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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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College to begin offering abortion pill on campus

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Barnard College, a partner campus of Columbia University, will be rolling out a plan in May that involves supplying students with abortion pills, the Columbia Spectator reported. The plan to provide the abortion service in the form of mifepristone abortion pills to students was initially announced in the fall of 2022 after the overturning of Roe. V Wade, according to the Spectator. However, the rollout’s delay has been partially attributed to an August 2023 grant the college received, which allowed Barnard to join a large network of primary care providers that will help steer the college through the procedures.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports Barnard’s Primary Care Health Service will host student focus groups in upcoming weeks to find out student perspectives about the service and to identify new ways to support students considering abortion. “We wanted to make sure that we’re addressing this from every angle that will be supportive of students,” Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett, director of Medical Services and Quality Improvement of Barnard, told the Spectator. Anderson-Burnett also said it has expanded the availability of its abortion providers to after-hours and year-round.

Barnard has six medical professionals, including two physicians and four nurse practitioners, who are capable of performing the procedure, Mariana Catallozzi, vice president for Health and Wellness and chief health officer of Barnard, told the Spectator. The school also launched a partnership with AccessNurse, a medical call center that will assist with patient concerns related to abortions.

“The training doesn’t end with the clinicians,” Anderson-Burnett told the Spectator. “Clinicians are trained on the actual provision, but there’s also an overall training that will be provided to key partners and stakeholders across the campus because we want every step, every touchpoint, to be supportive and to be trauma-informed and to be patient-valued and centered but also respect confidentiality and privacy.”

The University of Massachusetts Amherst spent more than $650,000 to stock abortion pills in March 2023 at the request of Democratic Maryland Gov. Maura Healey. Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill in May 2023 forcing college in the state to stock abortion pills on campus.

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