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Who is spreading COVID-19 misinformation and why

(WASHINGTON) -- BY: BENJAMIN BELL and FERGAL GALLAGHERThe crippling spread of COVID-19 across the globe has progressed in parallel with a flood of information online relating to the pandemic. The World Health Organization branded that spread as an "infodemic" earlier this year.The "infodemic" has highlighted the importance of readers identifying…... Read More

New normal for medicine emerges as hospitals resume elective surgeries, non-COVID work

By DR. JAY BHATT and OLIVIA RUBIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As the nation moves towards recovery and reopening, one emerging reality in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak is that the American health care system will see its own new normal in the coming weeks and months, according to…... Read More

Father outliving his brain cancer prognosis shares his battle, love for life

By HAYLEY FITZPATRICK, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The headaches came first. "Terrible" migraines that would last throughout the day.Osmond Nicholas, then 26, was working as a police officer in his hometown of Oceanside, California, after earning his Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and his Master's in homeland security at San…... Read More

Child vaccinations down across the country amid coronavirus fears

By JOHN SANTUCCI, KATHERINE FAULDERS, OLIVIA RUBIN, JAY BHATT and ALLISON PECORIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As many as 20 states across the country are reporting a rapid decrease in the number of children receiving their routine vaccinations over the past few months, according to a nationwide survey conducted by…... Read More

How to stay safe outside ahead of Memorial Day weekend

By BECKY WORLEY and SARAH MESSER, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For many, summer is usually spent among friends and family at barbecues or bon fires. And for kids out of school, it usually means daytime play dates with pals. However, with the coronavirus pandemic, summer looks a bit different this…... Read More

Mayo Clinic doctors find many COVID-19 antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News exclusive

By DR. MARK ABDELMALEK and MEGAN CHRISTIE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A number of commercially available COVID-19 antibody tests, which look at a patient’s blood for signs of past infection, did not pass Mayo Clinic quality screening or meet their expectations for use, researchers from the hospital concluded in a…... Read More

Doctor navigates culture, stigma to address black mental health amid COVID-19

By ABBY CRUZ (NEW YORK) -- With mental health resources in high demand during the coronavirus pandemic, one doctor has stepped up to give tips online and through her book to help others cope.Dr. Rheeda Walker created a guide for people of color who cannot afford or do not have…... Read More

Study finds earlier coronavirus restrictions in US could have saved 36K lives. White House blames China

By BEN GITTLESON, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After researchers at Columbia University this week estimated about 36,000 lives in the United States could have been saved from the novel coronavirus had social distancing and other restrictions been put in place a week earlier in March, the White House on Thursday…... Read More

In nursing homes, as in wider community, minorities hit hardest by COVID, researchers say

By ALLISON PECORIN and MATTHEW MOSK, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Nursing homes serving mostly minority populations are twice as likely to experience a deadly coronavirus outbreak as those with mostly white residents, according to new research on the devastating impact the highly contagious illness is having on vulnerable residential care…... Read More

How herd immunity may protect us from COVID-19

By PRIYA AMIN, DR. MARK ABDELMALEK and LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The old saying goes: "There's strength in numbers." And now, it turns out numbers may be the greatest defense against the spread of COVID-19.It's a concept called herd immunity: Once enough people become immune to the novel…... Read More

Buyer beware? What to know about direct-to-consumer antibody tests

BY EDEN DAVID, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- You may have heard a lot about COVID-19 antibody testing recently. In fact, your doctor may have even offered you the option of getting the test.Just because you can get an antibody test, should you?Antibody tests are most useful from a public health…... Read More