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An outbreak has killed one, infected 43 at California hospital. An inflatable holiday costume is likely to blame, officials say. Trump’s Focus as the Pandemic Raged What Would It Mean for Him? The Plague Year. Patients are getting infected with covid 19 in the hospital. It happened to one ofmine and killed him.

Inside a Rhode Island field hospital, preparing for the worst of the pandemic. Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2020. Tallying up a year of loss A lot of pounds, too many loved ones, countless connections. Trump said Covid-19 testing 'creates more cases.' We did the math. The counter-narrative began almost instantly.

Trump said Covid-19 testing 'creates more cases.' We did the math

After the U.S. count of Covid-19 cases began an inexorable rise in June, the White House sought to assure Americans that the increase was, basically, an illusion, created by an increase in testing for the novel coronavirus. In a June 15 tweet, President Trump said testing “makes us look bad.” At his campaign rally in Tulsa five days later, he said he had asked his “people” to “slow the testing down, please.” At a White House press conference last week, he told reporters, “When you test, you create cases.”

Tracking vaccine distribution, state by state. Lessons from the pandemic fall Infections are rare in classrooms, not off campus. FDA review con!rms safety and efficacy of P!zer coronavirus vaccine. Can we stop talking about natural COVID-19 herd immunity? This week, Scott Atlas resigned from his controversial role as key pandemic situation adviser to President Donald Trump.

Can we stop talking about natural COVID-19 herd immunity?

During his tenure at the White House, Atlas—who has no background in epidemiology, infectious disease, immunology, or virology—loudly resisted mask science and argued that we are faced with a choice between the economy and public health. Atlas also promoted the idea that the solution to the coronavirus pandemic is to do nothing while massive numbers of people get sick so we can achieve herd immunity. As an epidemiologist whose very specific area of expertise is herd immunity, I was glad when I saw that he had resigned. Perhaps now I can stop trying to explain to people why achieving herd immunity through massive infection is not a solution to the pandemic. But probably not, since Rand Paul and other politicians are still out there promoting these ideas. Getting to herd immunity is the goal—it’s the goal of a vaccination program.

Hospital Payments and the COVID-19 Death Count. Q: Are hospitals inflating the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths so they can be paid more?

Hospital Payments and the COVID-19 Death Count

A: Recent legislation pays hospitals higher Medicare rates for COVID-19 patients and treatment, but there is no evidence of fraudulent reporting. Are hospitals getting 13,000 per patient if they write that on the diagnosis is COVID19 on the patient’s chart, and 35,000 for each patient if they are on ventilators? I keep seeing posts in social media claiming that hospitals are over-stating covid-19 deaths because the they are paid more for these deaths … The YouTube video link here is attributed to Fox News with the headline “US: Hospitals Get Paid More to List Patients as COVID-19…” Can you provide any clarification?

One website ran a story headlined, “US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as ‘Coronavirus.'” Pfizer tells U.S. officials it cannot supply substantial additional vaccine until late June or July. Which Covid-19 Rules Are Useless? Too Many of Them. A clutter of unhelpful pandemic rules is wearing people down.

Which Covid-19 Rules Are Useless? Too Many of Them

One-way systems in stores, outdoor mask mandates, ceaselessly cleaning groceries and packages — should these things be our top priorities for limiting the spread of Covid-19? Harvard’s Joseph Allen is an associate professor of exposure assessment science and one of the world’s experts on why some indoor spaces are worse than others for spreading viruses. A gamble pays off in ‘spectacular success’ How the leading coronavirus vaccines made it to the finish line. The difference in how the pandemic has affected the U.S. and South Korea remains staggering.

Trump’s biggest remaining challenge — if he’s up to it. More people are getting COVID-19 twice, suggesting immunity wanes quickly in some. Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation.

