Forget cotton masks. The next generation of masks could be high-tech

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Masks are probably here to stay. But they’ll need to evolve. As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, we’re beginning to realize that herd immunity might not work . Early studies show that people infected with the disease can stop producing antibodies within just two months of recovering—after which you can be infected again. If that’s the case, we need to rethink everything from our building air to the way we travel . Read Full Story

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Google is placing ads next to health misinformation on conspiracy sites

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Ads for organizations such as One Medical and UNICEF are showing up on sites that publish fake information about COVID-19 and vaccines, helping those sites monetize their content—while making money for Google. Google’s programmatic ad tools AdSense and DoubleClick are placing ads on websites that publish health misinformation, according to reports from two independent research groups. Read Full Story

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Here’s what to expect during the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bill Gates

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In the next few months, developed countries will begin opening their doors again. But this “semi-normal” will still be far from what we were used to. Bill Gates has published a fascinating post over on his blog, GatesNotes, which looks at where the COVID-19 pandemic goes from here. In the post, Gates explores everything from the virus’s exponential growth to treatment and vaccine timelines. The TL;DR version of it is: There’s a lot still to be done, and the effects of the pandemic will continue to go on for a long time. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 vaccine trials are being undermined by a lack of diversity

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To make sure a vaccine works for everyone, everyone needs to be in the trials. At least 10 COVID-19 vaccines are currently in the final phase of their trials, where the vaccine is given to thousands of people to test its safety and efficacy. But as the quest for a coronavirus vaccine continues, experts say there’s still an issue with how diverse these trials are, which could impact how effective a vaccine is for everyone. Read Full Story

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5 questions that will determine how we survive the coronavirus crisis

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As we prepare to turn the corner on coronavirus, entrepreneur Bradley Tusk predicts what might come next. In a moment of true crisis, the only logical response is to lower your head and tackle every issue head on. We’re smack dab in the middle of that moment right now. But whether the curve flattens in six weeks or 12, whether developing an effective vaccine takes eight months or 14, we’ll come out of the immediate crisis relatively soon. We’ll breathe a sigh of relief. We’ll resume our daily lives with more appreciation and gusto than ever. Read Full Story

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