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10/21/20: Excess deaths. “... "...estimated 299,028 excess deaths...from late January through October 3, 2020, with 198,081 (66%) excess deaths attributed to #COVID19 ...largest percentage increases were...adults aged 25–44 years and among Hispanic or Latinos persons.” ...”

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10/20/20: “... “All of a sudden it hit, and as it does, it just exploded,” said Dr. Tom Dean, one of just three doctors who work in the county. As the brunt of the virus has blown into the Upper Midwest and northern Plains, the severity of outbreaks in rural communities has come into focus. Doctors and health officials in small towns worry that infections may overwhelm communities with limited medical resources. And many say they are still running up against attitudes on wearing masks that have hardened along political lines and a false notion that rural areas are immune to widespread infections. ...”

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10/18/20: “... At least 679 new coronavirus deaths and 52,774 new cases were reported in the United States on Oct. 17. Over the past week, there have been an average of 56,210 cases per day, an increase of 28 percent from the average two weeks earlier. As of Sunday morning, more than 8,143,300 people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 219,100 have died, according to a New York Times database. ...”

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10/17/20: “... Italy registered 10,925 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday, up from the previous record of 10,010 cases posted on Friday. There were also 47 COVID-related deaths on Saturday, down from 55 the day before, the ministry said, far fewer than at the height of the pandemic in Italy in March and April when daily fatalities peaked at more than 900. ...”

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10/16/20: “... China’s embassy in Italy has warned its citizens against “blind optimism” about the spread of the coronavirus after nearly 100 Chinese citizens contracted the pathogen in the country. Italy remains one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe as the continent enters its
second wave of coronavirus cases. ...” 

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10/16/20: "... As coronavirus cases across the United States climb toward a third peak, the country surpassed a total of eight million total known cases on Thursday afternoon, according to a New York Times database. Epidemiologists warned of a new, worrisome phase as 17 states are seeing surges unlike anything they experienced earlier in the pandemic. States including Alaska, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin reported more new cases during the seven-day stretch that ended on Wednesday than in any other week since the virus arrived in the country. Reports of new cases are trending upward in 41 states over the last two weeks, while nine states are holding case numbers roughly steady. No state in the country is seeing a sustained decline. Many of the 17 states seeing more new cases than ever — located mostly in the Midwest or in the Mountain West — had relatively few cases until recently. But cases are now steadily climbing. Intensive care unit beds in hospitals are few and far between in some rural communities, experts said, raising concerns about crowded facilities.

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10/15/20:  "... Many of his ideas carry echoes of Roosevelt’s New Deal vision of the robust role the U.S. government should play in helping the nation recover from a crisis. He would quickly appoint a national “supply chain commander” to coordinate the logistics of manufacturing and distributing protective gear and test kits, invoking the Defense Production Act more aggressively than Mr. Trump has to build up supplies. Mr. Biden wants to mobilize at least 100,000 Americans for a “public health jobs corps” of contact tracers to help track and curb outbreaks. And he has even called for a “Pandemic Testing Board” to swell the supply of #coronavirus tests — a play on Roosevelt’s War Production Board. “I’m kind of in a position that F.D.R. was,” Mr. #Biden told Evan Osnos of The New Yorker in a recent interview, speaking about the challenges of the pandemic and the broader problems it has brought on, though he quickly added he was not comparing himself to Roosevelt. “If you think about it, what in fact, F.D.R. did was not ideological, it was completely practical,” he added. ..."


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10/15/20: "... The surging virus. The autumn wave of the coronavirus has reached a dangerous new stage. The number of new daily cases has risen almost 50 percent in the U.S. over the past month. The situation is even worse in Europe. ..."

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10/15/20: "... Antibodies may actually help coronavirus invade cells in some cases, study suggests. Researchers say they’ve identified a high-risk molecule commonly found in Covid-19 patients that may assist the virus rather than neutralising it. They found that this problem tends to occur when there is a relatively low level of antibodies in the blood. Antibodies are produced by the immune system to fight foreign invaders like the corona virus, but a new study in China suggests they could make the infection worse in some cases. Researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai found that some of the 222 patients in their study had specific antibodies that could actually help the coronavirus invade their immune cells. They were present in 8 per cent of those with mild symptoms, and 76 per cent of those who had recovered from severe illness. The problem is known as antibody-dependent enhancement, or ADE, and it has been seen before with infections caused by other viruses such as Zika, dengue fever and severe acute respiratory syndrome. It has also hampered drug and vaccine development for these viruses.

