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How widespread is COVID-19 in children? A look at the latest data as schools reopen

How widespread is COVID-19 in children? A look at the latest data as schools reopen

filadendron/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As schools across the country start to reopen, recent data shows that COVID-19 infection is on the rise in children.The American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital Association, each week surveys all publicly available data from U.S. states on child COVID-19 cases. According to its…Read more »

Parents, teachers must work together to protect students from COVID-19

Parents, teachers must work together to protect students from COVID-19

smolaw11/iStockBy Dr. MOLLY STOUT, ABC News(NEW YORK) — When it comes to safely reopening schools, there’s valid cause for concern.”We’re a bit in uncharted territory, because we haven’t had to reopen schools in the context of a pandemic,” said Dr. Dan H. Barouch, director of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Center for Virology and Vaccine…Read more »

How experts would clean up our COVID nightmare if they were in charge

How experts would clean up our COVID nightmare if they were in charge

da-kuk/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — With no end in sight for the United States’ coronavirus outbreak, which has now topped five million infections and 162,000 virus deaths — accounting for roughly a quarter of the world’s fatalities — many Americans are wondering if anything could help turn the tide.The list of mistakes critics…Read more »

New study finds 1 in 9 women reported drinking alcohol while pregnant

New study finds 1 in 9 women reported drinking alcohol while pregnant

juankphoto/iStockBy DR. MOLLY STOUT, ABC News(ATLANTA) — It has long been known that alcohol and pregnancy can be a dangerous combination. Now, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds one in nine women reported drinking while pregnant.Drinking patterns were broken down by trimester of pregnancy, with the study finding that…Read more »

This couple lost 80 pounds combined during quarantine

This couple lost 80 pounds combined during quarantine

wragg/iStockBy ANGELINE JANE BERNABE and KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Living through a pandemic and quarantining can be a drag, but many are using this time to re-start their lives and prioritize their health.With pre-existing conditions a contributing factor to contracting the novel coronavirus, 30-year-old Romelle Morris from New York City, said he was…Read more »

Public health experts, scientists confident in vaccine process, despite criticism of ‘Warp Speed’

Public health experts, scientists confident in vaccine process, despite criticism of ‘Warp Speed’

simon2579/iStockBy STEPHANIE EBBS and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Public health experts and scientists closest to the process of developing and testing vaccines for COVID-19 said they’re confident the process is based in solid science, despite the perception that the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” would rush the process to have a vaccine available…Read more »

Five former CDC directors on where US went wrong in its COVID-19 response

Five former CDC directors on where US went wrong in its COVID-19 response

ABC NewsBy ANTHONY RIVAS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Five former directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who came together to speak about the coronavirus on Thursday said repeatedly that the United States is still struggling to deal with the pandemic because of one thing: mixed messages from leadership.”This is the first public…Read more »

Why stopping COVID at schools may not be as easy as taking temperatures

Why stopping COVID at schools may not be as easy as taking temperatures

smolaw11/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — What are schools going to look like when they reopen this year?It’s a complicated question with few answers at this point: for some, there might be plastic guards on desks, hand sanitizer stations in every classroom, masks on students and staff and physically distanced seating.Another one of those…Read more »