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  • Governor DeWine Tests Positive for COVID-19 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine took a test for COVID-19 as part of the standard protocol to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/HowardMor...10671884738564

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    • "I want to see college football"
      I believe I heard 1/5 citizens are testing positive in MS. I'll be surprised if Ole Miss takes the field under those conditions but if they do I'll stand corrected.

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      • Meanwhile...


        The Unique U.S. Failure to Control the Virus


        Slowing the coronavirus has been especially difficult for the United States because of its tradition of prioritizing individualism and missteps by the Trump administration.


        By David Leonhardt
        Graphics by Lauren Leatherby
        • Aug. 6, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET
        Nearly every country has struggled to contain the coronavirus and made mistakes along the way.
        China committed the first major failure, silencing doctors who tried to raise alarms about the virus and allowing it to escape from Wuhan. Much of Europe went next, failing to avoid enormous outbreaks. Today, many countries — Japan, Canada, France, Australia and more — are coping with new increases in cases after reopening parts of society.
        Yet even with all of these problems, one country stands alone, as the only affluent nation to have suffered a severe, sustained outbreak for more than four months: the United States.

        https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/06/u....co/PJO9fCJzP3


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        • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post

          The Wednesday (8/5/20) early afternoon numbers:

          Worldwide: 18,580K(+2%)cases & 701K(+1%) deaths
          The USA : 4,850K (+1%) cases & 159K (+1%) deaths
          New York: 418K (+0%) cases & 32,725 (+0%) deaths
          NYC only: 227K (+0%) cases & 16,311 (+0%) deaths
          New Jersey:183K(+0%)cases & 15,842(+0%) deaths
          Bergen Co.: 20,639(+0%)cases & 2,038(+0%) deaths

          NJ had 378 new cases and 8 new confirmed deaths but its probable deaths were revised downward resulting in a slight decline for total deaths in NJ and Bergen.

          NY had 639 new cases and 6 new confirmed deaths.

          NJ had a new positivity rate of 2.52% and its Rt dropped for the 3rd straight day to 1.32.

          NJ has 784 & NY has 564 COVID-19 hospitalizations.
          The Thursday (8/6/20) early afternoon numbers:

          Worldwide: 18,870K(+2%)cases & 704K(+0%) deaths
          The USA : 4,903K (+1%) cases & 160K (+0%) deaths
          New York : 419K (+0%) cases & 32,731 (+0%) deaths
          NYC only : 227K (+0%) cases & 16,314 (+0%) deaths
          New Jersey:184K(+0%) cases & 15,849(+0%) deaths
          Bergen Co.:20,669(+0%)cases & 2,037(+0.%) deaths

          NY, NJ, and Bergen include confirmed and probable deaths in total deaths. NYC includes only confirmed deaths.

          NJ had 411 new cases and 8 new confirmed deaths - the 6th straight day under 500 and 15. NJ fell to 8th place in total cases behind Arizona.

          NY had 703 new cases and 6 new confirmed deaths.

          The Rt for NJ dropped for the 4th straight day - to 1.23.

          NJ has 754 and NY 570 COVID-19 hospitalizations.
          Last edited by Halfmiler2; 08-07-2020, 09:57 PM.

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          • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ikely-contract

            Healthcare workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, more likely to report inadequate or reused protective gear and nearly twice as likely as white colleagues to test positive for the coronavirus, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School.

            The study also showed that healthcare workers of color were five times more likely than the general public to test positive for Covid-19.

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            • As Trump Praises Plasma, Researchers Struggle to Finish Critical Studies

              Thousands of Covid-19 patients have been treated with blood plasma outside of rigorous clinical trials — hampering research that would have shown whether the therapy worked.

              The truth is that no one knows if it works.

              Since April, the Trump administration has funneled $48 million into a program with the Mayo Clinic, allowing more than 53,000 Covid-19 patients to get plasma infusions. Doctors and hospitals desperate to save the sickest patients have been eager to try a therapy that is safe and might work. Tens of thousands more people are now enrolled to get the treatment that’s been trumpeted by everyone from the president to the actor Dwayne Johnson, better known as The Rock.

              But the unexpected demand for plasma has inadvertently undercut the research that could prove that it works. The only way to get convincing evidence is with a clinical trial that compares outcomes for patients who are randomly assigned to get the treatment with those who are given a placebo. Many patients and their doctors — knowing they could get the treatment under the government program — have been unwilling to join clinical trials that might provide them with a placebo instead of the plasma.

              The trials have also been stymied by the waning of the virus outbreak in many cities, complicating researchers’ ability to recruit sick people. One of those clinical trials, at Columbia University, sputtered to a halt after the outbreak subsided in New York. One of its leaders, Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, looked for hospitals in other hot spots in the United States to continue the work. But he found few takers.

