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    Daily Digest 7/11 – U.S. Schools Hope To Reopen Amid ‘Iffy’ COVID Science, Growing Evidence That Coronavirus Is Airborne

    by Daily Digest

    Saturday, July 11, 2020, 6:55 AM


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With coronavirus science still iffy, U.S. schools hope to reopen for 56.6 million K-12 students (TourGuideDC)

Much of the scientific understanding of how the coronavirus affects children is provisional. A study by researchers in the United Kingdom published last month found that children are only about half as likely as adults to become infected with the virus. Another study, from the University of California at Berkeley, did not see any significant effect on the community spread of coronavirus from the closing of schools in March.

Sweden ‘literally gained nothing’ from staying open during COVID-19, including ‘no economic gains’ (tmn)

Johan Carlson, the head of Sweden’s public health agency, said Tuesday that his country’s declining rate of infections and patients in intensive care “is an effect of us keeping up the social distancing,” though herd immunity “could definitely be playing a part in areas where we’ve had contagion.” And Sweden’s state epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, maintains that his strategy is still more sustainable and will pay off in the long run.

A group of 239 scientists says there’s growing evidence covid-19 is airborne (tmn)

If airborne transmission is a route for the spread of the virus, it could lead to changes in the current advice. It would suggest that social distancing may be insufficient, especially indoors. This may place yet more importance on mask-wearing around people who are not part of your household if you meet them indoors, even if you are distancing, and increasing ventilation in enclosed areas. It could make air-filtering systems more important to try to cut down on the recirculation of air. And it might mean health-care workers caring for coronavirus patients need the highest grade of mask—N95—to filter out the smallest droplets.

Meet the sturdy D.C. 107-year-old who survived the Spanish flu, then COVID-19 (TourGuideDC)

We first met Mrs. Asher one year ago. We profiled her as a working artist, still showcasing sculptures, paintings and photography in shows around Washington, D.C. When she was younger, 102, she wrote a book.

Now that she’s recovering, she is determined to get back to her life and her art.

America Is Refusing to Learn How to Fight the Coronavirus (jdargis)

It’s not just in Arizona, where, over the last week, there have been more new cases per capita than anywhere else in the world — making it the epicenter of a global pandemic whose primary incubator, for several months now, has been the United States. In Texas, an ICU doctor at San Antonio Methodist told CNN, in what became a heartbreakingly viral interview, that he had received calls for ten patients to be transferred to his unit, but only had space for three.

3 States Account for 42 Percent of All COVID-19 Deaths in America. Why? (thc0655)

Few may have noticed that 42 percent of all COVID deaths in the US come from just three states—New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. These three states account for nearly 56,000 of the nearly 133,000 deaths in the US, even though they represent just 10 percent of the population. If these three states are excluded, the US suddenly finds itself somewhere in between nations such as Luxembourg (176/1M) and Macedonia (166/1M), where some of the better fatality numbers in Europe are found.

Why have New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts suffered so much more than other US states? We don’t yet know the answer to that question, but evidence suggests it could be policy related.

Researchers: Mass. residents leaving home almost as much as before pandemic (thc0655)

“Something is different. Is it because more people are indoors now because it’s been hot and you’re just breathing recirculated air conditioned air? Or are people wearing masks more consistently in places where the outbreak was more serious early on? We just don’t know,” Warren said.

Descartes Labs also provided a state-by-state breakdown of travel in the northeast that shows Vermonters are traveling the most in July. Massachusetts and New York residents are venturing out the least, according to the graph.

Texas border county had ‘model’ Covid-19 response – then the governor stepped in (jdargis)

Their strategy worked. The first few coronavirus cases trickled into Starr county in late March, but for three weeks in April, there were no new infections. Before the end of May, weekly tallies of new confirmed positives never once reached double digits. Even seasonal influenza, coughs, colds and fevers that would normally travel through the community suddenly vanished.

“What we did here was a model for the rest of the nation to follow, but it was lost,” said Joel Villarreal, the mayor of Rio Grande City, one of four small cities in the county. “In fact, I think we had it right.”

A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported (tmn)

With the dispatcher on speaker phone, Salazar attempted CPR, repeatedly pressing her hands down on her mother’s chest, silently praying for her to startle back to life. But by the time Houston paramedics arrived at her home in northwest Houston, Medellín was dead.

Days later, an autopsy revealed the primary cause: COVID-19.

The End of Empire, and what it means to your little ones (Phil D.)

Once sitting on those balance sheets, the dollars are lent back to us, so we can buy a second car or third home, perhaps to put on AirBnB as a little side-hustle. You go, girl.

Before you get angry, I’m not belittling Americans. I love Americans. I am one, and I married another. Together we spawned four more little Americans, cute as buttons and every bit as industrious.

Dr. Richard Bartlett | ACWT Interview (Geoff T., Robert D.)

America Can We Talk is a show with a mission — to speak up for the extraordinary and unique greatness of America. I talk about the top issues of the day facing America, often with insightful guests, always from the perspective of furthering that mission, and with the goal to inspire listeners to celebrate and embrace the liberty on which America was founded.

CBD Versus Viruses: What Do We Really Know? (000)

First things first: Cannabinoids have been found to be potent antimicrobials, meaning they work well against many types of bacteria and fungus, with the main “killer app” (pun intended) being the demonstration that cannabinoids can fight superbugs like MRSA and many common fungal infections including Candida. It is a well-known concept that goes back hundreds if not thousands of years and is recently supported by modern science and medicine. Second, cannabinoids do help certain types of viral infections. So, everything’s good, right? Well, no.

Coronavirus highlights plight of thousands of incarcerated California wildfire fighters (jdargis)

The crews are both crucial and heavily exploited, said Ralston, who worked at a fire camp while incarcerated. In exchange for extremely dangerous work, prisoners earn time off their sentences and are paid between $2 and $5 a day, plus $1 per hour when they are on a fire. Because incarcerated firefighters are paid so little, the program saves the state of California $90m to $100m a year.

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