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“I want to be very clear: What we are seeing today is different from March and April,” Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said during a CNN interview. “It is extraordinarily widespread. This epidemic right now is different … and it’s both rural and urban.”
As the nation’s top public health officials appeared before a House committee, Dr. Anthony Fauci also said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about a vaccine this year.
Editorial pages focus on these public health issues and others relating to the pandemic.
Other news on pandemic-related topics includes reporting on prison conditions; income and physical distancing; immunity; pregnancy; primary care; and more.
In China, new reports of mumps, measles and some sexually transmitted diseases have also fallen off. In other public health news: turning the Diamond Princess’ outbreak into a case study; research on ventilation systems; the impact of air conditioning; West Nile virus in Austin; and more.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers did exactly that on Thursday, issuing a statewide mask mandate. Meanwhile, men are dying from the virus at higher rates than women in Los Angeles.
While Stephen Hahn says the FDA is not in a position to “regulate the practice of medicine,” a group of researchers oppose doctors prescribing the anti-malarial drug for COVID.
As drugmakers race to develop a vaccine, exactly how those vaccines will be manufactured and delivered to Americans is also being planned. In other vaccine news: Johnson & Johnson moves to human trials of its vaccine. And a Moderna board member resigns.
The coronavirus crisis–and health care more broadly–are swing issues in the upcoming presidential contest between President Donald Trump and Vice President Donald Trump.
During a roundtable at the Red Cross headquarters, President Donald Trump and other public health officials called on coronavirus survivors to donate. “You’ve gotten through it, and I guess that means you have something very special there,” Trump said.
Face shields can protect against droplets, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator. Along those same lines, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is testifying before Congress this morning, suggested the U.S. may eventually recommend eye goggles.
With progress on a larger stimulus package at an impasse, the White House floated a short-term bill to extend the $600 unemployment benefit that expires today. House Democrats knocked down the idea.
Public health experts warn that the positive trend could slip back if Americans aren’t vigilant. And states like Arizona, Florida and Mississippi continue to break records for confirmed new cases.
States facing major health problems, some not related to the coronavirus epidemic, seek federal help. Meanwhile, some state officials are realizing that maybe, just maybe, people are partying too hard and spreading COVID.
Other scientific developments include a potential medieval antibiotic, how your blood sugar affects your workouts and the effects of mechanical ventilation on COVID patients.
Whether they’re going to work or bars, when young adults head home, family members are at risk. Public health news is on flying, homelessness, assistance funds, masks, isolation, and more.
News on how various colleges and universities are handling students returning, including Baylor, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Miami University and colleges in Michigan.
Maryland’s governor toughens his mask mandate, even though Dr. Anthony Fauci says they are difficult to enforce.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is fighting a cancer recurrence, underwent a “minimally invasive” procedure and is expected to be released by the end of the week.
A group called America’s Frontline Doctors captured national attention for their unproven claims in an online video seen by millions–despite being banned from some social media platforms for misinformation–about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine and masks. Vice President Mike Pence met with several of the doctors on Tuesday.