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FDA pulls authorization for COVID-19 treatment Trump touted

FDA pulls authorization for COVID-19 treatment Trump touted

Hydroxychloroquine can no longer be used for COVID-19 treatment in the US, with the FDA revoking its emergency use authorization for the controversial drug touted by President Trump. Chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate had been credited with reducing coronavirus infection after an early study, but critics were quick to dispute both those findings and the drugs' efficacy.

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CDC warns sniffing disinfectants and bleaching skin won’t prevent COVID-19

CDC warns sniffing disinfectants and bleaching skin won’t prevent COVID-19

Many people are experiencing health anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic and adopting enhanced hygiene practices in an effort to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus. The CDC has looked into the best preventative practices and detailed them in a new report, but has also found that some people are taking extreme, dangerous measures in a futile effort to protect themselves.

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The CDC has bad news if a COVID-19 antibody test made you think you had immunity

The CDC has bad news if a COVID-19 antibody test made you think you had immunity

COVID-19 serologic tests that aim to identify whether people have already come into contact with coronavirus could be giving false hope, the CDC has warned, cautioning that false-positives are likely in many situations. Currently, two types of COVID-19 testing are primarily underway as the extent of the pandemic is measured, focusing either on whether patients are currently infected with the virus, or whether they have been in the past.

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The CDC really needs you to stop snuggling chickens

The CDC really needs you to stop snuggling chickens

The CDC is singing a familiar song: stop snuggling, kissing, or otherwise being physically affectionate with chickens. The message has been preached many times in the past, each in reference to outbreaks of Salmonella, a bacterial disease most commonly acquired through contaminated water or food. Salmonella is common among chickens, as well, and that's a problem for backyard farmers.

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Coronavirus drug remdesivir gets FDA emergency use authorization

Coronavirus drug remdesivir gets FDA emergency use authorization

Experimental drug remdesivir has been given authorization by the FDA for COVID-19 treatment in the US, following promising early results in Phase 3 trials last month. The drug, initially developed by Gilead for ebola and other infections, can now be prescribed in hospitals to shorten the recovery time from coronavirus, though the FDA makes no claims about the efficacy of the drug.

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CDC reveals six new coronavirus symptoms: What to watch for

CDC reveals six new coronavirus symptoms: What to watch for

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially added six new novel coronavirus symptoms to its list of warning signs. The public is advised to monitor for these symptoms, in addition to the coughing, shortness of breath, and fever already associated with the respiratory disease COVID-19. Unfortunately, the new symptoms are, as with the original three, widely associated with a number of colds and the flu.

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CDC says two pet cats in US diagnosed with mild cases of COVID-19

CDC says two pet cats in US diagnosed with mild cases of COVID-19

The US CDC has published a new advisory revealing that two pet cats have been diagnosed with mild cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The cats are both located in New York, according to the CDC, which says these are the first pets in the nation to test positive for the virus. Experts expect both cats, which are located in different parts of the state, to recover.

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CDC chief sounds coronavirus alarm over second wave in flu season

CDC chief sounds coronavirus alarm over second wave in flu season

A second wave of coronavirus could coincide with flu season and have lead to an even greater death toll, the director of the CDC has warned, sounding an early alarm amid talk by some US states of reopening plans. Though there have been calls from state legislators and indeed the White House to call a halt to stay-at-home orders, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief has cautioned that doing so could send America head-first into a double epidemic.

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The CDC just changed the rules on when COVID-19 exposed can go back to work

The CDC just changed the rules on when COVID-19 exposed can go back to work

The CDC has eased its guidelines on employees returning to work after potentially being exposed to coronavirus, amid concerns that essential services like healthcare and food supplies could be disrupted by continued staff absences. The new instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention take a more defensive approach to tracking COVID-19 infection, though it's one which may prove controversial.

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FDA issues stern COVID-19 serological test warning

FDA issues stern COVID-19 serological test warning

The FDA has warned COVID-19 serological test-makers not to overstate the usefulness - or claim federal approval - of their products, cautioning that it may still be too early for such diagnostics to be meaningful. Unlike more widespread test processes, which look for the coronavirus itself in samples taken from patients, serological tests instead look for the body's immune response to an infection.

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Trump says CDC will recommend face masks: Here’s what that means

Trump says CDC will recommend face masks: Here’s what that means

During a press briefing on Friday, President Trump claimed that the CDC plans to recommend that all Americans nationwide wear face masks when in public. The recommendation would represent a change from current guidance, which advises that the public only wear face masks when they are sick or showing symptoms of the coronavirus. During the briefing, Trump repeatedly said that the new guidance will be a recommendation, not a requirement.

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CDC chief drops tough coronavirus truths: Masks, timelines and symptoms

CDC chief drops tough coronavirus truths: Masks, timelines and symptoms

Coronavirus is probably three times as infectious as the flu, according to the director of the US CDC, and more people could be carriers of the virus without showing symptoms than previously expected. Concerns about so-called asymptomatic infection rates - where people have COVID-19, are contagious, but do not show the usual signs of that and thus aren't necessarily in quarantine - have fueled calls for more widespread testing in America to identify the true rate of community spread.

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