When the presidential election hits a global pandemic, the CDC says that people with coronavirus can still vote on Tuesday in person.
In its newly updated guidelines released Sunday, the agency said voters who had tested positive or may have been exposed to coronavirus should follow the standard advice of wearing a mask, stay at least six steps away from others and wash hands before and after. voting. “You should also notify a poll worker that you are ill or quarantined when you arrive at the polling place,” states the CDC website.
For tens of thousands of Americans, that might be the only option: Those who have received their test results in the past few days have missed the deadline to request a no-show in most states and to Exemptions often require overcoming arduous logistical obstacles, as The Post previously reported. But the prospect of voting with someone who is sick can hardly ease the tension surrounding wearing a mask at polling stations ̵1; which is still optional in many states.
While the number of voters and polls garnering the country’s attention, the steady increase in new infections across the country shows no signs of abating. The United States reported more than 86,000 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to close to 9.3 million, according to data tracked by The Post. Twelve states – Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming – reported record hospital admissions.
According to former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, more infections are likely to occur across the United States, although the country is better prepared to deal with another wave of viruses.
“The absolute fact that we are going to infect a lot of people right now would probably mean that the death toll will rise above 1,000 in the long run. It’s been a very rough few months, ”he said Tuesday morning on CNBC’s“ Squawk Box ”.
Rural areas are feeling stress. In Utah, overcrowded hospitals are replacing pediatric beds for adult patients and plans to soon begin bringing in doctors who normally don’t work in hospitals, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
“We ask people to do the things they are trained for, maybe when they were a resident, but they haven’t done it for three years,” said Russell Vinik, director of medical operations at the College of Health. Utah, told the newspaper on Monday.
Plans to reopen have been rolled back and restrictions have been tightened in three New England states – Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine – as well as Illinois. However, officials across the country have directed a complete elimination of the full-scale shutdown as did spring and have been hesitant to tell schools to switch back to virtual learning.
“Everyone concluded that closing schools last spring was probably a bad idea,” Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) said at a news conference on Monday, where he announced new rules, including requiring residents to wear masks in public even if they could stay. six feet more than others. “School is not a communicator, and it is extremely important to the educational and social development of children and to the psychological development of children while they are in school.”
The scientific community remains fiercely divided over whether it is safe for schools to open, especially when many schools lack adequate ventilation or space for society away.
Meanwhile, to deal a blow to restaurant owners, Connecticut has enacted a dining ban on “igloos” and other dome-like structures are becoming a popular alternative to dining in home. As The Post previously reported, experts say sharing a meal with their own family members in a well-ventilated space is a relatively safe practice, but sealed boxes are also at risk. muscle regenerates the same conditions that make eating and drinking in the home dangerous. place.
In Europe, the return of shutdown restrictions in many countries is putting leaders on the defensive. On Tuesday, French Health Minister Olivier Véran objected to the proposal that bookstores and other small shops in Paris should be allowed to open, telling RTL that one Parisian with coronavirus every 30 seconds, according to Reuters. He also warned that the success of the closure will determine whether the Christmas parties and other year-end celebrations can take place in December.
France may reintroduce the evening curfew in Paris, amid fears that coronavirus infections continue to rise. On Monday, France reported a record 52,518 new cases.
In Russia, the number of new daily coronavirus infections has surpassed 18,000 for four consecutive days, a sharp increase from about 5,000 confirmed infections per day in early September. Most worrying is the situation in regions of Russia, where hospitals are largely not equipped to handle the spike in patient numbers compared to Moscow. Amid widespread reports of shortages of hospital beds, staff and drugs in remote areas, top Russian public health officials this week said cases have spiked. in 40% of the 85 regions and down only among them. Oleg Gridnev, deputy head of the Ministry of Health, said last week that 90% of the bed capacity for coronavirus patients in Russia was used.
Some European countries are turning to mass testing. In the UK, officials said they will pilot a series in Liverpool, one of the UK’s most heavily affected regions. The entire population of the city, even those without symptoms, will be offered routine testing at locations, including nursing homes, schools and workplaces.
The tests offered will be a combination of swab tests and rapid or “lateral flow” tests, which are faster as they do not require a lab but are often inaccurate. Serial testing will begin on Friday, the day after the UK enters a second national shutdown. If successful, the government will consider deploying it to other cities. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that frequent, mass testing could be a “powerful new weapon in our fight against covid-19”.
This initiative follows others in Europe, including one in Slovakia, aiming to become one of the first countries to test an entire adult population.
Similarly, in Germany, officials are hoping that rapid antigen testing may help them not have to ban visitors to nursing homes again. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that the government has ordered millions of inspections and will provide nursing homes with 20 people per resident per month, according to the AP news agency. But experts note that antigen testing is more likely to produce false negatives than a more precise PCR method, which is considered the gold standard for testing.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Danish Parliament said it suspended voting after some politicians tested positive for coronavirus, according to Reuters.
The World Health Organization said Tuesday that more than 5,000 “suspected” coronavirus infections have been recorded in North Korea. The country has officially recorded no confirmed cases of coronavirus, which outside experts feel suspect.
In its latest situation report, the WHO said North Korea had examined 10,462 people and found 5,368 “suspected” cases as of October 22, with 846 new suspected infections reported in just a week. Tuesday of October. The apparent increase comes less than two weeks after the large-scale parade in Pyongyang on October 10, where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked the public for keeping the country has no virus.
Jacqueline Dupree in Washington and Min Joo Kim in Seoul contributed to this report.