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More than 3 million people in U.S. estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus

More than 3 million people in U.S. estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus

ADPlease NoteThe Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. More than 3 million people in the United States have active coronavirus infections and are potentially contagious, according to a new estimate from infectious-disease experts tracking the pandemic. That number is significantly larger than the , which is based solely on those who have tested positive for the virus.The vast — and rapidly growing — pool of -infected people poses a daunting challenge to the governors and mayors in hard-hit communities who are trying to arrest the surge in...

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Experts offer tips for navigating the holidays during the pandemic

Experts offer tips for navigating the holidays during the pandemic

Here are tips to help navigate the fall and winter holidays, based on interviews with infectious-disease experts and the official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:Do: Consider alternative ways to celebrate the holidays to limit the risk of contracting or spreading the which causes the disease covid-19. The anticipatedin coronavirus infections and hospitalizations has begun in much of the country.Do: Limit in-person gatherings in size and duration. The more people involved, and the longer the event, the greater the risk.Don’t: Participate in a holiday gathering if you have...

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As holidays near, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, putting families in a quandary about celebrations and travel

As holidays near, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, putting families in a quandary about celebrations and travel

Barbara Alexander’s Christmas tradition is to drive 2½ hours to the 40-acre farm her parents bought seven decades ago in southeastern North Carolina. It’s a big affair: 35 family members arrive by Christmas Eve.This year, she is thinking: wait till next year. She’ll stay home in Durham, N.C., with her husband, teenage son and 96-year-old mother, Marble Dudley. As a physician and the president-elect of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Alexander is fully aware of the risks of holiday gatherings in the middle of a pandemic and the vulnerability of her nonagenarian mother.“Covid...

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Proposal to hasten herd immunity to the coronavirus grabs White House attention but appalls top scientists

Proposal to hasten herd immunity to the coronavirus grabs White House attention but appalls top scientists

Maverick scientists who call for allowing the to spread freely at “natural” rates among healthy young people while keeping most aspects of the economy up and running have found an audience inside the White House and at least one state capitol.The scientists met last week with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who has emerged as to President Trump on the .When asked for comment, HHS referred a reporter to Azar’s subsequent Twitter statement about the meeting: “We heard strong reinforcement of the Trump Administration’s strategy of aggressively...

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Massive genetic study shows coronavirus mutating and potentially evolving amid rapid U.S. spread

Massive genetic study shows coronavirus mutating and potentially evolving amid rapid U.S. spread

Desktop notifications are on   | Get breaking news alerts from Turn on desktop notifications? Add to list On my list Please Note The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. Scientists in Houston on Wednesday released a study of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the that reveals the virus’s continual accumulation of mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious. The new report, however, did not find that these mutations have made the virus deadlier or changed clinical outcomes. All viruses accumulate genetic mutations, and most...

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Prospect of life on Venus propels interest in robotic missions

Prospect of life on Venus propels interest in robotic missions

Venus, at least, is having a good 2020.The hothouse planet, Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor, suddenly looks more intriguing as a potential abode of life. On Monday, an international team of astronomers , a potential chemical “biosignature” in Venus’s atmosphere — possibly generated by living organisms.The next obvious step is sending a robotic probe to take a closer look, something NASA and its Russian counterpart seem interested in doing. The U.S. space agency was already considering going forward with two different Venus missions, either or both of which could potentially be modified...

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Coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why.

Coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why.

When the first coronavirus cases in Chicago appeared in January, they bore the same genetic signatures as a germ that emerged in China weeks before. But as Egon Ozer, an infectious-disease specialist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, examined the genetic structure of virus samples from local patients, he noticed something different. Coronavirus Coverage A change in the virus was appearing again and again. This mutation, associated with outbreaks in Europe and New York, eventually took over the city. By May, it was found in 95 percent of all the genomes Ozer...

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