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‘Anti-Science Bias’ In America Contributing To Spread Of Virus, Fauci Warns

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has faded from public view as the White House shifts its messaging toward reopening, but the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is still speaking out about his concerns for the country. Meanwhile, in other administration news, The Wall Street Journal fact checks Vice President Mike Pence’s claims about Project Airbridge.

Virus Infections Rapidly Increasing In Latino Populations, Outpacing Other Racial And Ethnic Minorities

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“For both the African American and Latino populations there’s a triple threat,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC. “The first is that there’s more exposure, the second is that there’s more underlying health problems sometimes, and the third is there’s less access to health care.” Meanwhile, experts in the Trump administration remain largely quiet on the disparities being seen in the pandemic.

Even As Political Fight Over Masks Continues To Roil U.S., Scientists Coalescing Behind Effectiveness

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“If there is a policy around using face masks in place, it does actually come with a fairly large effect,” says Holger Schünemann, an epidemiologist at McMaster University. The political fight over mask-wearing was on display at President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, where there were few face coverings to be seen in the audience. Meanwhile, California pass a mandate that residents wear masks in public spaces. And airlines struggle with mask enforcement.

While Some Experts Brace For Tsunami Of Mental Health Issues, Others Predict Crisis Will Be Short-Lived

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“In most disasters, the vast majority of people do well,” said Dr. Steven Southwick, a professor of psychiatry at Yale who has worked with survivors after numerous cataclysms, including mass shootings. “Very few people understand how resilient they really are until faced with extraordinary circumstances. In fact, one of our first jobs in these situations is to call attention to just that.” In other public health news: summer and sleep-away camps; gyms and sports; a socially distant Father’s Day; and more.

Italy Was Once The Nightmare Scenario For United States. Now The Roles Have Reversed.

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“I would rather spend this summer in Rome with my family than in Phoenix,” Ashish Jha, head of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, tells Politico. Meanwhile, WHO reports the largest single-day increase of the outbreak, with many of the new cases coming from the Americas. Media outlets report on news from China, Italy, Nordic countries, South Sudan, Africa, Iraq, India and more.