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Grim Prediction of Nearly 300,000 U.S. Coronavirus Deaths by December 1

Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. are predicted to reach almost 300,000 by December 1--135,000 above the current toll of more than 160,000 confirmed fatalities--according to an influential University of Washington model. With Democrats and Republicans in Congress in a stalemate over terms of another coronavirus relief package, President Trump says he might take unilateral action.

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“It Is What It Is,” Trump Says as U.S. Deaths Pass 155,000

When pressed about the U.S. pandemic death toll in an interview with Axios that aired Monday, President Trump said it was under control, adding: “They are dying, that's true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague that beset us.”

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Consumer Group Urges FDA to Crack Down on Unapproved ‘Abortion Reversal’ Procedure

A consumer watchdog group is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to shut down a group of websites advertising a so-called abortion pill reversal, a potentially dangerous treatment that is not FDA-approved.

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Some Coronavirus Stimulus Funds Appear to be Junk Mail, and Are Getting Tossed

Orvie Nix, a retiree in Amarillo, Texas, had expected his family would get its stimulus funds with a letter signed by President Trump, or by direct deposit in his bank account. Instead, Nix got an envelope in the mail from “Money Network Cardholder Services”, containing a prepaid debit card. The plain envelope seemed typical of the unwanted financial offers that flood the mail. Like an unknown number of others, Nix assumed his payment was junk mail, and put it in the shredder.

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Precious Keepsake or Needless Risk? Ultrasound Businesses Peddle Fetal Photos to Anxious Parents

The FDA has repeatedly urged expectant mothers to avoid medically unnecessary ultrasounds, like those performed for entertainment's sake at keepsake ultrasound clinics. The situation reflects a misconception, even among some medical professionals, that repeated, long-term exposure is proven to be harmless to the developing fetus.

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On the Prowl for Bogus Claims About Coronavirus Treatments, the FDA Targets Miracle Mineral Solution

In its attempted crackdown on bogus coronavirus remedies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has encountered an old nemesis: a “miracle” solution made of chlorine dioxide that experts say is akin to drinking bleach. But the Florida church peddling Miracle Mineral Solution, or MMS, as the chlorine dioxide drink is [...]

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Official Toll Underestimates U.S. Coronavirus Deaths, Maybe By a Lot

As of mid-day today, about 12,000 people in the U.S. had died from Covid-19, but that figure almost certainly misses some, if not many, coronavirus deaths because it only includes deaths in which victims were tested and confirmed to have the disease

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No Walk in the Park for Americans Struggling with Cabin Fever Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Yellow tape cordons off the playground equipment at a suburban Sacramento public park. (Photo by Marjie Lundstrom) By the time Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California closed today — this time for real, sealing out even bikers and hikers — local residents were seething. The picturesque swath [...]

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Bowing to Inevitable, Trump Extends Social Distance Guidelines Through April as Coronavirus Toll Mounts

President Trump—backtracking on his professed desire to open the country in time for Easter—announced that the administration’s social distancing guidelines would be extended for another 30 days, through the end of April.