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Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Putting your child on the bus for the first day of school is always a leap of faith for a parent. Now, on top of the usual worries about youngsters adjusting to new teachers and classmates, there's COVID-19. Rachel Adamus was feeling those emotions at sunrise Monday as ...

Spain’s new wave of infections hits the young, middle-aged

SANT SADURNÍ D'ANOIA, Spain (AP) — Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain's government had ended a three-month lockdown after an COVID-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the European Union nation. To kickstart its stalled ...

Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

MADRID (AP) — Coronavirus outbreaks at mink farms in Spain and the Netherlands have scientists digging into how the animals got infected and if they can spread it to people. In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in both countries as a ...

Debate begins for who’s first in line for COVID-19 vaccine

Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it's a vexing decision. "Not everybody's going to like the answer," Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of ...

Philippines virus cases top 100,000 in ‘losing battle’

By JIM GOMEZ and AARON FAVILA Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines surged past 100,000 Sunday in a troubling milestone after medical groups declared that the country was waging "a losing battle" against the virus and asked the president to ...

Despite virus threat, Black voters wary of voting by mail

DETROIT (AP) — Despite fears that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen, Victor Gibson said he's not planning to take advantage of Michigan's expanded vote-by-mail system when he casts his ballot in November. The retired teacher from Detroit just isn't sure he can trust it. Many Black ...

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update for Sunday

Concord – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19. On Sunday, DHHS announced 21 new positive test results for COVID-19. The new cases reside in Belknap (4), Rockingham (4), Hillsborough County other ...

Lena Dunham says her body ‘revolted’ under COVID-19

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lena Dunham says her body "revolted" in a debilitating month-long struggle with COVID-19. The 34-year-old creator and star of "Girls" gave a detailed account Friday on Instagram of what she said she experienced after testing positive for the coronavirus in mid-March, just ...

Bryan Cranston recovers from COVID-19, donates plasma

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Bryan Cranston said he contracted and recovered from COVID-19 and has donated his plasma because it contains antibodies. The actor best known for playing Walter White on AMC's "Breaking Bad" made the announcement in a video posted to Instagram on Thursday. ...

AP COVID-19 Question of the Week

Can the coronavirus spread through the air? Yes, it’s possible. The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions. Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in crowded indoor settings – restaurants, nightclubs and ...

Are virtual doctor visits safe for heart failure patients?

Follow-up visits for heart failure patients leaving the hospital can be done just as safely via telehealth as they can in person, according to a new study that also found making virtual visits an option doesn’t prevent missed appointments. “There are still a substantial number of people ...

Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

Amid the chaos of the pandemic's early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube ...

The Latest: Berlin protesters rally vs. virus restrictions

BERLIN — Protesters against coronavirus restrictions have gathered in Berlin for a demonstration titled "The end of the pandemic — freedom day." It comes amid increasing concern about an upturn in infections in Germany. A crowd of people whistling and cheering — and with few masks in ...

Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew

PARIS (AP) — Mexico now has the third most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind the United States and Brazil, while former success story Vietnam is struggling to control an outbreak spreading in its most famous beach resort. China reported a more than 50% drop in newly confirmed cases in a ...

Trump, GOP soften on opposition to $600 jobless benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up the economy and family budgets but expired Friday. President Donald Trump is eager to extend the benefit, undercutting ...

Students return to campus amid virus growth in some states

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first wave of college students returning to their dorms aren't finding the typical mobs of students and parents. What they found Friday were strict safety protocols and some heightened anxiety amid a global pandemic where virus infections are growing in dozens of ...

Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Families trying to squeeze in a summer vacation before school starts better do some homework on COVID-19 restrictions before loading up the minivan. The web of state and local quarantines is growing more tangled by the day: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ...

Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that he remains confident that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready by early next year, telling lawmakers that a quarter-million Americans already have volunteered to take part in clinical trials. But if the future looks encouraging, public ...

Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cameron Settles was swabbed for COVID-19 in mid-June at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and it took him eight days to get the results. "They originally told him that it would be five days," said Jenna Settles, his wife. "Then when he went to log ...

Fauci back on Capitol Hill as virus surge drives new fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill on Friday to testify before a special House panel investigating the coronavirus pandemic. His testimony comes at a time when early progress on combating the virus seems to have been lost and uncertainty clouds the nation's path ...