Coronavirus News: Thursday, August 13 – N.Y. Teachers Sue Over School Reopenings, Hawaii Closes Beaches

By Kurt Stolz on 13 August 2020
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The worldwide number of virus cases crossed the 20 million mark earlier in the week and now stands currently at 20.8 million.  Over 747,000 people have died thus far and 13.7 million have recovered.

The United States reported 1,470 deaths, the highest single-day death toll in August. The country has averaged over 1,000 deaths per day over the past two weeks.

Teachers and principals in New York City, which is the only major school district in the country that plans to return students to the classroom come September, called for Mayor Bill de Blasio to delay the start of the school year and then allow students to return in phases.  The teachers say more time is needed to implement “highly complicated protocols.”

In the State of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations was too high to warrant a full reopening of the state. “The most important thing I can convey today is that even though the numbers of Covid-19 have improved,” he said, “Covid-19 has not left Jefferson County, has not left Orange County, has not left the State of Texas.”

In Hawaii, Governor David Ige announced the closing of beaches and parks in Honolulu amidst a rising number of cases. Officials also reinstated theorder for individuals to quarantine when traveling between islands for travel to Kaua’i, Hawai’i, Maui, and Kalawao.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco believe that the nasal spray they have developed, Aeronabs, could provide a means to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus. The “very potent molecule” “bands very tightly,” said one of the researchers, Michael Schoof at USCF, explaining “it will do the job that a traditional antibody would do.”

A café in the town of Schwerin in the German province of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern  reopened for the first time since the start of the pandemic and distributed straw hats with colorful pool noodles for customers to wear to maintain social distance between tables instead of using floor markers or screens.  The owner said that it would be all about “distance measurement” in order to keep customers safe.

Meanwhile, officials in Russia approved a new vaccine for the coronavirus even though researchers have yet to conduct Phase 3 tests on tens of thousands of volunteers in highly controlled trials, a process viewed by scientists as the only method of ensuring a vaccine is actually safe and effective.

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