Wikipedia and W.H.O. Join to Combat Covid-19 Misinformation

The health agency will license much of its material to the online encyclopedia, allowing the information to be reposted widely into almost 200 languages.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #language-and-languages, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #wikimedia-foundation, #wikipedia, #world-health-organization

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Europe Wonders if It Can Rely on U.S. Again, Whoever Wins

America’s deeply polarized politics have marked foreign policy, too, undermining Washington’s authority and reputation for reliability.

#europe, #european-union, #group-of-seven, #international-trade-and-world-market, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #world-trade-organization

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Asbestos, a Quebec Mining Town, Will Change Name to Val-des-Sources

The Quebec town is home to one of the world’s largest former asbestos mines. Residents voted to rename the town Val-des-Sources, or Valley of the Springs.

#asbest-russia, #asbestos, #canada, #cancer, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #names-geographical, #names-personal, #quebec-province-canada, #russia, #strikes, #world-health-organization, #world-war-i-1914-18

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Remdesivir Fails to Prevent Covid-19 Deaths in Huge Trial

Critics said the study, sponsored by the W.H.O., was too poorly conducted to be definitive.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #gilead-sciences-inc, #remdesivir-drug, #united-states, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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As the Coronavirus Surges, a New Culprit Emerges: Pandemic Fatigue

Exhaustion and impatience are creating new risks as cases soar in parts of the world. “They have had enough,” one U.S. mayor said of her residents.

#anxiety-and-stress, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #united-states, #world-health-organization

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With Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine, Putin Jumps Ahead of Trump

As America retreats from world affairs, Russia is promising other nations help on the pandemic.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #general-assembly-un, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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The Coronavirus May Be Adrift in Indoor Air, CDC Acknowledges

After removing guidance from its website acknowledging “airborne” transmission, the agency cited evidence that indoor air can carry virus-laden particles.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #masks, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Far Right Sees ‘Miracle’ in Trump’s Outing. Medical Experts See Recklessness.

Some of President Trump’s supporters viewed his appearance in an S.U.V. to greet supporters as a sign that he was overcoming his illness.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daily-caller-the, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #rumors-and-misinformation, #secret-service, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #world-health-organization

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When Invasive Species Become the Meal

Is dining on nature’s predators an act of environmentalism — or just a new way for humans to bend the world to our will?

#2020-t-design, #conservation-of-resources, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #invasive-species, #lai-bun, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #thomas-robert-a, #wildlife-die-offs, #world-health-organization

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Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight

The World Health Organization said open borders would help fight disease. Experts, and a global treaty, emphatically agreed. But the scientific evidence was never behind them.

#alpine-skiing, #austria, #bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #world-health-organization

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W.H.O. Workers Are Accused of Sex Abuse During Ebola Response in Congo

The U.N. health agency, already grappling with the challenge of leading the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, vowed it would investigate the allegations that women were exploited in return for jobs.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ebola-virus, #humanitarian-aid, #sex-crimes, #united-nations, #women-and-girls, #world-health-organization

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Vilified Early Over Lax Virus Strategy, Sweden Seems to Have Scourge Controlled

After having weathered high death rates when it resisted a lockdown in the spring, Sweden now has one of Europe’s lowest rates of daily new cases. Whether that is an aberration remains to be seen.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #great-britain, #netherlands, #spain, #stockholm-sweden, #world-health-organization

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Emails Show How Pesticide Industry Influenced U.S. Position in Health Talks

The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #center-for-biological-diversity, #croplife-america, #drug-resistance-microbial, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fungi, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #pesticides, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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Advice on Virus Transmission Vanishes From C.D.C. Website

The new guidance, published only on Friday, had acknowledged that fine particles floating in air may spread the virus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #hospitals, #marr-linsey, #new-york-times, #united-states, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Bill Gates on Coronavirus, Vaccines and Global Health

The Covid-19 pandemic has set back public health efforts by years. But in an interview, the tech philanthropist expressed hope about new avenues for foreign aid

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-aid, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #humanitarian-aid, #philanthropy, #stimulus-economic, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Gerald Ford Rushed Out a Vaccine. It Was a Fiasco.

Trump should keep that in mind as he pushes for a coronavirus shot.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ford-gerald-rudolph-jr, #swine-influenza, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Scientists Report Steroids Can Be Lifesaving for Covid-19 Patients

New data in hand, the W.H.O. recommended that doctors give the drugs to critically ill patients worldwide.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dexamethasone-drug, #immune-system, #jama-journal-of-american-medical-assn, #remdesivir-drug, #steroids, #vanderbilt-university, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Hotels Tout Cleaning, But Guests Say, ‘My Room Was Dirty’

Hotel companies have been promoting new cleaning initiatives for months as a way to regain traveler confidence. But guests at some hotels in the United States say they are not living up to the promises.

