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Future of Medicine #21

  • Pandemic Defeated America
  • Hacking COVID research
  • Effective travel bans?
  • Winter is coming
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Washington Post

Coronavirus: A vaccine will not change the world right away

In the public imagination, the arrival of a coronavirus vaccine looms large: It’s the neat Hollywood ending to the grim and agonising uncertainty of everyday life in a pandemic.

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The Atlantic

How the Pandemic Defeated America

A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.

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UC Berkeley

Will COVID-19 mark the end of scientific publishing as we know it?

Randy Schekman is getting a bit tired of talking about this.

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Exclusive: China-backed hackers ‘targeted COVID-19 vaccine firm Moderna’

WASHINGTON – Chinese government-linked hackers targeted biotech company Moderna Inc, a U.S.-based coronavirus vaccine research developer, this year in a bid to steal data, according to a U.S. security official tracking Chinese hacking.

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What scientists are learning about kids and Covid-19 infection

In mid-June, a sleepaway camp in Georgia opened for its first camp session of the summer, welcoming 363 campers and 234 staffers and trainees back for what was supposed to be a fun summer outdoors. The camp followed most of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, including keeping campers in cabin groups as much as possible. But the campers were not required to wear masks for camp activities, including singing and cheering.

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LA Times

Those coronavirus vaccines leading the race? Don’t ditch the masks quite yet

Nearly $6 billion has been allocated. Clinical trials are entering a crucial third phase, and Operation Warp Speed is getting closer to the goal of delivering 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by January.

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Evaluating the effectiveness of travel bans

With the reopening of flights during the summer holiday season in Europe, many countries have started to see an increase in COVID-19 infections. A new IIASA-led study sheds light on how COVID-19 spreads regionally and between countries, as well as on how effective governmental measures to curb the spread of the pandemic have been to date.

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Texas Tribune

Why Texas’ coronavirus data comes with caveats

It’s hard to collect good numbers on an unknown virus, and Texas health officials have made errors. But experts say the state’s coronavirus data is useful as long as users understand its limitations.

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The Conversation

We’re more likely to let our COVID-19 guard down around those we love most

Have you hugged a friend or relative and then sat down for a catch up coffee? Have you laughed with a colleague during after-work drinks, while sharing a packet of chips? Did you feel safe? Did you feel the need to sit 1.5 metres away from them or wear a mask? Your answers may depend on what state you’re in but we know that even in Victoria, where the COVID-19 case numbers are worst, too many people are not following the rules around isolation and distancing.

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The Independent (UK)

Winter is coming: How worried should we be about coronavirus?

Lockdown restrictions are easing in England, but with a second wave ‘rolling’ across Europe and winter on the horizon, Sophie Gallagher asks if the worst is yet to come

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