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What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, November 18

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Dolly Parton is being hailed for saving the world from Covid-19.

It may be a slight exaggeration, but for her many fans, Parton's $1 million donation this spring to fund coronavirus research at Vanderbilt University, which worked with biotechnology company Moderna to develop a promising Covid-19 vaccine, is yet another example of the altruism that makes the star considered a national treasure.

And, as cases surge across the country, Americans are becoming less reluctant to take a coronavirus vaccine, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, which showed that 58% of adults surveyed were willing to be inoculated.

The patchwork of new restrictions came as Dr. Fauci said Tuesday that the nation needed "a uniform approach" against the pandemic, rather than a scattershot state-by-state response.

The US Food and Drug Administration has green-lit an emergency use authorization for the first self-administered Covid-19 test that can be carried out entirely at home, offering a potential route for more widespread, rapid diagnostic testing to be made available outside of healthcare settings.

The test could help fill gaps in current testing capacity and curb the virus' spread -- allowing positive cases to be more quickly identified and isolated -- but health experts have cautioned that data about its accuracy is still emerging.

After overcoming a serious brush with Covid-19 earlier this year, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-quarantining again following his close contact at Downing Street with a lawmaker who subsequently tested positive.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, 87, has tested positive for Covid-19.

A Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine in mid-stage trials appears to be safe, according to a new study.

You may have heard the terms "percent positive," "test positivity rate" or "positivity rate" used to describe how dire the Covid-19 outbreak is in your area.

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