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  1. #3946

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Meadows says 'we're not going to control the pandemic' in heated interview
    "It is a contagious virus just like the flu," Meadows said.

    Oct. 25, 2020, 11:02 AM EDT / Updated Oct. 25, 2020, 2:55 PM EDT
    By Allan Smith

    As coronavirus cases spike across the country, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said in a heated interview Sunday that the administration won't be able to "control the pandemic."

    Speaking with CNN's "State of the Union," Meadows was pressed on the administration's attitude toward Covid-19 as cases reached a record high this weekend, hospitalizations climb, and more than 225,000 people have died. He was also pushed about Vice President Mike Pence's decision to continue campaigning even after four of his aides tested positive for the virus.

    "We're not going to control the pandemic, we are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigations," Meadows said, adding "it is a contagious virus just like the flu."

    Trump has long compared Covid-19 to the flu, which experts have resoundingly rejected as both inaccurate and "morally reprehensible."

    Meadows later told CNN that the administration is "making efforts to contain" coronavirus but that what is important is "to make sure people don't die from this."

    "When we look at the number of cases increasing what we have to do is make sure we fight it with therapeutics and vaccines, take proper mitigation factors in terms of social distancing and masks when we can," Meadows said. "And when we look at this, we're going to defeat it because we're Americans."

    He defended Pence's decision to stay on the trail, saying the vice president is "essential personnel" so he doesn't need to quarantine.

    The president, who also contracted the virus earlier this month along with first lady Melania Trump and more than 20 others close to him, has continued to say the U.S. is "rounding the corner" in the pandemic, even though key statistics are on the rise.

    "It's ending anyways," Trump said in New Hampshire on Sunday of the pandemic. "We're rounding the turn."

    Joe Biden responded to Meadows in a statement released later on Sunday, saying the administration "has given up on even trying to control this pandemic, that they've given up on their basic duty to protect the American people."

    "This wasn't a slip by Meadows, it was a candid acknowledgement of what President Trump's strategy has clearly been from the beginning of this crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that by ignoring it, the virus would simply go away," Biden added. "It hasn't, and it won't."

    Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., also criticized Meadows on Sunday.

    "They are admitting defeat," the Democratic vice presidential nominee told reporters in Detroit. "This is the greatest failure of any Presidential administration in the history of America."

    Meadows was also pressed on the lack of mask-wearing at the president's rallies, where attendees are frequently seen tightly packed together without face coverings.

    "We don't mandate masks because we offer them out," Meadows said. "We live in a free society."

    After host Jake Tapper pushed back, Meadows responded, "You're not wearing one right now, Jake."

    "There's literally nobody in this room," Tapper responded. "There is literally not one person in this studio."

    The exchange was emblematic of the contentious nature of the interview, where both men shouted over each other at different points.
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  2. #3947

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    Ana Cabrera
    CNN has learned Zach Bauer, Pence's "body man," is one of the staffers who has tested positive for coronavirus. In his role, Bauer's job is to accompany the VP throughout the day and night helping him with a wide range of duties, putting him in close proximity to Pence.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  3. #3948
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    Spain and France both have imposed nighttime curfews, with Italy closing down bars by 18:00.

    I kind of get the logic to limit bar activity/exposure, but if people can be out during the day and into the evening, I don’t see how much a nighttime curfew will help.

  4. #3949

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    Even Switzerland hasn't got the money to offer the same kind of support as it did during the first lockdown the second time around. Spain and France are not as wealthy so everyone is trying to avoid closing down completely again. Not sure we'll succeed, though.
    Roger forever

  5. #3950

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    The numbers are deaths per 1 million inhabitants as officially reported

    Peru 949
    Belgium 857
    Spain 652
    Bolivia 648
    Brazil 641
    Chile 640
    Ecuador 626
    USA 615
    UK 614
    Italy 591
    Sweden 580
    Mexico 567
    Panama 519
    France 479
    Colombia 471
    I haven't updated this in a long time, but by popular request here it goes. As we all know a LOT has changed during the last 6 weeks and unfortunately not for the better.

    Peru 1031
    Belgium 925
    Spain 743
    Brazil 738
    Bolivia 736
    Chile 727
    Ecuador 708
    USA 695
    Mexico 686
    UK 660
    Argentina 637
    Italy 618
    Panama 607
    Colombia 591
    Sweden 586
    Roger forever

  6. #3951

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    Again the table and the map is self explanatory... It's getting worse almost everywhere. Including very rapidly in formerly safe islands like Hungary or Georgia.

