COVID-19 Update: Over a Dozen People Close to Trump Administration Test Positive; How the Outbreak will Affect Tonight’s VP Debate; and More

The White House Outbreak

According to a CNN report, at least 14 people connected to President Donald Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. They include:

  • Melania Trump: First Lady
  • Hope Hicks: Aide to the President
  • Kayleigh McEnany: White House press secretary
  • Nicholas Luna: Assistant to the President
  • Mike Lee: US senator
  • Thom Tillis: US senator
  • Ron Johnson: US senator
  • Kellyanne Conway: Former counselor to the President.
  • Chad Gilmartin: White House principal assistant press secretary.
  • Stephen Miller: Senior adviser to the president.
  • Bill Stepien: Trump campaign manager.
  • Ronna McDaniel: RNC chairwoman.
  • Chris Christie: Former New Jersey governor.

World News:

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, here are the latest COVID-19 numbers, according to statistics aggregator Worldometer.

  • Global Cases: Over 36.1 million.
  • Global Deaths: 1,056,381.

Outside of the US, the nations with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19:

  • India: 6,764,710 confirmed cases; 104,651 deaths.
  • Brazil: 4,970,953 confirmed cases; 147,571 deaths.
  • Russia: 1,248,619 confirmed cases; 21,865 deaths.
  • Colombia: 869,808 confirmed cases; 27,017 deaths.
  • Spain: 865,631 confirmed cases; 32,486 deaths.

Most the World Remains Vulnerable to COVID-19

COVID-19 may have infected one in 10 people around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Meaning that, 90% of the world remains susceptible to infection. “Our current best estimates tell us that about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus,” Dr. Mike Ryan, director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said at a WHO executive board meeting Monday.

National News

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

  • US Cases: 7.7 million.
  • US Deaths: 216,125.

US States with Most Infections:

  • California: 838,705 confirmed cases; 16,262 deaths.
  • Texas: 814,323 confirmed cases; 16,664 deaths.
  • Florida: 722,707 confirmed cases; 14,914 deaths.
  • New York: 501,824 confirmed cases; 33,330 deaths.
  • Georgia: 324,650 confirmed cases; 7,229 deaths.

How COVID-19 Impacts Tonight’s Debate

Tonight Vice President Mike Pence will go head-to-head in debate with Democratic Senator Kamala Harris. In response to the White House coronavirus outbreak – a number of new safety protocols are in place. Pence and Harris will have to stand more than 12 feet apart (instead of the standard six), using plexiglass as barriers between the two. Also, everyone in the audience will be required to wear masks. Both VP Pence and Sen. Harris have tested negative for COVID-19 going into tonight’s debate.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

White House Denies Offers for Contact Tracing

The White House declined offers from the CDC to help investigate the source of the outbreak that lead to President Trump’s COVID-19 infection.

FDA Demands Safety Before Any Vaccine is Approved

The US Food and Drug Administration stated on Tuesday that it wants to see two months of follow-up data after volunteers get their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine as part of clinical trials testing potential coronavirus vaccines. This request will make it near possible for any vaccine maker to apply for emergency use authorization by election day or the end of this month.

Only Four US States are Trending Downwards

Only four US states are showing downward trends in new COVID-19 cases: Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, and South Carolina. That leaves at least 22 states showing upward trends, and 24 states are showing steady trends.

Monday, October 5, 2020

CDC Once Again Updates Guidance to Say COVID-19 is Airborne

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has once again updated its guidance about how COVID-19 can spread. “Today’s update acknowledges the existence of some published reports showing limited, uncommon circumstances where people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after the COVID-19-positive person left an area. In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise. Such environments and activities may contribute to the buildup of virus-carrying particles.”

Biden States He Will Debate Trump is Scientists Approve

Joe Biden will listen to the doctors, he said when asked if he would debate President Trump if he were healthy by their next scheduled debate on Oct. 15.  “If the doctors — listen to the science. If the scientists say that it’s safe and the distance are safe, then that’s fine. I’ll do whatever the experts say is appropriate to do.”

NJ Gov. Murphy Says Trump Was Reckless

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said that President Trump was reckless for deciding to Bedminister rally last Thursday in NJ after his adviser, Hope Hicks, has tested positive for coronavirus. “We continue to send out best wishes and prayers to the President, the First Lady and former Gov. Chris Christie and all that have tested positive over the weekend. This is not a matter of politics but a matter of humanity, but this is also a matter of leadership by example and it is clear that the President and his staff acted recklessly in the first place knowing they had been exposed to someone with a confirmed positive test,” Murphy said.

Health Care Workers Should Be At Front of Vaccine Line

Frontline health care workers should be the first to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, according to experts advising the federal government. Following health care workers, then should come older adults living in congregate settings, like nursing homes, a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) committee said in a final report.

Wednesday, October 1, 2020

Massive Airline Layoffs

Sadly, 32,000 airline employees are losing their jobs today after attempts to receive federal money failed. American Airlines is cutting 19,000 jobs, and United Airlines is cutting 13,000 jobs. United CEO Scott Kirby said the decision marked “”a very sad day for all of us here at United.”

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker had said in an interview with CNN that he hoped the layoffs could be avoided if the airlines and Congress could reach a deal, that has yet to occur.

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