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Measures to control coronavirus have brought flu infections to 'historic lows.' Scientists want to keep it that way.
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:22:16 -0400
Lockdowns and protective measures like the widespread wearing of face masks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have driven influenza infections to record lows, according to a new CDC study.
Trump on COVID vaccine: I know better than the head of CDC
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:40:15 -0400
President Trump said CDC Director Robert Redfield "made a mistake" about when a COVID-19 vaccine would be ready.
Trump appointees not influencing coronavirus science, CDC chief promises
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:14:00 -0400
Testifying before Congress on Wednesday, Dr. Robert Redfield strongly disputed that the CDC’s scientific research has been influenced by political appointees attempting to bring those findings in line with President Trump’s views.
CDC chief says masks better at stopping coronavirus than a vaccine
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:35:26 -0400
“This face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine,” Dr. Robert Redfield said. “If I don't get an immune response, the vaccine's not going to protect me. This face mask will."
Can coronavirus vaccine mistrust be overcome?
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:12:01 -0400
A large number of Americans say they won't feel safe taking a vaccine for coronavirus once one is available. Can their lack of trust be fixed or will vaccine skepticism make herd immunity impossible?
Police called to home of boy with toy gun in virtual class: 'I could have been burying my son today,' mom says
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:47:13 -0400
A Black seventh grader from Colorado had the police called to his house because he was playing with a toy gun during virtual art class. His mom, Dani Elliott, believes that if anyone did anything wrong, it was the school.
Michael Caputo was brought in to streamline coronavirus messaging. He has fostered chaos instead.
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:43:13 -0400
A disciple of Nixonian “dirty trickster” Roger Stone, Caputo has worked for Oliver North, Russian energy giant Gazprom and, most recently, Trump, joining his presidential campaign back when few were taking that campaign seriously.
Poll: Number of Americans willing to get COVID-19 vaccine falls to new low amid fears Trump is putting politics before safety
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:37:27 -0400
The latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll reveals that less than a third of Americans (32 percent) say they plan to get vaccinated, a stunning 23-point decline that reflects rising concern about the politicization of the vaccine process.
Fallout from Trump's coronavirus admissions
Sat, 12 Sep 2020 17:20:22 -0400
President Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he was deliberately downplaying the risks of the coronavirus in the early months of the pandemic. What impact will these statements have?
Children transmit the coronavirus, Utah study suggests, but don't get sick themselves
Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:27:19 -0400
The new findings could help shape the debate about how to reopen schools safely as the coronavirus continues to sicken thousands and kill hundreds daily.
Biden campaign jumps on Woodward interview to pin COVID deaths on Trump's 'playing it down'
Fri, 11 Sep 2020 13:48:38 -0400
As the revelations by journalist Bob Woodward of how President Trump misled the American people about the severity of the coronavirus reverberated this week, the Biden campaign did its best to keep the story alive with scathing digital advertising.
New York speeds to open restaurants for indoor dining despite scientists' concerns over COVID-19 spread
Fri, 11 Sep 2020 10:13:08 -0400
A new CDC study found that people infected with the coronavirus were twice as likely to have been at a restaurant than those who had not. Even with social distancing mandates in place, restaurants could become coronavirus hot spots.
2 Black Senate hopefuls look to make history in the South — and fix health care while they're at it
Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:08:52 -0400
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins from Louisiana and Jaime Harrison from South Carolina envision a “new South” to address issues they say have been largely ignored by their longtime incumbent opponents.
Post-COVID heart damage alarms researchers: 'There was a black hole' in infected cells
Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:20:15 -0400
While more studies are needed, researchers and doctors throughout the country are warning of a likely connection between COVID-19 and a serious heart condition.
A new COVID-19 forecast predicts more than 400,000 deaths by the end of 2020. Will the fall wave really be that big?
Wed, 09 Sep 2020 17:54:02 -0400
Experts have long feared that colder weather and other factors could create a fall wave of the coronavirus with the potential to dwarf previous peaks — and America’s most prominent COVID-19 modelers are projecting just that. So is it time to freak out about the fall? Maybe not just yet.
Exclusive: White House orders end to COVID-19 airport screenings for international travelers
Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:27:13 -0400
The screening operations have been held at select airports since January.
Is it time for colleges to drop the SAT and ACT?
