Mutations In COVID-19 May Affect Developing A Vaccine : Consider This from NPR Just two months ago, the Northeast was the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. On Wednesday, there were just 581 new reported cases of the coronavirus in New York and now visitors from other states are expected to quarantine after they arrive.

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NPR's Jon Hamilton reports that scientists are closely tracking mutations in the coronavirus to ensure the changes don't complicate a future vaccine.

Plus, COVID-19 has presented particular challenges for women and reproductive health. Many say that the pandemic is causing them to rethink their plans to have children.

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Mask Debate Heats Up; Creating A Vaccine For A Mutating Virus

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Mask Debate Heats Up; Creating A Vaccine For A Mutating Virus

Mask Debate Heats Up; Creating A Vaccine For A Mutating Virus

Mask Debate Heats Up; Creating A Vaccine For A Mutating Virus

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Children wearing face masks play on their scooters while their parents watch during the coronavirus pandemic on April 25, 2020 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images hide caption

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Children wearing face masks play on their scooters while their parents watch during the coronavirus pandemic on April 25, 2020 in New York City.

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This episode was recorded and published as part of this podcast's former 'Coronavirus Daily' format.

Just two months ago, the Northeast was the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. On Wednesday, there were just 581 new reported cases of the coronavirus in New York and now visitors from other states are expected to quarantine after they arrive.

More Governors across the country are touting the benefits of masks but not all are willing to make wearing them a state policy.

NPR's Jon Hamilton reports that scientists are closely tracking mutations in the coronavirus to ensure the changes don't complicate a future vaccine.

Plus, COVID-19 has presented particular challenges for women and reproductive health. Many say that the pandemic is causing them to rethink their plans to have children.

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This episode was produced by Gabriela Saldivia, Annie Li, Emily Alfin Johnson and Lee Hale, and edited by Beth Donovan. Additional production help for this episode from Boise State Public Radio’s Lacey Daley.