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10/14/20: “... A 25-year-old man living in Nevada is thought to be the first confirmed case of COVID-19 reinfection in North America. The patient was infected with two variants of the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, within a 48-day timeframe, according to details published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. In between both infections, he tested negative for the virus, according to his case report. When he caught COVID-19 again, his symptoms were more severe and he ended up in hospital needing oxygen support. There are two concerns raised by the case report. The first is that we now know a second infection can occur within a short timeframe and can be more severe. ...”

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10/14/20: “... After months of warnings, it appears that the fears of many medical experts are coming true: Fall and winter are bringing a new national surge of coronavirus cases with it. Now, as colder weather pushes more people indoors and Americans prepare to gather for the upcoming holidays, many are saying that conditions could get grim as the season wears on. In fact, one expert told CNN that a few months in particular could be the very worst of the pandemicwe've seen yet. "This winter—this November, December, January, February—could be the worst time in our epidemic," Peter Hotez, MD, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN on Oct. 13. "Get ready to hunker down." ...”

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10/14/20: “... Three new reports show coronavirus immunity can last for months -- and maybe even longer.
The findings suggest that many, if not most, people who recover from coronavirus infections are protected for at least a period of time. They also suggest that coronavirus vaccines may be able to protect people for more than just a few weeks.One study found that people produce antibodies that protect against infection and last for at least five to seven months. "We have one person that is seven months out. We have a handful of people that are five to seven months out," Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunobiologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, told CNN. ..."

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10/13/20: “... A government-sponsored clinical trial that is testing an antibody treatment for Covid-19 developed by the drugmaker Eli Lilly has been paused because of a “potential safety concern,” according to emails that government officials sent on Tuesday to researchers at testing sites. The company confirmed the pause. The news comes just a day after Johnson & Johnson announced the pause of its coronavirus vaccine trial because of a sick volunteer, and a month after AstraZeneca’s vaccine trial was halted over concerns about two participants who had fallen ill after getting the company’s vaccine. ...”

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10/13/20: "... Trying to reach herd immunity is ‘unethical’ and unprecedented, WHO head says. “Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak, let alone a pandemic,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a Monday media briefing. “It is scientifically and ethically problematic.”

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10/10/20: "... WILLIAM FOEGE, a legendary figure in public health who helped devise the strategy that curtailed smallpox in West and Central Africa in the late 1960s and who led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, wrote a letter Sept. 23 to the current CDC director, Robert Redfield. The letter has now been disclosed by USA Today and should be read by everyone concerned by President Trump’s dreadful response to the coronavirus pandemic and his corrosive politicization of public health. Dr. Foege, an epidemiologist who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, said he wasn’t sure what he would do in Dr. Redfield’s shoes, but the first thing “would be to face the truth.” Despite spin from the White House, “this will go down as a colossal failure of the public health system of this country. The biggest challenge in a century and we let the country down.” In the future, public health textbooks “will use this as a lesson on how not to handle an infectious disease pandemic.” The cause, he said, has been “the incompetence and illogic” of the White House.  

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10/8/20: "... Google News - COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans may be ready by March: HHS secretary. Enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every American who wants one could be manufactured as early as March next year, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday. “We project having enough for every American who wants a vaccine by March to April 2021,” he predicted at the virtual Goldman Sachs Healthcare Conference on COVID-19, according to CNBC. He also expects that up to 100 million doses could be available by the end of this year — enough “to cover especially vulnerable populations.” The US is manufacturing doses for all six vaccine candidates backed by the feds’ Operation Warp Speed, including those that are in late-stage testing from Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, according to Azar. He added that the US is also obtaining needles, syringes and bottles needed for the shots. President Trump has predicted that a vaccine could be authorized as early as October and that there’d be enough doses for every American by April. However, new FDA regulations will likely push any authorization past Election Day.

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10/8/20: "... A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecast that combines the data from dozens of independent models predicts US deaths from Covid-19 could reach 233,000 by the end of the month. "This week's national ensemble forecast indicates an uncertain trend in new COVID-19 deaths reported over the next four weeks and predicts that 2,800 to 6,800 new deaths will likely be reported during the week ending October 31," the CDC says on its website. ..."

