Is Trump likely to get severe COVID-19? This company thinks genes could reveal clues

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A new study could help illuminate “who gets the sniffles and who ends up in the ICU,” says genetic testing company GoodCell’s chief medical officer. There has been ample speculation about the nature of President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, with conflicting reports creating confusion around the severity of his illness. Is the president on the mend, or is his case of COVID-19 about to get a lot worse? GoodCell, a company that offers genetic testing and biobanking, is launching a study to better understand whether genes can tell us something about who is likely to have a bad reaction to COVID-19. Read Full Story

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The Trumps’ separate bedrooms could increase White House COVID-19 risk

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The Trumps are quarantining at the White House. It may be only a matter of time before the infection spreads to those working in the Trumps’ home on their behalf. In President Donald Trump’s early morning Twitter post on Friday announcing that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, he said that their quarantine and recovery process would begin immediately. “We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote . Read Full Story

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Trump announces ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ not to be confused with the new ‘Star Trek’ show from CBS

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President Trump indicated a vaccine for COVID-19 could be available by the end of the year, but health experts generally say it will take longer. President Trump, who had paused his daily coronavirus briefings lately, took a break from his break this afternoon to announce “ Operation Warp Speed ,” an effort to fast-track the development of an effective vaccine for COVID-19. Read Full Story

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How an onslaught of lies about COVID-19 overwhelmed our sense of what’s true

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President Trump has become our country’s most dangerous purveyor of misinformation, making a national crisis even worse. On the evening of March 25, President Trump tiredly ambled through his now nightly address, grabbing both sides of the podium authoritatively. “We’re also doing some very large testings throughout the country,” he said. “I told you yesterday that, in South Korea—and this is not a knock in any way because I just spoke with President Moon; we had a very good conversation about numerous other things—but they’ve done a very good job on testing, but we now are doing more testing that anybody, by far.” Read Full Story

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COVID-19 antibody tests are here. But can you trust them?

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Antibody tests, which show if someone has successfully fought COVID-19, could help people get back to work. But companies are selling them without FDA approval, leading to questions about their accuracy. Companies usually turn to the firm PeopleG2 to run background checks on employees. Now, they can use PeopleG2 to buy up blocks of COVID-19 tests to see if workers have developed immunity to the disease. Read Full Story

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Will the protests spread COVID-19? The police response is the more likely culprit

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Holding thousands in jail cells and spraying protesters with tear gas could help to spread the coronavirus, which is already disproportionately impacting Black Americans. On Monday night, protesters seeking justice for the death of George Floyd arranged themselves and their handwritten signs on H Street, near the White House in Washington, D.C., where President Trump was supposed to make a speech. About 30 minutes before the city’s 7 p.m. curfew, the United States Park Police, the Secret Service, and officers from the Department of Homeland Security began to shuffle protesters around and block the road, according to accounts from several reporters and protesters present . Ten minutes later, sparks flew into the crowd as law enforcement began setting off flash grenades. Then came the hail of rubber bullets and the canisters of pepper spray and smoke. Read Full Story

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