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    (CNN)US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Sunday said a mask mandate would work best at local and state levels, casting doubt on how a national mandate would be enforced and saying that education is needed.As coronavirus cases surge across the US, the debate over whether to require Americans to wear a mask to slow the spread of the virus has intensified. Some states and cities have made wearing a mask a requirement in certain situations and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised that everyone "should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public."And as protests over racism and police brutality continue nationwide, Adams again raised his concern over mask wearing and policing, saying during an interview with FOX 5 DC last week, "I really worry about over-policing and having a situation where you're giving people one more reason to arrest a...
    In Alabama, young people are involved in the spread of Covid-19 as authorities try to stop it. 38,000 cases of infection and 947 deaths recorded in the state of Alabama The pandemic of coronavirus hit hard at United States. According to media reports, Alabama has more than 38,000 infections and 947 deaths. The state is currently facing a spike in hospitalizations and a near-shortage of intensive care beds. Given the health situation, the authorities are making every effort to curb the spread of the virus. However, it turns out that some people take the trouble to organize events to spread it. “Covid-19 evenings” organized by students Students from the university town of Tuscaloosa are said to have had the idea of ​​”evenings Covid-19“, during which people with the disease are invited. They then bet on who has the symptoms first. “They put money in a jar … and the...
    (CNN)With coronavirus cases climbing across the US, local and state leaders have found themselves at odds over the types of restrictions that should be in place to move forward effectively.In Florida, Rep. Donna Shalala said the virus is still out of control and places like Miami are edging closer to shutting down for a second time. "It's out of control across the state because our governor won't even tell everybody to wear masks. At least in Miami-Dade county, everyone must wear a mask when they're outside," she told CNN Saturday night."This is an American tragedy," she added.Florida Gov. DeSantis says schools can open if Walmart and Home Depot are openIn the past weeks, the state broke multiple records of single-day highs in new cases and reported another 10,360 new infections Saturday. Around 40 hospitals across the state have no ICU beds available and more than 7,000 patients are hospitalized statewide...
    Bill Nye showed how a homemade face mask is a more protective face covering than a knit scarf. Bill Nye/TikTok Bill Nye the Science Guy says that wearing a face mask "is literally a matter of life or death." Using a candle and three different types of face coverings, Nye showed on TikTok how face masks block the movement of air. Nye said that wearing a face mask "blocks the movement of air" and prevents "particles from getting into the air and then into your respiratory system." Nye wore a homemade cloth face mask and an N95 respirator mask and was unable to blow out the candle in front of him, but wearing a knit scarf over his mouth, the flame blew out — demonstrating his point. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Bill Nye the Science Guy turned to TikTok to visually demonstrate the power of...
    World Health Organization (WHO) health emergencies programme Michael Ryan speaks during a press conference following an emergency committee meeting over the new SARS-like virus spreading in China and other nations, in Geneva on January 22, 2020.Pierre Albouy | AFP | Getty Images World Health Organization officials said Friday that it's "very unlikely" countries across the globe can eradicate the coronavirus and may need to reinstate some lockdown measure as clusters of cases quickly become outbreaks that spread like "a forest fire."  While some countries and island states have been effective in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, there's "always the risk" the disease can spread quickly when its imported from other countries, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, said at a press conference at the organization's Geneva headquarters Friday.  "In our current situation, it is very unlikely that we can eradicate or eliminate this virus," Ryan said....
    The US Navy cancelled physical fitness exams for all sailors through the end of 2020 amid continued COVID-19 concerns.  The cancellation, noted in an administrative email to sailors, comes after spring physical fitness assessments were cancelled in March as the coronavirus outbreak began unfolding.  New surges in COVID-19 cases across the country have now prompted the cancellation of the Navy's Personal Fitness Assessment, or PFA, for this fall. 'The COVID-19 situation requires that we continue to minimize risk to personnel, therefore all personnel will be 'EXCUSED' from participation in Navy PFA Cycle 2, 2020,' said the Navy in its administrative message released earlier this week. The Navy specified that the suspension includes both parts of the assessment, known as the Body Composition Assessment and Physical Readiness Test.  The US Navy cancelled physical fitness exams for all sailors through the end of 2020 amid continued COVID-19 concerns. A petty officer...
    A new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said that protecting ecosystems are crucial to stopping the spread of pathogens. The report titled “Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission,” shares that protecting the environment is the way to avoid outbreaks like the current coronavirus pandemic. “The science is clear that if we keep exploiting wildlife and destroying our ecosystems, then we can expect to see a steady stream of these diseases jumping from animals to humans in the years ahead. Pandemics are devastating to our lives and our economies, and as we have seen over the past months, it is the poorest and the most vulnerable who suffer the most,” said Inger Andersen, UNEP executive director, “To prevent future outbreaks, we must become much more deliberate about protecting our natural environment.” Coronavirus is one among a growing number of diseases,...
    LONDON – The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized on Thursday the possibility that COVID-19 could spread in the air under certain conditions, after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so. In an open letter published this week in a journal, two scientists from Australia and the United States wrote that studies have shown “beyond reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, and when we talk and cough in droplets enough small enough to stay in the air. “ The researchers, along with more than 200 scientists, called on national and international authorities, including the WHO, to adopt stricter protection measures. The WHO has long ruled out the possibility of coronavirus spreading in the air except for certain risky medical procedures, such as when patients are first fitted on respirators. In a change to its previous positions, the WHO said Thursday that studies evaluating outbreaks of COVID-19...
     The World Health Organization is acknowledging the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions — after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so. In an open letter published this week in a journal, two scientists from Australia and the U.S. wrote that studies have shown 'beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, talking and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft in the air.' The researchers, along with more than 200 others, appealed for national and international authorities, including WHO, to adopt more stringent protective measures. More than 200 scientists have written that airborne spread of coronavirus is happening. Pictured: Bartender Bradley Wasinda talks with Raymond Diez at Carmines Ybor Italian Restaurant in Tampa, Florida on June 26 The scientists say 'viruses are released during exhalation, talking and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft...
    BOSTON (CBS) – On Thursday, the World Health Organization said the coronavirus could survive longer in the air in the right conditions. The WHO said the virus could pass between people more than six feet apart in closed, poorly ventilated rooms like office space. It’s the first time the WHO has acknowledged the virus can travel in the air and linger longer than previously thought. Dr. Paul Sax, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital said it all depends on the settings you’re in. “Aerosols can float in the air but they also are less likely to have virus in them,” Sax said. “And probably for Covid-19, the key thing is who has been in that room that’s poorly ventilated to generate the aerosols. Has it been someone who is in that couple of day period where individuals are very contagious? Or is it someone who either has recovered...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The heat outside has people going inside into the air-conditioning, and the possibility of coronavirus spreading. “How coronavirus is spread through the air is an active area of investigation. If this virus is spread by the aerosol route, that would make it higher risk to spread this way,” says Dr. Avraham Cooper, a pulmonologist and intensive care physician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Aerosols are smaller (than droplets) that can carry the virus further distances.” “Those particles, they can float around literally for days,” says Neil Donahue, Ph.D., of Carnegie Mellon University and the Lord University Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies. The CDC documented an outbreak in China that occurred this way. Restaurant diners downstream from someone with the virus and an air conditioner unit got sick. Patrons on the other side of the restaurant did not. “What there clearly is evidence for is...
    Teenagers and young adults are most likely to get mono. JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images Mono spreads through saliva.  You can get mono through kissing someone, sharing food or utensils, and being exposed to respiratory droplets with coughs or sneezes.  Here's how to know if you have mono and what you can do to prevent the spread.  This article was medically reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Mononucleosis, or mono, is a contagious disease typically caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).  Most people are exposed to EBV at some point in their lives, but not everyone becomes infected or shows serious symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about one out of four young adults who contract EBV will actually develop mono.  Mono is characterized by fever, a...
