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Over the course of the last couple of weeks, Wayland High School language students took the AAPPL test. If they scored above a certain standard, they were awarded the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy. “I chose to take the AAPPL because I know some of my colleges will take the Seal as language credit,” senior Ciaran Murphy said.
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Breaking Down Breaking News: New COVID-19 information

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Credit: Alyssa Ao
Join Staff Reporters Marissa Mendoza and Sofia Ciciarelli as they discuss Revere Public Schools’s recent installation of FlipLok.

What you need to know:

According to recent trackers and hospitalizations, there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases. This is largely due to new strains, such as BA.2.86, which is a new variant of Omicron, the strain from Nov. 2021 that exponentially increased infections. While it’s not clear what the impact of the new variants will be, scientists are studying them.

To combat the spread of new variants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to greenlight a new COVID-19 booster shot by as early as next week. Additionally, to reduce the risk of infection, doctors have recommended the same precautions as before, like wearing face masks, using air filtration devices and avoiding crowded spaces.

Although COVID-19 vaccines have reduced cases, new studies have shown that COVID-19 can have long term effects for some patients, especially senior citizens.

Why it matters:
In the past month, some schools in the country have moved back to online learning due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. As the number of patients increases, some places will consider reimplementing virtual classes or mask mandates.

The new COVID-19 booster shot will be the first COVID-19 vaccine not covered by the federal government. As Pfizer and Moderna have indicated the vaccines will cost $110-$130 per dose, it will be up to people’s insurance coverage to determine when they can get the shot.

What are other sources to look at?

“Track Covid-19 in the U.S.” – NY Times

“FDA May Approve New Covid Boosters By Friday As Deaths Spike, Report Says” – Forbes

“Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Selena Liu, News Editor
Selena Liu, Class of 2024, is a third year reporter and the news editor for WSPN. She is a two-time captain of the cross country team, as well as a captain of both the indoor track and the tennis teams at WHS. She is also her class's vice president. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and writing for her column Breaking Down Breaking News. Contact: [email protected]
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Aimee Smith, Class of 2024, is a third year reporter and the Business Managing Editor for WSPN. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and spending time with friends. Contact: [email protected]
Alyssa Ao, Co-Graphics Editor
Alyssa Ao, Class of 2025, is a co-graphics editor for WSPN. She is also one of the Math Team captains and co-president of the Art Club. Outside of school, she enjoys art, playing piano and watching TV. Contact: [email protected]
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