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CDC officials recommend opening schools with masks - but closing indoor dining and gyms

A student waits to receive a Chromebook at Rippowam Middle School on September 14, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. John Moore/Getty Images CDC researchers said there was "little evidence" that schools meaningfully fuel coronavirus transmission in an editorial on Tuesday. The researchers suggested reopening schools with masks and social distancing requirements. The decision, they wrote, may require some sacrifices — like closing indoor dining or gyms. Visit Business Insider's homepage for mo...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Trends, Joe Biden, South Africa, Chromebook, New York Times, Biden, North Carolina, Stanford University, Oslo


The US will purchase 200 million additional COVID-19 vaccine doses and pledges to get states 10 million shots per week

President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 21, 2021. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it plans to purchase another 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses each from Pfizer and Moderna. That would bring the total US vaccine supply to 600 million doses — enough to vaccinate 300 million Americans. The administration also pledged to distribute at least 10 million weekly doses to states, tribes, and...
Tags: Science, White House, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Pfizer, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Harvard Business Review, Sanofi, Fauci, Jeffrey Zients, Moderna, Albert Bourla


Fauci feared people would do 'dangerous and foolish things' after Trump's injecting disinfectant remark

Getty Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was worried that people would do "dangerous and foolish things" after former President Donald Trump suggested injecting disinfectants could be a treatment for COVID-19. After backlash, Trump later claimed he was being sarcastic in his remark. "I just said, 'Oh my goodness gracious.' I could just see what's going to happen," Fauci said when asked during a CNN interview on Monday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Top US infectious disease e...
Tags: Politics, Science, Cdc, US, Trends, Cnn, Getty, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Fauci, Coronavirus, Lauren Frias, Erin Burnett Fauci


Debunk, don’t ‘prebunk,’ and other psychology lessons for social media moderation

If social networks and other platforms are to get a handle on disinformation, it’s not enough to know what it is — you have to know how people react to it. Researchers at MIT and Cornell have some surprising but subtle findings that may affect how Twitter and Facebook should go about treating this problematic content. MIT’s contribution is a counter-intuitive one. When someone encounters a misleading headline in their timeline, the logical thing to do would be to put a warning before it so that ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Tech, Taiwan, Mit, Biden, Cornell, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, David Rand, Moderation, Disinformation, Adam Berinsky


Elon Musk says he's 'super fired up' for fighting climate change with Joe Biden

President Joe Biden speaks before signing executive orders on his first day in White House on January 21, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Elon Musk is 'fired up' to help the Biden administration on climate change. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO told Fortune he's hopeful that they can make progress on the environment.  Musk is currently running a competition to give a $100 million prize to the best carbon capture technology. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. El...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Politics, Texas, Science, Climate Change, White House, US, Trends, Tesla, Joe Biden, United States, Paris, Keystone Xl


The 5th largest school district in the US announced a plan to phase back into in-person learning after a rise in student suicides

Principal Nathan Hay checks the temperatures of students as they return to school on the first day of in-person classes in Orange County at Baldwin Park Elementary School on August 21, 2020 in Orlando, Florida, US. Face masks and temperature checks are required for all students as Florida's death toll from COVID-19 now exceeds 10,000, with some teachers refusing to return to their classrooms due to health concerns. Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Clark County schoo...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Cdc, Suicide, US, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, The New York Times, Nevada, Biden, Times, Orange County, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Orlando


Global coronavirus report: Mexico's president tests positive; Joe Biden to reinstate travel bans

López Obrador to speak to Putin about obtaining Russian vaccine; Biden to include South Africa in restrictions for non-US travellersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrado – who has long been accused of complacency in his approach to the pandemic – has tested positive for Covid-19 and is undergoing treatment with mild symptoms, according to his Twitter account.As the United States prepared to reinforce travel restrictions from a ...
Tags: Science, Putin, Mexico, Americas, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, United States, South Africa, Biden, Lopez Obrador, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrado, Coronavirus


