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Coronavirus infecting America’s prison inmates 5 times more than outside, new UCLA study shows
Media Trading Ltd/iStock By TONYA SIMPSON, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The novel coronavirus is now infecting American prison inmates at a rate more than five times higher than in the overall U.S. population, and those numbers are escalating rapidly, according to a new analysis by the UCLA School of Law’s COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project.When adjusted for age, those infected while incarcerated were over than three times more likely to die from coronavirus than those on the outside, the review of available data from state and federal prisons showed, according to the UCLA report released Wednesday.“We were surprised by the...
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Experts warn that pools pose a different type of danger this summer
Oks_Mit/iStock By ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With the coronavirus pandemic putting a pause on summer vacations and camps this year, many families have turned to purchasing pools for their homes to cool down and still have fun. This year alone, pool sales have increased more than 160%, according to industry estimates. In addition, the NPD Group reported that sales of outdoor and sports toys surged by $193 million in April. "I'm pretty sure we got the last above-ground pool in North America," said Ashley Best-Raiten, a mother of two from Pennsylvania, describing the high demand for pools...
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Is COVID-19 even subject to herd immunity?
simon2579/iStock By DR. JAY BHATT and PARAG DEVEN PARIKH, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- On June 26, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced it's "unlikely" that a COVID-19 vaccine with 70-75% efficacy taken by two-thirds of Americans can provide herd immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.His statement has since stirred discussion about America's anti-vaccine movement.A crucial question remains unanswered, however: Is COVID-19 even subject to herd immunity? From universities to sports teams, top experts are still debating this issue.While the world anxiously awaits a vaccine, the length and durability of the protective immunity it would provide is far more in doubt than one might...
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