Much of the concern about the coronavirus stems from the fact that there is currently no vaccine. Prevention of the spread of infectious diseases, such as influenza and measles, depends upon getting people vaccinated. This could be a big factor in whether or not the outbreak worsens.

The good news is that researchers at several labs across the world are on the case and trying to create an effective vaccine for the coronavirus. The bad news: It could be months before one is available, explain Aubree Gordon, a professor of public health at the University of Michigan, and Florian Krammer, a virologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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"You can write an immature tweet as a teenager, someone can dig it up, express outrage, conveniently leave out that it’s from seven or eight years ago, and the algorithms will nonetheless amplify the reaction. All of a sudden, you’re canceled."


Hate cancel culture? Blame algorithms


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