This DIY contact tracing app helps people exposed to COVID-19 remember who they met

With new US COVID-19 cases topping 200,000 a day, contact tracers are overwhelmed. Here's how infected people can start tracing and notifying contacts themselves.

Ian Jason Lee, Doctoral Student, Florida International University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

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New DIY contact tracing app expands the fight against COVID-19, using the science of memory

With new US COVID-19 cases topping 200,000 a day, contact tracers are overwhelmed. Here's how infected people can start tracing and notifying contacts themselves.

Ian Jason Lee, Doctoral Student, Florida International University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

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Protecting great apes from the unknown effects of Covid-19

Humans can transmit many diseases to chimps, orangutans and their kin. People who study and care for the creatures are taking lockdown-style measures to limit the risk.

Jackie Rocheleau • knowable
Dec. 3, 2020 ~9 min

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Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 will have side effects – that's a good thing

The side effects of new SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are a result of immune system activation. While uncomfortable, they are both normal and expected. They are a sign that the vaccine is working.

Matthew Woodruff, Instructor, Lowance Center for Human Immunology, Emory University • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~9 min

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What are emergency use authorizations, and do they guarantee that a vaccine or drug is safe?

The vaccines that will first be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will have gone through a special approval process with the FDA. but just what is this expedited process?

Jeremy Greene, Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~10 min

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How researchers are making do in the time of Covid

The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered labs and sidelined scientists all over the world. Here’s a look at how some of them have coped.

Anil Ananthaswamy • knowable
Dec. 2, 2020 ~21 min

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Will there be a post-Thanksgiving coronavirus surge?

Evidence of a post-Thanksgiving surge should be emerging this week, a Harvard epidemiologist said, advising people who gathered together to get tested or assume they’re infected.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 2, 2020 ~5 min

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Tribes mount organized responses to COVID-19, in contrast to state and federal governments

Portrayals of Native Americans and COVID-19 often ignore responses rooted in tribal sovereignty.

Kerry F. Thompson, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair, Northern Arizona University • conversation
Dec. 2, 2020 ~8 min

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American individualism and our collective crisis

Our national and social identity is deeply rooted in values like freedom, equality and order. A political scientist explores how these ideas have affected the US response to the worsening pandemic.

Anil Ananthaswamy • knowable
Dec. 1, 2020 ~14 min

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Rapid COVID-19 tests can be useful – but there are far too few to put a dent in the pandemic

In September, production of rapid tests really ramped up in the US. But due to low accuracy and massive numbers needed, these tests alone are unlikely to have much of an effect on the pandemic.

Katherine Ellingson, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Arizona • conversation
Dec. 1, 2020 ~8 min

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