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Science  19 Feb 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6531, pp. 760-761
DOI: 10.1126/science.371.6531.760

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In science news around the world, the anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab is shown to cut the death risk of people hospitalized with COVID-19, reduce their need for a mechanical ventilator, and shorten time spent in the hospital—only the second therapeutic shown to reduce deaths in severe cases of the disease. Keeping schools open in Sweden roughly doubled the risk that teachers would be diagnosed with the pandemic coronavirus in spring 2020, according to one of the most precise studies of the risks of in-person schooling. At least five people die from new outbreaks of Ebola in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, two countries that beat back other large outbreaks in recent years. Wildlife trafficking poses a profound threat to vulnerable animal species, a study reports; in areas where hunting and trapping have gone unchecked, populations of 133 species declined by almost 65% overall. NASA sets a launch date of 2024 for its Europa Clipper probe, which will explore one of Jupiter's moons.

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