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What We’re Reading About COVID-19 – April 27, 2020

General News 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US is approaching one million as more than 55 thousand deaths have been documented. Overseas in Europe, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is back on the job today after recovering from coronavirus. Meanwhile, Italy, one of the hardest hit countries is making plans to ease social distancing measures. 

Health and Science News

An article in the New York Times suggests Oxford University is currently leading efforts to produce a COVID-19 vaccine. Last month six rhesus macaque monkeys were inoculated with a single dose of the Oxford vaccine. The animals were then exposed to heavy quantities of the virus causing the pandemic. More than 28 days later, all six reportedly remain healthy. The scientists are now hoping to conduct a clinical trial involving 6,000 people by the end of next month. 

The CDC has officially added six new COVID-19 symptoms. They include chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of smell. Meanwhile, an op-ed in STAT suggests scientists who express different views on COVID-19 should be heard, not demonized. 

Other News 

College students are now suing their schools following virus-forced closures. They’re demanding tuition refunds after classes were forced to be taken online. If elementary, junior high and high school classes resume in the fall, what will that look like? This article in The Washington Post offers some clues. And according to the New York Times, lockdowns have exposed three key things about working and parenting. 

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