When and how to start lifting coronavirus restrictions

April 16, 2020

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A Somali health officer marks a designation on the ground for social distancing as a measure to stem the growing spread of the coronavirus outbreak, at the market center in Mogadishu, Somalia, April 16, 2020.


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Communities across the globe under strict physical distancing measures — in many cases for weeks — are now wrestling with when and how to relax those policies. And, a group of scientists is looking for antibodies in those who have successfully recovered from the novel coronavirus, which could help develop drugs to fight COVID-19. Also, Finland's government has elevated the status of social media influencers, deeming them "critical actors" and valuable assets to society, especially during a health crisis.

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