Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – October 20
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 40,743,913 (8,459,041 in United States)
Total Deaths: 1,124,413(225,241 in United States)
- An NYU poll shows that one quarter of all transit workers in New York City contracted the coronavirus.
- In Los Angeles County, gatherings of people ages 12-49 are driving a higher rate of infection, representing 68% of all positive tests.
- As players of all types enter the market, the PPE industry is considering including labels with masks to indicate how well they work.
- Washington D.C. is launching a new contact tracing app, DC CAN, following in the steps of its neighbor, Virginia, which launched a similar app in August.
- A Wisconsin judge restored restrictions on bars and restaurants amid a sharp surge in Covid-19.
- North Dakota reported a 12th straight day of record high coronavirus infections.
- Moderna’s CEO expects its Covid-19 vaccine interim results in November.
- The President of the United States said people are tired of the coronavirus and called his chief epidemiologist a “disaster.”
- Across the globe, a second wave of coronavirus is evident in the rising numbers of new infections, though some regions have better containment policies in place than others. Global infections surpassed 40 million.
- British scientists announced the launch the launch of the first human trials for Covid-19, in which healthy volunteers will be deliberately infected in hopes of further speeding the drive to a vaccine.
- Singapore introduced rapid tests for weddings and business conferences.
- Israel has named its leading Covid-19 vaccine candidate “Brilife,” with human trials expected to start at the end of the month.
- The Czech Republic reported a record number of new Covid-19 infections.
- Sweden, which had avoided a strict lockdown approach during the first wave of the pandemic, is instituting new tough restrictions in the face of soaring infection rates.
- The Vatican reported a positive coronavirus case at the Pope’s residence. The individual is asymptomatic and has been removed from the vicinity.
- Wear a mask. There is no downside and projected deaths in the United States are considerably lower if the populace wears masks, according to several studies.
- You can download Interfor’s return to work guidelines here.
WARNING: Be sure to vet ALL information and rumors.
- CDC Symptoms page
- See Interfor’s new blog post about protecting your leadership and VIPs during this era.