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DeWine’s Pick For Health Director Backs Out Hours After Announcement

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine chose Dr. Joan Duwve, currently director of public health for South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control, to head up Ohio’s health department. But shortly after he made the announcement, conservatives pointed out that Duwve had worked once for Planned Parenthood and she quickly withdrew from the Ohio job offer.

Trump Defends Playing Down Dangers Of Virus While Denying That He Lied

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In a contentious press conference, President Donald Trump faced questions over recorded statements he made in the early months of the pandemic in which it is clear he knew far more about the severity of the coronavirus than he was telling the American public. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden calls those actions “almost criminal.”

How The World Is Faring

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News is from China, Vatican City, Austria and Indonesia.

Doctors’ Unconscious Racial Biases Trigger Maternal Health Crisis

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Black women are dying in childbirth 2½ times more often than white women, according to federal statistics, and USA Today looks at the experiences of some African American women who felt they were not adequately treated. In other public health news, a doula who helps women in substance abuse recovery and some exercise advice.

Researchers Suggest Surprising Benefits Of Using Masks

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In a paper published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers suggest that masks may be able to mitigate how severe an illness an individual gets if infected by coronavirus. Other researchers suggest that since masks hold off many pathogens, they may allow the immune system to work better if coronavirus attacks.

Spring, Not Winter, Will Bring Second Wave Of COVID, Scientist Predicts

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In related news, a new study among regions that experienced a second wave found a significantly lower death rate among all confirmed cases than in the first wave. And health experts in Spain say a resurgence in that nation holds valuable lessons.

Distribution Of Vaccine: Complex Massive Rollout

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If Pfizer’s vaccine is approved, deep freeze storage capacities are required — something many doctor’s offices go without. Other vaccine news is on FDA requirements and study participants, as well.