Shared living space and a younger population may be a contributing factor to new jumps in COVID-1
Just three weeks after exceeding 5 million confirmed coronavirus infections, the United States was ready to reach 6 million cases on Monday.
On Sunday, global cases exceeded 25 million. But, of course, the real number of infections is expected to be far higher. With pressure to ease the crisis, FDA chief Stephen Hahn says his agency may allow the use of the vaccine before completing Phase Three trials, which are now being conducted by a number of pharmaceutical companies.
“Our emergency use permit is not the same as full approval,” Hahn said, adding that “it will be a solution for science, medicine and data. It will not be a political decision.”
The US Open in 2020 starts on Monday – without fans. On the eve of the tournament, however, a French tennis player tested positive for COVID-19 and was dropped from the court.
Some significant events:
- The most complained industries during the pandemic included fitness, telecommunications, bank and vacation rentals, according to FairShake data provided to the United States TODAY.
- Schools across the country are beginning to open, and some large universities are struggling to adapt to the ongoing pandemic.
📈 Today’s numbers: Six states set records for new cases in one week, while three states had record numbers of deaths in one week, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from John Hopkins. New cases have been identified in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. A record number of deaths were reported in Hawaii, Idaho and Oklahoma, as well as in Guam. The death toll in the United States has surpassed 183,000, reaching 6 million. More than 846,000 people have died worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
📰 What we read: A nursing home in Michigan told its employees not to wear face masks or other personal protective equipment. According to the state health department, 19 residents died of COVID-19 at the home. Now the family members of the victim are suing the old people’s home.
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Experts: Go calmly to the students who gather without masks
Punishing students for socializing on and around college campuses across the country is harmful, ineffective, and does not take into account students’ development needs, some experts say. Colleges are under severe scrutiny as many schools resume face-to-face classes, where student gatherings feed on COVID-19 outbreaks. Mary Alward, a psychologist who specializes in adolescent treatment, says that people go to college not only for education, but also to seek social connections and become independent – not easy tasks for Zoom.
“We can’t put all the blame on the students,” Alward said. “It’s a shared responsibility, and responsible adults need to understand in their development where these students come from and what their expectations are outside academia.”
– Suzanne Hirt
The FDA could approve the vaccine before completing phase three trials
The US Food and Drug Administration is ready to grant an “emergency use permit” for the use of the vaccine before completing phase 3 clinical trials, says FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. Hahn told the Financial Times that if the vaccine developer applied before the key phase of testing was completed – involving tens of thousands of patients – the FDA could find the solution “appropriate.”
Many pharmaceutical companies have begun testing Phase 3, but results are not expected before October or November. Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the permit could allow the vaccine to be used for high-risk populations.
“Full approval for the general population, where people can go to CVS and take a picture, this is really an event from 2021,” Gottlieb said. “Maybe the first quarter of 2021, probably more likely the first half.”
More than 1,000 students at the University of Alabama are positive
Officials on the main campus of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa say 1,043 students have taken a positive coronavirus test since classes began two weeks ago. Nine teachers and staff also tested positive, the school said on its website. The school said it uses 36% of the space set aside to isolate students with a positive test. University of Alabama System Chancellor Phineas St. John called the school’s testing scheme “the most stable” in the state.
“Fortunately, our employment in isolation is below capacity and the number will be adjusted until students complete the isolation period,” University of Alabama Chancellor Phineas St. John said in a statement. “We are closely monitoring our data on a daily basis and will continue to adjust operations as required.”
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A look at how other colleges are doing:
- The day before classes are scheduled to begin, Utah State University announced on Sunday that it would test nearly 300 students for COVID-19 after sewage samples from four dormitories showed elevated levels of coronavirus.
- The Oneonta State University of New York in central New York, personal training will stop for two weeks after more than 100 students and faculty passed positive tests for the virus. This is the first college to close in New York State as many schools prepare to reopen for online and personal instruction this fall.
- In West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University has reported 80 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since August 1, including 60 confirmed in the last week since the school, with about 40,000 records, reopened. At least three houses with more than 100 students together – fraternity, sorority and cooperative house – are locked and organize remote classes at the beginning of the semester.
- Temple University in Philadelphia will switch almost all personal classes online in two weeks, starting on Monday, after active cases of COVID-19 jumped from 58 Friday to 103 Sunday.
- Northwestern University outside of Chicago, freshmen and sophomores plan to study remotely, while juniors, adults and graduates will be eligible to attend face-to-face training or a combination of online classes, the Chicago Tribune reported. The school keeps the fraternity and sisterhood houses closed in the fall.
Universal Orlando is cutting 800+ jobs amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort have announced that more than 800 employees will lose their jobs as the Florida theme park industry continues to be devastated by the pandemic.
Employees at Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Cabana Bay Beach Resort Hotel have been suspended or suspended indefinitely, according to a statement filed last week by Loews Hotels & Co.
A company director said in a letter to the state that the influx of confirmed cases in late June and July and other states’ decisions to quarantine Florida passengers had caused a “sudden, dramatic and unexpected reversal of reservations.”
The French tennis player tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the US Open
In an effort to bring tennis back to the Grand Slam safely from the virus’s seven-month-old virus, the American Tennis Association (USTA) has adopted strict testing and behavior protocols that run almost along the runways of nearby LaGuardia Airport.
Everything went great until Sunday morning, the day before the start of the biggest American tennis tournament, when Benoit Pyrré, a 31-year-old Frenchman, became the first player to pass the tests, according to a tournament spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Payer, number 17, was scheduled to start his Open Tour on Tuesday against Poland’s Kamil Mayhrzak. He will be replaced in the draw by the Spaniard Marcel Granolers. Its result is only the second positive in more than 7,000 tests, which began on August 15; a non-player had a positive result a few days after the start of testing.
– Wayne Coffey, US Special Sports TODAY
Labor Day Warning: Family reunions can be as dangerous as large crowds
Images of crowded beaches, lakes and bars have been circulating on traditional and social media for most of the summer, causing contempt among those concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak.
But experts also say the growing number of cases of clusters of cases stemming from smaller gatherings is worrying. Social functions of varying sizes among relatives, friends and colleagues are being considered as public health experts sound the alarm before Labor Day weekend.
“People don’t think about it the same way as Trump’s rally in Tulsa, a bunch of people on the beach or in bars, but these small events contribute a lot,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. . “It’s just invisible.”
– Jorge L. Ortiz
The one-day number of 78,000 new infections in India breaks the world record
India is fast becoming a pandemic hotspot, recording a record 78,761 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. This is the worst one-day jump in the world, although the health ministry noted that the country also set a record with more than 10 million tests.
India has currently reported 3.5 million cases, more than any other country except the United States and Brazil. The boom in India comes amid government efforts to ease restrictions across the country. The health ministry also reported 948 deaths in the last 24 hours on Sunday, with a total of 63,498 deaths.
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