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Mercer University updates COVID-19 protocols following new CDC guidelines

Mercer University updates COVID-19 protocols following new CDC guidelines

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

September 1, 2020

Mercer University quietly changed its COVID-19 protocols in a document posted to its coronavirus page Tuesday. The document is an updated version of one that was released in June. The updates reduce the amount of time a student who tests positive for COVID-19 must be fever-free before ending their self-isolation and removes a previous suggestion that a student test negative twice before ending self-isolation. 

This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that the 2019-2020 shot is only 29% effective. However, the CDC says some coverage is better than none, and last year’s vaccine prevented an estimated 40,000 to 90,000 hospitalizations despite being no more than 32% effective.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 23, 2019

When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to catch it. This phenomenon is called herd immunity, and it helps keep everyone safe.

Mercer student tracks pollen counts using Google

Mercer student tracks pollen counts using Google

February 12, 2015

Thirty million to 60 million people are affected annually by allergic rhinitis, the technical term for having a runny, red nose and watery eyes. One Mercer University student has gained attention by using online searches to track changes in pollen counts, which will hopefully keep people better prepar...

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