But that anti-scientific skepticism around Covid-19 has also had personal consequences for Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease expert. “Getting death threats for me and my family, harassing my daughters to the point where I need to get security…I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it, and don’t like what you and I say, namely in the word of science, that they actually threaten you,” he said. “I wish that they did not have to go through that.”
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Q: Is it true that kids aren’t big spreaders of coronavirus? How much do children get Covid-19?
A: While children are far less likely to die from the coronavirus than adults, more studies are showing that kids can contract and spread it — contrary to claims made by Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
A study out of South Korea shows children who are at least 10 years old can transmit Covid-19 within a household just as much as adults can.
In the US, a CDC study showed more than half of the children ages 6 to 10 who attended a Georgia summer camp in June and got tested for Covid-19 tested positive. The study — which examined test results following a camp that more than 600 children and 120 staffers attended — found that 51% of those ages 6 to 10 tested positive; 44% of those ages 11 to 17 tested positive; and 33% of those ages 18 to 21 tested positive.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
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The disease often triggers significant inflammation in its victims, in some cases producing a so-called cytokine storm, which appears to be causing the worst damage in advanced patients.
Key coronavirus symptoms that are widely accepted include fever, cough and shortness of breath, but a range of other signs have been suggested. The loss of smell and taste, another outlier, was recently included on the list of most common symptoms by the US CDC.
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The rising case numbers appear to be driven by younger people who are not taking the virus seriously. Since the beginning of June, the case rate for people in the age group of 30 to 49 nearly tripled and the case rate for people between the ages of 18 to 29 nearly quadrupled. “This is also the age group that is most likely to be attending the large parties that we keep seeing,” LA County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.
One man went to a church. Almost 100 others got infected.
“It spread like wildfire, wildfire. Very, very scary,” De Wine said, urging everyone in the state to wear masks and practice social distancing.
To illustrate how one infected person can spread the virus, state health officials released a color graphic showing how the cases radiated to some who weren’t even at the service. One instance of spread was a family in which a 34-year-old man became sick. His 31-year-old wife also became infected, as did four children between the ages of 1 and 11. The wife and two children of the 56-year-old worshipper mentioned by the governor also got sick.
Beirut hospitals were already struggling. Then a blast injured 5,000 people.
Muslims are being blamed for England’s coronavirus outbreaks
Muslims in England have found themselves blamed for spreading the coronavirus after the UK government announced local lockdowns just hours before Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals in Islam. The affected areas included Greater Manchester, Leicester and other places with a significant Islamic population.
Craig Whittaker, a Conservative MP suggested that England’s ethnic minorities were not adhering to pandemic guidelines. “If you look at the areas where we’ve seen rises and cases the vast majority — not, by any stretch of the imagination, all areas — but it is the BAME [Black, Asian, and minority ethnic] communities that are not taking it seriously enough,” Whittaker said Friday during an interview with LBC radio. When asked if he was talking about the Muslim population, Whittaker replied: “Of course.”
ON OUR RADAR
- Germany has reported more than 1,000 new cases for the first time in three months, and France has seen the highest daily rise in infections in more than two months.
- People are getting sick and even dying after swallowing hand sanitizer, the US CDC said.
- Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, his office said in a statement, making him the third congressman over the last week to report having the virus.
- A woman in Texas is praying every night below her husband’s hospital window as he fights the coronavirus.
- North Korea’s first suspected coronavirus patient was tested but the results were “inconclusive.”
- Over 100 students have been quarantined in a Mississippi school district after several individuals tested positive for Covid-19.
- Best friends, married for 35 years, died from coronavirus just 11 days apart.
- L’Oreal workers are worried they could lose their jobs if they don’t return to the office.
- “Big Brother” has returned with color-coded pods and no hugs.
- A lottery prize winner got her check from a robot. Because, pandemic.
- Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe tested positive for Covid-19 after a house arrest order.
- Chicago public schools will start the school year all virtual.
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The global pandemic has sparked a corporate work-from-home revolution — a new opportunity for many workers who for decades have been tethered to offices, daily commutes and in-person meetings.
- Openly and consistently talk about mental health
- Train managers on mental health
- Ditch the “one-size-fits-all” approach
- Redesign employee benefits to support mental health
- Show that your commitment to mental health is authentic
“For most students, they need an adult at home that can problem-solve with them. Keep them focused and just support them similarly to what you see in the classroom.” — Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District