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Here's why mouthwash is not going to save you from coronavirus
It's trending on social media and generating excited media reports -- another study showing an ingredient found in mouthwash can kill the coronavirus. In this case, it's as fast as 30 seconds.

But mouthwash is unlikely to ever be a solution to the pandemic, or even someone's own personal protection plan.

That's because many things can kill a virus on contact, but they're not going to stop the source of the virus.

"Yes. There is some data out there -- I am not saying it's great data -- that fill-in-the-blank substance inactivates or inhibits replication of coronavirus," Dr. Graham Snyder, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, told CNN.

Alcohol, chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide and a range of other compounds can all kill viruses on contact or shortly after.

But none of the studies recently released on preprint servers shows they can reduce the risk of either catching or transmitting the virus, Snyder points out.

Inside the human body, the virus is constantly replicating in the upper respiratory tract -- in the nose, the sinuses, the throat, bronchial tubes and lungs.

"It is still in your nose, in the fluid on your vocal cords, and in your lung airways," said Dr. Donald Milton, who studies the transmission of viruses at the University of Maryland.

"All of these and especially the vocal cords and lung airways are major sources of the virus in the air," Milton told CNN.

France becomes first country in Europe to reach 2 million coronavirus cases
France has become the first country in Europe to top 2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and the French national health agency.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, France's health agency director Jerome Salomon confirmed at least 2,036,755 total cases had been reported in the country.

Over 1 million US children have been diagnosed with Covid-19, pediatricians say
"As of Nov. 12, a total of 1,039,464 children have tested positive for Covid-19 since the onset of the pandemic. In the one-week period ending Nov. 12, there were 111,946 new cases in children, which is substantially larger than any previous week in the pandemic," the groups said in a joint statement.

... "As a pediatrician who has practiced medicine for over three decades, I find this number staggering and tragic," said Dr. Sally Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents pediatricians. "We haven't seen a virus flash through our communities in this way since before we had vaccines for measles and polio."

Because most children appear to have few or no symptoms, case counts in kids are thought to be widely underreported.

Trump is furious because he thinks Biden will get the credit for coronavirus vaccine developments, report says
  • President Donald Trump is furious that President-elect Joe Biden's administration may take all the credit for the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine, according to The Daily Beast.
  • The president had hoped to brandish the success of Operation Warp Speed at packed, mask-free rallies during a second term, the outlet reported.
  • He has fixated on a successful vaccine to secure his legacy, and multiple reports suggest he pinned his reelection hopes on releasing one before Election Day.
  • But the two most promising vaccine candidates — one developed with the help of Trump's Operation Warp Speed — announced the success of their final trials after Election Day.
  • Trump has reacted bitterly to the timings of these announcements, even accusing one of delaying its results until after Election Day.
The president has largely delegated his administration's coronavirus response efforts. But he has taken an enormous interest in a vaccine, and multiple reports over the last months have suggested that he strongly tied it to both his reelection hopes and his future legacy.

Two people with knowledge of Trump's private comments told The Daily Beast that he had hoped to hold packed, mask-free rallies during a second term, where he would bask in touting Operation Warp Speed's success.

He also planned to take a leading role in promoting the vaccine, and hold press conferences admonishing the media for skeptical coverage about the COVID-19 crisis, the sources said.

"The president has been looking forward to showing that he was right and the media was wrong," one source told The Daily Beast.

Top US doctors are urging Trump to cooperate with Biden and share COVID-19 data 'to save countless lives'
  • A trio of top US healthcare organizations have written an open letter to President Donald Trump urging him to share critical coronavirus data with President-elect Joe Biden.
  • The president has so far refused to authorize or comply with any presidential transition, locking Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris out of access to top-level information.
  • The American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and the American Hospitals Association said in their letter that coordination "could save countless lives."
  • Trump has so far refused to share any transition data with Biden's team, and has been criticized by the President-elect for his failure to do so.
  • The White House did not immediately respond to Insider's query about the letter.
"Real-time data and information on the supply of therapeutics, testing supplies, personal protective equipment, ventilators, hospital bed capacity and workforce availability to plan for further deployment of the nation's assets needs to be shared to save countless lives," they wrote.

"As providers of care for all Americans, we see the suffering that is occurring in our communities due to COVID-19," they wrote, describing the heartbreaking impact of the virus on families, children and — disproportionately — people of color.