    (CNN)The US is now months-deep into the coronavirus pandemic, yet in many ways parts of the country now look like they're back to square one. Hospitals in several states are sounding the alarm as they reach maximum capacity. Bars were shut back down in Texas and parts of California, and Florida prohibited customers from drinking on-site. In Louisiana -- where 1,891 new cases were reported Wednesday -- Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state has lost all gains it made in June against the pandemic over the past three weeks. As officials across the country admit states may have reopened too quickly, progress that was made as Americans stayed cooped up at home may have been lost.But progress that was undone can be redone. Read MoreLouisiana governor says progress against coronavirus has been wiped out in past three weeksWhile nothing about this virus seems simple, perhaps the one thing that's...
    Japanese researchers have turned to the world's fastest supercomputer to help test the effectiveness of different COVID-19 mitigation tactics. The Tokyo-based scientific research institute Riken devised a series of complex simulations to observe how SARS-CoV-2 might spread indoors, and created a list of suggestions to limit transmission based on those simulations. The researchers enlisted Fugaku, the $1billion supercomputer that was crowned the world's fastest supercomputer in June, to conduct the simulations. Researchers in Japan used a supercomputer to test public health measures to lower COVID-19 transmission and found limiting number of people in train cars in combination with proper ventilation was effective Fugaku features 158,976 custom ARM processors, each of which have 48 CPU cores, and which can collectively process 415.5 petaflops a second, almost three times as much as the previous fastest computer in the world. The team used Fugaku to simulate how air particles that an infected...
    Putting hamsters on a plane could reveal whether the coronavirus can be spread through airborne transmission, according to a top infectious diseases expert.    David Heymann, a professor of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that more research was needed to test whether the deadly virus could stay alive in air conditioning, or in a plane's air circulation system.  Speaking at Chatham House, where he is chief of Global Health Security, Professor Heymann, said animal studies would be an effective way of testing whether the bug could be spread through the air.   He recommended placing hamsters, which can catch Covid-19,  around rooms and on board planes to see whether the animals become infected.   Pictured: File photo of a European Hamster crawling from its burrow. A top epidemiologist said today that the virus's airborne transmission potential could be researched using live animal subjects  A...
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence leads a White House coronavirus disease (COVID-19) task force briefing with Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, at the U.S. Education Department in Washington, U.S., July 8, 2020.Carlos Barria | Reuters The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield said Tuesday there's no evidence that children drive the spread of the coronavirus, but that's likely because the U.S. hasn't tested enough kids to know one way or the other. "We really don't have evidence that children are driving the transmission cycle of this," Redfield said at a White House Task Force briefing to address school reopenings. It's a point that was also cited at a White House event Tuesday on school reopenings by American Academy of Pediatrics President Sally Goza, who said, "children are less likely to become infected and they are less likely to spread infection." But there's...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The debate over how to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Texas is intensifying. Both Governor Greg Abbott and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins say their beliefs are based on what doctors are telling them. Both agree slowing the spread of the virus will boost the economy, but how to achieve that is a different story. Judge Jenkins said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe Governor Abbott’s order nearly two weeks ago to shut down bars and reduce in-dining capacity at restaurants to 50% will slow the spread of Covid-19 enough. “We’re asking the Governor on behalf of the doctors, to follow the science.” On Sunday, the Judge sent a letter to the Governor Sunday asking him to close more businesses, including bowling alleys, amusement parks, sporting arenas, weddings or other large events, inside restaurant dining, gyms, day camps and daycare for non-essential workers. Jenkins said, “When...
    How does coronavirus spread? Find out more in our updated FAQ.  China reported the first cases of a mysterious respiratory illness in the city of Wuhan to the World Health Organization in late December. There are now more than 28,000 coronavirus cases globally and at least 565 people have died from the new virus — part of a large family of coronaviruses that can cause a range of illnesses, from the common cold to SARS.  But many questions remain unanswered.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Here are five things we still don't know:  What is the origin of the new coronavirus?Forty-nine of the first 99 patients treated at Wuhan's Jinyintan Hospital — which admitted the first patients with confirmed coronavirus cases — had a direct connection to the city's Huanan seafood and live animal market, according to an analysis published in the Lancet medical journal on January 30. ...
    It’s summer. It’s hot. And COVID-19 is rampaging across the nation at rates higher than ever before. There was never really any reason to believe that SARS-CoV-2 would fold up its tent and go home for the summer. It’s not a flu virus, and early evidence showed that COVID-19 seems to spread at least as well in warm, humid conditions as does in cold and dry conditions. Donald Trump’s repeated assertions that the virus would go away, either “by magic” or otherwise, have been proven false. So much for the instinct versus science debate … not that it ever was a debate. But there is a matter of genuine dispute over COVID-19, and that has to do with the manner of transmission. For some weeks, there have been a series of articles and letters being batted back and forth over the extent to which COVID-19 is an airborne disease, with the latest letter backed by 240...
    A total of 82 campers and workers at a Missouri Christian summer camp have tested positive for COVID-19, but state health officials have vowed the camp can stay open because it is 'important' for the children.  Infections are soaring among attendees at the K-2 camp - one of the sites that makes up the large Christian camp network Kanakuk Kamps in Branson and Lampe, Missouri - with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announcing Monday that confirmed cases leaped to 82 from 49 recorded Friday. The potential spread of the outbreak reaches far and wide with the campers, counselors and staff members who have tested positive for the deadly virus coming from 10 different states as well as multiple counties across Missouri. This is despite CDC guidance on youth and summer camps previously recommending all campers come from the same local geographic area to reduce the risk of...
    Halfway through 2020, the coronavirus continues to have the upper hand. Spread is now increasing throughout most of the U.S., and we are going in the wrong direction — fast. It will continue to spread — and continue to get worse for weeks and possibly months — unless we stop it. There is no doubt that we are seeing a real increase in COVID-19, not an increase because of more testing. The proportion of tests coming back positive has increased further in most of the United States, a key indicator that more people are getting infected. Hospitals in Texas, Arizona and elsewhere are filling up with patients with severe COVID-19 disease. You don’t have to tell the doctors treating increasing numbers of very sick patients in Arizona and Texas that the increase is real. The recent increase is biggest among younger adults, with the test positivity rate in this group...
    The colder temperatures coming in winter will lead to an increase in the spread of COVID-19, scientists have confirmed.  Researchers from India explored the relationship between a country's average temperature and the number of COVID-19 cases. They found a significant association between countries that have been experiencing colder environmental temperatures and larger-scale outbreaks. The findings could indicate trouble is on the horizon for northern hemisphere nations as they move into winter later this year. Accordingly, the researchers said, summertime may provide the best window in which to fight back against the virus.  The colder temperatures coming in winter will lead to an increase in the spread of COVID-19, scientists have confirmed (stock image) In their study, biochemist Chandi Mandal of the Central University of Rajasthan and Mahaveer Singh Panwar of Banaras Hindu University collated the average temperatures and the number of active COVID-19 cases for different countries. Data was collected from...
    In an open letter, a group of scientists alerted the World Health Organization to the spread of the coronavirus. WHO should review and strengthen its recommendations to guard against the spread of the virus. Some 239 scientists, from 32 different countries, spoke to the ’World Health Organization in an open letter, reported on Saturday by the New York Times. What was WHO saying about the mode of transmission of coronavirus? WHO had indicated that the Covid-19 is spread by “respiratory droplets expelled from the nose or mouth when a sick person coughs, sneezes”. On her site, she had spoken of large droplets that fall quickly on the ground, without mentioning the risk of airborne transmission. Viral particles float in the air, scientists say But the experts who wrote the letter called on the health authorities to recognize the capacity of the coronavirus to spread through the air. They pointed...
    Seattle Seahawks defensive back Quandre Diggs pinpointed one trait particular to Americans he believes is part of the reason the coronavirus has seen a resurgence in some states. Diggs has expressed worries about his home state of Texas re-opening too early amid the pandemic and expanded on what he believes is part of the reason for people to decide to re-open and brush off the recommended guidelines for dealing with the virus. CFL'S EDMONTON ESKIMOS TO KEEP NAME DESPITE PUBLIC PRESSURE “As a country, as a whole, I feel like we’re just a cocky country that feels like we’re invincible, but we have the most cases in the world,” Diggs told Sports Illustrated’s SeahawkMaven on Saturday. “At some point, we need to take that cockiness down, and I think we need to get humbled a little bit and let people know that, ‘Hey, continue to wear your mask.’" He added: "I...
