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October 19, 2020

Weekly review: A Nevada man caught the coronavirus twice—and his second case was much worse

Daily Briefing

    How America is washing its hands (or isn't), in 5 charts (Monday, October 12)
    While Americans are washing their hands more frequently amid the coronavirus epidemic, rates of hand-washing still vary widely by setting, gender, age, and other factors, according to CDC. Here's who's washing their hands most often—and who isn't.

    A Nevada man caught the coronavirus twice—and his second case was much worse (Wednesday, October 14)
    Scientists say they've discovered that a 25-year-old man in Nevada was infected with the novel coronavirus twice—marking the first confirmed case of coronavirus reinfection in the country—and that the symptoms of his second infection were more severe than the first, according to a case study published last week in The Lancet.

    Why it's so hard to bust myths about face masks (Thursday, October 15)
    Writing for The Atlantic, Olga Khazan breaks down how an incorrect claim that wearing a mask can cause illness has managed to thrive online amid the novel coronavirus epidemic—despite being debunked by medical and public health experts.

    'I feel like I have dementia': How Covid-19 is affecting some patients' brains (Friday, October 16)
    While many people think of Covid-19 as a disease that primarily affects patients' respiratory systems, research indicates many Covid-19 patients experience some form of neurological symptoms, as well—with one recent study finding nearly a third of hospitalized Covid-19 patients experienced altered mental function.

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