A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists

A manifesto urging reliance on “herd immunity” without lockdowns was warmly received by administration officials. But the strategy cannot stem the pandemic, many experts say.

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Herd Immunity? Or ‘Mass Murder’?

A proposal to let people with low risk of infection live without constraint could lead to a million or more preventable deaths.

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Could Trump Still Spread the Coronavirus? Probably Not, Experts Say

While questions have surrounded the timing and severity of the president’s illness, health experts said he was unlikely to infect people at Thursday’s town hall event on NBC.

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Biden’s Covid Response Plan Draws From F.D.R.’s New Deal

Mr. Biden has staked his campaign on a more muscular federal role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But some of his big government proposals may be difficult to put into effect.

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Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

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Battered by Trump, Robert Redfield of the C.D.C. Faces Pressure to Speak Out

The agency prides itself on avoiding Washington partisanship. But the White House has successfully pushed the agency to revise guidelines on matters like school reopenings and church gatherings.

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What Moral Philosophy Tells Us About Our Reactions to Trump’s Illness

The impulse to wish harm on others may come naturally, but that doesn’t make it right.

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As Virus Surges in Europe, Resistance to New Restrictions Also Grows

Public health officials say “pandemic fatigue” presents a real challenge to countries trying to enforce new measures meant to slow the virus while avoiding national lockdowns.

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to 2 Scientists for Work on Genome Editing

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna developed the Crispr tool, which can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with high precision.

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‘Don’t Be Afraid of Covid,’ Trump Says, Undermining Public Health Messages

Experts were outraged by the president’s comments about a disease that has killed nearly 210,000 people in the United States.

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White House Is Not Contact Tracing ‘Super-Spreader’ Trump Rose Garden Event

Since President Trump’s Covid diagnosis, numerous associates have tested positive, but the White House has not aggressively investigated the outbreak.

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Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to Scientists Who Discovered Hepatitis C Virus

Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice were jointly honored for their decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem.

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Instead of Reassurance, Trump’s Doctor Delivers Confusion, Experts Say

Dr. Sean P. Conley, who admitted that he had misled the public about the president’s treatment, has lost credibility with some colleagues.

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Data Shows Fewer Afghan Women Than Men Get Covid. That’s Bad News.

The number of women reported to have tested positive for the virus is so far below the male average that experts believe it is likely the result of gender inequalities that shut women out of the health care system.

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The Army Rolls Out a New Weapon: Strategic Napping

Because fatigue can corrode mission performance, a new physical training manual tells soldiers to grab 40 winks when they can, part of a new holistic approach to health in the ranks.

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Pandemic Is Far From Over, Experts Say, Despite Trump Allies’ Claims

The C.D.C. and leading experts have concluded, using different scientific methods, that as many as 90 percent of Americans are still vulnerable to infection.

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Pandemic Highlights Deep-Rooted Problems in Indian Health Service

Few hospital beds, lack of equipment, a shipment of body bags in response to a request for coronavirus tests: The agency providing health care to tribal communities struggled to meet the challenge.

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The Underused Weight Loss Option: Bariatric Surgery

Experts say it can result in long-term weight loss and significantly improve physical and emotional health and even longevity.

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Coronavirus Survey Halted After Workers Faced Racial Slurs, Officials Say

Workers were followed, videotaped and threatened in confrontations across Minnesota, the state Department of Health said.

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‘Just a Small Play Date’? You Still Need to Be Careful

Experts warn that seemingly harmless interactions with close family and friends may be driving the spread of Covid.

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Is It Safe to Exercise if the Air Is Hazy With Wildfire Smoke?

Fast or slow? Is there a time limit? Can we bring the dog along? Expert advice for working out when the smoke gets in your eyes — and lungs.

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If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean

The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans, and its abolition could have a significant effect on many millions more people than those who get their health coverage through it.

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N.I.H. Official Departs After Anonymous Posts Attacking Public Health Leaders

A managing editor of the right-wing website RedState appeared to attack Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and spread misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic while working for Dr. Fauci’s agency.

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C.D.C. Reverses Testing Guidelines for People Without Covid-19 Symptoms

The agency now says anyone exposed to an infected person for more than 15 minutes needs a test. An earlier guideline saying it might not be necessary had shocked public health experts.

