‘Very alarming’ coronavirus testing trend emerges in Toronto, Ontario passes testing milestone

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Quebec’s health minister says it’s ‘really hard’ to figure out where COVID-19 cases originated

As COVID-19 cases continue to reach record levels in Quebec, health minister Christian Dubé continues to urge people to “stay home” as much as possible.

He explained that in the first wave of COVID-19, many cases were linked to travel and eventually brought into long-term care homes, and there was “very little” community transmission.

“It’s really hard to say, when you have a student being diagnosed at school, where he got it,” Dubé said. “Did he get it from his parents, did he get it from his friends, from an uncle who who got it at work?”

The health minister revealed that Quebec hospitals are ready for the hospitalization rates forecasted “for the next month” but stressed that people shouldn’t “test the hospital system” and need to follow the public health measures in

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Diversity emerges as key challenge for coronavirus drug trials

The coronavirus pandemic has hit disproportionately hard in Black and Hispanic communities, where infection rates and death rates have reached staggering levels. 

But as scientists race to develop vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and treatments for the COVID-19 disease it causes, many trials are struggling to enroll people from those very communities.

Government and private sector scientists trying to enroll tens of thousands of Americans in a handful of studies of potential coronavirus vaccines are working overtime to reach out to underrepresented communities. But they have reported running up against rumors and misinformation in minority communities in places like Seattle and New York City, where mistrust remains deeply rooted. 

That mistrust comes from America’s long history of discrimination against minority groups, some of whom have been used as human guinea pigs for sadistic experiments.  

The U.S. Public Health Service denied treatment to 600 Black men who had syphilis, even after

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Coronavirus mutation emerges that may outmaneuver mask-wearing and hand-washing

A new preliminary study involving more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus suggests one of the virus’s many mutations may be more contagious than the others, according to a report from The Washington Post

The study, which has not been peer-reviewed, conducted by researchers from Houston Methodist Hospital, found the strain known as the D614G mutation was responsible for close to every coronavirus infection in Houston this summer, during Texas’s second wave of infections. 

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The mutation did not make the virus deadlier or change clinical outcomes, according to researchers. 

All viruses mutate and most of the random changes to the genetic sequence are considered to be insignificant, however, researchers found people infected with this particular strain had higher viral loads in their

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