Welcome to the newly revamped Key Developments, now twice weekly and with non-COVID news. Right now, it’s actually still mainly COVID news, but we’ll be slowly morphing it into something broader as we go.
Many are worried about the flooding that threatens the Three Gorges Dam in China. This dam is one of the world’s largest engineering projects, and if it fails the catastrophe will be world-historic on a level probably exceeding that of the pandemic. I did a brief thread, but plan to write more, soon:
Here is my basic feeling on the Three Gorges Dam situation that's may or may not shortly turn into a world-historic catastrophe:
B/c of supply chain issues & other potential conflict/uncoupling w/ China, my attitude was already "buy Chinese stuff while it's still in stock."
— Jon Stokes (@jonst0kes) July 27, 2020
US bill outlines Taiwan defense conditions: “Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday.”
Today the US death count passed 150,000. Even though new case counts have leveled off in the major metro areas, the deaths from that surge will keep piling up with a multi-week lag, so that count will go much higher before it levels off.
Nationally, new case growth seems to be flattening, which would be very good news. Testing growth has also slowed, and reports of testing backlogs make the data harder to interpret, but we may really be seeing cases plateau again.
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— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) July 27, 2020
This is a fantastic county-by-county map that helps you assess your risk of being exposed to the coronavirus based on gathering size.
BREAKING: Multinational team uses 3 different methods to determine where #SARSCoV2 came from: each leads to horseshoe bats found widely in Asia. The virus now causing a human #pandemic has been in bats "for decades," only now reaching people.
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) July 29, 2020
The FDA expands its list of potentially deadly hand sanitizers. More on this issue, here.
There is a looming eviction crisis, and congress needs to act immediately:
58% of Tennesseans could face eviction.
Only West Virginia has a higher percentage at 59%.
Aren't we just so proud. https://t.co/spADgp3dCG
— Fey (@crimsonluna) July 27, 2020
Everyone paying attention already knew this, but it’s good to see it repeated: Masks May Reduce Viral Dose, Some Experts Say
Pro sports is getting hit hard by COVID-19.
the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings have announced that their Infection Control Officer has tested positive for coronavirus
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) July 27, 2020
Moderna’s Phase 3 trials begin, and will probably have results in a few months.
BREAKING: Trump's National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien has tested positive for coronavirus – Reuters/Bloomberg
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) July 27, 2020
This is really good and much needed: A Vaccine Reality Check