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Minnesota health officials hoping for COVID-19 wake-up call – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Officials said the latest figures suggest an actual increase in viral spread with an increase in socializing. And temps will soon drive more Minnesotans indoors…

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State health officials hope a sobering week of COVID-19 growth in Minnesota will shake people out of the “mitigation fatigue” that has some people ditching masks, gathering close for happy hour, and increasing their risk of viral transmission.
In the seven-day period ending Friday, the state Department of Health reported more than 8,500 new lab-confirmed infections and a tally of 91 COVID-19 deaths — a mortality figure the state hasn’t seen since the end of the pandemic’s first surge in June.

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The number of older people getting coronavirus in Europe is rising again. That’s really bad news – CNN

Europe is deep in the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, and a particularly worrying trend is beginning to emerge: More older people are becoming infected….

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(CNN)Europe is deep in the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, and a particularly worrying trend is beginning to emerge: More older people are becoming infected.
Over the summer months, the continent saw infection clusters popping up mostly among younger people who were venturing out into bars, restaurants and other public spaces. While that wasn’t ideal, it meant the death rate stayed relatively low, since younger people are statistically less vulnerable to the virus and most avoid getting…

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Spike in South Korea flu shot deaths fuels vaccine doubts – Al Jazeera English

South Korea is giving the seasonal flu vaccine to millions to ward off any complications with COVID-19.

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At least 13 South Koreans have died after receiving flu shots in recent days, according to official and local media reports, fuelling doubts about vaccine safety even as authorities rule out a link and as global efforts to find a vaccine against COVID-19 intensify.
Health authorities said on Wednesday there were no plans to suspend the programme to vaccinate approximately 19 million people for free after a preliminary investigation into six deaths found no direct connection with the drug they had…

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Teen wins $25K prize for research on potential COVID-19 cure – msnNOW

Anika Chebrolu’s research could someday lead to a potential treatment for the coronavirus.

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A budding scientist from Frisco, Texas, hopes to one day save lives with her research on a potential treatment for the coronavirus.
Anika Chebrolu, 14, was named the winner of the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a competition for middle school scientists. The eighth-grader’s project won her a $25,000 cash prize.
“I isolated a lead compound from a database of almost 698 million molecules,” said Chebrolu.
That discovery, which she hopes will lead to a new weapon against COVID-19, began two years…

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