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When Young People Get COVID-19, Infections Soon Rise Among Older Adults

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As college campuses grapple with outbreaks of coronavirus infections, research from the CDC suggests young adults are driving infection rates, putting older, more vulnerable people at risk.

More Than 600,000 Child Cases Reported Of COVID-19, But Severe Illness Is 'Rare'

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In a survey of data reported by 49 states and four other jurisdictions, the American Academy of Pediatrics said the infection rate for COVID-19 is 829 per 100,000 children in the population.

Nearly Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Face Financial Trouble

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Plus, of all U.S. homes that include someone with a disability, 63% report serious financial hardship during the pandemic, and 37% have used up all or most of their savings.

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Novavax Researcher Says No Chance Of A 'Shortcut' In Vaccine Safety

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Vaccine maker Novavax is starting a large coronavirus vaccine trial in the U.K. Gregory Glenn, the company's president of research and development, talks with NPR about how vaccines are tested.

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Leaders Indicted At Soldiers' Home Where At Least 76 People Died In COVID-19 Outbreak

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Two leaders at the facility in Holyoke were allegedly responsible for deciding "to combine 42 veterans – some COVID-positive, and others not even showing any symptoms of COVID – into a single unit."

For Inmates With COVID-19, Anxiety and Isolation Make Prison 'Like A Torture Chamber'

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NPR's Noel King checks in with John J. Lennon, an inmate at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, about the impact COVID-19 has had on prison life six months into the pandemic.

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Heart Disease Bankrupted Him Once. Now He Faces Another $10,000 Medical Bill

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A cook at a senior center, Matthew Fentress is one of millions of Americans whose skimpy health insurance plans leave them vulnerable to huge out-of-pocket costs when they get sick.

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Trump Administration Plans Crackdown On Hospitals Failing To Report COVID-19 Data

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Draft documents obtained by NPR show that the federal government is preparing to enforce new data reporting requirements, threatening to withhold vital Medicare funding from non-compliant hospitals.

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'No One Can Live Off $240 A Week': Many Americans Struggle To Pay Rent, Bills

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One in six households reported missing or delaying paying bills just so they could buy food in a new NPR poll. And many are having trouble paying the rent, especially African Americans and Latinos.

Why Tens Of Thousands Of People Are Key To Testing A COVID-19 Vaccine

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Volunteers getting the shot help determine if a candidate vaccine works. But what with social distancing and masks, scientists must discern if it's the shot or these other measures preventing illness.

After Aerosols Misstep, Former CDC Official Criticizes Agency Over Unclear Messaging

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Dr. Ali Khan, a former CDC official, says "it's becoming harder to trust what CDC tells us" after the agency posted, then deleted, information on coronavirus transmission. It's the latest flip-flop.

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Parents, Child Charged After Underage Drinking Party Led School To Online Classes

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The party, which police estimate had at least 50 students in attendance, led to the local high school delaying in-person learning by two weeks as a precaution against COVID-19.

CDC's Halloween Guidelines Warn Against Typical Trick-Or-Treating

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Door-to-door trick-or-treating and crowded costume parties are out, and haunted forests and outdoor movie nights are in. "If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised," the CDC says.

With Limited COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Who Would Get Them First?

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A CDC advisory committee is debating this issue Tuesday. Half of U.S. adults could be considered high priority, yet the initial supply is likely to be only enough for 3% to 5% of the population.

Rural Hospitals Teeter On Financial Cliff As COVID-19 Medicare Loans Come Due

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The federal loans were meant to help hospitals survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet they're coming due now — at a time when many rural hospitals are still desperate for help.

As U.S. Nears 200,000 Dead, Hospital Staff Reflect On Those Lost

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Front-line workers in Houston, Seattle and New York City tell NPR about their experiences in hospitals over the last six months. "2020 can't keep going like this," one doctor says.