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Dr. Anthony Fauci warns US is ‘knee-deep’ in first wave of coronavirus cases and prognosis is ‘really not good’ – USA TODAY

July 6th, 2020

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday that the United States’ handle on the coronavirus outbreak is “really not good” and that action is needed to curb the spread.

In an interview via Facebook Live, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said, “We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this. And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline.”

New cases in the U.S. have reached record highs, climbing to around 50,000 a day. Nearly 3 million Americans have contracted the virus, with more than 130,000 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University.

Fauci, speaking online with the National Institutes of Health, linked some of the surge in new cases to some cities and states who may have reopened too quickly. 

“A series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up in the sense of getting back to some form of normality has led to a situation where we now have record-breaking cases,” Fauci said in the chat with NIH Director Francis Collins. 

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According to John Hopkins University, at least 32 states are reporting higher rates of new cases this week compared priors.

“The European Union as an entity, it went up and then came down to baseline,” Fauci continued. “Now they’re having little blips, as you might expect, as they try to reopen. We went up, never came down to baseline, and now it’s surging back up. So it’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately.”

Fauci’s characterization comes shortly after he warned Congress last week that new coronavirus infections could increase to 100,000 a day if the nation doesn’t get its surge of cases under control.

Despite the surge in cases, the White House coronavirus task force has all but halted public briefings, while President Donald Trump’s administration has offered conflicting messaging on everything from the existence of surge to how individual people should respond. 

Trump claimed during his Fourth of July remarks that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.”

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239 scientists warn World Health Organization of airborne transmission risks from coronavirus – CBS News

July 6th, 2020
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Here’s your first real-life look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and it’s gorgeous – Pocketnow

July 6th, 2020

Coronavirus: Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity feasibility – BBC News

July 6th, 2020
A Spanish Civil Guard controls a checkpoint on the highway between the regions of Galicia and Asturias in Ribadeo on July 6, 2020Image copyright AFP
Image caption The study estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies

A Spanish study has cast doubt on the feasibility of herd immunity as a way of tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

The study of more than 60,000 people estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies, the medical journal the Lancet reported.

Herd immunity is achieved when enough people become infected with a virus to stop its spread.

Around 70% to 90% of a population needs to be immune to protect the uninfected.

The prevalence of Covid-19 antibodies was below 3% in coastal regions, but higher in areas of Spain with widespread outbreaks, the report said.

“Despite the high impact of Covid-19 in Spain, prevalence estimates remain low and are clearly insufficient to provide herd immunity,” the study’s authors said in the report.

“In this situation, social distance measures and efforts to identify and isolate new cases and their contacts are imperative for future epidemic control.”

The study is thought to be the largest of its kind on the coronavirus in Europe.

There have been studies of a similar kind in China and the US and “the key finding from these representative cohorts is that most of the population appears to have remained unexposed” to the coronavirus, “even in areas with widespread virus circulation,” the Lancet article said.

What’s the latest in Spain?

The country has recorded more than a quarter of a million cases and at least 28,385 deaths. But daily fatalities have been in the single figures for most of the past three weeks.

However, officials in the north-western region of Galicia have re-imposed restrictions on an area of 70,000 people following an outbreak.

Officials linked local outbreaks to bars in the area. Capacity in bars and restaurants have been limited to 50%.

There are now 258 cases of Covid-19 in Galicia, including 117 in Lugo province, authorities say.

On Saturday the autonomous government of Catalonia re-imposed controls on an area of 210,000 residents after a sharp rise in infections there.

Catalan President Quim Torra said no-one would be allowed to enter or leave Segrià, a district west of Barcelona that includes the city of Lleida.

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Google Fiber announces first new market in 4 years with public-private partnership – 9to5Google

July 6th, 2020

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July 6th, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zach Braff and more stars remember Broadway actor Nick Cordero: “What a light” – CBS News

July 6th, 2020

Broadway actor Nick Cordero died Sunday after being hospitalized for three months following complications from the coronavirus, said his wife, Amanda Kloots. Stars of both stage and screen paid tribute to the 41-year-old performer on social media.

