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× Super spreader: A funeral, a birthday party and a trail of death

WASHINGTON --- Back in late February, when the US thought it had sealed itself off from the coronavirus, a Chicago resident with mild respiratory symptoms went to pay his respects at a funeral as a friend of the family.

Three days later, he would celebrate at a birthday party with his own relatives.

The man, who was unaware he had the COVID-19 illness, set off a chain of transmissions that infected…