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What the CDC’s New Definition of ‘Close Contact’ Really Means

Repeated brief encounters with the same person are now considered close contact, according to a tweak to the CDC’s definition.Previously, for somebody to be a “close contact,” they had to remain within six feet of you for a stretch of at least 15 minutes. The change recognizes that, according to recent research, you…Read more… Continue […]

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Study Finding It Nearly Impossible For Airline Passengers Wearing Masks To Catch COVID-19 Was Based On ‘Bad Math’

A study of COVID-19 infection rates on airplanes by the Department of Defense and United Airlines concluded that the risk of masked passengers being infected by the virus while flying was “virtually non-existent.” A lot of people thought that sounded fishy, and it turns out an infectious disease doctor who ran a…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Nine-Time Motorcycle Champion Valentino Rossi Has Coronavirus

The 41-year-old motorcycle racing G.O.A.T. announced Thursday on Twitter that he woke up not feeling well and immediately submitted himself to testing for the global hell virus that has plagued us these many months. The initial quick test result was negative, but a second more trustworthy test was sent off to labs and…Read more… Continue […]

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It’s Worth Watching ‘Contagion’ Again

Ever since I saw Contagion earlier this year, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the guy hocking “forsythia,” that universe’s counterpart to hydroxychloroquine. In the 2011 movie, pandemic misinformation is personified in one blogger who claims that the CDC is suppressing the fake cure. People stampede and…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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We Still Don’t Know How Many COVID Cases Are In Schools

Sending children back to in-person schooling during an epidemic is an experiment of unprecedented proportions. The results could be a disaster; none of us here will be surprised if all the schools close again. But it’s starting to look like we might not even know if and when outbreaks are spreading at schools. Read more… […]

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Cloth Masks Don’t Protect Against Wildfire Smoke

If you are living in a literal hellscape (as much of the western United States is at this point), you know that you can wear masks to protect yourself from coronavirus, and masks to protect yourself from the particulates in wildfire smoke. However: these are not necessarily the same masks.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Inside the Summer of the Sorority Quarantine

The Pi Beta Phi house, a squat building just outside the University of Oklahoma’s campus, was one of the first sororities to make national news. The sorority, which favors haloes and wings and banners that say “ring ching,” had, like most Greek organizations, done the majority of its recruitment online. Members stayed…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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