    Ill Be Gone in the Dark: When Michelle McNamara Thought She Found the Golden State Killer Through Cufflinks U.S. stock futures rise as coronavirus cases continue to surge Where MLS went wrong with its coronavirus protocols, and what the NBA can learn Three days before MLS attempts to resume play at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, it is facing more than a dozen positive tests, one game postponement, likely more to come, and a boatload of uncertainty. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The NBA will attempt to resume its season in late-July very near where MLS will resume on Wednesday. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) It is facing all of this in part because of two simple, understandable but avoidable flaws in its plan. Multiple MLS teams have now brought COVID-19 into the league’s Florida bubble. They’ve trained and socialized while the virus has gone undetected. Then, after...
    Wearing a mask amid concerns about the coronavirus, volunteer Karen Cooperstein unloads gallons of milk to donate to the public during a Catholic Charities food donation event in Dallas, Texas. (Free Press Photo: VOA) Local officials in the southern US on Sunday raised new concerns about the sharp increase in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in recent days, even as President Donald Trump has dismissed it as “totally harmless.” Mayor Kate Gallego in the western city of Phoenix, Arizona told ABC News’s “This Week” program, “We open (local businesses) too soon” after they initially closed in March and April. “We are in a crisis,” he said, with a total of 59,000 infected people in the city of 1.7 million people. Gallego claimed that coronavirus test sites “are overwhelmed.” The United States has recorded more than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus in several of the recent days, mainly...
    Jennifer Lopez was rocking some Daisy Dukes as she crushed it during a backyard softball game on the Fourth of July. The actress and singer was seen wearing the revealing shorts in an Instagram video posted by her fiance, Alex Rodriguez. The clip showed the couple playing a game with family and friends in the expansive backyard of their Long Island summer home. In the clip, Lopez flexed her powerful hitting as she rocked a ball deep into the outfield, while her fiance also showed off some of the hitting power that made him a 14-time MLB All-Star. Lopez paired her short shorts with a white button-down shirt and a large hat, which appeared to be perfect attire for the backyard game. It was not enough to win, however. Rodriguez, playing the part of commentator, let followers know his team prevailed over Lopez’s squad. “The winner of the 107th July...
    Coronavirus — The new coronavirus can infect people through small particles in the air. So they have assured hundreds of scientistswho have made a appeal to the World Health Organization (WHO) to review its recommendations. Thus, a total of 239 experts from 32 countries signed this Saturday through the New York Times an open letter addressed to the organization, which has declined to comment at the moment. In the letter, they underlined the evidence that these small particles can spread. Frightening new clusters of infection increasingly confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The coronavirus lingers in the air indoors, infecting those nearby. https://t.co/jizekWfu1N – NYT Science (@NYTScience) July 5, 2020 What the WHO says WHO claims that COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through drops coming from the nose or mouth. These are expelled when an infected person coughs, talks, or sneezes. These scientists...
    Africa this Sunday exceeded 463,000 infections and 11,800 deaths from coronaviruses, and while its epicenter remains in the south, mainly in South Africa, a country that registered a record number of new cases, other major outbreaks are emerging, such as Morocco. The government of Morocco Today it completely isolated the southern city of Safi and all its more than 300,000 inhabitants, and closed its 18 fish factories due to a new coronavirus outbreak, the EFE news agency reported. Safi, located less than 350 kilometers south of Rabat, is the third most important urban district in the country and the one with the highest number of infections. Only yesterday the city concentrated 80% of the new national infections. The measure not only isolates the city from the rest of the country, but also seeks to restrict the movement of people within it: the beaches are closed, public transport is suspended, two...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio and Bexar County has more than 1,120 people in the hospital and 117 dead because of the coronavirus as of yet, and city leaders are still working to get a grip on the spread in the community. Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Leading SA Sunday to discuss the recent surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, state leadership decisions and what the school year could look like. “We started opening up Texas in May. At the same time, we began to open up very quickly through the governor’s orders without the benefit of the data showing us, you know, the effects of the previous decision opened up in each phase,” Mayor Nirenberg said. The mayor said it wasn’t just the early reopening phases in the state that led to the surge in cases and hospitalizations. “You had that coupled with the fact that there were a...
    In the second half of June, the story of the United States’ coronavirus pandemic began to shift dramatically, as a massive surge in new infections took hold, particularly across states in the South and West that had previously been spared the worst of the outbreak. Media reports abruptly switched gears from declaring that reopening was proceeding with few ill effects (Reuters, 5/17/20; Tampa Bay Times, 5/28/20) to expressing alarm that health officials’ warnings against lifting social distancing restrictions too soon had been proven right—a cognitive dissonance perhaps most dramatically depicted in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s headline, “Oregon’s COVID-19 Spike Surprises, Despite Predictions of Rising Caseloads” (6/10/20). Increasingly, the big story has been the litany of state moves to halt or roll back reopenings: A typical roundup in the New York Times (6/26/20) included closing bars in Texas and Florida, a full stay-at-home order in California’s Imperial County, and putting beaches off-limits in Miami-Dade County for the July...
    I keep hearing people all over our country talk of their freedom and independence and rights when asked why they are not personally participating in our fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus. They are independent and free to do what they like, they say. No one has the right to make them wear masks, maintain physical distance or avoid congregating en masse — to take the sensible steps that might help us all be free to go about our lives again. On this Independence Day, I’d rather focus on our extreme interdependence, on how our future on so many fronts depends on our acting as one to help stem a global pandemic that has already killed more than 516,000 humans, more than 130,000 Americans, more than 6,100 Californians and more than 3,400 residents of Los Angeles County. These numbers are real. They represent real people, real...
    (CNN)After a week of skyrocketing coronavirus cases in the United States, officials are issuing a stark warning this July Fourth: Skip the parties.If you really have to go, wear a mask, wash your hands and maintain social distancing. And if you must host, keep the information of all attendees for future contact tracing. Coronavirus cases are rising in 36 states heading into the weekend -- with California, Arizona, Texas and Florida all posting a record number of new infections this week.The number of new cases surpassed 50,000 nationwide for the third straight day Friday. The virus has killed more than 129,000 people and infected over 2.7 million in the US since the pandemic started, according to Johns Hopkins University. After months of coronavirus restrictions, people restless to get back to normal are planning barbecues, dips in lakes and gatherings to watch fireworks. Read MoreBut some are finding beaches in Miami...
    (CNN)A United States Senator said he would introduce a bill to ban the sale of middle seats during this coronavirus pandemic, one day after he criticized American Airlines for selling the middle seats of a flight he had boarded, calling it "incredibly irresponsible" and warning it was contributing to the spread of the disease.Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, tweeted an image showing his packed flight on Thursday. Most of the passengers in the photo were blurred out, but it's clear some were wearing masks and many of them were in the middle seat."@AmericanAir: how many Americans will die bc you fill middle seats, w/ your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour. This is incredibly irresponsible," he tweeted. "People eat & drink on planes & must take off masks to do so. No way you aren't facilitating spread of COVID infections." Middle seats and packed planes are coming back...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Shutting down bars and restaurants for in-person operations and limiting the size of gatherings and events was an action the county was loathe to take. But after a week of elevated new cases, the COVID numbers have spiked to alarming levels for the second straight day. There were 233 cases Thursday and 177 Friday. “It’s frustrating because in this region, in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Allegheny County, had been doing very well. Our numbers had remained very low,” County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald urged everyone to use safe practices. (Photo Credit: KDKA) KDKA’s Andy Sheehan: “What are the prospects for these new measures to be effective and bring the virus back under control?” Fitzgerald: “We’re hopeful. We’re hopeful. We’re just hopeful that people get the message.” The county says young people brought the virus back from hotspot beach towns and spread it in local bars. New cases...
