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Infectious disease expert calls White House advisers herd immunity claims ‘pseudoscience’ | TheHill – The Hill

Infectious-diseases expert Michael Osterholm blasted a report that Scott Atlas, a medical adviser…

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Infectious-diseases expert Michael Osterholm blasted a report that Scott Atlas, a medical adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces ‘encouraging news on testing’ for stimulus packageChina warns it will detain American nationals following DOJ prosecution of Chinese scholars: reportMusician John Fogerty issues cease and desist over Trump use of ‘Fortunate Son’MORE, is pushing the White House to attempt a herd immunity approach to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Fauci says if people won’t wear masks, maybe it should be mandated – Axios

“We’re not uniformly doing [measures that work] and that’s one of the reasons we’re seeing surges.”

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NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN on Friday evening that if “people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it.”
Why it matters: Fauci made the comments the same day the U.S. hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.
What he’s saying: The infectious disease expert said in September that a national mask mandate “probably would not work,” citing difficulties with enforcement.
He again noted to CNN on Friday that “there’s going to be a difficulty enforcing…

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CDC: 7 out of 10 cases of listeria outbreak linked to deli meats are from Mass. – Boston 25 News

The CDC says 7 out of 10 cases of listeria outbreak linked to deli meats are from Massachusetts.

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BOSTON — A listeria outbreak linked to deli meats is affecting Massachusetts.
Everyone who became ill has gone to the hospital, and one person in Florida has died.
According to the CDC, all 10 individuals reported eating Italian-style deli meats such as salami, mortadella and prosciutto–both pre-packaged and sliced at the deli counter.
A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available….

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New study makes it clear: Mask wearing can save lots of lives – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Inexpensive measure could save well over 100,000 lives — and perhaps more than half a million — through the end of February, a newly published study says.

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If Americans would stop complaining about face masks and wear them when they leave their homes, they could save well over 100,000 lives — and perhaps more than half a million — through the end of February, according to a study published Friday in Nature Medicine.
The researchers considered five scenarios for how the pandemic could play out with different levels of mask-wearing and rules about staying home and social distancing. All the scenarios assumed that no vaccine was available, nor any medicines…

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