Oct 24, 2020 by

1. Coronavirus patients are pushing U.S. hospitals to the brink — again
Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times
The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in the U.S. has risen by 40 percent in the past month, while the number of new cases reported on Thursday approached the record of nearly 76,000 set on July 16. (This was what the country looked like on that day — arguably the worst of the pandemic in the U.S. to that point.)
Cases continued to mount on Friday, nearing the record amid a new surge of outbreaks as cold weather sets in. Thirteen states have added more new cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch. Above, a hospital in Milwaukee.
President Trump has promised a coronavirus vaccine in the next few weeks, but what happens once it’s distributed? The administration quietly closed a vaccine safety office last year, hampering efforts to track long-term safety and efficacy.

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