SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 8.18.2020

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Junk covid cure being peddled by Trump admin hangers on could be deadly. Trump eyes new unproven coronavirus “cure” Oleander or Oleandrin can be toxic and lethal.

COVID-19 now No. 3 cause of death in US  The coronavirus is behind only heart disease and cancer among causes of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Covid is now the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S. — ahead of accidents, injuries, lung disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many, many other causes,” Thomas Frieden, former director of the CDC, told CNN on Monday.

Covid mutation may make virus more infectious but less deadly

Gum disease increases risk of severe covid

Fred Hutch: 80% of people infected do not spread COVID-19; super spreaders driving transmission

28 infected after Maine Wedding

Covid survivors that don’t require hospitalization also can have mental health problems.

GA hiding virus data from public

“This is exactly what we’ve been warning about”: Why some school reopenings have backfired – The most important variable in reopening schools in this pandemic is community transmission.

GA school district that went viral for crowded hallways has 54 confirmed covid cases, more in quarantine.

3 “more” covid cases at Nebraska school district

LAUSD announces plan to test all students, teachers for COVID-19 as school year begins virtually

Oklahoma high school student knowingly went to class with coronavirus, officials say – The Moore Public Schools Administration said the Westmoore High School student was asymptomatic and believed it was safe to attend the first day of classes.

GA: Cherokee closes 3rd high school as 500 students quarantined for COVID

Texas: Navarro ISD confirms 18 coronavirus cases, halts football program

Memphis: Schools can stay open until coronavirus positivity rate hits 25%, Shelby County health department says

Health adviser to de Blasio warns schools will become ‘hotbeds’ for coronavirus 

Oklahoma State sorority house reports 23 positive coronavirus cases – Greek life has been a source of numerous coronavirus cases in the last few weeks as the nation debates the reopening of schools for in-person learning.

Covid outbreaks at multiple US universities

UNC closes, goes online only after outbreak

135 covid cases at UNC Chapel Hill in first week of open campus

A teachers’ strike closed down a school district in Arizona that was set to begin classes on Monday.
Phoenix: J.O. Combs Unified School District cancels classes Tuesday, Wednesday as staff continue ‘sick-out’ 

More than 90 percent of California students likely to start school online, Newsom says 

“College students raise alarm by packing bars, avoiding masks

Maskless student gatherings mar return as more Ga. colleges begin this week 

Less than half of Seattle elementary kids logged in to learning portal last spring

CDC blindsided by Trump’s statement it could deploy teams to schools this fall

CDC asks 4 states and a city to draft vaccine distribution plans

U.S. will prepare coronavirus strain for potential human challenge trials

The Hill interview: NIH chief addresses concerns about speed of COVID-19 vaccine development

Coronavirus Drugs Are Taking Longer Than Expected – Antibody trials sponsored by Regeneron and Eli Lilly are off to a slow start because of a dearth of tests, overwhelmed hospitals and reluctant patients.

CDC gives three-month window of immunity after COVID-19 infection

Fauci says attempt to get coronavirus herd immunity would result in ‘enormous’ death toll – Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discussed herd immunity with actor Matthew McConaughey Thursday on Instagram.

A negative COVID-19 test does not mean recovery – Pandemic policy must include defining and measuring what we mean by mild infection.

Your lingering questions about covid, answered.

Primary care doctors at highest risk of contracting covid at work

The Pandemic Has Revealed America’s Zip Code Map of Inequality

Analysis: ‘Significant Disparities’ Found In COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Minnesota, Other States

Paris declared ‘circulating zone’ for coronavirus as cases mount

Asia Today: S. Korea’s cases jump again, lower in Victoria

China new local COVID-19 cases fall as Xinjiang cluster recedes

Japan’s economy shrinks at record rate, slammed by pandemic – For the April-June period, Japan’s exports dropped at a whopping annual rate of 56 percent

‘We Can’t Live Like Zombies’: Protesters In Spain Decry COVID-19 Mask Mandate
*Protesters blamed a conspiracy theory that blames 5G cellular networks for the virus

‘The trend can’t continue’: Merkel rules out easing coronavirus rules as German cases spike 

New Zealand rules out COVID-19 outbreak links to freight or frozen items

Poland’s health minister resigns amid coronavirus second wave fears – Łukasz Szumowski has faced accusations that he allowed friends and family to make money because of their ties to him.

L.A. County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline as case total tops 220,700

Newsom: More counties added to California’s COVID-19 watchlist as Santa Cruz is removed
‘Stay the course’: L.A. County health officials report progress in fight against COVID-19 but urge caution

COVID-19 numbers in Arizona improve; state pressured to open gyms and bars

Covid exposure at concert during Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, SD

Sources: Cincinnati Reds player tests positive for coronavirus

10 Staffers From Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Westbrook Productions Test Positive for COVID-19

Mall of America 3 months behind on loan payments, struggling to recover from covid woes.

300 Pizza Hut locations to close due to pandemic woes

Attention pizza lovers: COVID-19 making pepperoni harder to come by

South Dakota declines to boost unemployment payments under Trump’s order

“MBA: “Mortgage Delinquencies Spike in the Second Quarter of 2020

WA: Mexican workers who left mid-harvest describe a COVID-ridden cherry season in Okanogan County: ‘It was like we were disposable

Trump elevates Scott Atlas, a doctor with a rosier coronavirus outlook – Unlike Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, the new senior adviser is telling the president what he likes to hear.

 

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