The country broke another record for the number of daily coronavirus infections on Friday, the third in a row in a single day. Several states, including Washington, have reported record numbers of new infections as the pandemic continues to sweep the United States in another outbreak.
In our state, the growing number is making health officials increasingly concerned about hospital capacity.
During Saturday, on this site, we will be posting updates on the pandemic and its impact on the Seattle region, the United States and the world. The updates from Friday are available here and all of our coronavirus coverage can be found here.
Six people in the White House, including Trump’s chief of staff, have the coronavirus
Officials said six White House aides and a Trump campaign adviser – including Mark Meadows, President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff – had coronavirus disease, sparking concerns about another outbreak that swept past. ranks of top national officials as cases rise to record levels within the Country.
Meadows, who often denied the need to wear a mask and embraced Trump’s strategy to reduce the coronavirus threat over the summer, informed a small group of White House advisers that he had test results. positive for the virus on Wednesday, a senior government official said Friday.
Five other White House officials also tested positive for the virus in the days before and after Election Day, people familiar with the diagnoses told The New York Times. Bloomberg News also reported other cases surrounding the president, who contracted the virus last month and had to be hospitalized for three days to receive experimental treatment.
Nick Trainer, who worked on the presidential campaign, also tested positive for coronavirus, a person who briefly spoke of his diagnosis.
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—The New York Times
Research shows that the spread of cough drops can affect children, the shorter the adults
A new simulation study shows that cough water droplets can fly outdoors for more than 6 feet, and are likely to be a higher risk of transmission to shorter adults and children.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics of Fluids, used the models to simulate the trajectories of cough drops when someone coughs outdoors with someone nearby. Researchers from Singapore’s Science, Technology and Research Agency ran a simulation with different air temperature, drop size, humidity, wind speed and distance between cough and listener. .
Researchers found that although the cough drops had a low chance of getting exposed to the respiratory tract, it could lead to the virus spreading to clothing or skin, which could then lead to infection if anyone did. it touches their face, mouth, or nose. They write that it may pose a higher risk to shorter children and adults, who are less than 3 feet from the cough.
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—Summer Lind, Miami Herald
Doctors feared more death when Dakotas experienced viral ‘sadness’
With coronavirus infections raging in Dakotas and elected leaders refusing to intervene vigorously, the burden of driving people to be serious with the virus has increasingly placed on the families of those who died.
The number of people who know what it means to lose their loved one to COVID-19 is increasing. North Dakota and South Dakota had the nation’s worst death per capita rates in the past 30 days. Despite advances in the treatment of patients with COVID-19, hundreds have died in recent weeks compared to any other period – a grim exclamation of a viral outbreak that has hit the Plains. North and Upper Midwest.
Chris Bjorkman, who lost her husband, Mr. John Bjorkman, 66, said: “Sometimes I think it’s not true.“ Sometimes I think he will walk through the door, but he hasn’t come yet, so I am continue to wait. “
In Dakotas, the virus showed some signs of slowing down. With winter approaching and hospitals scrambling for room for COVID-19 patients, health experts are concerned that viral mortality will continue to rise in an area where people are slow to adopt Mitigation measures such as wearing a mask. The Republican governors of both states opposed government orders to help stem the outbreak, based on the ideology of a limited government.
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Biden has ambitious plans to limit COVID-19. But they can run into major hurdles in a divided country and Congress.
President-elect Joe Biden launched a referendum on Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But as he inherits his worst crisis since the Great Depression – a pandemic raging atop a strained economy – his plan to turn the tide is set to collide with the realities. new treatment.
The closeness of the results underscores voters’ deep split over how they think viruses should be handled. And depending on the results of the two Senate elections, it is possible that Biden will have to navigate a Republican-controlled Senate that does not want to support a larger federal role in checking and tracing contacts. , among other responsibilities now mainly assigned to states.
“It will be very difficult for Biden to put in place some plans to prepare and respond to,” said Angela Rasmussen, virologist at the Center for Infections and Immunology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Ambitious translation that he has.
Time is not on his side either, as the country passed 128,000 cases on Friday, setting a record for the third consecutive day and more than 1,000 deaths per day – numbers are expected to increase over the weeks. until the weather changed colder and more Americans retreated indoors. Forecasts by the Institute of Health Metrology and Evaluation at the University of Washington suggest the worst pandemic is likely to hit mid to late January, just around the time Biden will take office.
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The frustration of the Trump employees following Mark Meadows’s diagnosis
President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Bloomberg reported that he tested positive on Wednesday, but many Trump employees were disappointed that they didn’t know about his diagnosis until it was publicly reported on Friday. Meadows revealed his diagnosis to a small group of people asked to remain silent, Bloomberg reports.
His current condition is not clear.
Several other White House employees have also given positive results.
Meadows accompanied President Donald Trump for the past week. He appeared without a mask in public on Wednesday, when President Trump erroneously declared election victory.
Trump has repeatedly vowed against the new coronavirus. Data for the reverse story: COVID-19 infections hit new highs on Friday, with 128,000 new infections.
—Bloomberg and Associated Press
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The United States broke a one-day record for new COVID-19 cases, reporting 128,000 cases on Friday. Washington state officials are increasingly concerned about hospital capacity.
Europe is also struggling to stop the virus and a number of countries, including Italy, have taken tighter lockout measures. Stress hospitals in Russia. In Denmark, the government has ordered the destruction of millions of weasels. A mutated version of a new coronavirus has been developed in mink.
Secretary of State, Mark Meadows, chief of staff to President Donald Trump, signed a contract with COVID-19. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has been quarantined after being exposed. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has been quarantined after being exposed. Both are waiting for the test results.
A poll worker in St. Petersburg Charles, Mo., died after election night despite receiving a positive COVID-19 test result. Nearly 2,000 ballots were dropped at the site, leaving many wondering about possible exposure.
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