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Updated virus forecasts are drawing attention to the long-awaited “winter surge” of COVID-19 cases, as medical experts warn that an increase in the number of cases in the United States will soon mean more deaths.

The University of Washington Institute of Health’s metrics and estimates released this week contain good news: 74,000 lives can still be saved if the use of masks becomes almost universal, and increased testing may explain why more and more young people are putting positive results.

But the influential model still predicts daily deaths in the United States in January to exceed 2,000, even if states re-impose tougher orders.

Management also outlined North Dakota for its current worrying mortality, following a well-documented weak approach to state health mandates: “Today, North Dakota has one of the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world,” the model briefing said. . The state joins South Dakota because it has one of the lowest rates of mask use in the country.

Meanwhile, hopes that the vaccine could be available before election day faded this week as two candidates said the end of November was the first time they could apply for a permit for their vaccines. The other two candidates are being held for possible side effects.

Some significant events:

  • New Mexico is among the states that are seeing alarming outbreaks in cases. The state set a one-day record of 819 confirmed cases, health officials confirmed on Friday.
  • The New England Patriots had to shut down again due to problems with the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Indianapolis Colts has reopened its facility after re-launching four positive tests and returning negative ones.
  • The effectiveness of remdezivir has been questioned following a large-scale study by the World Health Organization, which involved more than 10,000 patients in 30 countries, and found that “the effect is almost non-existent.”
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told the public to remain vigilant before speaking Friday at ABC, his first since being released from hospital for COVID-19.

📈 Today’s figures: The United States reported more than 8 million cases and 218,000 death, according to John Hopkins. There were more than 39 of them million confirmed cases worldwide and almost 1.1 millions of deaths.

📰 What we read: The pandemic and the ensuing recession have affected students, but they have been particularly severe for college students, who are already facing many obstacles on their way to graduation.

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Pfizer: Thanksgiving would be the first possible vaccine

An open letter from the vaccine manufacturer COVID-19, published on Friday, ends any expectations about the availability of the vaccine before election day.

In a letter to the CEO of Pfizer Inc. Albert Burley says that the first time a company can apply for a permit for its vaccine against COVID-19 is the third week of November.

The CEO of another favorite, Moderna CEO Stefan Bansel, told a biotech conference on September 30 that he would not have enough safety data to apply for permission from the Food and Drug Administration by November 25.

Two other candidates for the COVID-19 vaccine in the final stages of clinical trials in the United States, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, have both been suspended because of possible side effects.

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Trump promises to deliver the vaccine to nursing homes for free

Americans living or working in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and care centers, will receive free vaccination against COVID-19 – if and when they become available, the Trump administration said Friday.

The administration has announced a partnership with the country’s two largest pharmacy chains, CVS and Walgreens, “to provide and administer” vaccines without “out-of-pocket costs” to recipients.

Trump, 74, has promised that the vaccine will be available by the end of the year, despite his own federal health experts saying deadlines are unlikely and that seniors will be “first in line.”

The president announced this at an event called “Protecting America’s Elderly People” in Fort Myers, Florida. Trump is trying to increase support among the elderly – a key bloc of voters who helped him win four years ago, but who, according to recent polls, have collapsed in recent months.

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In Europe, the number of infections is growing, the number of cases is registered daily

Coronavirus cases worldwide have reached record levels of more than 330,000 per day. Apart from the United States, the concern is mainly in Europe – as Dr. Hans-Henri P. Kluge, regional director of the World Health Organization in Europe, warns that the daily death toll on the continent could reach five times its peak in April 2021 .

Well, after Europe seemed to have largely domesticated the virus, which turned out to be so lethal last spring, recently confirmed infections are reaching unprecedented levels in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland. Most of the rest of the continent sees similar signs of danger, forcing many places to impose strict restrictions, relaxed just a few months ago.

“These predictions do nothing but confirm what we have always said: the pandemic will not change its course on its own, but we will,” Kluge said on October 15.

How can I protect myself from the coronavirus in the cold season?

What makes collecting indoors so dangerous? Dr. Lewis Nelson, a professor and head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey, said one of the main reasons why there is a greater risk of transmission indoors than outdoors is the lack of ventilation. In addition, there are more surfaces in closed public places.

“If I smoked a cigarette (inside), you would see the smoke particles linger,” he said. “While the smoke stays outdoors.”

Ventilation can be increased by opening a window, turning on a fan or even adding a portable air filter to the room. Most portable air filters cannot filter virus particles if they do not have HEPA filtration, but they still facilitate air circulation. It also helps to reduce the number of people in the room. Read more here.

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Foci: A big Thanksgiving celebration is a “risk”

You may have to cancel any big Thanksgiving plans this year, warns Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading U.S. expert on infectious diseases.

Speaking to CBS Evening News, Fauci warned against “gathering together indoors” with large groups of guests outside the city. “It’s unfortunate because it’s such a sacred part of the American tradition – family gatherings around Thanksgiving,” he said. “But it’s a risk.”

He added that his own family was canceling Thanksgiving plans because of his age, putting him at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

COVID-19 resources from the USA TODAY

Contribution: Associated Press.

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