Coronavirus Archive November 2020


November 30th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 169,466 New U.S. cases
  • 31,179 New India cases
  • 21,538 New Brazil cases
  • 4,005 New France cases
  • 26,338 New Russia cases
  • 12,330 New UK cases
  • 16,376 New Italy cases
  • 14,156 New Germany cases
  • 5,736 New Poland cases
  • 9,946 New Ukraine cases
  • 6,472 New Mexico cases
  • 16,491 New cases in California
  • Over 63.5 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 13.9 million
  • Over 169k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 63,589,291
  • Daily new cases: 519,902
  • Global deaths: 1,473,920 with 8,828 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 43,984,119
  • Mortality rate: 2.32%
  • Recovery rate: 69.17%

 

  • U.S. cases: 13,919,870
  • U.S. new cases: 169,466
  • U.S. deaths: 274,332
  • U.S. recovered: 8,222,879
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,260

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,267,486 with 13,479 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 22,057 – 85 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 138,798
  • Dallas County new cases: 702
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,539 – 3 today

 


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November 30, 2020:

Fauci warns of ‘surge in cases’ post Thanksgiving

The US could see “surge upon surge” of coronavirus cases as people return home from the Thanksgiving holiday, a top US disease expert has warned.

[BBC] Speaking on Sunday, Dr Anthony Fauci said it was “not too late” for those yet to travel to help curb the virus by wearing masks and socially distancing.

Thanksgiving typically heralds the busiest week for travel in the US.

The US has recorded more than 13 million coronavirus cases and more than 266,000 people have died.

As of Sunday, the number of Covid-19 cases recorded in November has surpassed four million, double the figure recorded in October.

 

 

Last year, an estimated 26 million people passed through US airports in the week surrounding the holiday.

Health experts had called for people to spend Thanksgiving at home, but this week US airports marked their busiest period since mid-March.

Anywhere from 800,000 to more than one million travellers passed through US airport checkpoints on any day during the past week, according to Transport Security Administration statistics.

“There is almost certainly going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel,” Dr Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union.

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Covid vaccine: Moderna seeks approval in US and Europe

Moderna is filing for US and European regulatory approval of its coronavirus vaccine so that it can be recommended for widespread use.

[BBC] Regulators will look at trial data for the mRNA vaccine and decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend for roll out.

Clinical studies show the jab is more than 94% effective at protecting people from becoming ill with Covid-19.

Pfizer, which has a similar jab, has already filed for the same US approval.

UK regulators are also reviewing data on the Pfizer vaccine, as well as another type of Covid vaccine from AstraZenca and Oxford University for emergency approval.

Moderna says it hopes to gain UK approval soon, now that it has trial data from 30,000 volunteers – including high risk groups like the elderly – that suggest it works.

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A leaderless America slips deep into a grim pandemic winter

(CNN)America is sliding into a winter limbo of alarming spikes in Covid-19 cases and deepening economic pain while an apathetic lame duck White House and a deadlocked Congress provide no political leadership.

The darkest holiday season in modern history beckons, yet President Donald Trump and his closest aides, sulking after his election defeat, are doing little to save lives, apart from claiming credit for a vaccine that represents a way out of the nightmare of 2020 but remains months away for most Americans.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and GOP-led Senate will return to Washington this week, but have shown no signs they can get together to ease the consequent economic pain of millions of unemployed Americans amid scenes of long Great Depression-style lines outside food banks.
President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to put a diverse and experienced team around him — he rolled out an all-female senior communications team Sunday, and he is expected to announce top economic officials this week.
But even a President-elect who promises to replace Trump’s neglect with a science-based approach to the pandemic can only do so much before he takes office on January 20, when the health crisis and economic toll are likely to be far worse.

 


November 29th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 140,047 New U.S. cases
  • 41,284 New India cases
  • 26,683 New Brazil cases
  • 9,784 New France cases
  • 26,683 New Russia cases
  • 12,155 New UK cases
  • 20,646 New Italy cases
  • 13,637 New Germany cases
  • 11,482 New Poland cases
  • 12,978 New Ukraine cases
  • 6,388 New Mexico cases
  • 15,957 New cases in California
  • Over 63 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 13.7 million
  • Over 140k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:

  • Global cases: 63,059,389
  • Daily new cases: 505,379
  • Global deaths: 1,465,092 with 6,989 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 43,544,036
  • Mortality rate: 2.32%
  • Recovery rate: 69.04%
  • U.S. cases: 13,750,404
  • U.S. new cases: 140,047
  • U.S. deaths: 273,072
  • U.S. recovered: 8,107,203
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 818
  • Texas cases: 1,254,007 with 12,073 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 21,972 – 54 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 138,905
  • Dallas County new cases: 3,303
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,536 – 8 today

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November 29, 2020:

Covid-19 killing Americans at staggering rate

(CNN) As millions of Americans head home after Thanksgiving, the coronavirus could be hitching a ride — threatening to plant seeds of infection across the country as the US on Sunday topped more than 100,000 new cases for the 27th consecutive day.

So far Sunday, the United States has reported 109,671 new cases and 731 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
A surge of new travel-related infections could overwhelm hospitals already stretched to capacity. Hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients reached a record high of 93,238 on Sunday, trumping Saturday’s record-breaking 91,635 figure, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
It is the third time there have been over 90,000 Americans hospitalized with Covid-19 — the first being Thursday with 90,481 before a drop to 89,834 Friday that could be attributed to inconsistencies in reporting over Thanksgiving.


November 28th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 156,103 New U.S. cases
  • 39,567 New India cases
  • 51,922 New Brazil cases
  • 12,580 New France cases
  • 27,100 New Russia cases
  • 15,871 New UK cases
  • 26,315 New Italy cases
  • 14,645 New Germany cases
  • 15,177 New Poland cases
  • 16,294 New Ukraine cases
  • 10,008 New Mexico cases
  • 11,119 New cases in California
  • Over 62.5 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 13.6 million
  • Over 156k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 62,564,010
  • Daily new cases: 575,956
  • Global deaths: 1,458,103 with 8,989 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 43,188,484
  • Mortality rate: 2.33%
  • Recovery rate: 69.03%

 

  • U.S. cases: 13,610,357
  • U.S. new cases: 156,103
  • U.S. deaths: 272,254
  • U.S. recovered: 8,041,239
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,228

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,241,934 with 6,096 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 21,918 – 64 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 134,793
  • Dallas County new cases: 982
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,528 – 5 today

 


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November 28, 2020:

Being outdoors doesn’t mean you’re safe from COVID-19 – a White House event showed what not to do

[The Conversation] If you think you’re safe from the coronavirus just because you’re outdoors, think again.

While the wind and the large volume of air make the outdoors less risky than being indoors, circumstances matter.

Someone who is infectious can cough or sneeze, or just talk and, if you happen to inhale those respiratory droplets or they plop into your eye, you can get infected. If you shake hands with an infected person and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you also run a chance of getting infected. You don’t have to be inhaling an infected person’s air for very long. What matters is the dose.

As an infectious disease doctor, I get a lot of questions from patients about COVID-19 risks. Here are some answers about the risks outdoors.

Doesn’t wind make outside safer than inside?

It’s true that the wind helps disperse respiratory droplets that can carry viruses.

When you’re indoors, one of the big concerns about how the coronavirus spreads is aerosols – tiny, light droplets people emit along with larger droplets when they breathe. These particles can linger in the air, and the concentration can build up in enclosed, poorly ventilated spaces. There’s less of a risk in open outdoor settings because of the sheer volume of air and available space to physically distance.

At least one study, not yet peer reviewed, found COVID-19 patients were nearly 20 times more likely to have been infected indoors than outdoors.

But that doesn’t mean you’re in a protective bubble when outdoors.

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November 27th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 171,914 New U.S. cases
  • 41,353 New India cases
  • 33,780 New Brazil cases
  • 12,459 New France cases
  • 27,543 New Russia cases
  • 14,739 New UK cases
  • 28,342 New Italy cases
  • 22,018 New Germany cases
  • 17,304 New Poland cases
  • 16,218 New Ukraine cases
  • 12,081 New Mexico cases
  • 15,958 New cases in California
  • Over 61.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 13.4 million
  • Over 171k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 61,988,054
  • Daily new cases: 679,938 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global deaths: 1,449,114 with 11,279 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 42,787,565
  • Mortality rate: 2.34%
  • Recovery rate: 69.03%

 

  • U.S. cases: 13,454,254
  • U.S. new cases: 110,714
  • U.S. deaths: 271,026
  • U.S. recovered: 7,846,872
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,471

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,235,838 with 9,019 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 21,834 – 18 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 133,811
  • Dallas County new cases: 0 – Not reporting Thursday / Friday
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,523 – 8 today

November 26th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 110,714 New U.S. cases
  • 43,166 New India cases
  • 37,672 New Brazil cases
  • 13,563 New France cases
  • 25,487 New Russia cases
  • 17,555 New UK cases
  • 29,001 New Italy cases
  • 21,576 New Germany cases
  • 16,690 New Poland cases
  • 15,331 New Ukraine cases
  • 8,107 New Mexico cases
  • 10,133 New cases in California
  • Over 61.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 13.2 million
  • Over 110k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 61,308,116
  • Daily new cases: 588,159
  • Global deaths: 1,437,835 with 11,012 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 42,395,359
  • Mortality rate: 2.35%
  • Recovery rate: 69.15%

 

  • U.S. cases: 13,248,676
  • U.S. new cases: 110,714
  • U.S. deaths: 269,555
  • U.S. recovered: 7,846,872
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,336

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,231,253 with12,423 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 21,816 – 206 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 133,811 –  Thanksgiving Data Gap
  • Dallas County new cases: 0 = Dallas not reporting Thursday and Friday
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,515 – 18 today

 


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November 26, 2020:

Potential setback for AstraZeneca Vaccine

(CNN) When the British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca announced on Monday that its experimental coronavirus vaccine is 70% effective on average, the world exhaled a collective sigh of relief and stocks rallied. Another vaccine with promising results had arrived.

