There are over 47.8 million global cases. The world has gained 3.6 million cases since last week, and case growth continues to increase. There have been over 1.2 million deaths. There are over 9.6 million cases in the US. There have been over 238,000 deaths in the US. Over 1,100 have died in the US since yesterday. The US gained over 92,000 new cases in the last 24 hours. India is second in the world in number of cases (the US is leading) Brazil is still second in the world in number of deaths, with over 160,000.
Hospitals in Europe are really under strain:
The situation in European hospitals is getting critical https://t.co/9y9EZwERp2
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) October 29, 2020
Moderna plans to have a preliminary vaccine efficacy read out by the end of November and tens of millions of doses produced by the end of the year. Doses may not start to be meted out until the new year, however. They plan to scale dose production thereafter to tens of millions per month.
Gilead is approaching one billion dollars’ worth of sales of remdesivir. This would be a couple hundred thousand courses of treatment.
El Paso, TX is back on its second lockdown. Hospitals are at capacity. Mobile, refrigerated morgues are being utilized:
With new coronavirus cases soaring and area hospitals already at capacity, medical examiners in El Paso just received a fourth refrigerated morgue to temporarily store bodies, a county official says.https://t.co/Fb9v2fihaM
— NPR (@NPR) November 2, 2020
Nanofiber technology could make cloth masks more effective. Masks with these fibers are more breathable, which might help improve adherence to mask-wearing.
The UK has gone back into lockdown. PM Johnson fears that the situation could spiral out of control over the winter. Current case growth in the UK is exceeding even worst-case scenario projections:
UK PM JOHNSON SAYS: THE VIRUS IS SPREADING FASTER THAN REASONABLE WORST CASE SCENARIO
— *Walter Bloomberg (@DeItaone) October 31, 2020
The Mayo Clinic Health System is postponing elective procedures because of COVID surge and care burden. The health system needs to keep beds and clinicians available to handle the surge.
Deaths are rising precipitously in Indonesia, and graveyards are getting cramped:
— Crawford Kilian (@Crof) November 1, 2020
Remember the hospital reporting data DHHS pulled from public view? NPR got ahold of it. It’s not great. It shows that metro areas of Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Baltimore are nearing hospital capacity because of COVID surges. One quarter of US hospitals in general are nearing ICU capacity.
Italy is having to impose more social distancing measures again:
— The Hill (@thehill) November 2, 2020
We know unacceptably little about the actual origin of this virus. An apolitical inquiry is warranted, and the longer the world waits, the less information we’ll be able to get:
"Nine months and more than 1.1 million deaths later, there is still no transparent, independent investigation into the source of the virus..China has impeded the effort, while leaders of the World Health Organization..have..ceded control"https://t.co/BKU24QuS24
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) November 2, 2020
Between COVID and political/social unrest I find this to be true:
Anxiety index: the entire Ben and Jerry’s freezer at the grocery store is empty. pic.twitter.com/yA33OxD0Ix
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) November 3, 2020
The idea that masks can reduce viral “dose” is a potentially dangerous hypotheses—and it is only a hypothesis, not proven fact. Social distancing is as important as ever.
US hospitalizations are really ramping up:
50,000 hospitalizations, now.
60,000 is the most we've ever had.
To state the obvious: the slopes are terrible and deaths are heading back up. https://t.co/HNtbAmFJSq
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 3, 2020