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2020 Year in Review: Tackling the Coronavirus

To recap 2020, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year. Today we’re looking at just a few of this year’s stories about the struggle to get the coronavirus under control.

Why It’s Important to Slow the Coronavirus

Pennsylvania Commonwealth microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Around the world, governments are limiting travel, canceling public events, and closing schools, hoping to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus. Though extreme steps like these may seem scary, the goal is to keep people safe.

Coronavirus: Good News/Bad News for Climate

NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) pollution monitoring satellites have detected significant decreases in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) over China. The yellow and red in the top row show pollution levels in 2019. In the images from early 2020 in the bottom row, the pollution has almost completely disappeared.
As the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, crosses the globe, it’s having effects far beyond the illness. The pandemic is having a strong effect on businesses, which is also affecting the climate crisis.

The Coronavirus Affects Life In Faraway Places

Participants of MOSAIC expedition leg2 and leg3 walking towards Polartstern.
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing people around the world to isolate themselves. But it’s bringing special challenges to people who are already isolated in faraway locations like the Arctic, Antarctica, and the International Space Station.

Using Apps to Track the Spread of the Coronavirus

Cartoon illustrating how digital contact tracing can be done with privacy ensured.
Governments and businesses worldwide are creating smartphone apps to help track the spread of the new coronavirus. The apps could be an important part of easing up on lockdowns, but they are also causing some worries.

Using Sewage to Track the Spread of the Coronavirus

City of Yakima's Regional Wastewater Plant
Worldwide, many efforts are being made to test people for the new coronavirus. But scientists are also looking at an unusual way of testing for the virus – studying water that’s been flushed down toilets.

New Zealand Beats Coronavirus, Reopens

New Zealand COVID-19 Alert Levels Unite against COVID-19 Information Sheet
On Monday, about two weeks earlier than planned, New Zealand declared that it was free from the coronavirus. The country has moved to Level 1 in its coronavirus alert system, returning life in New Zealand to nearly normal.

US Stores, Banks Deal With Coin Shortage

US Coins
One of the most unexpected results of the coronavirus pandemic has been a shortage of coins. The situation has gotten so bad in the US, that the supply of coins to banks is being limited.

Using Dogs to Sniff Out the Coronavirus

A dog being trained to sniff out the coronavirus.
Dogs are being trained to sniff out COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. So far, dogs seem to be quite good at detecting the illness, but it’s not clear yet how useful these skills will be.

UK Begins Coronavirus Vaccine Program

Boris Johnson visits Covid-19 Vaccine Centre. The Prime Minister watching Lyn Wheeler have her Covid-19 Vaccine injection at Guy's Hospital in central London, on the day the vaccine is rolled out across the country. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street 08/12/2020. London, United Kingdom.
Yesterday, Margaret Keenan became the first person to get the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. It was the first step in a massive project to vaccinate tens of millions of people in the United Kingdom in just a few months.

Coronavirus Vaccines Roll Out Across US & Canada

UPS workers load boxes of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to be shipped.
The first people in the US and Canada have begun getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. It’s an important step in the long process of getting the virus under control in two countries where it’s currently spreading rapidly.



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