Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – October 6
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 35,777,544 (7,680,268 in United States)
Total Deaths: 1,049,700(215,039 in United States)
- Donald Trump, who spent the weekend in Walter Reed hospital being treated for Covid-19, returned to the White House last night. Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, said he is cautiously optimistic about the President’s prognosis but that medical staff will remain on guard for another week.
- The CDC has again updated its guidance about how Covid-19 spreads to include information about potential for airborne transmission. People can be exposed to the virus in small droplets that can linger in the air for minutes to hours, potentially infecting people farther than 6 feet away. The agency said it continues to believe that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a person with Covid-19.
- Less than a week after reopening, schools in nine New York City zip codes with high positivity rates in Brooklyn and Queens are closing today as the city tries to get ahead of a concerning spike of Covid-19.
- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday morning. McEnany is at least the 11th person close to Donald Trump to have recently tested positive for the virus.
- More than 2,000 TSA employees have tested positive for coronavirus, according to new data the agency published. The agency has installed new acrylic barriers at security checkpoints, changed passenger protocols, and is experimenting with new facial recognition scanners to cut down on face-to-face interaction between fliers and workers.
- The French government raised Paris’ coronavirus alert to maximum following a period of high infection rates. Bars, gyms and swimming pools will be closed for two weeks. Restaurants can remain open if strict hygiene rules are in place.
- Companies in Moscow must now enforce remote working for at least 30% of their staff to help stem a recent surge of Covid-19 cases. All employees over the age of 65 and people with chronic illnesses are required to work remotely. Exceptions are made for staff who are critical to the functioning of the organization as well as for medical organizations and defense companies
- Peru has resumed international flights to seven South American countries after the government approved the resumption of international air travel with flights under four hours. The country requires all passengers leaving and arriving to submit a negative coronavirus test done in the last 48 hours.
- The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a rolling review process of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate being developed by BioNTech in collaboration with Pfizer. Instead of evaluating all data on the vaccine after it is completed, the agency will evaluate data as it becomes available, to speed up potential approval.
- Iran reported its highest number of daily coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day, with 4151 new infections. Face masks will become mandatory in Tehran starting Saturday.
- 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.
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