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                      by James D. Agresti  In a PolitiFact article titled “Why the COVID-19 Survival Rate Is Not Over 99%,” staff writer Jason Asenso argues that about 1.7% of U.S. residents who contract COVID-19 die from it. However, he uses a naive approach to calculate this figure, and legitimate methods show that the average COVID-19 survival rate is firmly over 99%. Medical journals have documented the deadly harms of exaggerating the fatality rate of COVID-19. Nevertheless, Facebook is amplifying PolitiFact’s false claim by using it to censor genuine facts about this issue. The Denominator Problem PolitiFact calculates the C-19 death rate by dividing the number of people who “have died” from C-19 by the number of “confirmed COVID-19 cases” in the United States. Using data from August 6, 2021, this is 614,300 deaths divided by 35.2 million cases, which equals 1.7%. That simplistic calculation suffers from a fatal flaw that medical scholars have repeatedly refuted. For example, a 2020 paper published by Cambridge University Press warns that this approach produces a large...
    Florida has seen a dramatic reversal of fortune this week with some of the lowest COVID numbers in the country, marking a dramatic change from this summer when it ranked among the worst.  As of Wednesday, the Sunshine State was averaging 60.6 cases and 0.2 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, file) "As Florida now ranks lowest in the continental U.S. in terms of COVID-19 rates per capita, we are proud to have stood firm in protecting liberty throughout the pandemic," Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez said in a statement. Governor DeSantis' approach was guided by science, data, and pragmatism, not fear and alarmist narratives."  In August, when the delta variant was spreading throughout the country, Florida had among the highest new cases in the nation, a seven-day moving average of more than 21,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That figure...
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    PHOTO VIA ADOBEThe delta variant-driven summer surge of 2021 was deadlier in Florida than in any other state. The latest federal COVID-19 reports covering the period since June 20 — which roughly coincided with the time the summer surge began — shows that more people have since been reported to have died of the disease in Florida than in any other state. Florida’s per-capita rate of reported COVID-19 deaths also has been higher than any other state in the period, which covers though Oct. 6. Florida’s COVID-19 summer surge appears to be largely over, as the number of new confirmed cases has been plummeting for more than a month, and the number of deaths have been falling for a couple of weeks. The same is mostly true nationally, though some states are seeing increases in their COVID-19 numbers. Most epidemiologists expect that cold states will see their surges peak during colder weather. For now, as case and death numbers fall back toward where they were in June, before the summer surge began, the mortality toll of the disease’s summer outbreak in...
    The 'mortality gap' between urban and rural areas has tripled in just 20 years, with 'diseases of despair' far more likely to kill those living in the countryside.   Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston analyzed death counts from lung disease, heart disease, opioid overdoses and similar causes of death in rural and urban areas across the country, using a database from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They found that age-adjusted mortality rates (AAMRs) declined in both rural and urban populations from 1999 to 2019, but they declined much further in urban areas. What's more, white people aged 25 to 64 in rural areas were among a small group whose AAMRs increased over this period.   While deaths from chronic illness and 'diseases of despair', like opioid addiction or alcoholism, have decreased in the past two decades, the gap between urban and rural America has tripled The overall AAMR in urban America fell from 861.5 deaths out of every 100,000 people to 664.5 deaths, a 22 percent decrease. In rural areas it decreased from 923.8 out...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Monday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from June 1, 2021: 601,517 cases; 7,427 deaths One more Minnesotan has died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 7,427. The person whose death was announced Tuesday was in their 50s and not a resident of long-term care. Article continues after advertisement MDH also said Tuesday there have been 601,517 total cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. That number is up 133 from the total announced the day prior and is based on 9,748 new tests. The seven-day case positivity average, which lags by a week, is 3.9 percent. You can find the seven-day case positivity average here. On Saturday, MDH...