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10/7/20: "... Researchers from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan found that the novel coronavirus can survive on human skin for approximately nine hours, which is significantly longer than the flu virus. The study, published in a journal of Oxford Academic in Clinical Infectious Diseases on Oct. 3, was a joint effort among the university’s Department of Infectious Diseases, Department of Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Department of Forensics Medicine aimed to highlight the importance of handwashing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since directly applying a highly contagious pathogen to the skin of a living human is dangerous, according to the study, human cadavers one day after death were used to conduct the test. According to the researchers, the flu virus can survive on human skin for 1.8 hours. ..."

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10/5/20: "... The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Monday that its “best estimates” indicate roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus – more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases – and warned of a difficult period ahead. ..."

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10/6/20: "... Europe’s second coronavirus wave is spreading, and rising hospitalizations and deaths are prompting governments to impose more restrictions, from travel bans in Madrid to the closure of bars in Paris. Confirmed cases in France, Spain, and the U.K. are now higher on an average day than at the peak of this spring’s emergency, although the trend also reflects better detection of the virus. Infections also have accelerated in Italy and Germany in recent days ..."

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10/5/20: "... Fauci breaks down Covid-19 timeline from exposure to symptoms ..."

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10/5/20: The Covid Economy Carves Deep Divide Between Haves and Have-Nots. Comeback since start of pandemic is kind to those who can work from home, to firms serving them and to regions hospitable to them. Many others are left behind.

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10/5/20: “... Three patients taking part in clinical trials for Moderna's (NASDAQ:MRNA)coronavirus vaccine candidate and two taking part in Pfizer's (NYSE:PFE) study have experienced intense side effects, according to a report published by CNBC. Those effects included high fever, pounding headaches, intense chills, and exhaustion. ...”

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10/4/20: “...As of Saturday night, new cases were down in Texas, Missouri and South Carolina, while 21 states reported a rise in cases and a little more than half held steady compared with the week before.From September 29 to October 3, there were an average of 46,500 cases per day -- the most cases in a five-day period since August 14-18 according to Johns Hopkins University. ...”


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10/3/20: “...Let’s not mince words: Washington has been plunged into a crisis of historic proportions, frozen by a disease it is both unwilling and unable to control.”

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10/2/20: "...Trump Tests Positive for the Coronavirus. The president’s result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”

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10/1/20: “... A large new study in India found that children of all ages can spread the coronavirus. The study is not the last word in the debate, but it adds to the evidence that school openings are likely to lead to new outbreaks. ...”

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9/30/20: “... As US states sound alarm on Covid-19 trends, some communities loosen restrictions. Communities across the US are loosening restrictions meant to curb the spread of Covid-19 ahead of a fall and winter season experts warn could be especially challenging. Florida this week reported a spike in new cases just days after the governor cleared the way for bars and restaurants to fully reopen. In Nevada, the governor bumped the limit on public gatherings from 50 to 250 participants, still not to exceed 50% capacity of a venue. ...”

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9/29/20: “... Young adults are driving coronavirus infections in the U.S. and are likely spreading the virus to older, more vulnerable populations, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults were more likely to get infected, but when researchers analyzed cases from June to August, they found that people in their 20s accounted for the largest share of confirmed cases compared to other age groups. And public health experts say this is a worrying trend. ...”

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9/29/20: “... Fall was always going to be a difficult period of the pandemic. The season brings with it brisker air and shorter days, which drive people to spend more time inside -- where coronavirus is thought to transmit more easily. The pandemic also coincides with the onslaught of the flu and other respiratory infections that, when coupled with coronavirus, can overwhelm the healthcare system and our own immune systems. ...”

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9/29/20: “... In the last week, leading epidemiologists from respected institutions have, through different methods, reached the same conclusion: About 85 to 90 percent of the American population is still susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the current pandemic. The number is important because it means that “herd immunity” — the point at which a disease stops spreading because nearly everyone in a population has contracted it — is still very far off.

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9/29/20: “... The U.S., with 4 percent of the world’s population, has suffered more than 20 percent of deaths. Places like China, Germany, South Korea and New Zealand have shown that it is possible to slow the pandemic enough to limit infections and deaths while still reopening businesses and schools. But that requires a combination of elements that may be beyond the reach of poorer countries and that even ones like the United States have not been able to muster: wide-scale testing, contact tracing, quarantining, social distancing, mask wearing, providing protective gear, developing a clear and consistent strategy, and being willing to shut things down in a hurry when trouble arises. ...”

