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Factbox-Monkeypox cases and deaths around the world

Aug 10 (Reuters) - More than 80 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, which the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency, as confirmed cases crossed 31,400 and non-endemic countries reported their first deaths. read more.
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Florida, other states target mask requirement

- State Attorney General Ashley Moody and other Republican politicians from across the country urged an appeals court this week to uphold a Florida federal judge's ruling that blocked a mask requirement on airplanes and in other transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moody's office, taking the lead in a brief...
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Updated COVID-19 Boosters to Specifically Target Omicron Will Roll Out in September

By September, America will facilitate another round of vaccine shots with updated COVID-19 boosters that will specifically target the subvariants of the highly transmissible COVID-19 virus, Omicron. Health experts believe that these updated COVID-19 boosters are expected to make a major difference in the current vaccines' protection. With an average...
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A 'Shrewd' New Virus; 'The Family Will Kill You'; Hospitals Fear Staff Shortages

Note that some links may require registration or subscription. A newly identified virus -- Langya henipavirus (LayV) -- already has infected dozens of people in China and is believed to have been transferred to humans from shrews. (Washington Post, New England Journal of Medicine) TikTok owner ByteDance continued its foray...
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Fauci vents about Americans' opposition to forced masking: 'It's almost inexplicable'

Dr. Anthony Fauci complained during a talk Tuesday evening that many Americans see forced masking policies as a violation of their liberties. During the talk, Fauci, who is President Biden's chief medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, expressed concern about Americans' aversion to both forced masking and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. He characterized individuals' concerns with such policies as "inexplicable."
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Anthony Fauci jokes that he created Covid-19 virus in his own kitchen

Dr Anthony Fauci mocked the many right-wing conspiracy theories about him, joking that he “developed the ancestral model strain” of the virus that causes Covid-19. The chief medical adviser to the president was speaking with Dr Larry Corey at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday to receive the honorary Hutch Award. The award is typically given to baseball players who act as healthcare advocates off the field. Dr Fauci is the second non-player to receive the award. Dr Corey, the former president of Fred Hutch, discussed Dr Fauci’s long career and the future of the...
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Poll: America’s COVID-19 Optimism Fades

Americans are growing more pessimistic about COVID-19, according to a new survey. A poll from Gallup published Thursday found that the number of Americans who feel optimistic about the pandemic has starkly dropped since spring. Just 41% of U.S. adults said the COVID-19 situation is getting better, which is a significant drop from late April and May when 63% of adults agreed with the statement.
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How to tell if your COVID test is expired

Did you stock up on rapid at-home COVID-19 tests only to realize they all expire much sooner than you expected?. Don't toss them just yet. The Food and Drug Administration recently updated its guidance on COVID test expiration dates after researchers discovered some tests have a longer shelf life than originally believed.
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