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    1. WHO Finally Acknowledges Possibility of COVID-19 Airborne Transmission

      WHO Finally Acknowledges Possibility of COVID-19 Airborne Transmission

      The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday heeded calls from more than 200 scientists, who urged the global health authority to acknowledge that COVID-19 may spread by air.

      Previously, the WHO said contact with large respiratory droplets, like those expelled in a sick person’s cough or sneeze, appeared to be the primary way COVID-19 spreads. But in a highly publicized letter published earlier this week, a large group of scientists argued the WHO’s guidance neglected to adequately address another important route of transmission: inhaling tiny respiratory particles generated by a sick person, which can remain suspended in the air indoors for hours.

      In a scientific brief published Thursday, the WHO allowed that “short-range aerosol transmission, particularly in specific ...

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    2. Fauci Bluntly Reports Failures in US Coronavirus Response

      Fauci Bluntly Reports Failures in US Coronavirus Response

      Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci gave a blunt assessment of how the United States is handling the coronavirus pandemic compared to other countries.

      Some cities, he said, were following the guidelines and controlling their outbreaks. "But as a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don't think you can say we're doing great," Fauci told the FiveThirtyEight podcast. "I mean, we're just not." Part of that has to do with how states, cities, and their populations have responded to the pandemic, he said, whether that was opening up too quickly or ignoring social distancing guidelines and calls to wear masks.

      In another interview, Fauci also discussed the particular conditions of the virus ...

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    3. Over 80% of Young People May Be Asymptomatic, Study Shows

      Over 80% of Young People May Be Asymptomatic, Study Shows

      Experts from the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento, Italy, in collaboration with colleagues affiliated to the ATS Lombardy COVID-19 Task Force and various research institutions, conducted a study assessing what percentage of people who have contracted SARS-CoV-2 are likely to experience any symptoms. This preliminary study does not yet appear in a peer-reviewed journal, but its authors have made their findings available online, on the preprint platform arXiv.

      The rate of likely asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus could have important implications for viral transmission, the study authors point out. “This work allows us to clearly show the difficulties in identifying infections with surveillance since the majority of these are not associated with respiratory symptoms or fever,” says study co-author Stefano ...

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    4. Tulsa Health Official Says Trump's Rally Likely Contributed to Surge

      Tulsa Health Official Says Trump's Rally Likely Contributed to Surge

      President Donald Trump's campaign rally in late June, as well as the accompanying counterprotests, likely contributed to the area's recent spike in coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

      "In the past few days, we've seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots," Dart said at a press conference.

      Dart, who said prior to the rally he'd recommended it be postponed over health concerns, added on Wednesday that "significant events in the past few weeks" had "more than likely contributed" to Tulsa County's surge in cases.

      Tulsa County reported 261 new cases on Tuesday ...

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    5. Florida Emerges As Global COVID-19 Epicenter

      Florida Emerges As Global COVID-19 Epicenter

      Florida has emerged as a global epicenter of the latest coronavirus surge, raising questions about the safety of major events that relocated to the state. As coronavirus cases surged throughout much of the Northeast in April and May, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) declared victory.

      Florida was one of the last states to impose a stay-at-home order, and one of the first to reopen. DeSantis earned praise from President Trump for his response to the pandemic and attacked the media for fearmongering after the state reopened its beaches. “When you look at some of the most draconian orders that have been issued in some of these states and compare Florida in terms of our hospitalizations ... I mean, you go from ...

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    6. Toxic Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol Recalled

      Toxic Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol Recalled

      Two brands of hand sanitizer are being recalled by their manufacturers due to methanol, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The recalls come after the agency warned consumers against buying more than a dozen brands of hand sanitizer that tested positive for the toxic substance, including the two under recall.

      ITECH 361 is recalling almost 19,000 bottles of All Clean Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizer and Disinfectant, with UPC Code 628055370130 and sold in one liter bottles, because of the potential presence of methanol. The product was sold nationally to both wholesale distributors and to retailers.