    New York — The state went from having the moderately controlled pandemic to modifying and reversing its reopening plans due to an alarming increase in new cases. Los Angeles County is the epicenter of the disease in California. Photo:ETIENNE LAURENT / EFE In just one week the state of California suspended indoor operations of restaurants, museums, betting tables and cinemas due to an alarming increase in positive cases of coronavirus, in addition banned celebratory events for July 4th and closed beaches and bars. Even if you have no symptoms, you can expose others to # COVID19. Wear a mask to reduce the spread and keep your distance from others to protect your loved ones. Learn more at https://t.co/iHnVjj6wlb pic.twitter.com/qo2TEBrRI5 – Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) July 3, 2020 The state, which initially coped effectively with the spread of the pandemic, has...
    Donald Trump Jr. posted a meme to Facebook that implied masks do not help stop the spread of COVID-19. John Moore/Getty Images Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme to Facebook earlier this week that implied masks aren't effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. On the same day he shared the meme, Trump Jr. told Fox Business that he doesn't "think that it's too complicated to wear a mask." In addition to research shows that masks can help limit the spread of the virus, Republican lawmakers like President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have encouraged Americans to wear face masks in public.  The United States recorded over 55,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Donald Trump Jr. took to Facebook earlier this week to share a misleading meme about face masks, despite recommendations from experts and lawmakers aiming...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know — KPIX.com/KPIX 5 News/CBSN Bay Area — will be publishing a news roundup each morning of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories so you can start your day with the latest updated developments. UCSF Contact Tracer Finds Mission District Latinos at Higher Risk of COVID-19 SAN FRANCISCO — As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, the latest numbers show it is Latinos who continue to be disproportionately infected by the virus. Statewide, Latinos are 39 percent of the population but now make up 56 percent of the COVID-19 cases, according to the California Department of Public Health. Allison Wong, a UCSF medical student and contact tracer who is focusing on the Spanish-speaking patients in San Francisco, said it does...
    Coronavirus — In the photo, a woman with a face mask uses a cell phone. Photo by Adam Nieścioruk for Unsplash Twitter and Facebook show messages to their users recommending the use of face masks to avoid getting COVID-19 Social networks Twitter and Facebook They recommend to their users the use of mouth covers to avoid the spread of COVID-19. On Facebook and Instagram platforms, the following message will be displayed to users: “Wear a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.” With the increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, we are putting an alert on top of Facebook and Instagram to remind everyone cover your faceFacebook reported in a statement. For its part, the social network Twitter joked about it and communicates to its users: “You will have an edit button when everyone wears a mask.” The above in reference to the request of many...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has admitted recent protests and mass demonstrations have led to a spike in coronavirus cases in the city. Garcetti revealed during a press conference on Wednesday that LA County health officials believe some of the new COVID-19 cases may have come from large groups of people gathering at rallies.   'I talked again with [Director of Public Health] Dr Barbara Ferrer about that this morning. She does think some of the spread did come from our protests,' the mayor told reporters.  Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured at a demonstration on June 2) has admitted recent protests may have contributed to a spike in coronvirus cases in Los Angeles.  Members of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles gather at a demonstration outside LAUSD headquarters last month 'It's not the act of protesting - that's a great and American thing to do no matter what your opinion is… but...
    Beauden Barrett to play in Japan, remain with All Blacks Little Dog Carrying A Giant Stick Makes Everyone Who Sees Him Smile For markets in week ahead, investors will gauge the severity of the coronavirus spread The coronavirus outbreak reached a record 50,000 U.S. cases a day, yet the stock market was up sharply. Strategists say virus data is the thing to watch, and markets in the past week have shrugged off a surging outbreak. There's not much data ahead, but the market is focused on ISM service data Monday. © Provided by CNBC A view of the Wall Street street sign with the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic on May 25, 2020 in New York City. Stocks in the week ahead will focus on the severity of the spread of the coronavirus, during what should be a lull between Thursday's strong jobs report...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — California is launching a multi-million dollar public awareness campaign in several languages to encourage people about the importance of wearing masks to slow the spread of coronavirus. During his Thursday press conference to update the state’s coronavirus response, Governer Gavin Newsoms said the campaign will involve advertisements on TV, radio, internet, social media and billboards across the state. The governor said that the state has over 400 billboard sites that will advertise the message of wearing a mask as part of the campaign. “Wearing a mask is foundational and — again — it’s mandatory in the state of California,” said Newsom. The public awareness campaign was to begin immediately in order to spread the mask-wearing message ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Newsom said. The governor pointed to the success European countries have had in stopping the spread of COVID-19 because of their focus...
    While many state and local governments across the country are now demanding that all Americans wear masks whenever they go out in public, protesters and rioters have been given a pass by officials, who even applaud them for exercising their First Amendment rights. The mask requirements have been in place for weeks in some areas, months in others. But they don’t seem to be having much effect, judging from the breathless reports from the mainstream media that confirmed cases of COVID-19 are spiking. Now comes a new study that claims the protests — in which many people without masks marched elbow to elbow down city streets — actually slowed the spread of the virus. “A new study by a nationwide research team that includes a University of Colorado Denver professor has found something surprising: The protests may have slowed the overall spread of the coronavirus in cities with large demonstrations,...
    People wearing masks walk past a "Real New Yorkers Can Handle It" sign near Union Square amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 16, 2020 in New York City.Alexi Rosenfeld | Getty Images Facebook announced Thursday it will start recommending that people wear face coverings when out in public as coronavirus cases spike in the United States. Both Facebook and Instagram users will see an alert at the top of their feeds that encourage wearing masks and direct users to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for additional information. The development comes as Covid-19 cases spike across the country. More than 2.68 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the United States as of Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That's led to regulators in twenty-one states and Washington, D.C. to mandate that people wear masks, though the regulations vary from state to state. Numerous health experts have...
    Meaghan Ellis July 2, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, has suggested that the coronavirus was “allowed” to spread rampantly in the United States. During an interview with BBC Radio’s “Today,” Fauci offered a comparison of the difference between the United States and Europe’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Fauci noted the alarmingly high infection rates in the United States which he contributes to the swift economically-driven reopenings. “What we’ve seen over the last several days is a spike in cases that are way beyond the worst spikes that we’ve seen,” Fauci said. “That is not good news. We’ve got to get that under control, or we risk an even greater outbreak in the United States.” The infectious disease expert claims the United States’ partial shutdown is the biggest part of the problem compared to the “97 percent lockdown” implemented...
    A unique song that 'went viral' in a species of sparrow in Canada has travelled 2,000 miles in 20 years, and virtually eclipsed the bird's traditional call. Recordings have revealed how the white-throated sparrow's new two-note song ending gradually replaced the initially more common three-note ending. The distinctive song had spread from British Columbia to mid-Alberta by 2004, crossing the Rocky mountains, before reaching Ontario in 2014, and then the east coast.  It is thought the 'catchy' tweet was passed on when males from eastern and western sides of the country decided to spend the winter in the same place. Scientists found the unique call offered no territorial advantages, but suggested it may have been 're-tweeted' by others, as females found the new tune more attractive. The song's spread: These maps show how the two-note song ending (blue) gradually spread across North America and replaced the three-note song...
    Melissa Hawkins July 2, 2020 11:19AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. After sustained declines in the number of COVID-19 cases over recent months, restrictions are starting to ease across the United States. Numbers of new cases are falling or stable at low numbers in some states, but they are surging in many others. Overall, the U.S. is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of new cases a day, and by late June, had surpassed the peak rate of spread in early April. When seeing these increasing case numbers, it is reasonable to wonder if this is the dreaded second wave of the coronavirus – a resurgence of rising infections after a reduction in cases. : The U.S. as a whole is not in a second wave because the first wave never really stopped. The virus is simply spreading into new populations or resurging in...
