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Tuesday August 4th, 2020 morning edition

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Two new studies, though from different parts of the world, have arrived at the same conclusion: that young children not only transmit SARS-CoV-2 efficiently, but may be major drivers of the pandemic as well.

The Chicago study examines the concentration of the SARS-CoV-2 in the nasopharynx, or the upper region of the throat that connects to the nasal passages, of children and adults.

According to the results, children 5 years and younger who develop mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms have 10 to 100 times as much SARS-CoV-2 in the nasopharynx as older children and adults.

Whenever these young children cough, sneeze, or shout, they expel virus-laden droplets from the nasopharynx into the air.

If they have as much as one hundred times the amount of virus in their throat and nasal passages as adults, it only makes sense that they would spread the virus more efficiently.

The researchers found that although young children had a somewhat lower risk of infection than adults and were less likely to become ill, children age 14 and younger transmit the virus more efficiently to other children and adults than adults themselves.

“Although childhood contacts were less likely to become cases,” they wrote, “children were more likely to infect household members.”. »

Poll: 82 percent of voters support a national face mask mandate

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A vast majority of voters support the idea of a national mask mandate, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Eighty-two percent of registered voters in the July 26-27 survey said they'd support a national mandate to wear facial coverings, including 61 percent who "strongly" back the idea and 21 percent who "somewhat" support it.

Only 18 percent of voters oppose a national mandate on masks. »

The push for universal basic income is gaining momentum amid the pandemic

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“We’re not calling for universal basic income at this time,” Boaz Paldi, the UNDP’s COVID-19 crisis communications manager, told MarketWatch.

But in the United States, the pandemic has reinvigorated the movement for a guaranteed basic income — as well as universal basic income — that extends well beyond the pandemic.

That’s different from guaranteed basic income, which is meant to ensure that lower-income people have enough money to afford basic necessities. »

Tampons and pads are no longer banned at Texas bar exams

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Tampons and pads are no longer banned at Texas bar exams.

Test takers will be allowed to bring their own tampons and pads with them during the upcoming bar exam in Texas.

Photo: ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP Via Getty Images Photo: ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP Via Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Tampons and pads are no longer banned at Texas bar exams 1 / 1 Back to Gallery. »