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COVID-19 mortality rates are going down, according to studies of two large hospital systems, partly thanks to improvements in treatment. Here, clinicians care for a patient in July at an El Centro, Calif., hospital. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Studies Point To Big Drop In COVID-19 Death Rates

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Open enrollment is about to start for those buying private insurance off state or federal exchanges. PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Images hide caption

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Recruiting patients for medical studies has been challenging during the pandemic, especially older people who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. Getty Images hide caption

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A Big Alzheimer's Drug Study Is Proceeding Cautiously Despite The Pandemic

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Mental health advocates say 988, a simple three-digit number, will be easier for people to remember in the midst of a mental health emergency. T2 Images/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

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New Law Creates 988 Hotline For Mental Health Emergencies

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People wait in the shade while in line to get coronavirus tests in Revere, Mass. David L. Ryan/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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More than 700 Americans die each day of COVID-19. If case counts continue to rise into the winter, that number could nearly triple, one forecast projects. Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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While coronavirus vaccine trials are ongoing and a U.S. vaccine has yet to be approved, state health officials are planning ahead for how to eventually immunize a large swath of the population. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Facing Many Unknowns, States Rush To Plan Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Tobacco plants are being used in the development of COVID-19 vaccines. One is already being tested in humans. Rehman Asad/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Tobacco Plants Contribute Key Ingredient For COVID-19 Vaccine

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Brain cells that monitor liquid, mineral and salt levels in the body influence what types of drinks we crave when thirsty. Krisanapong Detraphiphat/Getty Images hide caption

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Water Or A Sports Drink? These Brain Cells May Decide Which One We Crave

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Amid the pandemic, Americans are experiencing sleeplessness, headaches, stomach upset and more symptoms of chronic stress. Robin Utrecht/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing Workforce Barely 'Inching Up' As Cases Surge

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