I've been reading an article from Newsela, and there was a sentence that goes

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, changed its guidelines the week of March 16. It nows says that hospitals should try to reuse surgical masks or have workers wear one through an entire shift."

I understand the meaning of the sentence, and I also get that 'nows' means similar to 'nowadays'. But no dictionary gives the meaning of the word 'nows'. I'm starting to wonder whethere the word really exists.

The only search result I found was from wikitionary(https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nows). It says "nows: plural of now" But from what I understand, nows in the sentence above is an adverb, and adverb can not have a plural form.

Is nows a word?

Is it a short form for nowadays?

If it is, then why can't I find it from the dictionary?

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    As a noun, it's a word (the plural of the noun "now"), but most dictionaries don't include regular plurals. "Now" is usually uncountable, but there is a rare specialised use that is countable, according to Wiktionary ("(countable, chiefly in phenomenology) A particular instant in time, as perceived at that instant"). In the sentence you found, however, "now" is the word used (as an adverb) and the final "s" is simply a typo, as the answer says.
    – rjpond
    Sep 27, 2020 at 17:25

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It's just a typo. It should be "now".

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