Covid-19 🦠 Newsbites
First COVID-19 Global Forecast: IHME Projects Three-Quarters of a Million Lives Could be Saved by January 1
If virtually everyone wears face masks and keeps a safe distance from others, more than 122,000 lives could be saved in the United States by January 2021, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

CNN Coronavirus Update
"Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in an updated guidance page on its website.

Scientists have noted the likelihood of the transmission of coronavirus through viral particles in the air for months, pushing health agencies to acknowledge it. The CDC changed its advice on Friday.

It now says the virus can commonly spread "through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols," which are produced even when a person breathes. Previously, the CDC said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact -- about 6 feet -- and "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks."

The CDC also added measures based on protecting yourself and others. It now says people should "stay at least 6 feet away from others, whenever possible," and continues to direct people to wear a mask and routinely clean and disinfect. However, it also now says people should stay home and isolate when sick, and "use air purifiers to help reduce airborne germs in indoor spaces."

Bill Gates: It's 'outrageous' Americans can't get coronavirus test result in 24 hours
Bill Gates is frustrated by the way coronavirus testing is behind handled in the United States.

And when it comes to the technology behind the testing, Gates made it clear that there's no excuse for the slow timeline. "The US has more of these machines, more of this capacity than other countries by a huge amount," he said.

32 arrested at anti-vaccination protest in London on Sunday
Authorities in London arrested 32 people in Trafalgar Square on Sunday after anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination protests the day before.

Officers on the scene were "met with outbreaks of violence" prior to the arrests, according to a statement released by the Metropolitan Police. Arrests were issued for violent disorder, assaulting emergency workers and for breaking Covid-19 regulations.

Two police officers sustained minor injuries, according to the statement.

Rep. Jahana Hayes announces she has tested positive for Covid-19
Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat from Connecticut, announced on Sunday she has tested positive for Covid-19.

In a series of tweets, which included a video of her being tested, Hayes noted that members of Congress are not frequently being tested for coronavirus. "Masks, social distancing & frequent floor cleanings are the precautions that are taken in the House. I have taken every possible precaution and still contracted coronavirus," she wrote.

"My experience and the experience of my staff underscore the need for a nat'l testing strategy with a coherent way to receive speedy, accurate results. This level of anxiety and uncertainty is untenable," Hayes wrote.

The Democratic freshman, who is just the latest member of Congress to test positive, said she will quarantine for 14 days.

Hayes is one of at least 12 other House members from both parties who have previously announced that they had tested positive for coronavirus dating back to the early days of the pandemic. Dozens more lawmakers have had to quarantine or get tested due to exposure to the virus.

The New York Times Monday Evening Briefing
“We have, in a bad sense, literally turned the corner.”

That’s Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, warning that Britain faces a six-month battle ahead to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Much of Europe is scrambling to avoid another round of widespread lockdowns as new spikes emerge in France, hospitals begin to fill in Spain and rules tighten in Wales. New restrictions have been imposed in Liverpool, England.

New targeted lockdown measures also took effect in Madrid, where virus-related hospitalizations have tripled. The measures restrict nearly a million residents from traveling outside their neighborhoods except for essential activities.

Trump falsely claims that for young people COVID-19 'affects virtually nobody,' though in March he told Bob Woodward 'plenty of young people' are impacted by the virus
  • President Donald Trump again falsely claimed that for the young the coronavirus "affects virtually nobody."
  • The president made the misleading claim at a campaign rally in Swanton, Ohio, on Monday.
  • "[The coronavirus] affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems, if they have other problems that's what it really affects, that's it," Trump said at the rally.
  • "In some states, thousands of people, nobody young, below the age of 18," Trump continued. "They have a strong immune system. Who knows? Take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It's an amazing thing."
  • While the coronavirus is more likely to be fatal to older individuals and those with underlying conditions, the virus has still taken a toll on younger people who were infected — and some even died from COVID-19.
  • Additionally, according to the World Health Organization, even if they are not as impacted, young people are emerging a the primary spreaders of the disease, making it more likely that it can be transmitted to those who are more at risk.
  • The coronavirus has infected nearly 7 million people in the US, and nearly 200,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 as of Monday.
  • The number of global coronavirus cases surpassed 30 million, and the death toll surpassed 938,000.
  • Trump's non-alarmist attitude toward the coronavirus largely contradicts his private views of the virus in February, when he told journalist Bob Woodward earlier this year that the virus is a "killer" and said it was "more deadly than even your strenuous flus."
  • On March 7, Trump told Woodward that "Just today and yesterday, some startling facts came out. It’s not just old, older. Young people too — plenty of young people.”
  • A week after declaring a national emergency in March in light of the COVID-19 outbreaks, Trump told Woodward that he "wanted to always" downplay the pandemic, the veteran journalist wrote in his book.
  • "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic," Trump said on March 19.
  • However, Trump's downplaying of the coronavirus has prompted some anti-science backlash, as some Americans refuse to adhere to health safety guidelines from infectious disease experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.