    Protesters in Portland hold a sign to honor Ma'Khia Bryant, a Black girl who was fatally shot by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio. Reuters The Ohio county where a 16-year-old girl was shot has the deadliest rate of police shooting fatalities, a study found. Ma'Khia Bryant was fatally shot by a Columbus police officer on Tuesday, just moments before Chauvin's guilty verdict. Franklin County accounted for a third of Ohio African-American police intervention fatalities, according to the study. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Ohio county where a 16-year-old was killed in an officer-involved shooting has the state's deadliest rate of police shootings. Ma'Khia Bryant, 16, was fatally by a Columbus police officer, identified by police as Nicholas Reardon, on Tuesday, just 20 minutes before a landmark guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd was publicly read. Police responded to a 911 call from a person who said that people were "over here trying to fight us, trying to stab us, trying to put hands on our grandma." Body...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from April 9, 2021: 537,828 cases; 6,932 deaths State to open vaccination site in Lino Lakes Article continues after advertisement 537,828 cases; 6,932 deaths Ten more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday, for a total of 6,932. Of the people whose deaths were announced Friday, three were in their 90s, four were in their 80s, one was in their 70s, one was in their 60s and one was in their 30s. Six of the 10 people whose deaths announced Friday were residents of long-term care facilities. Minnesota has reported 84 deaths through the first nine days of April, and...
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    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is considered a bright new star in the Republican party and was feted as much during a Tuesday night appearance on The Ingraham Angle, during which she touted her own “unique approach” in handling the Covid-19 crisis in her home state. However, the inconvenient truth is that South Dakota has the sixth worse Covid-related death rate in the nation, per capita. Host Laura Ingraham lavished Governor Noem with praise in the context of, what else, a raft of media criticism shown to her viewers. “While the pandemic is basically over South Dakota,” Ingraham noted. “Look how far down the cases have dropped since the peak in November, and the death rate remains below Cuomo without any lockdown settled,” the Fox News host added with an impressive chart above her left shoulder. “They are so annoyed by you,” Ingraham announced to her guest. “Why is that, and why do you have a target on your back when it comes to the American media?” “You know, I think it is about control,” Governor Noem replied. “They have...
    A COUNTY in Wales has a Covid death rate which is TWICE the national average - making it Britain's deadliest coronavirus hotspot. Rhondda Cynon Taf - the Welsh valleys county which is home to almost a quarter of a million people - has found itself at the centre of the Covid storm. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Gail Evill made funeral arrangements for her husband John from her hospital bed - and she died just days laterCredit: Wales News Service 3Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales has found itself in the eye of the Covid stormCredit: Alamy Known for its mining and manufacturing industries, the county is now facing a Covid crisis where "everyone" knows someone that's suffered with the virus. Rhondda Cynon Taf currently has a death rate of 283 per 100,000 people - which is nearly twice the Welsh average of 148 and the UK's average of 156. In Aberdare, two of the town's most popular and much-loved pub landlords died from the virus this month. John Evill and his wife...
    PIERS Morgan exploded at a government minister this morning after he couldn't explain why Britain has the Covid-19 death rate in the world. The latest data published yesterday shows Britain has an average of 935 daily deaths over the past week, which equates to more than 16 people in every million dying each day. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Piers Morgan asked the Northern Ireland Secretary why the UK has the highest death rate in the worldCredit: refer to caption. 4Brandon Lewis said he wasn't able to give a direct answerCredit: refer to caption. The Good Morning Britain host asked Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis why the death rate was so high. Piers said: "Given you talk about international comparisons all the time in relation to our vaccine performance, it is legitimate to ask you why we have the worst death rate. "You can't bat the question away by saying you don't want to get into international comparisons, because you do when it suits you." Piers continued: "I am just asking...
    THE UK now has the highest death rate from coronavirus in the world. Britain has overtaken the Czech Republic, which had seen the most Covid deaths per capita since January 11, according to the latest data. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Britain has the highest Covid death rate in the world, with hospitals battling a spike in patientsCredit: Getty Images - Getty The University of Oxford-based research platform Our World in Data found the UK is now in the top spot. And with an average of 935 daily deaths over the past week, this equates to more than 16 people in every million dying each day. The three other countries with the highest death rates are Portugal (14.82 per million), Slovakia (14.55) and Lithuania (13.01).  The US, Germany, France and Canada all have lower death rates than the UK. 'DON'T BLOW IT' Panama is the only non-European country in the top-10 list. Europe has suffered a third of the total global deaths during the pandemic. The UK has seen more than 3.4milion infections...
