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CDC says COVID-19 mutating & becoming more contagious but not more lethal

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The CDC noted that the Covid-19 virus is continuing to mutate and experts believe it is becoming more contagious but not any more lethal, according to new research.

The CDC study analyzed 5,000 genetic sequences of the virus, which appears to be continuing to mutate throughout the epidemic. However, the study did not find that mutations of the virus have made it more lethal. According to a report in the Washington Post, public health experts said the mutations are normal and all viruses have them, most of which are insignificant.

Currently, the Fall has seen an increase of COVID-19 in certain states. Medical experts have continued to warn that the virus is expected to spread during the Fall and Winter seasons, as most viruses do.

Coronavirus cases have increased by at least 10 percent or more compared to the week before in 21 states

CNN reported that as of Sunday, the number of new coronavirus cases has increased by at least 10 percent or more compared to the week before in 21 states. They noted that most of increases of the virus were in the West, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

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FL bans puberty blockers, transgender surgery for minors

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Breaking Friday, Florida’s Board of Medicine and state Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to ban puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery for minors in the state.

“The chief point of agreement among all of the experts — and I must emphasize this — is that there is a pressing need for additional, high-quality clinical research,” said the board of medicine’s chair, Dr. David A. Diamond, a radiation oncologist.

More than 70 percent of children with gender dysphoria “typically outgrow” it, City Journal reported earlier this year.

National Review reports:

The board of medicine voted 6-3, with five others not present, on Friday to forbid doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and hormones or performing surgeries until a patient is 18. Exceptions will be made for children who are already receiving the treatment.

The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine also voted to ban the use of puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery in new patients who are minors but allowed an exception for children enrolled in clinical studies.

Florida is also one of at least nine states that prohibits Medicaid coverage of gender-transition services.

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