Coronavirus Live Blog 9.21.2020

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Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus is spread through the air

Half of US states see increase in new cases: Among the states reporting more new cases in the last seven days are Wisconsin, Idaho, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas, all of which are also reporting test positivity rates above 15%.

Wisconsin surpasses 100,000 COVID cases, 20 percent of new tests are positive

Minnesota reports 1,318 more COVID-19 cases, a new single-day high
Daily tallies for hospitalized patients in Minnesota have been trending down or holding steady in recent weeks.

Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 1,402 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths
The preliminary seven-day positivity rate from September 13 – September 19 is 3.5%. As of Saturday night, 1,417 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 357 patients in the ICU and 151 patients on ventilators.

Florida reports 2,521 new COVID-19 cases, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Monroe report 0 deaths
The state says its daily positive test rate has been under 5% each day since Sept. 10 with an average daily positive rate for the last seven reported days of 4.31%

Thousands of New York ‘Long Haulers’ Struggle with COVID-19 Months After Diagnosis

More than half of Covid-19 patients have lasting fatigue, research suggests – Researchers are still learning about the long-term effects of the coronavirus.

HHS testing czar warns Covid-19 progress ‘could be fleeting, or even reversed’ – Warnings from top federal health officials clashed with President Donald Trump’s rosier predictions about the pandemic’s trajectory. The country’s recent progress against Covid-19 could be short-lived if Americans do not continue to take precautions like mask wearing and social distancing, HHS testing czar Brett Giroir said Wednesday.

COVID-19 numbers are surging. Are you part of the problem? Here’s what you need to stop — or start — doing now

14% of U.S. adults say they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are ‘pretty sure’ they have had it

Improvement in ICU care is improving death rate

This theory might explain “Covid toes” and other mysteries of the disease – Bradykinin storms are the hottest new hypothesis for why Covid-19 can wreak havoc on the body.

Trial of anti-parasite drug Ivermectin to treat COVID-19
HealthPartners part of national study linking COVID-19 to poor birth outcomes
Under pressure, Pfizer, Moderna (and soon AstraZeneca) publish COVID-19 vaccine protocols
COVID-19 Risk 10-Fold Higher for Opioid Abusers — Substance use disorders in general tied to higher coronavirus hospitalization rates
How Hospitals’ Profit Orientation Led to Covid-19 Unpreparedness
COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor’s office show disturbing revelation
Maine CDC worried they may lose control of virus after wedding outbreak continues to spread

Maine ‘superspreader’ wedding linked to 170 Covid cases and seven deaths More than 100 people gathered for August event in Millinocket ‘It is spreading in the community with remarkable force.

8th death linked to Maine wedding outbreak

Parents send student to school while knowingly infected with coronavirus, mayor says
As many as 51% of all school employees are at increased risk of Covid-19, study finds
One coughing child – and three fruitless trips to the same Covid test centre A Guardian producer tries to get a coronavirus test for his daughter in south-east London
Parents Who Double As Essential Workers Are Struggling More Than Ever. Here Are Their Stories. – Parents who continue in-person work through the pandemic have a bleak choice: risk exposing your family to the coronavirus, or face financial devastation.
Covid-19 Lockdowns May Have Saved Kids’ Lives: Deaths appear to be down among children in 2020 in the U.S. and other affluent countries. Everybody staying home has its benefits as well as costs.
Summer wave of dementia deaths adds thousands to pandemic’s deadly toll – “There’s something going on and it needs to be sorted out,” Robert Anderson, chief of mortality statistics at the CDC, said.
Myanmar races to build field hospital as coronavirus surge stretches health system
Entire Irish cabinet self-isolating and parliament suspended

UK: Covid scepticism behind high Bolton infection rate, says local MP Exclusive: social media hashtag #thinkingforyourself bolsters residents refusing to follow rules

Tofu goes mainstream thanks to big meat’s COVID crisis
Report: 2020-21 College Basketball Season to Start Nov. 25 After Council Vote
Big Ten revives football season in Trump-backed turnaround – Announcements about other fall and winter sports are imminent, the conference said.
Communities of color hit hardest financially by COVID-19
Nearly 11,000 people have been exposed to the coronavirus on flights, the CDC says

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