he United Nations chief says the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July affecting more than 1 billion students
It's not just Dr. Deborah Birx who believes the nation has moved into a frightening "new phase" of the COVID-19 pandemic, even if that view is unpopular with President Trump . Dr. Anthony Fauci, her colleague on the White House coronavirus task force, sees things pretty much the same way. Community...
President Donald Trump says his administration plans to sue Nevada after the state's lawmakers passed a bill to mail active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Aug. 3)
Gwinnett County Public Schools is the largest school district in Georgia, reports HuffPost. Some 260 of their employees have either tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19. Those people will be quarantined ahead of the start of the fall semester next week. The district intends to offer all-digital classes with both prerecorded and live components. However, staff members were still required to come to work and began preplanning activities in-person. As the reports of exposure and positive results are still coming in, the number of those infected grows.
WHO Warns There May Never Be A 'Silver Bullet' for COVID-19 The World Health Organization has warned that despite the progress in vaccine research, the road to normality remains far off. WHO's Tedros Adhanom, via virtual news briefing WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan emphasized the importance of enforcing mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing. Mike Ryan, via virtual news briefing COVID-19 has infected over 18.14 million people and 688,080 people have died worldwide.
The British government has procured "millions" of two separate coronavirus tests. These tests can detect not only coronavirus but other viruses common in autumn, winter, and spring. Millions of new rapid coronavirus tests will provide on-the-spot results in under 90 minutes. This will help break chains of transmission quickly, according to reports at CNN. The department has said that the tests "will hugely increase testing capacity ahead of winter." Fast results means people will know they are positive sooner, which will contain the exposure to others.
Comedian Bryan Callen says he "categorically and absolutely" denies allegations of rape or sexual misconduct from four women—but he will be taking a break from weekly podcast The Fighter and the Kid , which he co-hosts with former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub. After reports of alleged misconduct going back to...
WHO Chief Says Lack of Unity Is a Bigger Threat Than COVID-19 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave a passionate speech at a COVID-19 briefing in Geneva on Thursday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Ghebreyesus added that divided countries and people give way to the spread of COVID-19. He also spoke about a lack of leadership just two days after President Trump began the formal process of withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump has repeatedly accused the WHO of withholding information and having an inappropriately close relationship with China. Ghebreyesus continues to implore countries and governments to work together to stop the spread of the virus. According to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 people worldwide, and reported cases have passed the 12 million mark. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
President Donald Trump has dismissed reports of a NY prosecutor's attempts to get his tax returns, saying it is a continuation of the "witch hunt" against him. (Aug. 3)
A courtroom that included her husband, Chad Daybell, heard Lori Vallow tell police officers on a recording made last November, "I look like a suspect, but I'm a good person." The officers had come to the couple's home in Rexburg, Idaho, to ask about their two missing children, the New...
The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds
The small-scale miner in Tanzania who sold two of his finds for $3.4 million in June has made another big sale. Saniniu Laizer collected $2 million for a 14-pound Tanzanite stone, the BBC reports. The rare gemstones—which a geologist said could be gone in 20 years—are found...
Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to move into the Carolinas as a hurricane late Monday or early Tuesday with heavy rain and wind and a storm surge of up to 5 feet. (Aug. 3)
Research has shown more children are experiencing mental health difficulties during the pandemic societal lockdown. According to HuffPost, such difficulties include feeling unhappy, being clingy, and experiencing physical symptoms associated with worry. Poppy O'Neill has written widely on mental wellbeing. Her new book, '101 Tips to Help Your Anxious Child,' is about to come out. She suggests parents discuss anxiety openly, and try to get their child to articulate what they're feeling--and where it shows up in their body. Also, be open to communicating differently. Have the child draw a picture, write a letter, or demonstrate their feelings with toys or emojis. Most importantly, parents should make their home a place of positivity and remind their children that they can trust themselves and cope.
Director Patty Jenkins Says ‘Wonder Woman 3’ Will ‘Probably’ Be Her Last In an interview with Geek, Patty Jenkins revealed that she doesn’t intend to stay with the ‘Wonder Woman’ franchise past its third movie. She said ‘Wonder Woman 3’ will “probably” be her last, so she intends to “think carefully” about what she includes. Patty Jenkins, via ComicBook Jenkins previously explained her plans for the third movie, saying it was the end to an “arc” she’s had in mind since the first movie. As for the spin-off movie confirmed to be in the pipeline, Jenkins has already affirmed that she doesn't want to direct it. Patty Jenkins, via ComicBook
Schools and day-care centers are preparing strong COVID-19 infection prevention controls. With them in place, they hope to have low levels of virus transmission, reports CNN. Recently, seven schools and daycare centers underwent antibody screening, symptom surveys, and testing. The child-to-child transmission rate was found to be 0.3%. However, the child-to-staff rate was 1%, and staff-to-child transmission rate was 1.5%. Even worse, the staff-to-staff was 4.4%.
"Are you still not hearing us," John Holmes asked rhetorically during an interview Sunday. Last week, his son was told he could not take part in the procession at his high school graduation in Pennsylvania unless he took off his Black Lives Matter mask. School officials offered Dean Holmes another...
Trump Calls CDC School Reopening Guidelines 'Expensive' and 'Very Tough' President Donald Trump tweeted his sentiments about the guidelines presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday. Donald Trump, via CNN The CDC guidelines include staggered schedules, the use of masks, social distancing, barriers, hand-washing and staying home when necessary. On Tuesday, Trump threatened that he "may cut off funding" to schools that don't reopen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. surpassed three million cases of the virus on Wednesday. Hours after Trump's tweet, Vice President Mike Pence stated that the CDC would be reissuing school guidelines next week. Education administrators have called on the federal government to provide funding to assist in making new safety guidelines a possibility.
Here are the top stories for Monday, August 3rd: NYC prosecutor explains subpoena justication in Trump tax case; Federal judge calls for more pirvacy after shooting; Tropical Storm Isaias threatens Carolinas; California wildfire continues to burn.