    I can't post comparable maps anymore because the statistician I follow on Twitter has changed from following cases to following mortality. Therefore you can see that kind of data below, also informative.

    These maps even though less than a week old seem a bit dated already
    Roger forever

  7. #3952

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    The ten worst and the ten least affected US States at the moment. Daily new cases per 100k inhabitants (moving 7 day average). Data Source: Harvard Global Health Institute
    North Dakota 47.7
    Wisconsin 41.5
    South Dakota 31.6
    Arkansas 30.3
    Missouri 25.5
    Oklahoma 25.1
    Iowa 24.9
    Utah 23.0
    Tennessee 22.4
    South Carolina 22.0
    New Mexico 5.4
    Oregon 5.0
    Massachusetts 5.0
    Washington 4.9
    Connecticut 4.9
    New Jersey 4.8
    New York 3.9
    New Hampshire 2.6
    Maine 2.2
    Vermont 0.9

    The pandemic continues to rage in Dakotas but the big surprise is a huge outbreak in Wisconsin which has shot up from outside the top 10 to almost the worst in the nation and it's not a tiny state either. After reaching a recent nationwide low about 10 days ago the infection rate is steadily raising in US again (compare average for the 10 worst and 10 best from now and a week before).

    Attached is also a US map on county level so you can see where it's red and where it's green. Green and yellow is somewhat under control, orange and red certainly not.

    Attachment 6324
    Numbers have gone up a lot, but the regional trend still holds...

    North Dakota 105.2
    South Dakota 89.3
    Wisconsin 73.4
    Montana 65.7
    Idaho 48.9
    Nebraska 43.2
    Wyoming 41.4
    Tennessee 39.6
    Iowa 37.8
    Utah 37.4
    California 10.9
    Maryland 10.3
    Oregon 8.2
    New York 8.0
    Washington DC 7.5
    Washington 7.0
    New Hampshire 6.5
    Hawaii 6.0
    Vermont 2.7
    Maine 2.4

    The worst one have become much worse and the best ones have become bad too (not even 10 states below the orange category <10). I wonder what Maine and Vermont are doing right to be at the good end all the time. Can't be just population density, that is even lower in Montana and Idaho.


    Also attached the current county level USA covid map. As you can see almost the entire middle of the country is deep red....
    Roger forever

  8. #3953

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    Thanks suliso. I missed seeing those maps.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  9. #3954

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    Here is a weekly update to the global list now with numbers directly comparable with those of US states (daily infections per 100k inhabitants as a moving 7 day average)

    Bahrain 42.3
    Israel 38.5
    Montenegro 25.5
    Argentina 24.5
    Costa Rica 23.2
    Spain 18.6
    Peru 17.3
    Kuwait 16.9
    Czechia 16.5
    Puerto Rico 15.5
    Brazil 14.6
    Colombia 13.8
    France 13.8
    USA 12.4 (recent low was 10.6)
    Chile 9.2
    Hungary 8.9 (used to be <2 three weeks ago)
    Netherlands 8.5
    India 6.7
    Denmark 6.5
    Belgium 6.5
    UK 5.1
    Switzerland 5.0
    Mexico 3.5
    Italy 2.4
    Canada 2.2
    Germany 2.0
    Sweden 2.0
    Finland 0.9
    Uruguay 0.5 (how can they do that next to Brazil and Argentina?)
    Japan 0.4
    Latvia 0.3
    Australia 0.2.
    Here the new list is completely unrecognizable. A huge second wave in almost entire Western and Central Europe....

    Czechia 109.3
    Belgium 79.2
    Luxembourg 74.0
    Armenia 63.4
    Slovenia 60.9
    Netherlands 50.8
    Switzerland 48.0
    France 47.7
    Georgia 39.2
    Malta 35.3
    Argentina 32.8
    UK 31.3
    Italy 24.1
    Spain 23.9
    Ireland 21.5
    US 20.1
    Colombia 15.0
    Germany 11.5
    Brazil 10.3
    Peru 9.0
    Israel 8.5
    Latvia 8.1
    Chile 7.9
    Sweden 7.4
    Canada 6.7
    Mexico 4.3 (but note they test only people with symptoms)
    Finland 3.9
    India 3.8
    Estonia 3.2
    Norway 2.9 (lowest in Europe)
    Japan 0.4
    Roger forever

  10. #3955

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    And another type of European man a week later

    These kinds of maps still being published by the official authorities BUT note that the color coding has been changed!!!