      The second recall is from Transliquid Technologies LLC, which is recalling all Mystic Shield Protection Topical Solution packaged in 8.45 ounce (250 ml ...

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    7. WHO Confirms 'Emerging Evidence' of COVID-19 Airborne Transmission

      WHO Confirms 'Emerging Evidence' of COVID-19 Airborne Transmission

      The World Health Organization confirmed there is "emerging evidence" of airborne transmission of the coronavirus following the publication of a letter Monday signed by 239 scientists that urged the agency to be more forthcoming about the likelihood that people can catch the virus from droplets floating in the air.

      Dr. Benedetta Alleganzi, WHO Technical Lead for Infection Prevention and Control, said during a briefing Tuesday, that the agency has discussed and collaborated with many of the scientists who signed the letter. "We acknowledge that there is emerging evidence in this field, as in all other fields regarding the Covid-19 virus and pandemic and therefore we believe that we have to be open to this evidence and understand its implications regarding ...

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    8. Scientists Warn of Potential Coronavirus-Related Brain Damage

      Scientists Warn of Potential Coronavirus-Related Brain Damage

      Scientists warned on Wednesday of a potential wave of coronavirus-related brain damage as new evidence suggested COVID-19 can lead to severe neurological complications, including inflammation, psychosis and delirium. A study by researchers at University College London (UCL)described 43 cases of patients with COVID-19 who suffered either temporary brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage or other serious brain effects.

      The research adds to recent studies which also found the disease can damage the brain. "Whether we will see an epidemic on a large scale of brain damage linked to the pandemic – perhaps similar to the encephalitis lethargica outbreak in the 1920s and 1930s after the 1918 influenza pandemic – remains to be seen," said Michael Zandi, from UCL's Institute of Neurology ...

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    9. US Records 3 Millionth Coronavirus Case

      US Records 3 Millionth Coronavirus Case

      The U.S. has reached a milestone that seemed unthinkable just a few months ago — the 3 millionth case of coronavirus.

      There were 3,000,012 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 11 p.m.Tuesday and around 10 percent of those (317,654) were reported since July 1, figures compiled by NBC News showed.

       Meanwhile, the death toll was 131,661 and rising as the pandemic maintained a tragic trajectory.

      President Donald Trump, who just a week ago was saying the coronavirus would “just disappear,” insisted in a tweet that COVID-19 deaths rates were down 39 percent and that the U.S. had the lowest death rate “in the world.”

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    10. EPA Testing Proves Lysol Products Effective in Killing Coronavirus

      EPA Testing Proves Lysol Products Effective in Killing Coronavirus

      A good year for Reckitt Benckiser, the producer of Lysol, has gotten even better with the news that two versions of the cleaning product have been proven effective in killing the novel coronavirus in lab testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

      The EPA on July 1 released a list of 431 disinfectants that it believed would be effective against coronavirus that were tested against a harder-to-kill virus or another type of human coronavirus that is similar to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, but it had yet to test any specifically against the virus. 

      Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist were found to kill the virus on a hard, non-porous surface in two minutes, EPA ...

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    11. US to Pay Novavax $1.6B for COVID-19 Vaccine

      US to Pay Novavax $1.6B for COVID-19 Vaccine

      The federal government will pay the vaccine maker Novavax $1.6 billion to expedite the development of a coronavirus vaccine. It’s the largest deal to date from Operation Warp Speed, the sprawling federal effort to make coronavirus vaccines and treatments available to the American public as quickly as possible.

      The deal would pay for Novavax to produce 100 million doses of its new vaccine by the beginning of next year — if the vaccine is shown to be effective in clinical trials. That’s a significant bet on Novavax, a Maryland company that has never brought a product to market. With this deal, the federal government has now invested nearly $4 billion in companies pursuing vaccines, but has provided little ...

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    12. New 'At-Home' COVID-19 Test Launched by LabCorp

      New 'At-Home' COVID-19 Test Launched by LabCorp

      Burlington-based LabCorp is offering a new home-based testing service to screen patients for COVID-19 infections before they proceed with surgeries and other important medical treatments.

