The Daily Populous

Tuesday May 4th, 2021 morning edition

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“The virus is unlikely to go away,” said Rustom Antia, an evolutionary biologist at Emory University in Atlanta.

The drive for herd immunity — by the summer, some experts once thought possible — captured the imagination of large segments of the public.

Yet vaccinations remain the key to transforming the virus into a controllable threat, experts said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s top adviser on COVID-19, acknowledged the shift in experts’ thinking.

The concept of reaching herd immunity became the implicit goal in many countries, including the United States.

Most experts, including Fauci, expected that the United States would be able to reach it once vaccines were available.

If the herd immunity threshold is not attainable, what matters most is the rate of hospitalizations and deaths after pandemic restrictions are relaxed, experts believe. »

Black man enslaved by White manager should receive more than $500,000 in restitution, court says

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A Black man who was enslaved by a restaurant manager from 2009 to 2014 should have been paid more money after his captor pleaded guilty, according to a South Carolina appeals court.

In 2019, Edwards pleaded guilty one count of forced labor and the district court sentenced him to 120 months' imprisonment.

The appeals court has vacated the district court's award of restitution and is asking for recalculation. »

Lithuania's President Says Nation 'Will Never Recognize' Russia's Crimea Annexation

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Lithuania's president on Monday took a firm stance against Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the Kremlin's more recent military actions against its neighbors in Eastern Europe.

"Lithuania will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and will be taking steps toward ending the actual occupation of part of eastern Ukraine," Nauseda said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the presidents of Latvia and Estonia were also among the guests at the ceremonies in Warsaw. »

Apple Watch Likely to Gain Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, and Blood Alcohol Monitoring

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The Apple Watch may gain the ability to measure blood pressure, blood glucose, and blood alcohol levels, according to newly-revealed information about one of Apple's chosen business partners.

Rockley Photonics has developed non-invasive optical sensors for detecting multiple blood-related health metrics, including blood pressure, blood glucose, and blood alcohol levels, many of which are only normally detectable with more invasive dedicated medical equipment.

It is also possible that blood glucose monitoring could still come to the Apple Watch Series 7 this year, followed by a significant expansion of Rockley's technology in the device next year with features like blood pressure and blood alcohol monitoring. »