But a lack of clarity surrounding several aspects of the data from the AstraZeneca vaccine trials have raised some eyebrows in the scientific community, potentially setting back the timing for the vaccine to be authorized in Europe and the US.
AstraZeneca said on Monday that study participants in the UK had been given two different courses of the vaccine.
The drugmaker, which developed the vaccine with the University of Oxford, did not however, at the time, explain why they used two different dosing regimens or why the size of one group was significantly smaller than the other.
In one group, 2,741 participants received a half-dose of the vaccine and then a full dose at least a month later. This group was 90% protected against Covid-19.
In the second group, 8,895 participants received a full dose followed by another full dose at least a month later. This group was only 62% protected.
That’s why AstraZeneca says their vaccine is 70% effective, on average.
But some scientists are questioning why the company would report on a pooled result of two different trials, as it deviates from standard reporting on clinical trials.
And in the days following that announcement, another point of confusion has emerged.
On Tuesday, Mene Pangalos, AstraZeneca’s Executive Vice President who heads up non-oncology research and development, first explained to Reuters that a lab error was the reason why some volunteers had received a smaller dose — the dose that proved to be 90% effective. “The reason we had the half dose is serendipity,” Pangalos said, adding that researchers had “underpredicted the dose of the vaccine by half.”


November 25th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 182,966 New U.S. cases
  • 44,489 New India cases
  • 45,449 New Brazil cases
  • 16,282 New France cases
  • 23,675 New Russia cases
  • 18,213 New UK cases
  • 25,852 New Italy cases
  • 20,825 New Germany cases
  • 15,356 New Poland cases
  • 13,862 New Ukraine cases
  • 10,335 New Mexico cases
  • 14,062 New cases in California
  • Over 60.7 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 13.1 million
  • Over 182k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 60,719,957
  • Daily new cases: 614,221
  • Global deaths: 1,426,823 with 11,955 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 42,031,393
  • Mortality rate: 2.35%
  • Recovery rate: 69.22%

 

  • U.S. cases: 13,137,962
  • U.S. new cases: 182,935
  • U.S. deaths: 268,219
  • U.S. recovered: 7,805,280
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,328

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,226,819 with 14,692 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 21,610 – 193 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 133,811
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,368
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,497 – 18 today

November 24th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 177,833 New U.S. cases
  • 44,376 New India cases
  • 33,445 New Brazil cases
  • 9,155 New France cases
  • 24,326 New Russia cases
  • 11,299 New UK cases
  • 23,227 New Italy cases
  • 16,258 New Germany cases
  • 32,733 New Poland cases
  • 12,287 New Ukraine cases
  • 10,794 New Mexico cases
  • 16,563 New cases in California
  • Over 60.1 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 12.9 million
  • Over 177k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 60,105,736
  • Daily new cases: 591,230
  • Global deaths: 1,414,868 with 12,850 new deaths – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global recovered: 41,553,765
  • Mortality rate: 2.35%
  • Recovery rate: 69.13%

 

  • U.S. cases: 12,955,007
  • U.S. new cases: 177,833
  • U.S. deaths: 265,891
  • U.S. recovered: 7,636,684
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,204

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,212,127 with 20,519 new cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Texas deaths: 21,417 – 194 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 132,443
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,716
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,479 – 11 today

 


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November 24, 2020:

Keeping indoor air clean can reduce the chance of spreading coronavirus

[The Conversation] The vast majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs indoors, mostly from the inhalation of airborne particles that contain the coronavirus. But in spite of the obvious risks posed by being inside, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, small household gatherings are driving much of the recent surge in cases.

The best way to prevent the virus from spreading in a home would be simply to keep infected people away. But this is hard to do when an estimated 40% of cases are asymptomatic and asymptomatic people can still spread the coronavirus to others. Next safest is to entertain outside, but if you can’t, there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

First – and most important – always wear masks, make sure everyone stays at least 6 feet away from other people and don’t spend too much time indoors. But in addition to these precautions, making sure the air inside is as clean as possible can also help. I am an indoor air quality researcher who studies how to reduce the transmission of airborne infectious diseases. Using increased ventilation or running an appropriately sized air cleaner or filter can add an extra layer of protection.

 

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COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time – but are these game-changers safe?

[The Conversation] There are now two COVID-19 vaccines that, at least according to preliminary reports, appear to be 94.5% and 95% effective. Both were developed in a record-breaking 11 months or so.

I am an infectious diseases specialist and professor at the University of Virginia. I care for patients with COVID-19 and am conducting the local site for a phase 3 clinical trial of Regeneron’santibody cocktail as a tool to prevent household transmission of COVID-19. I’m also conducting research on how dysregulation of the immune system during SARS-CoV-2 infection causes lung damage.

Despite the vaccines’ relatively rapid development, the normal safety testing protocols are still in place.

How is safety assured when vaccine development is so fast?

Safety is the first and foremost goal for a vaccine.

In my opinion, safety is not compromised by the speed of vaccine development and emergency use authorization. The reason that vaccines may be approved so quickly is that the large clinical trials to assess vaccine efficacy and safety are happening at the same time as the large-scale manufacturing preparation, funded by the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed program.

Typically, large-scale manufacturing begins only once the vaccine has been tested in clinical trials. In the case of COVID-19, the U.S. government wanted to be ready to begin distributing the vaccine the moment the results of the phase 3 trials were known and the safety data had been analyzed.

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How long does most vaccine development take?

Vaccines typically take at least a decade to develop, test and manufacture. Both the chickenpox vaccine and FluMist, which protects against several strains of the influenza virus, took 28 years to develop. It took 15 years to develop a vaccine for human papilloma virus, which can cause six kinds of cancer. It also took 15 years to develop a vaccine for rotavirus, which commonly causes severe, watery diarrhea. It took Jonas Salk six years to develop and test the first polio vaccine, starting with the isolation of the virus.

New model: Grim prediction for US as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations explode nationwide

(CNN) Covid-19 is running unabated across almost every American community, and one model projects it will take the country just under two months to reach a staggering 20 million cases.

The US could nearly double its current numbers — about 12.4 million reported infections — by January 20, according to the Washington University in St. Louis forecasting model.
The prediction comes as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations nationwide are exploding, with more than 3.1 million infections reported in the US since the start of November — the most reported in a single month ever.
Hospitalizations are at harrowing highs, with more than 85,800 hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the US, another record set for the 14th day in a row, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
In California, hospitalizations climbed by 77% over the past 2 weeks, while ICU admissions were up 55%. Ohio hospitalizations increased at least 59% over two weeks, the governor said, adding the state currently has the most ICU patients since the pandemic’s start. Pennsylvania’s top health official warned Monday the state could run out of ICU beds within a week.
Some experts have predicted that health care workers — already overwhelmed and exhausted — could soon be faced with difficult decisions of rationing care as hospitals reach capacity.
And as numbers continue to rise, hundreds more Americans will lose their lives to the virus each day. More than 10,000 people have died in just the past week — many of them alone and without the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones.
More than 257,600 people have died in the US since the pandemic’s start — more than any other country by far. And another 140,000 could die over the next two months, according to projections from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Expert: Safest thing you can do this week is stay home

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Doctors say CDC should warn people about side effects from Covid vaccine

[CNBC]

Key Points:

  • The CDC must be transparent about the side effects people may experience after getting their first shot of a coronavirus vaccine, doctors urged during a meeting Monday with CDC advisors.
  • Dr. Sandra Fryhofer said that both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines require two doses and she worries whether her patients will come back for a second dose because of potentially unpleasant side effects after the first shot.
  • Both companies acknowledged that their vaccines could induce side effects that are similar to symptoms associated with mild Covid-19, such as muscle pain, chills and headache.

Public health officials and drugmakers must be transparent about the side effects people may experience after getting their first shot of a coronavirus vaccine, doctors urged during a meeting Monday with CDC advisors as states prepare to distribute doses as early as next month.

Dr. Sandra Fryhofer of the American Medical Association noted that both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines require two doses at varying intervals. As a practicing physician, she said she worries whether her patients will come back for a second dose because of the potentially unpleasant side effects they may experience after the first shot.

…Participants in Moderna and Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine trials told CNBC in September that they were experiencing high fever, body aches, bad headaches, daylong exhaustion and other symptoms after receiving the shots. While the symptoms were uncomfortable, and at times intense, the participants said they often went away after a day, sometimes sooner, and that it was better than getting Covid-19.

