In Mississippi, more White people now have gotten Covid-19 than African Americans. Attitudes about masks might help explain why, official says
- Whites surpassed African Americans in Mississippi's overall reported Covid-19 death toll around September 21 for the first time since the state health department started publishing data by race in June.
- As for racial differences, whereas Dobbs said African Americans accounted for about 60% of cases and deaths early in the pandemic, by June 21, Blacks accounted for about 51% of total cases and deaths, with Whites making up 27.8% of cases and 41.6% of deaths, state health department data show.
- He says he has no data to back Dobbs' claim that African Americans in Mississippi are more readily social distancing and wearing masks than large numbers of White people -- but he suspects Dobbs is correct, in part because of what he's seen in Jackson, Mississippi's most populous city in a county that is 73% Black.
Chicago announced a business curfew and banned large social gatherings as Covid-19 cases rise
- And all establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption must end service at 9 p.m. The city is also asking Chicagoans to avoid social gatherings of more than six people and to end all social gatherings by 10 p.m. While these restrictions are meant to be in place through early November, part of the main metric to reopen will come from driving the positivity rate -- the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that are actually positive -- back down below 5%.
- Chicago is currently seeing a 6.4% positivity rate, up from 4.6% last week.
- Some 460 patients were hospitalized Thursday with Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said.
- Ten states recorded their highest number of Covid-19 hospitalizations Tuesday: Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the researchers.
Tens of millions across Europe brace for tough new restrictions as coronavirus cases soar
- London (CNN) - Tens of millions more people across Europe face tougher coronavirus restrictions going into the weekend as countries across the region battle to bring down rising infection rates.
- France's night-time coronavirus curfew will be extended more widely in the country from Saturday, with 46 million French people affected, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Thursday.
- France reported a new record for daily coronavirus infections with 41,622 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to numbers released by the French Health Agency on Thursday.
- A night-time curfew will also come into force from Saturday in areas of Greece seeing the highest rates of infection and masks will become mandatory outdoors.
- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who announced the new restrictions in a televised address to the nation Thursday, said Greece was in better shape than most European countries but warned that tough months lie ahead.
How animals choose their leaders, from brute force to democracy
- Alpha females and their cubs, for example, get the best access to food and social support from their kin.
- Chimpanzee societies are topped by an alpha male whose main interest is sex; leaders enjoy access to fertile females and father the most offspring.
- As a result, many chimp leaders are "self-interested thugs," working "really hard to keep that high status by terrorizing everyone else,” says Michael Wilson, an ecologist of the University of Minnesota who studies group relations among the great apes.
- That study also found that once a fish within a school identifies that attractive leader and begins following it, the rest of the group goes along with the majority.
- Queen coronation notwithstanding, when honeybees face a life-or-death decision—where to move an endangered hive, or whether to split up a successful one—they act democratically to choose which would-be leader’s path to follow, Seeley says.
How Andrews convinced Melbourne to embrace captivity
- Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews managed to convince Melburnians there was no alternative to the strict lockdown.
- As the city's epic lockdown finally draws to an end, many Melburnians are worried about returning to the office.
- In the meantime, Andrews has convinced most Melburnians there was no alternative to the strict lockdown.
- In late August, 57 per cent of Victorians surveyed by Roy Morgan Research said Melbourne residents should not be allowed to visit the homes of their immediate family members.
- Many living in Andrews' Victoria would conclude the European response was irresponsible.
- Scott Morrison will consider alternative quarantine arrangements to get Aussies home; anti-lockdown protestors have again taken to Melbourne's streets; ASIC chairman James Shipton has stepped aside.
- As Victoria finally emerges from its long pandemic winter there are calls for a new national road map to guide how we live with COVID-19 in 2021.
3 reforms social media platforms should make in light of 'The Social Dilemma'
- Despite the glaring issues present with social media platforms, people still crave digital attention, especially during a pandemic, where in-person connections are strained if not impossible.
- If a social platform is free for basic users but monetized by a subscription model, there is no need to use an information-gathering algorithm to determine which news and content are served to users.
- This type of platform is not a ripe target for manipulation because users only see information from people they know and trust, not advertisers or random third parties.
- It’s a technique that can be used to spread misinformation, which is especially dangerous for viewers who rely on social platforms for their news consumption, instead of traditional outlets.
- It’s time for platforms to take note and take responsibility for these needed changes, and opportunities will arise for smaller, emerging platforms taking a different, less-manipulative approach.
White House could have avoided at least 130,000 COVID-19 deaths: Study - Business Insider
- Upwards of 130,000 coronavirus deaths were "avoidable" if President Donald Trump and his administration had acted sooner and implemented widespread public health precautions, according to a new Columbia University report released on Wednesday.
- The report comes as the pandemic continues to rage across the country, with infection and death rates on the rise in at least two dozen states, based on data compiled by the New York Times.
- The country's disproportionate death toll stems from delayed federal action, an insufficient testing regimen, a lack of consistent mask-wearing guidance, and the failure of top officials, notably Trump, to model best practices, researchers wrote.
- The "Trump Administration has shown hostility to much of the critical guidance and recommendations put forth by its own health agencies, with the President at times misleading the public on the scope of the threat, attempting to 'downplay' the extent of the crisis, and advocating for unproven therapeutical or unsafe treatments," the authors wrote.
Censoring the Biden story: How social media becomes state media
- Xi’s coughs came to mind as Twitter and Facebook prevented Americans from being able to read the New York Post’s explosive allegations of influence-peddling by Hunter Biden.
- The media spent years publishing every wacky theory of alleged Trump-Russia collusion; thousands of articles detailed allegations from the Steele dossier, which has been not only discredited but also shown to be based on material from a known Russian agent.
- Today, in contrast, the media is not only dismissing the need to investigate the Biden emails, but ABC News’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus Infectious disease expert calls White House advisers herd immunity claims 'pseudoscience' MORE didn’t ask Biden about the allegations during a two-hour town hall event on Thursday.
Facebook deleted a Trump post that falsely claimed the flu can be more deadly than Covid-19
- Facebook deleted one of Trump’s posts today for violating the company’s policies against harmful health misinformation.
- After several hours, Facebook took down the post for violating its health misinformation policies against Covid-19, as CNN first reported.
- Twitter left an identical post by Trump up on its platform but added a warning label on the tweet for spreading misleading information.
- In August, Facebook and Twitter deleted a post by Trump depicting a Fox News interview in which he falsely stated that children are “almost immune” to the coronavirus.
- But it’s notable that Facebook, which has been frequently criticized for not taking action against Trump’s misleading posts about mail-in voting, or for his posts that seem to encourage violence at Black Lives Matter protests is — at least in this instance — holding firm on enforcing its Covid-19 misinformation policies.
How to prepare for coronavirus winter, new wave: epidemiologist - Business Insider
- This insidious rise in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is occurring amid a precarious mix of factors that will further increase the risk of viral spread.
- A social bubble is non-household contact(s) that can freely interact with one another indoors without social distancing or wearing a mask.
- Staying informed about current events — including the rate of COVID-19 spread in your area and local public health guidance — will help you and your loved ones make informed decisions.
- If there's high levels of community transmission occurring in your area, it's best t-o limit contact with non-household members and choose activities with a lower risk of COVID19 transmission.
- But it's also important to note that the risk of a severe outcome from COVID-19 is not uniform, and while older adults and those with underlying health conditions are at increased risk for developing more serious complications, illness and hospitalization, no one is immune.