Holidays are usually for gatherings but many gatherings are complicated or canceled due to COVID-19.
Updated virus manifestations cause the long-awaited “winter surge” of COVID-19 cases to be noted as health experts warn of an increase in the number of cases in the US which will soon mean many deaths .
The latest updates to the University of Washington model for Health Metrics and Evaluation for the US released this week contain good news: 74,000 lives could still be saved if the use of the mask became almost universal and the increasing testing may explain why many young people are positive about testing.
But the influential model still releases the daily death toll of the U.S. will exceed 2,000 in January, even in states that have again changed stricter orders.
The guide also called on North Dakota for its current alarming death rate, following a well-documented lax approach to state health mandates: “North Dakota currently has one of the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world, “a statement on the model says. The state has joined South Dakota as having some of the lowest mask use rates in the country.
Meanwhile, it is expected that the vaccine available before Election Day will disappear this week, as the two candidates who preceded the latter said that November is the earliest they can apply for permission for their vaccines. Two other candidates are on hold while possible side effects are being investigated.
Some significant developments:
- New Mexico is among the states that are seeing alarming spikes in cases. The state has set a single-day record with 819 confirmed cases, health officials confirmed on Friday.
- The New England Patriots need to pause activities due to coronavirus concerns again. Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts reopened its facility after four positive tests that were re-run and returned negative.
- The effectiveness of remdesivir was questioned after a massive World Health Organization study of more than 10,000 patients in 30 countries found “little or no side effects.”
- Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has told the public to remain vigilant on Friday’s appearance on ABC, the first since being released from hospital for COVID-19.
📈 Numbers now: The US reported more than 8 million cases and 218,000 death, according to Johns Hopkins data. There are over 39 million confirmed cases worldwide and nearly 1.1 million deaths.
📰 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.
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Pfizer: Thanksgiving will be the earliest a vaccine can come
An open letter from the COVID-19 vaccine provider published on Friday concludes any expectations that a vaccine may be available before Election Day.
The letter from the CEO of Pfizer Inc. that Albert Bourla said the earliest the company could apply for approval for this COVID-19 vaccine was the third week of November.
The CEO of another frontrunner, Moderna Stéphane Bancel, said at a biotechnology conference on September 30 that it did not have enough safety data to apply for approval by the Food and Drug Administration of its vaccine until November 25.
The other two candidates for the COVID-19 vaccine in the final stages of clinical trials in the United States, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, are both awaiting as much as possible bad events under investigation.
– Elizabeth way
Trump has promised to deliver the vaccine to nursing homes at no cost
Americans living or working in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and care assistance centers, will receive COVID-19 vaccines for free – if and when they are available, the Trump administration says Last Friday.
The administration has announced partnerships with the country’s two largest drug store chains, CVS and Walgreens, “to provide and administer” free-of-charge “vaccines for recipients.
Trump, 74, has vowed a vaccine available before the end of the year, despite his own federal health experts saying the timeline is unlikely, and senior citizens are “first in line. “
The announcement was made by an announcement at an event billed as “Protecting America’s Seniors” in Fort Myers, Florida. Trump is trying to establish support for older citizens, a key voting block that helped him win four years ago but which recent polls indicate has collapsed in recent months.
– Courtney Subramanian and Nathan Bomey
Infections run in Europe, recording a daily number of cases
Coronavirus cases worldwide climb to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day. In addition to the United States, the concern is more focused across Europe – as Drs. Hans Henri P. Kluge, regional director for the World Health Organization in Europe, said the daily death toll on the continent could reach five times by the peak of April of January 2021.
So after Europe seemed so big of the virus that proved deadly last spring, newly confirmed infections reached unprecedented levels in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland. Most of the rest of the continent is seeing similar signs of danger, forcing many areas to reinstate the stringent restrictions that were reduced only a month ago.
“These demonstrations do nothing but confirm what we have always said: the pandemic will not return to its course alone, but we will,” Kluge said on October 15.
How can I stay safe indoors from coronavirus in cold weather?
What is so dangerous about meeting indoors? Dr. Lewis Nelson, professor and head of medical medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said one of the main factors with an increased risk of transmission indoors than outdoors is lack of ventilation. In addition, indoor public areas have more surfaces.
“If I smoked a cigarette (inside), you would see small amounts of smoke,” he said. “While outside the smoke is kind of leaves.”
Ventilation can be increased by opening a window, turning on a fan or even adding a portable air filter to a room. Most portable air filters cannot filter out small particles of virus if they do not have HEPA filtering, but it still speeds up air circulation. Reducing the number of people in an indoor space also helps. Read more here.
– Adrianna Rodriguez
The widespread COVID-19 test is important in fighting the pandemic, but is there enough testing? The answer lies in the rates of positivity.
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 warned against “gathering in an indoor setting” with large groups of out-of-town guests. “It’s sad 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.
COVID-19 resources from USA NOW
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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