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As nursing homes battle coronavirus, study finds key defense: full staffs – ABC News

August 13th, 2020
As nursing homes battle coronavirus, study finds key defense: full staffs – ABC News

Another study investigated COVID risks for residents’ outpatient care. August 13, 2020, 8:01 AM 6 min read At a time when nursing homes continue to be among the hardest hit settings in the coronavirus pandemic, new studies are beginning to offer insight as to why some facilities are seeing more cases than others — and, according to one, how important nursing home employees themselves are to the fight. A study released on Monday by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that across eight states those facilities that were able to maintain more staffing... Read More

First dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina dies – ABC News

August 13th, 2020
First dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina dies – ABC News

A family member had tested positive for COVID-19 but later tested negative. August 12, 2020, 10:23 AM 5 min read The first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina has died. The dog, who had been demonstrating signs of respiratory distress, was brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital on Aug. 3 at approximately 6 p.m. after the owner noticed the onset of distress earlier in the day, said the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) in a press release. The dog ended up succumbing to the acute illness and the owner alerted staff at the veterinary... Read More

Putin anoints coronavirus vaccine. International scientists aren’t so sure. – ABC News

August 12th, 2020
Putin anoints coronavirus vaccine. International scientists aren’t so sure. – ABC News

President Vladimir Putin said Russia has become the first nation to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, effectively triumphing in what some around the globe have compared to the Space Race. But while Putin said the vaccine, named Sputnik V after the world’s first satellite, has “passed all necessary tests,” many experts have said the drug hasn’t yet been subjected to rigorous tests to prove it’s effective — or, more crucially, safe — for large-scale use. Although potentially promising, the vaccine appears to be at the same stage, or even behind, others under... Read More

Coronavirus updates: US records more than 1,000 new deaths from COVID-19 – ABC News

August 12th, 2020
Coronavirus updates: US records more than 1,000 new deaths from COVID-19 – ABC News

The number of new deaths was more than double from the previous day. August 12, 2020, 9:44 AM 6 min read A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 741,000 people worldwide. Over 20 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying... Read More

Trump pushes for college football season, claims players safe because they’re young – ABC News

August 12th, 2020
Trump pushes for college football season, claims players safe because they’re young – ABC News

Older people are considered more vulnerable to COVID-19, but young not immune. August 11, 2020, 7:15 PM 3 min read President Donald Trump on Tuesday again advocated for college football in the fall, falsely claiming that coronavirus “just attacks old people” and that young, healthy college athletes are “not going to have a problem.” “People don’t realize it’s a tiny percentage of people that, that gets sick,” he said in an interview with ‘Outkick’ on Fox Sports Radio. “It just attacks, old people, especially old... Read More

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules – ABC News

August 12th, 2020
March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules – ABC News

WASHINGTON — Amid widespread protests and unrest over the police killings of Black Americans, a national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia. Although many marchers will arrive via charter buses from surrounding communities on Aug. 28, the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the organizers, will ask some to join satellite marches planned in states that are considered hot spots for COVID-19. “We’re following protocol,” Sharpton told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview.... Read More

2022 World Cup further behind schedule with Asian games off – ABC News

August 12th, 2020
2022 World Cup further behind schedule with Asian games off – ABC News

All Asian qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup scheduled this year have been postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic By GRAHAM DUNBAR and JOHN PYE August 12, 2020, 9:32 AM 4 min read GENEVA — All Asian qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup scheduled this year were postponed to 2021 on Wednesday, adding to a global fixture backlog for soccer‘s biggest competition caused by the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation issued a joint statement saying the delay is to protect the health and safety of all participants... Read More

Coronavirus updates: US records under 50,000 new cases for 2nd straight day – ABC News

August 11th, 2020
Coronavirus updates: US records under 50,000 new cases for 2nd straight day – ABC News

Just under 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the U.S. on Monday. August 11, 2020, 8:33 AM 5 min read A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 736,000 people worldwide. Over 20 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding... Read More

Julian Castro doesn’t feel ‘comfortable’ sending kids back to school – ABC News

August 11th, 2020
Julian Castro doesn’t feel ‘comfortable’ sending kids back to school – ABC News

As the debate rages among politicians and education administrators over the reopening of schools in the coming months, former Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, the father of two young children, says he doesn’t feel “comfortable” with the prospect of in-person instruction. “I know, you know, from everything that we read as parents, that it would be better for them, learning-wise, to be able to be in a classroom with a teacher, but I don’t think that it’s safe right now,” said Castro, whose home state of Texas remains in the midst of a... Read More

Coronavirus updates: Biden says case numbers ‘boggles the mind and breaks the heart’ – ABC News

August 10th, 2020
Coronavirus updates: Biden says case numbers ‘boggles the mind and breaks the heart’ – ABC News

The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 727,000 people worldwide. More than 19.7 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 5 million diagnosed cases... Read More