Coronavirus live updates: Trump breaks quarantine; 86% of people test positive without showing symptoms
President Donald Trump has returned to the Oval Office and broken quarantine despite his doctors advising him to stay at the White House residence.
Trump, whose first signs of symptoms appeared a week ago, returned to the Oval Office on Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that COVID-19 patients be quarantined for at least 10 days after the first sign of symptoms.
The president, who appears to have had a relatively severe case of COVID-19, needed supplemental oxygen, and was taking intravenous medication, may need to be quarantined even longer as the CDC says patients with severe cases "are unlikely to be infectious for more than 20 days stay "after symptoms appear. "
Even so, Trump is showing no signs of slowing down. He opposed the President's Debate Commission decision to move the second Presidential Debate to a virtual format, calling it a "joke". He said he would not attend. However, there is a chance an event could be held in Pittsburgh on Monday, an aide told USA TODAY.
Some important developments:
A study from the UK found that 86% of people infected with the coronavirus had no COVID-19 symptoms on the day of the test.
Second Lady Karen Pence has been criticized for not wearing a mask when she greeted her husband on stage at Wednesday's vice presidential debate.
The head of the White House security office is seriously ill with COVID-19 and has been in hospital since September.
Protesters gathered in New York for a second night on Wednesday, despite new shutdown orders in some neighborhoods that have spiked new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
? Today's Numbers: The United States has reported more than 7.5 million cases and more than 211,000 deaths. Eleven states set records for new cases in the past seven days, while three states had record deaths. Over 36 million cases have occurred and over 1 million people have died worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
? What We Read: As winter approaches, restaurants in places with colder weather across the country envision new ways to keep al fresco dining open. This means that you may dine in a heated tent or, better still, in an "igloo".
️ Coronavirus Mapping: Track the US outbreak from state to state.
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Carnival's CEO expects US sailing to resume before the end of the year
Arnold Donald, the CEO of Carnival Corp., anticipates that the company's cruise lines will be operating in US waters by the end of the year after a seven-month hiatus.
"At this point in time we have every reason to be optimistic that we will be sailing in the US before the end of the year," said Donald in a call for earnings on Thursday. He later added that based on the success of the first trips in Europe, the company believes it has a "way forward" despite the pandemic.
Carnival Corp. Lines, the parent company of Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises, is taking a phased approach to resumption of operations as previously promised by the cruise line. Operations have already started again: Costa Cruises. It, which sailed two of its ships in Italy again, made its first comeback voyage on September 6th
- Morgan Hines
Study: 86% of the people who tested positive showed no symptoms
A UK study found that 86% of people infected with the coronavirus did not show their main symptoms on the day they were tested. Researchers at University College London examined data from a survey that tested thousands of households in the UK every week, regardless of whether the subjects had symptoms.
The study, published Thursday, examined data for 36,061 people between April and June. Researchers found that 86% of those who tested positive did not have a cough, fever, or loss of taste or smell. Lead researcher Irene Petersen says frequent and extensive testing of all individuals is required to contain "silent transmission".
Last week 840,000 new unemployed filed claims
According to the Ministry of Labor, a total of 840,000 applications for first-time unemployment were submitted in the past week, which means a clear end to the problems on the labor market. The number is lower than last week's claims, which totaled 849,000 claims when the original report was adjusted. Ongoing claims fell by over a million to under 11 million, continuing a slight downward trend since the pandemic first stalled. The decline suggests that many of them are being recalled to their old jobs. However, some have used up the 26 weeks of regular government benefits and moved on to programs that last an additional three months.
6 accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
The federal government has accused six people of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The FBI became aware through social media in early 2020 that a militia group "was discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components" and, according to an affidavit, "declared its readiness to take violent action". The group met this year for field exercises and training courses, says the affidavit. Talks included the use of 200 men to "storm" the Lansing Capitol, abduct hostages, including Whitmer, and convict the governor of treason, according to an affidavit.
The FBI used confidential informants as part of the investigation and paid one of them more than $ 14,000 according to an affidavit.
- Paul Egan and Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press
Cases are increasing sharply across Europe as more and more standstills threaten
European countries that previously did well in the pandemic have seen a sharp spike in positive COVID-19 cases this week, opening up the possibility of further shutdowns and social distancing mandates across the pond.
England reported a 56% increase in positive COVID-19 cases last week after more than 51,000 people received positive tests, according to Sky News. In Germany, officials reported a one-day jump of 4,058 cases, warning that if "we lose control," cases could hit 10,000 a day. The Netherlands reported a one-day record high of positive cases, according to the BBC, as did Poland, which in response is reintroducing mandatory face masks in public spaces.