More people are getting COVID-19 twice, suggesting immunity wanes quickly in some

In late June, Sanne de Jong developed nausea, shortness of breath, sore muscles, and a runny nose. At first, she thought it might be lingering effects from her COVID-19 infection in the spring. De Jong, 22, had tested positive on 17 April and suffered mild symptoms for about 2 weeks. She tested negative on 2 May—just in time to say farewell to her dying grandmother—and returned to work as a nursing intern in a hospital in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

But when her symptoms re-emerged, her doctor suggested she get tested again. Related The call from her municipal health service came on 3 July. Americans' Social Distancing Habits Have Tapered Since July. Story Highlights New low of 70% avoiding events with large crowds53% staying away from public places, 45% small gatherings WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans are less likely now than at any point since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic to say they are avoiding events with large crowds (70%), public places such as stores and restaurants (53%) and small gatherings (45%).

Americans' Social Distancing Habits Have Tapered Since July

Though each of these behaviors has changed only slightly from late August, they represent significant declines from mid-to-late July and new low points for each of their respective trends since Gallup's initial March 13-15 reading. CDC adviser to vote Tuesday on who will be first in line for vaccine. Safari Nov 29, 2020 at 11:15 AM. R number for UK below 1 for first time since August. What the data say about asymptomatic COVID infections. How many people don’t experience any symptoms after becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2?

What the data say about asymptomatic COVID infections

And what is their role in spreading COVID-19? These have been key questions since the beginning of the pandemic. Now, evidence suggests that about one in five infected people will experience no symptoms, and they will transmit the virus to significantly fewer people than someone with symptoms. But researchers are divided about whether asymptomatic infections are acting as a ‘silent driver’ of the pandemic.

Although there is a growing understanding of asymptomatic infections, researchers say that people should continue to use measures to reduce viral spread, including social distancing and wearing masks, regardless of whether they have symptoms. Research early in the pandemic suggested that the rate of asymptomatic infections could be as high as 81%. Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China. Study population and ethical approvals Wuhan has about 11 million residents in total, with seven urban and eight suburban districts.

Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China

Residents are living in 7280 residential communities (or residential enclosures, “xiao-qu” in Chinese), and each residential community could be physically isolated from other communities for preventing transmission of COVID-19. The screening programme recruited residents (including recovered COVID-19 patients) currently living in Wuhan who were aged ≥6 years (5,162,960 males, 52.2%).

All participants provided written or verbal informed consent after reading a statement that explained the purpose of the testing. Most States Aren’t Ready to Distribute the Leading COVID-19 Vaccine. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.

Most States Aren’t Ready to Distribute the Leading COVID-19 Vaccine

Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. As the first coronavirus vaccine takes a major stride toward approval, state governments’ distribution plans show many are not ready to deliver the shots. The challenge is especially steep in rural areas, many of which are contending with a surge of infections, meaning that access to the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines may be limited by geography. Pfizer announced Monday that its vaccine demonstrated more than 90% effectiveness and no serious bad reactions in early trial results — an impressive outcome that will pave the way for the company to seek an emergency authorization once it collects more safety data for another week or two.

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After Big Thanksgiving Dinners, Plan Small Christmas Funerals, Health Experts Warn - Mississippi Free Press

Aerosol transmission of Covid-19: A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air. The coronavirus is spread through the air, especially in indoor spaces. While it is not as infectious as measles, scientists now openly acknowledge the role played by the transmission of aerosols – tiny contagious particles exhaled by an infected person that remain suspended in the air of an indoor environment.

How does the transmission work? And, more importantly, how can we stop it? The false promise of herd immunity for COVID-19. In May, the Brazilian city of Manaus was devastated by a large outbreak of COVID-19. Hospitals were overwhelmed and the city was digging new grave sites in the surrounding forest. But by August, something had shifted. Will a vaccine stop Covid? If there’s a finish line in sight for the grim marathon that has been Covid-19, it’s a vaccine. It will be – we all hope – the thing that signals a return to some sort of normality, eventually. COVID 19 Revisiting Our 2nd Wave Simulations and Back to Work Trajectory 7 23 20. What Fans of ‘Herd Immunity’ Don’t Tell You. Some states listened to the advice and have done well, just as many schools listened and have reopened without seeing a surge. But the Trump administration and too many governors never got behind these measures, reopened too many states too soon, and still haven’t straightened out testing.

