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NM Highlights: NM case count. Navajo Nation case update. Largest COVID-19 surge in Taos. ABQ BioPark to reopen. NM public schools reopening plan. NM unemployment claims. Rise in domestic and sexual abuse. US Highlights: Protests inspire fear of surge. Trump withdraws from WHO. Last aid bill. No new NY patients. ICE detainees sick. International Highlights: South Korea schools close. Undercounting in Russia. South African overburdened health care system. Economics, Workforce, Supply Chain, PPE: Reusable protection system. Protective household products. Longterm economic challenges. Epidemiology Highlights: Estimate virus reproduction numbers. Hypertension & cardiovascular disease impact on mortality. Gastrointestinal manifestations. Healthcare Policy Recommendations: Immunity passports are bad idea. Evaluation of hand WHO-recommended products. Opioid use-related challenges of COVID-19 management. Practice Guidelines: NICE guidelines on COVID-19 and acute kidney injury. Example of rapid conversion of an outpatient psychiatric hospital to a virtual telepsychiatry clinic. JAMA recommendations on conducting and reporting COVID-19 clinical research. Testing: Comparison of 4 antigen tests. Validation of antibody assays. Drugs, Vaccines, Therapies, Clinical Trials: Encouraging results of Ruxolitinib phase II RCT. Benefits of adjunctive herbal medicine. Potential inhibitors of viral protease screened. Anticoagulation alone is unlikely to protect from COVID-19 related morbidity and mortality. Open access database Covid19db for COVID-19 drugs. 49 new trials registered. Other Science: COVID-19 collateral damage. Telomere length and COVID-19 outcomes. Wastewater RNA early warning. Neurologic manifestation review. MRI reveals predominant anosmia cases. Self-quarantine weight gain. Immunosuppression vs. cytokine storm. Combatting misinformation.


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