for racial justice. But amid all that, amid a smog of disinformation hovering above it all, it’s easy to forget that back in January and February, everyone knew bad […]

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Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?

That could not be more different than the current situation with Covid-19—which, if trends don’t change, will be the third-leading cause of death in the US by the end of the year, behind only heart disease and cancer. Though the federal government is putting effort behind vaccine development with Operation Warp Speed, there is still […]

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