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Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he has raised $18.2 million from more than 900,000 individual donations since launching his campaign on Feb. 19.

By the numbers: Sanders raised $5.9 million in the first 24 hours after announcing his candidacy. His campaign told reporters on a press call that he has $28 million cash on-hand thanks to transfers from pre-existing funds, and that out of 525,000 contributors, 20% are new.

For comparison:

  • Sanders: $18.2 million from 525,000 donors in 41 days; average donation of $20
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: $12 million from 138,000 donors in 70 days; average donation of $55
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg: $7 million from 158,550 donors in 68 days; average donation of $36.35

What to watch: Beto O'Rourke, who raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his candidacy, will soon reveal his fundraising figures for Q1. He has been in the race for 18 days.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders

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The pandemic has thrust a relatively unknown ailment, anosmia — or smell loss — into the international spotlight.

Why it matters: Researchers hope smell testing becomes as standard as the annual flu shot, helping to detect early signs of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Why it matters: Insights into how COVID-19 began can help us prevent future pandemics — especially if it involved any kind of leak or accident at a virology lab.