COVID19 🦠 Newsbites
What 3 centuries of smallpox mortality data shows about how epidemics linger
As many people around the globe contemplate what their lives might look like after the pandemic, new analysis of nearly three centuries of smallpox data might provide some insight. The research, published on Monday, shows repeated smallpox epidemics in London.

So while social distancing, quarantines and masks may become less vital by the second half of 2021, the history of smallpox, and many of the historical outbreaks the researchers have studied, shows that Covid-19 can certainly stick around, ebbing and flowing for the foreseeable future.

British royals accused of breaking coronavirus regulations during family outing
The royals, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, were photographed in close proximity to other family members in a park on Sunday, according to British media outlet the Mail Online.

Prince William and his family were walking alongside his uncle Prince Edward and his family while visiting a Christmas-themed woodland walk near the Queen's Norfolk residence Sandringham, according to the Mail Online.

Photos shared by the outlet appear to show more than six individuals present, with the two families standing in close proximity while visiting Luminate Sandringham.

South Carolina governor tests positive for Covid-19
The Republican governor, 73, is "experiencing mild symptoms with a cough and slight fatigue," his office said in a statement Tuesday.

The governor has been in quarantine since his wife, Peggy, tested positive for the virus on Friday. The first lady remains asymptomatic, according to her husband's office.

He will receive a monoclonal antibody treatment Tuesday, his office said, and will isolate over the next 10 days and continue to work from the governor's residence.

The McMasters were guests at a White House Christmas party held indoors last week in Washington. The governor's office said the couple had tested negative for Covid-19 prior to attending the festivities.