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Officials Say Reports of New U.S. Coronavirus Variant Are Inaccurate

The United States reported more than 300,000 cases in a day for the first time. President-elect Biden plans to release nearly all vaccine doses to states, rather than hold back supply to ensure timely second doses.

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Reports of a highly contagious new variant in the United States, published on Friday by multiple news outlets, are based on speculative statements made by Dr. Deborah Birx and are inaccurate, according to several government officials.

The erroneous report originated at…

The mutated strain of the coronavirus identified only recently in England is likely to have already spread throughout the United States, experts said Tuesday, even though it’s only been officially detected in isolated pockets of a handful of states so far. The strain is much more transmissible than the previous dominant strain, the latest evidence shows, and if something isn’t done quickly to rein in its spread, the pandemic could become dramatically more deadly on a daily basis.

The new strain, also called a variant, has not evolved to be inherently more deadly nor cause worse symptoms. But because…

7 Conversational Habits That Reveal Someone’s True Character

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You can tell a lot about someone after a few conversations. Are they inconsiderate, insecure, obnoxiously competitive, self-centered, overly sensitive, or just plain mean?

If they’re any of the above, they’ll drop subtle hints — the kind where you look back and think, “Oh, how did I not see it from the beginning? The signs were there.”

The warnings register as flickers of unease. You can sense something off, but you can’t quite pinpoint it, so you brush it aside. …


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