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    1. Fauci Says Trump Took His Mask Stance 'Out of Context'

      Fauci Says Trump Took His Mask Stance 'Out of Context'

      The country's top infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci said President Trump's claims about his stance on the benefits of face masks were "taken out of context."

      In an interview that will air Thursday on ABC News’s “Start Here” podcast, Fauci said public health officials did not recommend people wear masks early in the pandemic because there was a shortage of personal protective equipment for health professionals.

      "So the feeling was that people who were wanting to have masks in the community, namely just people out in the street, might be hoarding masks and making the shortage of masks even greater. In that context, we said that we did not recommend masks," Fauci said.

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    2. Ex-FDA Employees Worry About the Politicization of the Coronavirus Vaccine

      Ex-FDA Employees Worry About the Politicization of the Coronavirus Vaccine

      Experts and former Food and Drug Administration officials say they worry President Trump is undermining public confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine approval process, potentially leading people to reject the vaccine when one is available. 

      The experts, appearing before a Congressional panel Tuesday, said they still have faith in the government's career officials and scientists responsible for determining whether a potential COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, but that Trump and his political appointees are making it harder to gain public trust. 

      “This is a very robust process that’s hard for any political influence to disrupt,” Mark McClellan, a former FDA commissioner under former President George W. Bush, told the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on Tuesday. “What we ...

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    3. 19-Year-Old College Student Dies from Rare COVID-19 Complications

      19-Year-Old College Student Dies from Rare COVID-19 Complications

      A North Carolina teenage basketball player has died from a rare COVID-19 complication in which the virus attacked his brain, his family said.

      Chad Dorrill, 19, had been living off-campus and taking classes online at Appalachian State University in Boone when he became sick earlier this month with the virus, the college said Tuesday in a statement.

      “When he began feeling unwell earlier this month, his mother encouraged him to come home, quarantine, and be tested for COVID-19,” Chancellor Sheri Everts wrote to students.

      His uncle, David Dorrill, said that the teen tested positive Sept. 7 and quarantined for 10 days at home in Wallburg, the New York Times reported.

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    4. Family Loses Home to Wildfire Then Test Positive for Coronavirus

      Family Loses Home to Wildfire Then Test Positive for Coronavirus

      It may be one of the worst years imaginable for the Graham family of Washington state.

      On Labor Day, a raging wildfire destroyed their home in Malden, about 37 miles south of Spokane. Days later, all seven members of the family – parents and five kids -- tested positive for the coronavirus.

      They likely caught the virus while staying with relatives because of the loss of their home, Matthew Graham, the father, told Q13 FOX of Seattle.

      “Before our house burned down we were being really cautious about not being in groups of people and always having the kids in face masks and keeping our distance from everyone,” he said.

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    5. CDC Reports Young People Caused COVID-19 Rise Among Older Adults

      CDC Reports Young People Caused COVID-19 Rise Among Older Adults

      Young adults are driving coronavirus infections in the U.S. and are likely spreading the virus to older, more vulnerable populations, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults were more likely to get infected, but when researchers analyzed cases from June to August, they found that people in their 20s accounted for the largest share of confirmed cases compared to other age groups. And public health experts say this is a worrying trend.

      "This group is going to continue to transmit a lot of virus," says Mike Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

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    6. Titans Suspend In-Person Training as NFL Marks First Coronavirus Outbreak

      Titans Suspend In-Person Training as NFL Marks First Coronavirus Outbreak

      At least eight members of the Tennessee Titans, including three players, have tested positive for coronavirus this week, marking the first outbreak in the NFL.

      The NFL issued a statement on Tuesday confirming the new cases, adding that the Titans and the Minnesota Vikings, the team they played on Sunday, have immediately suspended all in-person activities.

      “‚ÄčOn Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five new personnel positives,” the statement read. “Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments. All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration.”

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    7. Disney is Laying Off 28,000 People Due to Coronavirus

      Disney is Laying Off 28,000 People Due to Coronavirus

      Disney is laying off 28,000 employees, the entertainment giant confirmed Tuesday, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hammer its theme park operations, including the continued closing of its California parks and reduced capacity at its open parks in Florida and around the world.

      The cuts, which will affect workers in the parks, experiences and consumer products segment, were detailed in a letter to employees Tuesday. About 67 percent of the affected workers were part-time employees, but it's unclear what the breakdown for each department was. CNBC was the first to report news of the cuts.

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    8. JBS Meatpackers Deny Benefits for COVID-19 Illness or Deaths

      JBS Meatpackers Deny Benefits for COVID-19 Illness or Deaths

      Saul Sanchez died in April, one of six workers with fatal COVID-19 infections at meatpacker JBS USA's slaughterhouse in Greeley, Colorado, the site of one of the earliest and deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a U.S. meatpacking plant.

      Before getting sick, the 78-year-old Sanchez only left home to work on the fabrication line, where cattle carcasses are sliced into cuts of beef, and to go to his church, with its five-person congregation, said his daughter, Betty Rangel. She said no one else got infected in the family or at Bible Missionary Church, which could not be reached for comment.

      JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, denied the family's application for workers' compensation benefits, along with those filed by ...

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    9. One Million People Have Died from Coronavirus

      One Million People Have Died from Coronavirus

      A Chinese doctor who tried to sound the alarm. A father of six who emigrated from Pakistan to the United States to give his family a better life. A 15-year-old boy who left his remote home in the Amazon to study. They all died from Covid-19.

      In eight months, more than 33 million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, across nearly every country. The disease has taken lives on every continent except Antarctica -- and more than one million people have died.

      That’s four times as many people who died in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, 16 times as many people killed by the common flu in the US last winter, and more than 335 times the number ...

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    10. COVID-19 Test that Gives Results in Minutes are Becoming Available

      COVID-19 Test that Gives Results in Minutes are Becoming Available

      Rapid coronavirus tests that can provide results in about 15 to 30 minutes are expected to be rolled out to lower and middle-income countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

      The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday announced an agreement between the health agency, test manufacturers and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make 120 million of the highly portable and easy-to-use rapid diagnostic tests available around the world over a period of six months. 

      Tedros said the rapid antigen tests are currently priced at a maximum of $5 each but were expected to become less expensive. 

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    11. Millions of Coronavirus Tests Shipped to Help Open K-12 Schools

      Millions of Coronavirus Tests Shipped to Help Open K-12 Schools
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    12. Ex-Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Sues Governor Over COVID-19 Orders

      Ex-Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Sues Governor Over COVID-19 Orders

      The Foundation for Moral Law and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore last week filed a lawsuit against Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, challenging the constitutionality of their public health orders intended to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

      The foundation’s lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Moore is seeking damages, a temporary restraining order and a permanent injunction against Ivey and Harris from issuing more mandates.

      Moore is arguing that Ivey and Harris have exceeded their authority.

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    13. States Reporting Increase Coronavirus Case After Experts Warn Fall Surge

      States Reporting Increase Coronavirus Case After Experts Warn Fall Surge

      (CNN)Almost half the US is reporting increased numbers of new Covid-19 cases as health experts warn of a potential coronavirus surge in the fall and winter.

      As of Sunday, the number of new coronavirus cases has increased by at least 10% or more compared to the week before in 21 states, most of them in the West, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

      Cases are rising in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

      Eighteen states were holding steady. Only 11 -- Arizona, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont ...

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    14. New Chinese Study Shows Breast Milk Could Help Fight Coronavirus

      New Chinese Study Shows Breast Milk Could Help Fight Coronavirus

      Mother’s milk could prevent or treat Covid-19, according to a new study by Chinese scientists.

      A research team in Beijing tested the effect of human breast milk on cells exposed to the Sars-CoV-2 virus. The milk was collected in 2017, well before the start of the pandemic, and the cell types tested varied from animal kidney cells to young human lung and gut cells.

      The results were the same: most living virus strains were killed by the milk.

      The breast milk was “blocking viral attachment, entry and even post-entry viral replication,” the team led by Professor Tong Yigang from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology wrote in two non-peer-reviewed papers posted on biorxiv.org on Friday.

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    15. Redfield Voices Alarm Over Trump's Coronavirus Task Force Advisor

      Redfield Voices Alarm Over Trump's Coronavirus Task Force Advisor

      WASHINGTON — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has grown increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump, pushed by a new member of his coronavirus task force, is sharing incorrect information about the pandemic with the public.

      Dr. Robert Redfield, who leads the CDC, suggested in a conversation with a colleague Friday that Dr. Scott Atlas is arming Trump with misleading data about a range of issues, including questioning the efficacy of masks, whether young people are susceptible to the virus and the potential benefits of herd immunity.

      "Everything he says is false," Redfield said during a phone call made in public on a commercial airline and overheard by NBC News.

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    16. Governor DeSantis Expects 'Full Super Bowl' in Tampa Despite Coronavirus

      Governor DeSantis Expects 'Full Super Bowl' in Tampa Despite Coronavirus

      Super Bowl LV will take place in Tampa Fla., at Raymond James Stadium next year and Gov. Ron DeSantis is hoping to have a full stadium despite the unknowns surrounding the coronavirus.

      DeSantis expressed his hope for the game’s attendance on Friday during a press conference while he announced that restaurants and other venues can go back to 100 percent capacity.

      “We’re going to be able to host the Super Bowl in February [2021]. We expect to do a full Super Bowl. We’re going to show that we’re going to be able to do that,” he said, according to FOX 13 Tampa Bay.

      Jon Barker, the NFL vice president of event operations, told WFTS-TV he wants ...

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    17. Fauci: COVID-19 Vaccine Won't Eliminate Masks or Public Health Measures

      Fauci: COVID-19 Vaccine Won't Eliminate Masks or Public Health Measures

      (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that even an effective Covid-19 vaccine won't replace the need for other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands.

      Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the vaccine will not be 100% effective and taken by 100% of the population -- which means there still will be room for Covid-19 to spread.
      Fauci said he's being "practical" when he says, "I think if we can get 75 to 80% of the population vaccinated, I think that would be a really good accomplishment."
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    18. DeSantis Wants Protection for Partying College Students Under COVID-19 Guidelines

      DeSantis Wants Protection for Partying College Students Under COVID-19 Guidelines

      Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested on Thursday that Florida could create a “bill of rights” to protect college students who face expulsion for attending parties under the strict Covid-19 guidelines schools are attempting to enforce.

      Calling the policies “incredibly draconian” at a public health event, the Republican governor said the state is exploring its options for students without going into much detail. The idea comes as school leaders in Florida and beyond threaten stiff penalties for breaking social distancing rules in an effort to keep coronavirus transmission low and campuses open throughout the full semester.

      “I personally think it’s incredibly draconian that a student would get potentially expelled for going to a party,” DeSantis said Thursday. “That’s what college ...

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    19. Mnuchin and Pelosi Have Agreed to Restart Coronavirus Stimulus Talks

      Mnuchin and Pelosi Have Agreed to Restart Coronavirus Stimulus Talks

      Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have agreed to revive negotiations over a stalled follow-up coronavirus relief bill.

      “I've probably spoken to Speaker Pelosi 15 or 20 times in the last few days on the CR,” Mnuchin told the Senate Banking Committee during a hearing with Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell, referring to a continuing resolution to extend government funding, “and we've agreed to continue to have discussions about the CARES Act.”

      Pelosi also said Thursday that she expected negotiations with the White House to resume shortly, telling reporters at the Capitol, "We'll be hopefully soon to the table with them."

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    20. 18 to 22-Year-Olds Gatherings Banned in Colorado as Coronavirus Surge

      18 to 22-Year-Olds Gatherings Banned in Colorado as Coronavirus Surge

      Following a surge of coronavirus cases at the University of Colorado-Boulder, health officials announced Thursday that 18 to 22-year-old individuals were banned from gatherings of any size for two weeks.

      “We must take stronger action to stop the spread of this virus in our community,” Boulder County public health director Jeff Zayach said in a news release. “We have researched the actions we can take that would be effective while minimizing the burden on those who have not been the source of increased transmission. We believe this strategy can achieve both goals.”

      Whether indoor or outdoors, anyone aged 18 to 22 years old will not be allowed to gather for two weeks beginning Thursday at 4 p.m. It also ...

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    21. Johnson & Johnson Enters Phase 3 in COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

      Johnson & Johnson Enters Phase 3 in COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

      A fourth Covid-19 vaccine candidate has gone into the final stage of clinical trials in the U.S., with Johnson & Johnson announcing the start of its Phase 3 trial Wednesday.

      The drugmaker follows Pfizer and Moderna, whose Phase 3 trials began in late July. AstraZeneca also started its Phase 3 vaccine trial this month, but it remains on pause in the U.S. after a participant in the U.K. was reported to have developed a spinal cord injury.

      The Johnson & Johnson trial is not expected to yield preliminary results for at least two months.

      President Donald Trump has repeatedly pressed for faster work on vaccine research — even suggesting that there could be some kind of approval before the Nov ...

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    22. New Research Adds to the Evidence of Asymptomatic Coronavirus Spread

      New Research Adds to the Evidence of Asymptomatic Coronavirus Spread

      Two studies published Tuesday shed light on the so-called silent spread of Covid-19.

      One study, published in the journal Thorax, reports that asymptomatic people can carry as much virus in their noses and throats as people showing symptoms of the illness. The second study, a review published in Plos Medicine, found that while the majority of infected individuals do develop symptoms, they may test positive before those symptoms begin.

      Taken together, the research underscores the need for preventive measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

      "Even if we're seemingly healthy, we have to wear masks" to reduce the risk of asymptomatic spread, Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, said.

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    23. Fauci Optimistic About COVID-19 Vaccine Approval by End of 2020

      Fauci Optimistic About COVID-19 Vaccine Approval by End of 2020

      Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said on Wednesday that he and his team are "cautiously optimistic" about developing a coronavirus vaccine and predict it could be approved in November or December.

      "We predict that sometime by the end of this year, let's say November or December, we will know whether or not these are safe and effective," Fauci said at a Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee hearing.

      "Early studies in animals and in human Phase 1 and Phase 2 indicate that individuals induce a response that is comparable to, if not better, than natural infection," he said. "Right now, doses of this vaccine are being produced so they'll be ready to be ...

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    24. Dog Found with Note Saying Owner Lost Home Amid Coronavirus

      Dog Found with Note Saying Owner Lost Home Amid Coronavirus

      A dog was found tied to a tree in Indiana with a heartbreaking note from her owner, who said he had lost his job and was about to also lose his home due to the coronavirus pandemic — and could no longer keep her, according to a report.

      “My name is Roadie. I was a rescued puppy from a litter of 10,” the note read about the adorable 18-month-old German shepherd mix, according to WTHR. “I was a spoiled girl, my dad gave me my own couch to lay on and my own memory foam bed.”

      It added: “My dad lost his job and soon his home from COVID.”

      The note on Roadie said she knows “basic commands like sit, lay ...

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