    Due to an editor’s error, a Letter to the Editor on Jan. 15, 2021, gave the incorrect coronavirus death rate for the United States, as tracked by Johns Hopkins University. The correct rate was 116 deaths per 100,000 people.
    In the 2011 movie “Contagion,” a surprisingly accurate bio-thriller that became a must-see when our real-life outbreak hit, everybody’s holed up in their houses with guns by the end. That’s because the movie virus, which spread from bats to people just like ours, was an equal opportunity killer, felling young and old alike at a murderous rate of 20%. In that environment, “nothing spreads like fear,” the movie said. I thought of this the other day when I was talking to my dad, who is 91 and lives by himself. He’s holed up in his house like in the movie, but he’s not a gun guy so he’s armed himself mostly with facts. The coronavirus case fatality rate for his age group, 85 years or older, is more than 20%, he noted (22%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Plus about 40% of known positive cases in his age bracket end up in the hospital. He was citing the bleak odds to explain why he had refused to let any of his three sons visit him, even...
    I don’t have any special reason for posting the following two charts, but I’m doing it anyway. The top one shows new COVID-19 deaths for the United States and every European country bigger than a few million people. The bottom one shows the same thing, but it’s cumulative deaths. (In the bottom chart I omitted Belgium because who the hell knows what’s going on there? In any case, their numbers are allegedly so high that it wrecks the scale for everyone else. They are currently at about 1,600 deaths per million.) Anyway, I suppose I do have a reason for posting these charts after all: to show you roughly where the United States stands compared to its peer countries in Europe. The answer, generally speaking, is that we’re high but not wildly high. It’s fashionable to pretend that the US response to COVID-19 has been disastrously, unconscionably bad, but that’s really not true. We could have and should have done better, but we’re not really all that different from other similar rich countries. (Cases are a different matter....
    By Holly Yan | CNN Every day, the number of families mourning the death of a loved one to Covid-19 keeps growing at a devastating rate. More than 300,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus since the first known death on February 6. That’s an average of more than 961 deaths a day. But this holiday season has been especially brutal, with more than 50,000 deaths in just the past month, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the past week, an average of 2,403 people in the US have died from Covid-19 every day. That’s an average of one Covid-19 death every 40 seconds. “Any death from Covid is a terrible tragedy,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN on Monday. And the effects go beyond families directly impacted by coronavirus. “I lost my father in April. I wasn’t able to see him for the month-and-a-half before. I’ve gotten to experience the pain of individuals who can’t be with their relatives,” Azar said. “The pain and the anguish in our health care system in our country...
    The death rate among hospitalized COVID patients in the state of New York has dropped from 23 percent in March and April to just eight percent and people are spending half as long in the hospital, Governor Cuomo revealed on Friday.  Speaking on a call with reporters, Cuomo reiterated that while COVID deaths and hospitalizations are rising in New York, just as they are everywhere else in the country, they're going up at a much slower rate than they were in the peak of the crisis which means the same level of drastic action is not needed to contain it. In the worst of the crisis, 23 percent of people who were hospitalized with COVID died. Now, that number is just eight percent.  Currently, there are 4,000 people in the hospital across the state which means 320 people of those will die, according to the percentage.  Not only is the death rate lowering, people are spending five or six days in the hospital on average now, whereas they were spending 11 days in the hospital in the spring.  EMTs arrive...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Minnesota is roughly a quarter the size of Australia, population-wise. Yet our little Midwestern state has seen more than three times the number of COVID-19 deaths that country has. Of course, different places have taken different measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many parts of island Australia have taken strict lockdown measures to contain the virus, while the U.S., with mostly lax restrictions, has accounted for a disproportionate number of cases and deaths with potentially no end, except a vaccine, in sight. But three times as many deaths in a state with one-fourth the population? In Minnesota? Those numbers surprised us, and they got us thinking: how does Minnesota compare to other places, whether U.S. states or foreign countries, when it comes to COVID-19’s toll. Article continues after advertisement Minnesota versus the U.S. Just as Minnesota falls in the middle when it comes down to the intensity of lockdown measures,...
