SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 9.18.2020

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No Longer Does Sweden Beat US in Covid-19 Deaths per Capita  And the US is fast approaching Italy’s record. Note that Sweden’s neighbor Denmark has suffered a much lower fatality rate, even though over the past two quarters, it has experienced an only marginally lower growth rate (8.9% vs 8.1% for Sweden, not SAAR).

CDC reverses guidance on COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people
* please see the political headlines at the end of today’s report for the back story behind this.

USA high covid19 rates are helping confirm if vaccine works: “Moderna expects to know if its coronavirus vaccine works by November, CEO says

Covid-19 Live Updates: Drugmaker Shares Details of Its Vaccine Trial In releasing the blueprint, Moderna hopes to earn the trust of the public and of scientists who have clamored for details of its study.

Moderna Trial Protocol Released: “COVE Study: Participate to Make a World of Difference

AstraZeneca’s trial illnesses may not be due to COVID-19 shot, Oxford University says

“A vaccine alone won’t stop Covid-19. We also need a trusted plan for it

“CDC director says face masks may provide more protection than coronavirus vaccine

Trump admin unveils plan for distributing coronavirus vaccines – The push to vaccinate Americans comes as health agencies have faced outsized pressure from President Donald Trump and his political appointees.

CDC says U.S. should have enough coronavirus vaccine to return to ‘regular life’ by third quarter of 2021

Enough people have to take a Covid-19 vaccine for it to be efficient, Fauci says

Does Virus Dose or Load Predict How Sick You Get With COVID-19? — Initial exposure, strength of virus infection both seen as contributors to illness severity

‘Very serious situation’ unfolding in Europe, WHO warns, as cases rise dramatically

Madrid tightens restrictions after coronavirus cases spike – Thirty-seven areas of the Spanish capital will be subject to tougher rules.

Boris Johnson says second coronavirus wave ‘absolutely inevitable’ – UK prime minister doesn’t rule out ‘circuit break’ lockdown in England coinciding with the half-term holidays in October.

How did coronavirus get transferred from animals to humans? Scientists may have an answer – Experts insist there is evidence the virus was not man-made.

De Blasio delays in-person schooling a second time

Two Bay Area school districts announce distance learning through 2020

“Cops drag anti-masker out of South Dakota school board meeting

SD: Pierre school district suspends all varsity sports due to “significant” covid cases in the district.

Womens prison in Pierre SD has a significant outbreak

South Dakota hits an all time high virus hospitalization rate of 144 on 9.18

Iowa posts 3rd-fastest COVID spread in nation; more than 2,700 educators have tested positive

Hawaii to lift COVID-19 quarantine for visitors starting October 15 – Surge in demand for flights could mean higher airfares for fall trips

An Idaho pastor skeptical of masks lands in the ICU for Covid-19

House GOP leader says he trusts Trump over CDC director on vaccine timing 

Meadows disputes CDC director’s vaccine timeline

Emails Detail Effort to Silence C.D.C. and Question Its Science Emails from a former top Trump health official and his science adviser show how the two refused to accept Centers for Disease Control and Prevention science and sought to silence the agency.

Top HHS spokesperson Caputo to take medical leave – Paul Alexander — who was at the center of efforts to muzzle the department’s career scientists — also will be leaving HHS.

‘It just created a public relations nightmare’: Inside Michael Caputo’s time at HHS – Installed by Trump himself, the bombastic spokesman seized control of Covid-19 messaging, with disastrous results.

Health Official Out To Manipulate CDC Reports Has Deep Russian Ties Michael Caputo’s efforts to change CDC reports to make Trump look good could be even more complicated.

Top HHS spokesperson Caputo to take medical leave. Michael Caputo will take a 60-day medical leave of absence from his role as the Department of Health and Human Service’s top spokesperson — a decision that comes days after he accused government scientists of “sedition” and warned of coming left-wing violence in a Facebook video.

Though CDC Director Robert Redfield denied it, current and former agency officials told STAT that he has too easily caved to political pressures from the White House on COVID-19.

Trump disagrees with CDC head about mask use

Trump disputes CDC director on vaccine timing, says ‘he made a mistake

Donald Trump: If I Could Do COVID All Over Again, I’d Still Let 196,000 People Die

White House Staff Members Reportedly Test Positive For COVID-19 Less Than 24 Hours After President Donald Trump Visited Philadelphia

Trump: My people got ‘outplayed’ on coronavirus public relations battle

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