Covid-19 🦠 Newsbites
An Idaho pastor skeptical of masks lands in the ICU for Covid-19
A pastor in Idaho who called himself a "no-masker" during a service and repeatedly questioned the veracity of coronavirus case reporting is in the ICU after contracting Covid-19.

Paul Van Noy, senior pastor at Candlelight Church in Coeur d'Alene, has spent two weeks in the hospital with a Covid-19 diagnosis, ministry coordinator Eric Reade confirmed to CNN. Five other church staff were infected with coronavirus, too, but they've all recovered, he said.

In a comment shared through Candlelight Church, Van Noy said he'll soon move out of the ICU into another room in the hospital and then recover at home.

"At present I feel OK but still need quite a bit of oxygen support -- especially if and when I try to get up out of the bed," he said in a statement through the church.

His wife also contracted Covid-19 but wasn't hospitalized, according to the church. The couple are two of over 3,050 cases in the Northwest Idaho area, local health data shows.

Chiefs fan who attended game tests positive for Covid-19 and now everyone who sat near them is in quarantine
A fan who attended the Kansas City Chiefs' opening night game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10 has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Kansas City Health Department said the individual that tested positive watched the game from the group's box in the lower level of the stadium and tested positive the following day. The positive test has prompted the Kansas City Health Department to direct 10 people there to quarantine after potential exposure to the coronavirus.

The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the few teams in the NFL that allowed fans into its stadium in Week 1.

All fans and personnel are required to wear a mask or face covering while in the stadium, and the team said that the stadium's "COVID protocol plan limited potential exposure to a single seating zone within the stadium."

The team said that its contact tracing mechanisms allowed staff to identify the individual, the individual's party, any service staff that came into contact with the individual and any other ticket holders that may have been near this person while entering the stadium.

House passes resolution condemning anti-Asian sentiment
The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution condemning anti-Asian sentiment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The final vote was 243-164, with 14 Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues.

Though the resolution is nonbinding, House Democrats said they hoped it would show support for the Asian community and send a message that such bigotry would not be tolerated.

"Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have been forced to endure demeaning and disgusting acts of bigotry and hate, consisting of everything from verbal assaults to physical attacks," Democratic Rep. Grace Meng of New York, who introduced the resolution, said in a statement after its passage.

"The House needed to take a strong and public stand against this appalling intolerance, discrimination, and violence that has taken place all across the country during this public health crisis, and today it did just that," she added.

The resolution calls on "all public officials to condemn and denounce any and all anti-Asian sentiment in any form" and says that "use of anti-Asian terminology and rhetoric related to COVID-19, such as the 'Chinese Virus', 'Wuhan Virus', and 'Kung-flu' have perpetuated anti-Asian stigma."

While the resolution doesn't name any individuals, Democrats called out the White House during the House debate Thursday and alluded to President Donald Trump's and their Republican colleagues' use of the terms.

Trump, some GOP lawmakers and administration officials have continued using terms like "the Chinese virus" or "the Wuhan virus," even after the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided the official terminology for the virus in February. WHO has advised not to use geographic locations in naming diseases because it creates a stigma.

Trump Again Overstates Speed of COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Contradicting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director and other government officials, President Donald Trump incorrectly said in a press briefing that a coronavirus vaccine would be “immediately” available to the general public after an authorization.

Officials expect only a limited number of doses will be available in 2020 — and those will be given to prioritized groups. Members of the general public may not be able to receive a shot until well into 2021.

The president also claimed, without evidence, that the U.S. would “be able to distribute at least 100 million vaccine doses by the end of 2020.”

Trump Promises Enough Coronavirus Vaccine Doses for Every American by April
President Donald Trump on Friday said that the U.S. will manufacture enough coronavirus vaccines for every American by April.

"Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April. And again, I'll say even at that later stage, the delivery will go as fast as it comes," Trump said at a White House press briefing.

He added that the U.S. will manufacture at least 100 million doses by the end of the year.

The comments come after Trump earlier this week said that a vaccine could be approved under an emergency use authorization as early as October, and once that happens, "we're ready to go immediately."

But .his comments are still at odds with members of his own administration

The head of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control this week said that following approval, it could take six to nine months to make it widely available. CDC Director Robert Redfield predicted that a vaccine likely won't be widely available to the public until "the second or third quarter" of next year.

... U.S. health officials report more than 6.7 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death toll could cross the 200,000 mark this weekend.

Emails Detail Effort to Silence C.D.C. and Question Its Science
Trouble at the country’s top infectious disease agency continues. Emails from Michael Caputo, the former top spokesman at the Department of Health and Human Services, and his science adviser, Dr. Paul Alexander, show how the two refused to accept advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sought to silence the agency at the height of the pandemic.

C.D.C. Reverses Testing Guidelines for People Without Covid-19 Symptoms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reversed a controversial recommendation suggesting people who have had close contact with a person infected with the coronavirus do not need to get tested if they have no symptoms.

The agency now says anyone exposed to an infected person for more than 15 minutes needs a test. An earlier guideline saying it might not be necessary had shocked public health experts.

How to Ship a Vaccine at –80°C, and Other Obstacles in the Covid Fight
Developing an effective vaccine is the first step. Then comes the question of how to deliver hundreds of millions of doses that may need to be kept at arctic temperatures.

Many things will have to work out to end the coronavirus pandemic. Drug companies will have to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Billions of people will have to consent to vaccination.

But there are more prosaic challenges, too. Among them: Companies may have to transport tiny glass vials thousands of miles while keeping them as cold as the South Pole in the depths of winter.

A number of the leading Covid-19 vaccines under development will need to be kept at temperatures as low as minus 80 degrees Celsius (minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit) from the moment they are bottled to the time they are ready to be injected into patients’ arms.

That will not be easy. Vaccines may be manufactured on one continent and shipped to another. They will go from logistics hub to logistics hub before ending up at the hospitals and other facilities that will administer them.