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CDC: Risk of coronavirus is low
CDC: Risk of coronavirus is low

Jan. 23, 2020 - Emerging infectious diseases keep epidemiologists on their toes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently responding quickly to an outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that is occurring in Wuhan City, China. The first case has been diagnosed in the United States in a traveler who just returned from Wuhan City. Major airports are now screening passengers for respiratory illness. (UPDATE: Jan. 24 - 11:00 a.m. EDT)

Word of the Day
proactive: adjective;aggressive, early, in advance of; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of January 20

alignments: noun; ways in which parts align or work together;
Starliner returns to Earth early

survival: noun; the process or state of being able to stay alive (survive), usually when faced with extreme danger or illness
Trapeze artist invented modern parachute

vaccine: noun; infectious particles that have been rendered inactive or killed in order to stimulate an immune response to offer protection against the microorganism;
Still time to get a flu vaccine

Today In History

January 24

1985: Space shuttle Discovery launched from and returned to Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

1968: Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gold medalist in  gymnastics, was born in Fairmont, West Virginia.

1965: Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of England, died at the age of 90. Churchill guided England through World War II preventing Nazi Germany from taking control of England.

1941: Aaron Neville, singer, songwriter, was born in New Orleans.


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