There are 5 easy steps to tame COVID-19, says Fauci

Anthony Fauci, one of the government’s top authorities on the coronavirus pandemic, said that simple measures including wearing masks, avoiding bars, and spending time outdoors can tame the pandemic, but only if widely adopted.

Alvin Powell • harvard
yesterday ~8 min

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Is it time to resume COVID restrictions in some safe states?

Officials in states that appear to have COVID-19 under control should keep an eye on a slow rise in cases, and take the chance to enact modest measures before case numbers begin to rise rapidly again, a Harvard expert said.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

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Never-before-seen bacterium found at Arnold Arboretum

A new species of bacteria, one that makes its home on the relatively hot and dry surface of a solar panel, was discovered recently at the Arnold Arboretum, offering a lesson that nature’s reach extends even to the artificial.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Vaccines may arrive in record time, but the virus has been faster

Vaccines that might protect against COVID-19 have entered phase 3 trials — the last step before regular approval in humans — in record time, but the virus has moved faster, experts say.

Alvin Powell • harvard
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Air conditioning may be factor in COVID-19 spread in the South

Harvard researchers, drawing on insights from tuberculosis research, say air conditioners may be a factor in COVID-19’s spread down South, and relatively inexpensive germicidal ultraviolet lights a weapon.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Harvard expert outlines recommendations for school reopenings

As school officials worry about whether they can safely reopen their districts in the fall, Joseph Allen, a Harvard healthy buildings expert has an answer: yes.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

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Data shows Americans moving around at near pre-pandemic rates

Cellphone mobility data shows that most Americans have put the coronavirus lockdown in the rearview mirror and are moving about at nearly the same rate as they were before the pandemic began, according to a Harvard epidemiologist who studies such data.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 24, 2020 ~5 min

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Lawrence Summers says national pandemic response lacking

Harvard economist and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said we’re in greater danger of doing too little to fight COVID-19 than too much.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 19, 2020 ~6 min

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App reveals loss of taste, smell coronavirus indicators

Researchers deploying a smartphone app to 2.6 million users have determined that the loss of smell and taste are most predictive symptoms of COVID-19.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 1, 2020 ~7 min

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