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Coronavirus Is Surging: How Severe Is Your State's Outbreak?

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 8:36am

View NPR's maps and graphics to see where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the U.S., which state outbreaks are growing and which are leveling off.

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A Garden Is The Frontline In The Fight Against Racial Inequality And Disease

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 7:00am

North Minneapolis's mostly minority community lost its only grocery store this summer. It's a neighborhood grappling with heart disease, obesity and COVID-19. A Garden may help.

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There's No Stopping These Seniors; Even A Pandemic Can't Bring Them Down

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 7:00am

Older people are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19. But recent research reveals older populations are less consumed by pandemic depression than those that are younger.

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Near Crisis, Some Hospitals Face Tough Decisions In Caring For Floods Of Patients

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 6:43pm

Hospitals are getting so crowded with COVID-19 patients that they're having to resort to workarounds to treat them all. Experts warn this may hamper doctors' ability to save lives.

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Doctors Deploy Antibody Drugs Against COVID-19 And Hope Effort's Worthwhile

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 4:32pm

The medicines from Eli Lilly and Regeneron are infused, a process that can take two hours or longer, including observation for side effects. Staffing is as big an issue as the supply of the drugs.

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Having A Group Thanksgiving? Here's How To Think About Safety

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 3:13pm

The safest way to have Thanksgiving this year is to stay in your social bubble. But those traveling to gather with friends and loved ones should keep pandemic safety guidelines in mind.

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A Kid, A Minor Bike Accident And A $19,000 Medical Bill

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 10:00am

It was a surprise even for a family of lawyers. A process called "subrogation" began with a Nevada family's health insurer denying their claim for an ER visit after their 9-year-old fell off his bike.

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Initial Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines Will Go To States Based On Population, Not Risk

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 8:46pm

Operation Warp Speed is allocating the first batch of 6.4 million COVID vaccines to states, based on population. This circumvents a CDC advisory committee, which proposed allocation based on risk.

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How Do We Stop This Surge? Here's What Experts Say Could Help

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 5:30pm

The U.S. added more than 1 million cases in the past week. More than 85,000 people are hospitalized. Some states may have no choice but to lock down again. Others are trying a targeted approach.

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Pfizer's Coronavirus Vaccine Supply Contract Excludes Many Taxpayer Protections

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 4:46pm

The $1.95 billion Operation Warp Speed contract excludes government rights to inventions or production know-how developed in the manufacture of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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'Waste' Activist Digs Into The Sanitation Crisis Affecting The Rural Poor

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 2:16pm

In 2017, a study reported one in three people in one rural Alabama county had been exposed to hookworm. Catherine Coleman Flowers says the study reveals big gaps in sanitation in rural America.

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FDA Approves First Drug For A Rapid Aging Disorder In Children

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:33am

A newly approved drug can extend the lives of children with progeria, a rare disorder that causes rapid aging. The drug is the result of one family's effort to help a child with the fatal condition.

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Mask Mandates Work To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus, Kansas Study Finds

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 7:01am

When Kansas issued a mask mandate, 81 counties opted out. Researchers found coronavirus infection rates rose sharply in the opt-out counties, while falling in those that required masks.

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Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients To The Cities, Straining Hospital Capacity

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 5:00am

In Kansas City, hospitals are treating local COVID-19 patients as well as patients transferred from rural counties in Missouri and Kansas, where there's no mandate or culture for wearing masks.

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Pandemic Pet Therapy: What's So Special About A Critter Friend?

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 7:00am

"Relationships with animals are simple," notes one researcher. In a year when life feels fraught, pets have been healers, helping human companions get exercise, quell anxiety and make new friends.

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1,000 U.S. Hospitals Are 'Critically' Short On Staff — And More Expect To Be Soon

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 7:42pm

As COVID-19 hospitalizations surge, new data released by the federal government show how many hospitals are struggling with staffing.

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Forum: Race For The COVID-19 Vaccine

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 11:12am

Watch an expert panel discussion on the effort to develop and deploy safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 on Friday, Nov. 20, to be live-streamed here at 12 p.m. ET

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A Doctor's Thanksgiving Plea: Stay Home And Stay Safe

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 6:00pm

With COVID-19 cases surging and more than 250,000 dead, the CDC is recommending people not travel for Thanksgiving. And doctors worry the holiday could be a superspreader event.

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In U.S. Cities, The Health Effects Of Past Housing Discrimination Are Plain To See

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 5:00am

Researchers analyzed the lingering harms of of decades-old racist lending policies known as redlining. Their project lets you explore the current impacts on maps of 142 cities.

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Pfizer To Seek FDA OK For COVID-19 Vaccine 'Within Days'

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 6:45am

The vaccine was found to be 95% effective in an updated study analysis. Safety data required by the Food and Drug Administration showed no serious concerns, the company said.

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