    LOS ANGELES, California — Mayor Eric Garcetti told a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon that the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the Los Angeles area were, in fact, partly responsible for a recent spike in coronavirus cases. “Some of the spread did come from our protests,” Garcetti admitted, in response to a question from Breitbart News. Garcetti had enthusiastically supported the protests and participated in them at close quarters, even removing his mask at one point to address a crowd. However, he had also warned demonstrators about the risk of COVID-19 at the protests. Those warnings appear to have been correct, as cases have spiked within the Los Angeles area in recent days, prompting a return to closures for some businesses and for public beaches over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend. Another journalist followed up to ask Garcetti if he knew precisely how may coronavirus cases...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. For the foreseeable future, MinnPost will be providing daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota, published following the press phone call with members of the Walz administration each afternoon. Here are the latest updates from July 1, 2020: 36,716 confirmed cases; 1,445 deaths State says be careful on July 4 MDH argues for a mask mandate Blood donor tests find little spread of COVID-19 36,716 confirmed cases; 1,445 deaths Four more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 1,445. Of the people whose deaths were announced Wednesday, one was in their 90s, one was in their 80s and two were in their 70s. All four...
    An unlikely celebrity starred in a PSA about wearing a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic — fictional mass murderer Jason Voorhees. The killer behind most of the “Friday the 13th” films teamed with ad agency Ogilvy to share an important message for New Yorkers about wearing a mask to help curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the video, the killer known for always wearing a hockey mask and terrorizing young people at Camp Crystal Lake is seen walking around New York City as various people notice him walking down the street, in a park or on the subway and immediately run away. 13 FAMOUS FOLKS WHO WERE BORN ON FRIDAY THE 13TH “It’s not easy,” a voiceover of Jason notes. “A mask kind of makes people uncomfortable. I wish everyone could see me for who I am ... just trying to fit in.”           View this...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. With new cases of COVID-19 climbing quickly upwards, an increasing number of governments and businesses are mandating the wearing of face coverings in public places. Just this week, for example, the University of Minnesota and the cities of Edina and Rochester announced such requirements. Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone over the age of 2 wear some form of cloth face covering in public settings to help keep COVID-19 respiratory droplets from reaching others. But just how effective are those cloth coverings? From previous studies, we know the ability of medical-grade face masks — the ones used by doctors and nurses in hospitals and other medical settings — to mitigate the spread of...
    Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert Businesswoman Lauren Boebert, who runs a gun-themed restaurant where servers openly carry firearms, has defeated Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton in a stunning upset in Tuesday's Republican primary. With most votes counted, Boebert leads 54-46, prompting Tipton to concede. There was no reason to think the ultra-conservative congressman would have any issues winning renomination: Shortly after Boebert launched her campaign in December, Tipton earned a coveted Trump endorsement tweet—usually more than enough to ward off any trouble. Like a classic Republican outsider, Boebert attacked the incumbent for his supposed eagerness to compromise with Democrats and his allegedly insufficient loyalty to Trump, despite that tweet. And like a classic Republican outsider, she raised almost no money, just $133,000 to Tipton's $1.1 million. But Boebert had a flare for capturing the attention of the media. Last year, she confronted Beto O'Rourke at an event in Colorado during the former...
    Coronavirus — Despite the fact that the United States remains the country with the most infected and killed by Covid-19; Trump launches a new attack against the Asian country due to the pandemic. Regeneration, June 30, 2020. The President of the United States attacked China again for the new coronavirus, noting that “he becomes increasingly angry when he sees the spread of the coronavirus around the world.” “When I see the pandemic spread its ugly face around the world, including the tremendous damage it has done to the United States, I am increasingly angry with China. People can see it and I can feel it! ”Said the president through his Twitter account. Since the start of the pandemic, the president has accused China of creating the virus in a laboratory. Accusation that China has flatly denied. These were not the first statements Trump made against China over the...
    Coronavirus — The researcher pointed out that we will not return to normal, as long as there are no drugs against the new coronavirus. Regeneration, June 30, 2020. The coordinator of the University Program of Health Research (PUIS) of UNAM, Samuel Ponce de León. He indicated that there is no adequate time to return to normal life. He also noted that the path of the pandemic is “long and complicated”, as there will be future outbreaks that will be a risk for those who have not been infected with the coronavirus, since they have no defense. The UNAM expert points out that the only option to return to normality is to find an effective vaccine and medicine against the virus. He also added that it is a responsibility of everyone and not only of the State. “This year and next there will be a succession of epidemics, like...
    California Robert Gourley Follow Us twitter instagram email facebook Robert Gourley is a video journalist with the Los Angeles Times. The native North Carolinian graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Journalism Awards and College Photographer of the Year. Maggie Beidelman Follow Us twitter instagram youtube email facebook Maggie Beidelman is a senior video director focusing on the L.A. Times’ YouTube channel. Before joining the Los Angeles Times, Beidelman helped launch AJ+, the digital media channel of Al Jazeera Media Network, where she produced the award-winning series “Untold America.” Beidelman has her master’s in documentary film from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Subscribers Are Reading ...
    When the coronavirus pandemic first reached the U.S. earlier this year, some infectious disease experts were hopeful that COVID-19 would possibly disappear by summer, acting similarly to the seasonal flu which typically dissipates as the weather warms. Even President Trump initially expressed optimism that warmer weather could do away with the virus. But COVID-19 is not the flu. As July nears, cases of the novel virus are surging in states across the country, with health officials warning the only way to curb the spread of infection — at least until there is a vaccine — is to adhere to the expert-recommend safety tips, such as social distancing and wearing a face mask. DO YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS 'CAUTION FATIGUE'? “Evidence thus far suggests that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted in all types of weather,” Dr. William Schaffner, a medical professor at Vanderbilt University and medical director of the National...
    It's the 'superspreaders' that are responsible for most of the virus' spread. The vast majority of people who are carrying the coronavirus don’t spread it to other people, The New York Times reported. Rather, it’s the few people who spread it to multiple others — the so-called “superspreaders” — that are responsible for most of the virus’ spread, and who are most concerning to health officials. Epidemiologist Ben Althouse compares the spread of the coronavirus to starting a fire. A person could throw a match at a pile of kindling, and it might not start. A second match, a third match, and it still might not start. Then a fourth match, and it hits the right spot, and now there’s a fire. Or in more real terms, scientists point to Italy. Looking at stored wastewater samples, scientists have determined that the virus was present in two Italian cities as early...
    Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for three decades and one of the leading experts on pandemics in the U.S. for the last four decades, delivered some stern words to both the U.S. public and federal authorities. Fauci said SARS-CoV-2, the official name for the novel coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19, will continue to spread unless everyone steps up their game. He was speaking Tuesday at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in Washington, D.C., alongside other government officials, including Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fauci said many states have reopened too quickly, and people are not abiding by rules of social distancing. “What we saw were a lot of people who maybe felt that because they think they are invulnerable, and we know many young people are not because they’re getting...
    Eight-eight percent of Americans say protests are risky for the spread of coronavirus, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Demonstrations that have followed the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, are perceived to be the most risky activity to spread COVID-19 among those surveyed, according to an Axios-Ipsos poll. More than three quarters of respondents, 78%, said July 4th celebrations carry a similar risk, and 83% are wary of indoor weddings. Among Democrats, 90% indicated that the 4th of July celebrations carried a risk of viral spread, while 65% of Republicans said the same. Women were more likely to fret about Independence Day, as 48% of female respondents were worried, while 41% of male participants said the same, according to the poll. California has been a hotbed for both protests and the spread of coronavirus. The state...
    California plummeted deeper into a new coronavirus crisis Monday as new cases spiked to record levels, some hospitals filled up, and officials expressed growing alarm and frustration with people refusing to follow safety rules despite the increasingly perilous conditions. The state broke its record Monday for the greatest number of new coronavirus cases reported in a single day, tallying more than 8,000. That’s the third time in eight days the state has broken a record of new daily cases, according to the Los Angeles Times’ California coronavirus tracker. A Times analysis found that California is on track to roughly double the number of coronavirus cases in June over those it recorded in May. In May, there were 61,666 cases reported statewide; by Monday night, there were 114,196 cases reported for the first 28 days of June. By Monday evening, there were a cumulative reported 223,000 confirmed cases and...
