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From The Wall Street Journal:
Superspreader events offer clue on curbing virus
Mardi Gras. Italian soccer matches. British horse races.
Researchers believe that the explosive growth of coronavirus infections that overwhelmed hospitals in some countries was primarily driven by these types of ‘superspreader’ events.
Now, as scientists look for ways to prevent another surge in virus cases as the U.S. reopens its economy, some are zeroing in on a new approach that stems from the data taken from these mass public events.
Colleges dump online SAT and ACT, fueling anti-testing movement
Colleges uneasy about standardized tests taken online from home this fall are dropping their requirements for the exams, fueling a movement to eliminate the high-stakes tests from admissions decisions altogether.
The latest was the huge University of California system, where regents voted Thursday to suspend the SAT and ACT mandate through 2024 as the school attempts to develop its own test.
UC joins some 80 colleges and universities that have announced just this year they will not require standardized test scores this fall
The shift away from standardized testing does present a challenge for colleges, and some critics say it will create a high-school environment ripe for grade inflation.
From The New York Times:
They beat the virus. Now they feel like outcasts.
As those who have been stricken with the coronavirus emerge from hospitals or home quarantine, they are being forced to navigate a world that clearly is not yet ready to welcome them back into a still-sheltering society.
There are still many unanswered questions about the efficacy and duration of any post-virus immunity: The uncertainty has caused some who have survived the illness to confront a fear-driven stigma from the outside world.
The veterinarian who refused to treat a recovered woman’s dog. The laundromat worker who jumped at seeing an elected official whose illness had been reported on the local news. The gardener who would not trim the hedges outside a recovered man’s home.
Survivors describe a chilly reception that many didn’t anticipate.
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