Covid-19 🦠 Newsbites
Tracking Covid at U.S. Colleges and Universities
What began as a trickle of coronavirus infections among college students is now a flood: In the past week, American colleges recorded more than 36,000 additional cases, according to a Times survey.

That brings the total of campus infections to 88,000 since the pandemic began. Public health experts say colleges and universities, like the State University of New York at Oneonta, as a category have become hot spots much as hospitals, nursing homes and meat packing plants were earlier in the year.

Even the most comprehensive approaches to containing the virus can break down. One oversight at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Its experts assumed that students would stop partying after they received a positive test result.

Redefining Covid-19: Months after infection, patients report breathing difficulty, excessive fatigue
New research shows that 12 weeks after infection, 75% of those hospitalized with Covid-19 still have a range of severe and disabling symptoms. Many patients' symptoms can be explained by dysautonomia, a disruption of autonomic nervous system processes.

China says no need to vaccinate entire population against Covid-19 at this stage, only frontline workers
Not everyone in China will need to get vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the country's top medical official, as Beijing looks to prioritize frontline workers and high-risk populations in a move that underscores rising confidence among policy-makers of their ability to contain the virus.

Nearly 550,000 children have tested positive for Covid-19
More than half a million children in the United States have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

The child cases are likely underreported, because the way data is collected is not consistent across states. Even then, children now represent nearly 10% of all reported cases in the US.

It’s getting worse. The groups found that 72,993 new child cases were reported between August 27 and September 10, a 15% increase in child cases over two weeks.

Covid-19 cases among Florida children jumped 26% in a month. It's still hard to know which schools are safe
Since many of the state’s public schools opened their doors about a month ago, the number of children under 18 who have contracted Covid-19 has jumped 26%. Yet Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues to push for in-person instruction across the Sunshine State.

A 9-year-old who's been battling coronavirus for 6 months says the illness is a big deal
Eli Lipman is one of the kids who has suffered from "long-haul" Covid-19. The 9-year-old has had a 100 degree fever every day for months, his dad Jonathan Lipman told CNN. Eli said he felt like “the day after you got smashed into a wall.”

“I just felt super tired, I couldn’t get up, I didn’t wanna do anything … but now, I am walking around and I am getting more energy and I am getting better.”

It could take until 2024 to vaccinate everyone worldwide
The world's largest vaccine manufacturer said if a Covid-19 vaccine requires two doses, it might be 2024 before everyone can get inoculated. Adar Poonawalla, chief executive officer of the Serum Institute of India, told the Financial Times that if the vaccine needs two doses to work, the world would need about 15 billion doses.

That means production on a mammoth scale. "I know the world wants to be optimistic on it ... [but] I have not heard of anyone coming even close to that [level] right now," Poonawalla said. "It's going to take four to five years until everyone gets the vaccine on this planet."

Germany links Covid-19 outbreak at ski resort to US citizen who failed to quarantine
A coronavirus outbreak at a popular Bavarian ski resort has been linked to a US citizen working at a lodge operated by the US Army. The unnamed person, who had recently returned to Bavaria following a holiday abroad, chose to socialize despite having Covid-19 symptoms and being told to stay indoors until their test results came back, German authorities said.

Coronavirus pandemic has set the world back by decades, report finds
The Covid-19 pandemic has stopped, and in many cases reversed, progress towards achieving the United Nations' sustainable development goals, according to the fourth annual Goalkeepers Report, published Monday by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

One example: Vaccinations reached over 80% of the world’s children and prevented more than two million deaths in 2019. Because of Covid-19, vaccine coverage in 2020 is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s, the report says. “In other words, we’ve been set back about 25 years in about 25 weeks,” the report says.

Trump indoor rally site fined $3,000 for violating state coronavirus guidelines
"During the event, a compliance officer observed six violations of the directives and the City's Business Operations Division has issued a Business License Notice of Violation to Xtreme Manufacturing and assessed a penalty of $3,000," Kathleen Richards, senior public information officer for the city of Henderson, told CNN in a statement Monday.

Richards added that the company "has 30 calendar days to respond to the notice and pay the penalty or dispute the notice of violation."

Rome's Fiumicino Airport awarded world's first five-star anti-Covid award
Travelers eager to fly again may want to consider Italy as their next destination.

Rome's Fiumicino Airport has become the first airport in the world to earn "the COVID-19 5-Star Airport Rating" from Skytrax, an international airport industry ratings body.

Though Skytrax is best known for its annual rankings of the world's best airports, the global Covid-19 crisis prompted the organization to come up with a designation for airport hygiene.

According to a release from Skytrax, the organization based its rating on "a combination of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis and ATP sampling tests."

Fiumicino Airport (FCO), also known as Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, is the busiest airport in Italy.

On September 1, the airport opened a 7,000-square-foot Covid testing center, which is co-managed with the Italian Red Cross.

But it's not only organized, rapid testing that Skytrax noted in its review of FCO. The airport scored points for having easy-to-read signage in multiple languages, strict enforcement of mask wearing, visibly present cleaning staff and efficiency thanks to the consolidation of all incoming and outgoing flights to a single terminal for easier tracking.

Multiple Michigan State University sororities and fraternities ordered to quarantine for 2 weeks after coronavirus spike is tied to students
In an emergency order issued on Monday, Ingham County Health Department listed 30 addresses in East Lansing, Michigan, that will be required to quarantine from Monday until September 28.

"Through case investigation, the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) has identified congregate housing in the city of East Lansing as a risk factor," Linda Vail, a health officer for the Ingham County Health Department, wrote in the order. "The health department has identified several fraternity and sorority houses, and several large rental houses with known cases or exposure to COVID-19."

The decision comes after at least 342 people affiliated with the university have tested positive for Covid-19 since August 24, the health department said.

Ingham County experienced a 52% increase in total case count since August 24, with one third of Ingram County cases since the pandemic started being reported in the last 3 weeks. The majority of all new cases reported come from students at Michigan State University.

Those who are quarantined are only allowed to leave their property for medical care and other necessities, and are expected to avoid interaction with their roommates as much as possible. Violation of the order could result in a misdemeanor charge that could be punishable with up to six months imprisonment, a $200 fine, or both.