Holidays are usually for gatherings but many gatherings are complicated or canceled due to COVID-19.
The U.S. was close to 8 million coronavirus cases on Friday – less than a month after reaching 7 million – amid a surge that resulted in a higher number of cases in 41 states last week, according to USA TODAY review.
Due to the COVID-19 cases that have become popular all over the country, Dr. Anthony Fauci against throwing big celebrations for Thanksgiving, called it a “danger” to gather in indoor settings with people from out of town. His own family, he shared, was canceling plans.
And on Thursday, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden discussed the coronavirus while dueling in town halls.
On ABC, Biden said he would support the production of the mandatory vaccine in COVID-19. But, he acknowledged, he could not force people to take the vaccine when it was available.
Meanwhile, on NBC, Trump said he did not remember if he tested negative on the day of his debate against Biden on September 29.
Some significant developments:
- A CDC report found that indoor sports could be “super-spreader” events after one player infected 14 others at a Florida indoor hockey game.
- A new study conducted for the Department of Defense found that the planes were unlikely to spread COVID-19, thanks to the high cost of air exchange, filtered by HEPA-filtered reassembly and downward ventilation located in modern jets.
- Nearly 8,000 travelers arrived in Hawaii on Thursday, the first day of a pre-travel program that allows tourists to forgo quarantine if they are tested.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canada-US border would remain closed until America controls the outbreak of coronavirus.
- Democratic candidate for vice president Sen. Kamala Harris travels the campaign until Sunday after two years associated with the campaign being positive for COVID-19.
📈 Numbers now: The US reported more than 7.9 million cases and 217,700 death, according to Johns Hopkins data. There are over 38.9 million confirmed cases worldwide and nearly 1.1 million deaths. A study in USA NOW found 14 states set records for new cases in a week while two states had a record number of deaths in a week.
📰 What we are reading: The pandemic and the subsequent recession have been unfortunate for the students, but they have reached particularly hard for the community college students who face many obstacles in their path to earn a degree.
️ Coronavirus mapping: Track US outbreaks, state by state.
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Fauci: Having a big Thanksgiving celebration is ‘a risk’
You may need to cancel any major Thanksgiving plans this year, Dr. warns. Anthony Fauci, the leading expert on infectious diseases in the United States.
Speaking to “CBS Evening News,” Fauci was wary of “gathering in an indoor setting” with large groups of out-of-town guests. “It’s unfortunate because it’s a sacred part of American tradition – family gatherings around Thanksgiving,” he said. “But that’s a risk.”
He added that his own family canceled its plans for Thanksgiving because of his age which puts him at increased risk of COVID-19.
WHO study found that remdesivir has ‘little to no’ benefits for COVID-19 patients
The effectiveness of remdesivir, an experimental drug that is part of President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 treatment plan, was questioned after a massive World Health Organization study of more than 10,000 patients in 30 countries was found “little or no effect.”
The researchers, according to a preliminary print study, also studied hydroxychloroquine, the controversial anti-malaria drug that Trump repeatedly mentioned despite health officials’ warnings. public, lopinavir anti-HIV drug, used in the outbreak of SARS, and interferon.
None of the drugs have a major benefit for mortality, ventilation rates or length of hospitalization.
The drug manufacturer Gilead, in a statement, questioned the findings, called their data “inconsistent” and cited other studies that proved the drug to be effective. The FDA granted the drug an emergency use permit in late August.
Chris Christie said he was ‘wrong’ not to mask the White House ceremony
Former Governor Chris Christie said Thursday he was “wrong” not to wear a mask in the days before he tested positive for COVID-19, but he felt at the time that he was in a “safe place” because of frequent testing.
Spend a week being treated for coronavirus disease – in an intensive care unit – Christie said he had the opportunity for more reflection on his actions and the virus.
“This is something that should be taken seriously. Ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly,” Christie said in a statement, first reported by the New York Times. “No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others.”
Christie’s position and his message to the public are at odds with President Donald Trump, who helped prepare for a debate and was also hospitalized by COVID-19. Trump said he feels good, entertained many, unmasked people at campaign rallies and urged the public, “don’t be afraid of COVID.”
– Dustin Racioppi, Trenton Bureau
Donald Trump used a child’s COVID-19 diagnosis to push for the reopening of schools
Barron Trump’s positive test for COVID-19 became part of his father’s push to physically open schools.
“It’s happening,” President Donald Trump told an audience at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa of his 14-year-old son who was positive for coronavirus. “People have it, and it goes. Bring the kids back to school. We need to get them back to school.
Melania Trump said on Wednesday that after the initial negative test, 14-year-old Barron Trump was positive for COVID-19, but is now negative.
“I didn’t even know he knew he had it because they were young and their immune system was strong and they were fighting it 99.9 percent. And Barron was beautiful, and he was free, free,” Trump said.
The outbreak of the White House virus that infected the President, first lady Melania Trump and other White House insiders has raised concerns that thousands may have been exposed to COVID-19 through the inner circle of Trump.
– Josh Peter and Joel Shannon
Alabama coach Nick Saban said he was ‘feeling better’ after the COVID diagnosis
Alabama football coach Nick Saban said in his Thursday night radio show that he was “very happy” after testing positive for coronavirus the other day but did not make any specific references to any further tests. .
“I’m missing everything,” Saban said in a distant look from his Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home. “I still have no symptoms. I have no fever. The oxygen tests they performed did not present any problems. “
Saban did not make any reference to the results of his daily trial on Thursday but apparently it held the door slightly open for a possible return to the sideline for the Georgia match against Georgia
“I don’t want to be in the game on Saturday if that happens,” he said.
– Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News
Coronavirus study: Air in planes is safer than in houses or operating rooms
A new study conducted for the Department of Defense adds confidence to the growing belief that airline passengers face little risk of contracting coronavirus when flying.
The study found that the risk of aerosol dispersion – transmission of the virus through the air – was reduced by 99.7% thanks to the high air exchange rate, HEPA filtered prescriptions and reduced ventilation found in modern jet.
Investigators looked at the impact of an infected passenger on others sitting in the same row and in the vicinity of Boeing 767s and 777s cabins. Those two types of aircraft are widebodies commonly used for long flights where a virus is expected to spread more easily.
The study was conducted by a team that included members from United Airlines, Boeing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, National Strategic Research Institute and research firms. It was prepared for two military agencies that transport people and cargo, the US Transportation Command and the Air Force Air Mobility Command.
– Chris Woodyard
The spread of COVID hit the Georgia warehouse
Election officials said nearly a quarter of workers in a warehouse where election supplies were stored and voting equipment prepared for Georgia’s most popular province were tested positive for COVID-19.
But Fulton County Election Director Rick Barron said Thursday that positive tests for 13 of the 60 workers at the county election preparation center should not delay election operations.
Barron said the province is working to hire replacement staff and implement more mitigation measures, including daily rapid testing. The state Department of General Health said Georgia had 1,686 cases and 23 deaths were reported on Thursday.
COVID-19 resources from USA NOW
Contributing: The Associated Press
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