The CDC says new deaths are likely to rise in Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Tennessee and Washington. Some of these states have previously reported advances in their coronavirus numbers, but are now sounding the alarm again.
In New Jersey, officials reported no deaths in hospitals for at least 24 hours Thursday for the first time since early March. But, as the state recorded this “extraordinary milestone,” Gov. Phil Murphy said, daily cases have risen since last month. By the end of June, positive coronavirus cases were 350 a day and the number jumped to 550 by the end of July.
“Anyone who walks around refusing to wear a mask or hosting a party in the covered house or operating a boat contributes directly to these increases. That should stop and should stop now.” .
Expert: More masks can mean more lives
Despite the increase in cases in recent weeks, experts insist that the way to stop the spread remains simple: avoid meetings, social distance and wear a mask.
While some young people in the United States continue to attend social gatherings, the virus may return home unknowingly, experts say, as many young people are asymptomatic.
Washington is one of at least 39 states that has some sort of mask mandate. But even with the warrants, Americans have not been needed enough to bend the infection rate curve using facial masks, an expert said Friday.
“We’re approaching about 55 percent of Americans who wear a mask,” said Dr. Chris Murray, a researcher behind an influential coronavirus model at the University of Washington. “This is good news, but it is clear that much remains to be done before we reach levels as Singapore has 95%, which would really save many lives in this country.”
Texas researchers reported that just two weeks of social distancing policies reduced the spread of the virus by 65% globally, preventing more than 1.5 million new cases.
“We found that states observed significant reductions in transmission rates after the implementation of social distancing policies, compared to states without such policies,” said Daniel McGrail, a fellow postdoctoral fellow who studies systems biology. say in a statement.
“In fact, two of the smallest reductions in spread were seen in states without social distancing policies.”
The Charlotte GOP Convention closed to the press
In a move unprecedented in modern American political history, journalists will not be present when Republican leaders vote to formally nominate President Donald Trump as the 2020 Republican presidential candidate in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The already shrunk Republican national convention will be closed to the press later this month, a Republican spokesman and official told CNN.
Republican officials said they were forced to limit attendance because of restrictions on social distancing imposed by the state governor.
Not all delegates will attend either. Instead, 336 delegates will vote in the convention procedure, one for every six delegates.
Some of the paperwork, including the vote to formally nominate Trump, will be broadcast live, according to a Republican official.
More projections could control college outbreaks
Frequent screening of college students for the virus could be required to control outbreaks, according to a modeling study published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open.
The researchers found that screening college students every two days, even with a low-quality test that catches 70% of cases, is a cost-effective option, estimated to keep infections at a more controllable number than weekly tests. with a higher quality option. .
For younger students, districts across the country have taken different approaches: some choose to be fully virtual for the beginning of the year and others offering hybrid options.
While some leaders say younger students have a lower risk of the virus, although they may be able to transmit it.
Children under the age of five, when infected with the virus, have up to 100 times more genetic material from this nose in their noses than older children or adults, according to a new study published Thursday as a research letter in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
“He says children under the age of 5 have many, many more viruses in the nasopharynx than adults, which would be a reasonable assumption that they would be able to transmit the virus, so they are not immune,” Anthony Fauci, an important expert on infectious diseases, he told CNN.
CNN’s Ben Tinker, Jamiel Lynch, Hollie Silverman, Shelby Lin Erdman, Andrea Kane, and Maggie Fox contributed to this report.