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Cases Up Almost Everywhere; Flu Vax vs. COVID; ‘Flush with Coronavirus’

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COVID-19 cases are rising in almost every state, for what has become the U.S.’s third wave. Officials in Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts and Texas have set new restrictions on schools, businesses and social gatherings. (BuzzFeed News, Washington Post)

Ditto for Europe, where the biggest countries are imposing new lockdowns. German Chancellor Angela Merkel closed bars and restaurants for a month, and French President Emmanuel Macron also proposed a month-long partial lockdown. (Reuters, AP)

As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll stood at 8,859,300 cases and 227,701 deaths — up 79,461 and 973, respectively, since this time a day ago.

One day after a White House press release credited President Trump with “ending the pandemic,” an administration spokesperson conceded it was “poorly worded.” (The Hill)

President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner bragged in an April interview with journalist Bob Woodward that Trump was “getting the country back from the doctors.” (CNN)

For some patients, COVID-19 apparently becomes an autoimmune disease. (New York Times)

Does the flu vaccine improve the immune system’s ability to combat COVID-19? A new preprint says maybe. (Scientific American)

Most people with mild to moderate COVID-19 illness produced a robust antibody response lasting at least 5 months, a small longitudinal analysis found. (Science)

Russian scientist Alexander Chepurnov contracted COVID-19 illness twice for the sake of an experiment investigating how long antibodies would protect him from the disease. (TASS)

Major League Baseball lit into COVID-positive Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner for joining his teammates’ on-field celebration, sans mask, of their World Series victory. (ESPN)

“Sewage testing shows a country flush with coronavirus cases.” Get it? Sewage? Flush? Har har. (CNN)

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  • Amanda D’Ambrosio is a reporter on MedPage Today‚Äôs enterprise & investigative team. She covers obstetrics-gynecology and other clinical news, and writes features about the U.S. healthcare system. Follow

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