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(CNN)US President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden could not have been on the identical stage final night time, however two simultaneous city halls managed to put out the stark variations between the candidates as America nears 8 million Covid-19 circumstances and averages greater than 50,000 each day new infections, Maeve Reston writes.
The President was non-committal on the NBC city corridor on a query about whether or not he took a Covid-19 check on the day of his debate with Biden on the finish of September — regardless that he was required to take action. He was airlifted to hospital with Covid-19 days later. Nor did he categorical any remorse for holding a Rose Backyard ceremony for his Supreme Courtroom nominee a number of days earlier than that debate, a gathering now extensively seen as a “super-spreader” occasion. Trump additionally made the false declare that “85% of the folks that put on masks catch it.”
On the ABC city corridor, Biden excoriated Trump’s pandemic response in numerous long-winded solutions, underscoring his efforts to deal with coverage points. It is the implicit distinction Biden has lengthy sought to supply voters: Sobriety within the face of Trump’s bombast, Eric Bradner and Kevin Liptak write.
“He [Trump] missed huge alternatives and stored saying issues that weren’t true,” Biden mentioned, noting that the President mentioned the virus would go away by Easter or when “summer season comes.” He accused Trump of being extra involved with the inventory market than the pandemic and promised, if elected, that he would push governors, mayors and native officers to mandate masks carrying — among the best ways to reduce transmission.
The city halls got here hours after Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris halted journey by means of this weekend after one among her aides examined optimistic for the virus.
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Q. Do airplanes air flow techniques flow into Covid-19?
A: Whereas a lot is unknown about Covid-19 transmission aboard airplanes, a US Division of Protection research, launched Thursday, suggests that folks need not fear about circulating air spreading the virus on planes — supporting earlier analysis exhibiting the air flow techniques on planes filter the air effectively and remove particles that could transmit viruses.
The research, which was launched with out peer assessment, didn’t consider different ways in which individuals might catch the virus on a plan: by individuals coughing or respiration instantly on them, from surfaces or from confined areas akin to restrooms.
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WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Large world research finds remdesivir would not assist Covid-19 sufferers
The antiviral drug remdesivir has “little or no impact on mortality” for hospitalized Covid-19 sufferers, nor does it assist sufferers get well any quicker, the World Well being Group found in a pre-print study that it described as each conclusive and disappointing.
Till now, remdesivir has been the one drug that appeared to have particular optimistic results on the coronavirus. It was the one drug with an Emergency Use Authorization for Covid-19 from the FDA.
The WHO research reviewed remdesivir and three different repurposed medicine — hydroxychloroquine, the HIV mixture of lopinavir and ritonavir, and interferon — in 11,000 Covid-19 sufferers in 30 international locations. None of them helped sufferers reside any longer or get out of the hospital any sooner, WHO mentioned.
Europe’s Covid deaths might be as much as 5 instances greater in January than April, WHO says
The WHO’s regional director for Europe issued a stark warning for the area yesterday, saying that with out restrictions, fashions present that by the beginning of subsequent yr each day Covid-19 deaths might be 4 to five times higher than April’s peak.
The feedback come as new Covid-19 circumstances speed up by means of a lot of Europe, resulting in a raft of latest restrictions in a few of its greatest capitals. However in London, locals have expressed confusion and doubt over lockdown guidelines, set to enter place at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, that can have an effect on hundreds of thousands residing within the metropolis.
These households cherished multi-generational residing. However Covid-19 has wrecked it
Britain’s well being minister issued a stark warning to the nation’s younger individuals in early September: “Do not kill your gran by catching coronavirus and then passing it on.”
This recommendation made sense for these with aged kinfolk residing in separate households. However greater than 6% of British households — a complete of round 1.8 million individuals — are multi-generational. Within the UK, individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities are extra seemingly than their White friends to be residing in such teams, Zamira Rahim reviews.
For all of those households, no matter race, isolation is a luxurious that’s exhausting to return by.
ON OUR RADAR
- Queen Elizabeth had her first royal engagement in months — but didn’t wear a mask.
- Trump ally and ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent seven days in ICU with Covid. Now he says “I used to be improper” to suppose the White Home was a “secure zone.”
- Extra People have fallen into poverty after federal stimulus programs ended.
- A world rise in continual illnesses, mixed with Covid-19, bodes in poor health for world well being, a study has found.
- In New Delhi, one of many world’s most polluted cities, winter this yr comes with the added fear of Covid-19.
- The Australia-New Zealand journey bubble is lastly right here — but it surely’s solely one-way for now.
- CNN Journey’s Lilit Marcus thought “flights to nowhere”§ have been foolish. Then she went on one.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
Scale back transmission this fall by socializing exterior
Colder climate means individuals are likely to socialize indoors, where there’s less opportunity for viral particles to disperse. And that will increase the chance of coronavirus unfold. So in case you do have gatherings, preserve them exterior in case you can — maybe with a hearth pit, a heat coat or a warmth lamp.
However simply since you’re exterior does not imply you may abandon all security precautions. “Open air just isn’t good. In case you’re nonetheless sitting a foot away from different individuals, with no masks, you may nonetheless unfold it — particularly in case you’re in that very infectious interval,” Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency drugs doctor, advised CNN.
“We all the time have our (masks) on to make it possible for we’re not spreading something — and even have the possibility to get something — from the soar. So we’ve got very strict pointers and we make certain we comply with them.” — Rhyne Howard, Kentucky Wildcats
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