Coronvirus numbers are on the rise gain in USA & Wordwide, at least 10 states, including Texas, California, Florida and Arizona, reported their highest weekly infection rates in recent days.
|Source the Washington Post |
By Avi Selk
with Angela Fritz 23 June 2020,
At least 10 states, including Texas, California, Florida and Arizona, reported their highest weekly infection rates in recent days as 29 States logged increases. The national average is rising again after a month-long plateau while millions of Americans return to work, places of worship, restaurants and rallies. The data suggests that wherever governments roll back quarantine rules, covid-19 rushes in to fill the void, which health experts predicted months ago. “But there is little sign that states are reconsidering politically popular decisions to open the economy,” our national desk reported. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that the Trump administration is preparing for even more infections and deaths in the fall — a day after the president dismissed the rising numbers as an artifact of increased testing.”When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people; you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down please,” Trump said at his campaign rally in Tulsa on Saturday. (See photos of the event and surrounding protests.) The president’s theory is undermined by the fact that hospitalizations are increasing along with positive tests in some states. Public health experts widely condemned Trump’s claim that he ordered testing to be slowed, which White House officials later said was a joke. “To think of it as something you can manipulate or slow down based on what the numbers look like speaks to a complete misunderstanding of what an infectious-disease response should be,” an infectious-disease expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security told The Washington Post. More than 20 health officials around the country have been fired or have quit amid hostility to public safety measures, according to the National Association of County and City Health Officials. “We are now the villains,” said the director of a small public health department in Washington state, who installed surveillance cameras outside her house after receiving threats. Our health team asked medical experts for safety recommendations on all typical summer activities: booking a weekend getaway, camping, swimming, having a barbecue and many more. Some diversions are more dangerous than others, but there are ways to minimize the risk. Check out the guide. And less fun but equally important: here’s how to safely ride an office elevator during the pandemic. Other important news A trial vaccine called AZD1222, while still unproved, may be the Western hemisphere’s only hope of developing a working vaccine by year’s end. The president, citing the pandemic, ordered limits on foreign workers and extended immigration restrictions through December. Trump says foreign governments will rig our elections if people could vote by mail during the pandemic. He’s wrong. How coronavirus tore through Latin America’s largest market. Facing ruin, many brick-and-mortar shops are transitioning to online business models to survive.
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|Your questions, answered “I see people with valve masks in public. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of protecting others by allowing unfiltered exhalation?” — Thomas in Florida Face masks with coin-sized valves on the front might appear to be better options, but they are not as good at preventing the spread of the coronavirus than the seemingly lower-tech, non-valved masks. Some masks designed for hot, dusty construction work — where the intent is to filter out dust before it hits the wearer’s lungs — have “exhaust” valves that allow exhaled air to flow out more easily, to keep the mask-wearer cool. Mask-maker 3M illustrates how it works: inhaled air filters through the fabric part of the mask, and hot, humid exhaled air exits through the valve. It’s a one-way system that works really well when you’re tearing out a kitchen to remodel, but the valve defeats the purpose when you’re trying to slow the spread of a virus. Masks are recommended to prevent respiratory droplets from spreading into the air when you exhale, speak, cough or sneeze, and the valves allow those droplets through. Medical masks, you’ll notice, do not have valves specifically for that reason. San Francisco went so far as to say that valved masks do not comply with its face mask order. “Any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling allows droplets to be released from the mask, putting others nearby at risk,” the order says. The best face masks to prevent the spread are still the simple cloth kind. A few layers of cotton prevent most of the potentially infectious respiratory droplets from escaping into the air around you, and they are also much cooler than the form-fitting N95 masks.|