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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden outlined healthcare proposals for veterans in Tampa before honoring Hispanic Heritage Month in Kissimmee.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later Wednesday. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems. “I devoted my body and soul for the economic recovery and diplomacy to protect Japan’s national interest every single day since we returned to power,” Abe told reporters at the prime minister’s office before heading into his final Cabinet meeting.
Pfizer expects to have data next month on how well its COVID-19 candidate vaccine is protecting people against the coronavirus.
As lawyers in a court hearing argued over what would happen if the U.S. Census Bureau blew a deadline to turn over data used for redrawing congressional districts, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a bill pushing the deadline into next year, even though a previous effort hasn't gone anywhere in the Senate. During a federal court hearing on whether to extend the 2020 census by a month, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, asked government attorneys to explain what harm there would be if the Census Bureau didn't turn in the figures by a Dec. 31 deadline required by law. Koh is weighing arguments between government attorneys who say the head count of every U.S. resident must finish by the end of September to meet the statutory deadline and attorneys for a coalition of cities and civil rights groups that say the 2020 census should be extended an extra month so that minority communities aren't overlooked, leading to an inaccurate count.
During his first trip to Florida since securing the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden attended a roundtable discussion with veterans in Tampa and spoke with WFLA about the coronavirus pandemic, anti-racism protests, and how he's looking forward to debating President Trump later this month.Biden said that it's important to spring into action once there is a surge of COVID-19 cases, and "No. 1, we have to get in place same-day testing and do it quickly. Move on it, move on it, make it nationwide." There also has to be enough personal protecting equipment, like masks and gloves, ready to be immediately distributed to medical workers and first responders. As president, Biden said he would also "encourage everyone to wear a mask. I would encourage every governor to make it a mandate in their state."Once COVID-19 is under control, that's when the economy will be able to turn around, Biden said. In Florida, there are work opportunities in the hospitality industry, and there could also be jobs sanitizing and creating personal protective equipment. "Very little of that is being done," Biden said. "That's how we get people back to work. Overall, not just the hospitality industry, we can significantly increase manufacturing by making sure we make it in America." Biden also fired back at Trump surrogates who have claimed he isn't condemning violence when it breaks out after anti-racism and anti-police brutality demonstrations. "There's no justification for violence in a protest," Biden said. "None. Zero. No matter who commits it, none. A protest is the ability to go out and speak and make your case. But no violence. All of it should be condemned, across the board." The first presidential debate is set for Sept. 29 in Cleveland, and when asked if he's looking forward to it, Biden responded in the affirmative. Trump has called Biden a "disaster" and said he doesn't expect much out of him at the debate, remarks Biden shrugged off. "He's a fool," Biden said. "The comments are just foolish. Get ready, Mr. President. Here I come."More stories from theweek.com Trump says he'll be on Fox & Friends every week — but host Steve Doocy doesn't agree to have him USPS sends Utah residents inaccurate voting information The climate refugees are here. They're Americans.
There's a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025, jeopardizing the steady flow of Colorado River water that more than 40 million people rely on in the American West. After a relatively dry summer, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released models on Tuesday suggesting looming shortages in Lake Powell and Lake Mead — the reservoirs where Colorado River water is stored — are more likely than previously projected. Compared with an average year, only 55% of Colorado River water is flowing from the Rocky Mountains down to Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona line.
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Trump took questions during the ABC town hall two weeks before he is set to debate Democratic nominee Joe Biden for the first time on live television.
A Senate panel put a top Google executive on the defensive Tuesday over the company’s powerful position in online advertising as some lawmakers look hopefully toward an expected antitrust case against the tech giant by the Trump administration. Donald Harrison, Google’s president for global partnerships and corporate development, insisted at a hearing by the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee that Google’s ad business faces ample competition, has benefited consumers, and has kept prices low for advertisers and publishers such as local newspapers. The Justice Department has pursued a sweeping antitrust investigation of big tech companies, looking at whether the online platforms of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple have hurt competition, stifled innovation or otherwise harmed consumers.
Waze announced a number of new features, including a few that are already live in its navigation app.
