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Tuesday CoronaBuzz, November 10, 2020: 29 pointers to updates, useful stuff, research news, and more.

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UPDATES

New York Times: Europe’s Hospital Crunch Grows More Dire, Surpassing Spring Peak. “More Europeans are seriously ill with the coronavirus than ever before, new hospital data for 21 countries shows, surpassing the worst days in the spring and threatening to overwhelm stretched hospitals and exhausted medical workers. New lockdowns have not yet stemmed the current influx of patients, which has only accelerated since it began growing in September, according to official counts of current patients collected by The New York Times.”

FACT CHECKS / MISINFORMATION

National Health Executive (UK): Government, social media to tackle Covid-19 misinformation. “Social media giants, Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have reached an agreed of new measures to limit the spread of vaccine misinformation and disinformation and help people find the information they need about any Covid-19 vaccine.”

SOCIETAL IMPACT

Hollywood Reporter: How Hollywood Grieves Now: Tributes on Hold, Informal Zooms. “While actor Nick  Cordero, who died in July of COVID-19, was recently remembered with a full-scale production on a streaming platform, many industry families who’ve lost loved ones are pushing memorials to 2021, as others plan impromptu videoconference get-togethers.”

USA Today: Video games break out to record-setting levels as a perfect stay-at-home pastime amid coronavirus pandemic. “Since earlier this spring with the onset of stay-at-home orders meant to stem the spread of COVID-19, more Americans have pressed play on video games. For some, games are an entertaining way to pass the time not spent on other pursuits. Others use them to stay connected with friends they used to see in person – and to bond with family members.”

Winnipeg Free Press: Freeze frame. “The pandemic has put the lens cap on indefinitely for local photographers who shoot concerts; it’s not just about the money — the shows are a big part of their lives.”

Phys .org: Air pollution fell, plastic use soared during Europe lockdowns. “Coronavirus lockdowns in Europe have led to some environmental improvements such as better air quality and lower carbon emissions, but they are temporary and coupled with a surge in single-use plastic, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said Thursday.”

KSTP: Libraries face budget challenges across Minnesota. “As the pandemic continues, libraries are innovating. Many have expanded their e-book catalogs, turned to curbside pickup, created Facebook storytime videos and expanded mobile hot spot rentals.”

BUSINESS / CORPORATIONS

Reuters: L’Oreal turns to Google as coronavirus spurs virtual make-up shift. “Shoppers searching Google for cosmetics will be able to try them on virtually through a deal with L’Oreal, as the French group looks to make up for lost store sales caused by coronavirus lockdowns by expanding online.”

STATE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

KULR: Wyoming offers free in-home COVID-19 testing for residents. ” Wyoming is reporting hundreds of new coronavirus cases every day, and medical facilities are stretched to the max. As of this reporting, there are almost 6,900 active cases of the virus in the state, and there is no sign of a downturn at this point. But the Wyoming Department of Health has offered all residents a new tool to help stay ahead of the virus: free testing kits, available through Vault Health. Park County Public Health Nursing Supervisor Bill Crampton says it’s one of the ways that people can take precautions.”

COUNTRY / FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

STAT News: Biden transition team unveils members of Covid-19 task force. “The list includes Rick Bright, the former head of the vaccine-development agency BARDA ousted by the Trump administration in April; Atul Gawande, the surgeon, writer, and recently departed CEO of Haven, the joint JP Morgan Chase-Berkshire Hathaway-Amazon health care venture; and Luciana Borio, a former Food and Drug Administration official and biodefense specialist.”

New York Times: A ‘Terrifying’ Coronavirus Surge Will Land in Biden’s Lap. “Hours after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. declared the coronavirus a top priority, the magnitude of his task became starkly clear on Sunday as the nation surpassed 10 million cases and sank deeper into the grip of what could become the worst chapter of the pandemic yet. The rate of new cases is soaring, and for the first time is averaging more than 100,000 a day in the United States, which has reported more Covid-19 cases than any other country. An astonishing number — one in 441 Americans — have tested positive for the virus just in the last week.”

INDIVIDUALS / BANDS / GROUPS

People: Ariana Grande Slams Social Media Stars for Partying amid Pandemic: ‘Couldn’t We Have Just Stayed Home?’. “Ariana Grande has a message for partying social media stars — stay at home. During an interview with The Zach Sang Show on Friday, the ‘Positions’ singer, 27, spoke out about people seeming to abandon social distancing protocols amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all for the sake of social media. Grande questioned whether going out to party is worth potentially spreading COVID-19 and exacerbating the public health crisis.”

Religion News Service: Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., Trump evangelical adviser, has died. “Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., a prominent conservative pastor and evangelical adviser to President Donald Trump, has died, according to his church. Jackson, 66, died Monday (Nov. 9), according to a statement posted on the website of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, where he was senior pastor.”

Washington Post: Management company owned by Jared Kushner files to evict hundreds of families as moratoriums expire. “Westminster Management, an apartment company owned in part by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, has submitted hundreds of eviction filings in court against tenants with past-due rent during the pandemic, according to interviews with more than a dozen tenants and a review of hundreds of the company’s filings.”

SPORTS

BBC: Football before lockdown: Your last football match before lockdown. “As England continues through another national lockdown, the return of fans to football grounds seems as far away as ever. With that in mind, we asked you to get in touch and reminisce about the last live game you watched. These are your stories.”

