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True Number Of COVID Cases Could Be 10 Times Higher

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The CDC reports that blood samples taken from people in 10 U.S regions show that far more Americans have been infected by COVID-19 than have tested positive. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, also indicates that not enough people have been exposed for widespread immunity.

Few Photos Of Dark Skin Hinders Care For Blacks, Latinos, Dermatologists Say

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In other news on health care and racism, NIH researchers try to get a better sense of how socioeconomic factors like income, family structure and diet affect COVID infections and outcomes, and Black professionals are losing their livelihoods at greater rates than their white counterparts.

Hotel, Health Care Workers Protest Working Conditions

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Hotel groups filed a lawsuit in San Francisco citing concerns about exposure to contaminated surfaces, and hospital staff in Santa Rosa, Calif., are protesting over inadequate protection and proposed pay cuts. Other news on workers from Michigan and Washington, as well.

Initial Results From Oxford COVID Vaccine Trial Appear Hopeful

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The Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine trial is one of three — with CanSino Biologics and Pfizer-BioNTech leading the other two — that are reporting only minor side effects, coupled with strong immune response.

COVID Spreads As People Wait For Lab Results

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In some areas, test results are taking a week or longer. That turnaround time could negate testing’s ability to stem the spread of the virus, experts warn.

Testing Has White House, GOP Lawmakers At Odds Over Stimulus Bill

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While common ground with Democrats is still far off, disagreements remain between the Trump administration and congressional Republican leaders after a White House meeting. At issue is money for virus testing, schools and payroll taxes while a surprise billing measure appears to be off the table.

Sports Teams’ Dilemma: Money or Health

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Sports organizations on all levels continue to struggle with the COVID epidemic, not so much with testing, but with whether to start making money even though it risks the health of players.

White House Aims To Cut Funds For Testing, CDC, NIH In Next Relief Package

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In other news about testing and the administration: California Gov. Gavin Newsom was reportedly told to appeal directly to President Donald Trump and to thank him if Newsom wanted help in getting more testing swabs. And Colorado’s governor calls the national testing situation a “complete disgrace.”

Russia Tries To Distance Itself From Cyberattack Allegations

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“I don’t believe in this story at all, there is no sense in it,” Andrey Kelin, Russia’s ambassador to Britain, told the BBC of claims from the U.S., Britain and Canada that Russian hackers are targeting coronavirus treatment and vaccine research.

Drugmaker Touts Trial Results Of Potential Coronavirus Treatment

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British pharmaceutical company Synairgen says its nebulizer treatment produced a 79% lower risk of COVID-19 patients developing a severe form of the disease than those given a placebo in initial trials. Other drug trial news related to hydroxychloroquine is also reported.