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Health Highlights: June 17, 2020


Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Some U.S. Restaurants Closing Again Due to Coronavirus Resurgence

A resurgence of the new coronavirus in certain states that began lifting pandemic restrictions has forced some restaurants that had reopened to again close their doors.

Public health experts had warned about such problems if social distancing rules were eased, CBS News reported.

After weeks of lockdown, Texas started easing restrictions May 1. But in and around Houston, at least a dozen restaurants recently shut down to sanitize their businesses and test employees after new cases of the coronavirus.

Similar situations have occurred in other states where social distancing measures were rolled back, including Florida and Arizona, CBS News reported.

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Children, Teens Half as Likely as Adults to Develop COVID-19

Children and teens are about half as likely as those 20 and older to develop COVID-19, a new study says.

Researchers analyzed data from China, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Canada and South Korea and concluded that younger people appear less likely to develop COVID-19 after contact with an infected person and could have less severe illness, CNN reported.

They said that clinical symptoms of COVID-19 develop in about 21% of those ages 10-19, compared with about 69% of those 70 and older.

The study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the U.K. was published in the journal Nature Medicine.

In the U.S., adults account for most of the known COVID-19 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Health Insurers Shouldn't Charge Copays for Coronavirus Vaccine: U.S. Officials

Health insurance companies are expected to cover vaccines for the new coronavirus without charging copays, U.S. officials say.

At a media briefing Tuesday, a senior White House officials said the government has been in discussions with insurers about covering coronavirus vaccination at no cost to patients, the Associated Press reported.

No vaccines are yet available, but potential vaccines are in early trials.

The insurance industry previously pledged to cover testing for the coronavirus without charging copays, the AP reported.

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