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Physical distancing, masks can dramatically reduce COVID-19 transmission: Study

AnVr/iStockBy DR. AYODOLA ADIGUN and DR. JESSICA JOHNSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) — New research published in Lancet supports what public health officials have been advising since the pandemic began: To reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, cover your face and stay 3 to 6 feet away from other people.The findings were released as mass demonstrations…read more »

Mass protests could propel a second wave of coronavirus infections

AlxeyPnferov/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As thousands of demonstrators continue to protest the killing of George Floyd, health experts are worried that a second wave of COVID-19 infections could be sparked by the mass gatherings.”What we have here is a very unfortunate experiment going on with COVID virus transmission,” said Michael Osterholm, director…read more »

In the race for a vaccine, children may be last to be vaccinated

MarianVejcik/iStockBy DR. MARK ABDELMALEK and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Even as scientists race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, experts acknowledge that children could be among the last members of society to be vaccinated. At least 10 vaccines are being tested in people across the globe, with the United States’ top infectious disease doctor,…read more »

In first federal count, over 25,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes

Daisy-Daisy/iStockBy ALLISON PECORIN, KATHERINE FAULDERS and MATTHEW MOSK, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The federal government has begun sharing its tracking data for nursing home fatalities for the first time since the novel coronavirus outbreak, a step long urged by members of Congress as an important way to guide efforts to protect the elderly and frail as…read more »

How parents can talk to their kids about racism, George Floyd protests

shapecharge/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN and SARAH LANG, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As protests and riots continue across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death, parents across the country are figuring out how to talk to their children about the protests and about fighting racism.Sarah Smith, a mom of three black children in a predominantly…read more »

Having high blood pressure may make coronavirus more dangerous

Chinnapong/iStockBy DR. NANCY A. ANORUO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — High blood pressure, a common disease affecting about 45% of Americans, is sometimes called the ‘silent killer’ because it can lead to early death even without symptoms. But new research shows that people with high blood pressure may be more likely to be hospitalized and become…read more »

Risk versus reward: How safe are popular summer outdoor activities?

Oks_Mit/iStockBy OLIVIA RUBIN and DR. MARK ABDELMALEK, ABC News(NEW YORK) — All 50 states have now reopened in some form, and after months staying inside, Americans are itching to experience the joys of summer.”There’s a tremendous urge for American’s to get out,” Dr. Andrew Noymer, a public health professor at University of California Irvine, told…read more »