A new survey reveals that the pandemic is wreaking financial havoc on families with children, and 10% of all COVID-19 cases are now children.
Children account for only 2% of cases in April.
The reports come as public schools in major cities hit news with efforts to get children back into the classroom. New York City began offering classroom learning to elementary students on Tuesday and has invited older students to return on Thursday. Los Angeles County officials voted this week to allow some schools to resume in-person education.
The elephant – and the donkey – were in the room on Tuesday night as the presidential debate, and the virus played a major role. President Donald Trump ignored criticism of Democratic rival Joe Biden for his soft-tempered stance on masks and his large political rallies that are not socially distant.
When asked why he continues to organize rallies against the advice of his health experts, Trump replied: “Because people want to hear what I have to say.” He claimed that his marches had not had a negative impact on the Americans, explaining, “Until now, we had no problem at all.” Biden responded, saying that Trump was “an idiot.”
Some important developments:
- Disney parks plans to lay off 28,000 workers in California and Florida.
- NFL’s Tennessee Titans pause personal activities after the team It has reported eight positive tests for COVID-19 Three players and five employees.
- Public elementary schools reopened across New York City on Tuesday to welcome 300,000 students for the first time since March as the city struggled with a bump in positive COVID-19 test results.
Today’s numbers: The United States has reported more than 7.1 million cases and 206,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Globally, there have been more than 33 million cases and over a million deaths.
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A survey published on Wednesday reports that more than 60% of American families with children face serious financial problems during the coronavirus outbreak. The study indicates that nine out of 10 families with children with whom someone diagnosed with COVID-19 reported serious financial problems and serious problems caring for their children.
The survey, conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, highlights some of the major challenges families face during the pandemic. More than a third of families with children reported serious problems with the continued education of their children, and six out of 10 reported that at least adult family members lost their jobs, were taken leave, or had wages or hours cut off.
The sharp rise in new virus cases across South Korea has made authorities nervous as the country begins its celebration of the five-day Chuseok Festival that began on Wednesday. Tens of millions of people usually travel across the country to gather with family and friends for a celebration. Health authorities this year urged people to cancel travel plans in favor of communicating with loved ones via phone and video chatting apps. Mass transit authorities said they would suspend subway services at six stations in downtown Seoul if rallies attract crowds on National Foundation Day on Saturday.
President Moon Jae-in said in a speech on Wednesday, “We are watching Chuseok Festival at a difficult time.” “The normal and precious days will definitely return.”
Seven states set records for new cases over seven days while three states recorded record numbers of deaths per week, according to USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data as of late Tuesday. New case records have been recorded in Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin, as well as Puerto Rico. Record numbers for deaths have been reported in Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Our total deaths have been more than 9/11 since America struck 200,000 a week ago.
Thailand, which ranks among the world’s top 10 tourist destinations annually, is preparing to receive its first batch of foreign tourists since scheduled commercial passenger flights to the country were suspended in April. Tourism and Sports Minister Pevhat Ratchakitprakarn said a new coronavirus testing system and airport transportation facilities were installed in the resort island of Phuket to welcome the first 150 Chinese from Guangzhou province on October 8. At least three groups of foreign tourists will arrive in October – two groups from China and one from Scandinavia. All will be subject to a 14-day quarantine and other restrictions on their movement.
Thailand, where efforts to combat the virus have won praise from World Health Organization officials, have recorded 3,564 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, including 59 deaths.
The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden quickly got off the rails on Tuesday night, including when the couple was They discussed the use of masks and held large political rallies Amidst COVID-19.
Trump defended his rallies and ridiculed Biden’s more modest and cautious efforts. Biden has criticized Trump for the way he has responded to the coronavirus pandemic and specifically criticized his reluctance to wear a face mask in public.
“He was totally irresponsible in the way he dealt with social distancing, people wear masks – he basically encouraged them not to do that,” Biden said. “He’s an idiot about this. He’s not worried about people.”
– Crystal Hayes
Moderna corona virus vaccine appears to create as strong an immune response in the elderly as it does in younger adults. This is a positive sign because many vaccines do not work well in older adults. A small study was published Tuesday In the New England Journal of Medicine, it found that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine elicited almost as strong an immune response in people over the age of 56 as in adults between the ages of 18 and 55.
Older adults are more likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People between the ages of 50 and 64 are four times more likely to be hospitalized and 30 times more likely to die from COVID-19 compared to people between the ages of 18 and 29. Those between the ages of 65 and 74 are five times more likely to be hospitalized and 90 times more likely to die. The older the person, the greater the risk.
– Elizabeth’s method
Six days after all football activities began to be suspended indefinitely after the Zoom meetings, Notre Dame on Monday released its latest COVID-19 test numbers. A statement of six sentences from the Twitter account of the sports section He revealed that there are 25 players In isolation as of Monday due to positive tests, 14 others are in quarantine as a result of contact tracing.
The Athletics division said that so far there has been no change to the status of the next match on the Irish table – the October 10 at home date for the fifth-seeded Notre Dame match against Florida. The statement stated that Notre Dame had resumed adaptation activities. Last Monday, 13 players were in isolation and 10 in quarantine, two days after the Irish beat South Florida at Notre Dame Stadium. Players are required to spend 10 days in isolation after testing positive and undergo a heart test, according to ACC protocols. The quarantine period is 14 days.
– Eric Hansen, South Bend (Indiana) Tribune
The federal government is 2.19 million rapid COVID-19 tests sent to ArizonaSchools will be among the priority ones to use, Governor Doug Ducey declared. The first shipment of tests is expected to arrive within the next seven to 10 days. Abbott Rapid Point of Care tests can produce results within 15 minutes.
State data shows the number of tests in the shipment is large – it’s more than the total number of diagnostic tests completed in Arizona since the pandemic began.
President Donald Trump announced on Monday that his administration will distribute more than 150 million rapid tests of the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Point of Care across the country in the coming weeks, and of these tests, about 50 million tests will target vulnerable communities, including nursing homes. Elderly people, support for living and caring for the elderly and tribal nations.
Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic
Alarmed by the rise in coronavirus cases in a few Orthodox ghettos, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, New York City officials will start fines in those areas for people who refuse to wear masks. De Blasio said he was sending teams of hundreds of outreach workers and contact trackers to nine postcodes in Brooklyn and Queens that saw a spike in positive COVID-19 tests in hopes of avoiding tougher enforcement measures.
These workers will hand out the masks but also insist that people wear them if they are in a place where they can be within 6 feet of other people.
Some Los Angeles elementary schools will be able to apply to resume in-person education through second grade under a vote on Tuesday by the County Board of Supervisors.
“With the approach of October, it is important that we begin the process of reopening our schools with limited capacity,” said Chairman Catherine Barger, according to local reports. She noted the inequalities in distance learning affecting the education of low-income students, both black and Latino.
On the other coast, the reopening of the New York City school is at risk. At a press conference Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the most recent rate of positive tests was 3.25%, the highest since June. De Blasio said it will close classes, which are all supposed to be open by Thursday, if the test positive rate exceeds 3% on an average of seven days.
The Disney Park division is laying off 28,000 employees in California and Florida in the wake of the pandemic. Disney officials said two-thirds of the planned layoffs involved part-time workers, but that they ranged from wage employees to hourly non-union workers.
In a letter to employees, Josh Damaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experience and Product, said his management team had worked hard to try to avoid layoffs. He said they had reduced expenditures, halted projects and modified operations, but that was not enough due to restrictions on the number of people allowed into the park due to social distancing restrictions and other measures related to the pandemic.
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