Science Alone Won't Save Us

On Wednesday, Anthony Fauci trotted out to the White House briefing room podium, prompting a stream of memes to rival Bernie at inauguration. We had a how it started/how it’s going Fauci comparison under Trump and Biden. We had Fauci walking in slow motion set to the “Welcome Back, Kotter” theme song. And there was a…Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Joe Biden, Vaccine, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Bernie, Fauci, White House Coronavirus Task Force, Covid 19 Vaccine, Federal Government Of The United States, History Of The United States Government, Presidency Of The United States


Fauci says Trump 'very likely' cost lives by spreading misinformation about COVID-19

President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci, back in April when Fauci still appeared at briefings. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Fauci said Trump "very likely" cost Americans their lives with COVID-19 misinformation.  The former president regularly downplayed the severity of the pandemic.  "We've really got to restore trust and restore a unified approach," Fauci said.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said on Fr...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Deaths, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Cornell University, Trump, Misinformation, Fauci, President Donald Trump


Very few kids are getting COVID-19 after going back to primary school, research shows - but masks are key

Kindergarten students raise their hands at Lupine Hill Elementary School in Calabasas, California, on November 9, 2020. Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Kids attending school in person have, for the most part, avoided the coronavirus — as long as masking and social distancing are required. Schools in Norway and Sweden have seen few coronavirus cases — even without mask requirements — when community transmission rates are low. The studies suggest that schools can reopen safely if they...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Sweden, Trends, Joe Biden, South Africa, Schools, Norway, Biden, North Carolina, Oslo, Chapel Hill, University Of North Carolina, Benjamin, New England Journal of Medicine


Here's What Biden Should Prioritize at NASA

Despite the ongoing pandemic, there’s much to be excited about in space this year. NASA’s Perseverance rover is less than a month away from landing on Mars; the James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch on Halloween; and the Space Launch System—NASA’s most powerful rocket ever—could see its inaugural launch…Read more...
Tags: Science, Articles, Nasa, Space Exploration, Orion, Mars, Biden, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Human Spaceflight, Space Policy, Artemis program, Exploration Of The Moon, Space Policy Of The United States


How Biden plans to fight the pandemic: 100 million shots, 100 new vaccine centers, and lots more testing and PPE

Joe Biden being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts. Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP President Biden issued several coronavirus-related executive orders during his first two days in office. The orders aim to increase mask-wearing, accelerate vaccine distribution, and tighten international travel restrictions. Over 100 days, Biden hopes to give most K-8 schools funding to reopen and administer at least 100 million shots. Visit Business Insider's hom...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Obama, Cdc, Washington, White House, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Chicago, United States, South Africa


Fauci says the US could see a 'degree of normality' by fall if 70-85% are vaccinated by end of summer

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday emphasized the importance of vaccines if the US wants to return to normal. Fauci said most Americans need to be vaccinated by the end of summer for any sense of normality by fall. Over 17.5 million vac...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, National Institutes of Health, Vaccine, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Fauci, Bethesda Maryland


Fauci says the US could see a 'degree of normality' by the fall if 70-85% are vaccinated by the end of summer

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, preparing to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday emphasized vaccines as necessary for a return to normal. Fauci said his "best-case scenario" was for 85% of Americans to be vaccinated by the end of summer.  The CDC says over 17.5 million vaccine doses...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, National Institutes of Health, Vaccine, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Fauci, National Institute of Allergy


8 VCs agree: Behavioral support and remote visits make digital health a strong bet for 2021

In TechCrunch investor surveys of years past, we’ve seen a big focus on fixing what’s broken or bringing the infrastructure into the modern era. But the world has dramatically changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. More of us saw our doctor on video than ever before in 2020 — reaching a 300-fold increase in telehealth visits. It was the year healthcare finally moved fully into the digital space with data management solutions as well. And, though those digital visits have fallen sl...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Asia, Science, Senate, Funding, America, Tech, Intel, Venture Capital, Biotech, Biden, ACA, Telemedicine, Medicare Advantage


Ted Cruz claims Joe Biden is 'more interested' in Paris than Pittsburgh, weeks after attempting to overturn Pennsylvania's election results