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9/28/20: “... 21 states are reporting increased Covid-19 cases as experts warn of fall surge. Almost half the US is reporting increased numbers of new Covid-19 cases as health experts warn of a potential coronavirus surge in the fall and winter. As of Sunday, the number of new coronavirus cases has increased by at least 10% or more compared to the week before in 21 states, most of them in the West, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. “...

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9/27/20: “... Australian biotech company Ena Respiratory said on Monday that a nasal spray it is developing to improve the human immune system to fight common cold and flu significantly reduced the growth of the coronavirus in a recent study on animals. A study on ferrets showed the product dubbed INNA-051, which could be used complementary to vaccines, lowered the levels of the virus that causes COVID-19 by up to 96%, the company said. The study was led by British government agency Public Health England. ...”

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9/27/20: "... He lost his brother to Covid-19. Twelve days later, he died, too. Nicholas, 65, had gone into the hospital after experiencing trouble breathing. Five days later, he went into the intensive care unit because his breathing got worse. It didn't take long for doctors to determine that Nicholas and his wife, Mary Jane, both had Covid-19. While hospitalized, he learned of his older brother's death, and 12 days later, Nicholas, too, succumbed to the virus. ..." 

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9/26/20: Situation Report September 25, 2020: “... The Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard reported 6.98 million US cases and 202,827 deaths as of 9:45am EDT on September 23. The US CDC reported 6.92 million total cases and 201,411 deaths as of 12 PM ET on September 24. The US is averaging 43,245 new cases and 732 deaths per day. The cumulative US COVID-19 mortality surpassed 200,000 deaths, representing more than 20% of the global total. After reaching a minimum of 34,371 new cases per day on September 12, following the Labor Day holiday weekend, the US has reported increasing incidence for nearly 2 weeks, surpassing its previous plateau and up to its highest average daily incidence since August 22. In total, 22 states (no change) are reporting more than 100,000 cases, including California and Texas with more than 700,000 cases; Florida with more than 600,000; New York with more than 400,000; Georgia with more than 300,000; and Arizona, Illinois, and New Jersey with more than 200,000.

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9/26/20: “... China Gives Unproven Covid-19 Vaccines to Thousands, With Risks Unknown. The world still lacks a proven coronavirus vaccine, but that has not stopped Chinese officials from trying to inoculate tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people outside the traditional testing process. Three vaccine candidates are being injected into workers whom the government considers essential, along with many others, including employees of the pharmaceutical firms themselves. Officials are laying out plans to give shots to even more people, citing emergency use, amounting to a big wager that the vaccines will eventually prove to be safe and effective. China’s rush has bewildered global experts. No other country has injected people with unproven vaccines outside the usual drug trial process to such a huge scale. ...”

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9/26/20: “... Tracking Covid at U.S. Colleges and Universities. Thousands of new coronavirus cases continue to emerge on college campuses. A New York Times survey of more than 1,600 American colleges and universities — including every four-year public institution and every private college that competes in N.C.A.A. sports — has revealed at least 130,000 cases and at least 70 deaths since the pandemic began. Most of the cases have been announced since students returned to campus for the fall term. Most of the deaths were reported in the spring and involved college employees, not students. ...”

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9/25/20: “... A new COVID-19 mutation appears to be even more contagious, according to a study — and experts say it could be a response by the virus to defeat masks and other social-distancing efforts. Scientists in a paper published Wednesday identified a new strain of the virus, which accounted for 99.9 percent of cases during the second wave in the Houston, Texas, area, the Washington Post reported. The paper, which has not been peer-reviewed, said people with the strain, known as the D614G mutation, had higher loads of virus — suggesting it is more contagious. ...”  

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9/25/20: “... Child deaths from covid-19 remain remarkably low eight months into U.S. pandemic: As the United States’ covid-19 death toll moves relentlessly beyond 200,000, data shows that only about 100 children and teenagers have died of the disease, a fatality rate that is drawing wonder from clinicians and increasing interest among researchers hoping to understand why. Covid-19 has become the nation’s third-leading cause of death this year, but 18 states had not seen a single fatality among people under 20 as of Sept. 10, according to statistics compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. ...”

