Health officials say the best ways to curb this crisis are also some of the easiest: Avoid gatherings, stay at least 6 feet away from others and wear a mask. But despite the continuing rise in cases, some Americans are still choosing to attend large events and refusing to wear face coverings.
“We’re getting close to about 55% of Americans wearing a mask,” said Dr. Chris Murray, a researcher behind an influential coronavirus model from the University of Washington. “That’s good news, but of course it’s a long way to go before we get to the levels like Singapore has at 95%, which would really save a lot of lives in this country.”
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Q: Do some people have protection against the coronavirus?
The study found that a large percentage of the population appears to have immune cells that are able to recognize parts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Among a sample of 68 healthy adults in Germany who had not been exposed to the coronavirus, 35% had T cells in their blood that were reactive to the virus. T cells are part of the immune system and help protect the body from infection. The researchers think this protection may come in part from past exposure to one of the four known circulating coronaviruses that cause the common cold in millions of people every year.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Melbourne wakes up to a new lockdown reality
The state recorded 429 new Covid-19 infections Sunday, down from 671 cases the day before. In total, Victoria reported 12,000 infections and 136 deaths so far.
Coronavirus reaches top levels of India’s politics
India has just experienced its deadliest week since the start of the pandemic, registering 5,300 Covid-19 deaths in the past seven days.
After meeting Modi, Shah also met with other government officials and members of parliament, including lawmaker Babul Supriyo, who said yesterday that he would be self-isolating and getting tested.
Uttar Pradesh’s minister for technical education, Kamal Rani Varun, died yesterday at a hospital in Lucknow, where she was receiving treatment for coronavirus.
Critics accuse Duterte of using Covid-19 to crack down on dissent
Questioning the world’s toughest coronavirus restrictions can be a risky business in the Philippines.
In mid-March, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered parts of the country into a quarantine that would eventually last up to 80 days, and become one of the world’s longest and strictest lockdowns.
Protests against job losses and food shortages during that period were met with a strong police response and mass arrests. In April, Duterte publicly said police should “shoot … dead” anyone who violated virus restrictions.
August will be key in Latin America’s coronavirus fight
At least six top government officials have tested positive for the coronavirus so far in Brazil, the country with the second-highest number of confirmed cases and deaths globally after the US. More than a dozen officials, including the interim president, have tested positive for the coronavirus in Bolivia, which broke its own record for new infections in a single day last week. Peru, Argentina and Colombia are trying to catch up to surging case numbers with new quarantine orders. And on Friday, Mexico overtook the United Kingdom to become the country with the third-highest number of Covid-19 fatalities globally, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
ON OUR RADAR
- 36 crew on a Norwegian arctic cruise ship have tested positive for Covid-19.
- The British government has procured millions of two separate tests that will be able to detect the virus in 90 minutes. The tests will be rolled out in hospitals, care homes and labs across the UK next week.
- A major incident has been declared in Manchester, England over increases in coronavirus infection rates across “multiple localities.”
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says the Netflix film “Red Notice” will resume shooting in a quarantined bubble.
- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for Covid-19.
- The coronavirus has reunited two long-lost sisters who haven’t seen each other in over 50 years.
- Dozens of people attended a first responders party at a bar in Los Angeles on Friday night — without wearing masks or adhering to social distancing.
- After being on a ventilator for six weeks due to Covid-19, 28-year-old Mayra Ramirez was so sick she needed a double lung transplant. Her message to those not taking the virus seriously: “It happened to me. It can happen to them.”
- Georgia’s largest school district has confirmed that around 260 employees have either tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed.
‘Not all screen use is equal’
When it comes to screen time, parents should start worrying less about the amount of time their teenagers are online and instead focus on the quality of the content.
In the age of online classes and Zoom friends and family meetups, the quality of teen content is more important than ever, and parents should begin to learn about the online content their child is engaging with rather than counting the minutes on the clock.
Sonia Livingstone, a professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics, suggests that parents look out for three C’s when monitoring their children’s online activities: content, connections and context.
— Dr. Grenita Lathan, Houston Independent School District
How does one of the largest school districts in the country plan for more than 200,000 K-12 students to start the year virtually? CNN’s Bianna Golodryga speaks with Lathan, the interim superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, about her decision to keep students and teachers out of the classroom when they first “return” to school — and how “in-person” learning may eventually be achieved. Listen Now.