5 things to know for September 16: Coronavirus, police, election, Mideast, nature

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Hurricane Sally just made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm. It’s still crawling, and deadly flooding is a major threat.Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Coronavirus The coronavirus may have been lurking in the US as early as December, according to a new study. That’s a full month earlier than believed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found a significant increase in hospital visits at that time by patients who reported respiratory illnesses. And now, we may be living under the shadow of Covid-19 for another year or more. The chief science officer at the World Health Organization said it could be 2022 before the world can begin thinking about returning to “pre-Covid” life. A quick coronavirus vaccine check: The National Institutes of Health has expressed concern over a potential side effect in drugmaker AstraZeneca’s vaccine trial after a participant suffered spinal cord damage. The FDA is weighing whether to resume the trial in the US.’);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}}; …

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