|NY Times 5/20/20|
In Georgia, a graph published by the Department of Public Health on May 11th showed new cases declining, but the entries weren't chronological, but in descending order, so dates went back and forth in time. It was taken down after a day and Governor Brian Kemp's office denied an attempt to deceive the public. And Virginia and Vermont have been combining the results of virus tests and antibody tests, which doesn't give a real picture of the virus' spread. They say they've now stopped doing so.
In other developments:
- U.S., Canada, Mexico Extend Border Shutdown: The U.S., Canada and Mexico are extending to June 21st their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel because of the pandemic. They've already been extended once after being announced in March. Those allowed to cross include essential workers like healthcare professionals, airline crews and truck drivers.
- Study: Masks Can Cut Transmission By as Much as 75 Percent: A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong found that transmission of the coronavirus can be reduced by as much as 75 percent by wearing masks. The study used hamsters in two cages, those in one infected with the coronavirus and those in the other not, and set up three scenarios: mask barriers on the cage with the infected hamsters; mask barriers on the cage with the healthy hamsters; and one with no mask barriers. A fan was put between the cages to allow transmission between them. Two-thirds of the healthy hamsters got sick with no barriers, 33 percent got sick when the mask barrier was on the healthy hamsters' cage, and just 16.7 percent got sick with the barrier on the infected cage. Hamsters were chosen because they have very similar enzyme receptors to humans.
➤10,000 EVACUATED IN MICHIGAN AS TWO DAMS BREACHED BY FLOODING: Some 10,000 people in Michigan were forced to evacuate from their homes Tuesday after two dams were breached due to flooding after several days of heavy rain in the Midwest. A flash flood watch was issued for locations along the Tittabawassee River after the breach at the Edenville Dam and the Sanford Dam. Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the threat was particularly serious for the city of Midland, saying its downtown could potentially, quote, "be under approximately nine feet of water."
➤JOHNSON & JOHNSON TO STOP SELLING TALC-BASED BABY POWDER: Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that it will stop selling its talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder in the U.S. and Canada. Demand for the iconic product has fallen in the two countries as thousands of lawsuits have been brought claiming it causes ovarian cancer or the lung cancer mesothelioma. The company insists the baby powder is safe and will keep selling it outside the U.S. and Canada. Johnson & Johnson will still sell its cornstarch-based baby powder in North America.
|Annie & John Glenn|
➤SOME NFL TEAMS REOPEN TRAINING FACILITIES: Some NFL teams reopened their training facilities on Tuesday, but the number that could was limited because of ongoing state and local restrictions due to the pandemic. In the first phase of the NFL's plan, coaching staff and all players except those undergoing injury rehab aren't yet allowed at the facilities. The teams who did open them yesterday included the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts.
➤NASCAR HOLDING SECOND RACE BACK TONIGHT: NASCAR will hold its second Cup Series race back from its coronavirus shutdown tonight, the first on a Wednesday night in 36 years. The Toyota 500 will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, with no fans in the stands. NASCAR is scheduling races on some weekdays it usually doesn't as it tries to make up the eight races it missed during 10 weeks of the shutdown.