HEALTH

Prevention: How to Tell if Your Constant Anxiety Symptoms Are Actually a Sign of COVID-19. “Anxiety can feel a lot like the symptoms of COVID-19, which unfortunately makes the anxiety feel worse, feeding a vicious cycle. So how can you figure out what’s going on with your body, especially if the symptoms are a bit new to you? We asked doctors to explain the key differences between the signs of COVID-19 and anxiety, plus when to seek help.”

LMT Online: Small towns may be on COVID ‘red alert’ with low number of cases. “In mid-October, Connecticut’s public health department unveiled a new tool devised to help communities keep tabs on the spread of COVID-19: A color-coded map that has levels tied to recommended actions for areas with greater caseload rates. If a city or town moves to a red alert level — indicating it has a rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 people daily on average over 14 days — for example, the state recommends they consider placing restrictions on business capacity, event capacity and weigh remote learning options for schools.”

OUTBREAKS

Global News: Trump’s election night party becomes latest White House coronavirus cluster. “It was supposed to be a scene of celebration. Instead, the Trump campaign’s election night watch party in the White House East Room has become another symbol of President Donald Trump’s cavalier attitude toward the coronavirus, which is ripping across the nation and infecting more than 100,000 people a day.”

KFOX14: El Paso moves to 10 mobile morgues for COVID-19 deaths as judge wants to extend shutdown. “Last weekend, El Paso County set up its third and fourth mobile morgue units as COVID-19 patients were dying faster than the county could investigate them, leading to a backlog of 85 bodies. Since then, the county has already received 93 more deceased coronavirus patients, and it’s now having to make an even bigger jump in storage space.”

New York Times: A Motorcycle Rally in a Pandemic? ‘We Kind of Knew What Was Going to Happen’. “Albert Aguirre was amped as he and a buddy skimmed across the South Dakota plains, heading to join 460,000 bikers for a motorcycle rally shaping up to be a Woodstock of unmasked, uninhibited coronavirus defiance. ‘Sit tight Sturgis,’ Mr. Aguirre, 40, posted on Facebook on Aug. 7 as he snapped a photo of the sun sifting through the clouds. ‘We’re almost there!’ A month later, back home in the college town of Vermillion, S.D., Mr. Aguirre was so sick he could barely take a shower. He had not been tested but told friends that it had to be Covid-19.”

RESEARCH

MIT News: Innovative face masks and medical-grade gowns to combat Covid-19 and future pandemics. “The Pandemic Response CoLab is a joint project by the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI), MIT Media Lab’s Community Biotechnology Initiative, and founding member MilliporeSigma, the life science business of Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany. The Pandemic Response CoLab is an open, online collaboration platform that invites anyone, from individuals to groups, from communities to businesses, to develop actionable solutions for challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Science Blog: Transforming Coronavirus Proteins Into Nanoparticles May Hold The Key To An Effective COVID-19 Vaccine. “Researchers from McGill University are part of an international team led by the University of Buffalo, which has discovered a technique that could help increase the effectiveness of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The group’s study was published recently online in the journal Advanced Materials.”

The Conversation: Working from home during COVID-19: What do employees really want?. “We studied 11,000 employees in Canadian and Australian universities through an online survey. In both countries, most universities shifted much of their work online earlier this year. These are our preliminary results about employee experiences. It’s a mixed picture, but it tells us that a lot of change is ahead and that workers should be part of the discussion about how their workplaces respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Arizona State University: New ASU research examines how varying COVID-19 ‘shelter in place’ policies influenced travel. “Three Arizona State University researchers in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning sought to find out how people moved through their lives differently due to the pandemic. The new research, led by Sarbeswar Praharaj, assistant research professor with the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, uses a visual and data-driven lens to see how COVID-19 government policies have impacted public mobility.”

CRIME / SECURITY / LEGAL

KULR: Scam Alert: BBB announces phony COVID grants on social media. “The Better Business Bureau shares how a new scam is invading your social media inboxes, posing as Facebook friends or Instagram followers.”

CNN: Amazon worker lawsuit over coronavirus safety dismissed by New York judge. “A lawsuit targeting Amazon over an alleged lack of Covid-19 protections at its Staten Island facility has been dismissed by a US District Judge, who said the issues should be raised with the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”

POLITICS

NBC News: Missouri poll worker positive for Covid-19 still worked shift, died after Election Day. “A Missouri elections supervisor who knew they tested positive for the coronavirus and still worked at a polling site Election Day has died. The unidentified election judge supervisor in St. Charles County tested positive for the virus Oct. 30 and failed to isolate for the recommended two-week period, the county said Thursday. It is unclear what caused the election worker’s death.”

Washington Post: How Trump’s erratic behavior and failure on coronavirus doomed his reelection. “Trump was the most unpopular president of modern times: Divisive and alienating, he rarely sought to reach out to the middle and his erratic behavior and harder-edged policies were strongly opposed by most Americans. Even before this year, his reelection would have been difficult. But the president finally lost, aides and allies said, because of how he mismanaged the virus.”

Associated Press: Counties with worst virus surges overwhelmingly voted Trump. “U.S. voters went to the polls starkly divided on how they see President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. But in places where the virus is most rampant now, Trump enjoyed enormous support. An Associated Press analysis reveals that in 376 counties with the highest number of new cases per capita, the overwhelming majority — 93% of those counties — went for Trump, a rate above other less severely hit areas.”

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