Editorial: Hurrah for Big Ten football (with sensible precautions)
For fans of Big Ten football, this was shaping up to be a season of agony. The calendar said “kick off” but COVID-19 dashed those plans. Even as other college teams took the field, the Big Ten decided it would be safer to stay on the sidelines. No running, passing, blocking and tackling. Just punting.The apparent sensibleness of this decision was contradicted by the other major university conferences, which felt they could go ahead with precautions in place. That meant Big Ten students, alumni and fans were left out.Woe to the Wildcats. Sorry, Spartans. A bummer for the Badgers and Buckeyes. S...
Could coronavirus cause a better flu season? Maybe. Here's why.
Flu season is approaching, but some medical experts say it’s possible this year’s may shape up to be milder than initially feared. The unlikely reason? The coronavirus pandemic.As people in many parts of the country protect themselves from COVID-19 by wearing face masks, constantly washing and sanitizing their hands, and avoiding school, concerts and other types of indoor gatherings, they’re also inadvertently protecting themselves from influenza.“I think that it is certainly possible that we’ll see a lighter flu season than usual, because people are hopefully taking a lot of precautions to pr...
The Mercury News
Florida COVID-19 cases appear to be leveling off after summer surge
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Florida is holding steady since peaking in July when more than 15,000 new cases were reported in a single day. The state on Sunday added 2,521 new cases, and the number of new reported deaths was in the single digits — nine.The state’s positivity rate stands at 4.64% for new tests reported in the previous 24-hour period. This is the ninth straight day that the rate has been below 5%, generally considered a key target figure when making decisions about resuming daily activities.Just last week, Miami-Dade and Br...
As they focused on others with COVID-19 and refused to walk away, Illinois health care workers bore the brunt of pandemic's fury
CHICAGO — This past March, as the nurses in MacNeal Hospital’s intensive care unit were overwhelmed treating COVID-19 patients, Neuman Kiamco did not hesitate to join his colleagues.The nurse left his post in the Berwyn hospital’s gastrointestinal lab and confronted an invisible enemy in the ICU that many of his colleagues on the medical front line were calling “the beast” or “the killer.”His family is scattered across the world, including a father in the Philippines, and so Kiamco sent messages and the kind of photos of himself that have become ubiquitous in medicine’s global battle against t...
FSU coach Mike Norvell tests positive for COVID-19
Florida State football coach Mike Norvell tested positive for COVID-19, is not reporting any symptoms and is in quarantine, the Seminoles athletic department announced Saturday.FSU has a bye this week and deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will take over preparing the Seminoles for a game at Miami on Sept. 26.“In our most recent round of COVID testing yesterday, I received a positive result after being negative in our previous two tests this week,” Norvell stated in an FSU news release. “My wife and daughter were tested this morning with negative results but are quarantining.“My result was surpri...
With in-person campaigning limited, Kamala Harris rallies Black NC voters virtually
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Black voters historically make up a huge voting bloc for the Democratic Party, and the Biden campaign is working to further motivate the key demographic even as it limits in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemicWith voting underway in North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, along with the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, hosted a virtual rally focused on the state Friday night. The event commemorated Friday’s inaugural National Black Voter Day, a day created by the National Urban League, BET, and many civil rights organization...
The Charlotte Observer
New CDC study highlights threat of coronavirus spread on lengthy flights
A single airline passenger unknowingly sickened with coronavirus managed to infect 15 other people aboard the 10-hour trip to Vietnam, highlighting the dangers of travel amid the pandemic.The global health crisis had only just begun its spread across Europe when the plane took off from a London airport back in March. By the time it touched down in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, 12 passengers in business class, two in economy and a single crew member had contracted the fast-spreading disease.Researchers behind a new Centers for Disease Control study, slated to be published in November, identifie...
New York Daily News
Biden leads Trump in new poll, but voters believe incumbent can bring back the economy
Democratic candidate Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in a new poll that finds voters still think the incumbent is better qualified to bring back the nation’s anemic economy, which is in recession as the nation struggles to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll that surveyed 1,152 adults between Sept. 11 and Sept. 16 found Biden leads Trump overall with 52% of the vote compared to the president’s 42%. That margin tightens slightly when third party candidates are included in the polling.The poll shows that Biden holds a commanding lead over Trump when it comes to ra...
New York Daily News
Florida reports 3,204 new COVID-19 cases, 140 more deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported Friday that another 3,204 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and the state also confirmed another 140 deaths linked to the disease.The overall coronavirus pandemic totals for the state are 13,387 deaths, including 162 nonresidents, and at least 677,660 cases.The state’s daily statistical reports list newly confirmed deaths tied to COVID-19, but these are people who died over recent weeks not in the last 24 hours. Officials don’t disclose whether these people had underlying health conditions.The latest data from the state Department of Health is p...
How wildfire smoke driving people inside lately could affect the spread of the new coronavirus
SEATTLE — The outdoors has been a lifeline for many in Seattle during the COVID-19-induced lockdown. It gave us somewhere to go when gyms and restaurants were closed, and gathering (in small numbers, distantly, with masks) outdoors is much safer, coronavirus-wise, than doing so indoors.But that outlet has been choked off over the past week and a half by wildfire smoke.The acrid air smothering the Puget Sound region was rated “unhealthy,” “very unhealthy,” at times even “hazardous” by the state Department of Ecology. The advice for avoiding it: stay indoors.Assuming people followed that advice,...
The Seattle Times