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Deaths during the coronavirus surge in New York City recall the peak of the 1918 flu pandemic – CNN

A new study finds that deaths in New York City in the early part of the Covid-19 pandemic were comparable to deaths in the city at the peak of what’s considered the deadliest pandemic to date — the flu pandemic of 1918.

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(CNN)A new study finds that deaths in New York City in the early part of the Covid-19 pandemic were comparable to deaths in the city at the peak of what’s considered the deadliest pandemic to date — the flu pandemic of 1918.
The relative increase in deaths during the early period of the Covid-19 pandemic was actually substantially greater than during the peak of the 1918 pandemic, according to the study published Thursday in JAMA Network Open.
“The big takeaway is that when we compare what ha…

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National Guard being brought in to Westmoreland Manor amid rise in COVID-19 cases – WTAE Pittsburgh

Westmoreland County commissioners released new information Thursday, saying there are now 47 positive COVID-19 tests among the 336 residents at Westmoreland Manor.

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GREENSBURG, Pa. —UPDATE: Westmoreland County commissioners have decided to bring in the National Guard to assist at Westmoreland Manor.
The role of the Guard will be to take over testing at the county-operated nursing facility, allowing management to return to normal duties.
Commissioners met with Excela Health and the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program about the issue on Thursday.
Of the 59 total cases at Westmoreland Manor, commissioners say most patients are currently asymptoma…

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Vindicated Covid-19 models warn pandemic is far from over – NBC News

Covid-19 models were vindicated — and they have fresh warnings about the fall and winter.

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When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States earlier this year, scientific models forecasting hundreds of thousands of deaths were met by some people with derision.
Those models have been unfortunately vindicated. And they’re providing fresh warnings that a recent uptick in cases could mean that the U.S. death toll could almost double in the next four months.
If we go back to March, at that time, we were saying if this thing is not handled very carefully, we could end up with 200,000 or…

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Coronavirus updates: Missouri city bans dancing a la ‘Footloose’; Is virus getting more contagious?; infecting volunteers on purpose mulled – USA TODAY

New York will conduct a review of any coronavirus vaccines approved by the federal government. Study says virus has mutated. Latest COVID news.

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New York state officials will conduct a review of any coronavirus vaccines approved by the federal government before recommending them to New Yorkers,  Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
Cuomo said he feared President Donald Trump would strongarm the FDA into using insufficiently rigorous standards to approve vaccines. 
“We are going to put together our own review committee that will advise me, so i can look at the camera and I can say ‘It is safe to take,'” Cuomo said.
In Houston, a study by r…

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