Italy, which weathered the pandemic relatively well after a turbulent start, also recorded the highest positive number of cases in five months - which also led to the return of a mask mandate.
Background information on guns in Florida during pandemics and protests
According to statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, more than 1 million people in Florida requested background checks for firearms purchases in the first nine months of 2020. It's the first time Florida has had this many since 2016, and only the second time since 2004.
According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, many are first-time gun buyers and have submitted more than 80,000 new applications for covert gun permits since July 1. Purchases peaked in March when the pandemic broke out and in June when protests against the deaths of black Americans peaked.
- Julius Whigham II, Palm Beach Post
The California mega-church school was tied to the outbreak with at least 137 cases
There have been 137 COVID-19 cases at Bethel Church's School of Supernatural Ministry since classes began on Tuesday, early September. There are currently 68 active cases. The charismatic mega-church, which has been criticized in the past for holding large personal worship services during the pandemic, issued a statement instructing students and staff to stay at home in contact with those who tested positive.
"We have seen a major source of transmission occur in off-campus life situations and in off-class social interactions that are common in student life," the school said in a statement.
- David Benda, Redding Record Searchlight
Anti-lockdown protests in the NYC Orthodox Jewish community
Protesters rallied for a second night in New York on Wednesday, despite new shutdown orders in some neighborhoods that have seen spikes in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Orthodox Jewish protesters rallied en masse in Brooklyn, some with masks and others without, and deciphered new restrictions from Governor Andrew Cuomo that would close unnecessary shops and schools and limit the size of religious gatherings.
The new lockdown orders were issued for parts of Queens, Brooklyn and the suburbs of the city that have contributed disproportionately to new virus cases in recent weeks. Large groups of the Orthodox Jewish community live in some of these areas. The new measures also take place amid the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and add to the anger of some members of the Orthodox community.
- Ryan W. Miller
The Med Journal is writing an editorial against Trump for the COVID-19 response for the first time
In a historic move, the New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial on Wednesday condemning President Donald Trump and his administration for their response to the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time in its 208-year history, she called for the current leadership to be voted out.
In an editorial signed by nearly three dozen editors, the magazine said the Trump administration "took a crisis and turned it into tragedy" in terms of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, writing the "scale of that failure is astounding".
- Savannah Behrmann
What can we expect from a second COVID-19 winter wave?
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have predicted we will have a terrible winter - as more people spend more time indoors, travel on vacation, and grapple with conflicting messages from national and local leaders.
Nobody really knows what the next few months will bring, but clues point to a mixed bag. There will be many inexpensive, readily available, and rapid tests available in the coming months, and at least one vaccine is expected to receive preliminary approval by the end of the year. That means we can't give up yet.
"Winter is likely to be bad if we continue to relax measures in places where COVID-19 cases are high or increasing," said Samuel Scarpino, assistant professor at Northeastern University in Boston, where he heads the Emergent Epidemics Lab.
- Karen Weintraub
The American Lung Association aims to eliminate COVID-19 misinformation
The rash of coronavirus infections from the White House, followed by President Donald Trump's tweeted advice to the nation - "Don't be afraid of Covid" - prompted the American Lung Association to issue guidelines for those living with the disease in hopes of displacement are faced with misinformation.
In a statement by ALA's chief physician, Dr. Albert Rizzo, the information from the CDC is largely repeated. They advise members of the public who become infected to isolate for 10 days in order to get a positive test result or develop symptoms to work with a contact. Tracking team and consulting a doctor without leaving home, possibly through telemedicine. But they come at a time of increasing skepticism about government instructions regarding the virus and fatigue of restrictions.
- Jorge L. Ortiz
Cheap, quick tests at home are key to fighting the COVID-19. Where are they?
Proponents say that quick and cheap home tests could be just as important as a vaccine in the fight against COVID-19, although the tests are less accurate than more expensive PCR tests. However, testing companies that develop rapid home testing and their allies want the FDA and other federal agencies to relax home testing restrictions and simplify authorization.
Dr. Michael Mina, a Harvard epidemiologist who has been campaigning for such cheap tests since June, says some testing companies have been discouraged by the agency's initial recommendations. However, Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said the FDA is "very flexible" in its requirements for test developers. "We took essentially all of the newcomers," he said.
- Ken Alltucker
Contributor: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: COVID Updates: Whitmer Abduction; Europe cases rise; NY protests
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