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Testing poop to predict Miami’s COVID-19 trends? It’s been a messy process so far

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MIAMI — In March, when it became clear that the U.S. was facing an unprecedented pandemic, Miami-Dade County began sampling its sewage as a potential tool for measuring the extent of COVID-19 infections. The hope was that testing the county’s poop for the coronavirus could serve as an early warning indicator of a dreaded second wave expected in the fall.Now, with cases rising all over the country and Florida experiencing a steady increase to levels not seen since August, what is the sewage saying?The short answer: Not much, at least not yet. The process got off to a slow, messy start but they’…

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More Republican Senators seem open to another huge stimulus — despite McConnell’s resistance

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While COVID-19 vaccines are on their way, the impact of the pandemic has worsened in the United States due to large gatherings, holiday travel and the ongoing resistance of some to wear a mask. Eviction rates are climbing, contributing to more COVID cases, bankruptcies are up too, and small businesses are struggling to stay afloat or closing their doors forever.

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Moderna vaccine confers at least 3 months immunity: study

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The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, which was recently demonstrated to have 94 percent efficacy, causes the human immune system to produce potent antibodies that endure for at least three months, a study showed Thursday.

Researchers at the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which co-developed the drug, studied the immune response of 34 adult participants, young and old, from the first stage of a clinical trial.

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, they said that the antibodies, which stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus from invading human cells, "declined slightly over time, as expected, but they remained elevated in all participants 3 months after the booster vaccination."

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‘Two-bit con’ Ivanka Trump slammed for trying to equate herself with former presidents: ‘off the charts entitlement’

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First Daughter and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump is once again rankling Americans as she continues to try to elevate herself by proximity to power.

Remember, for example, how the then 35-year old angered world leaders and American citizens alike by attending the 2017  G20 Summit, even sitting in for her father, the President of the United States, and trying to hobnob with the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China President Xi Jinping, and Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)?

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