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CDC Virus Testing Guidance Was Posted Against Scientists’ Objections

A controversial guideline saying people without Covid-19 symptoms didn’t need to get tested for the virus came from H.H.S. officials and skipped the C.D.C.’s scientific review process.

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Should We Fast-Track a Vaccine for the Coronavirus?

It’s complicated.

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How Flu Shots Can Help in the Fight Against Covid-19

Experts worry that the two diseases could overwhelm the health care system and create a new shortage of hospital beds and personal protective equipment.

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How Companies Are Getting Speedy Coronavirus Tests for Employees

Intermediaries are finding labs with capacity for companies seeking to make sure workers are virus-free. But many employers choose to avoid the cost.

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Are Fever Checks a Good Gatekeeper for Covid?

Fever checks are becoming de rigueur in many workplaces and restaurants, even though federal health officials say they are of limited value.

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Fauci Says It Could Be a Year Before Theater Without Masks Feels Normal

Dr. Anthony Fauci said a vaccine would need to exist for nearly a year before people might feel comfortable returning to theaters unmasked, which he said would likely be mid- to late 2021.

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Prepare Kids for Back-to-School During the Pandemic

Face mask? Check. Hand sanitizer? Got it. Here’s how you can help kids ease back into school this fall.

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Health Officials Fear Postponing Preventive Care Has Long-Term Risks

Nonurgent medical procedures have seemed worth postponing in a pandemic. This could pose long-term risks, health officials fear.

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If You See Someone Not Wearing a Mask, Do You Say Something?

I considered whether to put on a mask at the party and, as a doctor, did so. People glanced at me hesitantly, noticing. I felt awkward.

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Pharma Companies Plan Joint Pledge on Vaccine Safety

The statement is meant to reassure the public that the companies will not seek a premature approval of vaccines under pressure from the Trump administration.

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What We Know About the C.D.C.’s Covid-19 Vaccine Plans

The agency told public health agencies that two unidentified vaccines might be ready by October or November. We explain how vaccine trials work, when one might be ready, and who may get them first.

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As He Questions His Opponent’s Health, Trump Finds His Own Under Scrutiny

The president denied he had “mini-strokes” at the time of a mysterious trip to the hospital last year. But he raised more questions when he could not keep his explanations for that visit straight.

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CDC Tells States How to Prepare for Covid-19 Vaccine by Early November

As President Trump pushes the possibility of a vaccine this year, the C.D.C. has outlined technical scenarios to state public health officials for an unidentified Vaccine A and Vaccine B.

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Why the Coronavirus More Often Strikes Children of Color

Children in minority communities are much more likely to become infected and severely ill. Many have parents who are frontline workers, experts say.

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Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

The usual diagnostic tests may simply be too sensitive and too slow to contain the spread of the virus.

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Top U.S. Officials Told C.D.C. to Soften Coronavirus Testing Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly changed its recommendations, saying people without Covid-19 symptoms should not get tested.

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Medics Save Lives. Let Them.

The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.

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New Measures Aim to Boost Vaccine Rates for Flu and Children’s Shots

Pharmacists may now vaccinate young children under a new federal emergency rule aimed at helping families who missed well-child visits during the pandemic.

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Pediatric Doctors Group Apologizes for Racist Past Toward Black Physicians

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently joined other prominent medical organizations in confronting its history of discrimination.

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Alabama Is Reopening Universities Its Own Way. Now Comes the Test.

The state is betting its robust student testing and technology program will be enough to hinder campus outbreaks of the virus.

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Coronavirus Doctors Battle Another Scourge: Misinformation

Physicians say they regularly treat people more inclined to believe what they read on Facebook than what a medical professional tells them.

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Fearing a ‘Twindemic,’ Health Experts Push Urgently for Flu Shots

There’s no vaccine for Covid-19, but there’s one for influenza. With the season’s first doses now shipping, officials are struggling over how to get people to take it.

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Sneak In Some Exercise

Yes, we are moving less. But on Zoom, no one has to know you’re doing squats.

#exercise, #medicine-and-health, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #zoom-video-communications

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Whether You Are a Night Owl or Early Bird May Affect How Much You Move

Early risers did the equivalent of walking 20 to 30 minutes more each day compared to “evening types,” who tend to stay up late.

#biorhythms, #exercise, #medicine-and-health, #sleep

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Should a Study on Pesticides Affect Our Use of Them?

Recent research, which found a link between pyrethroids and deaths from heart disease, highlights the limitations of epidemiological research.

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