           
    Coronavirus infections among children in the United States are continuing to spike with a 28 percent increase in cases in just the last two weeks, a new report revealed. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), almost 1.2 million children had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the US as of November 19, amounting to 11.8 percent of all the nation's cases. The group's report, published on Monday, revealed that the sharpest spike in cases among children took place in the two weeks between November 5 and November 19. There was a nearly one-third increase in new pediatric cases during this time frame with more than 256,000 reported. However, since the start of the pandemic, just 137 children have died, meaning the fatality rate is still around 0.01 percent.  As of November 19, nearly 1.2 million children have tested positive for coronavirus, making up 11.8% of all cases in the US. Pictured: A healthcare worker  takes a swab sample from a child The highest increases in child COVID cases were seen between Nov. 5 and Nov 19...
    Coronavirus infections among American children are rising but the death rate is continuing to fall, a new report finds. As of November 12, more than one million youngsters have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revealed on Monday. This means children now make up 11.5 percent of all cases in the US. Only about 100,000 children had tested positive by the end of July, meaning more than 90 percent of cases have occurred over the past four months. The report also finds that more than 17 percent of all pediatric infections have been diagnosed within the last two weeks. Since the start of the pandemic, 133 children have died, meaning the fatality rate has fallen to 0.01 percent. As of November 12, more than one million children have tested positive for coronavirus, making up 11.5% of all cases in the US. Pictured: A school employee checks the temperature of a student at Baldwin Park Elementary School in Orlando, Florida, August 2020 Over the last two weeks, 185,829 new child COVID-19 cases were reported, which is...
    Governor Cuomo has halted indoor dining in NYC at 25 per cent capacity despite allowing it in other parts of the state where the infection rate is higher Governor Cuomo has quietly halted the planned resumption of indoor dining in New York, allowing restaurants to welcome just 25 percent of their usual capacity, blaming an increase in COVID-19 cases despite the fact that deaths in New York City are steady and there are fewer infections in Manhattan than other boroughs. Indoor dining was finally allowed to resume at the end of October after months of silence from the city and state as to how restaurants were expected to survive the winter months.  It was due to increase to 50 percent on November 1 but the deadline came and went with no information from officials on what owners and operators could expect.  On Monday, after ignoring questions, Cuomo said at a press conference that he was 'looking at the data' and would have an answer 'soon' but gave no specifics.  He blamed the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in New...
    Masks work. But thanks to Donald Trump politicizing them, many people reject masks and boost the spread of the coronavirus around the United States. We’re in a third surge that is about to swamp the previous two, disastrous ones, and many of the people in affected areas are not willing to change their behavior for their own safety or for public safety. For instance, “North Dakota has the highest covid death rate per capita in the world right now,” the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s Christopher Murray told The Washington Post, yet data suggests that less than 50% of people there wear masks. When Dr. Deborah Birx was in the state on Monday, she told reporters, “Over the last 24 hours, as we were here and we were in your grocery stores and in your restaurants and frankly, even in your hotels, this is the least use of masks that we have seen in retail establishments of any place we have been.” An average of more than 800 people a day are dying of COVID-19 in...
    President Trump on Saturday claimed that the United States was ‘rounding the turn’ and beating back the COVID-19 pandemic because the virus was only affecting young people with ‘beautiful immune systems’ like his son, Barron. The president’s comments to his supporters in Circleville on Saturday comes amid a recent scientific research paper showing a steep decline in the number of COVID-19 deaths among those hospitalized with the disease. But the US on Friday alone reported a record of more than 83,000 infections. Trump accused Democrats and the news media of fear-mongering about the pandemic.  ‘It’s always cases, cases, cases. They don’t talk about deaths,’ Trump told a crowd of several thousand at an outdoor rally in Circleville Ohio, where few wore masks even as they stood and sat shoulder to shoulder. ‘They’re trying to scare everybody,’ he said.
