Coronavirus Newsbites

Fauci says US has suffered from pandemic 'as much or worse than anyone'
"As long as you have any member of society, any demographic group, who's not seriously trying to get to the end game of suppressing this, it will continue to smolder and smolder and smolder, and that will be the reason why, in a non-unified way, we've plateaued at an unacceptable level."

Dr. Anthony Fauci did not hold back during a conversation hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health Webcast. Fauci told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who was moderating the event, that there was a “a degree of anti-science feeling" in the United States that is hurting the efforts to get the pandemic under control.

But thatanti-scientific skepticism around Covid-19 has also had personal consequences for Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease expert. "Getting death threats for me and my family, harassing my daughters to the point where I need to get security…I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it, and don't like what you and I say, namely in the word of science, that they actually threaten you,” he said. “I wish that they did not have to go through that."

What we know about coronavirus risks to school age children
While children are far less likely to die from the coronavirus than adults, more studies are showing that kids can contract and spread it – contrary to claims made by Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

A study out of South Korea shows children who are at least 10 years old can transmit Covid-19 within a household just as much as adults can.

In the US, a CDC study showed more than half of the children ages 6 to 10 who attended a Georgia summer camp in June and got tested for Covid-19 tested positive. The study – which examined test results following a camp that more than 600 children and 120 staffers attended – found that 51% of those ages 6 to 10 tested positive; 44% of those ages 11 to 17 tested positive; and 33% of those ages 18 to 21 tested positive.

Birx warns 9 cities, California's central valley about increasing coronavirus cases
Baltimore, Atlanta, Kansas City, Portland, Omaha, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Washington, DC, along with the Central Valley in California, are among the places the White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx listed as new areas of concern in a private phone call with state and local officials Wednesday, the Center for Public Integrity reported.

The rising case numbers appear to be driven by younger people who are not taking the virus seriously. Since the beginning of June, the case rate for people in the age group of 30 to 49 nearly tripled and the case rate for people between the ages of 18 to 29 nearly quadrupled. "This is also the age group that is most likely to be attending the large parties that we keep seeing," LA County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.

Almost 100 people in Ohio were infected with coronavirus after man attended church service
One man went to a church. Almost 100 others got infected.

A 56-year-old man with Covid-19 went to church in Ohio in mid-June. The result of that outing: 91 other people got sick, including 53 who were at the service, according to Ohio's governor MIke De Wine.

"It spread like wildfire, wildfire. Very, very scary," De Wine said, urging everyone in the state to wear masks and practice social distancing.

To illustrate how one infected person can spread the virus, state health officials released a color graphic showing how the cases radiated to some who weren't even at the service.

100 people in Ohio
One instance of spread was a family in which a 34-year-old man became sick. His 31-year-old wife also became infected, as did four children between the ages of 1 and 11. The wife and two children of the 56-year-old worshipper mentioned by the governor also got sick.

Germany reports more than 1,000 new cases for the first time in three months
Germany reported 1,045 new Covid-19 cases in the past day, according to the country's center for disease control -- the first time daily cases have topped 1,000 in three months.

The last time Germany saw more than 1,000 new infections in a single day was May 9.

The German government has voiced concern over a recent spike in infections across the country, and urged citizens to follow pandemic rules like social distancing, mask wearing and sanitizing more closely.

At the same time, the government also said it believes travelers returning from abroad are another source of infections, and has begun free testing of all arrivals into the country.

France records highest daily increase in coronavirus cases in more than 2 months
France reported 1,695 new cases in 24 hours, making this the biggest increase since May 30, when an increase of 1,828 cases was recorded. The overall death toll in the country stands at 30,305.

People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer, CDC says
Four died and others have suffered impaired vision or seizures, the CDC says.

Hand sanitizer is everywhere and is useful for cleaning the hands during the coronavirus pandemic. But it's not safe to swallow, the CDC cautions. "Alcohol-based hand sanitizer products should never be ingested," the CDC said in a new report.

A CDC team described the cases of 15 adults in Arizona and New Mexico hospitalized for methanol poisoning after consuming alcohol-based hand sanitizers between May and June.

The CDC is not sure why people might drink hand sanitizer. Children might do it by mistake, and some people may think it's a good substitute for alcoholic drinks. It is not.

The US Food and Drug Administration has been repeatedly warning about methanol in some hand sanitizers distributed in the United States. Unlike ethanol -- the alcohol usually used to make hand sanitizer -- methanol is toxic and can even poison people through their skin. The FDA has warned against more than 100 hand sanitizer products.

Illinois Republican congressman tests positive for coronavirus
Davis' diagnosis comes on the heels of those of two other congressmen -- Arizona Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Saturday and Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert last Wednesday, after which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi required all House members and aides to wear masks on the floor.

On top of this recent trio, multiple federal lawmakers in both parties have tested positive for the virus. At least five other House members announced earlier this year that they tested positive: Republican Reps. Morgan Griffith of Virginia, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, and Democratic Reps. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Ben McAdams of Utah. Democratic Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York has said she had "been diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection."

... On the Senate side, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia announced in May that he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. In late March, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive.

Chicago public schools will start the school year all virtual
Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest school system, will start the coming school year with fully remote learning for all students due to the coronavirus pandemic, the district announced Wednesday.

The decision could avoid a possible strike from the Chicago Teachers Union. The district will implement remote learning through the first quarter, which ends November 9, and then will evaluate if it is safe to open in a hybrid learning model.

... The decision affects more than 355,000 students and most severely hurts poor families and people of color. About 76% of students are economically disadvantaged, and among all students, 36% are African-American and 47% are Hispanic, according to Chicago Public Schools data.

Over 100 students quarantined in Mississippi school district after several individuals tested positive for Covid-19
Taylor Coombs, spokesperson for the Corinth School District, told CNN that six students and one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. According to Coombs, 116 students that have been considered in "close contact" of a positive case have been sent home to quarantine for 14 days.

The student population in the district is 2700.

Trump still not grasping the severity of the pandemic, source tells CNN
President Donald Trump was still struggling to fully grasp the severity of the coronavirus pandemic during a task force meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday, a source familiar with the meeting told CNN.

"He still doesn't get it," the source said. "He does not get it."

... During the meeting, officials on the task force continued to have trouble convincing Trump to take the pandemic more seriously, the source said.

As some members of the task force tried to stress the dire nature of the situation to the President, the source said Trump repeatedly attempted to change the subject.

"He starts talking about something else," the source said.

LA mayor authorises cutting off water and electricity to homes to stop large coronavirus parties
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has authorised the city’s Department of Water and Power (DWP) to shut off utility services for houses where large gatherings are held, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Mr Garcetti told reporters that he had become concerned by reports of large gatherings in residence’s in the city, which he said had “essentially become nightclubs in the hills.”

The mayor confirmed that from Friday, the DWP will be given permission to shut off electricity and water in “egregious” cases where large gatherings have taken place.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive for Coronavirus Ahead of Trump Visit
DeWine was tested for the virus as part of the process to meet with the president, who will deliver remarks at the Whirlpool Corporation Manufacturing Plant in northeast Ohio. The Republican governor is currently asymptomatic and will return to his home in Cedarville where he will quarantine for the next 14 days. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who is also expected to greet Trump when he arrives in Cleveland, tested negative for COVID-19.