Wed, 09 Sep 2020 10:09:04 -0400
Hundreds of colleges have made the SAT and ACT optional for applicants because of the pandemic. Should they ditch the standardized tests for good?
35+ Thanksgiving Appetizers to Tide Your Over Till Dinner
Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:53:00 -0400
Sturgis motorcycle rally was a 'superspreader event'
Tue, 08 Sep 2020 14:27:36 -0400
A month after 460,000 motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Sturgis, S.D., researchers have found that thousands have been sickened across the nation, leading them to brand the rally a “superspreader” event that will involve more than $12 billion in health care costs.
Why Trump should wait until after the election to announce a COVID-19 vaccine
Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:32:54 -0400
In recent days, experts have become increasingly convinced — and alarmed — that President Trump is pushing to cut corners and rush the release of a COVID-19 vaccine before Nov. 3 to improve his chances in the election.
Trump's new coronavirus adviser uses made-up statistics and false claims to praise White House pandemic response
Fri, 04 Sep 2020 16:05:28 -0400
In recent days, Dr. Scott Atlas has eclipsed Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx as Trump’s most visible, and presumably trusted, coronavirus adviser.
A second COVID-19 wave in Spain holds a warning for U.S.
Fri, 04 Sep 2020 09:43:12 -0400
Public officials shy away from using the term “second wave,” but with new cases surging toward 9,000 a day, the highest numbers in Europe, Spain is becoming a cautionary tale for the rest of the world.
Americans complied with coronavirus lockdowns, helping to curb pandemic, new CDC study finds
Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:30:32 -0400
Most people throughout the country followed lockdown orders to avoid contracting — or spreading — the coronavirus, a new CDC study found.
The conspiracy theorists are wrong: Doctors are not inflating America's COVID-19 death toll for cash
Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:27:09 -0400
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, has embraced a false online conspiracy theory that seeks to minimize the danger of COVID-19 by claiming only a few thousand Americans have died from the virus — not the 185,000 reported by health agencies and hospitals.
Biden proposes live fact checkers for debates with Trump
Wed, 02 Sep 2020 15:20:08 -0400
Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he would like his three upcoming debates with Donald Trump to include a real-time fact-check of both candidates’ statements, although he admitted it wasn’t likely to happen.
Doctors alarmed as FDA floats 'emergency use' of COVID-19 vaccine, bypassing trials
Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:31:53 -0400
“It’s a lesser review, it’s a lower-quality review, and when you’re talking about vaccinating a large chunk of the American population, that’s not acceptable,” said one vaccine expert.
White House ignored warnings as it pushed for reopenings, newly released coronavirus task force reports show
Mon, 31 Aug 2020 14:36:34 -0400
Even as President Trump spurred states to lift lockdown measures and resume normal economic activity in the early summer, reports from his White House coronavirus task force were presenting evidence that infections were rising in many parts of the country.
Two conventions — one masked, the other mostly not — offer contrasting views on coronavirus
Sat, 29 Aug 2020 15:04:45 -0400
The two conventions offered very divergent views for a nation still struggling with a pandemic.
First confirmed case of COVID-19 reinfection is ‘not surprising,’ doctors say
Sat, 29 Aug 2020 12:12:55 -0400
Researchers in Hong Kong confirmed the first known case of coronavirus reinfection, but many doctors and public health officials say it isn't that surprising given what we know about waning immunity from other coronaviruses.
Ron DeSantis sidelined his health department. Florida paid the price.
Sat, 29 Aug 2020 05:00:31 -0400
Florida's surgeon general lost all influence after an April 13 briefing, leading to "craziness" within the health department, an official said.
'You don't want people to vote,' Democrat Marcia Fudge tells Republicans
Fri, 28 Aug 2020 17:25:48 -0400
Comments by Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge summed up many Democrats’ concerns about Republican resistance to mail-in voting.
Did the RNC boost Trump’s reelection odds?
Fri, 28 Aug 2020 17:21:15 -0400
President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention with a speech filled with fierce attacks against Joe Biden. Did the controversial event help him gain ground with voters?
A thousand kids and counselors went to summer camp in Maine. Only 3 got the coronavirus.
Wed, 26 Aug 2020 17:59:17 -0400
Out of 1,022 people who attended or worked at several summer camps in Maine that implemented measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, only three tested positive for it, a new study says. And those three cases did not result in secondary infections because proper measures were taken.