    It was the single most impactful fact disseminated by the World Health Organization in influencing the unprecedented global panic over this virus. They claimed in early March that the infection fatality rate (IFR) for COVID-19 was 3.4%. Those of us who paid attention always knew that it was bogus, but how ironic that a top WHO official has now given us the denominator we were looking for, which proves that the fatality rate of this virus is right in line with seasonal flus, although more people will be infected. Late last week, Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the WHO's health emergencies programme, said that "our best guess" is that 10 percent of the world has been infected with the virus. That is roughly 750 million people. While he meant to sow panic and push for more restrictions, he inadvertently let the cat out of the bag and gave us the infection fatality rate. According to the WHO, roughly 1 million people have died from the virus. Let's put aside the...
    By Deena Beasley (Reuters) - Global deaths from COVID-19 have reached 1 million, but experts are still struggling to figure out a crucial metric in the pandemic: the fatality rate - the percentage of people infected with the pathogen who die. Here is a look at issues surrounding better understanding the COVID-19 death rate.    How is a death rate calculated? A true mortality rate would compare deaths against the total number of infections, a denominator that remains unknown because the full scope of asymptomatic cases is difficult to measure. Many people who become infected simply do not experience symptoms. Scientists have said the total number of infections is exponentially higher than the current number of confirmed cases, now at 33 million globally. Many experts believe the coronavirus likely kills 0.5% to 1% of people infected, making it a very dangerous virus globally until a vaccine is identified. Researchers have begun to break down that risk by age group, as evidence mounts that younger people and children are far less likely to experience severe disease. "The death rate for people...
    As the sun slid from the evening sky over Minsk, clusters of people thronged the imposing entrance of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus clutching their tickets for the ballet. Many had dressed up to attend one of the city’s landmark buildings, a legacy of the Stalin era that was inspired by Roman amphitheatres. ‘We don’t want our theatres closed,’ said Darya, an elegant 25-year-old heading in to enjoy the performance of The Creation Of The World with friends Igor and Nadia.  ‘You need art to live a full life, despite anything else that is happening in the world.’ Minutes later, I watched in the imposing auditorium as the large orchestra struck up, five dancers appeared and 800 people sat back to enjoy the show. Darya is right about the ability of art and culture to lift spirits in dark times. Yet in Britain, as in other parts of the world, theatre doors remain shut with live entertainment among the sectors hit hardest by pandemic. Medical volunteers from the 'Street medicine' initiative wearing protective gear help sick homeless people during a...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced Friday that he will allow Florida businesses to move to Phase Three of the state’s reopening plan, removing all restrictions because of the pandemic, despite the fact that the state had the highest death rate in the United States the previous day. Florida bars, restaurants, and other businesses will now operate at full capacity, with a required minimum capacity of 50 percent, despite the fact that the death toll has topped 14,000 and cases continue to rise at an alarming rate. Florida confirmed 2,847 new coronavirus cases on Friday, which pushed the state’s total since March to 695,887. Other businesses that will open starting Monday include strip clubs, many of which will continue to serve food, bingo parlors, comedy clubs, and auditoriums. The order also prohibits local governments from closing or fining businesses due to mandates related to the pandemic, including mask requirements. “In the state of Florida we are today moving into what we initially called Phase Three and what that will mean for the restaurants is that there will not be limitations from the...
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took Dr. Anthony Fauci to task for promoting coronavirus-related lockdowns in New York. "You have been a been fan of Cuomo and the shutdown in New York," he said. "You lauded New York for their policy. New York had the highest death rate in the world. How could we possibly be jumping up and down and saying Gov. Cuomo did a great job? He had the worst death rate in the world." Paul, who was an ophthalmologist before his political career, ripped the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his praise of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of the coronavirus. Fauci said that New York set an example for the rest of the country regarding how to handle COVID-19, saying New York "did it correctly." More than 33,000 people died after contracting coronavirus in New York, the highest number of deaths of any state. Fauci fired back at the senator, arguing that Paul had "misconstrued" his comments. "They got hit very badly. They made some mistakes. Right...