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After months battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of “herd immunity” is back in the news. This has been stoked by reports about the White House’s new pandemic advisor, Scott Altas, who has argued in favor of ending social isolation measures and simply allowing healthy people to get infected. The idea is that the virus wouldn’t spread as quickly once enough people became immune. But trying to reach herd immunity without a vaccine would be a disastrous pandemic response strategy.As mathematics and computer science professors, we think it is important to understand what herd immunity actually is, when it’s a viable strategy and why, without a vaccine, it cannot reduce deaths and illnesses from the current pandemic. What is herd immunity?Epidemiologists define the herd immunity threshold for a given virus as the percentage of the population that must be immune to ensure that its introduction will not cause an outbreak. If enough people are immune, an infected person will likely come into contact only with people who are already immune rather than spreading the virus to someone who is susceptible.Herd immunity is usually discussed in the context of vaccination. For example, if 90% of the population (the herd) has received a chickenpox vaccine, the remaining 10% (often including people who cannot become vaccinated, like babies and the immunocompromised) will be protected from the introduction of a single person with chickenpox. But herd immunity from SARS-CoV-2 is different in several ways:1) We do not have a vaccine. As biologist Carl Bergstrom and biostatistician Natalie Dean pointed out in a New York Times op-ed in May, without a widely available vaccine, most of the population – 60%-85% by some estimates – must become infected to reach herd immunity, and the virus’s high mortality rate means millions would die.2) The virus is not currently contained. If herd immunity is reached during an ongoing pandemic, the high number of infected people will continue to spread the virus and ultimately many more people than the herd immunity threshold will become infected – likely over 90% of the population. 3) The people most vulnerable are not evenly spread across the population. Groups that have not been mixing with the “herd” will remain vulnerable even after the herd immunity threshold is reached. Furthermore, it is impossible to fully isolate vulnerable populations while everyone else goes back to normal. Reaching herd immunity without a vaccine is costlyFor a given virus, any person is either susceptible to being infected, currently infected or immune from being infected. If a vaccine is available, a susceptible person can become immune without ever becoming infected. Without a vaccine, the only route to immunity is through infection. And unlike with chickenpox, many people infected with SARS-CoV-2 die from it. By Sept. 1, more than 184,000 people in the U.S. had died from COVID-19. This figure includes children and others in low-risk groups, and the disease can have lingering health consequences for those who survive. Moreover, scientists don’t yet know the extent to which people who recover are immune from future infections. A vaccine is the only way to move directly from susceptibility to immunity, bypassing the pain from becoming infected and possibly dying. Herd immunity reached during a pandemic doesn’t stop the spreadAn ongoing pandemic doesn’t stop as soon as the herd immunity threshold is reached. In contrast to the scenario of a single person with chickenpox entering a largely immune population, many people are infected at any given time during an ongoing pandemic. When the herd immunity threshold is reached during a pandemic, the number of new infections per day will decline, but the substantial infectious population at that point will continue to spread the virus. As Bergstrom and Dean noted, “A runaway train doesn’t stop the instant the track begins to slope uphill, and a rapidly spreading virus doesn’t stop right when herd immunity is attained.” If the virus is unchecked, the final percentage of people infected will far overshoot the herd immunity threshold, affecting as many as 90% of the population in the case of SARS-CoV-2. Proactive mitigation strategies like social distancing and wearing masks flatten the curve by reducing the rate that active infections generate new cases. This delays the point at which herd immunity is reached and also reduces casualties, which should be the goal of any response strategy. Herd immunity does not protect the vulnerablePeople who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, such as people over 65, have been urged to stay inside to avoid exposure. But full isolation in our society is impossible, so the greater the number of active cases, the greater the risk to these vulnerable people.Even if the herd immunity threshold is reached by the population at large, a single infected person coming in contact with a vulnerable community can cause an outbreak. The coronavirus has devastated nursing homes, which will remain vulnerable until vaccines are available. How to respond to a pandemic without a vaccineWithout a vaccine, we should not think of herd immunity as a light at the end of the tunnel. Getting there would result in many more needless deaths in the United States and would not protect the most vulnerable. For now, testing and contact tracing, wearing masks, and social distancing remain the best ways to lessen the destruction of COVID-19 by flattening the curve to buy time to develop treatments and vaccines.This article has been updated with details about the White House’s new pandemic advisor.[You need to understand the coronavirus pandemic, and we can help. Read The Conversation’s newsletter.]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * Coronavirus medical costs could soar into hundreds of billions as more Americans become infected * A majority of vaccine skeptics plan to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, a study suggests, and that could be a big problem * What needs to go right to get a coronavirus vaccine in 12-18 monthsThe authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
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Hurricane Sally inched closer to the Gulf Coast on Tuesday and was forecast to drench areas from southeast Louisiana to Florida's Panhandle.
Pregnant women who drink alcohol will have their consumption recorded on their child’s medical records under new proposals. A single drink consumed even before a woman knows she is pregnant will be documented whether or not she consents under the plans by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). Identifying children at risk of disorders caused by alcohol intake during pregnancy depends on the accurate recording of the expectant mother’s drinking habits, Nice argues. This is especially important for children adopted or placed in care, it adds. Midwives currently inquire about expectant mothers’ drinking during appointments but there is no mandatory recording of this information. Under the proposals by Nice, women will be quizzed about alcohol at antenatal appointments and this information will be transferred to her child’s health records after birth, according to The Times. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said the proposals may breach GDPR rules. Clare Murphy, a spokesman for the charity, said there was “no compelling research showing harm at lower levels of consumption”. The proposals were “unjustified and disproportionate”, Ms Murphy added. “Women do not lose their right to medical confidentiality simply because they are pregnant. Most women report drinking very little alcohol in pregnancy, if any at all, even if they may have drunk before a positive pregnancy test.” Concerns were raised last night that the proposals will prevent women from having frank conversations with healthcare providers. The proposals are currently under consultation and are not mandatory, but GPs typically follow guidelines published by Nice. A Nice spokesman said: “The feedback we receive from external organisations and members of the public during this consultation will help us better understand what works, and what doesn’t, for practice in England. Stakeholders who wish to participate in the consultation are able to do so until Sept 18 2020.”
The DHS inspector general said he would not investigate the legality of Mr Wolf’s appointment following the judge’s ruling
The U.S. Postal Service sent erroneous information to Utah residents about voting in the November presidential election, the office of Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (R) said.The USPS sent out postcards that told Utah voters they needed to request their mail-in ballots "at least 15 days before Election Day." While this may be a rule in some states, it isn't one in Utah — Cox's office said in a statement that "all active registered voters in Utah automatically receive their ballots in the mail. Individuals do not need to request a mail-in ballot separately if they have previously registered to vote."Election officials are urging Utahns not to wait until Election Day to vote, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Voters can mail their ballots or go to in-person early voting locations, and in some counties, they can deposit their ballots in special drop boxes.More stories from theweek.com Trump says he'll be on Fox & Friends every week — but host Steve Doocy doesn't agree to have him The climate refugees are here. They're Americans. Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah ponder why Trump superfans still trust him with their lives
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