Here are some of the celebrities who have honored the life of Cordero online:

Amanda Kloots

Cordero’s wife, a former Broadway dancer turned celebrity trainer, chronicled her husband’s battle with the virus from the start, posting regular updates on Instagram and encouraging fans to sing his song “Live Your Life” each day at 3 p.m. 

Last week, she told “CBS This Morning” that her husband would likely need a double lung transplant. He already had his leg amputated after he contracted the disease. 

Kloots, with whom Cordero shared a 1-year-old son, Elvis, wrote a heartbreaking Instagram post Sunday announcing her husband’s death. 

“I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him,” Kloots wrote, alongside a black and white photo of her late husband. “Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday.”

She thanked Cordero’s doctor and those who provided support and love throughout his treatment. 

“You have no idea how much you lifted my spirits at 3pm everyday as the world sang Nicks song, Live Your Life. We sang it to him today, holding his hands,” she said. “As I sang the last line to him, ‘they’ll give you hell but don’t you light them kill your light not without a fight. Live your life,’ I smiled because he definitely put up a fight. I will love you forever and always my sweet man.”

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God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth. ⠀ I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday. ⠀ To Nicks extraordinary doctor, Dr. David Ng, you were my positive doctor! There are not many doctors like you. Kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion. You’re a diamond in the rough. ⠀ ⠀ I cannot begin to thank everyone enough for the outpour of love , support and help we’ve received these last 95 days. You have no idea how much you lifted my spirits at 3pm everyday as the world sang Nicks song, Live Your Life. We sang it to him today, holding his hands. As I sang the last line to him, “they’ll give you hell but don’t you light them kill your light not without a fight. Live your life,” I smiled because he definitely put up a fight. I will love you forever and always my sweet man. ❤️

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Zach Braff

Actor Zach Braff told “The Hollywood Reporter” in April that Cordero was “one of my best friends in the world.” He added that he was caring for Kloots and Elvis, who he said had been living in his guest house for seven months at the time.

Braff honored the star, who he performed with on Broadway in the musical “Bullets Over Broadway,” on Instagram in a moving post Sunday. “I have honestly never known a kinder person. But Covid doesn’t care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness in your heart,” Braff wrote, alongside a photo of Kloots and Cordero. “The last thing he ever texted me was to look out for his wife and one year old son, Elvis. I promise the world they will never want for anything. I feel so incredibly grateful I got to have Nick Cordero enter my life.”

Braff later posted a photo of he and Cordero on Instagram on Monday, writing, “He played the tough guy, but he was the kindest teddy bear you’d ever have met.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Fellow Broadway veteran and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted Sunday night about Cordero: “Devastating. What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight.”

Braff tweeted an image of him, Miranda, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., and Cordero smiling together, writing, “He loved you, sir” in response.

Miranda also tweeted a link to a GoFundMe supporting Cordero and his family on Monday.

Viola Davis

Actress Viola Davis paid tribute to Cordero and his family on Twitter. “RIP Nick Cordero!” Davis wrote. “My condolences to you Amanda who fought and loved so hard….so sorry for his little one. My heart is with you. May flights of angels…..” She added multiple heart emojis and prayer hand emojis to the tweet.

Darren Criss

Actor Darren Criss honored Cordero on Twitter early Monday, stating that he never missed seeing the star in any of his roles on Broadway. 

“I’m lucky enough to have never missed a Nick Cordero bway role. I got to see him as Dennis, Cheech, Earl, and Sonny, and I always loved seeing him on stage,” said Criss, who has also starred on Broadway. “For such gruff parts, he was in reality a sweet man, well-loved by his colleagues & certainly by his fam. Sad to hear. RIP.”

Sara Bareilles

Musician Sara Bareilles honored Cordero, who starred in her Broadway musical “Waitress,” on Instagram in a heartfelt post.

“He was light. Kind and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh,” the singer wrote in a caption alongside a photo of Cordero. “Sending so much love to the love warrior @amandakloots and little Elvis, and an immense hug to any one who is feeling the loss of this giant heart. Rest In Peace dear Nick. We love you.”

Josh Radnor

Former “How I Met Your Mother” actor Josh Radnor posted a long thread in honor of Cordero on Twitter on Monday, recounting his time working with the actor in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors.”

