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Q: We need a babysitter. How do I keep my family safe with someone new in the house?
- Choosing a babysitter who has minimal exposure to other people besides your family
- Keeping the number of babysitters as low as possible. If you can keep it to one, that’s ideal
- Making sure the babysitter understands they need to practice social distancing and limit physical interaction with your children as much as possible
- Telling the babysitter that they must not come to your house if feeling even slightly sick, or after known exposure to coronavirus
- Making sure everyone washes their hands frequently, especially before eating.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
US won’t join global vaccine effort because it is led by WHO
The decision will keep the US isolated from more than 170 countries involved in the COVAX initiative working to provide worldwide access to an effective vaccine, Paul LeBlanc writes. Aside from underscoring Trump’s long-standing distrust of global alliances and, in particular, his criticism of WHO, the decision marks a notable bet on Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s effort to speed development of drugs, vaccines and other measures to fight the pandemic.
A first recession in nearly three decades for Australia
Australia has fallen into its first economic recession in nearly 30 years, and shutdown measures and other efforts to contain the virus are being blamed.
Australia had also been wrangling with issues before the pandemic. The country was ravaged by wildfires earlier this year, which hampered consumer spending and tourism, according to the Australian Tourism Export Council.
CDC broadens eviction protections, Iowa given a dire warning
It did so by broadening existing protections. But senior administration officials say renters will have to prove a number of things before qualifying, and will still have to pay back any missed rent payments.
More research emerges about Covid-19 long haulers
The CDC advises that most Americans who have tested positive for coronavirus can return to work or school 10 days after, but new research indicates the virus and its symptoms are far from over by that date.
The study also suggests that about one in five negative tests are false negatives, meaning many are still spreading the virus after testing negative without knowing it. Even once patients do test negative, many patients are reporting that their symptoms — from aches to loss of smell to brain fog and affected mood — can last months longer.
ON OUR RADAR
- The pandemic has reached crisis levels in government-controlled areas of Syria, with health workers and facilities overwhelmed by a surge of cases.
- A Detroit park has been transformed into a temporary memorial for more than 1,500 residents, with hundreds of large portraits of people who’ve died from the virus lining its roadways
- More than 25,000 coronavirus cases in 37 states were reported at US colleges and universities, illustrating the struggle of reopening schools as the virus surges on campuses.
- Hong Kong will relax some Covid-19 restrictions as the city’s locally transmitted cases start to drop, officials said Wednesday, months after it saw a peak of 149 cases in July.
- Havana residents will face a nightly curfew and will not be allowed to travel to other provinces for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit Cuba. This comes weeks after officials said the virus was all but defeated on the island.
- When the US and Canada mutually agreed to shut down their border to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in March, no one predicted it would be closed this long. There is still no specified date for its reopening.
Major advancements from 5G will come as a result of high-band networks, where signals travel over millimeter wave frequencies. But millimeter wave frequencies should prompt even less concern because they can’t penetrate surfaces such as walls, trees or human skin (that’s one of the reasons they don’t travel well).
“Well, I was wrong. If it’s not as bad as 1918 and I’m hoping that will be the case, it’ll be right up there in the top five pandemics in terms of number of cases and number of deaths worldwide.” — Dr. Howard Markel, a physician and historian of medicine.