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A number of geneticists are concerned that they only learned from a tweet from a colleague that they might have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, Nature News reports.

The University of Utah's Clement Chow tweeted last week that he had been in the ICU grappling with COVID-19 and that, it adds, sparked among researchers who had been at a meeting with him not only concerns about Chow's health but also about their own exposure and who they might have in turn exposed to the disease. 

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