Most of the nation’s teens aren’t getting enough exercise

With the explosion of smartphones, teens have learned to swiftly scroll and type away using only their thumbs. But the rest of their bodies are woefully inactive—and the effects are far-reaching. Only about 1 in 4 high school students get the recommended hour a day of physical activity, according to statistics from the American Heart Association. Screen time is partially […]

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Two babies born under lockdown were just named after the coronavirus

Once 2020 comes to an end, there are words we’ll never want to hear again. Like COVID-19. Or coronavirus. But one Indian mother who gave birth to twins during the country’s lockdown apparently felt a bit differently, and opted to call her new babies Covid (son) and Corona (daughter) to remind them of the challenges they faced as they were trying […]

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Why the coronavirus slipped past disease detectives

In 2009 the U.S. government launched a program to hunt for unknown viruses that can cross from animals to humans and cause pandemics. The project, called PREDICT, was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and it worked with teams in 31 countries, including China. It was just one part of an emerging global network for infectious-disease surveillance. Despite […]

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Why the US might ask people to wear face masks to fight coronavirus

After months of telling the public not to use face masks, the United States is looking into revising its recommendations, following the example set by some Asian countries that have been more successful in fighting the coronavirus. The reason? Many people without symptoms are contagious without knowing it—and the thin barrier provided by a simple surgical mask, or even a […]

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