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Unlike when the pandemic started, more cases are being seen in young adults, teens, young children and babies. Research news on asymptomatic people, the immune system and DIY tests, as well.
Media outlets report on the deteriorating mental health of adults and children. Michelle Obama says she is suffering too and Headspace’s app is soaring.
Johns Hopkins University says fall classes will be online but other universities are proceeding with plans for students to migrate during a pandemic to attend classes on campus.
And as the development of several experimental vaccines is fast tracked, thorny questions are raised about efficacy, testing, costs, ingredient availability and quality.
July’s job report beat estimates, growing to 1.8 million. But economists worry hiring is stalling while millions still without work suffer hardship with relief aid expiring and some jobs disappearing forever.
The Trump administration’s top public health experts weigh in on the current state of the pandemic.
With Democratic lawmakers and White House negotiators both pointing fingers at each other, hours of tense negotiations on overdue coronavirus relief measures end Thursday with little progress and an uncertain path forward.
The global picture is also grim: total confirmed cases reach 19 million. Daily cases in the United States continue to stay below July’s highs though.
President Donald Trump signed a “Buy American” executive order aimed at boosting domestic production of prescription drugs and medical supplies that are vital in an emergency like the current pandemic. Also, the president’s announced action on drug pricing has yet to be released.
A mixed bag of success stories and failures among the states: mask mandates, check points and misjudgments.
Global pandemic developments are reported out of Europe, Australia, Japan, Brazil, China, North Korea and other countries. Also: The health legacy of the atomic bomb blasts in World War II and Cold War testing is noted as the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing is marked.
The results were clear, researchers said. The “Sunshine Vitamin” doesn’t improve mood either. Public health news is on STD diagnostics, tear gas dangers, climate news, food insecurity and mental health, as well.
“The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk,” said the University of Connecticut’s Dave Benedict. And news about cruise ships, none of it good.
Media outlets report on K-12 and higher education news from across the nation.
In other public health news: rising hospital infections; the many symptoms of COVID-19; what winter might be like this year; face masks that are “Made in the USA”; and more.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened to shut off power and water to residents who hold big parties. In other states, large gatherings continue to spread the coronavirus to large numbers of people. But in Fargo, N.D., an outdoor festival goes on.
Other pharmaceutical developments include the United States’ reliance on China for drugs and how to stop superbugs. Also in the news: Teladoc; Blackstone; Ancestry; and Taysha Gene Therapies.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court overruled a federal judge’s previous order mandating that California’s Orange County jails take steps to protect inmates from the coronavirus.
The vaccine maker’s CEO said it will use a tiered pricing system and charge less for high-volume buyers. In other vaccine news, Johnson & Johnson secures a $1 billion deal with the federal government.
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois) announced he tested positive. Davis had made more of an effort than many other Republican Congress members to wear a mask, reports Politico.