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Buddhist monks in Thailand pray at Phleng temple amid the COVID-19 crisis, May 11, 2020. Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

How do Buddhists handle coronavirus? The answer is not just meditation

Many in the West may see Buddhism as more of a philosophy than a religion, but for millions of people worldwide Buddhism is very much a faith – and prayer is part of their COVID-19 response.
Une femme regarde de nouvelles tenues anti-SRAS pour le personnel médical exposées, le 6 novembre 2003, à Shanghai, en Chine, au moment où le pays se préparait à une résurgence de la maladie, qui n’a jamais eu lieu. AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

La mystérieuse disparition du premier virus SRAS, et pourquoi il nous faudra un vaccin pour nous débarrasser du deuxième

Le COVID-19 et le SRAS sont tous deux mortels - mais différents. Les symptômes du SRAS apparaissaient rapidement, ce qui l'a rendu plus facile à contenir. Le virus est donc mort.
A conceptual schematic of a laser-based method for identifying the coronavirus quickly. Penn State University

Lasers could speed up coronavirus diagnostics

A team of physicists, virologists and computer scientists are seeking to develop a coronavirus diagnostic tool that could deliver rapid results.
Visitors look at new anti-SARS outfits for medical workers on display Thursday Nov. 6, 2003 in Shanghai, China, as the country braced for a resurgence. The disease never made a comeback. AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

The mysterious disappearance of the first SARS virus, and why we need a vaccine for the current one but didn’t for the other

COVID-19 and SARS are both deadly – but different. SARS symptoms were quick to appear, making it easier to contain. Because health officials were able to contain it, the virus died off.
Baseball fans look through a fence of the stadium following the cancellation of a game in Fort Myers, Florida. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Why sports still matter – even in a time when you can’t actually watch any

All major sports events have been canceled at this time. Two sports philosophers remind people how sports help us bond as a community and why we miss them.
Together no more: remote voting for Congress could be the outcome of public health restrictions on gatherings. House of Representatives

Coronavirus restrictions likely to lead to remote voting for Congress

Democrats may soon propose letting members of Congress vote by proxy during the pandemic. A legal scholar says the language the Founders used 233 years ago could allow voting remotely.

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