    (CNN)At least 16 states have halted their reopening plans in response to a surge in new infections, but some health officials say the spread of coronavirus will be difficult to control. "What we hope is we can take it seriously and slow the transmission in these places," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "But what I think is very discouraging is we're clearly not at a point where there's so little virus being spread that it's going to be easy to snuff out."The US has reported more than 2.5 million cases of the virus and at least 126,140 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. State and local leaders have said the rise in cases are in part driven by gatherings, both in homes and in places like bars -- which some experts called the perfect breeding ground for the...
    Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that people throughout Oregon will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces starting Wednesday to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces, she said in a news release. Face covering requirements were mandated in eight counties last week. Over the past month, Brown said the disease has spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth play a critical role in reducing the spread of the disease because droplets from people’s breath can carry the virus to others without people realizing it, she said. She said she did not want to close businesses again as has happened in other states that are seeing a spike in cases. She said Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) will take the lead...
    By SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Face masks, spaced out desks and half-empty buses: Things will look different when students from throughout Nevada return for the 2020-2021 school year. As Nevada experiences an uptick in confirmed cases reported daily, both rural districts with less than 100 students and urban districts with hundreds of thousands are forming reopening committees responsible for envisioning what school will look like when students return for the fall semester. In rural northern Nevada, Churchill County School District administrators have been reviewing online surveys about remote learning and discussing with local officials how to best reopen before unveiling a plan. Superintendent Summer Stephens said parents were worried about childcare and whether remote learning would allow students to grasp material to the same extent as classroom learning. Las Vegas has faced a barrage of concern and questions from workers, business owners and public...
    A STRAIN of the swine flu virus has become prevalent in pigs in China and has the potential to spread to humans and unleash another pandemic, researchers claim. It is feared the new bug could mutate and spread from pig to people and then onto the human popular, triggering a global outbreak like Covid-19.  ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Pigs on a Chinese farm are sprayed amid fears of swine flu (file pic)Credit: AFP - Getty Experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences say pigs are a "key intermediate host" or "mixing vessel" for viruses which could spread from wild animals into humans. The Chinese research team have been studying outbreaks of swine flu in pig farms across the country. The latest strain, G4 EA H1N1, has "all the hallmarks" of being highly adapted to infect humans — and needs close monitoring. The...
    McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – McKinney Mayor George Fuller announced a new mask requirement Monday afternoon for businesses and nonprofits. It will take effect Wednesday, July 1 at 12:01 p.m. McKinney Mayor George Fuller (credit: city of McKinney_ Exceptions are carved out for when masks interfere with the performance of services (like if you’re getting a facial) or the consumption of goods (eating at a restaurant.) “The Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees and visitors to the entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth when in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to coworkers or the public,” the declaration states.  “The Policy may allow individuals with an operational need to remove a face covering so long as such operational needs are specifically addressed in the Policy.” Here is the full declaration:...
    NASA has designed a ventilator to help treat coronavirus patients and now the American space agency is helping those without the virus stay healthy. The Jet Propulsion Lab designed a 3D printable necklace that vibrates, or omits a pulse, when the wear’s hands are too close to their face. Called PULSE, the device uses an infrared proximity sensory with up to 12 inches of range and once motion is detected, a small vibration motor inside is activated. The technology is a response to how often individuals touch their eyes, mouth and nose – all pathways for the coronavirus to enter the body. The Jet Propulsion Lab has designed a 3D printable necklace that vibrates, or omits a pulse, when the wear’s hands are too close to their face The coronavirus began in China last year and has since spread to nearly every country across the globe. It is a...
    A strain of the swine flu virus has become prevalent in pigs in China and has the potential to spread to humans and become another pandemic, researchers claim. Experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences say pigs are a 'key intermediate host' or 'mixing vessel' for viruses spreading from wild animals into humans. The Chinese research team have been studying outbreaks of swine flu in pig farms across the country and say the latest strain can pass to humans. Only two people are confirmed to have caught the virus, dubbed G4 EA H1N1, since the first outbreak in 2016, but researchers say it is 'highly adapted' to infect humans. Researchers called for monitoring of farms and people working on or near them as further transmission could cause the virus to 'adapt and become a pandemic'.   A strain of the swine flu virus has become prevalent in pigs in China and...
    Residents and visitors in Jacksonville, Fla., will be required to wear masks indoors and in public spaces to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the city announced Monday, potentially complicating President TrumpDonald John TrumpIntelligence suggests Russian bounties led to deaths of several US troops in Afghanistan: report Obama called Philonise Floyd before brother's memorial service: NYT President Trump tries to cover his tracks by attacking the rule of law MORE's desire to hold the Republican National Convention there in August without masks or social distancing. The mandatory mask policy will take effect at 5 p.m. on Monday, city officials said. It's unclear how long it will remain in place. "At 5 p.m. today, the City of Jacksonville will be adopting a mandatory mask requirement for public & indoor locations, and in other situations where individuals cannot socially distance," the city tweeted. "Please continue to practice personal responsibility to help stop the...
    Former Trump FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Monday warned that COVID-19 infections in the United States are accelerating at an alarming rate that could see as much as half the population infected with the disease by the end of the year. Appearing on CNBC, Gottlieb argued that the rapid spread of COVID-19 in many parts of the country had already gotten out of hand to the point where they may not be much that can be done to stop it. “The community spread is pretty pervasive and we’re going to see it build pretty quickly over the next two weeks,” he said. Gottlieb said that the increased number of young people getting the disease has so far meant that we’re seeing fewer deaths than we did earlier this year, but he warned “that won’t stay that way.” “Eventually it will start to seep into older, more vulnerable people,” he said. “Even if the death...
    There are numerous rumours going on the health status of S Janaki, the veteran playback singer of Indian Cinema. Fondly called as Janakamma, she has recorded songs in more than 17 languages. On June 28 evening, rumours on the veteran singer’s health, citing that she has passed away, started doing rounds on social media. This false news on her demise spread like wildfire. SP Balasubrahmanyam and the legendary singer’s family members clarified that S Janaki is fine and also requested netizens to not spread rumours on her health. Mumtaz Death Hoax: Yesteryear Bollywood Actress Dismisses Death Rumours With a Video Message, Says ‘I’m Alive’. SP Balasubrahmanyam was upset with the death hoax of the legendary singer, S Janaki. He took to Facebook and shared a video message in which he stated, “Since morning I have received about 20 calls, asking the welfare of Janakiamma. Somebody has on the social...
    On Sunday afternoon, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that bars in seven California counties would be closing because of the spike in cases of the novel coronavirus in the state, CBS Los Angeles reported. Bars in Los Angeles, Fresno, Kerns, Kings, Tulare, San Joaquin, and Imperial counties will be forced to close immediately. Gov. Newsom also recommended that bars in Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Contra Costa counties close as well. In his statement about the mandatory closures, Gov. Newsom emphasized the importance of taking decisive action to prevent the further spread of coronavirus in the state. “Californians must remain vigilant against this virus. COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger. That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases.”...
    Savannah Rychcik June 28, 2020 0 Comments Starbucks is taking a stand against hate speech after the coffee giant announced Sunday it will be pausing advertising across all social media platforms. “We believe in bringing communities together, both in-person and online, and we stand against hate speech,” Starbucks said in a statement. “We believe more must be done to create welcoming and inclusive online communities, and we believe both business leaders and policymakers need to come together to affect real change.” The company added, “We will pause advertising on all social media platforms while we continue discussions internally, with our media partners and with civil rights organizations in the effort to stop the spread of hate speech.” Starbucks joins a long list of other companies boycotting advertising on Facebook. According to reports, more than 150 businesses have pledged to pull their Facebook ads.  Verizon, Hershey’s, Honda, The North Face, Ben & Jerry’s, and Patagonia...
