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You know, the conspiracy theories out there have essentially closed down communication between scientists in China and scientists in the US. We need that communication in an outbreak to learn from them how they control it so we can control it better. It’s sad to say, but it will probably cost lives.

Peter Daszak, president of the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, talking to “60 Minutes” about the ongoing politicization of science with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic (May 10)

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5. Any pathogen, informally
8. Young nesting in a barn, perhaps
9. Anatomical blade
11. Herb used in tea and gum
12. “Bad” cholesterol, for short
13. Film of a molecular-transporter mishap (2...

The major message that I wish to convey . . . is the danger of trying to open the country prematurely. If we skip over the checkpoints in the guidelines to: “Open America Again,” then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country. This will not only result in needless suffering and death, but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal.

—Infectious disease researcher Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading member of the Trump Administration’s White House Coronavirus Task Force, in an email to The New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg about his plans to testify before the Senate (May 11)
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