Trump administration defends 'inexplicable' changes to coronavirus testing guidelines
Wed, 26 Aug 2020 17:55:14 -0400
A top Trump administration official defended new guidelines that say that people without symptoms do not need a coronavirus test, a development that has been widely criticized as unproductive since it was issued on Tuesday.
Should colleges discount tuition when they go remote?
Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:38:36 -0400
Students at colleges across the country are demanding tuition be reduced because classes are being held online. Schools say any discount would cripple them financially.
Coronavirus an afterthought as RNC opens
Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:00:16 -0400
“Donald Trump truly moved mountains to save lives,” said one RNC speaker, an assertion at odds with what many have called President Trump’s inattentive and even self-sabotaging response to the pandemic, which has killed nearly 180,000 people in the U.S.
5 takeaways from day 1 of the RNC
Tue, 25 Aug 2020 00:51:44 -0400
The theme of the first night of the Republican National Convention was “America, Land of Promise,” a hopeful message belied by speeches that warned of impending national collapse if Donald Trump isn’t reelected in November.
What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
Mon, 24 Aug 2020 06:00:10 -0400
When a big storm or other natural disaster knocks out the power or makes it hard to leave your house for a few days, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer...
Oleandrin, touted as COVID-19 cure, has no scientific support
Sat, 22 Aug 2020 06:00:27 -0400
The extract from a highly toxic plant is being promoted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, despite no scientific evidence that it is effective in treating or preventing COVID-19. Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Dara Kass explains why that's dangerous.
Young children in daycare did not spread the coronavirus, study finds
Fri, 21 Aug 2020 16:52:47 -0400
The reopening of childcare centers in Rhode Island in June and July did not lead to a spread of the coronavirus, says a new CDC study. The results are bound to intensify the debate over how to safely reopen schools, even though childcare centers and schools are not the same.
Trump previews optimistic convention message of 'American greatness'
Fri, 21 Aug 2020 13:50:52 -0400
President Trump gave a preview of the themes his campaign will highlight at his party’s convention next week: that America is great, except for the parts of it governed by Democrats, which are “totally out of control.”
Latinos hit hardest by coronavirus, CDC finds
Fri, 21 Aug 2020 12:16:33 -0400
In analyzing 79 counties in 22 states that met hot spot status between June 5 and 18, the CDC found that 96.2 percent of those counties saw Black, Latino, Native American and Asian-American people infected with the coronavirus at rates above their proportion of the population.
Trump strategy on COVID-19 continues to rely on miracles
Fri, 21 Aug 2020 11:11:41 -0400
After months of insisting the coronavirus would disappear to no success, the White House has continued that strategy in the lead-up to next week's Republican National Convention.
Colleges navigate the uncertain world of a pandemic, as students and faculty fear for their safety
Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:03:15 -0400
Universities have suffered staggering losses in revenue due to the pandemic, and they know that bringing students back would at least help alleviate the financial pressure. But many are struggling with how to safely bring students, faculty and staff back to campus.
Could the fight over mail-in voting decide the election?
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 17:52:32 -0400
Operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service have threatened the agency's ability to deliver mail-in ballots in time to be counted. Could the moves be enough to tip the election in President Trump's favor?
Should teachers be considered essential workers?
Mon, 17 Aug 2020 15:42:29 -0400
In the U.S., teachers have not been treated as frontline workers in the fight against the coronavirus. But as schools look to reopen and the pandemic continues, should teachers be considered essential workers?
How the coronavirus could change college sports forever
Sun, 16 Aug 2020 13:30:10 -0400
The coronavirus has thrown the world of college sports into chaos. The pandemic may bring about major changes that last long after the virus is gone.
Pandemic has driven Americans to depression and drinking, CDC says
Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:00:26 -0400
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study made public on Thursday surveyed 5,412 Americans and found that “40.9% of respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition.”
Trump says children are 'almost immune' to COVID-19. Doctors say that's false.
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:35:42 -0400
President Trump claimed children are "virtually immune" to the coronavirus, yet child cases continue to rise in many states. Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Dara Kass separates fact from fiction as schools begin to reopen across the U.S.
Trump: 'George Washington would have had a hard time beating me before the plague came in'
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:37:55 -0400
President Trump suggested that even an opponent as formidable as the nation’s first commander in chief would have had difficulty unseating him before the coronavirus pandemic.