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July 27, 2020

Weekly review: The 3 biggest clashes over mandatory mask mandates

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    New research on whether your blood type affects your Covid-19 risk, how Northwell Health is treating "acutely ill" Covid-19 patients in their own homes, and more.

    The 3 biggest clashes over mandatory face masks (Monday, July 20)

    Public health experts say wearing face masks or coverings is critical to America gaining control of its worsening coronavirus epidemic, but mask-wearing mandates have been met with resistance from some Americans and officials—and led to ongoing clashes in these three battlegrounds.

    Does your blood type affect your Covid-19 risk? It's complicated. (Tuesday, July 21)

    Early research suggested that individuals with Type A blood were at especially high risk of severe complications from Covid-19—but newer research reveals a more complicated picture, the New York Times' Carl Zimmer reports.

    Here's how Northwell Health is treating 'acutely ill' Covid-19 patients—in their own homes (Wednesday, July 22)

    As new coronavirus cases skyrocketed in New York during the spring, Northwell Health launched a hospital-at-home program for severely ill Covid-19 patients to help boost hospital capacity—and now, this approach may be put to use by hospitals in Florida and other states facing coronavirus infection surges, Roni Caryn Rabin writes for the New York Times.

    'We let our guard down': Two physicians skipped masks at a family gathering—and 8 people caught the coronavirus (Thursday, July 23)

    When Alabama physicians Miles and Brytney Cobia held a family gathering, eight out of the 11 attendees wound up catching the novel coronavirus. Here's what they learned from their experience—and why they want you to "use [them] as an example," MedPage Today's Kristina Fiore reports.

    Can you catch the coronavirus twice? Here's what research says. (Friday, July 24)

    Recent media reports have claimed that some recovered Covid-19 patients have been reinfected with the coronavirus, sparking doubts about whether people can ever gain lasting immunity against the virus. But what does the evidence say?

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