              “Without a randomized control trial, it’s very difficult to be certain that what you have is meaningful,” he said.

              https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/h...gtype=Homepage

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              • New analysis of 94 studies of coronavirus infection finds that the overall estimate of the proportion of people who become infected with SARS-CoV-2 and remain asymptomatic throughout infection was 20% - putting the average lower than prevailing convention.

                https://mobile.twitter.com/ScottGott...88433525923842

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                • America’s Coronavirus Endurance Test

                  To defeat the virus, we will have to start thinking in years, not months

                  The reality, of course, is that social distancing cannot cure or defeat COVID-19. It only allows us to hide from the virus while scientists do their work. The overwhelming majority of Americans—perhaps as many as three hundred million people—are still susceptible to infection. As they venture back into a reopened world in which the virus is still circulating, they are at risk. In the past few weeks, this simple reality has asserted itself. In states as varied as Texas, Arizona, Florida, and California, we have seen a steepening of the curve. Since June 15th, case counts in the United States have exploded from roughly twenty thousand new cases a day to more than sixty thousand. The U.S. now leads the world in the production of new coronavirus cases. The sheer number of new cases and deaths is staggering. Since May 28th, when the hundred-thousandth American died of COVID-19, sixty thousand more have been killed by the virus. The C.D.C. is now projecting that we will reach somewhere between a hundred and sixty-eight and a hundred and eighty-two thousand deaths by August 22nd. The harsh truth about our situation is clear: it isn’t over.

                  https://www.newyorker.com/science/me...source=twitter

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                  • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                    New analysis of 94 studies of coronavirus infection finds that the overall estimate of the proportion of people who become infected with SARS-CoV-2 and remain asymptomatic throughout infection was 20% - putting the average lower than prevailing convention.url]
                    I just had a random thought - Is there a difference between asymptomatic (have it, but show no signs) and 'can't get it', i.e., have a natural immunity that kills/ignores the virus altogether?

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                    • Meanwhile...

                      The window is closing to substantially improve our ability to manufacture antibody drugs at a scale required to meaningfully impact the Covid epidemic. These drugs can serve as a bridge to a vaccine, and a hedge against risk that a vaccine could be delayed

                      https://mobile.twitter.com/ScottGott...15067129450497

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                      • Brazil August 6

                        Daily new cases 54,801
                        Total Cases 2,917,562

                        Daily new deaths 1,226
                        Total deaths 98,644
                        Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants

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                        • Originally posted by Atticus View Post
                          I just had a random thought - Is there a difference between asymptomatic (have it, but show no signs) and 'can't get it', i.e., have a natural immunity that kills/ignores the virus altogether?
                          Well, aymptomatic people have viral loads in their nose and throat that are on the same level as those with symptoms. I think that hose with the immunmity do not have viral loads and do not transmit it to others.

                          See https://mobile.twitter.com/EricTopol...Cnlcy_oe0jAAAA
                          An important new report on asymptomatic #COVID19 infection viral shedding
                          @JAMAInternalMed
                          : not only is the viral load similar to symptomatic patients, but time course of is too. And it's prolonged. (Shedding ≠ transmissibility) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamai

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                          • Somewhat interesting look at the death rates of various countries

                            https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsan...-by-case-count

                            Belgium seems to count their deaths differently and may have the most accurate count, but who really knows?

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                            • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post

                              The Thursday (8/6/20) early afternoon numbers:

                              Worldwide: 18,870K(+2%)cases & 704K(+0%) deaths
                              The USA : 4,903K (+1%) cases & 160K (+0%) deaths
                              New York : 419K (+0%) cases & 32,731 (+0%) deaths
                              NYC only : 227K (+0%) cases & 16,314 (+0%) deaths
                              New Jersey:184K(+0%) cases & 15,849(+0%) deaths
                              Bergen Co.:20,669(+0%)cases & 2,037(+0.%) deaths

                              NY, NJ, and Bergen include confirmed and probable deaths in total deaths. NYC includes only confirmed deaths.

                              NJ had 411 new cases and 8 new confirmed deaths - the 6th straight day under 500 and 15.

                              NY had 703 new cases and 6 new confirmed deaths.

                              The Rt for NJ dropped for the 4th straight day - to 1.23.

                              NJ has 754 and NY 570 COVID-19 hospitalizations.
                              The Friday (8/7/20) early afternoon numbers:

                              Worldwide:19,160K(+1%)cases & 716K(+2%) deaths
                              The USA : 4,979K (+2%) cases & 162K (+2%) deaths
                              New York: 420K (+0%) cases & 32,756 (+0%) deaths
                              NYC only: 227K (+0%) cases & 16,316 (+0%) deaths
                              New Jersey:184K(+0%)cases & 15,860(+0%) deaths
                              Bergen Co.: 20,694(+0%)cases & 2,037(+0%) deaths

                              NJ had 384 new cases and 12 new confirmed deaths.
                              NY had 714 new cases and 25 new total deaths.

                              NJ has 551 and NY had 579 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

                              NJ’s daily positivity ratio dropped under 2.0 again to 1.95%, and its Rt dropped for the 5th day to 1.15 from Sunday’s peak of 1.49.
                              Last edited by Halfmiler2; 08-08-2020, 01:29 AM.

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                              • meanwhile, in France…

                                With virus cases rising anew, France is struggling to administer enough tests to keep up with demand. One reason: Many testing labs are closed so that their staff can take summer vacation, just as signs of a second wave are building.


                                https://www.france24.com/en/20200806...9-testing-woes

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