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COVID-19 Update for Friday, August 7, 2020 Includes Latest Numbers From Macon Public Health

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Here is an update for this afternoon on how humanity is dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic that is caused by SARS CoV-2. The story is told through links to news outlets, research papers, and videos. They are presented without comment.

Data from Macon County Public Health as of July 20th and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to July 20th [LINK]

Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting this past weekend since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.

470 Detected Cases (+1 in one day)
61 Active Positive (-3 in one day)
406 Recovered (+4 in one day)
3 Death1 (unchanged)

Testing Data for Macon County

4306 MCPH Tests (+40 in one day)
1548 Tests by Others (+121 in one day)
5854 Total Tests (+161 in one day)
291 Tests Pending Results (+63 in one day)



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Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 97,958 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,629 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 99,778 confirmed cases from 1,394,864 targeted tests, and 1,115 hospitalized and 1,634 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 99,803 people infected and 1,652 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK]

Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK]

Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]


North Carolina Coronavirus Briefing: Dr. Mandy Cohen (08/07/20)

Dr John Campbell

Community testing and diagnosis

MedCram – Medical Lectures Explained CLEARLY
At Home, Cheap, COVID-19 Tests with Results in 15 Minutes: How to Fix Testing with Dr. Michael Mina

The Logistics of Covid-19 Testing

The coronavirus is mutating. Now what?

Could an Old Vaccine Help Against COVID-19?

Pandemic plateaus hiring, hurts skilled workers

How long we can expect the U.S. economic catastrophe to endure

US families take part in DIY virus research tests

Buncombe County COVID-19 Community Update (August 6, 2020)

Speakers scheduled today are:

• Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, Buncombe County Medical Director
• Stacie Saunders, Buncombe County Health Director
• Brownie Newman, Chairman – Board of Commissioners
• Fletch Tove – Emergency Preparedness Director

Actualización del Condado de Buncombe el dia 8 de agosto 2020 sobre COVID-19

Sports, Entertainment, Public Transportation, and Other Crowded Venues

Mass gatherings contributed to early COVID-19 mortality [LINK]

Covid-19 Risk Among Airline Passengers: Should the Middle Seat Stay Empty? [LINK]

‘We cannot stop people’: 250,000 are expected at a South Dakota motorcycle rally [LINK]

Priest who blasted ‘lukewarm’ congregants for not coming to mass over coronavirus fears gets Covid-19 [LINK]

66 players opt out of NFL season due to coronavirus pandemic [LINK]

LAPD officers accused of defying state order by attending party at bar [LINK]

A cheap, secure and reliable social distancing and contact tracing for workplace [LINK]

Research Papers, Clinical Trials and News About Such

Chinese virologist claims coronavirus derived from ‘Zhoushan bat virus’ | Taiwan News [LINK]

Serum Institute to price Covid-19 vaccine at $3 per dose for India and lower middle income nations [LINK]

World’s first Covid-19 vaccine to be registered next week by Russia: Report [LINK]

Fast, cheap tests could enable safer reopening [LINK]

COVID-19: Immune system derails [LINK]

Is Higher Viral Load in SARS-CoV-2 Associated With Death? [LINK]

Comparison of Face-Touching Behaviors Before and During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic [LINK]

Changes in the Number of US Patients With Newly Identified Cancer Before and During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic [LINK]

Swab-Seq: A high-throughput platform for massively scaled up SARS-CoV-2 testing [LINK]

First-in-Human Trial of a SARS CoV 2 Recombinant Spike Protein Nanoparticle Vaccine [LINK]

Elevated calprotectin and abnormal myeloid cell subsets discriminate severe from mild COVID-19 [LINK]

Hydroxychloroquine with or without Azithromycin in Mild-to-Moderate Covid-19 [LINK]

The Viral Loads of Asymptomatic Coronavirus Carriers Are Surprisingly High, Study Reveals [LINK]

UV Light Wands Are Supposed to Kill Viruses. But Do They Really Work? [LINK]

How COVID-19 might increase risk of memory loss and cognitive decline [LINK]

Masks, Masks, Masks
(Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!)

