Let’s look at the situation in the UK: As a result of the spring lockdown, the UK economy contracted 20% in the second quarter, pushing it into the deepest recession of any major industrialized country. Because of this, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now under pressure from some members of his cabinet to keep the economy open, despite the country’s 17,234 new cases and 143 deaths on Tuesday.
According to experts, Johnson’s correction of a patchwork of local lockdowns and restrictions will have little impact on the virus and more damage to the economy over time, especially if key systems to fight the epidemic – like tracking and testing contacts – continue to be plagued with problems . According to Robert West, professor of health psychology at University College London, the key is to scale these systems into lockdown.
The same dispute is taking place in France, where President Emmanuel Macron said in August that he would not close the whole country again. On Wednesday, rising interest rates forced him to announce a curfew in Paris and other cities. Experts say a second lockdown not only feels inevitable, it also makes good business sense. “We have to stop believing that there is an opposition between business and public health,” Catherine Hill, a well-known French epidemiologist, told CNN. “If we solve the coronavirus crisis, we will solve the economic crisis. In China they controlled the epidemic and the economy returned. The goal is simple: get rid of the virus so that life can be all right again.”
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Melania Trump describes Covid disease and reveals that son Barron contracted it
The U.S. First Lady posted a personal essay on the White House website about her experience fighting Covid-19, which she tested positive for about two weeks ago. Melania Trump also revealed that her son Barron Trump, 14, eventually tested positive for the virus, a diagnosis the White House didn’t share.
She has now tested negative for the virus, as has her husband, President Donald Trump, according to his doctors. “Of course my mind immediately went to our son,” she wrote, adding that Barron had “no symptoms” and had now tested negative.
At a rally in Iowa on Wednesday, Trump used his son’s experience with the virus and his own rebound – backed by a cocktail of expensive therapies not available to the public – to downplay the virus. “I don’t even think he knew he had it because they’re young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off. 99.9%. And Barron is beautiful and he’s free,” he said.
“Safer and more effective” Covid-19 vaccine could be widely available by April 2021, says Fauci
A Covid-19 vaccine could be widely available by April 2021, the leading U.S. infectious disease expert said in an interview with CBS News on Wednesday. Dr. Anthony Fauci said researchers should know by “November or December” if any vaccine trials have a safe candidate. And even if a safe candidate is identified, the starting levels will likely only be a few million doses. He also urged Americans to “bite the bullet and sacrifice this social gathering”. “It’s unfortunate, because it’s such a sacred part of American tradition that the family gather around Thanksgiving, but that’s a risk,” said Fauci, adding that people are faced with the current spread of Covid-19 and des Increases in infections need to be very careful with social gatherings, especially with the elderly and those with underlying conditions.
According to experts, herd immunity is not the way out of the coronavirus pandemic
Herd immunity has again emerged as a controversial issue. During a conversation with reporters on Monday, senior White House government officials discussed a controversial statement by some scientists advocating ending bans, building immunity, and urging those not prone to Covid-19 to resume normal life .
The Great Barrington Declaration “is very much in line with what the President has been saying for months – that is a strong safeguard for the elderly and vulnerable and vulnerable high-risk schools and restoring the functioning of society,” a senior administrator said during of the call.
However, allowing the virus to circulate freely is “a dangerous fallacy that is not supported by scientific evidence,” which carries “significant morbidity and mortality across the population,” wrote 80 scientists from around the world in an open letter. World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called it “unethical” during a briefing on Monday. Others have warned of catastrophic consequences: Dr. Emergency doctor and CNN analyst Leana Wen estimated in August that 2 million Americans could die.
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Today is Global Hand Washing Day, and it has never been more important to watch as it was during a pandemic that could be stopped in part by everyone taking hand hygiene seriously.
Here are some tips on how to motivate yourself to keep your hands clean.
- Build up your knowledge of the coronavirus and the risks.
- Glue on your entrance hall and bathroom wall or mirror pieces of paper that says “Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands.”
- Internalize the habit and motivation further by creating a routine and using yourself as a role model for others.
“If 200,000 15-year-olds had died, we would probably have approached the pandemic very differently.” – Azim Shariff, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.
More than 1 million people have died from the corona virus worldwide. Rationally, we know this is devastating, but emotionally, why can we feel so far from it? CNN’s chief correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Shariff about the limits of human empathy in today’s episode. Listen now