The world has over 36.7 million cases. The world has added 2.3 million cases since last Thursday. Case growth continues to accelerate. There have been over 1 million deaths. The US has almost 7.8 million cases and has had over 217,000 deaths. Over 800 Americans have died from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The US has gained over 50,000 new cases since yesterday. India is first in the world for daily case growth, with over 70,000 new cases in the last day.
The city of Boston is closing its schools again:
BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston says it's suspending the reopening of public schools after coronavirus infections surged past 4%.
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) October 7, 2020
We’ve been told recently (by the CDC and others) that spread by surface contamination is not a big driver of infection. Why, then, is New Zealand able to identify its cases through genomics right down to the shared surfaces people touched that got them infected? The moral of the story is to continue washing your hands or doing hand hygiene after touching any shared surface.
Americans enamoured with New Zealand's handling of COVID don't even know the extent of how good it is: our most recent small cluster of cases was followed in such detailed contact tracing and gene swabbing that they traced 2 cases to a trash can lid & an elevator button.
— Carrie Rudzinski (@shutterdove) October 7, 2020
Some German scientists think herd immunity is not only unlikely, but perhaps not possible. It’s still not entirely clear how long immunity lasts. This is not a definitive announcement–it’s something to ponder:
Top German scientists:
1. Herd immunity not possible bc immunity too short.
2. Not feasible to go 'shield vulnerable' approach bc impossible to fully identify & isolate them.
3. Potential serious, long-term damage to young/healthy also from this virus. https://t.co/ETW50WYHAK
— Prof. Devi Sridhar (@devisridhar) October 7, 2020
Cases are rising again across the US:
Nine months into the pandemic and COVID cases are rising in most states. Nine states just set a 7-day record for infections. Says one governor: 'We are overwhelmed.' https://t.co/5NlKkxfaIk
— John Bacon (@realjohnbacon) October 7, 2020
Mass foreclosures have begun and will accelerate over the next few months. Huge numbers of Americans are facing this specter. Mortgage forbearance is still an option for some, but not permanently:
Translation: 1 in 50 U.S. adults anticipates being kicked out of their homes in the next two months. https://t.co/lOHDui75JO
— Christopher Mims (@mims) October 7, 2020
Vaccines are getting the lion’s share of investment monies, while treatments, like antibodies and antivirals, are getting less. This could lead to limited supplies for these kinds of treatments in the immediate future.
Could SARS-CoV-2 develop resistance to antivirals? It’s possible:
The drug #Remdesivir works the same way against #Ebola as #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 — and both viruses in the lab undergo the same mutation to become drug-resistant. Researchers warn: Watch out for resistant SARS-CoV-2 strains.https://t.co/nHatrWCOiS
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) October 7, 2020
Eli Lilly and Regeneron are seeking Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for their monoclonal antibody treatments. Even if the EUAs are granted expediently, there isn’t yet enough supply to match anticipated demand:
The monoclonal antibody FDA emergency (EUA) applications are in process for both Lilly & Regeneron. They have much more data than what's been presented from their Phase 2 trials. What they don't have is enough supply.https://t.co/Ro7fqmrXew <-The Title is awful@ScottGottliebMD pic.twitter.com/0uN49OTHBe
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) October 8, 2020
The US Army is 3D printing tens of thousands of nasal swabs per week to keep the military awash in needed supplies:
Using 3D printers, the Army can now provide the military more than 12,300 nasal swabs a day to conduct coronavirus testing even when supply chains become scarce. https://t.co/I367FLGJbO
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) October 8, 2020