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lightning deaths

Deaths from lightning strikes may be the lowest ever in 2020

October 7th, 2020

The death toll from lightning strikes in the United States is at a record low. Fewer people are dying from being struck by lightning than in years past, due to a variety of factors. Less intense thunderstorms may be temporarily skewing the numbers down. The coronavirus pandemic has cost well over 200,000 lives in the …

US coronavirus death toll

Coronavirus deaths in the US will likely double over the next four months

September 4th, 2020

The US coronavirus death toll could reach 410,000 by January 1st, according to the latest projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Over 186,000 people in the US have died from COVID-19, but that number could more than double if the country doesn’t change its approach to the coronavirus pandemic. A universal …

Coronavirus human challenge trials

US is making its own coronavirus strain for human challenge trials

August 14th, 2020

According to Reuters, US scientists are attempting to manufacture a strain of the novel coronavirus that they could use to intentionally infect participants in human challenge trials. Human challenge trials “are trials in which participants are intentionally challenged with an infectious disease organism,” according to the World Health Organization. Even if challenge trials for vaccines …