This breakthrough mask is a ‘smoke detector’ for COVID-19

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It’s a way to track the prevalence of COVID-19 in environments like jails. The greatest challenge of containing COVID-19 continues to be that a carrier can be contagious for two days before developing symptoms. It’s impossible to know if you or those around you are sick at any given moment. By the time you do know, one infection could have spread to dozens of people. Read Full Story

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Remote education is forcing the U.S. to confront the digital divide

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With schools continuing digital classes this fall and millions of students without home internet, communities are scrambling to bring kids and their families online. COVID-19 has introduced a host of new challenges to everyday life. But it’s also turned longstanding weaknesses in American society into acute crises. One of the biggest problems: Millions of students can’t keep up with online schoolwork because they lack internet access at home. Read Full Story

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Beyond Meat is benefiting from the real meat shortage

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But the closure of retail partners like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts presets challenges ahead. As meat shortages continue around the country due to COVID-19 lockdowns shutting down production, at least one company is benefiting: Beyond Meat. The plant-based meat startup’s stock has surged 162% since mid-March, reports CNBC , due partly to meat-production plant shutdowns. Read Full Story

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See inside clinics designed for COVID-19 long haulers

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Long haulers are posing new challenges for the public health system. Three new clinics in New York are designed to meet their needs. As soon as the first wave of COVID-19 cases crashed on the United States, public health officials knew the problem was going to get complicated. In New York City, signs were already emerging by March 2020 that some people were continuing to struggle with symptoms long after they were no longer contagious. These so-called long haulers posed a new challenge for the public health system, and officials realized they needed to be able to treat patients not just with acute symptoms but also persistent ones. Read Full Story

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