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Nurses are applauded by police and firefighters as they leave Kaiser Hospital at the end of their shift on May 14, 2020 in South San Francisco, California.

62,000 healthcare workers in the US have tested positive for the coronavirus, the CDC says. The number is likely far higher.

It is the first CDC update in six weeks, in which time the number of US healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 has increased sevenfold.

Why the CDC’s coronavirus data is so bad

Nonstandardized data, a built-in lag in reporting, and political pressure contribute to the CDC's incomplete picture of COVID-19.
A girl wears gloves and mask before going to the park after children under 14 years are allowed to leave their homes in Turkey on May 13, 2020.

The CDC is warning doctors about the mysterious inflammation disease found in children and linked to COVID-19

The CDC issued an advisory about a "multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children" associated with the coronavirus and recorded in multiple countries.
A graphic released by the CDC alongside its study into the choir, outlining how the virus spread through the group.

An infamous Washington choir practice led to 53 COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths — and could have been down to a ‘super-emitter’ in the c...

53 of 61 people who sang with the Skagit Valley Chorale in March were infected, and the CDC says it shows what can happen with no social distancing.

Top White House officials shelved guidance for reopening the US despite CDC approval

The first 17 pages of the expert guidance was initially released by the AP on May 7, after the White House killed its release on April 30.
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Robert Redfield testifies about coronavirus preparedness and response to the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 12, 2020.

CDC director says he’ll keep working with WHO despite Trump’s plans to cut funding to the agency

Redfield said the CDC and WHO have a "long history of working together," and that would continue moving forward.
A hospital worker with a medical mask.

Countries, cities, and health authorities all over the world are reconsidering their coronavirus advice that most people don’t need to wear mask...

Health authorities in Europe and the US had said that wearing a mask was not effective protection for most people. Now some may change that guidance.
A doctor holds a N95 medical respiratory mask.

The CDC is said to be considering asking people to cover their face in public — but would reserve masks for medical workers

So far, the CDC advises social distancing, handwashing, and staying home as the main ways to avoid the coronavirus. Medics have lacked equipment.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, dry cough, and difficulty breathing.

Microsoft and the CDC have built an AI-powered coronavirus chatbot that can help you figure out whether you need to go to the hospital

The CDC's tool helps people in the US determine if they should seek medical treatment, but isn't meant for the diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.
Young people are also getting sick from COVID-19.

Nearly 30% of US coronavirus cases have been among people 20-44 years old, the CDC says — showing that young people are getting sick, too

While older age groups have higher death rates, the CDC's numbers show that younger people are far from immune to COVID-19.