Virus roundup …  

    • More than 61,000 children in the U.S. were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week—more than in any other week during the pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association reported Monday. 

    • A study involving more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients in Houston found that the virus that causes the disease is accumulating genetic mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious. According to the paper published in the peer-reviewed journal mBIO, that mutation, called D614G, is located in the spike protein that pries open our cells for viral entry. It’s the largest peer-reviewed study of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences in one metropolitan region of the U.S. to date, according to Sci Tech Daily. 

    • Texas has surpassed California in recording the highest number of positive coronavirus tests in the U.S. so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation, the data from Sunday—the most recent available—says that there have been 938,503 cases in Texas, the nation’s second-most populous state.

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