WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
U.S. stock futures edged higher Monday as investors assessed potential complications surrounding the new federal stimulus spending plans. President Donald Trump took executive action in an attempt to circumvent Congress to provide coronavirus relief in the absence of an agreement. President Trump signed a series of measures Saturday that intend to revive unemployment benefits, address an eviction ban, provide relief for student borrowers, and suspend the collection of payroll taxes.
The U.S. now has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world as the weekend marked more than 5 million cases. California and Florida have both reported more than 500,000 total cases since the outbreak’s genesis in late January and Texas is quickly approaching that number. New research conducted on masks found neck fleeces and bandanas provided little protection, and neck fleeces could potentially be counterproductive, as they increased the number of respiratory droplets compared to not wearing a mask.
As schools begin to reopen, one report shows more than 97,000 children in the U.S. tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks of July, marking a 40% increase in child cases across the states and cities that were studied. The age range differed by state, with some defining children up to 14 and one state (Alabama), “pushing the limit to 24.” As school nurses prepare for the academic year, the National Association of School Nurses says on-campus medics are “wholly unprepared because of lack of funding and nurses.” A 2018 study reports there were about 95,000 full-time nurses in the U.S., which contrasts with the 50.7 million students who were enrolled in fall of 2018. Last year, The Ohio Association of School Nurses said licensed school nurses were hired in 50% of school districts in the state. Alabama has similar numbers, with only about half the schools having a full-time nurse assigned, according to 2019 data.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced it would reopen schools under its jurisdiction to the “maximum extent possible” in September, affecting 53 schools run by the federal government across 10 states. Native American reservations are among the hardest hit by COVID-19 – if the Navajo Nation were its own state, it would have the highest infection rate in the country.
The pandemic is exacerbating the maternal health care crisis, specifically for Black mothers. Black women are already disproportionately impacted, dying at childbirth three to four times the rate of white women. Black pregnant and birthing people around the country have reported that doctors disregard their concerns, putting them at risk. In response, some people are looking outside hospitals to midwives, home births, and birthing centers. Many of the reasons cited for the higher Black mortality rate and the higher rate of COVID-19 in the Black community stem from the same thing, one doctor said – systemic racism that leads to higher rates of an underlying disease and can increase the risk of death not only from COVID-19 but also pregnancy-related deaths.
With the country grappling with a public health crisis and a nationwide reckoning on policing racism, some mayors and governors have mobilized police officers to enforce public health regulations. City officials in Hermosa Beach, California said they are tapping personnel from a private consulting firm to help its police department enforce an ordinance requiring face coverings in many public areas.
Business is booming for New York City’s psychics amid the pandemic, as unlike most businesses, they tend to thrive in times of “uncertainty and despair.” One psychic said when there is a large change in the world, people look most for reassurance. Psychic Betsy LeFae performs her services virtually for clientele based in the city, charging a steeper price of $997 for an hour-long reading.
NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC
Covid-19 Drug Research Is a Big Huge Mess – Wired – 8/10/2020
The story of anticoagulants is also the story of hydroxychloroquine, which took months to knock down as a preventative or a treatment, and convalescent plasma taken from the blood of recovered patients, which—while promising—has been the subject of a fragmented, delayed research effort. Doctors know that the steroid dexamethasone gets people out of the hospital quicker.
Americans laid off due to COVID-19 want to know what how landlords expect them to pay. We asked some – Fast Company – 8/10/2020
With many workplaces still closed, hundreds of thousands of jobs already lost, and the $600 unemployment benefit over (for now), tens of millions of renters across the country are trying to do the impossible math of paying rent despite their income disappearing into the pandemic.
What we are learning about Covid-19 and kids – The Guardian – 8/9/2020
While the virus had spread rampantly through the high school, with 38% of students being infected, along with 43% of teachers and 59% of non-teaching staff, the same was not true for the town’s six primary schools. While three primary-age pupils had caught Covid-19 in early February, none of these infections had led to a secondary case.
America’s window of opportunity to beat back Covid-19 is closing – Stat – 8/10/2020
Winter means cold and flu season, which is all but sure to complicate the task of figuring out who is sick with Covid-19 and who is suffering from a less threatening respiratory tract infection. It also means that cherished outdoor freedoms that link us to pre-Covid life — pop-up restaurant patios, picnics in parks, trips to the beach — will soon be out of reach, at least in northern parts of the country.
The most and least effective face masks, according to new study out of Duke University – New York Daily News – 8/9/2020
Researchers at Duke University have tested 14 types of masks and other facial coverings and found that some are wanting when it comes to coronavirus protection, while others are quite good. Using an easy-to-assemble laser and cellphone system, the team shined precise light onto the droplets emitted by someone wearing all varieties of mask, from none to the high-concept N95 that health care workers use.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
106.1 BLI @1061BLI 9 Aug Some important changes with taxes, rent payments & loans that could affect YOU @mattholidaybli
Dakarai Turner @Dakarai_Turner 9 Aug Illinois is offering $5,000 grants for tenants struggling to pay rent amid pandemic. Here’s how to apply
NBC News @NBCNews 10 Aug Thousands of people face eviction as the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic leads millions across the U.S. finding their housing situations complicated.
Bridgette Bjorlo @bridgettebjorlo 9 Aug The #coronavirus pandemic has impacted so many areas of life, including where people want to live. Real estate experts say a wave of home buyers are leaving big cities & flocking to Lake Tahoe for more spacious living and warn the demand is outpacing the inventory. More on @FOX40
WGNO @WGNOtv 9 Aug Californians renting out their backyard pools amid coronavirus closures
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