ICYMI: Read Republicans' coronavirus liability protection plan
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Welcome back! Hope everyone's week is off to a good start. Today's healthcare news: the leaked draft of Republicans' plan to protect businesses from coronavirus lawsuits, a failed attempt at testing aspiring surgeons online, and confusion around the high percentage of children in Florida testing positive for COVID-19.
Read the draft of Republicans' plan to protect businesses from coronavirus lawsuits that's circulating among lawmakers and the White House
- The Senate is returning to Capitol Hill next week to debate the next
- Republicans want liability protections for employers so they can be confident about reopening.
- So far, lawsuits have been filed against cruises, meatpacking plants, nursing homes, and Walmart.
- Business Insider obtained a copy of the draft plan from Republicans.
More than 1,000 aspiring surgeons couldn't take a critical online exam after the system failed. Now, they're left worried if it'll ever happen.
- An exam taken by surgeons in the US saw its online system fail Thursday, leaving more than 1,000 aspiring surgeons in the dark on when — or if — they will take the test.
- The test is a critical and costly part of transitioning from medical resident to a board-certified surgeon.
- Four aspiring surgeons, speaking anonymously to Business Insider, said they are frustrated.
- "I have to start working," one said. "I don't have the financial security to sit back for a month and not be paid."
- Health officials in Florida say that of the 54,022 kids who have been tested for COVID-19, 16,797 — or roughly 31% — have tested positive.
- The average positivity rate for COVID-19 among all ages in Florida is about 11%.
- Infectious disease specialists say the number of children who have tested positive is inarguably high, but it's still not clear whether children easily spread the disease.
More stories we're reading:
- Walgreens is working with DoorDash to provide OTC medications and snacks (The Verge)
- I was a health-insurance exec for 20 years and shamefully lied to Americans about the drawbacks of a single-payer system. I'm coming clean amid the disastrous response to the pandemic. (Business Insider)
- Goldman Sachs thinks Moderna could have results filed with regulators for its vaccine earlier than expected (Bloomberg)
- Orange County's school reopening plan is melting down day by day — and parents in the California enclave are calling each other 'maskholes' and 'covidiots' all over Facebook (Business Insider)
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