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Today in healthcare news: The inside story of Dr. Ala Stanford’s work to solve coronavirus testing problems for Black communities in Philadelphia, why herd immunity isn’t a great strategy, and the reasons you shouldn’t stress about getting COVID-19 from an Airbnb. 

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A doctor who caters to celebrities changed her plans to focus on helping the poorest parts of Philadelphia battle the coronavirus

  • Dr. Ala Stanford was running a concierge medicine business whose patients included Hollywood actor Will Smith.
  • When the coronavirus started spreading across America, Stanford saw that Black Americans were being hit hardest.
  • She created a program that offered free testing right in people’s neighborhoods.
  • Now, she wants to focus the future of her career on helping low-income people.

Read the full story from Kimberly Leonard here>> 

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US President Donald Trump talks to staff and guests in the crowd as he checks out the stage where later in the night he will deliver his acceptance speech as the 2020 Republican presidential nominee during the final event of the 2020 Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House, August 27, 2020.

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Pursuing herd immunity is a non-strategy that could cause mass death without boosting the economy. A Trump adviser may be pushing for it.

  • Scott Atlas, who’s serving as a pandemic adviser to President Trump, has pushed for the US to take the Swedish approach, The Washington Post reported.
  • Sweden allowed the coronavirus to spread in a bid for herd immunity — a point at which enough people become immune to a virus to stop its further spread.
  • Sweden now has far higher death rates than neighboring countries, along with more significant economic losses.
  • Reaching herd immunity without a vaccine would require a huge portion of the US population to get sick, possibly killing millions.

Read the full story from Morgan McFall-Johnsen here>>

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Why you shouldn’t stress about getting the coronavirus from a stay in an Airbnb

  • Experts say the risk of catching COVID-19 during an Airbnb stay is low if the space properly cleaned.
  • Viral particles can survive for a time on high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, remote controls, and cloth fabric, but the coronavirus does not spread easily from surfaces.
  • Some Airbnb rentals may be safer than a hotel, since guests don’t share areas like lobbies or concierge counters.

Read the full story from Aylin Woodward here>>

More stories we’re reading:

  • A US advisory group laid out its recommendations for who should get a coronavirus vaccine first (Stat News)
  • New York City plans to reopen schools for in-person learning in September, becoming the biggest city to do so (Business Insider)
  • Florida cut ties with Quest Diagnostics after the lab withheld 75,000 coronavirus tests (Tampa Bay Times)
  • 23 bus passengers contracted coronavirus from 1 infected person. No one was wearing a mask.(Business Insider)

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