SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 10.20.2020
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Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle coronavirus surge: “It just exploded”
Coronavirus has invaded the heartland of America
COVID-19 in South Dakota: 658 total new cases; Death toll rises to 323; Active cases at 8,012
*Active cases are just under 1% of the state’s total population. 100 people have died in the state in 18 days.
16 SD mayors urge public to take action to stop the covid spread in the state.
Mayor issues mask mandate for Fargo
NE: Ricketts says gathering capacities rolling back, new restrictions for hospitals
NE: UNMC doctor warns of compromised care if hospital capacity increases
WI: New COVID-19 cases near 4,000 as 21 new deaths reported
2,297 new COVID-19 cases sets daily record in Minnesota The surge in cases comes on a substantial increase in testing volume
Indigenous Minnesotans hospitalized for COVID-19 at six times the rate of whites
New Mexico sees 101% surge in hospitalizations
Rural hospitals in Midwest struggle to handle surge of virus cases
Sturgis rally may have spread covid across the upper Midwest
‘No surprise’ we’re seeing coronavirus surge in Republican areas, ER doctor explains
‘Overwhelmed’: Hospitals engulfed by rebounding virus – The pandemic is spawning new infections at a rate not seen since the end of July.
America’s newest wave of Covid-19 cases, explained – Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are up across the country. More deaths are likely to follow.
NY shuts down 10,000 person wedding as Cuomo reveals new COVID-19 plan – The strategy will analyze “micro-clusters” on a block-by-block level.
Florida Reports Highest Coronavirus Numbers In Past Two Months
Slovakia’s PM demands mass testing of entire population for Covid-19
Switzerland announces nationwide mask mandate
Sweden ‘to start lockdowns’ as it has world’s 12th highest Covid-19 death rate
Spain recorded almost 38,000 Covid-19 cases over the weekend
Coronavirus ‘tsunami’ nearing Belgium, health minister warns
French ICU patients top 2,000 for first time since May
The health sector in French cities is “exhausted” and needs help, one mayor says
Italy unveils new COVID-19 restrictions as daily infections climb
Coronavirus in Germany: Angela Merkel urges people to stay home ‘whenever possible’ – Angela Merkel has called for solidarity as Germany enters a “very serious phase” of the pandemic. Germany has again set a new daily case record, as ministers call for thousands of additional contact tracers.
Austria tightens limits on social gatherings
London despairs at new Covid rules as northern England regions rebel
Wales announces two-week coronavirus ‘firebreak’ lockdown – Everyone in the country will be required to stay at home from Friday until November 9.
South Africa’s health minister tests positive for Covid-19
“Fauci: No Quick End to Pandemic — But NIAID director, in CHEST speech, was optimistic about vaccine prospects”
We cannot rely on magical thinking: Herd immunity is not a plan
National Governors Association sent the White House questions about vaccine distribution
Newsom says California will review FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines before releasing them to public
Cuomo wants his own experts to review COVID-19 vaccine before NY distribution
UNICEF To Stockpile Over Half A Billion Syringes For Future COVID-19 Vaccine
A week after Covid-19 vaccine trial goes on pause, Johnson & Johnson and FDA won’t reveal critical details
Talking while eating & drinking makes 2x the airborne droplets as just talking does.
Many nursing home residents with coronavirus don’t show symptoms prior to testing, study shows
Covid reinfections ‘to be expected’ as virus spreads, say government scientists Reports suggest timeframe between recovery and reinfection ‘relatively short’ for those who contracted virus twice
A dynamic review of the evidence around ongoing Covid19 symptoms (often called Long Covid).
Website on Long Covid
Understanding how ‘overdispersion’ works is key to controlling Covid As few as 10% of people are responsible for 80% of transmission – and that must shape how we tackle this virus
Will SARS-CoV-2 become endemic?
“Scientists discover genetic and immunologic underpinnings of some cases of severe COVID-19”
Johns Hopkins Researchers Identify Immune System Pathway That May Stop COVID-19 Infection
Link to study
From Severe Covid Lung Damage In two early studies, researchers said some patients showed signs of healing just weeks after leaving the hospital
New rapid COVID-19 tests mean millions more people are screened, but many of the results are going unreported, health officials say
A rare Covid-19 complication was reported in children. Now, it’s showing up in adults. – “This needs to be in the forefront of every intensive care unit physician’s mind,” said one expert.
Trump administration announces deal with CVS and Walgreens to administer coronavirus vaccine to seniors in long-term care
Christopher Cross says Covid-19 paralyzed him temporarily
A Woman In Her Thirties Died Of COVID-19 On A Plane – A Texas woman in her thirties died after she had trouble breathing while the plane was on the tarmac.
Even with China’s rigorous testing to allow a covid patient to go home, some were found to emit the virus in amounts that could infect others.
Can Frozen Food Packaging Spread Covid-19? China CDC Finds Live Coronavirus
Study found pigs could be infected with covid-19 but it was unlikely to cause the kinds of infections seen in humans
Swine coronavirus (not covid-19) could leap to humans.
NYC finds few positive cases as schools open
California’s feared surge of virus cases hasn’t happened
2 out of 3 Chicagoans who have had Covid-19 got the virus from someone they know, officials say
Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limit order back into effect
CVS to hire 15,000 people as flu season collides with coronavirus
Mental health days. Meeting-free times. Companies are adding new benefits to help workers cope
Tracksuits and laundry service: Companies are getting creative with remote employee perks
How a Florida hockey game became a COVID-19 ‘superspreader’ event
Trump calls CNN ‘dumb bastards’ for covering coronavirus
Twitter declares Scott Atlas to be fake news, deletes his tweet claiming masks don’t work
Birx confronted Pence about Atlas
Fauci says he is ‘absolutely not’ surprised Trump got Covid-19
“Trump’s den of dissent: Inside the White House task force as coronavirus surges”
GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci amid Trump criticism
Government watchdog will probe Trump officials’ interference at CDC, FDA – Democrats had requested the GAO probe earlier this month, citing reports of political appointees seeking to steer the science agencies’ policies and communications.
For Trump, Covid-19 therapeutics are the new vaccines
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