Scientists work to understand immunity from the coronavirus

May 13, 2020

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Bikers ride past a metro station after France began a gradual end to a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus, in Paris, France, May 13, 2020.


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We still don't know whether people who've been infected with the novel coronavirus are immune from infection, and if so, for how long. But scientists are starting to put together the pieces of the puzzle. Madagascar is marketing a new herbal drink as a potential treatment — if not a cure — for the coronavirus. While the World Health Organization has warned against the use of untested treatments for the coronavirus, some African countries are ordering the new drink. And, it's official: COVID-19 is feminine in the French language. It's la COVID-dix-neuf, not le. Like in most other romance languages, every noun in French has its own gender. 

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