Technology can keep up with COVID variants, say experts

Despite worries that a new coronavirus variant may be able to evade vaccines just being distributed, a Harvard public health expert expressed confidence in the same technology that produced the vaccines in record time.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 22, 2021 ~6 min

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COVID-19 vaccine: 1 dose for many or 2 doses for some?

Until the COVID-19 vaccine supply increases, "we are better off vaccinating twice as many people" with a first dose only, says Christopher Gill.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
Jan. 21, 2021 ~9 min

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How engineering can contribute to a reimagining of the US public health system

A revamping of health care engineering in the US can help reimagine public health.

Woodrow W. Winchester III, Graduate Program Director, Professional Engineering Programs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Jan. 21, 2021 ~7 min

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45% of adults over 65 lack account for COVID vaccine sign-up

Patient portals offer an easy way to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines as they become available. But many older adults have yet to set up an account.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Jan. 20, 2021 ~8 min

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Understanding antibodies to avoid pandemics

Structural biologist Pamela Björkman shared insights into pandemic viruses as part of the Department of Biology’s IAP seminar series.

Saima Sidik | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

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COVID-19 misinformation: scientists create a 'psychological vaccine' to protect against fake news

A 'psychological vaccine' has proven effective in countering belief in COVID-19 conspiracies.

Jon Roozenbeek, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology, University of Cambridge • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

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Fake news: bold visual warnings needed to stop people clicking – new research

Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.

Fiona Carroll, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Smart Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~5 min

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Bold visual warnings are needed to stop people clicking on fake news

Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.

Fiona Carroll, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Smart Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~5 min

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How anti-vax memes replicate through satire and irony

Memes that promote harmful conspiracies and memes that mock them are sometimes hard to distinguish.

Jan Buts, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Translation Studies, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~8 min

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What you need to know about the new COVID-19 variants

A biologist who studies the evolution of diseases explains what's different about the two new virus strains that have been found recently, and what that means for vaccine effectiveness.

David Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Biology, Penn State • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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