A rose is placed on one of the victims’ names at the south reflecting pool of the National 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan, New York. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

U.S. consumer prices rose for a third month in August, signaling a gradual pickup in inflation as the economy continues to recover. The consumer price index rose 0.4% from the prior month, according to Labor Department figures. After a volatile week, stock futures point to a higher start. Weakness Thursday was partly attributed to the inability of U.S. politicians to agree on a new coronavirus relief package after Democrats blocked a Republican bill on the Senate floor. 

The Justice Department’s Criminal Division says it has charged 57 people to date over allegedly defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program – a federal program meant to provide relief to small businesses during the pandemic. Those charged attempted to steal more than $175 million, though they actually obtained more than $70 million, law enforcement officials said . The department announced its first fraud case in May, just weeks after the emergency lending program began.  

Adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant in the two weeks before getting sick than those who tested negative. The connection is likely due to the nature of removing one’s mask to eat, which when around other people, increases your vulnerability to the virus. The study included data on 314 adults, though more research is needed to determine whether similar findings would emerge among a larger group of patients. 

COVID-19 can be made more serious, and in some cases, more deadly, by a specific type of industrial emission called hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), according to new research. The industrial corridor that stretches alongside the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans is nicknamed “Cancer Alley” because of the perceived health risks associated with local chemical emissions – so far the pandemic has claimed more than 4,900 lives in Louisiana. One professor says there is substantial evidence of a link between air pollution and respiratory infections. The global economic burden caused by outdoor and indoor air pollution was estimated to be about 3.3% of global GDP.

People of color tend to live in areas already exposed to high levels of particulate pollution and a 2017 study shows older Black people are three times more likely to be hospitalized for respiratory conditions because of smoke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that “people with COVID-19 are at increased risk from wildfire smoke during the pandemic.” Black Americans will still be among the most susceptible subgroups to coronavirus-related mortality and many of those most at risk may remain skeptical of public health campaigns, following years of racism in medicine and forced vaccinations. 

The Center for Public Integrity has criticized the government for “quarantining” coronavirus data. While new antigen-testing technology is rolling out nationwide, presenting quicker tests in greater numbers, the data collection is being decentralized. The U.S. has reported about 200,000 antigen-test results, though some evidence suggests these tests are being used on a much wider scale than understood. Some are questioning whether schools are interpreting the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) correctly as many schools continue to shield coronavirus data. The Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle are collaborating with news outlets across California in a “combined data-gathering effort to better report on the spread of COVID-19.” 

On the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many events commemorating the act will be pushed online due to the pandemic. A memorial event will be broadcast live on Facebook, rather than the usual in-person service open to the public.

Coronavirus on college campuses fueling nation’s largest outbreaks, analysis shows – The Hill – 9/11/2020
The communities where Washington State University, Central Texas College, Georgia Southern University and Iowa State University are located round out the top five areas with large college populations that have seen a spike in cases.

Facebook Announces New Campus Pages To Connect College Students Amid Coronavirus – Forbes – 9/10/2020
Facebook Campus will be a dedicated section within the regular Facebook app, in which students can have separate Campus profiles from their regular Facebook profile and join school-specific groups and events, as well as access a campus directory and special chat rooms.

Changes to Disney parks during the coronavirus pandemic – Insider – 9/10/2020
Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California, reopened on July 9, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, reopened on July 11. Disney theme parks in California remain closed. Many elements of the parks have changed in order to make them safer during the pandemic. Here are 10 things that you’ll no longer see at Disney parks.

A Day on a Film Set in the Time of Coronavirus – Variety – 9/10/2020
We took rapid COVID tests at an urgent care facility in Hollywood ($125 a pop), where we lined up at 8 a.m. the day before our visit. All of us submitted to the invasive nasal swab test, which is not as painful as legend tells it, but does register as the longest 20 seconds of your life.

This new monument will be the first to remember the victims of COVID-19 – Fast Company – 9/11/2020
Sitting on the coastline of Montevideo, Uruguay, the memorial will lead visitors down a long pedestrian path to a spot where the sounds and sights of urban life fade away. In the middle of a circular steel platform, 40 meters in diameter, there’s an open space where it will be possible to look down at the open ocean below.

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

Cassidy Williams @CassidyWtv 11 Sep A beautiful sunrise on a somber morning. The War Memorial Center will honor the lives lost on 9/11 in about an hour, but this year the ceremony is not open to the public. Due to the coronavirus pandemic—you are instead invited to join the livestream on Facebook. #NeverForget

Amanda Palmer  @amandapalmer 11 Sep on 9/11, nearly 3,000 new yorkers were killed. today, nearly 23,000 new yorkers have been lost to coronavirus. the city i was born in & love best. it hurts. to everybody in new york, my friends, my relatives, my community in all five boroughs: hey. hang in there. i love you.

Charlie Sykes @SykesCharlie 11 Sep “Why does the grief of 2020—when the coronavirus pandemic has actually filled hospitals in New York and in communities across the country—feel so different? Why does our country, so united after 9/11, feel so splintered now?” @vermontgmg writes

MPR News @MPRnews 11 Sep Americans are commemorating 9/11 with tributes that have been altered by coronavirus precautions. Both President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will pay their respects at the same memorial without crossing paths.

JERRY DUNLEAVY @JerryDunleavy 11 Sep 19 years after 9/11/2001, justice remains delayed against the five living al-Qaeda members believed to be responsible, including mastermind KSM. The 9/11 trial that was supposed to start this January is delayed, again, thanks to coronavirus.@DCExaminer

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