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9/25/20: “... ’Tis the season for travel in China. But virus fears cast a shadow over festivities. Zuo Weiwei has been stuck since February in her hometown of Wuhan — yes, that Wuhan — and the problem now is that the city is overflowing with tourists. “The Yellow Crane Tower is exploding with people,” said Zuo, 32. “You can’t squeeze in. You can maybe take a photo outside, then leave.” Wuhan’s government, like many across China, has been offering free tickets to tourist attractions to try to salvage economic growth. For better or worse, it appears to be working, as China approaches its first major holiday season since tamping down the novel coronavirus. The “Golden Week” holiday is one of the largest annual human migrations, with upward of 700 million people on the move. This year, it will be a crucial test of China’s efforts to regain normalcy and prevent new coronavirus waves. The holiday season begins with China’s National Day on Oct. 1, marking 71 years of Communist Party rule. The period also coincides with this year’s Mid-autumn Festival, a one-day holiday that falls on the night of the fullest autumn moon. ...”

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9/24/20: "... Cases Surge in Europe, Hospitalizations Lag. But for How Long? For now, countries are betting they can suppress hospital admissions and deaths without imposing more lockdowns, even as case numbers approach peak levels from last spring. Summer ended in Europe this week with a heavy thud amid ominous signs that a spike in coronavirus cases may send another wave of patients into hospitals. Officials across the continent fear a repeat of the harrowing scenes from last spring, when the virus swamped intensive care units in countries like Italy and Spain. Already in Spain, some hospitals are struggling with an influx of virus patients. “I’m sorry to say that, as in Spain and France and many other countries, we’ve reached a perilous turning point,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday, as he imposed new restrictions — including shutting pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m. — to prevent Britain’s National Health Service from becoming overwhelmed.

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9/24/20: “... China has almost eliminated Covid-19. What can the world learn? China went quick and hard – implementing lockdowns of various degrees of rigour in cities and regions across the country, resulting in about 760 million people being subject to restrictions. Every time an area showed a spike in cases, a lockdown followed. ...”

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9/24/20: “... Boris Johnson warns ‘things will be tough’ as furlough scheme replaced ...less generous replacement for the coronavirus furlough scheme that has supported jobs throughout the pandemic. ...”


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9/23/30: “... At least 942 new coronavirus deaths and 37,293 new cases were reported in the United States on Sept. 22. Over the past week, there have been an average of 41,490 cases per day, an increase of 13 percent from the average two weeks earlier. As of Wednesday morning, more than 6,917,900 people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 200,700 have died, according to a New York Times database. ...”

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9/23/20: “... The COVID-19 School Response Dashboard, which NPR is reporting on exclusively, was created with the help of several national education organizations. Right now it shows an average of 230 cases per 100,000 students, and 490 per 100,000 staff members, in the first two weeks of September. The responses come from public, private and charter schools in 47 states, serving roughly 200,000 students both in person and online, as of Tuesday, Sept. 22. ...” 

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9/22/20: "... At a campaign rally in Swanton, Ohio, President Donald Trump said Covid-19 affects "virtually nobody" as the US is set to reach 200,000 coronavirus deaths ..."


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9/22/20: "... A Covid-19 vaccine for children may not arrive before fall 2021. The pandemic has many parents asking two questions. First, when can I get a vaccine? And second, when can my kids get it? The answers are not the same: Adults may be able to get a vaccine by next summer, but their children will have to wait longer. Perhaps a lot longer. Thanks to the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed and other programs, a number of Covid-19 vaccines for adults are already in advanced clinical trials. But no trials have yet begun in the United States to determine whether these vaccines are safe and effective for children.

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9/21/20: “... more than a month after the first school districts welcomed students back for in-person instruction, it is nearly impossible to tally a precise figure of how many cases have been identified in schools. There is no federal effort to monitor coronavirus cases in schools, and reporting by school districts is uneven. One independent effort has counted more than 21,000 cases this school year. ...”


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9/21/20: “... The risk of heart damage may not be limited to older and middle-aged adults. For example, young adults with COVID-19, including athletes, can also suffer from myocarditis. ...”

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9/21/20: "... Coronavirus: second wave over winter ‘inevitable’ in China, infectious disease expert says - “In China, people have been asking if there will be a second wave of the pandemic in winter. Now that Europe is having a second wave, it is inevitable we will see a second wave of infections,” Zhang was quoted as saying in a speech at a forum in Shanghai on Sunday. He said a vaccine was the only way to contain the pandemic.

