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Marisa is a general newsdesk and breaking news reporter at Axios. She covers topics related to public health.Source
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The big picture: Venmo's privacy policy exposes users' transactions

The big picture: Venmo's privacy policy exposes users' transactions

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/AxiosA data expert sifted through 200 million Venmo transactions, from drug deals, to eating habits and arguments, to show the payment app lacks default privacy protections, t.Why it matters: Venmo is seen as an informal millennial app that connects friends with likes and emojis on payments. Regardless, Venmo still shows the financial spending habits of millions of users, the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Christine Bannon tells Axios. The data was still available even after Venmo's creator PayPal with the Federal Trade Commission in February when Venmo...

July 22, 2018
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CDC: Suicides decreased in 2020

CDC: Suicides decreased in 2020

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosSuicides in the U.S. decreased in 2020, according to preliminary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why it matters: Critics of lockdowns and other coronavirus-prevention efforts have suggested throughout the pandemic that those measures would drive the suicide rate higher. But that hasn't happened.Yes, but: The nation's mental health crisis is far from over, and experts are still concerned about the long-term effects isolation and economic turmoil will have on Americans' mental health.By the numbers: From 2019 to 2020, deaths by suicide...

Apr 1
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"I'm scared": CDC director warns of "impending doom" of 4th wave as COVID cases increase

"I'm scared": CDC director warns of "impending doom" of 4th wave as COVID cases increase

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky went off script at a briefing Monday and made an emotional plea to Americans not to let up on public health measures amid fears of a fourth wave.What they're saying: “I'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom," Walensky said, appearing to hold back tears. "We do not have the luxury of inaction. For the health of our country, we must work together now to prevent a fourth surge."Driving the news: The White House coronavirus response team is seeking to confront the current dichotomy in the U.S.,...

Mar 29
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Life expectancy at birth in the first half of 2020 was the lowest since 2006

Life expectancy at birth in the first half of 2020 was the lowest since 2006

The coronavirus pandemic drove life expectancy in the U.S. to its lowest level since 2006, according to new preliminary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The big picture: Racial disparities in life expectancy also widened in the first half of 2020. White Americans now live an average of six years longer than Black Americans, up from about a four-year difference in 2019.By the numbers: Overall, American life expectancy was about 78 years in the first half of 2020. In 2019, it was roughly 79 years.Yes, but: The preliminary data don't account for normal seasonal fluctuations...

Feb 18
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Trump calls Fauci a "disaster" on campaign call

Trump calls Fauci a "disaster" on campaign call

Photo: Stephen Lam/Getty ImagesDuring a campaign call on Monday, President Trump slammed infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, calling him and that "people are tired of COVID," according to multiple who listened to the call. Driving the news: CBS's "60 Minutes" aired an interview night with the NIAID director, where he said he was "absolutely not" surprised Trump contracted COVID-19 after seeing him on TV in a crowded place with "almost nobody wearing a mask."What he's saying: "Every time he goes on television there's always a bomb, but there's a bigger bomb if you fire him. This guy's a...

October 19, 2020
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Wisconsin to open field hospital as COVID-19 surges

Wisconsin to open field hospital as COVID-19 surges

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D). Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty ImagesWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced on that a field hospital will be opened at the state fairgrounds near Milwaukee to expand care for coronavirus patients after hospitalizations more than doubled in the past month.Driving the news: Health officials attribute the state's increase to university and K-12 school reopenings and overall public fatigue on mask-wearing and social distance practices, reports.By the numbers: As of Tuesday, 853 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in the state, according to the . What they're saying:...

October 7, 2020
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Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests

Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests

President Trump announced on Monday that the federal government will distribute 150 million rapid, point-of-care coronavirus tests to states over the next few weeks, including to K-12 schools and vulnerable communities like nursing homes and assisted living facilities.Why it matters: The Trump administration has stressed the importance of reopening schools in allowing parents to return to work and jumpstarting the economy. What's happening: Who gets tested is ultimately at the discretion of the governors, but the administration is encouraging schools to use the rapid tests to help restart...

September 28, 2020
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"I am in a risk category": Fauci says he won't be getting on a plane

"I am in a risk category": Fauci says he won't be getting on a plane

Photo: Al Drago - Pool/Getty ImagesNIAID director Anthony Fauci told Saturday he won't get on a plane nor eat at restaurants due to the current state of the coronavirus pandemic.The big picture: States are figuring out how to mitigate cases without completely halting their economies. But for the past two months, many are seeing cases and hospitalizations rise.What he's saying: "I am in a risk category," Fauci said. "I don’t like to admit it, but I’m 79 years old. I can’t think of a reason to go trans-Atlantic. Right now, I’m very sequestered. I’m on a coronavirus task force. I go to the...

July 25, 2020
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Texas Gov. Abbott orders all bars to close due to coronavirus surge

Texas Gov. Abbott orders all bars to close due to coronavirus surge

Restaurant in Austin, Texas. Photo: Dave Creaney/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesTexas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order for all bars to close by 12 p.m. today and that restaurants must decrease their capacity from 75% to 50% due to a surge in coronavirus cases. Why it matters: Abbott's orders could signal a beginning of second wave re-closures by states.What Abbott is saying: Go deeper: America's great economic reopening is hitting a major snag, just like the public health experts warned.Why it matters: Confirmed case counts are soaring to the point where Texas Gov. Greg Abbott...

June 26, 2020
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Florida reports massive single-day increase of 9,000 coronavirus cases

Florida reports massive single-day increase of 9,000 coronavirus cases

Florida on Friday nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours totaling 122,960 cases. Why it matters: The state is one of many that are experiencing a fresh surge of infections. The single-day confirmed cases increase was the most for any state since the pandemic began.By the numbers: The record surpassed the Florida's single-day record from this week at 5,511. Deaths in Florida increased 1.2%, reaching 3,366, the report shows.Go deeper: The coronavirus pandemic is getting dramatically worse in almost every corner of the U.S. The big picture: The U.S. today is getting closer to the...

June 26, 2020
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