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

Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says

AP - September 16, 2020

A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients. The report examined 121 deaths of those younger than 21, as of the end of July. Like older adults, many of them had one or more medical condition — like lung problems, including asthma, obesity, heart problems or developmental conditions. Deaths were also more common among those in certain racial and ethnic groups, according to the report from the CDC. The CDC found 54 were Hispanic, 35 were Black, and 17 were white, even though overall there are far more white Americans than Black and Hispanic.

Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

AP - September 16, 2020

State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open. Fans are gathering mask-free at football games. President Donald Trump is holding crowded indoor rallies. While some Americans may see such things as a welcome step closer to normal, public health experts warn the U.S. is setting itself up for failure — again.

5M people infected, India’s virus outbreak still soaring

AP - September 16, 2020

The world’s second-most populous country has added more than 1 million cases this month alone and is expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.6 million people have been infected.

U.S. Image Plummets Internationally as Most Say Country Has Handled Coronavirus Badly

Pew Research - September 16, 2020

As a new 13-nation Pew Research Center survey illustrates, America’s reputation has declined further over the past year among many key allies and partners. In several countries, the share of the public with a favorable view of the U.S. is as low as it has been at any point since the Center began polling on this topic nearly two decades ago. … Part of the decline over the past year is linked to how the U.S. had handled the coronavirus pandemic. Across the 13 nations surveyed, a median of just 15% say the U.S. has done a good job of dealing with the outbreak.

To Limit COVID-19, Navajo Leader Says: ‘Listen To Your Public Health Professionals’

NPR - September 16, 2020

Earlier this year, the Navajo Nation Reservation was a major hot spot for coronavirus cases. Now, it's seen a day without a single positive case. It's a turning point in its battle against the virus. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez attributes that to Navajo leaders and citizens heeding the advice of public health officials. "All we did as leaders and public health professionals is we accepted [the] recommendations from the CDC, NIH," Nez says.

Trump Said He ‘Bailed Out’ of Oval Office Because Someone Sneezed amid COVID-19 Pandemic

People - September 16, 2020

That’s according to a new recording released by Bob Woodward and played on Monday's episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. … "Bob, it's so easily transmissible, you wouldn't believe it," Trump is heard saying on the tape of their April 13 interview, referring to the coronavirus. "I was in the White House a couple of days ago, meeting with 10 people in the Oval Office and a guy sneezed — innocently, not a horrible, you know, just a sneeze — the entire room bailed out, okay?" the president continued. "Including me, by the way."

Apology, no firing: Official said US scientists hurt Trump

AP - September 16, 2020

A Trump health appointee who is accused of trying to muzzle an important scientific publication in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic apologized Tuesday for a separate video in which he reportedly says scientists battling the virus are conspiring against President Donald Trump and warns of shooting in America if Trump loses the election.

Study says Covid-19 may have arrived in US in December — earlier than thought

CNN - September 16, 2020

The deadly coronavirus may have circulated in the US as early as December, about a month earlier than believed by the US CDC, according to researchers with UCLA. Their study, published last Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found a statistically significant increase in clinic and hospital visits by patients who reported respiratory illnesses as early as the week of December 22. The first known case of Covid-19 in the US was thought to be a patient in Washington who had visited Wuhan, China, according to the CDC. The case was reported in January.

New York City Prepares for a Second Wave, With a Chance to Blunt the Worst

Bloomberg - September 16, 2020

New York City officials know Covid-19 cases will climb this fall. The question they are watching as the city moves to reopen is, just how much? ... In interviews, experts from two academic groups working with New York described what’s likely to be a significant increase in cases this fall, but with the opportunity to stop the worst with careful public-health measures like masks and social distancing.

7th person dies in connection with Millinocket-area wedding

Bangor Daily News - September 16, 2020

Another person has died after catching COVID-19 in connection with an Aug. 7 wedding in the Millinocket region, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to that super-spreader event to seven. Six of those deaths, including the most recent one, were among residents of Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison, according to Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC. The other, who was the first to die in connection with the wedding, was an 88-year-old woman from East Millinocket. None of those seven people attended the Aug. 7 wedding .... The secondary outbreak at Maplecrest started after a worker caught COVID-19 from a parent, who caught the disease from another child that attended the wedding.

World Health Organization announces distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccine

ABC News - September 16, 2020

The WHO's proposed vaccine distribution framework ensures all countries access to the novel coronavirus vaccine once it becomes available. Seventy-eight wealthier countries have endorsed the program, with Germany, Japan, Norway and the European Commission this week expressing an interest in participating in the COVAX facility as self-financing countries. So far, a total of 170 nations intend to participate in COVAX, representing about 70% of the world's population. The US is not among them.

Why Covid-19 case numbers are falling in the US

Vox - September 15, 2020

Here’s a bit of good news: Since late July, the number of new coronavirus cases has steadily declined across most of the country. That’s not to say the US is beating the coronavirus. Reported cases are still higher than they were in the spring (partly, but likely not entirely, the result of more testing). More than 700 people are still dying from Covid-19 on average every day — more daily new Covid-19 deaths than in any other developed country in the world. There are still large epidemics in some states, especially in parts of the Midwest and South. Still, the decline in America’s Covid-19 cases is real and significant, translating to fewer illnesses and deaths in the next few weeks and, hopefully, months.

The US isn’t even close to getting Covid-19 down to where it needs to be by fall, medical experts say

CNN - September 15, 2020

First, the good news: In 24 states, the number of new coronavirus cases decreased this past week compared to the previous week. Now, the bad news: In many of those states, testing has also decreased. And the overall number of daily new cases is still way too high as the US faces a trio of major challenges this fall. ... On Sunday, 34,450 new cases were reported nationwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That's better than the summer peak in late July, when the US had more than 60,000 new cases a day. But nationwide, testing is down 10% this past week compared to the previous week, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. And of the confirmed cases we do know about, 34,450 is still an enormous number, health experts said Monday.

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

Pew Research - September 15, 2020

Overall, 3% of U.S. adults say they have personally tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the survey. … Another 11% of adults say they are pretty sure they have had the virus even though they were not officially diagnosed.

Online Searches for Coronavirus Symptoms Could Help Predict Rise in Cases, Study Finds

People - September 15, 2020

An increase in searches for symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 may help predict emerging hotspots, according to a recent study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. To determine whether there was a link between an increased volume of online queries for gastrointestinal symptoms linked to the novel coronavirus — vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea — as well ageusia, or loss of taste, and a rise in confirmed coronavirus cases, researchers compared data compiled by Google Trends with case incidence information collected by Harvard University.

Their Jobs May Put Black Americans at Greater COVID Risk

HealthDay - September 15, 2020

Blacks account for 12% of the U.S. population but 21% of COVID-19 deaths, the researchers noted. The study found that compared to whites, Blacks are nearly three times more likely to work in health care support jobs such as nursing assistants or orderlies. And they are nearly twice as likely to have transportation jobs such as bus drivers, movers and taxi drivers. Blacks are also more likely to have jobs deemed essential during the pandemic: … When they compared these job classifications with COVID-19 deaths in 26 states and Washington, D.C., the researchers found that all of these jobs put workers at higher risk of infection and death from COVID-19.