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Coronavirus Pandemic

Mondieu

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Yeah. That Covid app is amazing. Download it today. There’s never anything to worry about, as long as it’s “just for that purpose” and only those affected and involved have access to the data...

 

Bernnie Federko

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Yeah. That Covid app is amazing. Download it today. There’s never anything to worry about, as long as it’s “just for that purpose” and only those affected and involved have access to the data...

This has nothing to do with the App
 
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SneakyPete

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Super Spreader event. Kelly Ann Conway has also been test positive. William Barr tested negative but it's still early. He look like someone who won't survive the disease if he got it.

 
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Bernnie Federko

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The pandemic has come storming back to Europe, and hope of a return to normality is being replaced by a much more ominous prospect: the return to lockdown.

The big picture: Case counts in countries like France and Spain have skyrocketed past the numbers seen during the spring peak. While that’s partially due to more widespread testing, it’s now clear that deaths are climbing too.

Breaking it down: In the first two weeks of August, a total of 668 people died of COVID-19 across Spain, France, the U.K., Italy and Germany — remarkably low given the U.S., which has a similar population, was averaging roughly twice as many per day at that time.

  • Fast forward two months, to the first two weeks of October, and those countries have combined for 4,316 deaths — 6.5 times higher.
  • Spain (1,622 deaths), France (1,081) and the U.K. (1,012) have been hit hardest, but even Italy (401) and Germany (200) are recording more than three times as many deaths as they were two months ago.
  • Flash back to the first two weeks of April, though, and the five countries’ combined death total was 44,77110 times what they’re recording now.
What to watch: Sky-high case counts and a reluctance to impose full lockdowns mean the question is less whether these countries can quickly return to the relative calm of August, than whether they can avoid a return to April's brutal reality.

  • “We’re probably just seeing the beginning part of the increase in hospitalizations and deaths,” which tend to lag three or four weeks behind a spike in cases, says Stephen Kessler, a researcher at Harvard who models the spread of diseases including COVID-19.
  • But that doesn’t mean the unprecedented spike in cases across Europe will necessarily translate to unprecedented death tolls, Kessler says, both because of increased testing and improved treatments.
The outlook is nonetheless grim. Hans Kluge, the WHO’s director for Europe, said today that if the current trajectory holds, death rates will be four or five times higher in January than they were in April.

  • "It's time to step up. The message to governments is: Don't hold back with relatively small actions to avoid the painful damaging actions we saw in the first round," Kluge said.
But with weary populations and wounded economies, governments are highly reluctant to impose the strict lockdowns that snapped into place across Europe last March.

  • “The only thing that we know works and works very effectively is pretty strict lockdown," Kessler says. "That said, I do think that there’s a lot we can do in the middle ground to mitigate the spread of the virus."
  • It will be particularly important to prevent large gatherings that could become superspreader events, he says.
 
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