Welcome to the newly revamped Key Developments, now twice weekly and with non-COVID news. Right now, it’s actually still just COVID news, but we’ll be slowly morphing it into something broader as we go.
The world has over 15.6 million cases. The rate of global case growth continues to increase. There have been over 635,000 deaths. The US has over 4.1 million cases (up half a million cases since last week) and has had over 147,000 deaths. The US has gained over 64,000 new cases since yesterday. Brazil remains second in daily case growth, followed by India and Russia.
This is probably the right call, but it makes you wonder why schools are being pushed to open:
BREAKING: Donald Trump announces the cancellation of the GOP convention in Jacksonville, FL
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) July 23, 2020
New York and California grapple with deciding whether chicken wings constitute enough of meal to let an establishment serve alcohol. New York might be leaning towards allowing the wings after all:
The plot thickens! Cuomo argues specifically that chicken wings are not substantial food, and that they rank below sandwiches in substantiveness: https://t.co/14yKylSzuC
— Erin Durkin (@erinmdurkin) July 23, 2020
An outbreak at a meat processing plant was much larger than initially reported. Twice as many workers in the Iowa plant were infected than their public health agency revealed. The department is facing multiple accusations of withholding information from the public.
Epidemiologists and other experts think the possibility of reinfection is very small, noting that strong evidence of reinfection has not been concretely demonstrated. It’s not abnormal for antibodies to taper off over time. T- and B-cell-mediated immunity may be more stable than people realize.
The White House is pushing nearly a dozen cities to tackle their COVID-19 problems more aggressively. Dr. Birx purportedly made these recommendations privately, by phone call. It stands to reason that a public, nation-wide call for more stringent measures would probably be useful, too.
More mask mandates:
NEW: Indiana, Ohio, and Minnesota issue statewide mask mandates https://t.co/oL8c81D4wF
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) July 22, 2020
Alternatives to N95s are being engineered. Silicone masks with removable filters can be autoclaved or sterilized easily and reused. The masks are said to be effective and comfortable, but I wonder how they would feel if the user is sweaty—there’s no fabric to wick away moisture. These are a prototype and have not yet been made to scale for distribution.
CDC test kits might still have PCR primer problems, and they might STILL be producing horribly inaccurate results: 30% false positives, and 20% false negatives. This is awful news, if true.
Our hospitalizations are matching our previous peak:
— Crawford Kilian (@Crof) July 24, 2020
Case growth is starting to plateau in a number of states:
Some good news for the US pandemic (despite high deaths and cases today).
1. Many🔥 states are plateauing on case growth (except California) even though deaths still at highs (FL, AZ, TX)
2. The best modeler, @youyanggu, has a new, very sanguine outlook https://t.co/hQihH0EdIK👇 pic.twitter.com/DxFD1USL45
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) July 23, 2020
Fauci’s first pitch wasn’t great, but at least everyone was wearing a mask:
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s first pitch was a little outside but we will forgive him because he has been a busy man pic.twitter.com/YiAVAowwiL
— Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) July 23, 2020