Coronavirus Briefing: What Occurred As we speak
The president tests positive
President Trump’s positive coronavirus test shook the world, shook global markets and immediately revived the president’s race just 32 days before the elections.
A lot has happened since that announcement, but here things are as of tonight.
Aides said the president had a fever, nasal congestion and cough. Later in the day, he received experimental antibody treatment and was isolated in the White House with First Lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive. Her son Barron tested negative. In the late afternoon, the President was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is expected to spend several days.
White House officials said Mr. Trump was still able to carry out his duties. The Trump campaign said its campaign events have been canceled for the time being.
On several recent trips, including the presidential debate, two rallies, and a fundraiser, the president did not wear a mask or many of those who met or traveled with him. Crowded, unmasked indoor conditions are a recipe for so-called super-spreader events, where a single infected person spreads the virus to dozens of others, research has shown.
However, it is not yet known how the president got infected with the virus. One possibility is that it was broadcast last Saturday at an outdoor ceremony where Mr Trump announced the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and where few attendees wore masks or practiced social distancing. Other guests, including Senator Mike Lee and Rev. John I. Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame, also tested positive.
Vice President Mike Pence – the first to take over the Oval Office if Mr Trump gets too sick to do his job – tested negative for the virus on Friday. Mr Biden, who debated the president on Tuesday, tested negative for the coronavirus twice on Friday. Experts warned that the virus could take a few days after exposure to reach detectable levels.
Trump’s Covid-19 treatment
Experts say the next The week will be of vital importance for the President as he battles Covid-19.
Mr Trump received an infusion of an experimental antibody cocktail developed by the biotech company Regeneron today.
There are no approved treatments for Covid-19, but Regeneron treatment is one of the most promising candidates along with another antibody treatment developed by Eli Lilly. Both have been tested in patients across the country, and initial results suggest that if given at the beginning of an infection, they can lower the levels of the virus in the body and shorten hospital time.
The antiviral treatment was not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use, but Regeneron’s executive director, Dr. Leonard S. Schleifer said Mr. Trump’s medical staff asked the company for permission to use the drug it has been approved with the FDA
The 74-year-old Trump belongs to a risk group because he is seriously ill with Covid-19. He has moderate heart disease, an underlying condition that puts him at higher risk. He takes high cholesterol medication, loves fast food and doesn’t do much exercise other than golf.
Older men are up to twice as likely to die from the disease as older women, and Mr Trump is at additional risk because he is overweight. Researchers have found that people with extra weight may have difficulty developing a robust immune response to the virus and are at greater risk of developing a severe case of Covid-19.
A big increase Wisconsin flooded hospitals. The state currently has an average of more than 2,400 new cases per day, more than three times the average in early September.
The city of Tulsa, Okla., Now requires people 10 years and older to wear a mask in public places. Previously, the mandate was for people aged 18 and over. Coronavirus cases have increased 11 percent in Oklahoma in the past two weeks
Major Bill de Blasio of New York City The city’s 7-day average for positive test results rose to 1.53 percent, due to several hot-spot neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said 648 people across the state have been hospitalized with the disease, a level not seen since late July.
Here is a summary of the restrictions in all 50 states.
What else are we pursuing
What you are doing
We delved deeper into family and regional history. We visited and documented numerous resting places of our family’s ancestors (cemeteries are a great socially distant getaway), explored small towns and counties in North Carolina, and bonded with amazing distant cousins. It was an enriching experience for the children, who now drop the names of their great-grandparents in everyday conversations and have a new awareness of their roots.
– YB Howell Wilmington, NC
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Remy Tumin contributed to today’s newsletter.
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