Commentary: Good science takes time — even during a pandemic
Good science takes time. This has always been clear to those of us doing health research — less so to the general public. In the pursuit of treatments for COVID-19, we need to manage expectations about what’s not just possible, but also desirable.Finding a vaccine is difficult work, but it’s not like finding a needle in a haystack. Scientists start from a place of knowledge. Researchers around the world are already working on more than 150 possible vaccines, with 22 in human trials. There are also thousands of previously developed pharmaceuticals in testing. A vaccine for COVID-19 is quite lik...
Editorial: California governor's COVID-19 strategy is in tatters
California needs a reality check.The COVID-19 data debacle calls into question whether Gov. Gavin Newsom has the leadership skills necessary to guide the state through the pandemic. The past week makes clear that his approach to dealing with the novel coronavirus is in tatters.Consider where things stood — or, at least where Californians thought things stood — a week ago.The governor on the afternoon of Aug. 3 cited data showing a decline in California coronavirus cases and the percent of tests coming back positive as “encouraging signs” after a disastrous July when the virus spread through th...
The Mercury News
Royal Caribbean floats testing passengers for COVID-19 when cruising resumes
For likely the first time in Royal Caribbean Group’s 52-year history, the company has gone nearly four months without a passenger cruise. It’s no surprise then, that the company’s second quarter earnings were the worst on record as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps the industry largely paralyzed.In a financial filing Monday, Royal Caribbean Group reported an adjusted net loss of $1.3 billion, or $6.13 per share, for the second quarter, compared to an adjusted net income of $532.7 million, or $2.54 per share, in the prior year. The company estimates its monthly cash burn to be between $250 million an...
SC surpasses 100,000 cases of COVID-19 as health officials report lowest count since June
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina surpassed 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Monday after state health officials announced that 718 more people tested positive for the virus.The report included one of the lowest daily case counts since June 17.That brought the total number of Palmetto State residents diagnosed with the virus up to 100,431.The Department of Health and Environmental Control also announced that 17 more people have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the death toll up to 1,966.State health officials did not hold a briefing with reporters Monday.Officials estimate that up to...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Florida players, coaches say #WeWantToPlay amid threat college football season will be canceled
College football players and coaches across the state of Florida have joined a social media movement arguing they want to play the 2020 season despite the Big Ten reportedly voting to cancel all games due to the coronavirus pandemic.Even if the Big Ten follows through with a plan to postpone the college football season and pushes it to the spring as first reported by Sports Illustrated and ESPN and later confirmed by the Detroit Free Press, state schools including Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF and USF have less clarity about the future.Sensing momentum for canceling the season, players an...
Sources: Big Ten expected to cancel football season; no games for Michigan, Michigan State in 2020
The Big Ten is expected to cancel the 2020 college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, multiple people with knowledge of the decision told the Free Press.“It’s done,” one high-ranking source in the Big Ten said Monday afternoon.Sources said the presidents were in agreement Sunday to end fall sports in the conference. Michigan and Michigan State — which both have physicians as presidents — were among the schools in favor of ending the fall seasons, sources said.Multiple sources said early Monday morning that presidents voted 1...
Detroit Free Press
Georgia governor rules out requiring masks at public schools
ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday ruled out ordering public school systems to impose mask mandates for returning students and teachers, echoing his opposition to statewide requirements to wear face coverings to contain the spread of the coronavirus.Kemp, speaking at the opening of a testing site at Hartsfield-Jackson airport, said he was confident that local superintendents can make their own decisions about whether masks are necessary in their districts as he continued to encourage but not require their use.“We’ve given the responsibility to the schools, to the local superintendents,” Kemp ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nearly 300,000 NYC families opt-out of hybrid school reopening plan
NEW YORK — Nearly 300,000 city families — a quarter of the city’s 1.1 million-student school system — have signed up for remote-only learning this fall as of last Friday, city officials announced Monday.That means more than 700,000 students are currently slated to attend school part-time this fall under the city’s hybrid learning plan to reduce crowding in school buildings.The results come after Gov. Andrew Cuomo began clearing the path for schools to open in September based on continuing low rates of COVID-19 infections across the state.“It’s going to be a very different school year, but it d...
New York Daily News
Trump claims Democrats beg for new coronavirus stimulus talks; Schumer shrugs off 'fables'
Another round of coronavirus stimulus finger-pointing kicked off the week as President Donald Trump on Monday claimed Democrats are now begging him to restart talks on a 10-figure deal after he signed a raft of executive orders.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., hit back by denying any contact with the White House and slamming Trump for peddling “fables.”“Fables from Donald Trump … that’s what he seems to specialize in,” Schumer said on MSNBC when asked about Trump’s claims. “I didn’t call him, (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) didn’t call him.”Trump minutes earlier had tweeted bile at S...
New York Daily News
Florida's COVID-19 case count is lowest since June
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since June 23.With 4,247 new cases reported Monday, the count is less than half of the new infections only two weeks ago on July 27.A positive trend also is evident in people who need emergency care. Emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness also declined from just two weeks ago with about 3,200 fewer visits.The coronavirus pandemic still has its grips on the state, where 8,408 people have died from the disease. Monday’s report showed 91 more Florida resident deaths and two non-Florida resident deaths....