Coronavirus Live Updates: Judge Blocks Green Card Wealth Tests, Citing Pandemic Hardships

Here’s what you need to know: ImageTaking the oath of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony in New York, this month.Credit…Frank Franklin Ii/Associated Press A judge halted a wealth test for green cards during the pandemic. A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from moving forward with plans to deny green cards for permanent…

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Group-based smoking cessation help US inmates quit tobacco

Behavioral and nicotine replacement therapies offered together can help people who are incarcerated quit smoking, according to Rutgers researchers. The study published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, found that the combination of group-based tobacco dependence treatment and nicotine replacement therapy was an effective and feasible option to reduce tobacco dependence among men who…

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National Academies publishes guide to help public officials make sense of COVID-19 data

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, officials across the country have had to make decisions about opening and closing schools, businesses and community facilities. They have relied in large part on information about the pandemic — from hospitalization statistics to test results — to inform these decisions. But different facts and figures about COVID-19 can paint…

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W. Ian Lipkin advising on health protocols for 2020 Democratic Convention

W. Ian Lipkin, MD, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, is developing the health protocols for the August 17-20 Democratic National Convention, which will combine a scaled-back convention in Milwaukee and remote programming, in consideration of COVID-19 risks. In June, the Democratic National Convention…

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Local COVID-19 forecasts by AI

Despite efforts throughout the United States last spring to suppress the spread of the novel coronavirus, states across the country have experienced spikes in the past several weeks. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation has climbed to more than 3.5 million since the start of the pandemic. Public officials in many states,…

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