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Health experts dispute conservatives’ claim that new study finds masks are ineffective

Health experts dispute conservatives’ claim that new study finds masks are ineffective

ADPublic health experts are raising alarms about a study that some conservatives claim reveals that masks are ineffective at preventing the spread of the novel .Even the lead researcher argues that such an assertion is misconstruing science, while other public health experts assert that the study has serious design flaws.Mask-wearing has remained a hot-button political issue even as more states, including those with Republican governors who long resisted such measures, are adopting mask mandates as case numbers rise across the United States. Numerous studies have found that masks, and...

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A veteran died in a Florida jail. Two years later, video shows he was tased, left convulsing in a cell.

A veteran died in a Florida jail. Two years later, video shows he was tased, left convulsing in a cell.

For nearly two years, the family of U.S. Army veteran Gregory Lloyd Edwards knew what his last moments in a Florida jail were like only from the reporting of a local newspaper.In dozens of articles, journalists tried to fill in gaps about what happened to Edwards while he was in Brevard County Sheriff’s Office custody on Dec. 10, 2018. But the agency refused to publicly share the security camera footage of a brawl with deputies and what followed — leaving the family, reporters and the community with mounting questions about how the Black former U.S. Army combat medic died.On Friday, Brevard...

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Trump was treated with dexamethasone. Here’s what we know about its risks and side effects.

Trump was treated with dexamethasone. Here’s what we know about its risks and side effects.

President Trump’s team of physicians revealed Sunday that he was being treated with dexamethasone, and health experts immediately voiced concern. The powerful steroid has shown promise for treating patients with severe covid-19 who are getting supplemental oxygen, as Trump was, but may cause harm for those with minor infections.The use of dexamethasone, experts say, contrasts with White House physician Sean Conley’s rosy assessments of Trump’s battle with the virus. Typically used to treat inflammation, dexamethasone was credited with improving the survival for critically ill coronavirus...

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Trump seizes on judge’s ruling that Pennsylvania lockdown is ‘unconstitutional’

Trump seizes on judge’s ruling that Pennsylvania lockdown is ‘unconstitutional’

Shutdown restrictions ordered by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to slow the spread of the novel were unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday — a decision that was quickly celebrated by President Trump, who said he hopes the decision is followed by similar pronouncements in other states.The state’s limits on gatherings and closure of nonessential businesses violated the First Amendment and the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, according to a 66-page opinion by U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, a Trump appointee. The governor’s office confirmed it will...

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Is the coronavirus spreading silently among kids? Testing limits make it hard to tell.

Is the coronavirus spreading silently among kids? Testing limits make it hard to tell.

It is a nightmare repeatedly playing in parents’ minds: Their child is welcomed back to their classroom, but in the excitement the kids get too close to one another, sharing germs.The children may not have symptoms or be able to express that they are not feeling well, unwittingly spreading the virus as they continue to go to school or come into contact with adults.Only when the older members of the family — those more likely to show signs of infection — get tested do they learn what has happened: It’s covid-19, and by then it’s everywhere.As preschools, elementary schools and day cares...

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