    The number of Americans hospitalized for alcoholism has risen over the last two decades, a new study suggests. Researchers found a 3.5 percent drop from around 274,000 hospitalizations for alcohol use disorder in 1998 to about 284,000 hospitalizations in 2016. However, there has been a significant decrease in in-hospital mortality rates from the disorder over the past 20 years, by about one-third. The team, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, attributes the decreases in death to a better understanding of - and how to treat- the brain disorder that affects millions in the US. A new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that hospitalizations for alcohol use disorder increased by 3.5% from more than 274,000 in 1998 to more than 284,000 in 2016 but mortality rates fell from .07% to .05% (above) Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a brain disorder in which people are unable to stop or control their alcohol use despite negative consequences in their personal or professional lives.  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it is estimated that...
    President Donald Trump praised his own administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic yet again at his daily White House press briefing, but this time he used some cold partisan calculations to claim that the nation’s death toll numbers would look even better “if you took the blue states out.” At his Monday briefing, the president pointed to slow decline of positivity case rates and hospitalizations before, again, touting the overall federal response to the outbreak, which has taken nearly 200,000 American lives so far. “If you look at what we have done and all of the lives we saves,” Trump said, before showing an initial fatality projection of more than two million deaths if no mitigation measures would be taken. “We are below that. That was if we did a good job. If not so good, 1.5 million and two million. That’s quite a difference: two million. That’s quite a difference.” But Trump then began to segregate out states by their 2016 presidential vote or governor’s party affiliation, not-so-subtly criticizing so-called Democratic states and suggesting the higher number of...
    SWEDEN'S top coronavirus expert has been blasted for appearing to ask whether a higher death rate was a fair price for herd immunity, bombshell emails show. Anders Tegnell decided against a lockdown in the country which has suffered a higher death toll than their Scandinavian neighbours. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Anders Tegnell appeared to ask if a spread among older people was 'worth it' to keep schools openCredit: EPA Messages sent by Mr Tegnell, and obtained by journalists through freedom of information laws, appear to show him discussing keeping schools open to encourage herd-immunity. The publication of the emails, which date back five months, have sparked criticism of Sweden's liberal approach to the pandemic. In a reported brainstorming session with Finnish scientist Mika Salminen in March, Tegnell said: "One point would be to keep schools open to reach herd immunity faster." In response, Salminen said Finland's health agency had considered this but decided against the idea because "over time, the children are still going to spread the infection to other age groups."...
    A new interview with President Trump reveals him having a confusing argumentwith an Axios reporter about coronavirus testing in the United States and insinuating that South Korea might not be revealing its full number of virus deaths.  In Monday's episode of HBO series AXIOS on HBO, the outlet's national political correspondent Jonathan Swan sat down with Trump to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and other topics.  It's while discussing the pandemic that the interview takes a confusing turn, appearing to thoroughly shock Swan, as seen in a clip posted on Twitter.  .@jonathanvswan: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”@realdonaldtrump: “You can’t do that.”Swan: “Why can’t I do that?” pic.twitter.com/MStySfkV39— Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020 President Trump (pictured) and AXIOS national political correspondent Jonathan Swan got into an argument over coronavirus statistics in a new interview that aired Monday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Trump meets with Dr....
    Covid-19 has not become less deadly, according to research that rubbishes claims the life-threatening disease has weakened over time.  Scientific theory suggests viruses may lose potency in a bid to survive — if they kill or cripple all their human hosts they will run out of road. But Italian scientists who tracked the outbreak between March and the start of May say that there is no evidence the coronavirus poses less of a threat.  Around 9.5 per cent of infected patients (157 of 1,658) who were hospitalised in the provinces of Ferrara and Pescara in March died.  In comparison, the mortality rate was only slightly higher at 12.1 per cent in April (101 of 835). But academics implied the rate was down to patients being slightly older, skewing the results to make it seem like the virus had actually became more aggressive.  The average age of those who died was 78 in March but rose to 84 in April. Experts did not explain why this may have been. Coronavirus has not become less deadly over time, contrary to recent suggestions,...