#american-hotel-and-lodging-assn, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #cleaning-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-loyalty-programs, #embassy-suites-hotels, #hilton-worldwide-holdings-inc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #travel-and-vacations, #westin-hotelsresorts, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #world-health-organization

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Are We Looking for the Wrong Coronavirus Vaccines?

The best vaccines don’t just prevent a disease; they also prevent the pathogen causing the disease from being transmitted. So why aren’t we focusing more on those?

#australia, #bacteria, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #food-and-drug-administration, #germany, #human-papillomavirus-hpv, #measles, #meningitis, #meningococcal-meningitis, #mumps, #pneumonia, #poliomyelitis, #preventive-medicine, #quarantines, #whooping-cough, #world-health-organization

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China Hid Coronavirus Dangers From Beijing, U.S. Agencies Find

A new U.S. intelligence report says top officials in Beijing were in the dark in early January on the true dangers of the virus. That could affect U.S. policy on China.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #homeland-security-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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Local Officials in China Hid Coronavirus Dangers From Beijing, U.S. Agencies Find

A new U.S. intelligence report says top officials in Beijing were in the dark in early January on the true dangers of the virus. That could affect U.S. policy on China.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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Hangar raises $15 million for its venture studio for government technology startups

Josh Mendelsohn, the former Bloomberg digital campaign advisor and venture studio founder, thinks that cash constrained government agencies from the local to the federal level aren’t using technology effectively enough to meet the challenges they face.

That’s why the founder of Engine and former managing director of Hattery launched Hangar with a $15 million commitment from his former boss and the Kresge Foundation to build companies that will help solve problems that governments haven’t tackled effectively.

“We’re at an unprecedented moment for our country, and our companies are addressing several significant challenges all at once, from combatting Covid-19, to rebuilding our economy, to reducing the cost of higher education, to addressing disparate outcomes in healthcare,” said Mendelsohn, in a statement.

The company has already hired an in-house team of technologists and business consultants to build businesses to nab some of the $2 trillion that governments across the U.S. spend every year on information technology.

In the year-and-a-half since Mendelsohn first began operating the company building studio in stealth mode, Hangar has already created four businesses including: Camber, which provides mobility data to governments and is being used by public health researchers to monitor and manage COVID-19 outbreaks,

Camber is currently the authoritative provider of mobility data insights to public health researchers, epidemiologists, and state governments tackling COVID-19; Cornea, a predictive toolkit for disaster planning and management; Outcome, a new service for student loans; and Roster, which uses technology to enhance the efforts of community health workers.

“There are so many areas–from healthcare to disaster planning–that are ripe for innovation and new technologies that help to improve the lives and well-being of people and help solve real problems,” said Brian O’Kelley, a New York-based serial entrepreneur and Hangar investor who previously founded AppNexus (and sold it to AT&T for over $1 billion). “With a veteran team that blends deep Silicon Valley and policy experience, Hangar is already making an impact and I’m proud to be supporting their next phase.”

 

#appnexus, #articles, #health, #healthcare, #information-technology, #occupational-safety-and-health, #public-health, #tc, #world-health-organization

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Russia Approves Coronavirus Vaccine Before Completing Tests

The country became the first in the world to approve a possible vaccine against the virus, despite warnings from the global authorities against cutting corners.

#brazil, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dmitriev-kirill-a-1975, #ebola-virus, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Your Hot-Weather Guide to Coronavirus, Air-Conditioning and Airflow

Indoor air is riskier than outdoor air. So what do you do if it’s really hot out?

#air-conditioning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #engineering-and-engineers, #windows, #world-health-organization

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Lebanon Faces Humanitarian Crisis After Beirut Explosion, U.N. Says

The United Nations warning came as President Michel Aoun said the investigation into the deadly explosion in Beirut would examine if “external interference” played a role.

#aoun-michel-1935, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #geneva-switzerland, #humanitarian-aid, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #united-nations, #world-food-program, #world-health-organization

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‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus.

Tuberculosis kills 1.5 million people each year. Lockdowns and supply-chain disruptions threaten progress against the disease as well as H.I.V. and malaria.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #africa, #brazil, #cepheid, #chloroquine-drug, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #drug-resistance-microbial, #eastern-europe, #global-fund-to-fight-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria, #harare-zimbabwe, #india, #kwazulu-natal-province-south-africa, #malaria, #manaus-brazil, #medicine-and-health, #mexico, #nairobi-kenya, #shutdowns-institutional, #south-africa, #tests-medical, #tuberculosis, #unaids, #world-health-organization

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Yes, the Coronavirus Is in the Air

Transmission through aerosols matters — and probably a lot more than we’ve been able to prove yet.

