Sep 20, 2017

Trump's misleading tweet on pre-existing conditions

Trump was mostly incorrect about Graham-Cassidy protecting people with pre-existing conditions. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

President Trump claims the GOP health care bill being considered by the Senate would protect people with pre-existing conditions:

Fact check: The bill doesn't touch the Affordable Care Act's requirement that insurers offer coverage to sick people. But it does allow states to waive the ACA's ban on charging people with pre-existing conditions higher premiums than healthy people. States can also waive the requirement that plans cover certain benefits, which many sick people use and could thus have to pay for out-of-pocket.

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Trump weighs quarantine of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — states that have already taken steps to quarantine residents and promote social distancing.

The big picture: With 112,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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Q&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S., Axios is answering readers' questions about the pandemic — how it spreads, who's at risk, and what you can do to stay safe.

What's new: This week, we answer five questions on smokers' vulnerability, food safety, visiting older parents, hair cut needs, and rural vs. urban impact.

The other coronavirus test we need

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Researchers are racing to develop tests that detect whether someone may have developed immunity to the coronavirus, which could help society return to normal faster.

Why it matters: These tests could help people know if they are able to go back to work, as well as aid researchers in tracking the scale and death rate of the disease — key data for current and future pandemic policies.

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