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November 23rd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 188,513 New U.S. cases
  • 37,528 New India cases
  • 16,603 New Brazil cases
  • 4,452 New France cases
  • 25,173 New Russia cases
  • 15,450 New UK cases
  • 22,927 New Italy cases
  • 14,537 New Germany cases
  • 15,002 New Poland cases
  • 10,945 New Ukraine cases
  • 7,483 New Mexico cases
  • 17,893 New cases in California
  • Over 59.5 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 12.7 million
  • Over 188k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 59,514,506
  • Daily new cases: 529,013
  • Global deaths: 1,402,018 with 8,347 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 41,155,412
  • Mortality rate: 2.36%
  • Recovery rate: 69.15%

 

  • U.S. cases: 12,777,174
  • U.S. new cases: 188,513
  • U.S. deaths: 263,687
  • U.S. recovered: 7,548,940
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 991

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,191,608 with 10,912 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 21,223 – 58 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 130,727
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,329
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,468 – 2 today

 


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November 23, 2020:

One in five covid-19 patients are diagnosed with a mental illness within three months

[MIT] — The news: There have been increasing numbers of anecdotal reports of a link between surviving covid-19 and developing mental health problems in recent months. Now we have some numbers to back those reports up. A new study, published in Lancet Psychiatry, has found that almost one in five people who have had covid-19 go on to be diagnosed with a mental illness within three months of testing positive.

How the calculations were made: The researchers from Oxford University and NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre gathered the electronic health records of 70 million patients in the US, including 62,354 who had been diagnosed with covid-19 from January 20 to April 1 2020 but did not need to be hospitalized. They found that 18% of patients were diagnosed with a mental health issue in the 14 to 90 days after a covid-19 diagnosis.

To see how covid-19 patients compared to those suffering with other issues, the team compared data with six other conditions (including flu and fractures) over the same time period. They found that the likelihood of a covid-19 patient being diagnosed with a mental health issue for the first time was twice that of those with other conditions. Anxiety disorders, insomnia, and dementia were the most common diagnoses.

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November 22nd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 137,995 New U.S. cases
  • 44,404 New India cases
  • 18,615 New Brazil cases
  • 0 New France cases
  • 24,581 New Russia cases
  • 18,662 New UK cases
  • 28,337 New Italy cases
  • 13,830 New Germany cases
  • 17,856 New Poland cases
  • 12,079 New Ukraine cases
  • 9,187 New Mexico cases
  • 8,695 New cases in California
  • Over 58.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 12.5 million
  • Over 137k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 58,985,493
  • Daily new cases: 490,765
  • Global deaths: 1,393,671 with 7,101 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 40,766,899
  • Mortality rate: 2.36%
  • Recovery rate: 69.11%

 

  • U.S. cases: 12,588,661
  • U.S. new cases: 137,995
  • U.S. deaths: 262,696
  • U.S. recovered: 7,452,540
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 906

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,178,718 with 6,611 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 21,165 – 77 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 129,398
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,074
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,466 – 3 today

 


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November 22, 2020:

U.S. Covid-19 hospitalizations reach a record high in November

(CNN)November isn’t even over, and the US has already seen more new Covid-19 cases than any other month of this entire pandemic.

More than 3 million new cases were reported between November 1 and 22, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s about a quarter of all US cases since the beginning of this pandemic.
Yes, testing has increased. But it hasn’t kept pace with the rate of new infections.
As of late last week, the number of daily new cases increased 25% compared to the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins data.
But the number of new tests increased only 14.55%, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
And in 44 states, the percentage of positive tests is higher than the recommended 5% threshold.
“If a positivity rate is too high, that may indicate that the state is only testing the sickest patients who seek medical attention, and is not casting a wide enough net to know how much of the virus is spreading within its communities,” Johns Hopkins said.
And every surge in new cases leads to more hospitalizations and deaths in the following weeks.
Hospitals are getting overwhelmed
Once again, the US smashed its record for people hospitalized with Covid-19 — putting enormous strain on the health care system and threatening to reduce care for even those who don’t have coronavirus.
At least 83,227 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized Saturday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That’s the 12th straight day that the US has broken its record for Covid-19 hospitalizations.
At least 24 hospital leaders warned the American Hospital Association they’re having staffing shortages, said Nancy Foster, the association’s vice president for quality and patient safety policy.

No, soaring COVID-19 cases are not due to more testing – they show a surging pandemic

[The Conversation] COVID-19 cases are surging upward around the U.S., reaching 100,000 daily cases for the first time on Nov. 4 and 150,000 only eight days later. Some believe this increase in reported cases is a result of increases in testing, as more than 1.5 million tests are performed every day in the U.S. But the evidence is clear that these high numbers reflect a true increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.

Hospitalizations, deaths and test-positivity rates are going up. Taken together, this means that serious COVID-19 illness is on the rise and cases are being undercounted.

Steep increases in hospitalizations and deaths

Rather than being an artifact of changes in testing policy, the rise in cases reflects ongoing transmission and serious illness.

Even as COVID-19 treatments have improved and death rates have fallen, record-breaking levels of hospitalizations are already overwhelming ICUs in many parts of the country. Hospitalizations and deaths will continue to climb even if the surge in new cases abates because the majority of cases are diagnosed before serious illness develops. Today’s new infections will add to the death toll for weeks to come.

These hospitalizations and deaths represent confirmed COVID-19 infections. A COVID-19 diagnosis for hospitalized cases must be justified based on symptoms and test results. COVID-19 is simply the only plausible explanation for ongoing high hospitalization and death rates.

 

High and rising test positivity

High and rising test-positivity rates provide more evidence that COVID-19 is spreading uncontrollably around the country.

Test positivity can be calculated in two ways: as the percentage of all COVID-19 tests that come back positive, or, the percentage of people tested for active infection that return a positive result. For example, Iowa’s test-positivity rate of 37.2% between Oct. 26 and Nov. 9 implies that for every 100 people tested for COVID-19, 37 are positive.

Test positivity tells public health officials whether a testing program is casting a wide enough net to catch the majority of COVID-19 cases.

A high test-positivity rate indicates that the people getting tested are mostly those who have symptoms or think they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. But people can be infected or contagious even if they aren’t showing symptoms. A low test-positivity rate means that access to testing is wide enough to reach large numbers of people who may not know they have the coronavirus. This greatly increases the chances of diagnosing people without symptoms or known exposure who may nonetheless be infected.

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National Guard deployed to El Paso to support morgue crisis

(CNN) Members of the Texas National Guard were mobilized to El Paso County, Texas, to help with the morgue crisis as the state battles a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

A team of 36 National Guard troops has been deployed to “provide mortuary affairs support,” according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).
The team was mobilized Saturday morning “after completing an assessment of the situation on the ground in El Paso County this week,” TDEM spokesman Seth Christensen told CNN.
“As we’ve seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations, we are unfortunately also seeing a spike in deaths. We have been working closely with funeral homes and mortuaries to assist with increased capacity and coordination of resources,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said in a statement on Twitter.

Much-hyped Hong Kong-Singapore ‘travel bubble’ postponed amid Covid-19 spike

(CNN)The highly-anticipated Hong Kong and Singapore “air travel bubble” was postponed Saturday — less than 24 hours before it was due to launch.
The bubble would have allowed quarantine-free, air travel between the two Asian hubs. But a spike in coronavirus infections in Hong Kong means the arrangement will be postponed for two weeks, said Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development, at a press conference Saturday.
Hong Kong reported 43 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest daily spike in over three months. Among them, 36 were locally transmitted — including 13 that are untraceable.
The quarantine-free corridor was meant to boost tourism and business travel between the two Asian hubs, which have largely contained their coronavirus outbreak. Hong Kong has recorded 5,561 Covid-19 cases, including 108 deaths, since the outbreak began, while Singapore has reported 58,000 infections and 28 deaths.
Quarantine-free travel would have been a big deal for both destinations, where strict arrival regulations have been in place for months. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, both governments shut borders and denied entry to most non-residents and short-term visitors. In Hong Kong, returning residents are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine and wear an electronic bracelet to track their location.


November 21st #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 175,940 New U.S. cases
  • 45,295 New India cases
  • 32,622 New Brazil cases
  • 17,881 New France cases
  • 24,822 New Russia cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • 19,875 New UK cases
  • 34,764 New Italy cases
  • 16,612 New Germany cases
  • 24,213 New Poland cases
  • 14,580 New Ukraine cases
  • 6,719 New Mexico cases
  • 13,278 New cases in California
  • Over 58.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 12.4 million
  • Over 175k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 58,494,728
  • Daily new cases: 589,044
  • Global deaths: 1,386,570 with 8,986 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 40,467,900
  • Mortality rate: 2.37%
  • Recovery rate: 69.18%

 

  • U.S. cases: 12,450,666
  • U.S. new cases: 175,940
  • U.S. deaths: 261,790
  • U.S. recovered: 7,403,847
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,507

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,172,107 with 10,888 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 21,088 – 132 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 128,324
  • Dallas County new cases: 2,183
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,463 – 13 today

 


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November 21, 2020:

The world is not prepared to handle the Covid-19 vaccine

(CNN) Vaccines like to be kept cool, none more so than the Pfizer candidate for Covid-19, which has to be deep-frozen. And that’s going to be an issue for developing countries — and for rural areas in the developed world.