“An effortless, joyful, and generous actor, he was the easiest person to be in a scene with,” he wrote in one of the seven tweets in the thread. “He deeply understood what it meant to collaborate and build something with others, when to shine and when to support. He’d chew half the scenery and leave the rest for you.”

He also added that it was “funny” Cordero often played “outsized egoic (and frequently criminal) characters” as his “he himself was such a well-adjusted mensch.”

Ariana DeBose

Broadway performer Ariana DeBose, who starred with Cordero in Broadway’s “A Bronx Tale the Musical,” tweeted about his death on Sunday night. 

“One of the great ones gone far too soon… simply the best,” DeBose wrote. “I’m devastated for @amandakloots, his family… for all who loved him. It was a privilege to stand beside him in @BXTaleMusical . I just… … #WearADamnMask”

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Split the fee with a friend or switch to Sling: Readers respond to YouTube TV’s price hike – USA TODAY

July 6th, 2020

Ontario to ban suspensions for children in Grade 3 and below in efforts to rid education system of racism – National Post

July 6th, 2020

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Ontario will stop suspending children from junior kindergarten to Grade 3, a practice that has been shown to disproportionately impact Black students.

Removing suspensions for students from those grades will “empower all children to achieve their potential,” said Minister of Education Stephen Lecce in a statement.

“It is clear there is systemic discrimination built within the education system, whether it be streaming of racialized students, suspensions overwhelmingly targeting Black and Indigenous kids, or the lack of merit-based diversity within our education workforce,” said Lecce’s statement. “This government will move quickly and decisively to combat systemic racism so that every child – irrespective of colour of skin, heritage, faith or ability – can have a fighting chance at success.”

A 2017 study by Carl James, the Jean Augustine chair in education, community, and diaspora at York University, reported Black students were more than twice as likely as other racialized and white students to be suspended at least once before graduating from high school. The study suggested 42 per cent of Black students were suspended at least once by the time they graduated high school, compared to 15 per cent for other racialized students and 18 per cent for white students.

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Fauci: State of US coronavirus outbreak ‘really not good’ | TheHill – The Hill

July 6th, 2020

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump sealed his own fate FDA commissioner says he can’t predict when vaccine will be ready after Trump’s timeline claims Lobbying battle brewing over access to COVID-19 vaccine MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned Monday that the state of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States is “really not good” and that action is needed to stop the resurgence. 

New cases per day in the U.S. have now climbed to about 50,000, which Fauci, speaking in an online chat hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), linked to some states and cities reopening their economies too aggressively. 

“A series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up in the sense of getting back to some form of normality has led to a situation where we now have record-breaking cases,” Fauci said in the chat with NIH Director Francis Collins. 

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Fauci said part of the problem is the U.S. never got the virus down to a low level before the most recent surge.

“We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this,” he said. 

“It was a surge or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline, Francis, that really never got down to where we wanted to go,” he said. 

He also compared the U.S. unfavorably with Europe, which was able to better suppress the virus after an initial spike. The comments contrast those made by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who on Monday said, “I think the world is looking at us as a leader in COVID-19,” citing a lower mortality rate than Europe. 

“If you look at the graphs from Europe, Europe, the European Union as an entity, it went up and then came down to baseline. Now they’re having little blips, as you might expect, as they try to reopen,” Fauci said. “We went up, never came down to baseline, and now we’re surging back up, so it’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately.”

As the new cases shift toward younger people, some of whom are flocking to bars and other places that spread the virus, Fauci urged them not to think of themselves as invincible and warned they could spread it to others. 

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He said all people should wash their hands, avoid crowds, stay six feet apart and wear masks when that is not possible. 

“Young people should not feel that they’re invulnerable to serious consequences. The more we learn about this disease, Francis, the more we realize that many young people may not necessarily get sick enough to go to the hospital, but they can get very sick, put them out of action for weeks at a time,” Fauci said. 

There is also the risk to more vulnerable people. 

“By getting infected, they are propagating the outbreak,” he said. “They could infect someone who’d infect someone, and then all of a sudden someone’s grandmother, grandfather or aunt who’s getting chemotherapy for breast cancer gets infected.” 

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