    SWEDEN’S coronavirus death rate is soaring past America’s to rate among the world’s worst as experts warns “don't do what we did” and dodge a national lockdown. But their stinging criticism flies in the face of Sweden’s top epidemiologist who swears the virus is waning, and the country’s strategy is working. 6No sign of social distancing in Drottninggatan during rush hour in Stockholm, amid the coronavirus coronavirusCredit: AFP or licensors Twenty-five Swedish doctors and scientists write that "motives for the Swedish Public Health Agency's light-touch approach are somewhat of a mystery". In a no holds barred opinion piece for USA Today, they warned of "an unwillingness to admit early mistakes and take responsibility for thousands of unnecessary deaths. "At the moment, we have set an example for the rest of the world on how not to deal with a deadly infectious disease." Criticising Sweden's infamous soft approach to the pandemic, lack of national lockdown, and bid for herd immunity, they said: "The strategy has led to death, grief and suffering. "And on top of that there are no indications that...
    Belgium has reported zero new coronavirus deaths for the first time since March after it once had one of the highest Covid-19 death rates in the world. The country, which has reined in the coronavirus after becoming the worst-hit mid-sized country in the world, reported no new coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time since March 10.  As in many European countries that were hard hit by the pandemic in March and April, Belgium sharply reduced infections by imposing a lockdown, which is now being lifted. The country, which has reined in the coronavirus after becoming the worst-hit mid-sized country in the world, reported no new coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time since March 10. Above, hospital staff pay tribute after a staff member who died from COVID-19 in Brussels  As in many European countries that were hard hit by the pandemic in March and April, Belgium sharply reduced infections by imposing a lockdown, which is now being lifted. Above, customers wear a face mask when shopping, in Brussels, Belgium The total number...
    Getty People await COVID-19 testing in Florida. COVID-19 cases have exploded in Florida. However, what is the death rate in Florida by age group? You can see a breakdown of the number of deaths by age group later in this article. The state recently reported its highest number of test results received in a single day. “Today, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high number of test results received in one day, in addition to a third-day decline in percent positivity of new cases. On July 11, 142,981 test results were reported to the state and 11.25 percent of new cases tested positive,” the State of Florida reported on July 11.
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that boasts about a low death rate don't present the full picture of how dangerous COVID-19 can be.   Fauci, speaking at an event hosted by Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, said 'it's a false narrative to take comfort in the lower death rate,' according to Axios.  'There's so many other things that are dangerous and bad about the virus,' he continued. 'Don't get into false complacency,' the nation's top infectious disease expert warned. Dr. Anthony Fauci participated in a talk Tuesday with Alabama's Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, saying during the livestreamed event that boasting about a low death rate was a 'false narrative'  Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about the seriousness of the coronavirus in a livestreamed event with Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat whose seat President Trump and Republicans are targeting  President Trump tweeted about the low death rate Tuesday and then repeated it again during an event Tuesday afternoon that revolved around getting schools opened back up in the fall 
    The President of the United States, Donald Trump, affirmed today that the death rate from coronavirus in his country, the most affected by the pandemic, is “the lowest in the world”, despite being the seventh highest on the planet, worse than that of Chile, Peru, Mexico or Brazil. “We have the lowest death rate in the world. Fake news should report these most important facts, but they don’t!” The president said on Twitter at a time when the United States is experiencing its biggest spike in coronavirus cases in two months. Today’s is the continuation of another message made yesterday in which Trump wondered: “Why do the fake news media refuse to say that deaths from the Chinese virus decreased by 39% and that we now have the death rate lowest in the world? They cannot bear that we are doing so well for our country! ” However, according to data prepared based on daily reports from the World Health Organization (WHO), the mortality rate in the United States from Covid-19 is 39.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, the seventh highest...
