Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 COVID-19 News from Around the Web

Scientists Confirm Nevada Man Was Infected Twice With Coronavirus

NPR - October 13, 2020

A 25-year-old was infected twice with the coronavirus earlier this year, scientists in Nevada have confirmed. It is the first confirmed case of so-called reinfection with the virus in the U.S. and the fifth confirmed reinfection case worldwide. … The two infections in the Nevada patient occurred about six weeks apart, according to a case study published Monday in the medical journal The Lancet. The patient originally tested positive for the virus in April and had symptoms including a cough and nausea. He recovered and tested negative for the virus in May.

New U.S. COVID-19 cases rise 11% last week, Midwest hard hit

Reuters - October 13, 2020

The number of new COVID-19 cases rose 11% in the United States last week compared to the previous seven days, with infections spreading rapidly in the Midwest, which reported some of the highest positive test rates, according to a Reuters analysis. Deaths fell 3% to about 4,800 people for the week ended Oct. 11, according to the analysis of state and county reports.

Democrats and Republicans Aren’t Watching the Same Pandemic

TIME - October 13, 2020

These divergent narratives underscore just how far apart Americans overall have become in their interpretation of the pandemic—and the idea that people are increasingly rejecting reality for their own preferred set of facts. As an Oct. 8 poll of 9,220 Americans conducted by the Pew Research Center between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 by reveals, Democrats and Republicans are sharply divided on how well the U.S. has done in fighting COVID-19. They’re also split on whether the outbreak was as big of a deal as it has been made out to be.

Moms infected with COVID-19 don’t need to separate from their newborn after birth, study suggests

USA Today - October 13, 2020

Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center found no evidence of transmission from infected mothers to newborns, according to an observational study published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Pediatrics. … “Our findings suggest that mothers positive for SARS-CoV-2, including those with clinical symptoms, and their newborns may not need to be separated,” the authors concluded. However, this was only true when implementing transmission mitigation practices.

A ‘second wave’ of mental health devastation due to Covid-19 is imminent, experts say

CNN - October 13, 2020

There is mounting evidence accumulating that "a second wave" linked to rising rates of mental health and substance use disorders could be building, according to an article published Monday in the medical journal JAMA. … This second mental health wave, the researchers suggested, will bring further challenges, such as increased deaths from suicide and drug overdoses, and will have a disproportionate effect on the same groups that the first wave did: Black and Hispanic people, older adults, lower socioeconomic groups and health care workers.

Schools aren’t COVID-19 super-spreaders, new data suggests

New York Post - October 13, 2020

Statistics involving 200,000 schoolkids from 47 states in the last two weeks of September yielded an overall coronavirus infection rate of just .13 percent among students and .24 percent for staffers, according to Brown University economics Professor Emily Oster and her team of number-crunchers. The figures translate into what would be roughly 1.3 infections for a school with 1,000 kids in the two-week period, and 2.2 positive tests for every 1,000 staffers in the same time frame.

Coronavirus pandemic to cost Americans $16 trillion, study finds

CBS News - October 13, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic will end up costing Americans $16 trillion, far more than anyone predicted when the virus first emerged in the U.S. back in March, according to a new study released on Monday. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was co-authored by former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Harvard University economist David Cutler.

As U.S. job growth stalls, some workers face long-term unemployment

Reuters - October 13, 2020

As of September, the U.S. labor force had about 142 million workers, down 7% from pre-pandemic levels. But employment in leisure and hospitality is 23% below pre-pandemic levels, according to Labor Department data released last week, more than any other industry. Temporary furloughs are becoming permanent layoffs as companies that had hoped to reopen fully make tough choices.

‘Like we’re going into quarantine’: Americans plan to stockpile food this fall over fears of COVID-19 surge, election unrest

USA Today - October 13, 2020

Slightly more than half of Americans in a recent poll from Sports and Leisure Research Group say they already have or plan to stockpile food and other essentials. The chief reason: fears of a resurgent pandemic, which could lead to disruptions such as new restrictions on businesses. On Oct. 2, the number of COVID-19 cases in the USA was its highest in almost two months.

Lakers Win NBA Finals; No Coronavirus Cases Reported In Bubble

NPR - October 13, 2020

It was an experiment that some believed would never work. It did. As the final game of the season concluded Sunday night, no coronavirus cases inside the bubble were reported. The league had detailed over 100 pages of guidance to prevent the spread.

US sees highest number of daily coronavirus cases since August

CNN - October 12, 2020

The recent uptick in coronavirus cases across the United States has emergency physicians fearing it could represent the start of a "dreaded second wave." … A total of 57,420 new US cases were reported on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That is the most cases reported in a single day since August 14, when there were 64,601 new cases.

Lesson not learned: Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

AP - October 12, 2020

Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again and bars shutting down. Making matters worse, authorities say, is a widespread case of “COVID-fatigue.” Record high daily infections in several eastern European countries and sharp rebounds in the hard-hit west have made clear that Europe never really crushed the COVID-19 curve as hoped, after springtime lockdowns.

Fauci says his remarks were taken out of context in Trump ad

Reuters - October 12, 2020

“I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more,” the ad shows Fauci saying. But those remarks are from a March interview, where Fauci, who has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, was discussing the broader effort, including by the White House coronavirus task force. “In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate,” Fauci said in a statement.

Covid virus ‘survives for 28 days’ in lab conditions

BBC - October 12, 2020

The virus responsible for Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days, researchers say. The findings from Australia's national science agency suggest SARS-Cov-2 can survive for far longer than thought. However, the experiment was conducted in the dark. UV light has already been shown to kill the virus. Some experts have also thrown doubt on the actual threat posed by surface transmission in real life.

Broadway performances cancelled through May 2021

ABC News - October 12, 2020

The Broadway League announced on its website Friday that theaters are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for any performances that had previously been scheduled up through that date. … According to The League, dates for new and returning Broadway shows will be announced as individual productions determine the performance schedules for their respective shows. Touring shows across North American are also affected.

Fears of a mass exodus of retiring teachers during COVID-19 may have been overblown

USA Today - October 12, 2020

One-third of teachers told Education Week in July they were somewhat or very likely to leave their job this year, compared with just 8% who leave the profession in a typical year. But while that survey might reflect teachers' feelings over the summer, a review of the retirement and staffing figures collected in some of the first states to resume classes this year suggests that fears of a mass exodus of retiring teachers may have been overblown.