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We still don’t know the origins of the coronavirus. Here are 4 scenarios.

We still don’t know the origins of the coronavirus. Here are 4 scenarios.

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.The search continues for the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19—and the pathway that it took to leap from animals to humans, wreaking havoc across the globe, infecting more than 129 million people, and killing more than 2.8 million.Earlier this week, the World Health Organization from a team of international researchers that traveled to China to investigate four possible scenarios in which the SARS-CoV-2 virus might have caused the initial outbreak. In the days since, however, world governments have that the...

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Presidents' Day technically only celebrates one president

Presidents' Day technically only celebrates one president

Most American calendars mark the third Monday in February as Presidents' Day. Retailers use the observance to advertise deep discounts over the long weekend. But this holiday doesn’t commemorate all presidents. It's not even legally called Presidents’ Day. U.S. law designates this holiday "Washington’s Birthday" in honor of the nation’s first president, George Washington. And, contrary to its formal declaration more than 50 years ago, the whole thing is still a bit of a sore subject. America has been celebrating the birth of its first president for nearly 200 years. Washington was born on...

February 17, 2020
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Here’s what coronavirus does to the body

Here’s what coronavirus does to the body

From blood storms to honeycomb lungs, here’s an organ-by-organ look at how COVID-19 harms humans. Much remains unknown about the novel coronavirus ripping through China, but one thing is certain. The disease can cast a storm over the whole human body. Such has been the nature of past zoonotic coronaviruses, ones that hopped from animals to humans like SARS and MERS. Unlike their common-cold-causing cousins, these emergent coronaviruses can spark a viral-induced fire throughout many of a person’s organs, and the new disease—dubbed "COVID-19" by the World Health Organization—is no exception...

March 10, 2020
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Inflamed brains, toe rashes, strokes: Why COVID-19's weirdest symptoms are only emerging now

Inflamed brains, toe rashes, strokes: Why COVID-19's weirdest symptoms are only emerging now

These symptoms sound scary, but they should be expected. Here's what scientists know about the "new" effects of the coronavirus. An infection can inflict serious damage inside your body in many different ways, and COVID-19 seems to use just about all of them. The coronavirus primarily attacks the lungs, which can cause pneumonia or even respiratory failure, and in one of every five patients, it also leads to multiple organ failure. Yet, as the pandemic continues to ravage the world, case reports have emerged of more unusual damage ranging from hundreds of tiny blood clots to strokes in...

May 21, 2020
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