What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, July 24
He is the only modern president not to have thrown a first pitch at a MLB game while in office, breaking with a tradition that stretches back to 1910.
Trump said he accepted the offer and asked the Yankees’ president, “How’s the crowd going to be?”
“You don’t have a crowd,” the President said he was told. “There’s no such thing.”
“If we could vaccinate the overwhelming majority of the population, we could start talking about real normality again,” Fauci said. “But it is going to be a gradual process.”
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q: How can I stay safe while playing sports?
First, assess the risk.
- Lowest risk: Skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with family members.
- Increasing risk: Team-based practice.
- More risk: Within-team competition.
- Even more risk: Full competition between teams from the same local geographic area.
- Highest risk: Full competition between teams from different geographic areas.
Next, try to reduce spread.
- Encourage sick staff, families and players to stay home, especially if they’ve come into contact with a person who has tested positive.
- Promote hygiene (stop spitting on the field!). Teach and reinforce handwashing, and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment, and discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean, like towels.
- Wear cloth face coverings when physical distancing is difficult, and modify layouts to allow for more space between coaches, spectators and players.
- Try to play outside, or at least in well-ventilated areas.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Medical experts urge US to shut down and start over
The US response was flawed. But the best-managed nations are seeing big outbreaks too
While the US has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the coronavirus, a number of places that were once seen as the gold standard for pandemic responses are now also seeing surges in cases, as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world unabated.
What feels like groundhog day may be our new normal. Even with the most well-intentioned, widespread restrictions, this virus is not going away anytime soon. And, until there is a vaccine, governments may be forced to rely on the strategy of “suppress and lift” — coined by Hong Kong authorities — whereby rules are relaxed and then swiftly reinforced at the first sign of new spikes.
WHO chief to US: Stop making “unacceptable” allegations and focus on “saving lives”
Pompeo made the claim about Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a private meeting with British lawmakers in London on Tuesday, Labour MP Chris Bryant confirmed to CNN.
The Secretary of State said there was firm evidence that a deal had been done to put Tedros in the top position at the WHO. When asked to comment on Pompeo’s remarks on Thursday, Tedros said “the comments are untrue and unacceptable and without any foundation, for that matter.”
ON OUR RADAR
- These two tour boats operating at the world-famous Niagara Falls show just how differently Canada and the US are handling the pandemic.
- China has offered a $1 billion loan to Latin America and the Caribbean for access to its Covid-19 vaccine. The country currently has seven candidate vaccines in human trials.
- Brazil has reported yet another new record for infections and is running dangerously low on basic medicine, as President Jair Bolsonaro is criticized for flouting social distancing guidelines despite another positive test.
- A 19-year-old coronavirus patient allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl at a Covid-19 care center in Delhi, India, where an outbreak is pushing hospitals to the brink.
- Face coverings are now required for anyone entering shops and supermarkets in England, as new rules intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus come into force.
- The economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis could spark a “massive” new wave of migration once borders reopen, the head of the Red Cross said in an interview with Agence France-Presse.
- This weekend, as a heat wave bakes huge swaths of the US, experts fear that the collision of Covid-19 and triple-digit temperatures could make an already dangerous situation even deadlier.
- After initially being reluctant to enforce mask wearing, officials in Miami — the epicenter of Florida’s coronavirus outbreak — are now urging residents to keep them on even inside their own homes.
- Less than a month before he died of Covid-19, a New Jersey nursing home worker shared a photo of himself wrapped in what appeared to be makeshift PPE made from garbage bags. His is just one of the many deaths that has gone unscrutinized by the federal government.
At this point, we all know we should be wearing a mask when we can’t socially distance, but do you know how many layers it should have?
Home-made cloth face masks likely need a minimum of two layers, and preferably three, to prevent the dispersal of viral droplets from the nose and mouth that are associated with the spread of Covid-19, according to a new video case study published online in the journal Thorax. Reminder: Face masks are thought to protect healthy people from inhaling infectious droplets (dispersed when people are coughing, sneezing or speaking), as well as reducing the spread from those who are already infected.
“Latinos have always historically had uneven access to critical health [care] and other types of support … but at the same time, we take on the toughest jobs with very little protection.” — Alta-Med Chief Operating Officer Dr. Efrain Talamantes