The “cold chain” is just one of the challenges in distributing vaccines worldwide.
There are plenty of others: decisions about priority populations and databases to keep track of who’s received what vaccine, where and when. Additionally, different vaccines may have more or less efficacy with different population groups; and governments will need PR campaigns to persuade people that vaccines are safe.
But the logistics of transporting and storing vaccines — getting them from the factory gate to the patient’s arm — are critical. And as most vaccines are likely to require two doses, the whole chain needs must be repeated within weeks.
Unique challenges
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine needs to be kept at around -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit) while it’s transported. That’s 50 degrees Celsius colder than any other vaccine currently used.
Moderna says its vaccine can be kept in freezers typically available in pharmacies, and in a refrigerator for 30 days. But there are likely to be fewer doses of the Moderna vaccine than of the Pfizer’s available over the next year.
Phase 3 trials have shown both vaccines to be around 95% effective but the results haven’t yet been reviewed by regulators.
On Wednesday, the CEO of BioNTech, the German biotech company partnering with Pfizer, acknowledged the issue of temperature control.

WHO recommends against using remdesivir to treat Covid-19

(CNN)The World Health Organization has updated its ongoing guidance on Covid-19 medications to advise against using the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients, no matter how severe their illness may be.

According to the update, published in the medical journal the BMJ on Thursday, current evidence does not suggest remdesivir affects the risk of dying from Covid-19 or needing mechanical ventilation, among other important outcomes.
WHO’s new update comes about a month after the company Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration approved remdesivir for the treatment of coronavirus infection. The drug became the first coronavirus treatment to receive FDA approval. On Thursday, FDA gave emergency use authorization to a combination of remdesivir and the rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib to treat suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Remdesivir may have received FDA approval but not WHO’s recommendation because of emerging research, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, who was not involved in the WHO guidance. Studies initially showed some benefit against Covid-19, but as more data accumulate, that appears to be changing,
“We’ve seen people realize that the benefit of remdesivir is marginal at best — and the only benefit we had been touting was maybe it gets people better quicker. But the evidence base for that is weak, it’s not ironclad, and I think that’s what we’re seeing reflected in the WHO guidance, just more evaluation of the data that’s out there and more of now,” Adalja told CNN on Thursday.
“The fact that it was an antiviral that showed some benefit in certain trials — but not in all trials — was enough to push people to want to use it because we had no tools, but I do think it probably will be supplanted shortly,” Adalja said, adding that the indication for drugs can change over time.

Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota led to a Covid-19 outbreak in Minnesota

(CNN)The motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, in August has been linked to a Covid-19 outbreak in Minnesota, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighting how one state’s lax rules during the pandemic affect others with stricter measures in place.

The 10-day event is a long-standing tradition that usually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the country. Despite opposition from local residents this year, the rally took place, complete with crowded bars and nearby concerts.
This year, about 460,000 people attended, according to the report, published Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
In neighboring Minnesota, the state’s health department investigated a Covid-19 outbreak tied to the rally and found at least 51 residents had attended the rally and became sick, and an additional 35 people were infected after coming into contact with a person who went to the rally, the report said. Those 35 people were household, social and workplace contacts, it said.
Of those 86 cases, four people were hospitalized, and one died.

Canada’s largest city is going into lockdown for at least 28 days

[CNN] Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, is going into lockdown for at least 28 days to limit the spread of Covid-19, according to a news release from the Office of the Premier of Ontario published Friday.

The lockdown will go into effect Monday and it includes Peel Region, which is part of the Greater Toronto Area.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in the news release that Covid-19 numbers are “rising rapidly in certain regions,” adding the lockdown will protect “hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province.”

“We cannot afford a province-wide lockdown, so we are taking preventative action today by moving Toronto and Peel into lockdown level restrictions … We need to take decisive action to stop the spread of this deadly virus,” Ford said.

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November 20th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 204,014 New U.S. cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • 46,288 New India cases
  • 37,075 New Brazil cases
  • 22,882 New France cases
  • 24,318 New Russia cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • 20,252 New UK cases
  • 37,239 New Italy cases
  • 23,450 New Germany cases
  • 22,464 New Poland cases
  • 14,575 New Ukraine cases
  • 6,426 New Mexico cases
  • 13,822 New cases in California – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Over 57.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 12.2 million
  • Over 204k new U.S. cases – ALL TIME HIGH

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 57,905,684
  • Daily new cases: 674,049 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global deaths: 1,377,584 with 12,123 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 40,105,102
  • Mortality rate: 2.38%
  • Recovery rate: 69.26%

 

  • U.S. cases: 12,070,712
  • U.S. new cases: 196,985 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • U.S. deaths: 258,333
  • U.S. recovered: 7,316,323
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,950

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,161,219 with 13,943 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 20,956 – 190 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 126,141
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,974
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,450 – 21 today

November 19th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 196,985 New U.S. cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • 46,182 New India cases
  • 35,686 New Brazil cases
  • 21,150 New France cases
  • 23,610 New Russia cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • 22,915 New UK cases
  • 36,176 New Italy cases
  • 23,676 New Germany cases
  • 23,975 New Poland cases
  • 13,357 New Ukraine cases
  • 4,472 New Mexico cases
  • 12,953 New cases in California – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Over 57.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 12 million
  • Over 196k new U.S. cases – ALL TIME HIGH

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 57,231,635
  • Daily new cases: 673,413 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global deaths: 1,365,461 with 10,845 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 39,720,721
  • Mortality rate: 2.39%
  • Recovery rate: 69.40%

 

  • U.S. cases: 12,070,712
  • U.S. new cases: 196,985 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • U.S. deaths: 258,333
  • U.S. recovered: 7,243,488
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,079

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,147,276 with 16,984 new cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Texas deaths: 20,766 – 226 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 124,167
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,860
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,429 – 19 today

November 18th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 178,016 New U.S. cases
  • 45,439 New India cases
  • 35,645 New Brazil cases
  • 28,383 New France cases
  • 20,985 New Russia cases
  • 19,609 New UK cases
  • 34,280 New Italy cases
  • 20,801 New Germany cases
  • 19,883 New Poland cases
  • 12,495 New Ukraine cases
  • 3,918 New Mexico cases
  • 14,015 New cases in California – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Over 56.5 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 11.8 million
  • Over 178k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 56,558,222
  • Daily new cases: 615,342
  • Global deaths: 1,354,616 with 11,240 new deaths – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global recovered: 39,349,808
  • Mortality rate: 2.40%
  • Recovery rate: 69.57%

 

  • U.S. cases: 11,873,727
  • U.S. new cases: 178,016
  • U.S. deaths: 256,254
  • U.S. recovered: 7,160,966
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,604

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,130,292 with 13,339 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 20,540 – 205 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 122,307
  • Dallas County new cases: 947
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,401 – 19 today

 


November 17th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 157,654 New U.S. cases
  • 38,532 New India cases
  • 35,018 New Brazil cases
  • 45,522 New France cases
  • 22,410 New Russia cases
  • 20,051 New UK cases
  • 32,191 New Italy cases
  • 16,206 New Germany cases
  • 19,152 New Poland cases
  • 11,968 New Ukraine cases
  • 1,757 New Mexico cases
  • 8,397 New cases in California
  • Over 55.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 11.6 million
  • Over 157k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 55,942,880
  • Daily new cases: 593,472
  • Global deaths: 1,343,376 with 11,048 new deaths – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global recovered: 38,961,033
  • Mortality rate: 2.40%
  • Recovery rate: 69.64%

 

  • U.S. cases: 11,695,711
  • U.S. new cases: 157,654
  • U.S. deaths: 254,255
  • U.S. recovered: 7,087,796
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,604

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,116,913 with 10,678 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 20,335 – 117 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 121,360
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,831
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,391 – 8 today

 


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November 17, 2020:

Doctors Begin to Crack Covid’s Mysterious Long-Term Effects

[WSJ] Nearly a year into the global coronavirus pandemic, scientists, doctors and patients are beginning to unlock a puzzling phenomenon: For many patients, including young ones who never required hospitalization, Covid-19 has a devastating second act.

Many are dealing with symptoms weeks or months after they were expected to recover, often with puzzling new complications that can affect the entire body—severe fatigue, cognitive issues and memory lapses, digestive problems, erratic heart rates, headaches, dizziness, fluctuating blood pressure, even hair loss.

What is surprising to doctors is that many such cases involve people whose original cases weren’t the most serious, undermining the assumption that patients with mild Covid-19 recover within two weeks. Doctors call the condition “post-acute Covid” or “chronic Covid,” and sufferers often refer to themselves as “long haulers” or “long-Covid” patients.

“Usually, the patients with bad disease are most likely to have persistent symptoms, but Covid doesn’t work like that,” said Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary care at the University of Oxford and the lead author of an August BMJ study that was among the first to define chronic Covid patients as those with symptoms lasting more than 12 weeks and spanning multiple organ systems.

For many such patients, she said, “the disease itself is not that bad,” but symptoms like memory lapses and rapid heart rate sometimes persist for months.

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South Dakota: What dying Covid-19 patients tell this nurse

The overarching message here is that so many Covid patients refuse to believe what is happening to them. Right up to their very last breath they still deny the facts.

[CNN] CNN’s Alisyn Camerota speaks with Jodi Doering, a nurse from South Dakota who says some of her coronavirus patients often don’t want to believe that Covid-19 is real, even in their dying moments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How bad is Russia’s Covid crisis? Packed morgues and excess deaths

Moscow (CNN)The limbs of a lifeless body hang off a stretcher in a hospital ward as coronavirus patients battle for their lives just a few feet away. An elderly woman gasps for breath, her desperate panting a grim soundtrack to one of many disturbing cell-phone videos emerging from hospitals across Russia.

