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Good Morning. Trump returns to the White House. Biden is on a campaign. And we take stock of the virus.
“Don’t be afraid of Covid,” tweeted President Trump on the same day the White House outbreak continued to spread and another hundred Americans died from virus complications.
The president has so far survived Covid-19 using more aggressive medical care than virtually any other American would have received. But about 210,000 of his fellow citizens did not survive according to the official death count. The real number, based on the number of deaths that year, is likely closer to 275,000.
Given Trump’s campaign to make the virus appear as a minor inconvenience, it is worth taking a minute this morning to take stock of the virus:
Only cancer and heart disease will kill more Americans than Covid this year. The virus has already killed more than twice as many Americans as strokes or Alzheimer’s, about four times as many as diabetes and more than eight times as many as gun violence or vehicle accidents.
Most of the other rich countries have tackled the virus much more successfully than the US A diagram is the easiest way to see this:
Outbreaks are picking up again in the United States The number of new cases per day has risen by more than 25 percent since mid-September. “Covid-19 is re-spreading in most of the US, pounding rural America and smaller towns, and worrying in New York,” Bloomberg News reported yesterday. The White House-related outbreak is responsible for around 30 known cases – more than the average daily number of new cases across Australia recently.
The virus is really scary to thousands of people. In addition to the more than 200,000 deaths – and all Americans mourning those deaths – many other people have spent weeks battling fatigue, shortness of breath, heart problems, and more.
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Joe Biden fought in Miami’s Little Havana, wishing Trump a “speedy and successful” recovery and urging the President to encourage the wearing of masks. “Our nation’s Covid crisis is far from over,” said Biden.
Plexiglass dividers, designed to reduce the potential spread of the virus, will separate Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris during tomorrow’s Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City.
Daily survey diary: No Democratic presidential candidate has won Arizona since 1996. However, a new Times poll shows that Biden is eight points ahead and the Democratic Senate candidate is 11 points ahead. It is proof that the Republicans no longer have a grip on the state, writes Nate Cohn.
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Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr. suggested that the Supreme Court re-examine the 2015 case that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. The judgment hindered religious freedom. Two of the five majority judges in this case are no longer in court.
Three scientists were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics today for their work on understanding black holes, which the committee described as “one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe”.
In the recent escalation of the clash between Armenia and Azerbaijan, both sides fired large-caliber missiles and bombed Stepanakert, the capital of an Armenian enclave. At least 250 people have been killed in the recent fighting, including dozens of civilians on both sides.
John McAfee, 75, an anti-virus software pioneer, was arrested in Spain for tax evasion, the US Department of Justice said. In 2012, he disappeared from his home in Belize after local police questioned him about his neighbor’s death.
One morning read: Cornwall, in the far south west of England, is known for ancient fishing villages and cliff-lined beaches. But soon it could be home to a small but growing space industry. Britain does not have a long history of rocket science or satellite launching into space. Spurred on by Brexit, the company is looking to expand its space industry after long reliance on European and American equipment.
Lived life: Kenzo Takada left Japan for Paris and planned to stay for six months. Instead, he stayed for 56 years, bringing his exuberant style of Japanese fashion into the world and opening doors to others in his country. He died of the coronavirus at the age of 81.
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IDEA OF THE DAY: Illness and Lies
When it comes to saying things that are proven to be wrong, Donald Trump as US President has no modern day equivalent. However, when it comes to offering misleading information about the president’s health, his administration is part of a long history of concealing the White House.
James Madison hid a serious bowel disease from Congress. Grover Cleveland underwent a secret operation to remove a cancerous part of his jaw. His aides claimed he had a bad tooth. Woodrow Wilson’s wife deceived the public after Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke. Ronald Reagan’s doctor underestimated how much blood Reagan lost in an assassination attempt in 1981.
Franklin Roosevelt, trying to hide his paralysis, also hid the diseases that led to his fatal cerebral hemorrhage. Doctors initially described Dwight Eisenhower’s heart attack in 1955 as a “digestive disorder”. John F. Kennedy’s doctors denied having Addison’s disease and kept the steroids he was taking for the disease under lock and key.
“The history of the president’s complaints suggests a strong possibility that months or even years will pass before the truth emerges,” writes David Priess in the Washington Post of Trump’s condition.
But there is at least one stark difference in Trump’s case, notes my colleague Maggie Haberman: “He’s not the first president to oppose the publication of health information. But he’s the first to have an infectious disease in a long time. “
PLAY, WATCH, EAT, SPRINT
Restaurant quality food at home
Mapo Tofu is available in many Chinese restaurants, but also at home if you have access to an Asian grocery store. Sichuan peppercorns give off some tingly warmth, and while ground beef is traditional, you can swap it out for pork, lamb, or plant-based meat alternatives. A side of rice and steamed or fried broccoli makes up for the meal.
The future of the cinema
Cineworld, the parent company of Regal Cinemas, announced that it is temporarily closing all theaters in the US and UK. The decision raises questions about how other chains will fare if audiences are reluctant to return to theaters and studios to further delay blockbusters.
Last week an industry group sent a letter to Congress, signed by more than 90 directors and producers, asking for financial support that could help keep the theaters up and running. They claim that if the industry does not get help, 69 percent of the country’s small and medium-sized cinema companies face closure.
“Imagine being on a cruise ship that got lost in the Bermuda Triangle – that’s how bad the situation is in the home cinema right now,” an industry analyst told CNN Business.
The fastest family in the world
In the best case scenario, Cameron Burrell can run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds, making him one of the fastest sprinters in the world. But he also competes in the shadow of sporting legends: his own parents. His father Leroy is an Olympic champion and former world record holder at 100 meters. His mother, Michelle Finn-Burrell, has a sprint relay gold medal from the 1992 Olympics. His aunt was also an Olympic long jumper, and one of his godparents is a well-known sprinter.