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NM Highlights: New public health order. First coronavirus death in state prison. NM case count. ABQ black lives matter protest. Santa Fe Fiesta canceled. U2 drummer donated to Navajo. US Highlights: Americans’ COVID-19 survey. Immunity for essential businesses in 4 states. International Highlights: Tiananmen Square closed to vigil. Shared approaches helpful for Africa. Economics, Workforce, Supply Chain, PPE: Face masks effective. Distance and Mask combined key to success. Economic effect on dental practice. Dow predicted to fall before new high. Epidemiology Highlights: Other causes of death increase. Virus not losing potency. Protests may spread virus. Wastewater surveillance. Healthcare Policy Recommendations: Recommendations for opening K-12. Air disinfection. Youth sports guidelines. External debt payments. Practice Guidelines: Algorithm for treatment timing based on clinical, lab and imaging results. The 5th edition of Research Data Alliance guidelines on COVID-19 management is available. Testing: Rapid point-of-care nucleic acid amplification testing performance. Cold-chain free testing validation and implementation. Drugs, Vaccines, Therapies, Clinical Trials: Two-tier screen identifies four potential treatments. Warp Speed vaccine short list. RAAS inhibitors protective. Cytokine storm review. Reduced lab monitoring for clozapine use. Lilly starts Phase I AbCellera trial. 82 new trials registered. Other Science: Breast milk does not transmit virus. Brainstem involvement and respiratory failure. Greater risk of cytokine storm in blacks than whites. Co-infection rates in hospitals. Purifying selection in SARS-CoV-2 evolution. Poor outcomes with perioperative infection. Mental health in Chinese doctors. Pandemic impact on education.


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