Editorial: A grim milestone for COVID-19: 200,000
If a terrorist attack took 200,000 American lives, the country would mobilize for war. Yet as the U.S. death toll for COVID-19 passes that awful number, the nation’s response is so fractured that it can be hard to tell anything is seriously amiss. The country could do many things to stem the damage wrought by the coronavirus, but the current grim milestone calls for a simpler and more natural response: grief.Take a moment to reflect on the enormity of our loss. If the pandemic were a war, it would be the third-costliest in U.S. history. It has killed more Americans than all our combined wars b...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jamaicans want to know if Kanye West broke COVID protocol during visit with Buju
MIAMI — The image was plastered all across social media: Unconventional U.S. presidential candidate and rapper-producer Kanye West relaxing in a Kingston, Jamaica, recording studio with Jamaican reggae icon Buju Banton.Oh, and both were maskless.Now Jamaicans are asking whether West, who has been on a Twitter tirade about record contracts, masters and rights issues since posting the photo on Sept. 18, broke the law. Jamaica, which has been struggling to control the spread of COVID-19 after seeing early success, requires all tourists to the island to remain confined in its COVID-19 resilient co...
NFL hits Raiders, Gruden with big fines over Monday Night Football mask violations
The Raiders and New Orleans Saints, as well as coaches Jon Gruden and Sean Payton, will pay for not wearing masks Monday night in violation of NFL coronavirus mandates.The Raiders and Saints will receive $250,000 fines, according to a league source. Gruden and Payton, who were caught on camera not wearing masks for much of the night, were each fined $100,000. The NFL Network was first to report the fines.The NFL fined the 49ers, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks for the same thing during Sunday’s games. Each team was fined $250,000, while coaches Kyle Shanahan, Vic Fangio and Pete Carroll we...
The Mercury News
As CDC reverses itself on COVID-19, Americans are losing trust, warn public-health experts
People who are exposed to a COVID-19 patient but feel fine don’t necessarily need to get tested, the nation’s top public health agency declared in August — only to drop that advice last Friday.The same day, it declared that the coronavirus could spread beyond the 6-foot social distancing threshold, borne by “aerosol” particles that remain aloft for minutes.But this week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took down that update, too, saying it shouldn’t have been posted without review.The reversals have alarmed veterans of the public-health community, warning that they could fue...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Game on: After delay due to inconclusive COVID-19 tests, Storm and Lynx cleared to play
Game on.The WNBA semifinals between No. 2 seed Seattle and No. 4 Minnesota will begin 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday in Bradenton, Fla. after a two-day delay due to inconclusive COVID-19 tests from multiple Storm players.During a Zoom call on Tuesday afternoon, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said three Seattle players returned inconclusive tests that were administered Saturday, which led to the delay of the best-of-five series that was scheduled to start Sunday.The three Storm players in question received extensive COVID-19 testing and were quarantined to their hotel rooms for two days.On Monday, the l...
The Seattle Times
Notre Dame postpones football game at Wake Forest this Saturday due to COVID-19
Saturday’s Notre Dame game at Wake Forest has been postponed and Notre Dame has paused all football-related activities due to COVID-19.The school reported seven positive tests (out of 94 administered) with an additional six players put in isolation because of contact tracing.“We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season,” coach Brian Kelly said in a statement, “and we’ll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making.”This marks the 16th game postponed this season in college football.Both Notre Dame (2-0) and Wake Forest (1-1) have an open ...
Notre Dame cancels Tuesday football practice in wake of COVID-19 positive results and contact tracing
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Monday called his team’s COVID-19 plan “an evolving situation.”No joke. The Irish canceled Tuesday’s practice, as first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, after four players tested positive last week. Another six were quarantined because of contract tracing.None of those 10 played in Notre Dame’ 52-0 dismantling of South Florida on Saturday.The Irish (2-0) are scheduled to face Wake Forest on Saturday in their first road trip of the season.As part of the team’s COVID-19 protocol, players will not be able to meet up with family members before the game.“You’re...
COVID then and now: 6 reasons why death rates are improving
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The sickest coronavirus patients can live for weeks with a gripping headache, profound nausea, burning lungs, malaise, cough and waves of pain in their bones. They may be tethered to a breathing machine.But eight months into the pandemic, fewer are dying.New data reveals that while patients are still being rushed to intensive care units, a greater proportion are coming out alive. Since the pandemic began, the cumulative death rate for Californians with COVID-19 has fallen by more than half in the past three months. In early June, it was 5.87%; by Sept. 13, it was down to 2.1...
The Mercury News
Some Missouri schools let students exposed to COVID-19 skip quarantine, go to class
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some southwest Missouri school districts are letting children who’ve been exposed to COVID-19 skip quarantine, come to class every day and participate in sports.On Monday, after some parents and state health officials objected, one of those districts reversed course and said it will return to telling exposed students to quarantine. But three other districts will continue allowing them back in school buildings.The idea to dispense with quarantines came out of the Newton County Health Department, which, after working with area school superintendents, drafted a guidance that sa...
The Kansas City Star
Movie review: Surreal but earnest 'Kajillionaire' follows family of scammers' schemes. It's Miranda July's best feature yet
Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area.Old Dolio Dyne (Evan Rachel Wood), curtains of long blonde hair hiding her face, baggy clothes hanging off her frame, stands before a parenting class she’s crashed. And in her low, guttural voice, she describes a hypothetical young girl, named Old Dolio,...
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