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Joe Biden backed a nationwide mandate on masks for the next three months. (The Guardian)
As of 8:00 a.m. ET Friday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. was 5,254,878 cases and 167,253 deaths, up by 57,129 and 1,215, respectively, from the same time a day ago.
Don’t bank on a vaccine before November, said NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD. (U.S. News & World Report)
A medical center in Israel claimed to have developed a new saliva test that can diagnose COVID-19 in less than a second. (Reuters)
Temperature checks? They’re “notoriously inaccurate” — especially in the summer — said NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD. (Forbes)
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) dropped his lawsuit seeking to block Atlanta’s local face-covering mandate and other restrictions. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
This could be the “worst fall” in U.S. public health history if recommended preventive measures aren’t followed, warned CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD. (CNN)
Staff shortages in nursing homes was one predictor of local COVID-19 spread. (ABC News)
A survey of Russian doctors found 52% were apprehensive about the country’s new “Sputnik V” vaccine, with only one-quarter saying they’d agree to take it themselves. (Reuters)
WHO says not to worry about getting the coronavirus from food packaging. (Reuters)
Physical intimate partner violence nearly doubled during the pandemic compared with recent years. (Emergency Radiology)
For the first time since the pandemic hit the U.S., the number of people applying for unemployment fell below one million last week. (AP)
Western Europe’s battle with COVID-19 isn’t won yet by any means. (BBC News)
An African group is beginning a continent-wide study of antibodies, as the total number of confirmed cases on the continent has been relatively low. (Philadelphia Tribune)
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