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The False Positives, False Negatives, and Positive Negatives of the Coronavirus

As the coronavirus began to creep into our lives—but before it came to define them entirely—e-mails from across the world included the cheery phrase “Crazy times!” Messages from friends here in Los Angeles tended to favor something locally sourced, courtesy of Jim Morrison and the Doors: “Strange Days.”Strange days, indeed, as we waited for the…

Covid-19 Slang and How Language Evolves Quickly in Stressful Times

Kate Burridge and Howard Manns recently wrote a piece about how the Covid-19 pandemic is changing the English language. It’s written from an Australian perspective, so some of the slang might be a bit hard to follow for Americans et al. In these times of COVID-19, there are the usual suspects: shortenings like “sanny” (hand…

How COVID-19 Will Shape the Class of 2020 For the Rest of Their Lives

They call it commencement because it’s supposed to be a new beginning. College graduation is one of life’s last clean transitions, a final passage from adolescence to adulthood that is predictable in ways other transitions rarely are. Relationships end with breakups or death, jobs often end with quitting or firing, but college is one of…

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Coronavirus: survey reveals what the public wants from a contact-tracing app

The UK government is currently trialling a contact tracing app among residents of the Isle of Wight ahead of a plan to roll it out across England. The app is designed to alert users if they have been in contact with someone who has reported COVID-19 symptoms and encourage them to self-isolate. But success will depend…

Researchers tested 47 old drugs that might treat the coronavirus — these where the results

The more researchers know about how the coronavirus attaches, invades and hijacks human cells, the more effective the search for drugs to fight it. That was the idea my colleagues and I hoped to be true when we began building a map of the coronavirus two months ago. The map shows all of the coronavirus…

How COVID-19 Will Shape the Class of 2020 For the Rest of Their Lives

They call it commencement because it’s supposed to be a new beginning. College graduation is one of life’s last clean transitions, a final passage from adolescence to adulthood that is predictable in ways other transitions rarely are. Relationships end with breakups or death, jobs often end with quitting or firing, but college is one of…

Covid-19 Slang and How Language Evolves Quickly in Stressful Times

Kate Burridge and Howard Manns recently wrote a piece about how the Covid-19 pandemic is changing the English language. It’s written from an Australian perspective, so some of the slang might be a bit hard to follow for Americans et al. In these times of COVID-19, there are the usual suspects: shortenings like “sanny” (hand…

The False Positives, False Negatives, and Positive Negatives of the Coronavirus

As the coronavirus began to creep into our lives—but before it came to define them entirely—e-mails from across the world included the cheery phrase “Crazy times!” Messages from friends here in Los Angeles tended to favor something locally sourced, courtesy of Jim Morrison and the Doors: “Strange Days.”Strange days, indeed, as we waited for the…

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