COVID-19 update

This 5 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

COVID-19 has definitely thrown us a curveball’ — Firefighters are being forced to reassess how to battle wildfires in the Western U.S. amid a drastic spike in coronavirus cases.

In US news and current events today, firefighters across the Western US are fighting a battle on two fronts: Working to suppress the rash of wildfires spinning out of control in the West, while also battling a spike of COVID-19 cases in the same area. The COVID 19 pandemic has also made life difficult for firefighters battling 2020 wildfires. Between the wildfires 2020 and the COVID19 pandemic, these firefighters can’t seem to catch a break, but as California wildfires continue to grow out of control, we must remember that they are a direct result of the global climate crisis, and as global climate change continues unabated, we will see far worse consequences than wildfires and COVID combined.

BROADWAY STAR NICK CORDERO DIES AT AGE 41 Broadway actor Nick Cordero has died from coronavirus complications after a battle with the virus that lasted more than 90 days and included an amputated leg and weeks in a medically induced coma. He was 41 years old. Cordero, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 for his performance in “Bullets Over Broadway,” died on Sunday morning, his wife Amanda Kloots wrote on Instagram. He was hospitalized for months at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was performing in “Rock of Ages” before falling ill in March. [HuffPost]

California man died from coronavirus a day after posting regret for attending party.

SCIENTISTS DECRY TRUMP’S CLAIM THAT HE SAVED 2 MILLION LIVES Trump has boasted repeatedly that he saved 2.2 million lives from COVID-19, using a figure in a British modeling study to support his claim. That’s not true, the lead author of that report — epidemiologist Neil Ferguson — told HuffPost, adding that the number of American lives ultimately lost to the disease will depend on what states do from here on out. “Epidemics are not like hurricanes — you don’t hunker down for a few days (or for epidemics, weeks) and then they’re gone,” Ferguson said. [HuffPost]

FDA CHIEF REFUSES TO ADDRESS TRUMP’S COVID LIE The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration repeatedly refused to comment on President Donald Trump’s false claim that 99% of coronavirus cases in the U.S. “are totally harmless”, despite data showing that the majority of people infected with the virus show symptoms of COVID-19. Dr. Stephen Hahn — the commissioner of food and drugs who is also a member of the White House coronavirus task force — was asked about Trump’s latest claim in two separate interviews Sunday but refused to address it when asked. [HuffPost]

MAYORS DECRY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S COVID-19 RESPONSE Trump, who last week said he thinks the virus will “just disappear,” has repeatedly undermined his own health officials fighting the virus. Until this month, he rejected the use of masks; in May, his administration shelved a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising states how to reopen safely; and in June, he told attendees at a rally that he asked officials in his administration to “slow the testing down.” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego told ABC on Sunday that her city, which is averaging the country’s highest number of new coronavirus cases per capita, is receiving no help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, even after asking for assistance. [HuffPost]

A stunning breakdown of the government’s duty to keep Americans safe.

The fullest look yet at the racial inequality of the coronavirus.

The 17-member family that lived together, ate together and got coronavirus together.

‘TOO SOON’ TO SAY IF IT’S SAFE TO HOLD RNC IN FLORIDA With record numbers of people testing positive for the virus in Jacksonville and across Florida, Stephen Hahn, the FDA commissioner, was asked if it would be safe to hold the typically large RNC gathering in just seven weeks. “I think it’s too early to tell,” Hahn said. The Republican Party moved most of the convention activities to Jacksonville from Charlotte after a battle over coronavirus safety concerns with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat. [HuffPost]

Hilary Duff calls out no mask-wearing Karens with a side of Kanye West shade.

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