I spent all day in an N95 face mask to see if it’s as dangerous as anti-maskers say [LINK]

Are there medical reasons to not wear a mask? Yes, but not many [LINK]

Covid 19 coronavirus: Why you’re hearing more about masks (New Zealand) [LINK]

Use of facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic [LINK]

[Oxford University] Social Media Junk News on Hydroxychloroquine and Trust in Science: Coronavirus Misinformation Weekly Briefing 03-08-2020 [LINK]

Mask Video Seminar from Dr John Campbell

To mask or not to mask (April 7th))

Scientific evidence for mask wearing (May 22nd)

Venezuela Is Forcing People Who Are Caught Not Wearing Masks Into Hard Labor [LINK]

People Who Wear COVID-19 Masks Touch Their Faces Less — That’s a Good Thing [LINK]

COVID-19 cases declining in Alabama after mask mandate [LINK]

Extra credit for masks? With no mandates at their schools, teachers urge students to wear them [LINK]

Vietnam’s CDC – Ho Chi Minh City: From August 5, not wearing a mask in public places will be fined [LINK]

Nashville police pledge mask order enforcement, make arrest [LINK]

Back to School

Download a PDF of “LIGHTING OUR WAY FORWARD: North Carolina’s Guidebook for Re-opening Schools” [LINK

North Carolina reports first death tied to child care COVID-19 cluster [LINK]

Stepwise School Opening Online and Off-line and an Impact on the Epidemiology of COVID-19 in the Pediatric Population [LINK]

Mississippi teacher’s death during first week of school stokes COVID-19 fears [LINK]

[Mississippi] Within 11 days of schools opening, dozens of students and teachers have gotten COVID-19: ‘I truly wish we’d kept our children home’ [LINK]

Virus keeps spreading as schools begin to open, frightening parents and alarming public health officials [LINK]

Florida High School coach in medically-induced coma, battling COVID-19 [LINK]

“I’m sure two years from now, we’re going to look back and say, ‘what fools we were,’” Jonesboro School Superintendent (Arkansas) [LINK]

Alabama HS football team, band under quarantine [LINK]

COVID-19 in the USA

Fauci’s DC neighbors put up ‘thank you’ signs in their yards [LINK]

COVID-19 causing more stress in America than other nations, survey shows [LINK]

Hawaii is at 53% on ICU and reinstating lockdown [LINK]

California couple married 35 years die from COVID-19 11 days apart [LINK]

Canadian dies after being held in U.S. immigration detention centre with COVID-19 outbreak [LINK]

Florida man who visited wife for last goodbye dies of coronavirus [LINK]

Drive-through U.S. citizenship ceremony amid coronavirus [LINK]

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive, Then Negative For COVID-19 [LINK]

The other people facing housing woes amid pandemic: Mom and pop landlords [LINK]

Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’ [LINK]

COVID-19 Around the World

COVID-19 in Africa: Dampening the storm? [LINK]

High seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in elderly care employees in Sweden [LINK]

100 days without Covid-19: How New Zealand got rid of a virus that keeps spreading across the world [LINK]

‘We’re still so tired’: Europe’s doctors brace for second Covid-19 wave [LINK]

Japan in deals with AstraZeneca, Novavax for COVID-19 vaccines [LINK]

Vietnam PM says risk of widespread Covid-19 infection ‘very high’ [LINK]

Thailand: More returnees from US infected [LINK]

How India got to two million Covid-19 cases [LINK]

Japan provides Avigan tablets to Philippines for possible COVID-19 treatment [LINK]

Philippines likely to become South-east Asia’s coronavirus hot spot [LINK]

‘A serious problem’: Asymptomatic cases may place Indonesia at 1m infections [LINK]

How Covid worsened hunger in India, the world’s largest food basket [LINK]

Jakarta sees rising COVID-19 hospitalizations [LINK]

President Giammattei says coronavirus in Guatemala “is now the people’s problem” (translation in reply) [LINK]

Don’t go to Mexico, says US Gov. due to Covid Outbreak. [LINK]

COVID-19 Coverage from Macon Media
(in reverse chronological order)

COVID-19 Update for Thursday, August 6, 2020 [LINK]

COVID-19 Update for Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Governor Extends Phase II Pandemic Restrictions for Five More Weeks [LINK]

COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, August 4, 2020 [LINK]


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Published at 6:00pm on Friday, August 7, 2020


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