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Will social distancing weaken my immune system?

Will social distancing weaken my immune system? In short, no. Some worry a lack of contact with others will weaken their immune system by reducing its active contact with germs. But even when we’re staying 6 feet from others or spending most of our time at home, our bodies are continuously responding to bacteria.

Daily COVID-19 deaths in U.S. reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest level since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

Stocks drift amid investors’ tug of war between hope, fear

U.S. stocks were drifting in mixed trading on Thursday, as Wall Street’s tug of war continues between worries about the worsening pandemic in the present and optimism that a vaccine will rescue the economy in the future.

S&P 500 adds to record, Dow heads for own on vaccine hopes

Stocks were rallying again Monday, with the S&P 500 adding more to its record high and the Dow Jones Industrial Average on track to erase the last of its pandemic losses, following another round of encouraging data on a possible coronavirus vaccine.

President Donald Trump, still not conceding defeat, trumpets vaccine progress

WASHINGTON – Gliding over significant challenges still to come, President Donald Trump on Friday offered a rosy update on the race for a vaccine for the resurgent coronavirus as he delivered his first public remarks since his defeat by President-elect Joe Biden. He still did not concede the election.

S&P 500 closes at record high over vaccine optimism

Stocks were moderately higher in Friday late-morning trading, recovering some of the declines markets posted the day before as investors became increasingly worried about rising coronavirus infections and their impact on the U.S. and global economy.

Top central bankers: Economy needs help despite vaccine news

Three of the globe's top central bankers said their economies continue to need help despite progress toward a COVID-19 vaccine, with U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell saying that the U.S. Congress “may need to do more” to cushion the blow from the pandemic.

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

Pfizer Inc. said Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results that nevertheless brought a big burst of optimism to a world desperate for the means to finally bring the catastrophic outbreak under control.

Nonprofit app aims to help unblock global air travel

A public-interest foundation is testing a smartphone app that could make it easier for international airline passengers to securely show they've complied with COVID-19 testing requirements. It's an attempt to help get people back to flying after the pandemic sent global air travel down by 92%.