      The At-Home COVID-19 Test Collection Service received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on July 1.

      LabCorp is launching the service with “select” health care providers initially and then will make it available to more health systems, hospitals, and surgical centers in coming weeks, the company announced in a news release.

      “The continuing COVID-19 crisis has forced the delay of many appointments, screenings and surgeries, putting people with serious medical conditions at increased risk,” said Brian Caveney, M.D., chief medical officer and president of LabCorp Diagnostics. “Our LabCorp At ...

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    13. Government Signs $450M Contract with Regeneron for Coronavirus Treatment

      Government Signs $450M Contract with Regeneron for Coronavirus Treatment

      Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said on Tuesday the U.S. government signed a $450 million contract with the drugmaker to make and supply its potential double-antibody cocktail for Covid-19.

      The cocktail, REGN-COV2, is in separate clinical trials assessing its effectiveness in preventing and treating Covid-19, the company said.

      Regeneron signed the contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the Department of Defense. The doses manufactured under the project will be owned by the federal government.

      The contract comes under the government’s “Operation Warp Speed” program, aimed at accelerating access to vaccines and treatments to fight the coronavirus.

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    14. McConnell Makes Way for Direct Payments in Next Coronavirus Bill

      McConnell Makes Way for Direct Payments in Next Coronavirus Bill

      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to open the door on Monday to including some direct payments to Americans in a future coronavirus relief bill. 

      Asked if funding for individuals like the stimulus checks included in a March package would be in the next piece of legislation, which would be the fifth in response to COVID-19, McConnell said they "could well" be.

      "I think the people that have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 or less. Many of them work in the hospitality industry. .... That could well be a part of it," McConnell said. 

      Congress included a $1,200 one-time payment for individuals making up to $75,000 per year in the $2.2 ...

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    15. Pooled COVID-19 Testing Could Stretch Supplies and Help Delays

      Pooled COVID-19 Testing Could Stretch Supplies and Help Delays

      Federal health officials are hoping to stretch the supplies used to test for the coronavirus by combining samples from a number of people and running a single test. Chinese health officials used that strategy to rapidly test large populations in Wuhan and Beijing.

      The technique, called pooled testing, won't resolve the testing bottlenecks in the United States. But it could help.

      The idea is simple. Instead of running a coronavirus test on every specimen that arrives in a lab, take a sample of that specimen and combine it with samples from other specimens. Then run a single test on that pooled sample.

      If it comes back negative, you can assume that all of the original samples are negative. A ...

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    16. Fauci Says Coronavirus Immunity May be Short-Lived

      Fauci Says Coronavirus Immunity May be Short-Lived

      Protection from any potential coronavirus vaccine might be short-lived and could require a booster to prolong protection, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. 

      As several companies move closer to the finish line of a potential vaccine for the virus, the role of antibodies takes on even more significance as it could determine how well any vaccine works and how often someone might need to receive it, or a booster, to prolong protection.

      In response to a question about how long antibodies might offer some protection against infection, Fauci said Monday "we do not know."

      "With this spike protein that's being presented in the way that we do it with primes and in some cases boosts, we ...

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    17. 4th of July Leads to 200,000 Coronavirus Cases in Florida

      4th of July Leads to 200,000 Coronavirus Cases in Florida

      Florida surpassed 200,000 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, following the Fourth of July holiday during which the state recorded its most cases reported in a single day.

      At least 40,000 cases have been reported by the Florida Department of Health in the last four days. On Saturday, the Sunshine State reported 11,458 cases, the most reported in a single day, beating the previous record that was set on Thursday.
      The state has now surpassed New York's previous single-day high of 11,434, which was recorded in mid-April.

       "It's clear that the growth is exponential at this point," Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "We've been breaking record after record ...

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    18. Hundreds of Scientists Claim Evidence Shows COVID-19 is Airborne

      Hundreds of Scientists Claim Evidence Shows COVID-19 is Airborne

      Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that the novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

      The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks.

