The Coronavirus - What's Happening Around the World

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Greater Dayton RTA to offer free bus passes for those on unemployment
https://www.daytondailynews.com/new...e-on-unemployment/MPQK6T4TGBHYDHKAXAW5OUGTNU/

“We’ve seen the unemployment numbers since the pandemic shutdowns started in March, and we know a lot of people are struggling right now,” said Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commission President. “Many people looking for work visit the Job Services area of our Job Center. It’s a natural partnership to connect our customers with free transportation through the RTA.”
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(This article is also about the quality of data)

US childhood SARS-CoV-2 infections surging with the current peak
https://arstechnica.com/science/202...v-2-infections-surging-with-the-current-peak/

The last two weeks of July saw nearly 100,000 new cases in school-age kids and teens.

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The final point this report underscores is that the current data-tracking system in the US is badly hampered by state-to-state variations in reporting. If we want to have a clearer picture of what's going on with the pandemic in the childhood population, we're going to have to start with standardizing the tracking of diagnoses and outcomes.
 

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A warning for those that use hand sanitizers:

FDA finds new toxic hand-sanitizer ingredient, expands warning to 157 products

https://arstechnica.com/science/202...r-ingredient-expands-warning-to-157-products/

Regulators find toxic 1-propanol as well as methanol in some products.

The FDA this week announced that it has identified hand sanitizers that contain 1-propanol, a toxic form of alcohol not yet seen in contaminated products.

FDA updates on hand sanitizers consumers should not use
https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safe...ates-hand-sanitizers-consumers-should-not-use
 

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Coronavirus creeps into US mink farms, “unusually large numbers” dead
https://arstechnica.com/science/202...-us-mink-farms-unusually-larger-numbers-dead/

Transmission risks to humans are unclear.

The pandemic coronavirus has made its way onto two mink farms in Utah, leading to “unusually large numbers” of dead animals, according to a Tuesday announcement by the US Department of Agriculture.

The affected farms in Utah reported cases of COVID-19 in people working on the farms, who may have spread the infection to the animals.

COVID-19 hits U.S. mink farms after ripping through Europe
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/covid-19-hits-us-mink-farms-after-ripping-through-europe
 

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I just heard a new Covid-19-related phrase this morning so in addition to covidiots those who refuse to wear a mask are called maskholes. :D 👍
 

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I just heard a new Covid-19-related phrase this morning so in addition to covidiots those who refuse to wear a mask are called maskholes. :D 👍
yeah I ahve been saying that ever since AZ had the recent spike that postponed my surgery a couple days before it was due... Not sure if I have heard it before that though. haha
 

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'Silent spreaders' of COVID-19: Kids who seem healthy may be more contagious than sick adults, study says
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...ptoms-more-contagious-than-adults/3392088001/

A new study adds to growing evidence that children are not immune to COVID-19 and may even play a larger role in community spread than previously thought.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Mass General Hospital for Children found that among 192 children, 49 tested positive for the coronavirus and had significantly higher levels of virus in their airways than hospitalized adults in intensive care units, according to the study published Thursday in the Journal of Pediatrics.
 
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Greater Dayton RTA to offer free bus passes for those on unemployment
https://www.daytondailynews.com/new...e-on-unemployment/MPQK6T4TGBHYDHKAXAW5OUGTNU/



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Hi Johnny, I don't think the unemployment rate is as bad now as it was in March. As to reason, the governor reopened most businesses and pretty much backed out on his plans for the color phases. The governor here in PA was receiving negative feedback from Pennsylvanians and pressures to reopen restaurants, bars and most other businesses. I have witnessed a very large increase in cases as large gatherings persist and no one is wearing a mask or maintaining a safe distance sadly. No one appears to adhere to the guidelines anymore. I believe a factor that plays a role in this is due to the social media's over-reassurance and disregarding the serious nature of this virus. It seems like this virus will never end until we are all infected!

My Best friend has a school age child who will be attending online school because a teacher was found to be infected with Covid-19. That scares me because I have a granddaughter in AZ who is forced to attend school and a few other relatives that are school aged, and are forced to attend school while parents are made to sign a waiver stating they are not responsible if their child is exposed to Covid-19. If my children were younger I would refuse to sign the waiver, and keep my child home, and I would place them in cyberschool. It may not be the best choice for a child's opportunity to interact with other children to improve fluency and development but at least it was save lives of family members whose immune systems are compromised due to diabetes and heart disease. A slightly delayed child is better than attending a brick and mortar school and possibly contracting a potentially deadly disease!

I now have a nephew that lives at a distance who was obsessed with preaching the gospel on the street and blessing the homeless as he practices sermons online to become an ordained pasture. My nephew takes his baby boy and his eight year old son for walks and sometimes his wife will go with him on the walks. The issue is that they are wearing their masks down over their chin and getting too close to other people as they bless and feed the homeless. I thought it would only be a matter of time before they are exposed to the virus. Sure enough, I was right!! They were exposed to the virus and that includes that poor innocent baby and the eight year old who had no choice to go where their parents want them to be. Now he is in quarantine because he is showing symptoms! I feel so bad for that poor baby and his brother and it breaks my heart as an Aunt. 💔:cry:
 
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Greater Dayton RTA to offer free bus passes for those on unemployment
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Hi Johnny, I am one of those people who just graduated from online college this year with a B.A in Cybersecurity and an AS in Computer Information Science with the concentration of Networking and I was supposed to take an in person exam until the pandemic emerged and than all in person campuses were shut down and caused a delay in my ability to take the exam which is very much needed to obtain employment. I was left jobless because of that.
 

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Of interest: the first officially confirmed re-infection of SARS-CoV-2 and it's not a panic scenario.

Healthy 33-yr-old man first to have confirmed reinfection with SARS-CoV-2
https://arstechnica.com/science/202...sars-cov-2-reinfection-reported-in-hong-kong/

About 4.5 months later, the man tested positive for the virus again. This time, his infection was caught during entry screening at a Hong Kong airport, as he returned from a trip to Spain, via the United Kingdom, on August 15. Though he had no symptoms, he was again hospitalized. Clinical data showed he had signs of an acute infection, but he remained asymptomatic throughout his time in the hospital.
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There is mounting data suggesting that some immune responses can be completely protective against reinfection—at least for some period of time. From this new study, it’s also rather encouraging that the man’s second infection was even milder than the first—it was completely asymptomatic, in fact—hinting at helpful immune responses specifically against SARS-CoV-2.
 

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