    Washington (CNN)As hospitals deal with a resurgent coronavirus outbreak, White House officials and the President himself continue to tout the country's alleged success at addressing the virus. In an interview with Fox News on Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany implied that the US response to coronavirus should not be viewed so harshly when compared to the impact the virus has had on other countries. "This President takes Covid seriously, but we should note the mortality rate and how well we're doing vis-à-vis to the rest of the world," McEnany told Fox News. At a press briefing Monday afternoon McEnany added, "I think the world is looking at us as a leader in Covid-19. Because the chart I showed you where you have the mortality rate in Italy and UK up here and across Europe, and you have the United States at a low case mortality rate, it's because of the extraordinary work that we've done on therapeutics, and getting PPE and leading on ventilators." Shortly thereafter, President Donald Trump tweeted that "The Mortality Rate for the China Virus...
    This chart shows the growth trend of COVID-19 cases vs. COVID-19 deaths: Cases and deaths were following a roughly similar trend until mid June, when cases suddenly started to skyrocket while deaths continues to steadily decline. What’s going on? Part of the answer, of course, is that deaths are a lagging indicator, and you don’t really expect them to increase until cases have been high for two or three weeks. It’s possible that the death rate will turn upward next week. But there are a couple of other things that probably explain what’s going on. First, during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 a huge number of cases came in nursing homes, whose residents are by far the most vulnerable to the virus. We now know that nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths came in nursing homes, which eventually created a sort of herd immunity. Starting around June, there were fewer cases and far fewer deaths in nursing homes. Second, when states started to reopen, it was young people who took advantage of this in the greatest numbers, while...
    The number of coronavirus-related daily deaths in the U.S. has fallen for the past four days, according to the World Health Organization. WHO reports that the country’s daily death toll has been declining since Friday. On June 19, the U.S. reported 770 deaths, according to WHO. The number of deaths reported Saturday totaled 733. Sunday’s daily death toll was logged at 690, Monday at 558 and Tuesday at 308 deaths. The largest decline was Monday to Tuesday, which shows a drop of 250 reported deaths. The number of COVID-19 confirmed cases reported in the U.S. decreased on Monday and Tuesday after seeing a spike on Sunday, according to WHO. Related Stories: No Second Major Wave of COVID-19 Deaths Axios-Ipsos Poll: Concern Rising Over Second Wave of COVID-19 © 2020 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
    Death rates are 12 times higher for coronavirus patients with chronic illnesses than for others who become infected, a new U.S. government report says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Monday highlights the dangers posed by heart disease, diabetes and lung ailments. These are the top three health problems found in COVID-19 patients, the report suggests. The report is based on 1.3 million laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases reported to the agency from January 22 through the end of May. Information on health conditions was available for just 22% of the patients. It shows that 32% had heart-related disease, 30% had diabetes and 18% had chronic lung disease, which includes asthma and emphysema. ADVERTISEMENT Among patients with a chronic illness, about 20% died compared with almost 2% of those who were otherwise healthy. Virus patients with a chronic condition were also six times more likely to be hospitalized — 46% versus almost 8%. People with chronic disease “are much more likely to suffer severe effects of COVID-19, but...
    Animals and plants are dying out at the fastest rate since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 65million years ago, scientists warn. A study found that more than 500 land-based vertebrate species are on the brink of extinction in the next two decades as a result of human activities. Researchers say these species are fading faster than previously thought. Their decline could have a devastating impact on the world’s ecosystems. The new study comes from scientists at the universities of Stanford and Mexico City who published a report in 2015 declaring the world’s sixth mass extinction was already underway. Based on their findings, the researchers now believe this mass extinction is currently accelerating. They are calling for immediate global conservation actions to prevent “catastrophic ecosystem collapse.” Paul Ehrlich, from Stanford University in California and one of the authors on the study, said: “When humanity exterminates populations and species of other creatures, it is sawing off the limb on which it is sitting, destroying working parts of our own life-support system. A limosa harlequin frog.Getty Images “The conservation of endangered species...
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