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at a campaign rally in Georgia on January 2, 2021. Brynn Anderson/AP Sen. Ted Cruz criticized President Biden with a comparison that may have missed the mark. He said Biden rejoining the Paris climate agreement showed he cared more for Paris than Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is in fact doing well on climate targets, though Cruz did recently challenge its election results. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas kicked off Joe B...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, Climate Change, France, China, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Paris, Capitol Hill, Republican


New CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says that 'better, healthier days' are ahead and that agency will review all previous COVID-19 guidelines

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Dr. Rochelle Walensky to head up the CDC. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Dr. Rochelle Walensky, previously an HIV researcher at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, is the Centers for Disease Control's new director. With the national COVID-19 death toll surpassing 400,000 deaths, Walensky has acknowledged that rebuilding public trust and bolstering the vaccination plan will be top priorities. The Trump administration often side...
Tags: Politics, Science, Cdc, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Biden, Trump, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Centers for Disease Control, Redfield, Anne Schuchat, Inauguration, COVID-19, COVID


More Americans have now died from COVID-19 than the number of US troops killed during World War II

American reinforcements arriving on the beaches of Normandy from a Coast Guard landing barge into the surf on the French coast on June 23, 1944, during World War II. US COAST GUARD/AP The US military saw 405,399 deaths during World War II, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has surpassed that grim milestone. As of Wednesday, 405,400 American coronavirus deaths had been reported. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Normandy, World War Ii, World Health Organization, National Security Council, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Donald Trump, Johns Hopkins


How Biden plans to fight the pandemic: 100 million shots, large-scale vaccination sites, and the reopening of K-8 schools

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts. Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP President Joe Biden issued three coronavirus-related executive orders on his first day in office. The orders aim to increase mask wearing, accelerate vaccine distribution, and restore the US relationship with the World Health Organization. In the next 100 days, Biden plans to reopen the majority of K-8 schools and administer 100 million coronavirus shots. Visit Busine...
Tags: Politics, Science, Obama, White House, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, United States, Fema, Schools, Food And Drug Administration, Who, World Health Organization, Geneva


A 7-step plan Biden should follow to tackle COVID-19, according to a public health expert

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Susan Walsh/AP President Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021.  His most pressing challenge after Inauguration Day will be tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawrence O. Gostin, director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights, compiled a possible action plan for Biden once he takes office.  Here is a seven-step plan that could help the President handle the pand...
Tags: Science, Cdc, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Who, National Security Council, States, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, World Health Organization WHO, Georgetown, Centers for Disease Control, Wilmington Del, Jerome Adams


Fauci says serving in the Trump administration was 'somewhat awkward'

President Donald Trump listens to Dr. Anthony Fauci at a press briefing. AP Photo/Alex Brandon Anthony Fauci told the Harvard Business Review that his experience serving in the Trump administration was "somewhat awkward." "It's not a happy day when you have to get up in front of national TV and contradict something that the President of the United States says," Fauci said. Trump has repeatedly undermined Fauci's assessments and guidance about the coronavirus pandemic.  Visit Business Insid...
Tags: Politics, Science, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Politico, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Cnn, Atlantic, United States, Ronald Reagan, US Senate, National Institutes of Health


Biden nominates Dr. Eric Lander as cabinet-level science adviser, in U.S. first

Dr. Lander is a mathematician and geneticist who's best known for his leading role in the Human Genome Project.Biden nominated Dr. Lander to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy and also serve as a cabinet-level science adviser, marking the first time the position has been part of the presidential cabinet.In an open letter, Biden said it's essential for the U.S. to "refresh and reinvigorate our national science and technology strategy to set us on a strong course for the next 75 year...
Tags: Politics, Science, Congress, Senate, Dna, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Genetics, United States, Innovation, Lander, Biden, Human Genome Project, Trump, Brooklyn New York


Fauci predicts that people will be able to go back to singing in church by mid-fall, when an 'overwhelming proportion' of the US has been vaccinated

Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock, pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool Church services that resemble pre-coronavirus worship should resume in mid-fall, Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted Monday.  That projection is dependent on at least 70% to 85% of the population getting vaccinated.  Churches have been the sites of super-spreader events, since the virus spreads easily indoors when people are speaking loudly or singing in c...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Washington, Race, US, Trends, Atlanta, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Vaccine, Al Sharpton, Biden, North Carolina, Anthony Fauci, Black


