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Vaccine Confronts Humanity With Next Moral Test – Yahoo Finance Australia

(Bloomberg Opinion) — The coronavirus pandemic has stress-tested the world. Beyond challenging human fortitude, national health services and international rivalries, it has forced a series of moral choices. Many have provoked impassioned disagreement — over …

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(Bloomberg Opinion) — The coronavirus pandemic has stress-tested the world. Beyond challenging human fortitude, national health services and international rivalries, it has forced a series of moral choices. Many have provoked impassioned disagreement  over whether governments can force businesses and schools to close, over sacrifices for the sake of the elderly and, most bitterly and surprisingly, over whether being asked to wear a simple face mask infringes individual liberty.The toughest mora…

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Do teenagers spread coronavirus more than young children? – The Guardian

Experts suspect greater social contact among teenagers spreads Covid-19 more quickly, but the science is unclear

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The extent to which children are able to transmit coronavirus, and the difference between the vulnerabilities of younger children and teenagers to the disease, has been a subject of scientific interest as the pandemic has unfolded.
A South Korean study published in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal in July found Covid infection rates among household contacts to be highest where they resided with someone with the virus in the 10- to 19-year-old age group. By contrast, they wer…

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Wearing a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all, researchers find – The Washington Post

Of the 14 masks and other coverings tested, the Duke University study found that some easily accessible cotton cloth masks are about as effective as standard surgical masks, while neck gaiters may be worse than not wearing a mask at all.

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But as face coverings have become increasingly commonplace in American life, so have questions about efficacy and now a group of researchers from Duke University are aiming to provide some answers.
In a recently published study, the researchers unveiled a simple method to evaluate the effectiveness of various types of masks, analyzing more than a dozen different facial coverings ranging from hospital-grade N95 respirators to bandanas. Of the 14 masks and other coverings tested, the study found …

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Newmarch House operator tells of Covid-19 ‘dysfunction’ between state and federal officials – The Guardian

The aged care royal commission hears authorities gave conflicting advice about whether to send infected residents to hospital

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The head of Sydneys Newmarch House aged care home has spoken out about a frustrating level of dysfunction between state and federal health authorities who gave conflicting advice about whether to send infected residents to hospital during the early weeks of a deadly Covid-19 outbreak.
The aged care royal commission on Tuesday heard evidence about how Newmarch House responded to the coronavirus outbreak, which resulted in 37 residents testing positive and 17 dying. The inquiry was told about the…

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