“This is how our nights look: horrifying,” says a male voice narrating the footage, given to CNN by a prominent opposition-linked Russian doctors’ union, “Doctors’ Alliance,” which says it was recorded in mid-October by a hospital staff member in Ulyanovsk, a city around 500 miles east of Moscow.
“Two more down in our ward,” he says, while filming a corpse. “This is how Covid-19 is killing everybody.”
This grisly video is just one of several obtained by CNN that reveal appalling conditions inside overcrowded facilities. Some footage shows morgues with bodies, stripped naked, piled on top of each other on grimy floors, in scenes that look like war zones more than hospitals.
As Russia struggles to get the pandemic under control, the videos are one of several signs pointing to an actual death toll far higher than official figures suggest.
Russia says as of November 16 more than 33,000 people have died of Covid-19. But that number is disputed by critics who say the Kremlin is underreporting the numbers.
“I think the real figure is [around] 130,000 people,” said Alexey Raksha, a former government statistician who has made his estimates based on official data on excess deaths — the number of fatalities above what would normally be expected — to assess the toll of the pandemic.
[OBLIVIOTS] The graphs below are taken from our embedded spreadsheet. This will give you an idea of the rapid Covid-19 growth in Russia recently. As you can see, the current growth statistics vastly exceed the summer spikes.
The top graph is total cases over time.
The bottom graph is new cases per day. This should be the canary in the coal mine.

November 16th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 171,678 New U.S. cases
  • 28,555 New India cases
  • 13,647 New Brazil cases
  • 9,406 New France cases
  • 22,778 New Russia cases
  • 21,363 New UK cases
  • 27,352 New Italy cases
  • 14,582 New Germany cases
  • 20,816 New Poland cases
  • 9,832 New Ukraine cases
  • 2,874 New Mexico cases
  • 11,209 New cases in California
  • Over 55.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 11.5 million
  • Over 171k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 54,817,107
  • Daily new cases: 491,350
  • Global deaths: 1,324,457 with 6,216 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 38,138,525
  • Mortality rate: 2.42%
  • Recovery rate: 69.57%

 

  • U.S. cases: 11,538,057
  • U.S. new cases: 171,678
  • U.S. deaths: 252,651
  • U.S. recovered: 7,019,304
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 819

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,106,235 with 11,879 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 20,218 – 78 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 120,715
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,831
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,383 – 10 today

November 16, 2020:

Governors left to manage Covid-19 spread as rates projected to get worse

(CNN)State and local leaders have been left to manage the spread of Covid-19 as infections increase at unprecedented speed — and as things get worse, their participation will likely be more important, experts say.

For much of the pandemic, health experts have lamented the lack of a strong national response from the United States while state leadership has implemented measures and restrictions. And now, on the heels of the country adding 1 million cases in less than a week (the fastest it ever has), two former Food and Drug Administration commissioners said Sunday slowing the spread is “now up to governors.”
“State and local actions, supported by improved treatments, can help build a bridge to vaccinations and more widespread immunity in 2021,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Dr. Mark McClellan wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “Americans are understandably tired of Covid, but accepting temporary restrictions now will help prevent even more painful personal and economic disruptions.”
They called on leaders to enforce measures like wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and maintaining social distancing as the winter holidays threaten to drive cases even higher.
Already, more than 11 million people have been infected in the US and 246,217 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And with more than 2,000 Americans predicted to die every day by January, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, coronavirus could become the single leading cause of death in the US on a daily basis, the dean of tropical medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine said.
“It’s more than just heading in the wrong direction,” Dr. Peter Hotez said while speaking Sunday with CNN’s Ana Cabrera. “We are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.”

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective, according to company data

(CNN) The Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective against coronavirus, according to early data released Monday by the company, making it the second vaccine in the United States to have a stunningly high success rate.

“These are obviously very exciting results,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor. “It’s just as good as it gets — 94.5% is truly outstanding.”
Moderna heard its results on a call Sunday afternoon with members of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board, an independent panel analyzing Moderna’s clinical trial data.
“It was one of the greatest moments in my life and my career. It is absolutely amazing to be able to develop this vaccine and see the ability to prevent symptomatic disease with such high efficacy,” said Dr. Tal Zacks, Moderna’s chief medical officer.
Vaccinations could begin in the second half of December, Fauci said. Vaccinations are expected to begin with high-risk groups and to be available for the rest of the population next spring.

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November 16, 2020:

Governors left to manage Covid-19 spread as rates projected to get worse

(CNN)State and local leaders have been left to manage the spread of Covid-19 as infections increase at unprecedented speed — and as things get worse, their participation will likely be more important, experts say.

For much of the pandemic, health experts have lamented the lack of a strong national response from the United States while state leadership has implemented measures and restrictions. And now, on the heels of the country adding 1 million cases in less than a week (the fastest it ever has), two former Food and Drug Administration commissioners said Sunday slowing the spread is “now up to governors.”
“State and local actions, supported by improved treatments, can help build a bridge to vaccinations and more widespread immunity in 2021,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Dr. Mark McClellan wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “Americans are understandably tired of Covid, but accepting temporary restrictions now will help prevent even more painful personal and economic disruptions.”
They called on leaders to enforce measures like wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and maintaining social distancing as the winter holidays threaten to drive cases even higher.
Already, more than 11 million people have been infected in the US and 246,217 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And with more than 2,000 Americans predicted to die every day by January, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, coronavirus could become the single leading cause of death in the US on a daily basis, the dean of tropical medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine said.
“It’s more than just heading in the wrong direction,” Dr. Peter Hotez said while speaking Sunday with CNN’s Ana Cabrera. “We are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.”

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective, according to company data

(CNN) The Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective against coronavirus, according to early data released Monday by the company, making it the second vaccine in the United States to have a stunningly high success rate.

“These are obviously very exciting results,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor. “It’s just as good as it gets — 94.5% is truly outstanding.”
Moderna heard its results on a call Sunday afternoon with members of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board, an independent panel analyzing Moderna’s clinical trial data.
“It was one of the greatest moments in my life and my career. It is absolutely amazing to be able to develop this vaccine and see the ability to prevent symptomatic disease with such high efficacy,” said Dr. Tal Zacks, Moderna’s chief medical officer.
Vaccinations could begin in the second half of December, Fauci said. Vaccinations are expected to begin with high-risk groups and to be available for the rest of the population next spring.

 


November 15th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 140,341 New U.S. cases
  • 30,715 New India cases
  • 14,134 New Brazil cases
  • 27,228 New France cases
  • 22,572 New Russia cases
  • 24,962 New UK cases
  • 33,977 New Italy cases
  • 14,045 New Germany cases
  • 21,854 New Poland cases
  • 10,681 New Ukraine cases
  • 3,269 New Mexico cases
  • 8,817 New cases in California
  • Over 54 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 11.3 million
  • Over 140k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 54,817,107
  • Daily new cases: 491,350
  • Global deaths: 1,324,457 with 6,216 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 38,138,525
  • Mortality rate: 2.42%
  • Recovery rate: 69.57%

 

  • U.S. cases: 11,366,379
  • U.S. new cases: 140,341
  • U.S. deaths: 251,832
  • U.S. recovered: 6,935,630
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 576

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,093,645 with 6,658 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 20,075 – 11 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 118,884
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,458
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,373 – 0 today

 


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November 15, 2020:

How close are we to a vaccine?

[BBC] Hopes are rising that an effective vaccine against Covid-19 will be available within the next year.

Preliminary findings show a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19. Meanwhile results from other advanced trials are expected soon.

Why do we need a vaccine?

If you want your life to get back to normal, then we need a vaccine.

Even now, the vast majority of people are still vulnerable to a coronavirus infection. It is only the restrictions on our lives that are preventing more people from dying.

But vaccines safely teach our bodies to fight the infection. This can either stop us catching coronavirus in the first place or at least make Covid less deadly.

The vaccine, alongside better treatments, is “the” exit strategy.

Which vaccines look most likely to succeed?

Pfizer/BioNtech is the first pharmaceutical company to share data from the final stages of testing – known as a phase 3 trial.

This is a crucial point in vaccine development, where some experimental vaccines will fail.

About 43,000 people have been given the vaccine, and no safety concerns have been raised.

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Normal life back next winter, says vaccine creator

[BBC] The impact of a new Covid vaccine will kick in significantly over summer and life should be back to normal by next winter, one of its creators has said.

Prof Ugur Sahin, co-founder of BioNTech, said this winter would still be hard as the vaccine would not have a big impact on infection numbers.

Last week, BioNTech and co-developers Pfizer said preliminary analysis showed their vaccine could prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19.

About 43,000 people took part in tests.

The UK is expected to get 10 million doses by the end of the year, with a further 30 million doses already ordered. The vaccine is given in two doses, three weeks apart.

Older residents and staff in care homes are likely to be prioritised, followed by health workers and the over-80s. People would then be ranked by age.

In an interview on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Prof Sahin said he was confident the vaccine would reduce transmission between people as well as stop symptoms developing in someone who has had the vaccine.

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Austria locks down as new wave grips Europe

[BBC] Austria is moving from a night curfew and partial shutdown to a second national lockdown that will be in place for at least two and a half weeks.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has urged Austrians not to meet anyone from outside their household in an attempt to curb a rapid rise in Covid cases.