    Germany doing better than neighbors, but I have a feeling it can't last. Maybe the fringes of the continent (part of Baltics, Scandinavia, possibly Greece) has a chance still to avoid a very high 2nd wave.
    Roger forever

  11. #3956

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    From our side, Colombia reached 1MM cases during the weekend.
    Opening still going on, ICU beds are at 52%.
    Thanks for the maps.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  12. #3957
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    Sorry for the delay. Here's the Situation Report for October 25, 2020. Haven't yet had a chance to read it carefully, but the last section caught my eye.


    EPI UPDATE The WHO COVID-19 Dashboard reports 42.75 million cases and 1.15 million deaths as of 5:15am EDT on October 26. The WHO reported a new record high for global weekly incidence for the sixth consecutive week. The global total reached 2.85 million cases—an increase of more than 14% over the previous week. Additionally, the WHO reported 223,026 new cases on Monday.

    Total Daily Incidence (change in average incidence; change in rank, if applicable)
    1. USA: 68,795 new cases per day (+12,788; ↑ 1)
    2. India: 51,383 (-10,007; ↓ 1)
    3. France: 34,496 (+11,344)
    4. Brazil: 22,683 (+2,631)
    5. United Kingdom: 21,627 (+4,671)
    6. Russia: 16,363 (+1,989)
    7. Italy: 15,934 (+7,464; ↑ 2)
    8. Spain: 15,653* (+3,441; ↑ 1)
    9. Argentina: 14,415 (+776; ↓ 2)
    10. Belgium: 12,199** (+2,017; new)

    Per Capita Daily Incidence (change in average incidence; change in rank, if applicable)
    1. Andorra: 1,222 daily cases per million population (-36)
    2. Czech Republic: 1,123 (+366)
    3. Belgium: 1,052 (+174; ↑ 2)
    4. French Polynesia: 1,017 (+455 ; new)
    5. Luxembourg: 811*** (+518 ; new)
    6. Armenia: 680 (+283; ↓ 2)
    7. Slovenia: 673 ( +366; ↑ 1)
    8. France: 528 (+173; ↓ 1)
    9. Liechtenstein: 528 (+206)
    10. Netherlands: 522 (+74 ;↓ 6)

    *Spain’s average daily incidence is not reported for today; these values correspond to the previous day’s averages.
    **Belgium’s average daily incidence is not reported for today; these values correspond to the daily average two days ago.
    ***Liechtenstein is a member of the UN, but not the WHO. Liechtenstein’s COVID-19 data is reported by Switzerland.

    This week, the US retook the number one global position for cumulative incidence and is reporting the highest number of global daily cases. The US, India, and Brazil remain significantly higher than any other country in terms of cumulative incidence with little signs of leveling off. While India’s daily cumulative incidence remains high, their daily incidence decreased by 16% compared to last week.

    Belgium has moved into the top 10 countries for daily incidence this week, replacing the Czech Republic. Italy’s daily incidence grew the most this week, moving up to position 7 from position 9 last week. This growth represents an 88% increase over last week. In keeping with the past 3 weeks, France’s daily incidence has approximately doubled again at a 49% increase from last week. Argentina and Montenegro fell out of the top 10 in terms of per capita daily incidence, and they were replaced by French Polynesia and Luxembourg. Not only did these two countries enter the top 10 per capita daily incidence group, but they also jumped to #4 and #5 globally, respectively. French Polynesias’s daily incidence increased by 81% compared to the previous week, Luxembourg’s increased by 177%, and Slovenia’s increased by 119%. However, #1 position Andorra’s daily per capita incidence decreased by 3% this week compared to last week.

    The US CDC reported 8.55 million total cases and 224,221 deaths. The daily COVID-19 incidence continues to increase, now up to 83,851 new cases per day, the highest since August 3. Last week, the US set a new record peak for new daily incidence with 85,329 cases on October 24. Following the expected dip in reporting over this past weekend, we will continue to track whether a new record peak will be set later this week.

    The US COVID-19 mortality continues to hover around 900 deaths per day. Last week on October 22, daily new deaths reached 1,135, making it the worst day since September 24 when 1,104 deaths were recorded. It is still too early to determine if this is the beginning of a longer-term trend, but it is concerning that the mortality deviated to such a degree from a trend that persisted for nearly 3 weeks.

