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October 23, 2020

Weekend reads: A Halloween party like its 1918?

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    Can you change an 'anti-vaxxer's' mind? America could soon have an authorized vaccine against the novel coronavirus, marking a key step toward curbing—and possibly eventually ending—the country's coronavirus epidemic. But people who oppose vaccines, who often are referred to as "anti-vaxxers," likely will be resistant to getting the coronavirus vaccine—and hesitancy about the vaccine is growing among Americans overall, as well, potentially threatening the vaccine's efficacy at addressing the epidemic. Writing for The Atlantic, Olga Khazan details what experts suggest people should say to anti-vaxxers and others who are wary of a coronavirus vaccine in an effort to change their minds, and which tactics are likely ineffective.

    What did Halloween look like during the Spanish Flu epidemic? Halloween is just a week away but, in light of America's resurging coronavirus epidemic, the holiday is likely to look very different this year. Writing for, Becky Little examines what Halloween looked like in America during the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918—including how, in Spokane, Washington, police were told to confiscate all Halloween masks to prevent people from sharing them with others.

    José Vasquez's reads

    Researchers are 3D printing a human immune system to fight Covid-19. Writing for Future Human, Lindsay Gray explains how a group of scientists at the biotech firm Prellis Biologics used 3D printing to construct a fully functioning replica of the human immune system to help fight Covid-19. So far, the researchers have found that their "synthetic system of 3D- printed lymph nodes" could release large amounts of antibodies against the novel coronavirus within weeks—and without a living host. However, before they can test the antibodies in animals and humans, they need to prove the antibodies can effectively bind the virus, Gray writes.

    Why everything from diet sodas to laptops is still in short supply. At the beginning of America's coronavirus epidemic, panic buying led to widespread shortages of toilet paper and other items. But although panic buying has eased, Americans continue to face "empty shelves" and "months-long back orders" for many products, Hilary George-Parkin writes for Vox's "The Goods." Why? George-Parkin dives in to find out.

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