Airlines say flying is safe in COVID-19 era, but study reveals potential for superspreader disaster
SAN JOSE, Calif. — How risky is it to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?For clues, consider the travel histories of two of the country’s top infectious disease experts, each with parents on the other side of the country. One hasn’t flown since January when the new coronavirus was just emerging as a global threat.The other just flew back to San Francisco after visiting his 90-year-old father in Florida last month — wearing a face shield and removing his medical-grade N-95 respirator mask for just 30 seconds to chug some water and pretzels — and “felt pretty safe” to see everyone else wearing ...
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US far from herd immunity, with less than 10% of adults showing virus antibodies, study shows
Around 90% of U.S. adults are at risk of contracting COVID-19, according to a new study from Stanford University.The study was published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet.Using data from dialysis centers across the nation, researchers found that less than 10% of adults had antibodies against COVID-19 by the end of July — which means that “herd immunity remains out of reach,” the study concluded.Herd immunity occurs when a significant part of the population becomes immune to an infectious disease.Those figures match a forthcoming study by the Centers of Disease Control, which should be p...
New York Daily News
Florida adds 2,795 coronavirus cases, 107 more resident deaths as state lifts restrictions
ORLANDO, Fla. — As Florida moves into “Phase 3” of reopening under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new executive order, the state health department posted 2,795 new coronavirus cases and 107 new resident fatalities on Saturday.In total, 698,682 people have been infected statewide, and 14,022 Florida residents have died. With 168 nonresident deaths, the combined toll is 14,190.Each report includes deaths from several previous days, as it can take two weeks or more for fatalities to be logged.On Friday, DeSantis officially lifted all remaining restrictions on bars and restaurants imposed due to the coronavir...
NY sees 1% coronavirus positive test rate and 4 deaths, Cuomo says
NEW YORK — New York state has a coronavirus positive test rate of a bit over 1% and four new deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.The state recorded 1,005 new cases of COVID-19 from 99,953 tests Friday as the Empire State continued to keep a lid on the spread of the virus amid a nationwide surge, the governor said.“As we move into the fall and flu season, wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands make a critical difference, as does the deliberate enforcement of (regulations),” Cuomo said in a statement.Four people died from the virus around the state Friday, two in Brooklyn ...
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Some parents are sending kids with COVID-19 to class. What can schools do about it?
School officials across the country are sharing in frustration, disbelief, and worry over a problem many didn’t anticipate when reopening America’s classrooms — parents deliberately sending their COVID-19-infected kids to class.It’s a dangerous disruption of best-laid plans, a hazard to students and educators, their families and communities. But what can schools do about it?“Never in a million years did we imagine or think to account for parents deliberately sending their sick or symptomatic child to school,” Kirsten Johnson, public health director of Washington-Ozaukee counties in Wisconsin, ...
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Delta to retire Boeing 717s, some 767s by end of 2025
Delta Air Lines said it will retire more jets earlier than planned as it cuts costs amid weakened travel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Atlanta-based airline outlined the revised plans in a regulatory filing Friday announcing the completion of $9 billion in financing, including a $6 billion debt offering backed by its SkyMiles frequent flier program and a $3 billion loan. The debt deal was increased from a previously planned $6.5 billion.Delta said it will retire its 110-seat Boeing 717s and the rest of its 226-seat Boeing 767-300ER jets by December 2025.The airline also plans to r...
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Are Hispanic and Black children more at risk of COVID? 'It's a trickle down' effect
MIAMI — Children and teens don’t usually get the worst COVID-19 symptoms. They might cough a lot, have a runny nose, maybe get a fever. Most recover.But some wind up in the hospital. Some die.And many of those who have died from COVID-19 related complications are Hispanic or Black, according to a new report published this month by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report looked at 121 COVID-19 associated deaths under 21 that were reported to the CDC from Feb. 12 to July 31. Of those deaths, 45% were Hispanic, 29% Black, 14% white non-Hispanic and 4% American Indi...
COVID-19 surveys halted in Minnesota amid racism, intimidation
MINNEAPOLIS — A door-to-door COVID-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in greater Minnesota of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey teams.The CDC pulled its federal surveyors out of Minnesota this week following reports of verbal abuse and intimidation, including an incident in the Iowa border town of Eitzen, Minn., in which a survey team walking to a house was blocked by two cars and threatened by three men, including one who had a gun.Frustration with the state’s pandemic response “is totally understanda...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
California passes first-in-nation plastics recycling law
In a move aimed at reducing huge amounts of plastic litter in the oceans, along roadways and other parts of the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a first-in-the-nation law requiring plastic beverage containers to contain an increasing amount of recycled material.Under it, companies that produce everything from sports drinks to soda to bottled water must use 15% recycled plastic in their bottles by 2022, 25% recycled plastic by 2025, and 50% recycled plastic by 2030.Supporters of the new law say it will help increase demand for recycled plastic, curb litter and reduce consumption o...
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MLB promised free COVID-19 testing for essential workers. We're still waiting.
NEW YORK — Tucked away in Major League Baseball’s 113-page manual for playing through the coronavirus pandemic is a subtle assurance from the league and its owners to the public that baseball in 2020 would offset whatever resource drain might result from the business of baseball.As Section 2.1.5, titled “Voluntary Testing of Household Members and First Responders” read: “MLB will offer free diagnostic/PCR and antibody/serology testing for … healthcare workers or other first responders in the Clubs’ home cities as a public service.”MLB would clean up after itself, in other words, supplying free...
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