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While some have been quick to celebrate the country's successes in the fight against coronavirus, one thing is still clear: The pandemic is far from over in the U.

S. With new cases rising in some states, it appears that things may be headed in the wrong direction in certain areas. Now, as fall approaches and with flu season around the corner, states that avoided earlier surges are beginning to see COVID spread fast.

The infection rate is one of the metrics that medical experts use to gauge COVID outbreaks, measuring how many other people someone with the virus will pass it along to on average. If the number is less than one, it means things are slowing down; if it's above one, the virus is spreading. As of Sept. 16, these are the five states where the infection rate is currently the highest, based on data collected by Covid Act Now. And if you're wondering how COVID sticks with patients, here are The 98 Longest Lasting COVID Symptoms You Need to Know About.

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Vision 2020: How does early voting work in the US election?

WASHINGTON (AP) — What states vote early and when are these votes counted?

All states allow some form of early voting, be it by casting votes in person at polling places, voting by mail, or both. But each state has its own rules and timelines on when this occurs. Some started in September. Some don’t start until mid-October, or even closer to Election Day on Nov. 3.

Just as there are 50 different timelines for early voting, there are 50 different ones for how the votes are counted. Some states allow the “processing” of mail-in ballots — the often time-consuming flattening and opening of envelopes, verifying signatures and sorting ballots into the correct piles for tabulation — to begin as many as three weeks before Election Day. Some only allow it to begin on Election Day itself, which can lead to a chaotic and lengthy count.

That’s the process in several key swing states. Democrats fear this will delay the count of mail-in ballots, expected to heavily favor Democrats, and give President Donald Trump a phony early lead that he could seize on to declare the election over.

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