    Agustin Paullier, AFP/Getty Given ongoing coronavirus concerns in California, Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered bars closed in multiple counties and making recommendations that others do the same. The governor announced Sunday afternoon, “Due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare, while recommending they close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, & Ventura.” Dr. Sonia Angell, California’s public health director, said in a statement, “We are actively monitoring COVID-19 across the state and working closely with counties where there are increased rates and concerning patterns of transmission. Closing bars in these counties is one of a number of targeted actions counties are implementing across our state to slow the virus’ spread and reduce risk.” Per the LA Times: The list of counties affected by Sunday’s order was based on...
    A least 26 million Americans are expected to be affected by a new wave of severe storms hitting the US this weekend, with flash flooding in areas throughout the Heartland. As storms moved through eastern Missouri, to Southern Illinois and Indiana on Sunday, an additional 2-3 inches of rainfall was expected to hit Kentucky, which alongside the other states was at risk of flash flooding after already taking a hefty hit on Friday. Video from Chicago morning radio host Joe Cicero showed heavy rain, strong winds and lightning hitting Illinois on Friday.  Ventusky Privacy Policy Severe thunderstorms are set for the North East on Tuesday and Wednesday and outdoor plans will be disrupted But a fresh warning came as a line of storms moved southeast through Kentucky and Tennessee, making its way into Virginia and the Carolinas.  The southeast has endured some gusty winds this weekend, with a...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars closed in seven California counties — including Los Angeles — as the state grapples with a surge in coronavirus infections and increasing hospitalizations after reopening most sectors over the past month.
    SACRAMENTO —  Citing the rapid pace of coronavirus spread in some parts of the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered seven counties including Los Angeles to immediately close any bars and nightspots that are open and recommended another eight counties take action on their own to close those businesses. The decision, a sign of growing concern about new COVID-19 cases, was announced in a statement issued by the governor’s state public health director, Dr. Sonia Angell. Bars in seven counties are immediately impacted by the state order: Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings and Imperial. Eight other counties have been asked by state officials to issue local health order closing bars: Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus. “COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” Newsom said in a written statement. “That’s why...
    (CNN) — On February 14, 2018 brothers Adam and Josh Buchwald’s lives changed forever. “I truly believed that this would be the day I died,” Josh told CNN. Josh was a 15-year-old freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Adam was a 16-year-old junior that day a gunman walked into their school and killed 17 people. “A sense of horror came over me when I heard blaring sirens and helicopters circling the air above the school,” said Adam. “After finally reuniting with my family, I cried for hours and my body felt so sore.” “Being in a tragedy like that will not only change you as a person, but influence the appreciation of life,” said Josh. With a new sense of purpose, the brothers found their voices in activism. In February 2018 they created, along with a friend, Parents Promise To Kids, an organization that seeks promises from parents...
    Susan Bergmann spent her 61st birthday swimming in the Bay and eating pizza and cupcakes. Despite COVID-19, she wasn’t alone: she was surrounded by her husband, daughter and the half-dozen friends who have become her “pod” over the past few months. They swim and bike together, a strict group whose members have agreed not to come into social contact with anyone outside of the pod. As the Bay Area begins to reopen, some counties are codifying the kind of system Bergmann’s group has been using since the beginning of the pandemic. In Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and San Mateo Counties, public health officials are now allowing for “social bubbles,” which come with strict guidelines but a lack of enforcement. In all four counties, social bubbles allow for up to 12 people to socialize outside together. Although it’s not required, the counties’ public health departments recommend that bubble members continue to...
    NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks there’s a chance the league could be shut down again if coronavirus spreads to too many players. Right now, a total of 16 NBA players have reportedly tested positive for the virus ahead of games starting back up at Disney in Orlando, Florida. While that’s not really a cause for concern, Silver is willing to pull the plug if things get too bad. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Sixteen NBA players have tested positive for the coronvavirus of 302 players tested, sources tells ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2020 Silver said the following about the situation, according to the New York Post: We haven’t worked through every scenario … [but] if we were to have significant spread of coronavirus throughout the community, that ultimately might lead us to stop it. We’re not saying full steam ahead...
    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said Sunday the “window is closing” to stop the spread of coronavirus, as cases across the South and West surge. Azar said the country is in a different situation than at the last peak of the epidemic a few months ago, noting new therapeutics and advancements of COVID-19 vaccine research, but he added that “the window is closing.” “We have to act, and people as individuals have to act responsibly. We need to social-distance. We need to wear our face-coverings if we're in settings where we can't social-distance, particularly in these hot zones,” Azar said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”  Azar also dismissed the idea that the surge in cases is tied to states reopening and lifting restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. “This isn't about reopening or not reopening. We've got many communities in states that are...
    Former Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden warned Sunday that recent spikes in coronavirus cases in several states are not merely a reflection of increased testing, but a real spread of the virus, and that Americans must remain vigilant in combating the pandemic. Thirteen states recently set record highs for seven-day averages in cases, with a total of 45,755 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. US CORONAVIRUS CASES TOP 2.5 MILLION: HERE ARE THE STATES SEEING NEW SPIKES "The virus has the upper hand," Frieden said on "Fox News Sunday." "This virus is not going to go away on its own. We have to stop it." He recognized that people are tired of staying at home, but said "the virus is not tired of making us sick." Frieden told host Chris Wallace that states reopening too soon is part of why there have been spikes in a number of southern and...
    MIAMI (CNN) — On February 14, 2018 brothers Adam and Josh Buchwald’s lives changed forever. “I truly believed that this would be the day I died,” Josh told CNN. Josh was a 15-year-old freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Adam was a 16-year-old junior that day a gunman walked into their school and killed 17 people. “A sense of horror came over me when I heard blaring sirens and helicopters circling the air above the school,” said Adam. “After finally reuniting with my family, I cried for hours and my body felt so sore.” “Being in a tragedy like that will not only change you as a person, but influence the appreciation of life,” said Josh. With a new sense of purpose, the brothers found their voices in activism. In February 2018 they created, along with a friend, Parents Promise To Kids, an organization that seeks promises from...
    The coronavirus zombifies human cells and causes them to sprout tentacles in order to spread around the body, scientists have discovered. A study led by the University of California saw researchers take microscopic images of this process, which they have described as 'so sinister'. Images show infected cells growing tentacle-like spikes, known as filopodia, which appear to be littered with viral particles. The researchers believe the disease uses the tentacles to 'surf' to healthy cells, where it injects its viral venom into them and creates more zombie cells.   Until now, researchers believed Covid infected like most other viruses - by latching onto healthy cells and turning them into copying machines. But, in people with healthy immune systems, the body can fight off the majority of the virus and prevent it from replicating in high amounts in the body. The latest discovery appears to show that Covid has, at some point in...
    A small city on the outskirts of Houston, Texas has instituted a curfew starting Saturday night due to surging cases of the novel coronavirus, the latest move by officials in some southern and western states to backtrack on their reopening plans. Underscoring the worsening spread of the virus, Florida on Saturday morning reported 9,585 new infections in the last 24 hours, marking a record high for a second day, and 24 additional deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. The mayor of Galena Park, a community of 10,000 people east of Houston, said she was heeding a warning from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, who on Friday raised the public threat level to its most severe, a sign people should shelter at home. "It is crucial to continue to practice good hygiene, stay home as much as possible, avoid unnecessary trips, gatherings, and wear a face-covering at all...