He said schools would close and students would learn from home when new measures come into force on Tuesday.

Austria reported a record number of 9,586 new daily infections on Friday.

That figure was nine times higher than at the peak of the initial wave earlier this year. The country has recorded more than 191,000 cases since the start of the pandemic, and 1,661 Covid-related deaths.

The new lockdown measures, which will see all non-essential shops and services – including hairdressers – close, will remain in place until 6 December. People have been told to work at home wherever possible.

Austria’s Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said it was the last chance to stop the health service from collapsing under the pressure of new infections.

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November 14th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 161,674 New U.S. cases
  • 41,659 New India cases
  • 29,463 New Brazil cases
  • 32,095 New France cases
  • 22,702 New Russia cases
  • 26,860 New UK cases
  • 37,249 New Italy cases
  • 16,077 New Germany cases
  • 25,571 New Poland cases
  • 12,524 New Ukraine cases
  • 5,860 New Mexico cases
  • 7,747 New cases in California
  • Over 54 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 11.2 million
  • Over 161k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 54,325,757
  • Daily new cases: 579,054
  • Global deaths: 1,318,241 with 8,833 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 37,867,937
  • Mortality rate: 2.43%
  • Recovery rate: 69.71%

 

  • U.S. cases: 11,226,038
  • U.S. new cases: 161,674
  • U.S. deaths: 251,256
  • U.S. recovered: 6,891,015
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,281

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,086,987 with 8,793 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 20,064 – 118 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 117,426
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,543
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,373 – 12 today

 


Today’s Headlines

November 14, 2020:

Covid-19 hospitalizations set a new record across the US

[CNN] The United States has more people hospitalized with Covid-19 than ever before, according to the Covid Tracking Project (CTP).

There were 68,516current hospitalizations reported on Friday across the entire US, according to CTP. The seven-day average for current hospitalizations is now 62,123, which is up 20.01% from last week.

Nineteen states reported record high Covid-19 hospitalizations today, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

Those states are; Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Record high hospitalizations are expected to continue daily as new Covid-19 cases continue to skyrocket.


Recovering Covid-19 patients struggle to return to normal

[CNN] Surviving Covid-19 is hard enough for those who get severely ill from the disease, but returning to normal is a struggle, too, according to new research.

It found that survivors were likely to face health and financial hardships even months later.

A team of scientists led by Dr. Vineet Chopra of the University of Michigan Health System looked at 488 Covid-19 patients treated and released from hospitals in Michigan. They surveyed them about two months after their release, between March 16 and July 1.

Health impact: A third of the survivors reported ongoing health issues, such as a cough, new or worsening conditions and persistent loss of taste or smell, the researchers reported in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Emotional impact: Nearly half said they were “emotionally affected” by their illness and a small number, 28, sought mental health care after discharge.

Financial impact: Another 36% reported “at least a mild financial impact from their hospitalization.” Of those employed before their illness, 40% said they either lost their job or were too sick to return to work. Just over a quarter of those who returned to work reported reduced hours or modified responsibilities.

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November 13th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 190,428 New U.S. cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • 45,343 New India cases
  • 35,849 New Brazil cases
  • 23,794 New France cases
  • 21,983 New Russia cases
  • 27,301 New UK cases
  • 40,902 New Italy cases
  • 23,184 New Germany cases
  • 24,051 New Poland cases
  • 11,787 New Ukraine cases
  • 5,558 New Mexico cases
  • 10,067 New cases in California
  • Over 53 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 11 million
  • Over 190k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 53,746,703
  • Daily new cases: 660,941 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global deaths: 1,309,408 with 10,141 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 37,521,858
  • Mortality rate: 2.44%
  • Recovery rate: 69.81%

 

  • U.S. cases: 11,064,364
  • U.S. new cases: 190,428 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • U.S. deaths: 249,975
  • U.S. recovered: 6,789,146
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,390

 

 

  • Texas cases: 1,078,194 with 12,762 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 19,946 – 216 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 115,883
  • Dallas County new cases: 767
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,361 – 11 today

 


Today’s Headlines

November 13, 2020:

Even if you’re asymptomatic, COVID-19 can harm your heart, study shows

COVID-19 can do some pretty scary things to the human heart. It can trigger blood clots in severe cases and cause inflammation and scarring.

New research now shows that even young people with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic are at risk for developing potentially dangerous inflammation around the heart.

I am an imaging cardiologist who is developing diagnostic techniques to assess changes in heart muscle function in patients with COVID-19. In a study released Nov. 4, my colleagues and I found evidence of heart abnormalities in over one-third of student athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 and underwent cardiac screening at West Virginia University this fall.

While we didn’t detect ongoing damage to the heart muscle itself, we frequently found evidence of inflammation and excess fluid in the pericardium, the sac around the heart. Almost all of the 54 students tested had either mild COVID-19 or were asymptomatic.

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November 12th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 165,306 New U.S. cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • 43,861 New India cases
  • 34,640 New Brazil cases
  • 33,172 New France cases
  • 21,608 New Russia cases
  • 33,470 New UK cases
  • 37,977 New Italy cases
  • 23,462 New Germany cases
  • 22,683 New Poland cases
  • 11,057 New Ukraine cases
  • 5,658 New Mexico cases
  • 9,158 New cases in California
  • Over 53 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 10.8 million
  • Over 165k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 53,085,762
  • Daily new cases: 653,250 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global deaths: 1,299,267 with 9,734 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 37,210,160
  • Mortality rate: 2.45%
  • Recovery rate: 70.09%

 

    • U.S. cases: 10,873,936
  • U.S. new cases: 165,306 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • U.S. deaths: 248,585
  • U.S. recovered: 6,726,120
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,188

 

  • Texas cases: 1,065,432 with 10,233 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 19,730 – 157 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 115,116
  • Dallas County new cases: 808
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,350 – 9 today

 


November 11th 📷#COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 149,446 New U.S. cases
  • 48,285 New India cases
  • 47,724 New Brazil cases
  • 35,879 New France cases
  • 19,851 New Russia cases
  • 22,950 New UK cases
  • 32,961 New Italy cases
  • 20,536 New Germany cases
  • 25,221 New Poland cases
  • 10,611 New Ukraine cases
  • 7,646 New Mexico cases
  • 6,088 New cases in California
  • Over 52.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 10.7 million
  • Over 149k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:
  • Global cases: 52,432,512
  • Daily new cases: 626,961 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global deaths: 1,289,533 with 10,347 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 36,675,916
  • Mortality rate: 2.46%
  • Recovery rate: 69.95%
  • U.S. cases: 10,708,630
  • U.S. new cases: 149,446 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • U.S. deaths: 247,397
  • U.S. recovered: 6,648,679
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,598
  • Texas cases: 1,055,199 with 12,760 new cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Texas deaths: 19,573 – 120 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 114,308
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,304
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,341 – 10 today

November 10th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 137,228 New U.S. cases
  • 44,679 New India cases
  • 25,517 New Brazil cases
  • 22,180 New France cases
  • 20,977 New Russia cases
  • 20,412 New UK cases
  • 35,090 New Italy cases
  • 16,668 New Germany cases
  • 25,454 New Poland cases
  • 10,179 New Ukraine cases
  • 5,746 New Mexico cases
  • 8,439 New cases in California
  • Over 51.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 10.5 million
  • Over 137k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 51,805,551
  • Daily new cases: 562,132
  • Global deaths: 1,279,186 with 9,881 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 36,392,212
  • Mortality rate: 2.47%
  • Recovery rate: 70.25%

 

    • U.S. cases: 10,559,184
  • U.S. new cases: 137,228
  • U.S. deaths: 245,799
  • U.S. recovered: 6,601,331
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,351

 

  • Texas cases: 1,042,439 with12,212 new cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Texas deaths: 19,453 – 123 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 113,004
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,401
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,331 – 10 today

 


Today’s Headlines

November 10, 2020:

Vitamin D to be delivered to millions of vulnerable people

[Yahoo] Free supplies of vitamin D will be delivered to more than two million clinically vulnerable people and care home residents over the winter amid growing optimism about the role of the supplement in cutting the risk of death from Covid-19.

Ministers are drawing up plans for four-month supplies of the vitamin to be delivered directly to care home residents in England and those deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable. The move follows a similar move by the Scottish Government.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, is said to be seeking to act in light of emerging evidence about Vitamin D, while Boris Johnson told MPs last week that “we are indeed looking at the possible beneficial effects of vitamin D, and … we will be updating the House shortly”.

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Brazil suspends trials of China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, citing ‘serious adverse event’

(CNN)Brazil’s health regulator has suspended trials of a Chinese-developed Covid-19 vaccine following a “serious adverse event” involving a volunteer recipient, according to sources cited by CNN’s affiliate, CNN Brasil.

Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech began Phase 3 trials of its CoronaVac in collaboration with the Brazilian Butantan Institute in Sao Paulo in late July, with an aim to recruit 130,000 volunteers. Phase 3 trials represent the final and most important testing stage before regulatory approval is sought.
The pause in testing marks a potential setback for one of China’s leading vaccine candidates and comes as US drugmaker Pfizer said Monday that early data from its own coronavirus vaccine showed more than 90% effectiveness.
According to a note from Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency, an incident reported on October 29 led to a decision to suspend the trial in order to better evaluate the data and assess the risk.
“With the study interrupted, no new volunteers can be vaccinated,” read the note published by CNN Brasil late Monday.
The note did not elaborate on the specific nature of the serious event or where it took place, citing privacy concerns. The Butantan Institute said it would hold a press conference Tuesday morning local time, according to CNN Brasil.

