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Global deaths attributed to COVID-19 hit 2 million

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/15/21, 04:37 pm

About a quarter of the world’s COVID-19 deaths so far were in Iran, India, Mexico, or Brazil. The global death toll climbed past 2 million on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. New strains of the virus have surfaced in Britain, South Africa, and Brazil. Health officials have identified 76 cases of the U.K. variant across 12 U.S. states, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect the more contagious strain to become the most common version in the country.

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Measuring health guesses

Medicine | Don't assume the healthcare industry has it all right
by Joel Belz
Posted 1/14/21, 04:03 pm

The staggering numbers so typically associated these days with the coronavirus are bad indeed. But it’s hard to know how accurate all the numbers are. They may be high. They may be low. But journalists should not pretend that they’re precise. 

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CDC shifts coronavirus vaccine strategy

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/13/21, 05:06 pm

Federal health officials this week recommended states lower the cutoff age for the first round of COVID-19 shots from 75 to 65 to speed up distribution. People 65 and older can already get the vaccine in Florida, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also encouraged making the vaccines available for more people under 65 with certain health problems. The Trump administration announced plans to release all available vaccines rather than hold some back to make sure everyone gets their second dose on time.

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