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Investigation into pandemic source continues

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/01/20, 11:27 am

U.S. intelligence officials said they have ruled out the possibility that the new coronavirus was man-made, but the precise origin of the pandemic is still unknown. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is investigating whether the outbreak “began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan, [China],” according to a statement issued on Thursday.

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COVID-19 hits the developmentally disabled with ferocity

Coronavirus | Mortality rates and unemployment are high among the disabled in New York
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/30/20, 05:28 pm

IN APRIL Léa Folly-Gah, a resident supervisor at a group home for those with developmental disabilities, set the table for dinner with one of the residents. They came to a spot where another resident normally sits. Folly-Gah told him not to set a place for the absent resident, because she was in the hospital with COVID-19. 

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New drug study sparks hope

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/30/20, 11:34 am

The experimental drug remdesivir could help speed the recovery of COVID-19 patients, the U.S. government announced on Wednesday. The biotech company Gilead and the U.S. National Institutes of Health conducted a major study on 1,063 hospitalized coronavirus patients around the world. Preliminary data indicated the drug shortened the recovery time by an average of four days and was associated with fewer deaths, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert. Officials are working to make remdesivir available to patients as quickly as possible.

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