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China Uses W.H.O. Inquiry to Tout Coronavirus Response

The global health agency sent two experts to China, but it is unclear how much access they are getting. They must first complete a two-week quarantine.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #epidemics, #propaganda, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china

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The Coronavirus Can Be Airborne Indoors, W.H.O. Says

The agency also explained more directly that people without symptoms may spread the virus. The acknowledgments should have come sooner, some experts said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hanage-william-p, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #marr-linsey, #workplace-environment, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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A Missed Warning About Silent Coronavirus Infections

Why an early scientific report of symptom-free cases went unheeded.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #rothe-camilla, #world-health-organization

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8 Questions From a Disease Detective on the Pandemic’s Origins

Dr. Daniel R. Lucey wants answers to pointed questions that bear on how the coronavirus leapt from bats to humans.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #ferrets, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #lucey-daniel-r, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Trump Administration Signals Formal Withdrawal From W.H.O.

Health experts widely condemned the departure, which brings an end to threats President Trump had been making for months.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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Is the Coronavirus Killing the World Health Organization?

President Trump is not its only problem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #debatable, #epidemics, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #world-health-organization

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W.H.O. to Review Evidence of Airborne Transmission of Coronavirus

The World Health Organization plans to update its advice after hundreds of experts urged the agency to reconsider the risk of aerosol transmission.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #hanage-william-p, #marr-linsey, #swaminathan-soumya-1959, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Airborne Coronavirus: What You Should Do Now

How to protect yourself from a virus that may be floating indoors? Better ventilation, for starters. And keep wearing those masks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #coughs, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #epidemics, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #marr-linsey, #masks, #shutdowns-institutional, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say. The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say. The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive.

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The Pandemic’s Big Mystery: How Deadly Is the Coronavirus?

Even with more than 500,000 dead worldwide, scientists are struggling to learn how often the virus kills. Here’s why.

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Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Over, W.H.O. Says

The response to second-deadliest outbreak of the virus — the 10th occurrence in the country — was hampered by mistrust and attacks on treatment centers.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #world-health-organization

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Coronavirus Symptoms Full List: What Are They? Is There a Cure?

Here’s what to do if you feel sick and are worried it may be the coronavirus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #influenza, #pneumonia, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #ventilators-medical, #world-health-organization

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

Aid agencies are scrambling to get oxygen equipment to low-income countries where the coronavirus is rapidly spreading.

#africa, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hospitals, #latin-america, #lungs, #nigeria, #oxygen, #philanthropy, #poverty, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #rural-areas, #south-asia, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unaids, #united-nations, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #ventilators-medical, #world-health-organization

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W.H.O. Warns of ‘Dangerous Phase’ of Pandemic as Outbreaks Widen

Beijing and Seoul have had a recent surge in coronavirus cases, and businesses are recoiling in America as infections sharply increase in Southern and Western states.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #sun-belt-states-us, #world-health-organization

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Former C.D.C. Officials: The W.H.O. Is Our Best Bet

They say partnership with the agency is critical to global public health programs. And doctors say it’s our best chance in fighting the pandemic.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #world-health-organization

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Coronavirus Accelerates Across Africa

The virus was slow to start in many African countries, but epidemiologists say the number of confirmed cases on the continent is now rising fast.

#africa, #cameroon, #central-african-republic, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #world-health-organization

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Color’s COVID-19 testing shows most who test positive had either mild or no symptoms

Echoing much of the existing data and research on the subject, SF-based Color released data today showing that based on its own testing program, most individuals who test positive for COVID-19 display either mild or no symptoms, including even running a fever. The results, taken from Color’s own testing of over 30,000 people to date across its California testing stations, shows that despite continuing efforts underway across the U.S. to reopen local and state economies, widespread testing is still key to any true recovery program.

Color notes that 1.3 percent of the people who it has tested to date have received positive results for COVID-19, and says that among those, 78% reported only mild symptoms, or said they were asymptomatic, meaning they displayed no observable symptoms whatsoever. What’s more, only 12% had a fever of over 100 degrees, which is bad news for efforts to contain potential transmission of cases through the reopening through measures like temperature checks at workplaces and shared use facilities.

Color’s data matches up with recently released information from the WHO that indicated as many as 80% of individuals who test positive display either mild or no symptoms. Color also shared more specific information around what symptoms those who did report some said they had, with most saying they had a cough – though the most highly correlated reported symptom with an actual positive test result is loss of smell, making it a much better indicator of a positive test result than fever, for instance.

Other notable findings from Color’s testing to date, which includes testing San Francisco’s frontline essential workers in partnership with the city, include that most of those who test positive are young (68% are aged between 18 and 40) and that Latinx and Black communities showed much higher positive results on a per capita basis than either white or Asian populations. Color’s data in both these regards support results shared by other organizations and researchers, backing up concerns around who will be most negatively affected by any hasty and unconsidered reopening efforts.

#california, #color, #coronavirus, #cough, #covid-19, #fever, #health, #medicine, #san-francisco, #tc, #united-states, #world-health-organization

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