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Schools struggle with rules during remote learning; vaccine trial paused over unexplained illness
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Schools struggle with rules during remote learning; vaccine trial paused over unexplained illness

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Toys that look like weapons. Barefoot students. Disruptive imagery in the background. Pets roaming the room. All a clear violation of rules inside most American classrooms. But that was when most American students were actually inside schools.

How do standards like these translate when everyone is logging on from home? Schools are struggling to figure it out this fall — yet another adaptation demanded of educators during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the learn-from-home world, teachers and experts can easily imagine the friction of extending regular classroom discipline into young people's previously private spaces.

Meanwhile, a late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot.

The company said in a statement Monday evening that illnesses, accidents and other so-called adverse events “are an expected part of any clinical study, especially large studies,” but that its physicians and a safety monitoring panel would try to determine what might have caused the illness.

The pause is at least the second such hold to occur among several vaccines that have reached large-scale final tests in the U.S.

Here's an update on all developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.

  • Defiant as ever about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump turned his first campaign rally since contracting COVID-19 into a full-throated defense of his handling of the pandemic that has killed 215,000 Americans.
  • A new poll finds that the coronavirus pandemic has thrust many Americans into the role of caring for an older or disabled loved one for the first time.
  • Governments across Europe are ratcheting up restrictions in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus as the continent recorded its highest weekly number of new infections since the start of the pandemic.
  • Britain’s government defended its new three-tier system of COVID-19 restrictions as critics suggested it was too little, too late amid reports the government’s scientific advisers recommended tougher action three weeks ago.
  • Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao say they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country’s first reported local outbreak in nearly two months.
  • How long can you expect a COVID-19 illness to last? It depends. Most coronavirus patients have mild to moderate illness and recover quickly. Older, sicker patients tend to take longer to recover. 
  • The Tennessee Titans have no positive tests, and they will host the Buffalo Bills as rescheduled for Tuesday night. The Titans last played Sept. 27 before their facilities were shut down amid dozens of positive tests.
  • The five NFL head coaches who were fined $100,000 by the league for shoddy mask wearing are now in compliance with the league’s coronavirus safety rules.
  • Major League Baseball had fans for the first time in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves in Texas on Monday night.

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