    More than half of all US states have reported more than 100,000 cases, including 11 with more than 200,000 cases:
    >800,000: California, Texas
    >700,000: Florida
    >400,000: New York
    >300,000: Georgia, Illinois
    >200,000: Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin

    The Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard reported 8.64 million US cases and 225,247 deaths as of 10:24am EDT on October 26.

    WHITE HOUSE INFECTIONS Marc Short, the US Vice President’s Chief of Staff, tested positive on Saturday. Four other aides have also tested positive, including political adviser Marty Obst and personal aide Zach Bauer. While Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have thus far tested negative on Saturday and Sunday. Devin O’Malley, a spokesperson for the Vice President, recently announced that the Vice President does not plan to quarantine and will continue campaigning as he is considered “essential personnel” - a reasoning typically only applicable to critical infrastructure workers who cannot work remotely, such as firefighters and police officers. These essential personnel may defer quarantine after exposure as long as they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are put in place such as mask usage and social distancing. Health experts have condemned the Vice President’s decision to skip quarantine and continue attending in-person events - including his presence at a Sunday evening rally in North Carolina and his expected attendance at the Senate vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court today. Concerns have specifically been based on the Vice President’s past behavior of inconsistent mask wearing and from recorded increases in COVID-19 cases associated with campaign rallies.

    US COUNTY HOTSPOTS A recent publication from CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report explored the potential association between social vulnerability and COVID-19. Authors compared COVID-19 incidence for counties to their score with the CDC’s 2018 Social Vulnerability Index - an index that scores counties on fifteen social factors, such as the prevalence of poverty or crowded housing, in order to identify vulnerable counties that may require additional assistance to respond to disasters or outbreaks. Findings noted that counties with crowded housing and a high proportion of racial and ethnic minority residents were significantly more likely to be identified as a COVID-19 hotspot; although, other social vulnerability factors also showed positive associations with likelihood to be identified as a COVID-19 hotspot. Authors recommended that leaders at the local, state and federal level take additional measures to address social vulnerability factors in the context of COVID-19 such as culturally sensitive risk communication messaging, provision of temporary housing, and other supportive measures for COVID-19 patients residing in crowded housing units.

    EFFECTIVENESS OF CONTROL MEASURES A recently published article in Lancet Infectious Diseases has taken a look at potential associations between country-level reproduction numbers (R) and non-pharmaceutical interventions introduced and lifted throughout the course of the pandemic. For context, R is an epidemiological metric that calculates the average number of people infected by one infected individual; an R value of 1 or higher indicates sustained transmission leading to a growing outbreak while an R value under 1 indicates a shrinking outbreak. Findings from the modeling study noted decreases in R associated with school closures, business or office closures, public event bans, stay-at-home orders and other movement restrictions. However, public event bans were the only measure significantly associated with a reduction of R to a value of 1 or less.

    Increases in R were associated with relaxing of the following measures: school closures, public event bans, bans on gatherings greater than ten people, stay-at-home orders and other movement restrictions. However, the only significant associations for increases in R above 1 were school reopening and lifting bans on gatherings over 10 people. Authors noted that the full effect of introducing or lifting non-pharmaceutical interventions took 1-3 weeks on average from the date of implementation. Authors made further recommendations regarding the use of non-pharmaceutical interventions by national governments, noting that other factors, such as population compliance, also influence the success of non-pharmaceutical interventions and may not be fully captured in the study.

    SPAIN As of last night, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that Spain has declared a national state of emergency and implemented an evening curfew in response to a new rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. The evening curfew will be in place from 11pm to 6am nightly. Businesses and other establishments open to the public will need to close by 9pm each night to meet curfew requirements. Other new measures to control the spread of COVID-19 include a ban on travel between regions and a limit on gatherings to six people. These new measures will remain in place for at least the next 15 days, but may be extended to six months if parliament allows. Local officials will have some flexibility on implementation of measures, but thus far reactions to the new measures have been positive with some localities seeking greater restrictions. Madrid has imposed a ban on mixing households for overnight stays. The Canary Islands, a tourist destination, have been excluded from the newly implemented measures.

