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Friday, March 13, 2020

Swine flu has caused nearly 10,000 deaths in the United States, part of an outbreak that has infected about 50 million Americans, government health officials said Thursday. The deaths as of mid-November included about 1,100 children and 7,500 younger adults, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 200,000 people have been hospitalized, he noted. read more


Friday, February 28, 2020

By: Sydney Isenberg items.[0].image.alt JOHNSON CITY, TX " One Texas police department is offering to test people's meth for possible coronavirus contamination. The Johnson City, Texas Police Department took to Facebook saying they have reason to believe methamphetamine in Blanco County may be contaminated with the coronavirus. The department said if people have meth they would like to get tested before use, they can go to the Johnson City Police Department, Blanco County Sheriff's Office or the Blanco Police Department for testing. Those wishing to keep their meth in the "privacy of your own home" can contact the Blanco County Dispatch to have an officer come to your house and test it.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

In 1972, the alternative newspaper Vermont Freeman published an essay by Bernie Sanders entitled "Man " and Woman" in which the future U.S. senator included a reference to a woman fantasizing about rape. After Sanders gained political prominence as a presidential candidate in 2015, that essay was brought to wider attention in a profile of Sanders published by Mother Jones on 26 May 2015: read more


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Notably, though the FDA warns against its use outside of a hospital setting, the agency is allowing frontline workers to use hydroxychloroquine as part of controlled, clinical trials.

Dr. William W. O'Neill, leading one of the largest studies of the drug's use as a potential preventative medication, has said safe studies are necessary to determine the medication's potential.

The randomized, double-blinded study he's overseeing is a 3,000-subject look at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit at whether hydroxychloroquine prevents front-line workers from contracting the COVID-19 virus.

"We are not involved in politics; we are scientists," Dr. O'Neill, a world-renowned interventional cardiologist and researcher, said on May 8.

"This is a drug that has been used safely for more than 70 years to prevent malaria and treat other issues like lupus, with the potential to have active effect on COVID-19," O'Neill said, a sentiment Trump echoed Monday at his surprise announcement. "We owe it to people -- particularly front-line workers -- to scientifically determine if it works."

O'Neill also said that whether it works, "having those results produced in a scientific manner moves us toward the goal of knowing how to protect our frontline workers."

Other countries including Spain and Brazil have also launched large scale studies for front-line workers testing hydroxychloroquine's effectiveness in preventing the virus.

Currently, there are no FDA-approved preventative medications or vaccines for COVID-19.

ABC News' Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.

This report was featured in the Tuesday, May 19, 2020, episode of "Start Here," ABC News' daily news podcast.

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