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Why do we have different blood types — and do they make us more vulnerable to Covid-19?

CNN
July 16, 2020
Most humans fall into one of four blood groups — A, B, AB or O. Ordinarily, your blood type makes very little difference in your daily life except if you need to have a blood transfusion. However, some studies have people wondering if blood type affects coronavirus risk. One, for instance, suggests that people with Type A may have a higher risk of catching Covid-19 and of developing severe symptoms while people with Type O blood may have a lower risk.

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What a Negative COVID-19 Test Really Means

The Atlantic
June 21, 2020
You go out to a bar with friends this week, and you’re planning to visit your elderly relatives in a few days. You feel healthy, and you even get a COVID-19 test out of caution. The result comes back negative. Is it safe to go?

Not exactly, experts say. How well COVID-19 tests work in people who feel healthy is still a key unknown of the pandemic.

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Risk ranking of everyday activities for COVID-19

Business Insider
June 8, 2020
Staying safe from COVID-19 doesn’t require isolating in a bunker, but it does mean weighing different risks based on the situation. You can think about everyday activities in terms of the three D’s: diversity, distance, and duration.

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Telehealth wasn’t designed for non-English speakers

The Verge
June 4, 2020
When David Velasquez went home to California for a week in April, he found out that his parents didn’t have internet access anymore. Velasquez, a medical student at Harvard, needs Wi-Fi for work. However, his parents don’t own a computer. “They don’t shop online, they don’t watch Netflix,” he says. So when the connection got too expensive, they stopped paying for it.

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The End of Handshakes—for Humans and for Robots

Wired
May 27, 2020
Researchers have spent years teaching robots to shake hands—an effort possibly doomed by a global turn against human contact.

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended social norms, especially greetings. In France, the government has warned against cheek kissing. In New Zealand, a Maori tribe has banned the traditional hongi greeting, in which people press their noses together and inhale each other’s breath.

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Watch: How researchers will study Covid-19 vaccines

STATNews
May 27, 2020
The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, has sickened millions of people around the world and upended everyday life in unprecedented ways. A vaccine has the potential to return society to something that resembles normal. Scientists are racing to develop one, but they must first ensure that it is both effective and safe.

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