    CONVALESCENT PLASMA A study published last week in BMJ discussed the results of an open-label, Phase 2 PLACID trial of convalescent plasma in adults in India. In this multi-center, randomized control trial, 464 adult patients with moderate COVID-19 were separated into intervention and control groups and followed for 28 days post-enrollment. Despite general public hope for the use of convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19, this study found no evidence that convalescent plasma was associated with a reduction in disease severity or a reduction in all-cause mortality for their study population. This study is one of the first full RCTs for convalescent plasma rather than an observational study. While convalescent plasma transfusion appears to be a safe procedure, the actual benefits for COVID-19 patient recipients remains questionable. However, convalescent plasma transfusion is not without risks of its own; blood clotting is a potential risk of the procedure, and is particularly concerning among COVID-19 patients since blood clots are already a clinical manifestation of COVID-19. The authors of the study have called for more randomized control trials of convalescent plasma to further evaluate its efficacy in COVID-19 patients, even as its use has been authorized in many countries.

    VACCINE TRIAL RESTART Two major vaccine trials, those of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, are positioned to restart after being paused over potential safety concerns. The AstraZeneca trial was paused on September 6th, but after independent monitoring of the adverse event several trial sites in other countries resumed later in September. The US FDA held off on restarting AstraZeneca trial sites in the US through October in order to further investigate the event with their own team. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial was paused on October 11 after a participant suffered a stroke. This adverse event was also independently reviewed and a final report was sent to the US FDA that recommends the vaccine trial continue. The Johnson & Johnson trial can start re-enrolling participants as early as next week. This vaccine is of particular interest to many since it is a one-dose vaccine which would greatly simplify the process of quickly inoculating millions of people. The AstraZeneca vaccine has already shown promising preliminary results and seems to produce an immunogenic response in elderly participants as well as in younger ones. It is important that any eventual vaccine can produce immunogenic responses in the eldery, in children, and in those with underlying conditions. The Pfizer vaccine has begun to enroll a cohort of children between the ages of 12-18 to test its efficacy in this age group. 16- and 17-year-old volunteers are the first to be enrolled in this study, with researchers soon looking to enroll their younger peers.

    TOCILIZUMAB A recently published study in the New England Journal of Medicine assessed the efficacy of the drug tocilizumab, an interleukin-6 receptor blockade, in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial. It was hypothesized that administration of this drug could potentially disrupt the cytokine storm associated with COVID-19. The study involved 243 patients, 45% of whom were Hispanic or Latino, and about half of participants had a BMI above 30 and hypertension. Additionally about 31% of the participants had known diabetes mellitus. Patients were randomized 2:1 to receive standard care and a simple dose of tocilizumab or placebo, and key outcomes assessed included receiving time to intubation or death. A total of 11.2% of patients were intubated within 28 days or had died prior to intubation. The proportion of patients who experienced these outcomes in the tocilizumab group was about 2% lower than in the control group, though these results were not statistically significant. The authors concluded that the study data do not provide sufficient evidence supporting early administration of tocilizumab as an effective treatment for moderately ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Given the wide confidence intervals, the authors stated they could not draw any conclusions about whether the drug exhibits benefits or harms for COVID-19 treatment, and acknowledged that their study yielded different results than open label trials and non-randomized case series that had shown more positive results for using the treatment.

    POOLED TESTING A pre-print publication has recently reported on findings from a large-scale trial aimed at assessing the efficiency of using a pooled-testing strategy within an Israeli population from April to September 2020. The study analyzed 133,816 samples using 17,945 pools to determine how many tests could be spared compared to traditional testing approaches (efficiency), the diagnostic sensitivity, and the operational feasibility of implementing this approach. Despite fluctuating prevalence in the study population, the authors concluded that they spared 76% of potential PCR reactions compared to individual testing; however, the authors noted that there was an “acceptable” reduction in sensitivity. As the prevalence rate increased from 1% to 6% in the population, they switched from 8 sample pooling to 5 sample pooling, with about 9% of the 8 sample pools and 22% of the 5 sample pools testing positive. The sensitivity decreased by 3 cycle threshold levels (Cts), which the authors believed was a clinically acceptable and expected reduction as a result of pooling. The study, though not peer-reviewed, indicates the possibility for using pooled-testing strategies to use limited testing resources with greater efficiency without sacrificing on sensitivity of testing.

