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WHO experts to visit China to plan COVID-19 investigation

WHO experts to visit China to plan COVID-19 investigation

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Two World Health Organization experts are heading to the Chinese capital to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemicBy SAM McNEIL Associated PressJuly 10, 2020, 10:09 AM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- Two World Health Organization experts were heading to the Chinese capital on Friday to lay the groundwork for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. An animal health expert and an epidemiologist will meet Chinese counterparts in Beijing to work out logistics, places to visit and the participants for a WHO-led international mission, the U.N. organization said. A major issue will be to “look at whether or not it jumped from species to human, and what species it jumped from,” W
Many COVID-19 hot spots affect areas around state borders, experts say

Many COVID-19 hot spots affect areas around state borders, experts say

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July 8 (UPI) -- Many current COVID-19 hotspots across the country are in areas along state borders because different governments have taken different approaches to contain spread of the new coronavirus, the experts behind the U.S. COVID Atlas said Wednesday. This includes regions in Arkansas and Tennessee, as well as Louisiana and Mississippi, which are effectively separated by the Mississippi River, they said. Advertisement Parts of southern Arizona and California have also been similarly impacted, according to the researchers. "With a patchwork of policies across the country, it's not surprising to see hot spots along state borders," Marynia Kolak, a member of the team that developed the atlas, said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday that was hosted by the Robert Wood Joh...
25% of racial minorities report COVID-19 discrimination, survey finds

25% of racial minorities report COVID-19 discrimination, survey finds

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July 7 (UPI) -- One in four minority Americans in the United States face racial discrimination over fears they have been infected with the new coronavirus, according to the findings of a survey released Tuesday by the University of Southern California Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. Roughly 33 percent of black, Asian and Latin Americans say they have experienced at least one incident of discrimination related to COVID-19, the researchers found. Advertisement "The early spike in the percentage of people who experienced COVID-related discrimination was attributable -- in part -- to discriminatory reactions to the growing number of people wearing masks or face coverings at the early stage of the pandemic," Ying Liu, a research scientist with the center, said in a press rel...
Pentagon, VA adapting as number of COVID-19 cases grows, officials say

Pentagon, VA adapting as number of COVID-19 cases grows, officials say

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July 7 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense has opened an outdoor facility for "safe and socially distant workouts," and officials say they are closely monitoring and adapting as the number of COVID-19 cases among active duty military continues to climb. The number of cumulative cases listed on the Pentagon's website as of Monday was 14,992, up from 12,521 Thursday. Advertisement The number of cases has doubled during June, and 2,471 new cases of COVID-19 were reported over the holiday weekend. Cases among veterans are also up, with Veterans Affairs officials reporting nearly 5,000 active cases of coronavirus among patients in the agency's care -- a threefold increase over the last month. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie told reporters Tuesday that so far the department is managing the new casel...
Medicare nursing home COVID-19 site leaves users in the dark

Medicare nursing home COVID-19 site leaves users in the dark

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WASHINGTON -- When the Trump administration required nursing homes to report their COVID-19 cases, it also promised to make the data available to residents, families and the public in a user-friendly way. But some facilities that have had coronavirus cases and deaths turn up as having none on Medicare's COVID-19 nursing home website. Those data may be incomplete because the reporting requirements don't reach back to the start of the pandemic. Numbers don't necessarily portray the full picture. “The biggest thing that needs to be taken away ... is in its current form, it is really leaving consumers in the dark,” Sam Brooks, project manager for Consumer Voice, said of Medicare's data website. Consumer Voice is a national advocacy group for improved quality in long-term care.