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Massive genetic study shows coronavirus mutating and potentially evolving amid rapid U.S. spread

Washington Post – “The largest U.S. genetic study of the virus, conducted in Houston, shows one viral strain outdistancing all of its competitors, and many potentially important mutations. Scientists in Houston on Wednesday released a study of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus that reveals the virus’s continual accumulation of mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious. The new report, however, did not find that these mutations have made the virus deadlier or changed clinical outcomes. All viruses accumulate genetic mutations, and most are insignificant, scientists say. Coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-2 are relatively stable as viruses go, because they have a proofreading mechanism as they replicate. But every mutation is a roll of the dice, and with transmission so widespread in the United States  – which continues to see tens of thousands of new, confirmed infections daily –  the virus has had abundant opportunities to change, potentially with troublesome consequences, said study author James Musser of Houston Methodist Hospital…”

Can fake news really change behaviour? Evidence from a study of COVID-19 misinformation.

Greene, Ciara, and Gillian Murphy. “Can Fake News Really Change Behaviour? Evidence from a Study of COVID-19 Misinformation.” PsyArXiv, 24 July 2020. Web. “Previous research has argued that fake news may have grave consequences for health behaviour, but surprisingly, no empirical data have been provided to support this assumption. This issue takes on new urgency… Continue Reading

This site has over a dozen free tools to keep you from burning out

Fast Company – “When you’re working from home, it’s all too easy to develop some bad habits. Maybe you’re staring at the screen for too long without interruption, or hunching over your laptop with little regard for posture. Or perhaps you’re just working too much in the first place. A new website called Working Den… Continue Reading

New emoji approved to help express the anguish of 2020

The Verge – ‘Face with spiral eyes’ is how we are all feeling: “This year has been hard. Wildfire smoke has engulfed the West Coast, hundreds of thousands are dead from an ongoing pandemic, and the US government is deadlocked to the point of illegitimacy, incapable of taking action against the economic, political, ecological, and… Continue Reading

How Covid is changing the english language

Fast Company: “In April, the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary did something unusual. For the previous 20 years, they had issued quarterly updates to announce new words and meanings selected for inclusion. These updates have typically been made available in March, June, September, and December. In the late spring, however, and again in July,… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Liability: Tort, Workplace Safety, and Securities Law

CRS report via LC – COVID-19 Liability: Tort, Workplace Safety, and Securities Law, September 24, 2020: “Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still unfolding, a number of plaintiffs have already filed lawsuits seeking compensation for COVID-19-related injuries. Some stakeholders have expressed concern that the risk of COVID-19-related lawsuits threatens a range of businesses and other entities… Continue Reading

Sites for Real-Time COVID Travel Restrictions

Lifehacker: “Let’s first acknowledge that if you don’t have to travel right now, you should definitely stay home. But if you absolutely must travel, it’s important to have up-to-date information about what’s going on with COVID-19 at your planned destination. This can be confusing, as the pandemic situation and related travel restrictions seem to change… Continue Reading

Substantial underestimation of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States

CDC COVID-19 Science Update released September 22, 2020 – “Key Findings: By April 18, 2020, the estimated cumulative SARS-CoV-2 incidence in the US was ~2%. The number of estimated cumulative SARS-CoV-2 infections was 8.6 times the number of confirmed infections: 6,454,951 vs 751,245. 84% of the difference between estimated cumulative and reported confirmed cases was… Continue Reading

Your state’s Covid-19 epidemic explained in 5 maps

Vox – These maps show how your state is doing. “America’s national Covid-19 epidemic continues, with the country’s daily new cases still higher than most developed nations and the nation recently surpassing 200,000 deaths due to the disease. At the state level, things can look even worse than the national picture. Public health experts look… Continue Reading