    DOWN SYNDROME A new paper from the Annals of Internal Medicine aimed to assess the mortality risk of COVID-19 in individuals with Down syndrome. The study examined over 8 million individuals from the UK using a population-level primary care database, 4,053 of whom had Down syndrome. After adjusting for key demographic variables, the researchers estimated that individuals with Down Syndrome had a 4-fold increase of COVID-19 hospitalization and a 10-fold increase of death. The researchers emphasize that this estimated association between Down syndrome and COVID-19 is not a claim of a causal relationship, but argue that they warrant further investigation. Down syndrome is not currently listed as a COVID-19 risk factor within the United Kingdom or United States.
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  13. #3958

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    From the #ETTD Files

    Laurence Tribe
    So sad. The White House Office of Science and Technology (OST) was, once upon a time, a totally reliable and apolitical source of scientific and technological information and advice for the Executive Branch, the envy of Congress and academia. Now pure BS.
    White House science office takes credit for 'ending' pandemic as infections mount
    It’s the latest inaccurate claim from the administration on the severity of the pandemic.

    10/27/2020 02:08 PM EDT
    Updated: 10/27/2020 03:45 PM EDT

    The White House’s science policy office on Tuesday ranked “ending the Covid-19 pandemic” atop the list of President Donald Trump’s top first-term accomplishments, even as the country registers record amounts of infections and hospitals fill up again.

    The list, included in a press release from the Office of Science and Technology Policy credits the administration for taking “decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.”

    It’s the latest inaccurate claim from the administration on the severity of the pandemic, which Trump has downplayed throughout his reelection campaign, and as Vice President Mike Pence’s office is dealing with an outbreak. Trump, who insists the country is "rounding the turn" on the coronavirus, continues to hold packed campaign rallies and attacks the news media for focusing on surging infections.

    Despite the White House’s optimistic rhetoric, health officials warn that things could get worse as winter approaches and people are forced to spend more time indoors.

    Last week, the country set a new record of 83,000 cases in a single day, and the seven-day case average is now hovering around 70,000 — more than any other time during the pandemic. Over 42,000 people are hospitalized with Covid-19, up from about 30,000 one month ago, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

    The Tuesday press release from the White House science office touting “Science and Technology Accomplishments” includes a report detailing some of the “significant investments, accomplishments, policies, and other actions undertaken by President Trump to advance science and technology.”

    “The highlights in this report represent just a fraction of the achievements made by the Trump Administration on behalf of the American people,” Kelvin Droegemeier, who heads the office, said in a statement. “We have achieved a proud record of results, and under President Trump’s leadership, science and technology will continue to inspire us, unite us, and guide us to ever greater progress.”

    The report itself does not mention ending the pandemic as an accomplishment, a spokesperson for the office later noted on Twitter. The spokesperson said the report was intended to highlight the administration’s progress on confronting the pandemic.

    The U.S. so far has recorded more than 8.7 million coronavirus cases and at least 226,000 deaths, more than any other country.
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    Three Western states join California in screening any FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine
    Alexei Koseff Oct. 27, 2020

    SACRAMENTO — Washington, Oregon and Nevada will join California to independently review any coronavirus vaccine before distributing it to the public, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.

    Newsom said the three states would identify their own public health experts to participate in the scientific review committee he announced last week, which has been charged with ensuring that any vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is safe and effective.

    “This virus transcends our borders and we are grateful to partner with our neighboring states through our Scientific Safety Review Workgroup for a healthy and safe path forward for all our communities,” Newsom said in a statement.

    California formed an interstate pact with Washington, Oregon and Nevada in April to guide a common response to the coronavirus pandemic — a loose and largely symbolic political alliance to share strategies and push back on the Trump administration’s pressure to quickly end shutdown measures.

    Colorado was also part of the Western States Pact, which has been publicly dormant in recent months, but did not sign onto the vaccine review Tuesday.

    Newsom’s 11-member vaccine review committee is meant to instill public confidence in what has become a highly politicized vaccine development process by scrutinizing the safety and efficacy of any federally approved treatment and recommending whether to administer it to Californians. While a few vaccine candidates are close to approval, none is expected to be widely available until sometime in 2021.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  15. #3960

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    There are still over 60 days in the year. Assume that the US keeps a daily tally of 700 deaths a day. Make it easy: 60 x 700 = 42,000.
    Add that to the 224,000 already dead.
    The WORST case scenario given in March was "between 100,000 and 250,000" deaths for the year. This would make it 266,000. Above those figures.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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