Worse, the White House has all but embraced herd immunity and has also poisoned the public with misinformation, making it all but impossible to get national, near-universal compliance with public health advice for the foreseeable future. As a result, the United States is not in a good place, and achieving near containment of the virus — as South Korea (441 deaths), Australia (904 deaths), Japan (1,657 deaths) and several other countries have done — is impossible. We can, however, still aim for results akin to those of Canada, where there were 23 deaths on Friday, and Germany, which suffered 24 deaths on Friday. John M. A Dose of Optimism, as the Pandemic Rages On. By then, Dr. Slaoui has estimated, the factories under contract will have produced enough vaccine for 30 to 40 million people, and then another 80 to 90 million people every month after that.

Assuming nothing goes wrong, he said, there will be enough doses for all 330 million Americans to be vaccinated by next June. Bill Gates, who is not part of Operation Warp Speed but works with it to develop vaccines for the world’s poor, has agreed with that timetable. There will inevitably be distribution problems, but the military is standing by to help. The anti-lockdown scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked. Covid-19 herd immunity, explained. White House Coronavirus Measures Are Missing. The West Wing is a smaller space than people imagine, and with credentials, a reporter can venture far enough to get a good feel for the building’s culture.

FAQs on Protecting Yourself from Aerosol Transmission. RedState COVID Troll Streiff is Actually Bill Crews, and He Actually Works for Dr. Anthony Fauci. Charting the pandemic over the next 12 months — and beyond. Think back through the pandemic. America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral. Twitter. Woodhull Hospital Hosts Summit on How to Prepare for a Flu Pandemic. Woodhull Hospital gathered more than 100 health care experts at the beginning of the month for a workshop to develop strategies on how to respond to a potential flu outbreak that could affect millions of people. A Supercomputer's Covid-19 Analysis Yields a New Way to Understand the Virus.

Wear Your Mask and Stop Talking. So while New York City spends $15 million a month blasting its subways with antimicrobial sprays, the Japanese keep their trains safe with a cheaper tactic: masking up and shutting up. - The Washington Post. - The Washington Post. - The Washington Post. - The Washington Post. - The Washington Post. Column: Bill Plaschke talks about his COVID-19 experience.

We’re Reopening Notre Dame. It’s Worth the Risk. SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is a distinguished immunologist and an advocate for public health. I have the privilege of sharing with him an education in Catholic schools laden with the study of classical texts, philosophy and theology. Serum Institute of India Is Ready to Produce a Coronavirus Vaccine. Are the models actually wrong? - The Washington Post. - The Washington Post. New Zealand Marks 100 Days of Virus Elimination. ‘Silent’ Coronavirus Transmission the Primary Driver of COVID-19 Outbreaks. COVID-Lab: Mapping COVID-19 in Your Community. How a $175 COVID-19 Test Led to $2,479 in Charges.

The Damage We’re Not Attending To - Issue 87: Risk. 25% in US see at least some truth in conspiracy theory that COVID-19 was planned. - The Washington Post. How to talk to conspiracy theorists—and still be kind. - The Washington Post. White House document shows 18 states in coronavirus "red zone" Colleges Prepare to Test Thousands of Students for Covid-19.

- The Washington Post. Larry Brilliant on How Well We Are Fighting Covid-19. Larry Brilliant on How Well We Are Fighting Covid-19. The Pandemic Is the Long Overdue Reality Check for Trump, Johnson, Bolsonaro, and Other Populists. - The Washington Post. - The Washington Post. Quanta Magazine. How the White House Coronavirus Response Went Wrong. The ‘Rocket Ship’ Economic Recovery Is Crashing. How the Virus Won. Alessandro Vespignani (@alexvespi) / Twitter. Coronavirus: How The CDC Lost Control Of The Pandemic. COVID was never “under control” in America. How We Reopen Safely -