Coronavirus Newsbites

Medical experts urge US to shut down and start over
As the US passed the sobering milestone of 4 million Covid-19 cases, and as the rising daily rate of confirmed cases and hospitalizations suggest the virus is far from under control, medical experts are urging political leaders to shut down the country and start over to contain the pandemic. "Right now we are on a path to lose more than 200,000 American lives by November 1st. Yet, in many states people can drink in bars, get a haircut, eat inside a restaurant, get a tattoo, get a massage, and do myriad other normal, pleasant, but non-essential activities," the group said in an open letter.

WHO chief to US: Stop making "unacceptable" allegations and focus on "saving lives"
The World Health Organization chief slammed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday for lodging "unacceptable" allegations that the Director-General had been "bought" by China, suggesting that the US should be focused on saving lives instead of politicking, in one of his strongest criticisms of Washington to date.

... 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."

Where extreme heat and Covid-19 collide, experts fear a dangerous recipe for at-risk communities
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.

Two Florida mayors urge residents to wear masks at home
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.

Nursing home worker deaths going unscrutinized by federal government
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.