November 27, 2020
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What we can learn from contact tracing an entire province

Enlarge / Students have their temperature measured at Daowu middle school in China's Hunan Province, part of the measures adopted to limit the spread of the coronavirus.Xinhua News Agency Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, there were a lot of big questions about the basic properties of SARS-CoV-2: how quickly did it spread, could it spread from asymptomatic people, what
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Nearly 18,000 airport workers sealed in for testing after 7 cases detected

Enlarge / This photo taken on November 22, 2020, shows health workers in protective suits waiting to conduct COVID-19 coronavirus tests on staff at Pudong Airport in Shanghai.Getty | STR Nearly 18,000 workers were sealed into Shanghai’s main airport Sunday and tested for COVID-19 in one night after authorities detected seven cases linked to the cargo unit of the facility.
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How risky is going home for the holidays amid coronavirus? There’s a tool for that

Going home for the holidays will be a tough decision for many Canadians as the country struggles to contain a resurgence of novel coronavirus cases. With heightened community spread of COVID-19, the federal government is urging Canadians to follow public health guidelines while celebrating this year.The official stance from the federal government is that the safest way to
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AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shows success: Here’s how it stacks up to others

Enlarge / Vials in front of the AstraZeneca British biopharmaceutical company logo are seen in this creative photo taken on 18 November 2020.Getty| NurPhoto AstraZeneca announced in a press release on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine showed positive results in an interim analysis of clinical trial data. The announcement marks the third vaccine to show strong efficacy in
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First COVID-19 vaccine goes to FDA today for emergency authorization

Enlarge / Pfizer headquarters in Manhattan, New York City, United States on November 19, 2020. (credit: Getty | Anadolu Agency) Today the US Food and Drug Administration will receive its first submission of a candidate vaccine to fight the pandemic coronavirus. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech announced early this morning that they are
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Mask up! How to choose and maintain the best masks for use against COVID-19

EnlargeHello Africa / Getty As the United States enters into the colder months and record-high daily cases of COVID-19 continue to be broken on successive days, finding the best mask for your needs is more important than ever. While wearing something is always better than nothing, unfortunately, finding masks that meet WHO and CDC guidelines isn't a particularly easy or
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CDC Thanksgiving guidance: No traveling, no outside-household members

Enlarge / Good luck not getting COVID!GraphicaArtis/Getty Images In a rare press briefing Thursday, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving or gather with people outside of their “households”—defined as only the people actively living together in the 14 days prior to a gathering. The stark message
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Pfizer reports final vaccine results: 95% efficacy

Enlarge / An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached, with the logo of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, on November 17, 2020.Getty | JUSTIN TALLIS Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech announced Wednesday that they have wrapped up the Phase III trial of their COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, finding it to be 95 percent
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It’s really hard to determine which policies control COVID efficiently

Enlarge / In response to a surge in cases, Germany ordered restaurants to switch to delivery/takeout only.Picture Alliance/Getty Images Nobody wants to go back under heavy social restrictions. But the surging case numbers are causing many countries to put in place targeted lockdowns and other limits to try to get the pandemic back under control—a move that has sparked a