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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

Covid-19 in the classroom becomes stark reality for parents

August 13th, 2020
Covid-19 in the classroom becomes stark reality for parents

Woodstock, Georgia (CNN)It’s Sunday in Woodstock, Georgia, and the local park is packed with families. It should be an ordinary sight, but father of six Jamie Chambers says, in the age of Covid-19, scenes like this keep him up at night. “We all want it to be normal, we all want our regular lives back and I have nothing but sympathy and empathy for people who do, but we’re not living in normal times,” he told CNN. “And that’s the thing, people are just choosing to live as if it is, until it’s impossible to ignore.” The number of quarantines since schools... Read More

Opinion: On the first day of school, the teacher cried

August 13th, 2020
Opinion: On the first day of school, the teacher cried

In a series of essays called The Distance, Thomas Lake is telling the stories of Americans living through the pandemic. Email thomas.lake@cnn.com if you have a story idea. Canton, Georgia (CNN)After 28 years as a schoolteacher, Tracy Strange knew how the first week should go. The school would smell fresh and clean. The floors would be polished. The children would be hopeful, their enthusiasm not yet diminished by the fatigue of the year. She would learn their names, teach them the basics of human anatomy, and introduce them to a model skeleton named Fred. Tracy woke up early on Monday, August... Read More

More than half of Mumbai’s slum residents might have had Covid-19. Here’s why herd immunity could still be a long way off

August 13th, 2020
More than half of Mumbai’s slum residents might have had Covid-19. Here’s why herd immunity could still be a long way off

(CNN)Last month, researchers in one of India’s largest cities made a surprising discovery. Of the nearly 7,000 blood samples taken from people in Mumbai’s slums, 57% tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. While some were alarmed by the results of the study conducted by the Mumbai authorities and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, others were optimistic. Mumbai’s slums, where social distancing is nearly impossible, might now have some of the highest levels of immunity in the world — only 23.5% of samples taken by India’s National Center for Disease Control... 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

Texas coronavirus cases soar past 500,000

August 12th, 2020
Texas coronavirus cases soar past 500,000

(CNN)As Texas soars past 500,000 Covid-19 cases, state officials are redoubling their efforts to get residents to wear masks and practice social distancing, after suggesting that the surge has been driven by people letting their guard down. “The most important thing I could convey today that is even though the numbers of Covid-19 have improved, it has not left Jefferson County, it has not left Orange County, it has not left the state of Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. Texas has been at the center of the resurgence of coronavirus cases along with California and Florida, which are both... Read More