(Watch) After months of effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, herd immunity has emerged as a talking point.
(Watch) Georgia health experts are concerned Labor Day weekend could have ushers in a new wave of COVID-19 infections just as the State’s cases have started to slow down. Despite the warning, large parties happened for Labor Day in metro-Atlanta.
(Watch) President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied that he had downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, claiming he “up-played” the danger of the disease through his actions – despite privately admitting months earlier that he did the exact opposite.
(Watch) LGBTQ community beware, if we don't get over our habit of partying care free this could very well be us. åÊA rural church wedding and reception on a beautiful day in the shadow of Mount Katahdin was no doubt a happy day. But it has spread misery ever since. That single event on August 7th is linked to outbreaks in at least two other locations in Maine, with more than 170 people contracting the virus and seven deaths since.
(Watch) Dr. Anthony Fauci has gone on the record as saying he did not consent to being featured in a new advertisement from the Trump campaign touting President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump campaign released the new ad last week after the President was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following treatment for Covid-19. The 30-second ad, which is airing in Michigan, touts Trump's personal experience with the virus and uses a quote from Fauci in an attempt to make it appear as if he is praising Trump's response. In late July, Trump publicly wondered why the doctor's approval rating is so high when his is so low.
(Watch) According to the COVID Tracking Project, The United States is miles away from being in the clear as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic's toll on the American population. Cases are still trending upward in all but two states, Alabama and Hawaii. Across the country, hospitalizations are surging, and fatalities are increasing. Many states reached record-highs this week, so it's clear that the pandemic is far from over. Thankfully, public leaders are pushing and renewing safety measures to prevent and slow the spread of the virus. Not so thankfully, the President seems set to deny everything until all the witnesses to that denial die of COVID-19
(Watch) As Broward County continues to move forward with beginning in-person learning for district students, several positive COVID-19 cases in both public and charter schools have been confirmed. This comes as the second wave of students head back to in person learning in Broward, all while a discussion is being had over rules in regard to wearing masks. If these rules are not sorted out soon the fabled winter second wave may be as brutal as some have feared.
(Watch) The United States on Friday hit its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, recording at least 82,900 new infections and surpassing the previous record set during the summertime surge of cases across the Sun Belt. 43 States are reporting the highest weekly infection rate since the pandemic began. The rising numbers put the nation on the precipice of what could be its worst stretch to date in the pandemic with some hospitals in the West and Midwest already overwhelmed and death counts beginning to rise. The current surge is considerably more widespread than the waves from last summer and spring. The unprecedented geographic spread of the current surge makes it more dangerous, with experts warning it could lead to dire shortages of medical staff and supplies. Already, hospitals are reporting shortfalls of basic drugs needed to treat covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. And it’s not simply a matter of increased testing identifying more cases. Covid-19 hospitalizations increased in 38 states over the past week. The number of deaths nationally has crested above 1,000 in recent days.
President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies between June and September may have caused some 30,000 coronavirus infections and more than 700 deaths, according to a new study by Stanford University economists. The working paper, released late Friday, examined the impact of 18 rallies held between June 20 and Sept. 30 by comparing spread of the virus after each event to parts of the country that didn’t host rallies. The findings illustrate the risks of not heeding public health warnings to wear masks and avoid large gatherings to mitigate the risks of Covid-19, the authors including B. Douglas Bernheim, the chair of Stanford’s economics department wrote.
“The communities in which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death,” they wrote. Fifteen of the 18 events studied were held outdoors. Trump has drawn criticism for continuing to hold events with large, tightly packed crowds in states that are experiencing outbreaks. Many in attendance, including Trump, have not worn masks.
Bernheim told POLITICO he hopes the study will help inform policymakers understand the tradeoffs around holding large public gatherings during the pandemic. “”There’s currently this very important debate going on about the costs and benefits of lockdowns, restrictions and so forth,”” Bernheim said. “”It’s important that debate be informed by good information.”” Joe Biden’s campaign seized on the findings Saturday as evidence Trump hasn’t taken the coronavirus pandemic seriously. “”He’s even costing hundreds of lives and sparking thousands of cases with super spreader rallies that only serve his own ego,” Biden spokesperson Andrew Gates said.
Former President Barack Obama also cited the study on Saturday during an appearance with Biden in Michigan. The White House called the study “”flawed”” and said it was intended to shame Trump supporters. “”As the President has said, the cure cannot be worse than the disease and this country should be open armed with best practices and freedom of choice to limit the spread of Covid-19,”” said spokesperson Judd Deere. Trump campaign spokesperson Courtney Parella said attendees at the rallies have their temperature checked and are given masks that they are instructed to wear. Hand sanitizer is also provided. “Americans have the right to gather under the First Amendment to hear from the President of the United States, and we take strong precautions for our campaign events,” Parella said. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said the study is reminiscent of research that tried to quantify the impact a large motorcycle rally held in Sturgis, S.D., in August had on Covid-19 spread over the summer. While the design of the Stanford study appears fine, the methods are “not particularly robust,” he cautioned. “There are better ways to look at this data through actual infectious disease epidemic lenses,” Mina said. “It offers a data point, but nothing I would want to draw any strong conclusions from. It is also so overtly political that it makes it hard to distinguish if there were decisions made out of perhaps unrecognized bias.”But Eleanor Murray, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said the paper “applies an appropriate method with some good robustness and sensitivity checks.” “If the key underlying assumption is realistic then the answer is probably something that could be relied upon,” Murray said.
More than 9 million people in the United States have been infected with Covid-19 and the virus has claimed the lives of more than 230,000. Top government health officials including White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx and HHS testing czar Brett Giroir have warned Americans taking precautions like social distancing and mask wearing are necessary as cases continue to spike to record levels ahead of the winter months. From partner Politico.
In the weeks leading up to the election, Queer News Tonight has done our best to accurately report the current situation of our pandemic in America. For 10 months, since our first week of broadcast on the first of January 2020 we have reported on Coronavirus in every news show. In recent weeks we have reported we are at record new infections, record hospitalizations and record death tolls. So as we report LGBTQ covid-19 cases and deaths the election may be a major turn to what’s next in pandemic. Queer News Tonight special contributor Dr. Howard Grossman has suggested that the re-election of Trump will determine what happens next. So tonight we have reported all the most important news about the election of our lifetime, we remind you that what happens on the election will be what happens next for our pandemic response.