Bill Gates says he doesn’t understand anti-maskers: ‘What are these, like, nudists?’
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Bill Gates says he doesn’t understand anti-maskers: ‘What are these, like, nudists?’

Bill Gates explained why masks weren’t expected to be so important early in the pandemic

Long Covid: Oonagh Cousins, GB rower, on the effects
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Long Covid: Oonagh Cousins, GB rower, on the effects

Everyone has had to search for that glimmer of light in 2020, but Oonagh Cousins is one of those for whom it hasn’t been easy to find

The Most Likely Way You’ll Get Infected With Covid-19
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The Most Likely Way You’ll Get Infected With Covid-19

You don’t have to sanitize your apples anymore, but you do have to wear a mask

This story is part of “Six Months In,” a special weeklong Elemental series reflecting on where we’ve been, what we’ve learned, and what the future holds for the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The new Covid-19 case surge in Europe, explained
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The new Covid-19 case surge in Europe, explained

“My worry is that it’s a long winter.”

“I have never seen an emergency room so crowded with very, very sick patients,” recalls Annalisa Malara, a doctor at Codogno Hospital in Lombardy, Italy. “We were literally overwhelmed by the number.”

If You’ve Just Had Covid, Exercise Might Not Be Good for You
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If You’ve Just Had Covid, Exercise Might Not Be Good for You

A growing number of studies are raising concerns about the coronavirus’ long-term effects on the heart. Athletes especially need to heed the warnings.

That these patients tended to get sicker and died more often than patients without cardiac complications didn’t set off immediate alarm bells. These were, after all, people with serious cases of Covid-19—serious enough to wind up in the hospital. Most people who contract the virus experience a spectrum of less-severe symptoms. As many as one in three never feel sick. But now, evidence is emerging that the virus can cause heart damage even in people who’ve had mild symptoms or none at all, especially if those people exercise while they’re infected.

Stop Expecting Life to Go Back to Normal Next Year
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Stop Expecting Life to Go Back to Normal Next Year

Americans will need to take pandemic precautions well into 2021 — yes, even after a vaccine arrives.

We need to accept this reality and take steps to meet it rather than deny it.

The coronavirus is mutating — does it matter?
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The coronavirus is mutating — does it matter?

Different SARS-CoV-2 strains haven’t yet had a major impact on the course of the pandemic, but they might in future.

When COVID-19 spread around the globe this year, David Montefiori wondered how the deadly virus behind the pandemic might be changing as it passed from person to person.

A Supercomputer Analyzed Covid-19 — and an Interesting New Theory Has Emerged
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A Supercomputer Analyzed Covid-19 — and an Interesting New Theory Has Emerged

A closer look at the Bradykinin hypothesis

Earlier this summer, the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee set about crunching data on more than 40,000 genes from 17,000 genetic samples in an effort to better understand Covid-19. Summit is the second-fastest computer in the world, but the process — which involved analyzing 2.5 billion genetic combinations — still took more than a week.

One Way People Are Dealing With the Constraints of Lockdown: Being Naked
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One Way People Are Dealing With the Constraints of Lockdown: Being Naked

Around the world, the Covid19 lockdown has led to increased interest in nudist lifestyles.

Membership requests for nudist organizations have increased in countries like the U.K. and Ireland, while more and more people are inquiring after, and participating in, online nudist challenges.