      In an open letter to the agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined the evidence showing smaller particles can infect people, the NYT said nyti.ms/2VIxp67.

      "We are aware of the article and are reviewing its ...

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    19. Trump's Claim About 99% of Coronavirus Cases Receives Little Support

      Trump's Claim About 99% of Coronavirus Cases Receives Little Support

      “Now we have tested almost 40 million people … by so doing, we show cases 99 percent of which are totally harmless,” Trump said Saturday in a speech at the White House marking Independence Day celebrations.

      The president may have been referring to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistic this week that the hospitalization rate is 102.5 per 100,000. But the long-term health ramifications of the coronavirus remain unknown, and mortality rates continue to vary greatly for ...

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    20. Schools Purchase Miles of Plexiglass in Preparation for Possible Reopening

      Schools Purchase Miles of Plexiglass in Preparation for Possible Reopening

      As millions of students return to school — be it K-12 or university — they’ll return to familiar settings in their classroom with one obvious addition: layers of plexiglass.

      It remains unclear if schools — universities in particular — can reopen campuses amid a surge of coronavirus cases and new restrictions such as the 14-day quarantines demanded from those who travel from various to the tri-state area of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

      Sheets of plexiglass would play a big role in a reopening, and schools across the country are investing in the plastic sheet to create a division in common spaces such as in libraries, classrooms — and even school buses — to defend against transmission of coronavirus.

      “We’re hitting records… week ...

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    21. Experts Fear July 4th Weekend Will Spike Coronavirus Cases

      Experts Fear July 4th Weekend Will Spike Coronavirus Cases

      Experts worry that the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. will worsen after the Fourth of July weekend, when millions of people gather across the country during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

      Memorial Day weekend — when people flocked to beaches, pools, parties, restaurants and bars after a weeks-long lockdown — helped spur many of the outbreaks the U.S. is seeing across parts of the country. But now the stakes are even higher. The U.S. is reporting record-high daily case counts, driven largely by outbreaks in the South and West. Several states are experiencing more severe outbreaks than they saw two months ago.

      “I am very concerned, especially given this coming weekend, that the same types ...

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    22. Students Hosting 'COVID Parties' With Cash Reward for Catching Virus

      Students Hosting 'COVID Parties' With Cash Reward for Catching Virus

      As coronavirus cases around the U.S. continue to rise, authorities in one Alabama county may have identified a possible source for their increase. Infected college students.

      Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Chief Randy Smith said Tuesday that city officials were able to confirm incidents of students knowingly diagnosed with COVID-19 still choosing to attend parties and gatherings within the city and county. “We thought that was kind of a rumor at first,” said Smith, who is heading the city of Tuscaloosa’s Incident Command team in response to the coronavirus. “We did some additional research. Not only did the doctors’ offices help confirm it, but the state confirmed they also had the same information. Smith did not specify how many students ...

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    23. Florida Reports Daily Record of 10,000 Cases

      Florida Reports Daily Record of 10,000 Cases

      Florida shattered records on Thursday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally.

      Outbreaks in Texas, California, Florida and Arizona have helped the United States break records and send cases rising at rates not seen since April.

      In June, Florida infections rose by 168% or over 95,000 new cases. The percent of tests coming back positive has skyrocketed to 15% from 4% at the end of May.

      Florida, with 21 million residents, has reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.

       

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    24. Amazon Reschedules Prime Day for October Amid Pandemic

      Amazon Reschedules Prime Day for October Amid Pandemic

      Amazon is postponing its marquee shopping event Prime Day until at least early October.

      The company had previously targeted September as the potential timing for Prime Day, but on Wednesday, Amazon informed third-party sellers that the date could be pushed back another month, according to the email, which was viewed by CNBC and first reported by Business Insider.

      The email advises sellers to use the week of Oct. 5 as a "placeholder date" for Prime Day promotions and coupons, but cautions that "exact Prime Day dates have not been announced." 

      "A definitive date will be announced as we get closer to the event," the email states. "We are looking forward to seeing submissions that offer the most delight to customers ...

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