Biden wants to see masks mandated in all 50 states

(CNN) While health officials agree face masks help prevent the spread of Covid-19, state and local governments have varied widely on implementation of mask rules. Now, President-elect Joe Biden wants to change that.

Biden’s office has released plans that his administration intends to implement in the beginning of his term, and one is a national mask mandate “by working with governors and mayors.”
Most states already have some type of mask mandate, but some have no statewide rule — either leaving it as a recommendation or giving the authority to local officials.
Here are the states with no statewide mask requirement.
Alaska
Alaska does not require the use of masks, limit group size or business operations. All the state does is encourage Alaskans to do their part to limit the spread of Covid-19, recommending that residents practice social distancing and wear a mask, without any mandate.
The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, though, has signed an order requiring people to wear face coverings in public.
Arizona
Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, allows individual counties to mandate a mask, but does not have a statewide initiative. Scottsdale was the first to make masks mandatory starting June 19. Other major municipalities with requirements include Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff.
Florida
There is no statewide mask requirement, yet some local municipalities have their own mandates.
Georgia
Statewide, masks are required for some essential employees, including restaurants and personal care services employees.
Meanwhile, several counties and cities have mask mandates.
Idaho
The state does not have a statewide requirement, but several local municipalities do, including Boise.
Iowa
The state does not have a statewide requirement, but several local municipalities do.
Mississippi
On September 4, Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, lifted the state face covering requirement.
Just over a month later and amid rising case numbers, Reeves signed an executive order requiring face coverings in counties with higher Covid-19 case numbers. But that order expires on Wednesday.
Missouri
The state does not have a statewide requirement, but several local municipalities do.
Nebraska
There is no statewide mandate, but clients and staff in barbershops, salons, tattoo parlors and massage parlors must wear masks, as part of the current Directed Health Measure requirements.
North Dakota
The state does not have a statewide requirement, but at least one local municipality, Fargo, does.
Oklahoma
The city council in Oklahoma City voted in a special meeting in July to approve an emergency public safety ordinance requiring face coverings in indoor public places throughout Oklahoma City.
South Carolina
Several counties and cities, including Charleston and Columbia, have mask mandates.
South Dakota
Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, has taken a hands-off approach to Covid-19. In October, she wrote in an op-ed that the government should not mandate a mask requirement.
“As I’ve said before, if folks want to wear a mask, they should be free to do so,” she wrote. “Similarly, those who don’t want to wear a mask shouldn’t be shamed into wearing one.”
South Dakota is second — only to North Dakota — in the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.
Tennessee
Though there is no statewide mandate, Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, signed an executive order granting the mayors in 89 counties the authority to issue mask requirements.
Wyoming
Though there is no statewide mandate, Laramie County, home to the capital city Cheyenne, has a mask requirement that went into effect on November 1. However, according to CNN affiliate KGWN, the county’s district attorney’s office has said violations of the mandate will not be prosecuted.

November 9th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 133,476 New U.S. cases
  • 37,211 New India cases
  • 11,651 New Brazil cases
  • 20,155 New France cases
  • 21,798 New Russia cases
  • 21,350 New UK cases
  • 25,269 New Italy cases
  • 16,485 New Germany cases
  • 21,713 New Poland cases
  • 8,687 New Ukraine cases
  • 4,960 New Mexico cases
  • 7,659 New cases in California
  • Over 51.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 10.4 million
  • Over 133k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 51,243,419
  • Daily new cases: 505,547
  • Global deaths: 1,269,305 with 7,175 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 36,052,794
  • Mortality rate: 2.48%
  • Recovery rate: 70.36%

 

    • U.S. cases: 10,421,956
  • U.S. new cases: 133,476
  • U.S. deaths: 244,448
  • U.S. recovered: 6,552,810
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 680

 

  • Texas cases: 1,030,227 with10,251 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 19,330 – 44 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 111,603
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,248
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,321 – 2 today

November 8th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 105,662 New U.S. cases
  • 46,661 New India cases
  • 10,554 New Brazil cases
  • 38,619 New France cases
  • 20,498 New Russia cases
  • 20,572 New UK cases
  • 32,614 New Italy cases
  • 14,026 New Germany cases
  • 24,785 New Poland cases
  • 9,387 New Ukraine cases
  • 5,887 New Mexico cases
  • 5,320 New cases in California
  • Over 50.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 10.1 million
  • Over 124k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 50,731,151
  • Daily new cases: 467,970
  • Global deaths: 1,256,352 with 7,573 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 35,793,227
  • Mortality rate: 2.49%
  • Recovery rate: 70.55%

 

    • U.S. cases: 10,288,480
  • U.S. new cases: 105,662
  • U.S. deaths: 243,768
  • U.S. recovered: 6,483,420
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,027

 

  • Texas cases: 1,019,976 with 7,548 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 19,286 – 39 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 108,631
  • Dallas County new cases: 848
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,319 – 1 today

November 7th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 124,232 New U.S. cases
  • 21,056 New Brazil cases
  • 20,396 New Russia cases
  • 46,318 New India cases
  • 6,810 Mexico cases
  • 4,869 New cases in California
  • Over 50.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 10.1 million
  • Over 124k new U.S. cases
Details, Details, Details…:
  • Global cases: 50,263,181
  • Daily new cases: 596,680
  • Global deaths: 1,256,352 with 7,573 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 35,548,003
  • Mortality rate: 2.50%
  • Recovery rate: 70.72%
  • U.S. cases: 10,182,818
  • U.S. new cases: 124,232
  • U.S. deaths: 243,257
  • U.S. recovered: 6,441,744
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,027
  • Texas cases: 1,012,428 with 5,273 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 19,247 – 93 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 108,631
  • Dallas County new cases: 0
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,318 – 11 today

 


November 6th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 139,064 New U.S. cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • 18,247 New Brazil cases
  • 20,582 New Russia cases – ALL TIME HIGH
  • 49,851 New India cases
  • 5,931 Mexico cases
  • 6,645 New cases in California
  • Over 49.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 10 million
  • Over 139k new U.S. cases – ALL TIME HIGH

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 49,666,501
  • Daily new cases: 647,315 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global deaths: 1,248,779 with 9,361 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 35,253,391
  • Mortality rate: 2.51%
  • Recovery rate: 70.98%

 

  • U.S. cases: 10,058,586
  • U.S. new cases: 139,064 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • U.S. deaths: 242,230
  • U.S. recovered: 6,391,208
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,277

 

  • Texas cases: 1,007,155 with 9,239 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 19,154 – 124 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 108,631
  • Dallas County new cases: 999
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,307 – 14 today

 


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November 6, 2020:

More states announce restrictions as US tops 100k new Covid-19 infections for 2nd day

[OBLIVIOTS]Our tracking data shows higher numbers and more days. We have tracked 4 days exceeding 100k per day in the last week, with the high being 124,985 on 11/3. Yesterday’s total was 118,167 new cases. We have found Johns Hopkins’ data to be very conservative with the notable exception of China’s numbers, where they report more aggressive data than other tracking sites. We have no concrete explanation for this anomaly, but you can draw your own conclusion. The embedded spreadsheets have all this data.

(CNN)The US reported more than 121,000 infections Thursday, beating a daily case record it set just 24 hours ago.

The grim tally comes after Wednesday’s record of more than 100,000 cases, which was the first time the US hit a six-figure number of infections. That means in just two days, the country reported more than 220,000 positive tests, bringing the past week’s total to more than 660,000 new cases of the virus.
As nationwide cases soar, the number of hospitalized Americans is also climbing, with now more than 53,000 patients across the US, according to the COVID Tracking Project. And doctors have warned that as those numbers move upward, a rise in deaths will follow.
The US reported 1,210 deaths Thursday, the third day in a row the nation lost more than 1,000 people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The US now averages 895 deaths a day, and the number is rising rapidly, Johns Hopkins data show. Three states reported record-high deaths on Thursday, according to JHU: New Mexico, North Dakota and Tennessee.
In the Midwest — where communities have been hit particularly hard and outbreaks are only worsening — hospitalizations are up “following the region’s sharply accelerating case surge,” the project said in a Thursday blog post.
“Reported deaths from the Midwest are rising as well, several weeks into that region’s case surge,” the project said. More than 234,900 Americans have died since the pandemic’s start and an ensemble forecast published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects another 31,000 people could lose their lives over the next two and a half weeks.
In New Mexico, where health officials have sounded the alarm for weeks over a Covid-19 crisis, the daily number of Covid-19 deaths hit a record high. Hospitalizations have shot up by 260% in the last month, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said, and health officials added they expect to run out of general hospital beds “in a matter of days.”
The governor said the state is “not trending anywhere in the right direction” and urged residents to follow public health guidance aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. “If we don’t do them, more drastic decision-making will occur, and we will have a horrible November and a dramatically bad December,” the governor said.