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9/21/20: "... ‘We May Be Surprised Again’: An Unpredictable Pandemic Takes a Terrible Toll - At least 73 countries are seeing surges in newly detected cases, and in regions where cold weather is approaching, worries are mounting. ... Deaths in the United States from the coronavirus rose above 199,300 as of Sunday afternoon, leaving families across the country grieving. It was only four months ago, in late May, that the nation’s death roll reached 100,000. Even the current tally may be a significant undercount of the toll in this country, analyses suggest, failing to include some people who die from Covid-19 as well as those who die from secondary causes that are also linked to the pandemic. ..."

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9/20/20: "... The decline in mortality related to COVID-19 varies month to month. At Emory it has been in the range of 20% to 50%. Coopersmith says there are lots of reasons for that. A big one is that, when the first wave of Covid-19 hit Atlanta's hospitals in April, doctors had no experience with the disease. Medical management of these patients is now, by comparison, routine. "There's certainly nothing routine about the pandemic," Coopersmith says, "but in terms of how we're managing it, once you have taken care of something for the tenth time, it is normal. Doctors can better handle common and serious complications like blood clots. They realized that patients do better if they aren't lying on their backs all the time. Patients in Emory hospitals are encouraged to spend some time lying on their stomachs. That simple effort sometimes is enough to keep them out of the intensive-care unit. ..."

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9/20/20: "... Britain is at a tipping point on COVID-19, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, warning that a second national lockdown could be imposed if people don’t follow government rules designed to stop the spread of the virus.

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From 9/10/20: "...CDC: People with COVID-19 twice as likely to have eaten out at a restaurant before getting sick: Dining out at a restaurant or drinking at a bar may heighten the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 compared to other social activities, including shopping, visiting a salon or working at an office, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, published Thursday by the CDC, comes as many states have begun allowing some form of indoor dining with safety measures in place — such as wearing a mask, physical distancing and limited capacity. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that indoor dining at restaurants in the once hard-hit New York City could resume at 25% capacity beginning Sept. 30. ..."

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9/19/20: More than a dozen schools on the list. "... Some Connecticut school districts have sent students back home soon after school resumed in-person after be alerted of cases of COVID-19. This comes as the coronavirus positive test rate increased to 1.6 percent and hospitalizations reached a high that Connecticut hasn't seen since July 10. Gov. Ned Lamont said this uptick is a trend and it is "something we are watching carefully." ..."

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9/19/20: "... Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Friday he's tested positive for the coronavirus. Giammattei made the announcement to Sonora, a local radio station. ..."

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9/18/20: "...Coronavirus can spread on airline flights, two studies show: The young woman and her sister had traveled across Europe just as the coronavirus pandemic was taking off there, visiting Milan and Paris before heading to London. When the woman left London on March 1, she had a sore throat and cough as she boarded a flight home to Vietnam, but no one noticed. By the time she got off the flight in Hanoi 10 hours later, 15 other people who had been on the plane with her were infected, researchers reported Friday. This story is one of two published Friday demonstrating how coronavirus can spread on airline flights, and suggesting that simply spacing people out a little will not fully protect them. ..."

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9/18/20: “... Israel will return to a full lockdown on Friday in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases has continued to increase for months throughout the country. The three-week lockdown will begin at 2 p.m., closing many businesses and limiting public gatherings. The move comes just hours before the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays when people usually attend religious services and gather with family and friends. Under the order, people must remain within 1 kilometer, or 0.6 miles, from their home, except for when shopping for food and medicine, attending protests and going to work at a closed business, among others. ..."

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9/18/20: “... There is widespread growth of the epidemic across the country and the R number has risen to between 1.1 and 1.4, say the government's scientific advisers. Officials are warning of "far worse things to come" as cases are thought to exceed 6,000 a day in England. And the scientist behind the Covid Symptom Study app said it appeared to be "the start of a second wave". The developments come as new England-wide restrictions are being discussed . At least 13.5 million people, roughly one-in-five of the UK population, are facing some form of local restrictions. ...”

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First post from 1/25/20: “...There are more than 1,000 confirmed cases of infection, and at least 41 people have died. A total of 8,420 people are reported to be under observation....” (Washington Post)

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