Coronavirus Live Blog 11.20.2020

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Covid-19 has killed 250,000 people in the US. That’s 10 times the deaths from car crashes in a year

‘People are going to die’: Hospitals in half the states are facing a massive staffing shortage as Covid-19 surges

Nurse in Nebraska and one in El Paso describe specific covid wards at their hospitals where people are just put to go die.

MN to close bars, restaurants, gyms for 4 weeks to slow covid spread

Central MN hospitals consolidate care. Move covid patients to specific cities, other hospitals will handle non covid patients.

More than 900 Mayo Clinic staff in Midwest diagnosed with Covid-19 in past two weeks

MN hospitals on divert status. Rural hospitals full. Alina has 900 health workers out sick.

FEMA is sending MN 25 staffed ambulances to help with the crush of patient transfers.

Minnesota GOP sent virus alert only to its side of the aisle Some Republicans tested positive, but no DFLers were told before session.

MN records 8000 infections in one day

South Dakota and rural hospitals everywhere are facing COVID-19 spikes they can’t manage South Dakota and other rural areas are seeing spikes in COVID-19 and as rural hospitals are stretched thin, it is time to mitigate the crises they face.

SD is almost out of ICU beds.

One SD hospital has 1000 patients at home on oxygen.

SD: Avera closes Groton clinic as part of surge plan

More than half of positive cases in SD mass testing event were asymptomatic

Two Rural States With GOP Governors And Very Different COVID-19 Results

CEO of SD-ND’s largest health system claims there is no crisis, mask mandates are not needs, refuses to wear a mask because he already had covid.

60 Air Force nurses heading to North Dakota to assist with COVID-19

Washington State sees new daily high in Covid-19 cases

New York City to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise

3 West Coast states recommend 2-week travel quarantine

California imposes mandatory curfew in 41 counties

Coast Guard cutter forced to return to Alameda after 11 crew members tested positive for COVID-19 – Prior to leaving, crew members were required to self-quarantine and pass two COVID-19 tests.

A pizza worker’s lie forced an Australian state of 1.7 million people into lockdown
There is now an investigation

Denmark said mutated coronavirus strain that led them to kill millions of minks is now ‘most likely’ extinct

Danish farm minister quits over mink scandal – A plan for mass culling was announced without the necessary legislation in place.

Germany hails couch potatoes as heroes of coronavirus pandemic – Germany has applauded the country’s “heroes” who stay at home, “lazy as raccoons.”In the ad, the government encourages citizens to do what is expected: “Absolutely nothing.”

Britain to open two new ‘megalabs’ for COVID-19 tests in early 2021

Europe sees decline in Covid-19 cases, but deaths are up, according to WHO

Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint

COVID-19 reveals how obesity harms the body in real time

A woman shed infectious coronavirus particles for at least 70 days without showing symptoms, a study found

Damage to multiple organs recorded in ‘long Covid’ cases

Autoantibodies against type I IFNs in patients with life-threatening COVID-19

More Evidence Points to Role of Blood Type in COVID-19 — Two studies find ties to infection susceptibility, severity, but with caveats

CU Cancer Center Research May Explain Why Some COVID-19 Patients Take Months to Recover

Covid readmission — United States, March–August 2020

Can a nose-full of chicken antibodies ward off coronavirus infections?

Former CDC director criticizes new study that raises doubt about wearing masks

Winter is coming. That means we need to start fighting covid-19 with humidity.

The Coronavirus Is Airborne Indoors. But We’re Still Scrubbing Surfaces.

Here’s Why COVID-19 Mortality Has Dropped — There’s no single answer, but a host of contributing factors

Pfizer and BioNTech will submit for emergency authorization for Covid-19 vaccine in US today 

Pfizer and BioNTech to submit Covid-19 vaccine data to FDA as full results show 95% efficacy

FDA sets December 8 meeting to discuss approving Moderna and Pfizer vaccines

EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both say the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines could be given European authorization by mid-December.

“Coronavirus vaccine trial participants report day-long exhaustion, fever and headaches — but say it’s worth it

Volunteers who took Pfizer vaccine say it felt like suffering a ‘severe hangover’

Common Coronavirus Mutation May Actually Make COVID-19 More Susceptible to a Vaccine

“20 million Americans could receive Covid-19 vaccine in December – Americans can expect that about 25 to 30 million people could be vaccinated each month afterward, said Moncef Slaoui, co-lead of Operation Warp Speed.”

Walgreens “rapidly expanding” cold storage capacity for potential Covid-19 vaccine

Inoculations by December? States aren’t so sure. – While Trump promises tens of millions of vaccine doses next month, many states say they aren’t ready to administer them.

COVID-19 vaccines are almost ready to be distributed. Who gets them after health care workers? Here’s a list.

As Vaccine Approvals Loom, U.S. Funds A Back-Up Plan For Delivery

Fresno bishop urges Catholics not to ‘jump on the COVID-19 vaccine bandwagon

After Big Thanksgiving Dinners, Plan Small Christmas Funerals, Health Experts Warn

CDC study finds Sturgis Rally was super spreader event.

Anthony Fauci predicts when America will return to normal from coronavirus

Social distancing, masks still necessary after getting COVID-19 vaccine: Fauci

Walmart will start counting customers again as coronavirus cases reach record levels

Winter visitors are still coming to Arizona, and they could be bringing COVID-19

Want to attend concerts again? Ticketmaster may ask for proof of vaccination or negative COVID test

A gym trainer exposed 50 athletes to Covid-19, but no one else got sick because of a ventilation redesign

An Ohio Wedding Had 83 Guests. More Than A Third, Including The Newlyweds, Got The Coronavirus.

DC Tea Shop Owner Says He Was Profiled, Pepper-Sprayed by Man Yelling About COVID-19 – Security camera video shows a man spraying a Chinese-American shop owner in DC and yelling at him about the coronavirus

US Fed says economy will be permanently changed by pandemic

“EU warns countries to watch debt while fighting coronavirus – Pandemic spending spree must be temporary, Commission says.

Tyson plant managers had betting pool on how many workers would get covid

Working from home? Then you should pay more tax for the privilege, say economists – A new report from Deutsche Bank argues that WFH should mean paying a bit of extra tax.

Costco will require face masks, no excuses

“COVID: Math Teacher Linked To ‘Boogaloo’ Movement Ordered To Trial For Threatening Santa Clara County Health’s Dr. Sara Cody

French professor faces disciplinary case over hydroxychloroquine claims – Didier Raoult stands accused of touting drug as a coronavirus treatment without evidence

The Exit Polls Show The Need To Confront COVID-19 Denial in Red America

Sen. Rick Scott FL GOP has covid

“Ben Carson says he used unproven COVID-19 treatment recommended by MyPillow CEO

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