‘It is everywhere’

New Mexico is one of at least 38 states reporting more new Covid-19 infections than the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins. Only two US states — Alabama and Tennessee — are trending in the right direction.In Minnesota, health officials reported more than 3,900 new cases Thursday — the highest daily total for the state and the third day in a row that single-day cases reach a new high.
In Utah, where warnings have been echoed by state officials for weeks, Thursday’s 2,807 new cases broke a daily record.
Gov. Gary Herbert said the numbers were “grim news” and “discouraging,” and predicted the state would continue to see “this dramatic increase, unless we modify and change our behavior.”
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine meanwhile warned of community spread as the state also reported a record-high of Covid-19 cases Thursday.
“It is everywhere, we can’t hide from it, we can’t run from it,” the governor said during a news conference. “The risk of catching this virus in every county is very real.” And social gatherings like weddings, funerals and private parties are helping fuel the spread of the virus, he said.
“This should scare you, that you have this much spread in your hometown,” DeWine added. “It has just skyrocketed.”


November 5th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 118,167 New U.S. cases
  • 23,317 New Brazil cases
  • 19,404 New Russia cases
  • 47,622 New India cases
  • 5,567 Mexico cases
  • 6,177 New cases in California
  • Over 49.0 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 9.9 million
  • Over 118k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 49,019,186
  • Daily new cases: 597,173 – ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global deaths: 1,239,786 with 8,632 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 34,980,782
  • Mortality rate: 2.53%
  • Recovery rate: 71.36%

 

  • U.S. cases: 9,919,522
  • U.S. new cases: 118,167
  • U.S. deaths: 240,953
  • U.S. recovered: 6,340,472
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,188

 

  • Texas cases: 997,916 with 9,951 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 19,030 – 126 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 107,632
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,138
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,293 – 13 today

 


Today’s Headlines

November 5, 2020:

Covid-19 Milestones Set Once Again

[OBLIVIOTS] — As Donald J Trump files lawsuits across the nation in a last-ditch effort to salvage his presidency and avoid a slew of legal entanglements, the virus marches on unabated. In a desperate attempt to convince voters of any reasonable approach to this pandemic, as recently as Tuesday, the Trump administration was still claiming success in handling the Coronavirus carnage across the United States. Anyone with even a modicum of cognitive ability and a 4th grade reading ability, knows this is a bald faced lie.
November 4th saw 10,544 new fatalities reported worldwide, an all time high number. The previous high of 8,730 new deaths was reported on April 17th. The coronavirus is steadily spreading worldwide at a disturbing rate. Countries across Europe are implementing stringent lockdowns in an effort to slow the growth of Covid-19 infections.
In recent days, record high new case counts have been reported in numerous first world countries:
  • U.S.: 108,827 yesterday — a high of 124,985 on November 3rd
  • India: 50,465 yesterday — a high of 97,859 on September 16th
  • France: 40,558 yesterday — a high of 52,518 on November 2nd
  • Russia: 19,768 yesterday — all time high
  • Spain: 25,042 yesterday — a high of 48,570 on November 2nd
  • Argentina: 10,652 yesterday — a high of 18,326 on October 21st
  • UK: 25,177 yesterday — a high of 26,687 on October 21st
  • Italy: 30,548 yesterday — a high of 31,756 on October 31st
  • Germany: 20,228 yesterday — all time high
  • Poland: 24,692 yesterday — all time high
  • Ukraine: 9,524 — all time high
  • Netherlands: 7,633 yesterday — a high of 11,119 on October 30th
  • Chechia: 15,731 yesterday — all time high
  • Switzerland: 10,073 yesterday – a high of 21,926 on November 2nd
  • Portugal: 7,497 yesterday — all time high
  • Austria: 6,901 yesterday — all time high
The United States Continues to report very high new case counts. We have set numerous records and are now trending above 100,000 new cases per day.
Our new reported deaths per day are back above 1,000 for the first time since early September.
The following graphs show the current statistics and trends Globally, for the U.S. and Texas. Texas recently surpassed California for the #1 position of total case count and makes new strides in putting distance between herself and California every day. Yesterday, November 4th, Texas set an all time high record for new cases of 10,639 with the exception of a backlog case dump on September 22nd of 18,398.
Global Total Comparisons 11-4-2020

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U.S. New Case Comparison 11-4-2020

U.S. New Case / Death Comparison 11-4-2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. States High Case Count Comparison 11-4-2020

U.S. States High Case Count Comparison 11-4-2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas / California Comparison 11-4-2020

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Texas Total Cases / Deaths 11-4-2020

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November 4th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 108,827 New U.S. cases
  • 23,815 New Brazil cases
  • 19,768 cases
  • 50,465 New India cases
  • 5,225 Mexico cases
  • 5,297 New cases in California
  • Over 48.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 9.8 million
  • Over 108k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 48,422,013
  • Daily new cases: 575,887
  • Global deaths: 1,230,786 with 10,544 new deaths — ALL TIME HIGH
  • Global recovered: 34,671,485
  • Mortality rate: 2.54%
  • Recovery rate: 71.60%

 

  • U.S. cases: 9,801,355
  • U.S. new cases: 108,827
  • U.S. deaths: 239,829
  • U.S. recovered: 6,292,019
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,188

 

  • Texas cases: 988,325 with 10,639 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 18,904 – 150 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 106,494
  • Dallas County new cases: 866
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,280 – 3 today

November 3rd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 124,985 New U.S. cases – A NEW RECORD
  • 12,920 New Brazil cases
  • 18,648 Russia cases
  • 46,033 New India cases
  • 5,250 Mexico cases
  • 5,209 New cases in California
  • Over 47.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 9.6 million
  • Over 124k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 47,846,126
  • Daily new cases: 526,209
  • Global deaths: 1,220,242 with 8,974 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 34,353,326
  • Mortality rate: 2.55%
  • Recovery rate: 71.80%

 

  • U.S. cases: 9,692,528
  • U.S. new cases: 124,985 -A NEW RECORD
  • U.S. deaths: 238,641
  • U.S. recovered: 6,236,170
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,644

 

  • Texas cases: 977,686 with 8,439 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 18,754 – 92 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 105,628
  • Dallas County new cases: 719
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,277 – 8 today

 

Today’s Headlines

November 3, 2020:

‘Missing Link’ identified by experts in Europe’s handling of Covid-19

London (CNN)Lockdowns are multiplying throughout Europe as Covid-19 cases rise exponentially, threatening to push health services across the continent to breaking point.

Fearing all of its intensive care beds could be full by mid-November, France implemented nationwide restrictions at the end of October — as did Belgium and Ireland. Germany’s softer, so-called “lockdown light,” restrictions began on Monday, and Austria is following suite on Tuesday.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for a second lockdown to begin in England later this week, while daily record increases of coronavirus infections in Italy appear to foreshadow another round of severe restrictions.
As countries attempt to beat back the virus before the Christmas holiday season, experts are calling on European governments to rethink their pandemic approach, fix its blind spots, and prevent another spiraling rise in illness next year, further derailing economies in the process.


November 2nd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 93,632 New U.S. cases
  • 8,501 New Brazil cases
  • 18,257 Russia cases
  • 37,592 New India cases
  • 3,763 Mexico cases
  • 5,352 New cases in California
  • Over 47.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 9.5 million
  • Over 93k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 47,319,917
  • Daily new cases: 496,847
  • Global deaths: 1,211,268 with 5,947 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 34,035,485
  • Mortality rate: 2.56%
  • Recovery rate: 71.93%

 

  • U.S. cases: 9,567,543
  • U.S. new cases: 93,632
  • U.S. deaths: 236,997
  • U.S. recovered: 6,171,402
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 526

 

  • Texas cases: 969,247 with 8,320 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 18,662 – 48 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 104,909
  • Dallas County new cases: 1,517
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,269 – 1 today

 


Today’s Headlines

November 2, 2020:

Nearly 50,000 Americans hospitalized as experts warn of growing healthcare pressure

(CNN)The fall surge has left nearly 50,000 people hospitalized across the US due to Covid-19, and experts say the strain healthcare systems are under could soon get worse.

Hospitalizations were on the rise in 47 states last month, according to the Covid Tracking Project, and a total of 47,502 people were hospitalized as of Sunday. The rates come alongside a surge of cases that made October a record setting month for coronavirus infections in the US.
The US recorded its highest number of new cases on Friday with a reported 99,321, the record for any nation in the world. And experts have said that the impacts will likely continue to get worse as colder months drive up infections.
“We’re right at the beginning of what looks like exponential growth in a lot of states,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “This is very worrisome as we head into the winter.”
Gottlieb expects Thanksgiving to be an inflection point, and from there he said the hospital system is going to be facing pressure similar to the early spikes — when hospitals around the country were reaching capacity and healthcare workers were stretched thin.

November 1st #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  • 71,321 New U.S. cases
  • 10,100 New Brazil cases
  • 18,665 Russia cases
  • 46,441 New India cases
  • 4,430 Mexico cases
  • 3,532 New cases in California
  • Over 46.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 1.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 9.4 million
  • Over 71k new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


 

  • Global cases: 46,823,070
  • Daily new cases: 449,291
  • Global deaths: 1,205,321 with 5,128 new deaths
  • Global recovered: 33,754,837
  • Mortality rate: 2.57%
  • Recovery rate: 72.09%

 

  • U.S. cases: 9,473,911
  • U.S. new cases: 71,321
  • U.S. deaths: 236,471
  • U.S. recovered: 6,103,605
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 399

 

  • Texas cases: 960,927 with 4,193 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 18,614 – 33 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 103,392
  • Dallas County new cases: 750
  • Dallas County deaths: 1,268 – 1 today