A new coronavirus variant has been tied to at least 90 infections in a deadly outbreak at a medical center in San Jose, California

Co-director of the intensive care unit at CommonSpirit's Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Zafia Anklesaria, attends to a COVID-19 patient in the hospital where she works in Los Angeles, California on May 18, 2020. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters A new coronavirus variant is linked to a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center. The outbreak has resulted in at least 90 infections and one death.  The variant called L452R was discovered in other co...
Tags: UK, Science, Nbc, California, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Hospital, Healthcare, San Jose, Biden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Los Angeles California, Santa Clara County, San Jose California


Biden May Yank Keystone XL Pipeline Permit as Soon as His First Day in Office

One of President-elect Joe Biden’s first acts in office will be to axe the cross-border permit for the multi-billion-dollar Keystone XL pipeline project. That’s according to sources familiar with the matter who told Politico and Reuters that he could do it as soon as his first day.Read more...
Tags: Science, Politico, Joe Biden, Keystone Pipeline, Keystone Xl, Biden, Reuters, Dakota Access Pipeline, TC Energy, Pipelines In Canada, Environmental Movements


The Florida data scientist who claims she was fired by the health department for refusing to alter COVID-19 data said she'll turn herself into police after a warrant was issued for her arrest

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference in December 2020 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara Rebekah Jones, the Florida data scientist, last year fired by the Department of Health, said Saturday she would turn herself in to authorities Sunday after they last week issued a warrant for her arrest.  Jones, who worked on the state's COVID-19 dashboard, was fired in May after she said she refused to alter data related to the COVID-19 pandemi...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Science, Trends, Washington Dc, Biden, Jones, Department Of Health, Tallahassee, Tampa Florida, Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FDLE, Florida Today, Ron DeSantis, Tampa General Hospital


We're on the verge of breakdown: a data scientist's take on Trump and Biden

Peter Turchin, an entomologist-turned-historian, offers insight into the battle between elitesPeter Turchin is not the first entomologist to cross over to human behaviour: during a lecture in 1975, famed biologist E O Wilson had a pitcher of water tipped on him for extrapolating the study of ant social structures to our own.It’s a reaction that Turchin, an expert-on-pine-beetles-turned-data-scientist and modeller, has yet to experience. But his studies at the University of Connecticut into how h...
Tags: Business, Science, Republicans, Race, Economics, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Biden, Donald Trump, Wilson, Trump, University of Connecticut


Facebook Will Pause Ads Promoting Weapons Accessories and Protective Equipment Until After Biden’s Inauguration

Facebook announced on Saturday that it was banning ads that promote weapons accessories and protective equipment until Jan. 22, after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, “out of an abundance of caution.”
Tags: Facebook, Science, Equipment, Joe Biden, Illustration, Ads, Biden, Investigation, Company, Inauguration, Military Equipment, Weapons Accessories


Brazil sees fifth day in a row with over 1,000 deaths while France's toll passes 70,000

Easing England’s lockdown before March would be a disaster, Sage member saysIndia begins world’s biggest Covid vaccination programmeUK aviation sector needs urgent support, industry leaders sayGlobal coronavirus death toll reaches 2 million peopleFor all our coronavirus coverage 12.30am GMT In the US Joe Biden’s team has flagged a raft of executive orders to be issued by the new president immediately once he’s in office, including several relating to the US Covid-19 epidemic. In a memo to se...
Tags: England, Science, Australia, France, US, World news, Joe Biden, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Melbourne, Greg Hunt, Biden, Ron Klain, Coronavirus


Joe Biden names scientific advisers and seeks to bring Eric Lander into cabinet

Human Genome Project co-leader to be chief science voiceBiden must find words for a wounded nationJoe Biden has named the geneticist Eric Lander as his top scientific adviser and will elevate the position to the cabinet for the first time, a move meant to indicate a decisive break from Donald Trump’s treatment of science. Related: History-maker Kamala Harris will wield real power as vice-president Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Genetics, US politics, US domestic policy, Biden, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Eric Lander, Biden Administration



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