    (CNN)On February 14, 2018 brothers Adam and Josh Buchwald's lives changed forever. "I truly believed that this would be the day I died," Josh told CNN.Josh was a 15-year-old freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Adam was a 16-year-old junior that day a gunman walked into their school and killed 17 people."A sense of horror came over me when I heard blaring sirens and helicopters circling the air above the school," said Adam. "After finally reuniting with my family, I cried for hours and my body felt so sore." "Being in a tragedy like that will not only change you as a person, but influence the appreciation of life," said Josh. Read MoreWith a new sense of purpose, the brothers found their voices in activism. In February 2018 they created, along with a friend, Parents Promise To Kids, an organization that seeks promises from parents to vote for officials who prioritize...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle privately support the #StopHateforProfit campaign that pressures advertisers to withdraw spend from Facebook over its policies on moderating hate speech. A spokesman confirmed the couple's stance to Insider. The two are high-profile additions to a growing list of brands and companies that have temporarily or longer-term halted ad spend on Facebook and other social media companies over the proliferation of hate speech. The campaign to boycott Facebook was launched by US civil rights groups earlier in June after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are privately supporting the #StopHateforProfit campaign that pressures big brands to withdraw ad spend from Facebook until it moderates hate speech and misinformation on its platform more strictly. A spokesman for the couple confirmed their stance to Insider on Saturday, but offered...
    MIAMI – The coronavirus forces us to implement changes and technologies in our daily lives, such as a disinfecting tunnel. Not only will you see it in commercial places, it can also be installed in houses, and it will even be seen on board some cruises soon. Hamlet García, manager of the company “The Lounge” says that “with the latent threat that exists with COVID-19 we can say that we are 99.9% protected when we go through the tunnel”. Hamlet revealed that the base of the product they use to disinfect is a peroxide with different compounds approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Many times people believe that when they enter the tunnel they will feel the steam, sauna, hot sensation. No, on the contrary, it is totally dry ”, he adds. The tunnel is easy to assemble in minutes: you lay it on...
    Coronavirus — MIAMI – The coronavirus forces us to implement changes and technologies in our daily lives, such as a disinfecting tunnel. Not only will you see it in commercial places, it can also be installed in houses, and it will even be seen on board some cruises soon. Hamlet García, manager of the company “The Lounge” says that “with the latent threat that exists with COVID-19 we can say that we are 99.9% protected when we go through the tunnel”. Hamlet revealed that the base of the product they use to disinfect is a peroxide with different compounds approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Many times people believe that when they enter the tunnel they will feel the steam, sauna, hot sensation. No, on the contrary, it is totally dry ”, he adds. The tunnel is easy to assemble in minutes: you lay...
    Coronavirus — The coronavirus forces us to implement changes, with systems like these, for example. Not only will they see it in commercial places, they can also be at home. They are tunnels. And a cruise line is going to install them on their ships. Hamlet García, manager of the company “The Lounge ”says that“ With the latent threat that exists with the Covid_19 we can say that we are 99.9 percent protected when we go through the tunnel. “ Hamlet told us that the basis of the product that used to disinfect is a peroxide with different compounds approved by the Environmental protection agency. “Many Sometimes people believe that when they enter the tunnel they will feel the sensation steam, sauna, hot. No, it is quite the opposite, it is totally dry ”, He says. The tunnel is easy to assemble and you need only minutes....
    Even though a recent coronavirus outbreak was tied to a fresh food market in Beijing, health officials do not believe the virus can be spread through food or food packaging, the South China Morning Post reports. Imported and domestic produce, meats and seafoods in China have been tested for COVID-19 since the June 11 outbreak, according to the newspaper. No tests have turned up positive. “There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Food and Drug Administration commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement on Wednesday. “The U.S. food safety system, overseen by our agencies, is the global leader in ensuring the safety of our food products, including product for export.” Other international health and food organizations agree there is no proof that the virus can be spread through food or packaging. The Food and Agriculture...
    MENLO PARK (CNN) — The US Department of Justice is warning Americans about fraudulent cards distributed on Facebook by a group encouraging people to not wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The laminated cards feature an image of an eagle and say “Face Mask Exempt Card” in bold letters across the top. They appear to be geared toward people trying to skirt state and business requirements to wear face masks in public, or to receive service. The card also references the DOJ and the Americans with Disabilities Act. But Freedom to Breathe Agency, the group that posted them on its website and distributed the cards, isn’t a federal or state agency. It’s a group with Menlo Park-based social media site Facebook that says on its website it’s trying to stop face mask orders “from spreading nationwide and globally.” Its founder, Lenka Koloma, told CNN it wasn’t making any recommendations to...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City’s main wholesale market detects dozens of coronavirus cases every week. A covered food market in Venezuela was the source of one of the largest outbreaks in the country. And every single merchant in a vast market in Peru has tested positive for the virus. As the coronavirus pandemic swamps countries from Mexico to Argentina, public health officials are struggling to contain outbreaks seeded at Latin America’s iconic covered food markets, a beloved, essential feature of life in the region — and a near-perfect setting for spreading the disease. With hundreds of millions relying on such markets for their food and livelihoods, officials are debating whether and how they can operate safely. With inconsistent testing, huge gaps in health coverage, poorly enforced social distancing measures and widespread inequality, many Latin American countries are seeing large and rising numbers of new cases daily, making the...
    Following Friday’s coronavirus task force briefing, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta started off his reaction by saying, “Despite what you heard, we are in the middle of a public health disaster.” “And it wasn’t an inevitable health disaster, to be clear,” he said. “One of the first things that was said is all 50 states are opening safely and responsibly. That’s simply not true.” Gupta said not a single state actually followed the strict opening criteria the task force laid out. “They say that we have greatly expanded testing. We’re still at 10 percent of the testing we should be doing at this point in this pandemic,” he continued. “They say we’ve had 45 days to stop the spread… We haven’t stopped the spread. We can put up the graph. You see what’s happened here. We’ve had our highest number of infections since this pandemic began. The highest just happened...
    Vice President Mike Pence is keeping a public coronavirus activity power briefing quickly, the to start with formal community conference considering the fact that April 27. The briefing arrives a working day soon after the US noticed a file amount of new coronavirus circumstances in a solitary day with 37,077 claimed Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins College. Thursday’s total eclipsed the prior high on April 24, when 36,291 new coronavirus instances were being documented throughout the nation. At the very least 32 states are looking at an maximize in scenarios of Covid-19, and California, Oklahoma and Texas are viewing refreshing significant peaks. The briefing will not acquire area at the White Dwelling, but at the Division of Health and fitness and Human Solutions, according to a plan introduced by the White Residence. Because Pence was tapped to lead the coronavirus endeavor power on February 27, there have been a overall...
    LEWISVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Lewisville is launching the “Mask Up Lewisville” awareness campaign to encourage residents to wear a mask or facial covering while in public as a way to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The campaign, which begins Monday, June 29, consists of social media posts and posters at various City facilities featuring Lewisville City Council members, the police chief, and the fire chief all wearing masks with the tagline “My mask protects you; Your mask protects me.” This awareness campaign is an extension of the safety standards the City already practices at all facilities. City employees are wearing masks to and from their cars at city buildings, in the common areas of those buildings, and when interacting with members of the public in situations that do not allow proper physical distancing. The number of COVID-19 infections is going up daily in Texas. The disease is...
    (CNN) — The US Department of Justice is warning Americans about fraudulent cards distributed on Facebook by a group encouraging people to not wear masks during the Covid-19 pandemic. The laminated cards feature an image of an eagle and say “Face Mask Exempt Card” in bold letters across the top. They appear to be geared toward people trying to skirt state and business requirements to wear face masks in public, or to receive service. The card also references the DOJ and the Americans with Disabilities Act. But Freedom to Breathe Agency, the group that posted them on its website and distributed the cards, isn’t a federal or state agency. It’s a Facebook group that says on its website it’s trying to stop face mask orders “from spreading nationwide and globally.” Its founder, Lenka Koloma, told CNN it wasn’t making any recommendations to anyone and the group’s mission is “freedom and personal liberty.”...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday limiting certain businesses and services in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus in the state as cases continue to rise. [MAP: The Spread of Coronavirus] The order mandates that bars that earn more than 51% of their gross receipts from alcohol close at noon Friday. They may remain open for delivery and take out. Restaurants can continue dine-in service at 50% capacity indoors beginning on Monday. Outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people must be approved by local governments. "As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the state of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Abbott said in a statement. "At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions...