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Addressing the Trump administration’s support for reopening schools, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, “The science should not stand in the way of this.” She quickly re-explained, but Twitter and the media were off and running.
As of 8:00 a.m. ET Friday, the unofficial national COVID-19 toll included 3,576,430 cases and 138,360 deaths, increases of 80,032 (a new record) and 941, respectively, since Thursday.
Florida set its own one-day record for COVID-19 deaths (156) and recorded the second-highest number of new cases (13,965) since the pandemic began. (Reuters)
Almost a third of children tested for coronavirus in Florida had positive results, leading the Palm Beach County health director to warn about possible long-term health effects, even with a mild infection. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
But take it from Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R): the state is “doing just fine” in controlling the pandemic. (The Hill)
Brazil continued its emergence as the global hotspot for COVID-19, surpassing 2 million cases and 76,000 deaths since the country’s first case was reported in May. (Fox News)
A study from Yale University suggested that as many as half of COVID-19 cases may arisen from “silent spreaders” — people who are infected but asymptomatic. (NPR)
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards called for three days of fasting and prayer, beginning July 20, to help his state through the pandemic. (Newsweek)
Novartis/Sandoz pledged to offer 15 drugs for symptomatic COVID-19 at cost to developing nations. (FiercePharma)
As more public health resources are diverted to the pandemic, other services feel the pinch, such as spraying for mosquitoes. (AP News)
Former game show host Chuck Woolery — whose tweet accusing the medical community and the CDC of “lying” about COVID-19 was shared by President Trump — deleted his Twitter account right after announcing that his son tested positive. (NBC News)
British cyber intelligence alleges that Russia-backed hackers have tried to steal data from universities and pharmaceutical companies about COVID-19 vaccines and treatment. (NPR)
The CDC will recommend against retesting patients after quarantine following a positive test for coronavirus, HHS assistant secretary Adm. Brett Giroir announced at a press briefing. Giroir also said that closing indoor bars and wearing masks will “shut down” coronavirus outbreaks. (Politico, CNBC)
A “worrisome” limitation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial, published earlier this week, is the absence of data analysis by sex, according to a Northwestern University women’s health researcher.
In other news:
- In a recorded message, legendary game show host Alex Trebek updated fans about his treatment for pancreatic cancer and said he is feeling good as he approaches his 80th birthday. (Today)
- Too much porn could be a real downer for a man’s erectile function. (Newsweek, European Association of Urology)
- First-ever dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers recommend no added sugar during the first 1,000 days of life. (CNN)
- Critically ill patients with acute kidney injury had a similar 90-day mortality whether dialysis started immediately or followed a wait-until-necessary approach. (University of Alberta)
Last Updated July 17, 2020
Charles Bankhead is senior editor for oncology and also covers urology, dermatology, and ophthalmology. He joined MedPage Today in 2007. Follow
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