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  • Physical distancing, masks can dramatically reduce COVID-19 transmission: Study
    AnVr/iStockBy DR. AYODOLA ADIGUN and DR. JESSICA JOHNSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New research published in Lancet supports what public health officials have been advising since the pandemic began: To reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, cover your face and stay 3 to 6 feet away from other people.The findings ... read more
    HealthJune 02, 2020
  • Mass protests could propel a second wave of coronavirus infections
    AlxeyPnferov/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As thousands of demonstrators continue to protest the killing of George Floyd, health experts are worried that a second wave of COVID-19 infections could be sparked by the mass gatherings."What we have here is a very unfortunate experiment going on with COVID virus ... read more
    HealthJune 02, 2020
  • In the race for a vaccine, children may be last to be vaccinated
    MarianVejcik/iStockBy DR. MARK ABDELMALEK and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Even as scientists race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, experts acknowledge that children could be among the last members of society to be vaccinated. At least 10 vaccines are being tested in people across the globe, with the United ... read more
    HealthJune 02, 2020
  • In first federal count, over 25,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes
    Daisy-Daisy/iStockBy ALLISON PECORIN, KATHERINE FAULDERS and MATTHEW MOSK, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The federal government has begun sharing its tracking data for nursing home fatalities for the first time since the novel coronavirus outbreak, a step long urged by members of Congress as an important way to guide efforts to protect ... read more
    HealthJune 02, 2020
  • How parents can talk to their kids about racism, George Floyd protests
    shapecharge/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN and SARAH LANG, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As protests and riots continue across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death, parents across the country are figuring out how to talk to their children about the protests and about fighting racism.Sarah Smith, a mom of three ... read more
    HealthJune 01, 2020
  • Having high blood pressure may make coronavirus more dangerous
    Chinnapong/iStockBy DR. NANCY A. ANORUO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- High blood pressure, a common disease affecting about 45% of Americans, is sometimes called the 'silent killer' because it can lead to early death even without symptoms. But new research shows that people with high blood pressure may be more likely ... read more
    HealthJune 01, 2020
  • Risk versus reward: How safe are popular summer outdoor activities?
    Oks_Mit/iStockBy OLIVIA RUBIN and DR. MARK ABDELMALEK, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- All 50 states have now reopened in some form, and after months staying inside, Americans are itching to experience the joys of summer."There's a tremendous urge for American's to get out," Dr. Andrew Noymer, a public health professor at ... read more
    HealthJune 01, 2020
  • Front-line doctors face a mental health crisis amid coronavirus: Can medicine overcome the culture of stoicism?
    iStock/NanoStockkBy: ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on the American psyche, with a third of Americans now showing signs of clinical depression or anxiety, a rate twice as high as before the pandemic, according to Census Bureau data. Those grim statistics ... read more
    HealthMay 31, 2020
  • As states protect nursing homes from lawsuits, families fear they have little recourse
    iStockBy: LAURA ROMERO and ALLISON PECORIN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- On Valentine’s Day of this year, Tosica Figueroa and her six sisters made the wrenching decision to move their father, Alonzo Matthews, into a nursing home. The sisters could no longer handle the care for Matthews, a former Washington, ... read more
    HealthMay 31, 2020
  • Why people are flouting coronavirus social distancing precautions that we know save lives
    Eblis/iStockBY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) -- People packed into a pool at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.Parks in New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak, jammed with sunbathersA crowded brunch spot in Colorado with diners celebrating Mother's Day.With more than 100,000 Americans dead and rising from the ... read more
    HealthMay 30, 2020