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Updates on the Coronavirus in the U.S.

Most will agree that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted just about every aspect of human life in America and the world over. In saying that, we should also recognize that there are several strains of this virus, including those that are synonymous with the common cold and flu. The one that has upended life as we know it in America and abroad is a relatively new one known as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this new virus strain is spread mainly through respiratory droplets, which go into the air when infected individuals are laughing, coughing, sneezing, or even talking.

For this reason, the CDC, the World Health Organization, and many epidemiologists routinely advocate wearing face masks. And this is not too surprising given that face masks can prevent respiratory droplets from entering the airway of non-infected individuals, which, in turn, slows the spread of the virus. This sentiment is one that is shared by Robert R. Redfield, the 18th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. In an article published by CNBC, a go-to for business news and real-time financial market coverage, Dr. Redfield says that a face mask might provide more protection against the coronavirus than a vaccine.

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