Can You Become Reinfected With Covid? It’s Very Unlikely, Experts Say

The anecdotes are alarming. A woman in Los Angeles seemed to recover from Covid-19, but weeks later took a turn for the worse and tested positive again. A New Jersey doctor claimed several patients healed from one bout only to become reinfected with the coronavirus. And another doctor said a second round of illness was…

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Pfizer Gets $1.95 Billion to Produce Coronavirus Vaccine by Year’s End

WASHINGTON — As nations around the world race to lock up coronavirus vaccines even before they are ready, the Trump administration on Wednesday made one of the largest investments yet, announcing a nearly $2 billion contract with Pfizer and a German biotechnology company for 100 million doses by December. The contract is part of what…

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Lawyers Demand the Military Stop Violating Free Speech on Twitch

ImageJordan Uhl is typing.  On official U.S. Army and Navy esports Twitch channels, members of the military livestream themselves playing video games such as Call of Duty, Fortnite and League of Legends for an audience of thousands. It’s an outreach and recruitment effort — and the military service members also chat with viewers about life…

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Covid-19 Patients No Longer Need Tests to End Isolation

Most Americans recovering from Covid-19 can come out of isolation without further testing to show they no longer carry the coronavirus, federal health officials said on Wednesday. Instead, patients may be judged to have recovered if 10 days have passed since they first felt ill; they no longer have any symptoms, such as shortness of…

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Tony Elliott, Whose Time Out Clued Readers in, Dies at 73

Tony Elliott, who started the Time Out global publishing empire in his mother’s London kitchen in 1968 with a capital investment of 70 pounds and a simple idea — tell people where they can see the right movie or band, or find a haircut or a falafel — died on July 16 in London. The…

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Before the A.D.A., There Was Section 504

Listen to This Article Computer-generated audio recording When the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was passed to prohibit employment discrimination based on disability, it was supposed to protect disabled people and ensure their rights in the United States. “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States,” Section 504 of that law reads, “shall,…

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Gut Microbes Might Keep Malnourished Children From Growing

Long-term malnutrition might at first seem like a medical condition with an easy fix: access to a wholesome diet rich in calories and nutrients. But many of the children on the receiving end of such interventions still struggle to grow. Even when given enough to eat, they end up shorter than their peers and are…

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To Get People to Wear Masks, Look to Seatbelts, Helmets and Condoms

In the pediatric clinic where I worked for many years in Boston, each room held a clear plastic bowl full of brightly colored condoms. They were there on display, vivid and eye-catching, and part of my job — every provider’s job — was to offer them cheerfully and matter-of-factly and above all non-judgmentally to adolescents…

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Meditation May Be Good for the Heart

Meditation may be linked to a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. Researchers used data from a national survey conducted annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, identifying all patients with high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease and any who reported that they meditated. Of 61,267 people…

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The U.S. Commits to Buying Millions of Vaccine Doses. Why That’s Unusual.

A Pfizer laboratory in Pearl River, N.Y. Pfizer, along with a smaller drugmaker, has entered into a contract with the U.S. government to provide millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine still under development.Credit…Pfizer, via Reuters The Trump administration’s commitment on Wednesday to purchase 100 million doses of a not-yet-finished vaccine is unusual in two…

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