Source: Healio Coverage
October 27, 2020
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Top in ID: COVID-19 case counts, spike in US death rate

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During a special session at IDWeek, Anthony S. Fauci, MD, said many countries, including the United States, are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. It was the top story in infectious disease last week.

Another top story was about new data showing a 20% spike in mortality during a 4-month period in the U.S.

COVID-19 deaths infographic
Source: Bilinski A, et al. JAMA. 2020;doi:10.1001/jama.2020.20717.

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