Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgAfter a public records request, student journalists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, exposed internal faculty dissent over reopening plans and advance warning from epidemiologists long before school closed for in-person learning early in the semester. “You could see a direct line from the decisions they made in May,” said Elizabeth Moore, 20, a senior editor at The Daily Tar Heel, the student paper. “That ended up causing some harm. A lot of people got sick, and people got displaced from dorms.” A surge in daily infections is forcing a reckoning in the Netherlands, which has long prided itself on efficient government — some say to the point of smugness. And, as local journalists, they’re also telling the story of their community as people try to adjust to life during the virus. “You’re not parachuting in,” Oyin Adedoyin, 21, the editor in chief of The Spokesman, the student newspaper at Morgan State University, Maryland’s largest historically Black university. She partnered with the Poynter Institute to report on health disparities in Baltimore’s Black community. “You literally live it.” Resurgences When the election is decided: If Mr. Trump prevails, Americans can expect him to double down on prioritizing the economy over public health, demanding that schools reopen, and dismissing mask wearing and restrictions on large gatherings in favor of promises of therapeutics and vaccines.If Joe Biden is elected, he would prepare to put his plan in place for ramping up testing, ensuring a steady supply of protective equipment, distributing a vaccine when available, securing money from Congress for schools and hospitals, and possibly putting in place a national mask mandate.Student journalists find Covid scoopsAs local news hollows out, college journalists are sometimes the only reporters left in town. Now, as American colleges have become a major source of coronavirus outbreaks, with at least 214,000 cases linked to campuses, they are on the front lines of a vital national story. – Advertisement – Often, they have to report on their own campus communities, breaking news about poorly organized administrative responses and irresponsible revelers. “It’s up to us to report on it,” said Eli Hoff, 19, the managing editor of The Maneater, a student newspaper at the University of Missouri. Before the semester even started, Hoff and his colleagues broke news about outbreaks in fraternities, which drew prank calls and harassment by Greek members.“It’s weird being a student reporting on other students,” he said. “Not only am I a student reporting on them, but their actions have such a personal impact on me.” The coming months look grim Votes are still being counted in the presidential race, but no matter who wins, President Trump will lead the country’s response to the virus during the next few months — which look likely to be the bleakest and potentially deadliest period of the pandemic.Infections are escalating toward a record-breaking 100,000 cases a day, hospitals are strained and deaths are rising. At least 22 states have added more cases over the last week than in any other weeklong stretch of the pandemic, and the country recorded 1,130 deaths on Tuesday, one of the highest daily totals since the surge this summer ended.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img One person Mr. Trump does listen to is Dr. Scott Atlas, a radiologist who now serves as his coronavirus adviser. Dr. Atlas has questioned the effectiveness of mask wearing and has suggested that the government should let the pandemic run its course — a position that has been adopted by some Republican governors — and one that health experts and epidemiologists say would lead to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths.- Advertisement – France, facing a backlash from small businesses closed during a second national lockdown, has ordered big retailers to stop selling books, clothes, toys, flowers and other nonessential items. The order set off chaos and confusion. El Paso counted 3,100 cases, a record high, and its hospitals are reaching a breaking point, the El Paso Times reports. Kenya, where cases are rising, extended a curfew and banned political gatherings. Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re followingWhat you’re doingThis pandemic has made it close to impossible to communicate with our 93-year-old deaf and blind aunt, who is in a nursing home. We used to hug and touch her to get her attention but now that is not an option. So we use her favorite foods and treats to make her aware that we still love her and care enough to visit. The staff passes her blueberries, milk chocolate, potato chips, and cold water from home in a special container she is used to. Then she knows we are somewhere near by. Sometimes her sock-covered toes stick out under the Plexiglas shield so we can tickle her and get her laughing! It is so good to see her smile and chuckle.— Patricia Alt, Madison Township, Pa.Let us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Email your thoughts to Did a friend forward you the briefing? Sign up here. In Europe, which is being hit by a similarly ferocious fall wave, many countries have announced fresh restrictions in the last several days to slow the spread of the virus. But there is deep skepticism that the American president will follow suit in the coming weeks.Even if Mr. Trump is not re-elected, he will keep his job until Jan. 20 and he has been sticking to his message that the country is “rounding the corner” on the virus. He has largely shut down the White House Coronavirus Task Force and has stopped listening to his health officials. last_img read more

Ireland’s Jared Payne misses Italy clash – and could be out of France match too

first_img Simon Zebo will start against Italy with Keith Earls at outside centre, where victory will secure Joe Schmidt’s side qualification for the quarter-finals. “Jared’s progressing really well; his foot was scanned as a precaution to make sure there was nothing structurally awry,” said head coach Schmidt. “He’s got bruising, with inflammation and discomfort but that’s getting better by the day. He can walk and jog freely now. “It’s just the frustration that he hasn’t been able to train fully. “We’d be quietly confident at the moment that he will be ready for France. “We’d expect he’d be able to train with the team on Wednesday. “Rob’s probably fit to play. But he wasn’t fit to play at the start of the week. “He trained pretty much fully today, so there are no real doubts on him for next week.” Ireland will take on France in Cardiff on Sunday, October 11, one week after their Italy encounter. The winners of that Millennium Stadium battle are most likely to top Pool D and face an anticipated quarter-final with Argentina. Payne’s readiness to face France could now hinge on Ireland’s training session on Wednesday next week. Schmidt expects the Ulster star to be ready for that session and will need him to take a full part to then warrant selection for Les Bleus. “One of the difficulties is trying to make an assessment when you’re waiting for a soft tissue injury to heal and trying to get a bit of clarity for selection,” said Schmidt of the trials of gauging players’ fitness. “I think Jared’s importance would be reflected by his combination with Robbie Henshaw when he has played. “They made a really good combination during the Six Nations. “Jared’s really disappointed not to be playing this weekend, because he misses an opportunity and offers another opportunity to someone in good form. “We’re just trying to get him right as soon as we possibly can.” Munster flyer Earls has battled back from a 29-month Test absence to become an integral part of Ireland’s World Cup campaign, scoring two tries in last weekend’s 44-10 victory over Romania at Wembley. The 28-year-old has slotted in from the wing to the outside centre berth vacated by the injured Payne, with boss Schmidt delighted with his form and overall threat. Schmidt also believes Earls’ midfield presence affords the opportunity to add more power out wide, with the strength of Dave Kearney and Tommy Bowe on the flanks. “We just felt Keith had shown a real sharpness at centre in the pre-season match in Wales,” said Schmidt. “And it was a way to have Dave Kearney and Tommy Bowe on the pitch at the same time. Those three players can all link up and contribute. “It makes for a fairly attacking minded group but at the same time Keith made 13 from 13 tackles in the pre-season game, defensively he’s been sound for us. “It’s nice to finally work with Keith; I certainly gave it a lot of shots. “He was pretty keen to get started as well a number of times but every time he just picked up an injury before the bracket of games we were about to enter into. “It’s added to the real contest between those back-three and middle-three players and I think between him and Luke Fitzgerald who are both very adequate no matter what position they play through those bigger numbers in the team, it does just give us a little bit of flexibility in how we mix and match those players. “Keith has made those decisions very difficult in not matching him in because he’s been in really good form.” Press Association Jared Payne’s foot injury could end up laying him low for Ireland’s crucial World Cup clashes against Italy and France. The Ulster centre is still suffering bruising and inflammation to his foot and has failed to recover in time to face Italy at London’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Full-back Rob Kearney is expected to be fit to face France on Sunday week – but has not beaten his gluteal strain quickly enough for the Italy clash. last_img read more